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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

"Where in Munich can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 05/31/2014)

Usually, you can buy fresh bread rolls in every bakery from 7, partly even from 6 o’clock. All McDonald’s branches offer a good breakfast starting early in the morning. Various bakeries and ‘standing cafés’ also start offering breakfast early in the day. For further details, it would be necessary to know where you are staying.
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 05/31/2014
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Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

"I'm very interested in the history and culture of Munich. Are there any cultural highlights or museums in Munich that you can recommend?" (posted 06/07/2014)

I would visit the Bavarian National Museum, art galleries, the Marienplatz Square, the Royal court and a specialized guided tour.
Answer provided by Alex Gay Cabrera on 06/07/2014
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Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

"Can you recommend 2-3 ideas for day trips with interesting targets near Munich? As we do not want to travel more than 2 hours (one way) we are looking for nearby attractions or points of interests that are worthwhile to visit. What is the best way to get there (car, bus, train?)" (posted 06/02/2014)

On this website there are a few tips for day trips in and around Munich http://www.muenchen.de/freizeit/ausfluege.html I guess there's something for everyone.
Answer provided by Elke Baierl on 06/02/2014
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Salzburg in Austria by train (Bayern Ticket) to achieve fast and cheap in about 2 hours. Andechs Abbey: which is easily reached by S-Bahn and a short hike. Typical Bavarian monastery and brewery http://www.andechs.de/ Kochel am See with Franz Marc Museum, Walchensee and the mountain Herzogstandbahn (Summit hike in about 3 hours or Gipfelbahn) http://www.herzogstandbahn.de/index.php id = 0.114 Directions by car about 1 hour
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 06/02/2014
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Good restaurants for dinner?

"Can you recommend me 2-3 good local restaurants in Munich where I can get a nice and tasty dinner?" (posted 06/01/2014)

Since there is here directly from us in the condominium a Greek and an Italian restaurant http://www.dimos-restaurant.de/ http://www.ristorante-caruso.de/Ristorante_Caruso/Home.html Both I can highly recommend . Also recommended Emerams mill http://www.emmeramsmuehle.de/ Here one has ever seen the opportunity in a cozy beer garden and the occasional celebrity.
Answer provided by Elke Baierl on 06/02/2014
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http://www.weisses-brauhaus.de/ in the summer one of the most beautiful beer gardens: http://www.zum-flaucher.de/
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 06/01/2014
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Restaurant Spöckmeier, Rosenstr, 9, near Marienplatz city center Bratwürst Glöckle am Dom specialty Nuremberg sausages asada steak Valley 4 near Marienplatz Weisses Brauhaus Tal 7 "" Paulaner im Tal, Tal 12 "" There is in Munich countless restaurants serving cuisine from all over the globe If the prospective buyer would like to live in our apartment is also available in Pasing very good restaurants like Gasthof zur Post, Burenwirt / Aubing,
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 06/01/2014
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"Does the restaurant in the Koenigshof Hotel still have it's wonderful buffet ?" (posted 08/25/2016)

On the Internet at "www.koenigshof-hotel.de he finds the desired information
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 08/27/2016
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Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

Things can do to make it a fun and memorable evening?

How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

"Travelling to Germany for Christmas and beginning in Nuremberg. Would like to take a train tour from Nuremberg to Munich to Innsbruck and return to Nuremberg. Any suggestions? Thank you" (posted 11/12/2014)

The connection from Nuremberg to Munich is very good - as well to Innsbruck there are some special deals europe - please check the web-page from German railway http://www.bahn.de/reisen/view/verbindung/innsbruck.shtml there are special offers - from 29 - 39 euros - the holidays falling on the availabilty might also be limited -so check soon;-) have a great time in Gemany claudia
Answer provided by Claudia Kraus on 11/13/2014
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on a site: www.bahn.de/p/view/urlaub/staedtereisen/staedtereisen.shtml are many deals to be found. but also in google under City Breaks in Germany can be find also in English
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 11/12/2014
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Where to find good quality groceries?

Are there any special local events?

Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

"Are there any local food specialties in Munich one should try out?" (posted 05/31/2014)

Roast pork, white sausage, pretzels, sweet mustard and Munich beer!
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 05/31/2014
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White sausages with pretzel and wheat beer!
Answer provided by Alex Gay Cabrera on 06/01/2014
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Hello, I have a 6 hour lay over in Munich and was wondering what I can see in that short amount of time? Can I make it to the area where there are clock towers? Also, how is the travel from France to Germany? Is the boarder open for travel by train?" (posted 11/18/2015)

Yes you can go by train from France to Munich. 6 hours is much to less for Munich, so have a nice walk in the old towen on Marienplantz to then drink a beer in the Hofbräuhaus. best regards Ingrid Müller
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 11/19/2015
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Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

"Is there a good local deli or restaurant in Munich where they serve a good lunch?" (posted 05/31/2014)

Direwkt at the slaughterhouse there is a good butcher! But the Viktualienmarkt there is the best quality!
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 05/31/2014
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Am Viktualienmarkt find the plenty of opportunity butchers (even several side by side) to find. Also near the Viktualienmarkt there are many very good restaurants
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 05/31/2014
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Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

"Are there any special points of interests or local attractions in Munich that you can recommend that are worthwhile visiting?" (posted 06/12/2014)

Marienplatz - Glockenspiel Rathaus, Hofbrauhaus, Nympenburger Castle, Maximilian street, residence, Tieprak Hellabrunn, Frauenkirche, Olympic Park - Olympic Tower, Alllianz Arena, Englischer Garten - Chinese Tower, Old Peter, Viktualienmarkt, the Platz, old, new and modern Pinaktohek, German Museum, Lenbachhaus, Villa Stuck, Botanical Garden, Toy Museum, Isar Gate, Angel of Peace, Maximilianäum, Müller Volksbad, Asam Church, King Square, Dallmayer, BMW world ........
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 06/12/2014
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Deutsches Museum, Olympic Tower, BMW World, Seaworld, Olympic site, Viktualienmarkt. Bavaria-Studios/Grünwald Garnmisch-Partenkirchen Ski ski jump, Starnbergersee (Seereundfahrt) see also google: Munich attractions
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 06/12/2014
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What are good places to go for shopping?

"I would like to order a small cake that I can pick up for have delivered to my hotel on December 24th. My daughter's birthday is Christmas day and we'll be in Munich on holiday so I won't be able to make one. Are there any bakeries that you recommend that would be open on the 24th? We'll be staying right in the centre of town, near Marienplatz. Thank you!" (posted 10/29/2015)

I would avisieren at the hotel and there ordered a cake - that's the easiest. otherwise the shops are at noon on 24 December - usually 12 clock closed.
Answer provided by Claudia Kraus on 11/01/2015
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I'm sorry, because I can not help unfortunately. At 24.12. However, open until midday all the shops. Or how about with a frozen cake from Coppenrath & Wiese - is also very delicious!
Answer provided by Elke Baierl on 10/30/2015
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Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

"Any sporting activites and recommendations in Munich to stay active?" (posted 06/04/2014)

Cycling, swimming, jogging.
Answer provided by Alex Gay Cabrera on 06/04/2014
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In Munich you can do many sports in the Olympic Park. At the Isar there is rafting. Best Look on the side of the Olympic Park!
Answer provided by Alexandra Dittrich on 06/04/2014
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Questions around the weather, different seasons, ...

"Travelling from NY to Munich in late March, 2015, and was wondering what I can expect for typical weather that time of year?" (posted 01/14/2015)

Hello, I can not guarantee for the weather with us is climate change, as is normal weather 12 and 18 degrees. Sincerely healer
Answer provided by Helena Heiler on 01/14/2015
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The end of March Weather-wise, actually everything possible to Schneefalf of sunshine, freezing temperatures or even spring weather to 15 degree.
Answer provided by Ingrid Müller on 01/14/2015
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A prediction of this kind may not plead. should normally start around this time of spring
Answer provided by Gerd Thomas on 01/15/2015
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Munich

  • Rathaus-Glockenspiel
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    Rathaus-Glockenspiel

    The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a tourist attraction in Marienplatz the heart of Munich.

