Munich is the largest city in the southern part of Germany and has a long history going back more than 800 years. Therefore, the inner city is rich in historical sites as well as cultural locations. Leading back to the Bavarian kingdom, Munich has a large amount of historical buildings like the residency, the town hall, the cathedral, the main building of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University and many more classical examples of the architectures from various epochs. Munich hosts a large number of museums covering different areas of interest. For technically and scientifically interested visitors there is the German museum or the BMW museum. For friends of the fine arts Munich hosts several art museums and collections showing exhibits from famous artists of multiple epochs. To name but a few, there is the old Pinakothek, the Lembach Haus, the Brandhorst Exhibition and many more. Shopping in Munich is directly available in the city center where a pedestrian zone is the home of several large department stores, shopping chains, small stores and traditional Bavarian restaurants. Since SSTD will take place in summer, visitors can enjoy the original Bavarian Biergardens first hand. Though two of the most frequented Biergardens are located in the English garden within walking distance of the conference site, Munich offers a much larger selection which can be easily accessed with public transportation. Munich has a sprawling night life taking place in Bars, Street-Cafes and Clubs. Many of those are also located in the city center and thus, there are a lot of opportunities to have a relaxed drink or dance the night away after a long day of scientific discussions. The area around Munich offers various opportunities for day trips to recreational areas and further cultural sites. There are day trips to the world-famous castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. The S-Bahn connects to several close-by lakes and recreational areas offering swimming, water sports, or trips on larger vessels. Finally, travelling to the Alps takes only about an hour by train or car. Thus, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking or visiting a mountain top by cable car also belongs to the portfolios of Munich leisure time activities.
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