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28 Jan 2008

Munich - Attractions Guide

List of most of the attractions in Munich with quick information:

GM01 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Around Marienplatz

Details: Marienplatz has been at the heart of Munich since the city’s foundation in 1158. The area is now a major hub for the urban transport network. For centuries, it was known as the Schrannenmarkt (the place where farmers and merchants came to buy and sell their goods) but was renamed in 1854, after the statue of the Virgin Mary in the centre. The north side of Marienplatz is entirely dominated by the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), built in the 19th century. Miniature statues of Bavarian rulers and other characters adorn the hall’s façade, while the 85m (279ft) tower houses a Glockenspiel consisting of 43 bells. The bells are accompanied by mechanical marionettes that perform scenes from Munich’s history. Visitors can ascend the tower by lift.Nearby, other buildings of note include the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), which houses a delightful toy museum, and the Frauenkirche – Munich’s cathedral. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, on the site of the Romanesque Marienkirche, the austere cathedral houses the tomb of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian and the legendary ‘Devil’s Footprint’ intriguingly embedded in the church floor.
Location: Neues RathausMarienplatz 8FrauenkircheFrauenplatz 1
Tel: (089) 2331.Tel: (089) 294 001.Tel: (089) 290 0820.
Admission charge.Admission charge.Admission free (charge for tower).

GM02 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Bavaria Film Studios

Details: The tour of Germany’s ‘Film City’, where around 150 hours of cinema and TV films are produced every year, reveals the tricks of the film industry, including the making of films such us Das Boot (1981), Cabaret (1972) and Die Unendliche Geschichte, better known as The Neverending Story (1984), as well as many German TV series. English tours are available through advance booking.
Location: Bavariafilmplatz 7
Tel: (089) 6499 2000.
Admission charge.

GM03 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: BMW Building

Details: To place the famous car company, BMW, in an over-dimensional four-cylinder-engine was the original idea of Viennese architect K Schwanzer. The world's biggest ‘V4’, in the shape of a four-leaf clover, was erected in 1973, to accommodate modern offices. The unusual building consists of the four silver towers, flat factory halls below and a giant ‘egg cup’ at the end of the halls, which houses the BMW museum. The exhibition displays classic old-timers as well as the latest, technically up-to-date models of the prestigious German car producer. The highlight of the museum is the spectacular cinema-scope show at the end of the tour.
Location: Petuelring 130
Tel: (089) 3822 3306/3639.
Admission charge.

GM04 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik (German Museum of Masterpieces of Natural Sciences and Technology)

Details: The vast Deutsches Museum presents a dauntingly comprehensive survey of science and technology, from prehistoric tools to space age inventions. Permanent interactive exhibitions are organised around various themes, including Aerospace, Computers, Mining, Technical Toys and Telecommunications. Next door, the Forum der Technik (Technology Forum) houses a planetarium and an IMAX theatre. Flugwerft Schleissheim (Schleissheim Aerodrome), located at Germany’s oldest aerodrome, is a branch of the museum, which focuses on aviation history. Sailing ships, models of atoms, windmills, space probes, diesel locomotives, industrial robots, organs, lifeboats,...this unbelievable abundance of technical achievement - and lots more - can be found in the Deutsches Museum.
A house of superlatives: it is not only one of the first scientific-technological museums in the world, but also one of the most frequently visited, and with an area of 50,000 square meters the biggest of all. The laws of nature, instruments and technological methods are presented in this Mount Olympus of knowledge on a scientifically high level, yet in an enthralling and entertaining way. Machines hum, lightning flashes through the air, telescopes zoom in on star formations.
Learning by doing - this concept enthralls around 1.3 million people every year. And has been providing visitors with a comprehensive basic understanding of science and technology for one hundred years.
Understanding that is urgently needed to get to grips with a world that is becoming more and more complex. Also part of the Deutsches Museum: the Verkehrszentrum (featuring all kinds of vehicles - from formula 1 car to bicycle) and the Flugwerft (focussing on airplanes)
Location: Museumsinsel 1 Flugwerft SchleissheimEffnerstrasse 18, Schleissheim
Tel: (089) 21791. Tel: (089) 315 7140.
www.deutsches-museum.de Website: www.deutsches-museum.de
All rapid-transit (S-Bahn) lines to Isartor station; Underground lines U1 and U2 to Fraunhofer Str.; bus no. 131 to Boschbrücke; tram no. 17 to Isartor; tram no. 18 to Deutsches Museum.
Street parking is very restricted. There are one or two multi-storey car parks within walking distance (see map), but we really cannot recommend coming by car.
The Munich public transport company Münchner Verkehrsverbund (MVV) provides a Park+Ride service from several stations outside the city.
Opening times and admission charges
The Deutsches Museum is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00.
It is closed only on January 1, Shrove Tuesday, Good Friday, May 1, November 1, and December 24, 25, and 31.
On December 13 the museum is closed at 13:30.
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Admission costs € 8.50 for adults, € 3 for children aged 6 and over, € 7 per person for groups.