    Part of the second construction phase of the New Town Hall, it dates from 1908. Every day at 11 a.m. (as well as 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in summer) it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the amusement of mass crowds of tourists and locals. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white). The Bavarian knight wins every time of course.

    This is then followed by the bottom half and second story: Schäfflertanz (the coopers' dance). According to myth, 1517 was a year of plague in Munich. The coopers are said to have danced through the streets to, "bring fresh vitality to fearful dispositions." The coopers remained loyal to the duke, and their dance came to symbolize perseverance and loyalty to authority through difficult times. By tradition, the dance is performed in Munich every seven years. This was described in 1700 as, "an age-old custom", but the current dance was defined only in 1871. The dance can be seen during Fasching (German Carnival): the next one is in 2019.

    The whole show lasts somewhere between 12 and 15 minutes long depending on which tune it plays that day. At the very end of the show, a very small golden bird at the top of the Glockenspiel chirps three times, marking the end of the spectacle.

  • Munich Frauenkirche
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    Munich Frauenkirche

    The Frauenkirche (full name Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau, "Cathedral of Our Dear Lady") is a church in the Bavarian city of Munich that serves as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and seat of its Archbishop. It is a landmark and is considered a symbol of the Bavarian capital city.

    The church towers are widely visible because of local height limits. According to the narrow outcome of a local plebiscite, city administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 99 m in the city center. Since November 2004, this prohibition has been provisionally extended outward and as a result, no buildings may be built in the city over the aforementioned height. The south tower is open to those wishing to climb the stairs and offers a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps.

  • Theatine Church, Munich
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    Theatine Church, Munich

    The Theatine Church of St. Cajetan (German: Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan) is a Catholic church in Munich, southern Germany. Built from 1663 to 1690, it was founded by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, as a gesture of thanks for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, Prince Max Emanuel, in 1662.

    The church was built in Italian high-Baroque style, inspired by Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome, designed by the Italian architect Agostino Barelli. His successor, Enrico Zuccalli, added two towers, originally not planned, and then finished the 71 meter high dome in 1690. The facade in Rococo style was completed only in 1768 by François de Cuvilliés. Its Mediterranean appearance and yellow coloring became a well known symbol for the city and had much influence on Southern German Baroque architecture.

  • Odeonsplatz
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    Odeonsplatz

    The Odeonsplatz is a large square in central Munich which was developed in the early 19th century by Leo von Klenze and is at the southern end of the Ludwigstraße, developed at the same time. The square is named for the former concert hall, the Odeon, on its southwestern side. The name Odeonsplatz has come to be extended to the parvis (forecourt) of the Residenz, in front of the Theatine Church and terminated by the Feldherrnhalle, which lies to the south of it. The square was the scene of a fatal gun battle which ended the march on the Feldherrnhalle during the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch.

  • Bürgersaalkirche (Munich)
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    Bürgersaalkirche (Munich)

    The Bürgersaal (German: "Citizen's Hall") is a historical building in Munich, Germany. Also known as Bürgersaalkirche since the consecration of the altar on May 13, 1778, it is the prayer and meeting room of the Marian Men Congregation "Annunciation". It was built in 1709/1710 under design by Giovanni Antonio Viscardi. Since 1778, the hall is used as a church.

  • Trinity Church (Munich)
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    Trinity Church (Munich)

    The Trinity Church is a religious building in Munich, southern Germany. It is a votive church and was designed in Bavarian Baroque style according to plans from Giovanni Antonio Viscardi from 1711 to 1718. It is a monastery church of the Carmelites and a church of the Metropolitan parish of Our Blessed Lady. During the Second World War this was the only church in the center of Munich, which had been spared from destruction by bombs.

    A pledge was kept (due to the prophecy of Anna Maria Lindmayr); people hoped to be spared by the Austrians during the Spanish Succession war. Important works by Cosmas Damian Asam (ceiling paintings), Joseph Ruffini, Andreas Faistenberger, Johann Baptist Straub and Johann Georg Baader can be admired inside.

    The patronal feast is All Saints Holy Trinity (the Sunday after Whitsun).

  • St. Anna Damenstiftskirche (Munich)
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    St. Anna Damenstiftskirche (Munich)

    St. Anna Damenstiftskirche is a chapel in Munich, southern Germany.

