GETTING TO KNOW: MUNICH

As Blues supporters prepare to descend on Munich in large numbers ahead of Saturday's Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, we spoke to a Chelsea fan based in the city to get the lowdown on what to do over the coming weekend.

Anthony Jerry insists there is no shortage of options when it comes to socialising in Munich, with a wide range of Biergarten's [open air areas where people gather to eat and drink], while if you prefer culture and exploration, you will also not be disappointed.

'There are plenty of places to eat when in the city,' he says. 'Lowenbraukeller is very nice, while Hofbrauhaus is also very popular. 'The English Garden in the centre of the city, which is a large public park, will be an obvious point of interest for supporters, while the Nymphenburg Palace (pictured below) carries great historical significance. The Hofbrauhaus Brewery, one of the oldest in Munich, is also worth a visit if possible.

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'The Isartor is one of the four main gates of the medieval city wall, while the Marianplatz is a beautiful central square in the city centre, and has been the main one since 1158.

'The Residenz, which is the former royal palace of the Bavarian Monarchs, is another area of interest for those interested in historical culture.'

For supporters looking to enjoy our second appearance in the Final with the odd alcoholic beverage, you won't need to look too far, although with Bayern Munich as our opponents, expect plenty of large crowds wherever you decide to venture.

'The Biergarten which is situated in the English Garden itself right on the lake will certainly be a good place for our supporters to visit,' says Anthony. 'But there are plenty of other bars situated all over the city as well. For those who like drinking, Munich is a great place to come to.'

Getting around the city this weekend will inevitably be a bit more difficult than usual, but Anthony strongly recommends both the sbahn [speed train] and the ubahn [underground train].