GM05 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Englischer Garten (English Garden)

Details: The English Garden is the largest urban park in Germany, is a quiet oasis in the heart of busy Munich. Attractions include the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), with its great beer garden, the Japanisches Teehaus (Japanese Teahouse) and the Monopteros, a Greek-style temple. The Kleinhesselhoher See (a lake in the centre of the park) and the Amphitheater offer lots of activities in the summer months. The Haus der Kunst, home of the State Gallery of Modern Art (tel: (089) 2112 7137), which hosts excellent temporary art exhibitions, and the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, the Bavarian National Museum (tel: (089) 211 2401) are located on Prinzregentenstrasse, on the southern edge of the park.
Location: From Prinzregentenstrasse to TivolibrückeHaus der KunstPrinzregentenstrasse 1Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Prinzregentenstrasse 3
Tel: (089) 3866 6390. Tel: (089) 2112 7113.Tel: (089) 211 2401.
www.schloesser.bayern.deWebsite: www.hausderkunst.deWebsite: www.bayerisches-nationalmuseum.de
Admission free.Admission charge.Admission charge (free on Sun).

GM14 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Königssee

Details: 10 km long emerald-green mountain lake, considered the pearl of the Berchtesgadener Land. Some of the most magnificent panorama views across all of Bavaria can be found here. To preserve the purity and tranquillity of the water only electrically-powered boats have been allowed on the lake since 1909.
Location: By car, take the Autobahn Munich-Salzburg to Berchtesgaden.
By train, get off at Berchtesgaden Station
Tel: +49(0) 80 51/9 66 58-0
Fax: +49 (0) 80 51/9 66 58-38


GM13 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Lake Starnberg

Details: One of the reason Munich is such a desirable place to live is that is has practically everything; mountains nearby for skiing and hiking, beautiful parks and also close proximity to some beautiful lakes. Starnberg, at the northern end of Lake Starnberg is at the heart of the Five Lakes district and the lake itself is a favourite spot for windsurfers, and boaters. There are numerous places to rent boats just west of the train station.

GM06 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Münchener Residenz (Munich Residence)

Details: The Munich Residence embodies over 600 years of Bavarian history. Successive members of the Wittelsbach dynasty expanded the original 14th-century castle to create a complex of palaces around seven courtyards. The elaborate rooms contain antiques, sculptures, paintings and tapestries amassed by the Wittelsbachs between the 16th and 19th centuries – some rooms can only be visited during the morning or afternoon. Other royal treasures are on show in the Schatzkammer (Treasury). The entire Residenz complex, including the Rococo Cuvilliés-Theater, was rebuilt and restored after being reduced to rubble during World War II. With the Residence, Munich owns one of Europe's most significant interior decoration museums. For five hundred years the facility in the middle of the old city was the residence and center of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings, but also the expression of art intellect and passion for building. The rooms of Duke Maximilian I - Kaisersaal, Steinzimmer and Reiche Kapelle - show the palace construction art of the 17th century. The ancestral portrait gallery and the Reiche Zimmer represent courtly rococo according to drafts by François Cuvilliés. The classical apartments in the King's Building go back to drafts by Leo von Klenzes.
The highlight of the guided tour is the Antiquarium: the largest and most beautiful Renaissance hall north of the Alps was built around 1570 for the antique collection of Duke Albrecht V and later used as a festival hall.
The 130 rooms of the Residence Munich have been filled with furniture and oil paintings, tapestries and porcelain from the best artists of their time. In addition to the resplendent showrooms, numerous special collections such as silver, porcelain or relic rooms can also be viewed.
Schatzkammer - Georgsritter
Treasury of the Residence

