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The city's motto is "München mag Dich" ("Munich Likes You"), before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (world city with heart). Its native name, München, is derived from the Old German word for Mönche, which means "Monks" in English. This is the reason for the monk on the city's coat of arms. Black and gold - the colours of the Holy Roman Empire - have been the city's official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.

Munich is a also a major European cultural centre and the domain of many prominent composers including Orlando di Lasso, W.A. Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Max Reger and Carl Orff.


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Hint of the day [26.06.2010]

Visitors to Munich WILL get frustrated if they want to buy a ticket at the main station. Long queues, waiting for a long time. You must draw a number and wait, sometimes there are 50 people in front of you. The ticket machines are no alternative...too complicated, sometimes even for Germans.

But to ease life a bit if you have to buy a Bayern ticket or any ticket, do not go the Main station.

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In 2009, “Opera for All” will again be taking place twice during the Munich Opera Festival – as always, of course, free of charge and outdoors! On June 28 and July 5, the Bavarian State Opera invites you to enjoy an opera performance and a concert, both conducted by General Music Director Kent Nagano CONTINUE»

One interesting type of Restaurant is situated on the 4th floor of the Kaufring department store. Prices are between 5.40 € for a meal and 9 € for the "delicacy of the week". The meal is of different origin, often even traditional Bavarian or Austrian food ( on the menu below e.g.Knödlgröst´l ).
Below an excerpt of the menu, which is changed every week. The Restaurant is easily accessible at the exit of the S-Bahn station Ostbahnhof. At least you will hardly find any fellow tourists...
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