Many consider Munich to be the largest village in the state – which is by no means meant to be disrespectful. On the contrary, this is much more a term of endearment and admiration. After all, this large metropole has succeeded in preserving what makes smaller places so lovable and worth inhabiting - its personable atmosphere, a feeling of togetherness, a tendency more towards organic labels than mere Prosecco, Brezn rather than mundane salmon cuts and an ample supply of warmth, not to mention a touch of stubbornness. Both the media and carmakers feel right at home. Here, in the middle of the city, there’s surfing, cheerful rafting with cold beer and to the north, football is played for European trophies. The art of brewing is pursued alongside fine arts – or is it the other way around? No one can say for sure. The city’s mentality is not one of ‘either or’, but ‘as well as'.