The Treasury offers unique gold work from the Middle Ages right through to the classicism period. But the eminent collection also comprises precious works made of mountain crystal and ivory, gems, jewelry, tableware, right up to Ottoman daggers. Among the highlights of the collection are the Bavarian crown insignia and the precious statuette of St George the Knight. World famous exhibits are the Arnulfziborium, the cross relic of Emperor Heinrich II or the Gisela cross.
Location: Residence
Verwaltung der Residenz München
Residenzstraße 1
80333 München
Tel. +49(0)89/2 90 67 1
Fax +49(0)89/2 90 67 225

E-Mail ResidenzMuenchen@
The Residenz is located in the centre of the city and can easily be reached by public transport. The following stops are close by:
S-Bahn (suburban railway): S1, S2, S4-8 "Marienplatz"
U-Bahn (underground): U3, U6 "Marienplatz" or U3-U6 "Odeonsplatz"
Bus 100 "Odeonsplatz"
Tram 19 "Nationaltheater"
Opening hours
April - 15th Oct:
9 am - 6 pm
16th Oct - March:
10 am -4 pm
Fountain machinery in the internal link Court Garden
The fountain machinery can be viewed every day.
It is in operation from April to October every day from 10 am to 2 pm.

EUR 9,00

GM17 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: New town hall (Neues Rathaus)

Details: New town hall (Neues Rathaus)
Built 1867 - 1909 in Flanders Gothic style; its facade, over 300 feet in length, features strikingly elaborate stone ornamentation. Its 260-foot tower with carillon is, with St. Peter's Church and the twin towers of the Cathedral, one of the most distinctive features of the city's skyline.
Carillon (Glockenspiel)

The town hall?s tower harbors the world famous carillon, which has existed since 1908. The figures of the carillon show parts of Munich?s history. A joust is displayed in the upper part which was arranged for the marriage of duke Wilhelm V. and Renata of Lothringen.
The lower part of the carillon shows a famous dance of Munich, the ?Schäfflertanz?. It was arranged at the time of the plague (1515-1517) and has since been traditionally performed every 7th year in Munich.

Location: New town hall/Carillon
Marienplatz 8
80331 München
Opening hours
Nov - April:
Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm; Sat, Sun and holiday closed
May - October:
daily 10 am to 7 pm
Glockenspiel (carillon):
Nov - Feb at 11 and 12am
March - Oct at 11am, 12am and 5pm, no carillon performance on Good Friday

GM07 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Olympia Park

Details: The Olympia Park complex was laid out in 1972, for the 20th Olympic Games. It covers an area of 270 hectares (667 acres). At its heart is the giant tent-like structure of the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium), which hosts national and international sporting events and concerts. A number of tours are available upon reservation. The Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) soars 290m (950ft) above the park, offering magnificent views from its revolving restaurant and observation terrace.
Location: Olympiapark
Tel: (089) 30670 or 3067 2414 (tours).
Admission charge for tower and tours.

GM08 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace)

Details: Located on the western edge of the city, the Nymphenburg Palace was built as the summer residence of the Wittelsbach family. Its stunning symmetrical lay out and the beautiful surrounding parkland was created in the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights within the main palace include the late-Rococo Steinerner Saal (Hall of Stone) and the ‘Gallery of Beauties’ – a collection of portraits of beautiful women commissioned by Ludwig I. The extensive grounds conceal four miniature palaces within their landscaped confines, one of which, the Amalienburg, is considered the most attractive Rococo palace in Germany. The Nymphenburg complex also includes the Marstallmuseum, which houses royal coaches and riding equipment, as well as the Bäuml Collection of Nymphenburg porcelain, with exhibits from 1747 until the 1920s.
Please note!! - The interior of Nymphenburg is closed for lunch between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.

Location: Menzinger Strasse
Tel: (089) 179 080.
How to get there? Unlike the other castles, the worst way to get here is by car. It's easy to get lost, and finding a parking space is next to impossible. Munich has such good public transport that there is no need for driving to the Palace.
* By bus - no. 41
* By tram - no. 12

Admission free, charge for palaces and museums.

