General Information about this great city!
The city of Munich, formed over 1000 years ago, was settled originally by Benedictine Monks (Munichen means, by the monks) in and around the year 1050. In 1158 it was officially considered a city by the Holy Roman Empire with the Monk remaining as a part of the crest and symbol of Munich for the past 1000 years.
We think the city's most cherished contributions of society, that still remains a law to this day was the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 or the "Reinheitsgebot". This law regulated the limited ingredients; water, barley and hops, that were allowed to be added into the beer brewing process. The first law was actually passed in 1487 in Munich but then was adopted across Bavaria in 1516. As Germany started to unify, the Bavarians pushed for this law to be adopted across the nation.
The city was rather unscathed during the 30 years war (and generally up until the First World War) and the during the swedish occupation of Munich, there was a deal set in place by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden for a release of some hostages as well as 600,000 barrels of beer in a deal to leave the city and its inhabitants untouched.