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There is an Old Town with shops selling handcraft and jewellery while St Stephen's Cathedral, built in the baroque style, has one of the world's largest organs, all five parts of which can be played from the main keyboard.
It is one of the buildings I remember from previous visits to the city while, for some reason, another memory that stands out is the Englisher Garten, a substantial Rolex Daytona Ceramic Wrist Shot
The memory of that visit is somewhat hazy, no doubt due to the passing of time rather than any alcohol I might have consumed in the company of a German student friend who lived in Munich.
It is all very low key as the airport has made every effort to reduce traveller stress and offers a wide panoramic viewing point, reached by a sky walk, to watch the aircraft and even a flight simulator for would be pilots.
To get to one of the halls you have to manoeuvre your way through a great sea of humanity, some dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes of lederhosen and dirndl and many the worse for wear although I only saw one person who had passed out, known locally as 'bierleichen' beer corpses.
Ross McCarthy samples the delights of Munich and enjoys a festive beer or two.
The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Therese Princess of Saxony Hildburghausen and has grown to become the world's biggest funfair.
Visitors are given the opportunity to try their hand as a patissier at Confiserie Simon.
After passing stalls selling sweet temptations such as candy floss, gingerbread hearts and roast almonds, we reached the Schottenhamel 'tent' which is like a great aircraft hanger, decorated traditionally, with long tables and benches and where the event had started a fortnight previously when the major of Munich opened the first keg.
It was made a Unesco world heritage city in 2006 and is also the best preserved medieval city in Germany, while also having more pubs per square metre than any other German city.
The waiters and waitresses impressively manage to deliver these to the tables in large quantities in one go, along with giant size, extra salty, pretzels and traditional fare, including pork sausages, roast chicken and pork.
Certainly Munich is a mecca for beer fans but the city also has a lot to offer as a long weekend destination and is just a two hour flight from Birmingham. It is worth having a look round its airport which has its own brewery and is like a little town in itself with a large open space outside for exhibitions and events.
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Down at the Danube is the Historic Sausage Kitchen where you can order the little Regensburg pork sausages served with sauerkraut and homemade sweet mustard and help it down with some local beer.
park where some of the local folk like to divest themselves of all their clothes and take in the rays and which has a river running through it used for surfing.
While up to 10 years ago snuff was made in a building which has now been turned to into a snuff museum where I took a pinch of one of the products which smelt of menthol.
So it was good to reacquaint myself with this super size orgy of excess in the heart of Bavaria which attracts, on average, about six million revellers each year.
The city skyline is marked by towers, many with onion shaped domes, while at its centre is the Marienplatz the site of the world famous Glockenspiel which puts on a display twice a day and where there is Munich's oldest church which has two clocks.
Dominated by an imposing castle, built in 1219, it is where the rivers Danube, Inn and Ilz meet and is the principle starting point for cruises down the Danube.
My efforts to mould a head, The Passauer Tolpel, a symbol of the town, out of marzipan were woeful, although I enjoyed the glass of wine which accompanied the class and the spicy truffle afterwards.
Regensburg, another town on the Danube, north of Munich, like Passau, has an old town with narrow winding streets.
Quite a few years have passed since I first enjoyed the heady delights of the Oktoberfest.
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There are a whole host of museums, including the Deutsches Museum, the world's largest museum of technology and science on a small island in the Isar, with its full scale aircraft.
My group and I had a table upstairs overlooking the great mass of people and an oompah band belting out party sing a long hits for the drinkers to sway to.
of Europe and famous celebrities and one which sells virtually nothing else except brushes and has been going since 1894.
The first Bavarian capital, Regensburg, still has many well preserved patrician palaces and large town houses and a famous stone bridge, built between 1135 and 1146, which was, for many centuries, the only stone bridge crossing the Danube.
The band stops playing at 10.30pm and the festival goers then start to meander home, heads light and throats hoarse.
While on the margins staff beaver away pumping out the extra strength beer, between 5.8 and 6.3 per cent, from barrels into extra strength litre glasses.
If you fancy venturing out of the city for an excursion the Passau is a couple of hours Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date 18k 750 Geneve Swiss Made away on the train to the east, near the Austrian and Czech borders.
people, all situated in the centre of the city on grounds referred to as the 'Wies'n.'
There's some stomach churning Super Loopings, high tech switchbacks, a Ferris wheel, traditional roundabouts and 14 beer halls, the largest of which can hold up to 10,000 Rolex Datejust 26mm Mother Of Pearl
The airport is 20 miles away from the city but there is a speedy S Bahn service which will take you into Munich, which has 1.3 million inhabitants, where all the major sights are within walking distance of each other.
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