by Loren G. Edelstein | June 27, 2013

There's much to be discovered in vibrant Munich, the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. In the heart of downtown is the Munich Residence, home of Bavarian dukes and kings from 1508 to 1918. It's now a sprawling museum offering stunning event spaces.

Just 13 minutes from downtown via underground train is Olympic Park, host of the 1972 Summer Games. Nearby is the über-artsy 324-room Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich, which opened in 2011 with nine function spaces, including a ballroom that holds up to 700 people.

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    A traditional Bavarian breakfast — beer, white sausage (weisswurst), pretzels and cheese (obazda) — are enjoyed Seehaus, a Munich restaurant. Photo by Loren G. Edelstein
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    The "dirndl" is the traditional German dress. (Pictured at center, fam host Laura d’Elsa, regional director, USA and Canada, for the German Convention Bureau) Photo by Loren G. Edelstein
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    Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) The old and new buildings both are located on a square called "Marienplatz" (which translated to English means Mary's Square). Photo by Christl Reiter
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    The 424-room Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich is across from Olympic Park.
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    Variable lighting sets the mood in the lobby lounge at the 424-room Leonardo Royal Hotel Munich.
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    Munich's skyline, with the Alps in the distance.  Photo by Rudolf Sterflinger
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    Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Summer Games. Photo by Christl Reiter
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    Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park from above. Photo by Aerobild Luftbild
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    A beer tent during Oktoberfest, a 16-day celebration of the beloved brew. Photo by Christl Reiter
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    Visitors might be surprised to discover that English Gardens (Englischer Garten), in the heart of Munich, has a clothing-optional area. Photo by Torsten Krüger
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    The Royal Hall of the Residence (Residenz), a former palace, now serves as a sprawling museum with many event spaces. Photo by Fritz Mader
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    Munich Marriott Hotel, with 334 rooms and 14 suites
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    The chic lobby of the Munich Marriott