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The attractive city
It is the unique combination of cosmopolitanism and tradition, high-tech and down-to-earth values, innovation and charm that makes Munich so attractive. The regional capital of Bavaria is home to a vibrant arts scene and, at the same time, is an economic powerhouse and one of Germany’s leading research centres. Visitors and residents alike appreciate the many parks and other natural elements throughout the city which give Munich its truly outstanding standard of living. Just a short drive from the city are the natural lakes of Upper Bavaria and the foothills of the mighty Alps. The largest city in Bavaria, Munich is fascinating and impressive, emotional and intoxicating.
The Olympic Park
Munich is also known throughout Germany and well beyond for its rich sporting tradition. Football, tennis, ice hockey, swimming, rowing, running and cycling are all popular with locals. At the heart of this sporting landscape stands the Olympic Park, which almost 50 years after its construction for the 1972 Summer Olympics has become an iconic symbol of Munich alongside other famous sights such as the Frauenkirche and the Hofbräuhaus beer cellar. The Olympic Park attracts more than 4 million registered visitors a year and is a popular place for relaxing as well as a vibrant location which hosts many world-famous events. In a nutshell, Munich is a phenomenon among Olympic cities.
Millions of visitors
Well over 200 million visitors have attended more than 13,000 events at the Olympic Park since the 1972 Olympics, making Munich’s Olympic Park the most heavily used of any venue in the world to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games. Highlights over the decades have included numerous world, European and national championships as well as breathtaking international sporting competitions, major arts events and concerts by world-famous musicians. Today the park is still a hugely popular venue and proudly continues the tradition and spirit of its architects, who aimed to create a friendly, peaceful and cosmopolitan location in the heart of Munich.
Population: more than 1.5 million
Mayor: Mr. Dieter Reiter
Area: 310.71 km2
Official language: German
Official website: www.muenchen.de
Olympic events: Summer Olympic Games 1972