Munich the capital city of Bavaria has a lot of stunning hints and attractions to offer. No matter in what you are interested you will find something that suits best for you.
Culture, Tradition, shopping, Events, Festivals, Bavarian beer atmosphere and a lot more.
Happy Erasmus will give you some higlights of things you have to see since you are living in Munich.
1. Schloss Nymphenburg
In Munich-Neuhausen and Nymphenburg is the baroque palace "Schloss Nymphenburg" located, which was the residence during summer of the Bavarian kings. You can find a lot of museums in the castle.
The most popular church is called "Frauenkirche" and dominates with its 99 meters high twin towers. The church has a capacity of 20.000 people and also today the catholic mass is held regularly.
The church is located in the heart of Munich at Marienplatz.
Theatinerkirche is located at Odeonsplatz and represents a high baroque italien Rococo style. The inside of the church has a rich stucco decoration and altars paintings of Caspar de Crayer, Carlo Cignani, George Desmareés and Joachim Sandrart.
Peterskirche is the oldest city church of Munich and is located close to Marienplatz. From its tower "Alter Peter" you have a great view of Munich.
Buildings and landmarks
1. The statue of the Bavaria
The statue is almost 20 meter high and is located at Theresienwiese (where the Oktoberfest takes place). It is a personification of Bavarian homeland.
2. Siegestor Munich
Siegestor is an arch with three-arched triumphal arch crowned with a statue of Bavaria in the northern end of Ludwigstrasse. It was built by King Ludwig I in commitment of the Bavarian army. It was reconstructed after the damage in World War II. You can see an inscripcion on the back side of the statue "Dem Sieg geweiht, vom Krieg zerstört, zum Frieden mahnen" which means "Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, reminding of peace".
The monumental loggia was built between 1841 and 1844 and situated at Odeonsplatz. It is a symbol of the Bavarian Army.
Hofbräuhaus Munich is the world famous beer hall and is located at a little place called Platzl in Altstadt/ Lehel. It dull name is "Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München". This building is a very famous place for visitors and it is always associated with Munich's beer culture. It is state owned by Hofbräu brewery and has place for 2500 people. It also posseses over an beer garden in the outside area. Nowadays you probably don't find that many locals there because it is more of a tourist spot.
The Maximilianeum is a palatial building and was built from 1857 until 1874. It is located at the very eastern end of Maximilianstrasse. It is the home for gifted students`foundation. Since 1949 it is the Bavarian State Parliament in German "Bayerischer Landtag".
6. Neues Rathaus
The new City Hall is situated in the northern end of Marienplatz. This city hall hosts the city government and the city council, offices of the mayors and also does parts of the administration. It is presenting the gothic revival style of architecture. In the basement is occupied by a restaurant called "Ratskeller". You will find the tourist information in the ground floor.
The first floor represents ta balcony towards Marienplatz which is used for large festivals nowadays such as the football championships of FC Bayern München or concerts during the christmas markets. The most famous tourist attraction is the Rathaus-Glockenspiel and is every day at 11am, 12pm and 5pm.
7. Altes Rathaus
The old City Hall is situated at the eastern end of Marienplatz. It serves today as a building for the city council in Munich.
1. English Garden
The English Garden is located in Munich Schwabing and is presents the green heart of the city. It is larger than New York's central park and London's Hyde Park. It is a perfect place to enjoy the sun at the lakes there or also enjoy some beers in the several beer gardens there. You can take the S- or U-Bahn to "Münchner Freiheit" or "Ostbahnhof" and you can also take the bus number 54 to "Chinesischer Turm". At the southern side of the park there is a creek called Eisbach where you can watch surfers which are surfing on the artificial standing wave.
The Olympiapark was the location of the Olympic Games in 1972 and it now serves for cultural, social and religious events. The Olympic Stadium was the home stadium of the FC Bayern München until 2005 until the new stadium, the Allianz Arena, was completed. Today it is mainly used for sport events and rock concerts or festivals. The existing swimming stadium is open to the public. Also the Olympic Tower with a height of 291 meters is open to the public. There is also a restaurant on the top with 230 people. It is definitely worth going up there because the view is breathtaking.
3. Tierpark Hellabrunn
The Zoo in Hellabrunn located in Thalkirchen is one of the world's largest zoos.
Museums and galleries
1. German Museum
The German Museum is located in Haidhausen and is the largest technical museum in the world. It represents natural science, engineering, construction. But you will also find collection of full-scale aerospace cars and vehicles.
2. Old and New Pinakothek
The Alte and Neue Pinakothek are very famous paint galleries in Munich. The old Pinakothek shows religious paintings from the 15- 18th century. The new Pinakothek shows impressionist and expressionist art from the 19 until the 20th century. The Pinakothek der Moderne has paintings, modern art, design and architecture of the 20th century.
3. BMW Museum
The exhibition area presents highlights of the history of BMW and its famous car makers and also its current products.
4. Siemens Forum
This Forum presents the history of electrical engineering and electronics giant. The location is designed by New York's architect Richard Meier.
Theater, Opera and Music
Munich has a lot of theaters which are located in the royal avenue the Maximilianstrasse. This street runs until the Maximilianeum, the Bavarian state parliament. The buidlings in this avenue are built in a neo-gothic style.
In this street you can also find the most luxury shops. Here we give you a list of the most famous ones:
The Residenztheater is the Bavarian State Theater and is the most famous German language theaters. Classical and Modern plays are performed there.
This theater is the best Bavarian National Opera Company of the world and shows ballet and opera performances every night. Operas such of the famous Richard Wagner (e.g. Tristan and Isolde, Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Rheingold and Die Walküre).
3. Herkulessaal in der Residenz
This concert hall is the first of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and is the 6th best orchestra of Europe. This is said by a survey for Le Monde de la Musique and was named to the 6th best orchestra in the world by the Gramophone magazine in 2008.
4. Deutsches Theater
The German theater show musicals and theme shows such as MAMA MIA
And of course if you are here in September and October the Oktoberfest or in bavarian Slang "Wiesn" is a "MUST GO". It takes place since 12 October 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The most museums are closed on Mondays. Only the Deutsche Museum and the Nymphenburg Castle and Garden are open on Mondays.
For museum the best day is Sunday as you only have to pay 1 Euro entrance.
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