This post was originally published at Trail-stained Fingers
One unfortunate consequence of over-simplification is that places become synonymous with just one or two things, and few bother to go beyond the obvious. Munich is arguably the most beautiful city in Germany and on top of travellers's wish lists when they're in Deutschland for the very first time. It is after all, in Bayern (or Bavaria), the state blessed with Germany's most famous castles (including Disney's muse: Neuchwanstein Castle) and swoon-inducing views of the snow-capped Alps. And dare we forget the annual riot of beer and dirndls: Oktoberfest?
So yes, Munich is one of the most touristy cities in Europe. But what annoys us is that 90% of Google images and travel results portray and talk about only one place: Marienplatz. Granted, it's the center of Munich's haloed Altstadt, and people go gaga over the daily glockenspiel (puppet) show at the New Town Hall. But you know what, all those online images are taken from a good height, and when you're standing at ground level, Munich looks NOTHING like those wallpapers!
You can't help but feel disappointed, and that's a real pity, because Munich is actually incredibly beautiful. The puppet show isn't much to talk about either, because it's pretty tough to make out what story is being told, and it lasts for all of five minutes. So there you have it. Yes, you WILL go to Marienplatz (probably first thing) when you're in Munich. But please don't be under the impression that it is the BEST thing you can see in the Bavarian capital. Let us enlighten you.