    It was commissioned in the 18th century by Elector Charles Albert, who later became Emperor Charles VII starting from 1733. A monastery in the legal form of a chapter of nuns was set up. The architect was Johann Baptist Gunetzrhainer, while the Asam brothers were responsible for the interior. The women's collegiate church was consecrated in 1735.

  • Parish Church of St. Anna (Lehel, Munich)
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    Parish Church of St. Anna (Lehel, Munich)

    St. Anna is a Catholic parish church Lehel, Munich, southern Germany, built in 1887-1892 under design by Gabriel Seidl. It is the main parish church of Lehel, located in the center of the quarter. In 1983, Coppell homemakers Norma Gaffney and Sandy Jadlot started talking and praying about the possibility of getting together with other local Catholics to build a Catholic Community. After initial word of mouth efforts and advertising in the local paper, 24 families responded. They quickly realized that in order to move forward they would need more interested Catholic families. They again advertised in the local newspaper as well as on local cable. On 9/16/84, the 1st organizational meeting was held in the Coppell Middle School cafeteria (now known as CMS West) to discuss next steps in the formation of a Catholic Community.

    The families learned that in order for a priest to come and celebrate Mass, they had to petition the diocese for mission status. Determined to make their dreams a reality, the resolute group leased 3 frame buildings (formerly known as the 1st United Methodist Church property) on 10/11/84 in old downtown Coppell for 3 years from George Chaddick, owner of the property at the northwest corner of Coppell Rd. and W. Bethel Road. Bishop Thomas Tschoepe signed the lease. Chaddick did not request any money down and prayers were that enough people would come to pay the rent. The diocese timely granted the families’ mission request and the Coppell Catholic Community Mission was established as a mission of Mary Immaculate Parish in nearby Farmers Branch. First Mass was said at the new facility on 10/21/84 by Fr. Leon Deusman from Mary Immaculate with approximately 225 in attendance. $1200 was collected and the 1st month’s rent was paid! From that point forward, collections subsidized expenses. Fr. Duesman, along with Fr. Kilian Broderick, director of the diocesan Catholic Charities, began serving the mission on a rotating basis.

  • Asamkirche, Munich
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    Asamkirche, Munich

    St. Johann Nepomuk, better known as the Asam Church (German: Asamkirche) is a church in Munich, southern Germany, built from 1733 to 1746 by the brothers Egid Quirin Asam and Cosmas Damian Asam as their private church. Due to resistance of the citizens, the brothers were forced to make the church accessible to the public. The church is considered to be one of the most important buildings of the main representatives of the southern German Late Baroque.

    The Asams had bought four houses for their project, the southern house was built already in the 16th century. When Egid took possession of the house as his home, he sculpted lavish stucco ornamentation for the exterior, as it was typical for the South German rococo, an ornament technique inspired by Lüftlmalerei (an artistic expression of paintings on the outside walls of houses in Bavaria and Tyrol). The two houses in the middle were demolished to build the church. The northern house became the house for the priest, it also shows a rococo facade.

  • Cuvilliés Theatre
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    Cuvilliés Theatre

    The Cuvilliés Theatre (German: Cuvilliés-Theater) or Old Residence Theatre (Altes Residenztheater) is the former court theatre of the Residenz in Munich, southern Germany.

    Theatrical performances

    The theatre was inaugurated on 12 October 1753 with Ferrandini's opera Catone in Utica. Under Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, the court theatre was opened for public performances by 1795. Many operas were staged there by the Bavarian State Opera, including the premieres of Mozart's Idomeneo in 1781 and Carl Maria von Weber's Abu Hassan in 1811. The Cuvilliés Theatre has been also a stage for plays. In 1831 Ferdinand Raimund gave a guest performance. Ernst von Possart staged several Mozart operas in original version during the 1890s. On 14 June 2008, the theatre re-opened with the premiere performance of a new production of Mozart's Idomeneo, staged by Dieter Dorn, conducted by Kent Nagano.

  • National Theatre Munich
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    National Theatre Munich

    The National Theatre Munich (German: Nationaltheater München) is an opera house in Max-Joseph-Platz in Munich, Germany. It is the home of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet (Bayerisches Staatsballett).

