This is one of those towns that seems friendly but isn’t.
It offers beer, but its heart is cold.
Personally, I like the real Munich better than the jolly stereotype. I like the incredible modern museums, the overly complex rules and regulations. (You should see the map of the transit system!) I even somewhat admire the lack of tourist hand-holding – yes, you can climb the Old Peter bell tower, but nobody is going to tell you it’s 306 steps to the top. Just start climbing (Implied corollary: If you have heart failure halfway up, well, find a way to get yourself back down).
All that oom-pah-pah stuff about Munich beer halls and jolly music? Well, it’s true enough on the surface. This is Bavaria, after all.
But I implore you, see more. Here’s a quick, nine-step rundown of a more balanced Munich:
Even though this church was reconstructed after World War II in the style of the 14th Century, nobody apparently thought to install a 20th-century elevator.