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Munich: Getting to Know

Munich is lively all year long -- fairs and holidays seem to follow one on top of the other. But this is no "oompah" town. It's an elegant, tasteful city with sophisticated clubs and restaurants, wonderful theaters, and fine concert halls.

One of Europe's most visited cities, Munich is full of monuments and fabulous museums. A place with memories of yesterday, both good and bad, it is very much a city living in its present. Today, with some 1.3 million inhabitants, 16% of whom are foreigners, Munich is the third-largest city in Germany. It is also the Germans' first choice as a place to live, according to various polls. It is a major economic center for north-south European trade and for high-tech microelectronics and other industries. It also has a huge publishing center and a burgeoning number of film studios.

A city of art and culture, and Germany's largest university town, Munich is a place to have fun and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle, the friendly ambience, and the wealth of activities, nightlife, sights, and events.

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