    The Bavarian State Opera also performs in the Prinzregententheater, which opened in 1901 and, like the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, is built to Richard Wagner's specifications, and in the Cuvilliés Theatre at the Residenz, constructed in 1751–1753 and described by Thierry Beauvert as "a Rococo gem".

  • Palais Porcia
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    Palais Porcia

    The Palais Porcia is a Baroque mansion in Munich, southern Germany, which served as residence for Count Fugger. It is Munich's oldest still existing Baroque style palace. Enrico Zuccalli built the mansion in Italian baroque style in 1693 for the Count Fugger. In 1710 it was bought by Count Törring and in 1731 by Elector Charles Albert. His architect François de Cuvilles restored the mansion in 1736 in Rococo style for the countess Topor-Morawitzka, a mistress of Charles Albert. The mansion is named after her husband, Prince Porcia. In 1819, a concert hall was integrated by Métivier for the "Museum", a cultural association which had acquired the mansion. In 1934, the Palais Porcia was acquired by a bank. The restoration after the destruction during World War II took place in 1950-1952.

    After renovations it received a price by the city of Munich, the Fassadenpreis der Landeshauptstadt München of 2008, for its refurbished facade.

  • Munich Residence (Residenz)
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    Munich Residence (Residenz)

    The Residence (German: Residenz) is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs in the city center of Munich. The Residence is the largest downtown palace in Germany and serves today as one of the finest room decoration museums in Europe.

    The building complex contains ten courtyards with 130 display rooms in the museum areas. The Munich Residenz served as the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. What began in 1385 as a castle at the north-eastern corner of the town (the Neuveste, or new citadel) was transformed over the centuries into a magnificent palace, its buildings and gardens extending further and further into the town.

    The Residenz is open daily 9am - 6pm (last entry: 5pm) from April 1 - October 15, and 10am - 5pm (last entry: 4pm) October 16 - March 31 with the exception of December 24, 25, 26 and January 1 when it is closed. Admission starts at 6 euro (5 euro concessions) and increases according to how many buildings are visited.

  • Palais Preysing
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    Palais Preysing

    The Palais Preysing is a late-Baroque mansion in Munich, southern Germany, which served as residence for the Counts of Preysing. To distinguish it from the nearby Palais Neuhaus-Preysing, it is also called the Elder Palais Preysing.

    Joseph Effner built the mansion between 1723 and 1728 for the Count Johann Maximilian of Preysing opposite to the Residenz. It is Munich's first Rococo style palace. The exterior walls were embellished with stucco. Since its restoration after the destructions of World War II, the building houses shops and offices but the decorated stairway is open for the public.

    The mansion is situated behind the Feldherrnhalle at Odeonsplatz, the little alley behind the Palais Preysing connecting the Residenzstrasse and the Theatinerstrasse is called Viscardigasse (after Giovanni Antonio Viscardi), but it used to be known by the locals as "Drueckebergergasse". "Drueckeberger" is a German slang expression for someone who tries to avoid his duty. Adolf Hitler ordered that everyone passing the Feldherrnhalle had to give the Nazi salute as they walked by, as a tribute to the Nazi sympathisers who had been killed at that spot in the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923. Many people practised a kind of passive resistance by making a detour down the Viscardigasse, to avoid passing the Feldherrnhalle and having to salute. In the mid-90s, a wavy stripe of gold-colored pavement stones were placed in the Viscardigasse in memorial of this civil resistance.

  • Palais Holnstein
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    Palais Holnstein

    The Palais Holnstein is a historical building in Munich, southern Germany, which has been the residence of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising since 1818.

    François de Cuvilles built the mansion between 1733 and 1737 for Sophie Caroline von Ingenheim, countess Holnstein, a mistress of Elector Charles Albert. The interior decoration was done by Johann Baptist Zimmermann. It is Munich's best rococo style palace. Only the elegant façade can be inspected since the palace is closed to the public.

    From 1977 to 1982 the Palais Holnstein served as residence of Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), who stayed here also during his visit in September 2006.

