#Innsider’s guide to Munich

Munich. Bavaria’s biggest city is probably most famous for its football and beer, but for those who want to give the sausages and steins a miss, there are still plenty of unique attractions.  We’ve pulled together some Innsider tips for those who might want to try something a little different on a city break to Munich.

For the active
Munich may be landlocked, but don’t do a double take if you see queues of people waiting to pick their surfboards from the baggage carousel at the airport. The city’s Englischer Garten hosts the Eisbach river – a manmade stream which produces meter-high waves.
Due to the relatively shallow level of the waters and the strong currents, only skilled surfers are permitted to ride the Eisbach. The man made structure creates a challenging standing wave on which surfers try to keep their balance for as long as possible. Even if you are not quite qualified enough to take it on, just watching the surfers on a sunny day is a sight to behold.
For those less experienced, another wave can be found at Floßlände near the Thalkirchen U-Bahn. It’s been a popular spot for surfers since the ‘70s and is a little more gentle than the Eisbach.
For more information see http://www.eisbachwelle.de/eisbach-river-surfen-muenchen-welcome/

For Petrol heads
If you love all things fast and furious, Munich is home to car manufacturer BMW. At BMW Welt you can immerse yourself in all things car-related, visiting a museum dedicated to the famous German brand and even taking a guided tour of the production line to see the latest models being assembled. Plotting the lifespan of the car, BMW Welt gives a glimpse of the car-making process from design studio to the dismantling and recycling plant. Plan a visit here: http://www.bmw-welt.com/en/

For Art-lovers
If you are searching for something a little more highbrow, pay a visit to Museum Brandhorst. This art collection hosts works by many modern artists including Damien Hirst and the largest collection of works by Andy Warhol in Europe. There are also temporary exhibitions featuring in-depth views of specific artists. Between July 18 and November 9 2014, the exhibition will focus on Richard Avedon and will feature photographic murals as well as portraits of modern figures including Marylin Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Truman Capote and Bob Dylan. See what’s on: www.museum-brandhorst.de

A place to stay
Our Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurter Ring, Munich, is located in the popular Schwabing district, close to the famed Bavarian nightlife and restaurants. It’s also close by to the Allianz Arena, home of reigning Champions League winners Bayern Munich, BMW Welt and the Olympic Park, a venue for sports, music and entertainment events. For more information click here

Have you ever been to Munich? What are your Innsider tips for others planning a visit?