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From Berlin to Hamburg, Germany tours can reveal a lot about some of Europe's most compelling cities. This includes Munich - the country's third largest city. A thriving cultural center combined with everything from compelling sporting events to beautiful architecture make Munich a must-see on a tour of Germany, and there are a few landmarks in particular you should make a point to check out before moving on to your next destination.
Interestingly, one of the most intriguing aspects of Munich will make it seem like you're miles outside the city. Botanischer Garten is the first botanical garden in the city, and it has grown to become one of the highlights of Munich. For nearly 100 years, this stunning collection of plant life has brought botany enthusiasts from all over the world to Munich, and it's easy to see why. Experts estimate the garden contains as many as 14,000 different species of plants. And even if you're not a plant expert, it offers a relaxing respite from the bustling city streets.
Of course, Munich has more to offer than its beautiful botanical garden. For a taste of the local culture, you should explore the Viktualienmarkt - the city's daily food market. There's no bad time to visit, but the market is especially vibrant on Saturday mornings when some of the best wares are on display. Aside from picking up fresh dairy, produce, fish and more, a visit to Viktualienmarkt offers you a glimpse back in the past, because it's been in operation for more than 200 years.
Before leaving Munich to continue your tour of Germany, you should stop by St. Peter's Church for a taste of the stunning architecture that's spread throughout much of the city. Not only that, but the church's observation deck offers breathtaking views of the city.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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