  • Prinz-Carl-Palais
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    Prinz-Carl-Palais

    The Prinz Carl Palais in Munich is a mansion built in the style of early Neoclassicism in 1804-1806. It was also known as the Palais Salabert and the Palais Royal, after its former owners.

    The Prinz-Carl-Palais was planned in 1803 by the young architect Karl von Fischer for Abbé Pierre de Salabert, a former teacher of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria. On the death of the Abbé Salabert in 1807, Maximilian I Joseph acquired the building. After his death in 1825, his son, Ludwig I, gave the building to his brother Prince Carl. He ordered Jean-Baptiste Métevier and Anton Schwanthaler to decorate the rooms. After Carl's death the Palais served as Diplomatic mission for Austria-Hungary from 1876 onwards before it became a residence for the Bavarian Prime Ministers in 1924.

  • Brienner Straße (Munich)
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    Brienner Straße (Munich)

    The neoclassical Brienner Straße in Munich is one of four royal avenues and was constructed from 1812 onwards, during the reigns of Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria and his successor Ludwig I, in accordance with a plan by Karl von Fischer and Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell. The avenue is named after the Battle of Brienne.

    Architecture

    The Brienner Straße starts at Odeonsplatz on the northern fringe of the Old Town close to the Residenz, and runs from east to west passing Wittelsbacher Platz and the circular Karolinenplatz and finally opens into the impressive Königsplatz, designed with the "Doric" Propylaea, the "Ionic" Glyptothek and the "Corinthian" State Museum of Classical Art, behind which St. Boniface's Abbey was erected. In the westernmost part of the Brienner Straße, between Königsplatz and Stiglmeierplatz, the Munich Volkstheater (People's Theatre) was founded in 1983.

    The area around Königsplatz is home to the Kunstareal, Munich's gallery and museum quarter, also including the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Lenbachhaus.

    The Obelisk at Karolinenplatz was built in 1833 by Leo von Klenze as a memorial for the 30,000 Bavarian soldiers who lost their lives during the French invasion of Russia. The monument is 29 meters high and constructed out of bronze plates over brick. The metal was obtained from guns of the Turkish battle-ships sunk in the Battle of Navarino on October 20, 1827. The purpose of the Amerika Haus at 3 Karolinenplatz is to focus on culture as a center for cultural exchange between Bavaria and the United States. The Börse München is also situated at Karolinenplatz.

  • Königsplatz, Munich
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    Königsplatz, Munich

    Königsplatz is a square in Munich, Germany. Built in the style of European Classicism in the 19th century, it is a center of cultural life. The area around Königsplatz is today the home to the Kunstareal, Munich's gallery and museum quarter.

    Architecture

    The square was designed as part of the representative boulevard Brienner Straße by Karl von Fischer working for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and laid out by Leo von Klenze. Fischer modeled the Königsplatz on the Acropolis in Athens. The concept was classical rigor embedded in living green, and so an expression of urban ideas of Ludwig I. who wanted to see cultural life, civic ideals, Catholic Christianity, royal administration and the military all together and embedded in green.

    Klenze framed the square with the "Ionic" Glyptothek and the "Doric" Propylaea (Propyläen; created as memorial for the accession of Otto of Greece). The "Corinthian" State Museum of Classical Art was erected by Georg Friedich Ziebland, on its back St. Boniface's Abbey is situated. The Glyptothek was built from 1816, the Propylaea were only completed in 1862.

    The Lenbachhaus is situated at the north-west side of the square.

  • Prinzregentenstraße (Munich)
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    Prinzregentenstraße (Munich)

    The Prinzregentenstraße in Munich is one of four royal avenues and runs parallel to Maximilianstraße and begins at Prinz-Carl-Palais, in the northeastern part of the Old Town. The avenue was constructed from 1891 onwards as a prime address for the middle-class during the reign of Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria and is named Prinzregentenstrasse in his honour.

    In contrast to Ludwigstrasse, the big boulevard of his father Ludwig I and to Maximilianstrasse, the boulevard of his brother Maximilian II, Prinzregentenstrasse was not planned as an administrative centre with a specially developed style; it was projected as a noble middle-class avenue. Thereby it reflects not only middle-class ideals, but was an expression of the good relation between the citizens, above all of the bourgeoisie and the educated classes, and the house of Wittelsbach. At the same time Prinzregentenstrasse demonstrates the prosperity about 1900.

