With its electronic and service industries, buzzing factories and large television stations, Munich is regarded as one of the liveliest and busiest places in Europe. Its ability to combine international allure and glamour with its folkloric connections is nothing short of amazing. As many Americans migrate to San Francisco or New York, Germans used to migrate to Munich in search of better life. Nearly 2/3 of the people living in this city have come from other parts of Germany, while tens of thousands are immigrants from foreign countries. As a result, Bavarians face the risk of becoming a minority in their own capital.
The self-imposed image of Munich is that of a festival addicted and fun loving city, which is typified by the world-famous Munich beer festival - Oktoberfest, undoubtedly the most famous of Munich attractions. Started as a minor sideshow in 1810, this celebration has become a distinct symbol of the city drawing over 7 million visitors to Munich annually. A two-week long fair, the festival offers a wide variety of rollercoasters, in addition to several large beer tents.
One of the greatest Munich attractions, the world-renowned Alte Pinakothek is not only the most significant art museum of the city, but also home to one of the most important art collections in Europe. There are more than 900 paintings on display representing the most outstanding European artists from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Started as a small collection in the early sixteenth century by the royal Wittelsbach family, this artistic treasure has grown to the immense museum which is difficult to over in one day.
Ranked with the most visited Munich attractions, Antikensammlungen or the Museum of Antiques is housed in the nineteenth century neoclassical side on the south side of Konigsplatz. Known originally as the Museum Antiker Kleinkunst, it has grown around the collection of Ludwig I and contains today pieces great in artistic significance. The five halls on the main floor feature over 650 Greek vases collected from nearly every part of the Mediterranean. Much of the pottery dates back to 500 BC, with the oldest piece, the Goddess from Aegina tracing its origins back to 3000 BC. The Central Hall's upper level is dedicated to Greek vases found in Sicily.
Home to three floors of painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, textile and folk art, as well as scientific instruments and clocks, Bayerishes Nationalmuseum is one of the greatest Munich attractions, whose collection expanded so rapidly that it was moved to larger buildings several times during the nineteenth century. Its current building is located in close proximity to the Haus der Kunst. One of its large galleries, the Wessobrunn Room is dedicated to the early church art from the fifth to the eighth centuries and holds some of the most valuable works of the museum. Those interested in automobile manufacturing are welcome to BMW cars manufacturer, recognized as the largest premium car maker in the world, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce car brands and the BMW Mini. Its taglines in English are Sheer Driving Pleasure and the Ultimate Driving Machine.