Bavarian beer and castle in the air: How to get the best out of a trip to Munich

Sip an ice-cold Bavarian beer at one of the garden cafes or ogle at the Neuschwanstein castle. PHOTOS: PEXELS, JOHN TAN
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SINGAPORE - With a surfboard snugly under her arm, my local German buddy strides briskly out of the subway station. The Brazilian hit tune The Girl From Ipanema bounces in my mind.

Except that this is not a golden beach in Rio de Janeiro. Rather, we are deep in winter in Germany and the water fountain in front of central square Marienplatz is frozen stiff.

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