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Munich's symbol: The monk child
Munich's symbol: The monk child

The city’s name is derived from “Munichen”, meaning “by the monks' place” in Old German, which explains the little monk on the Munich coat of arms. Over time the monk became the “Munich Child” (Münchner Kindl) and the city’s symbol – and nobody knows for sure if it’s a boy or a girl…

The Marienplatz, at the heart of the old town, is the center of Munich. This is where the Altes Rathaus (old city hall) and the Neues Rathaus (new city hall) are situated. Munich’s most emblematic building is without doubt the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), a cathedral made of red bricks with two impressive onion towers. The Nymphenburg Palace, the Residenz, several world-famous art galleries such as the three “Pinakotheken”, the Olympiaturm (Olympic tower), the Karlsplatz – better known under the name Stachus – or the Englischer Garten (English Garden) are also among Munich’s most famous places and buildings.

Munich’s public transportation network is used daily by about 900,000 persons. The metro was built in 1972 on the occasion of the Olympic Games. With more than 100 metro stations and a rail network of 100.8 km it is Germany’s second longest underground system. The 10 lines of the so-called “S-Bahn” network (Schnellbahn, suburban train), which were inaugurated at the same time as the metro, serve148 stations dispatched on 442 km train tracks. The trains were produced by Alstom and Bombardier.

Source, read more: Munich.de