Munich, the picturesque capital of Bavaria, is the third-largest city in Germany. Located on the banks of River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps, Munich has been the capital of the state since the 16th century. The city is today a major international center of business, engineering, research and medicine and is home to a number of educational institutes as well as the headquarters of several multinational companies. From Alpine clichés to its world-class museums and art galleries to an entire suburb of Olympic legacy, Munich has it all and more. Whether you are visiting Munich during its pleasant summers or during its riotously delightful Oktoberfest celebrations, the city will meet and exceed your expectations!
Munich’s neighborhoods are divided into 25 municipalities (Stadtbezirke), which are further divided into 107 parts of municipalities (Stadtbezirksteile). Munich’s neighborhoods are often classified as quarters/districts (Stadtteile).
Some of its major neighborhoods are:
Altstadt (Old Town): The historic center of Altstadt (Old Town) is the center of cultural life of the Bavarian capital. Marienplatz (Mary’s Square) is the center of the Old Town, named after Mariensäule (Column of the Virgin Mary), the official center of Munich, an 11-meter high column with a gilded statue of Mary. Located in Altstadt are Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady), Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall), Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall), Fischbrunnen (Fish fountain), and Viktualienmarkt. The Residenz (Residence) at Odeonsplatz is one of the most important palace museums in Europe. Old Town has many museums and churches including Kirche St. Peter (Church of St. Peter), Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church of St. Cajetan), Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshals' Hall), Jewish Museum and the Munich City Museum. Between Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz is the Platzl quarter with a vibrant nightlife and the 16th century Hofbräuhaus on the Platzl, the most famous brewery in the world.
Maxvorstadt: Maxvorstadt is architecturally and culturally one of the most interesting districts of Munich. Maxvorstadt has Königsplatz (King's Square), modeled after the Acropolis in Athens, with the Doric Propyläen as its magnificent entry . Located in Königsplatz are Munich's oldest public museum, Glyptothek and Antikensammlungen. The Museum Quarter in Maxvorstadt, Kunstareal (art district) has the Pinakothek der Moderne, one of the world’s largest museums including Alte Pinakothek (Old Masters Gallery) Neue Pinakothek (New Masters Gallery) and Pinakothek Moderne Kunst (Gallery of Modern Art). Maxvorstadt has the Siegestor (Victory Gate), Leuchtenberg-Palais (Leuchtenberg Palace), Ludwigskirche (Church of St. Louis) with the world’s second largest altar fresco, and universities including the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Technical University of Munich, and Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Central Institute for Art History).
Schwabing: Bordered by Siegestor (Victory Gate), Schwabing is connected to Altstadt via Ludwigstrasse. Schwabing's main thoroughfare, Leopoldstrasse, is popular for its cafés, boutiques, bars and nightclubs. Schwabing has Schloss Suresne (Suresnes Castle) and Englischer Garten (English Garden) is one of Europe’s largest city parks. Schwabing’s Münchner Freiheit is one of the busiest places in the city, with supermarkets, shopping center, bars and cafés, bars, and cinemas.
Bogenhausen: Bogenhausen, known for its Art Nouveau villas, is popular for Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), Prinzregententheater and Museum Villa Stuck, dedicated to painter Franz von Stuck. Bogenhausen’s Maximilian Park has the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace), perched on the Prince Regent Terrace, which offers a magnificent view of the city.
Milbertshofen: Milbertshofen is famous for 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Milbertshofen includes Olympiapark, which has the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Hall and the Olympic Tower. Located in Milbertshofen is the BMW headquarters and museum.
Nymphenburg: Nymphenburg is popular for the Nymphenburg Palace, the Neuer Botanischer Garten (New Botanical Garden), and the Hirschgarten, which is Munich's biggest beer garden.
Munich in 4 Days: (Source: Travellector/Frommer’s)
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