GM09 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: The Three Pinakotheks

Details: The Alte Pinakothek (Old Pinakothek), constructed in the 19th century, for King Ludwig I, is home to one of the world’s oldest and most important collections of paintings by European Old Masters, including Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt and Rubens. The Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek), located opposite, in a modern building, was conceived by Ludwig I, as a showcase for contemporary art. The museum houses European painting and sculpture from the second half of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. German painting of the 19th century forms the core of the collection. The entrance price includes an audio-guide, which is available in English.The third Pinakothek der Moderne (Pinakothek of Modern Art) is a collection of contemporary art, architecture and design, taken from disparate collections throughout the city to complement the works housed in the first two galleries. The Glyptothek (ancient Greek art) and the Antikensammlung (antiquities) are located nearby, at Königsplatz.
Location: Alte PinakothekBarer Strasse 27Neue PinakothekBarer Strasse 29Pinakothek der ModerneBarer Strasse 40
Tel: (089) 2380 5216.Tel: (089) 2380 5195. Tel: (089) 2380 5360.
www.pinakothek.de/alte-pinakothek Website: www.pinakothek.de/neue-pinakothekWebsite: www.pinakothek.de/pinakothek-der-moderne
Admission charge (free on Sun).Admission charge (free on Sun).Admission charge (free on Sun).

GM16 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Viktualienmarkt

Details: he Victuals Market, only a few steps from the Marienplatz, is Munich's most popular open air market.
A walk across the "Victuals Market" can be a sensual revelation. Stalls not only offer the freshest fruits and vegetables in Munich, but traditional Bavarian Schweinshax'n and Speck, sea food, delicious cheeses from all over Europe, herbs, honey products, sushi and hand-made straw puppets are also for sale. Or would you prefer a freshly squeezed apple-carrot-ginger juice? For all those who appreciate culinary seduction of the senses, this is the perfect place to spend your lunch break, get inspired for new creations, and buy those rare and special herbs and spices that can't be found anywhere else in the region.
However, although this is its main purpose, the Victuals Market is not only a place for buying and selling : the market also hosts a number of traditional and folkloric events, such as the colorful Fasching festivities and the masked dance of the market women on Shrove Tuesday.
Right next to the Victuals Market is the site of the "Schrannenhalle", built under King Maximilian I according to a French model. This was a market hall over 430 m long, where grains were sold, and which burned down in 1932.
Rebuilt with the original wrought-iron frames, the new "Schrannenhalle" was inaugurated in September 2005. Housing a market, shops, restaurants and cultural venues, the hall is a meeting place for old and young in the heart of the city.
Location: Viktualienmarkt
Am Viktualienmarkt 6
80331 München
Opening hours
Mo - Sat till 8 pm

GM10 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Westpark

Details: Laid out in 1983, for the International Garden Design Exhibition, Westpark offers 72 hectares (178 acres) of wilderness in the city. Three separate areas recreate the contrasting natural habitats of mountain, meadowland and dry grassland, human interference with the plants and animals is kept to a minimum. In among the natural attractions, visitors can find beer gardens, cafés and several playgrounds. In summer, a floating stage hosts concerts, theatre and open-air cinema events. Open 24 hours a day
Location: Garmischer Strasse, Sendling-Westpark
Admission: Free.

GM11 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Zentrum für Aussergewöhnliche Museen (Centre for Unusual Museums)

Details: This place lives up to its name. Under one roof, visitors will find a chamber pot museum, a go-cart museum, a perfume museum, a lock museum, an Easter Bunny museum and a museum dedicated to the Bavarian-born Austrian Empress Sisi.
Location: Westenriederstrasse 41
Tel: (089) 290 4121.
Admission charge.

GM15 City: Munich
Name of Attraction: Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn)

Location: Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn AG
Tierparkstr. 30
D-81543 München
Via underground and bus:

U3 (e.g. starting from Marienplatz) to underground station „Thalkirchen“, approximately 3 minutes footpath in order to reach the “Isar Entrance” (signposted).
timetable for the U3 as PDF

Bus line 52 starting from “Marienplatz” to terminal “Tierpark”,
right in front of the “Flamingo-Entrance”.
timetable for the 52 bus as PDF
April to September: 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
October to March: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Please note that the buildings are shut 30 minutes before closing time.
EUR 9,00

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