Munich, Germany

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.