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Munich - M]nchen to the Germans - third-largest city in the Federal Republic and capital of the Free State of Bavaria, is the single most popular tourist destination for Germans. This one statistic attests to the enduring appeal of what by anyMoreMunich - M]nchen to the Germans - third-largest city in the Federal Republic and capital of the Free State of Bavaria, is the single most popular tourist destination for Germans. This one statistic attests to the enduring appeal of what by any standard is a supremely likable city. Munich is kitsch and class, vulgarity and elegance. Its a city of ravishing rococo and smoky beer cellars, of soaring Gothic and sparkling shops, of pale stucco buildings and space-age factories, of millionaires and lederhosen-clad farmers. Germanys favorite city is a place with extraordinary ambience and a vibrant lifestyle all its own, in a splendid setting within view - on a clear day - of the towering Alps. Munich belongs to the relaxed and sunny south. Call it Germany with a southern exposure - although it may be an exaggeration to claim, as some Bavarians do, that Munich is the only Italian city north of the Alps. Still, theres no mistaking the carefree spirit that infuses the city, and its easygoing approach to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Bavarian style. The Bavarians refer to this positively un-Teutonic joie de vivre as Gem]tlichkeit. Endowed with vast, green tracts of parks, gardens, and forests- grand boulevards set with remarkable edifices- fountains and statuary- and a river spanned by graceful bridges, Munich is easily Germanys most beautiful and interesting city. If the traveler could visit only one city in Germany, this should be it - no question. If you factor in the citys dramatic change over the past decade, a traveler who has not visited for awhile might find a whole new Munich has evolved in the interim. For, quietly and without fanfare,Munich has taken its place as the high-tech capital of Germany, developing into the number-one postindustrial-age center in the country and one of the most important cities in Europe.