Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria, is the wealthiest city in the wealthiest country in Europe. It is often referred to as the country’s “secret capital,” and not without reason. Not only is it surrounded by a powerhouse of agro-industry and food processing, it is also a major center for automobile, insurance, banking, health, tech, media, and film industries. Although devastated like most German cities by Allied bombing raids during the Second World War, thanks to a conscious decision in the late 1940s to rebuild along traditional lines, its city-scape (unlike Frankfurt or Berlin) comes close to resembling its pre-war self. Its present population of slightly under 1.4 million is expected to grow by about 15 percent over the next decade.

Not all residents of Munich are Bavarian. Given its economic dynamism, the city is not surprisingly a magnet...

 

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