City Information

Munich History

Munich was established in 1158 by Henry the Lion who was the duke of Saxony and Bavaria. The city's name comes from the settlement near which it was situated, called Munichen. In 1255 it became the residence of the Wittelsbach family, the dukes of Bavaria. It became the capital of Bavaria in 1503. Munich developed into a leading cultural and artistic center under the 19th century kings Louis I, Maximilian II and Louis II. During this time it also played a leading role in the development of 19th and 20th century German painting.

After the First World War, Munich saw great political unrest. National Socialism (Nazism) was founded there. Munich became the headquarters of the Nazi party when Hitler came into power in 1933. Apart from being the birthplace of the Nazi Party, Munich was also where a tiny movement called the White Rose came up against Nazism. This consisted of a group of five university students and a professor who printed flyers opposing Hitler before being caught and executed by the Gestapo in 1943.

During the Second World War, Munich was badly damaged. After 1945 it was rebuilt and many contemporary buildings came up. The Olympic Games took place here in 1972 for which the Olympic stadium and the underground system were built. 

More City Information
Best of the city in one day
Health and Safety
Sharm el Sheikh Residents
Latest Travel News
Family friendly hotels most popular for ...
Almost showtime at La Perle - the new st...
The Hunger Games inspired rides coming t...
Featured Sights To See
Akershus Castle and Fortress

Akershus Castle and Fortress

Oslo, Norway

Akershus Castle and Fortress is one of the flagship destinations in Oslo. The fortress was first built in the thirteenth century to protect the city from invaders. It has withstood many sieges and still serves a reduced military function today. The castle features intriguing dungeons, crypts and a still-functional cathedral. Several museums are located on the grounds of the fortress, and tourists ...

Al Khamis Mosque and Beit Al Qur’an Museum

Al Khamis Mosque and Beit Al Qur’an Museum

Bahrain, Bahrain

Dating back to 692 A.D, Al-Khamis is the oldest mosque in Bahrain. However this is disputed and a date pertaining to the 11th century is more probable. The elegant identical minarets were made in the 15th century and are mystifying and peaceful. It is no longer in use and is open to public viewing.The Beit Al Qur’an, or House of the Quran, houses a collection of the Qurans and antique manuscripts ...

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago, United States

The Chicago Cultural Center was built between 1893 and 1897 as a public library.  It is built in the Neoclassical style, with touches from the Italian Renaissance.  When the new Harold Washington Library was built in 1991, it was converted into a cultural center.  The Cultural Center is also renowned for its intricate and ornamental details, including white Carrara marble staircases...

Museum Island (Museuminsel)

Museum Island (Museuminsel)

Berlin, Germany

the river Spree divides Mitte into North and South sections and in the middle of it is the grandiose Museum Island, holding about 20 galleries and museums that will definitely leave you reeling. Do some research before going and decide which ones you want to see most. Each has admission fees (except for special days such as Lange Nacht der Museen and the first Sunday of every month, when entry is ...