    Many museums can be found along the avenue, such as the internationally renowned Haus der Kunst (House of Art), the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), the Schackgalerie and the Villa Stuck of Franz von Stuck which is situated on the eastern side of the Isar river. The avenue crosses the river and circles the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace), a monument commemorating the 25 years of peace following the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.

    In the winter the Prinzregentstadion serves for ice skating, for the rest of the year the stadium is transformed into an open-air swimming pool. The Prinzregententheater, an important theatre of the city, is at Prinzregentenplatz further to the east. In the easternmost part of the Prinzregentenstraße the church St. Gabriel was built in 1925–1926 by Otho Orlando Kurz and Eduard Herbert.

  • Maximilianeum
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    Maximilianeum

    The Maximilianeum, a palatial building in Munich, was built as the home of a gifted students' foundation and has also housed the Bavarian Landtag (state parliament) since 1949.

    The principal was King Maximilian II of Bavaria, who started the project in 1857. The leading architect was Friedrich Bürklein. The building is situated on the bank of river Isar before the Maximilian Bridge and marks the eastern end of the Maximilianstrasse, one of Munich's royal avenues which is framed by neo-Gothic palaces influenced by the English Perpendicular style. Due to statical problems the construction was only completed in 1874 and the facade of the Maximilianeum which was originally planned also in neo-Gothic style had to be altered in renaissance style under the influence of Gottfried Semper. The building was extended on its back for new parliament offices, several modern wings were added in 1958, 1964, 1992 and again in 2012.

  • Munich Kammerspiele
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    Munich Kammerspiele

    The Munich Kammerspiele (German: Münchner Kammerspiele) is a successful German language theatre in Munich. The Schauspielhaus in the Maximilianstrasse is the major stage.

    The Munich Kammerspiele was founded in 1911 as a private theatre of Erich Ziegel in Schwabing. Since 1917 Otto Falckenberg served as director and moved the theatre in 1926 into the Schauspielhaus in the Maximilianstrasse which had been constructed by Richard Riemerschmid and Max Littmann in Art Nouveau style in 1901. Since 1933 the theatre has been a municipal theatre of the City of Munich. Since 1961 the Werkraumtheater has served as second stage for the Kammerspiele. In 2001 the new large building by Gustav Peichl with a stage for rehearsals next to the Schauspielhaus was opened.

  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising
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    Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

    The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising (German: Erzbistum München und Freising, Latin: Archidioecesis Monacensis et Frisingensis) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Bavaria, Germany. It is governed by the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, who administers the see from the co-cathedral in Munich, the Frauenkirche, which is never called in German Munich Cathedral. The other, much older co-cathedral is Freising Cathedral.

    The see was canonically erected in about 739 by Saint Boniface as the Diocese of Freising and later became a prince-bishopric. The diocese was dissolved in 1803 following the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, although a titular bishop ruled until April 1, 1818, when Pope Pius VII elevated the diocese to an archdiocese.

    The archdiocese is divided into forty deaneries with 758 parishes. Its suffragan bishops are the Bishop of Augsburg, the Bishop of Passau, and the Bishop of Regensburg. The most famous archbishop was Joseph Ratzinger, who since was elected as Pope Benedict XVI.

  • Ludwigskirche (Munich)
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    Ludwigskirche (Munich)

    The Catholic Parish and University Church St. Louis, called Ludwigskirche, in Munich is a monumental church in neo-romanesque style with the second-largest altar fresco of the world. The building, with its round arches called the Rundbogenstil, strongly influenced other church architecture, train stations and synagogues in both Germany and the United States.

    Architecture

    The Ludwigskirche is situated in the northern part of the Ludwigstrasse and was built by the architect Friedrich von Gärtner from 1829 onwards. The patron was King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The facade with two steeples was constructed as balance to the Theatinerkirche, which stands diagonally opposite.

    The frescoes of the church were created by Peter von Cornelius. They are perhaps one of the most important mural works of modern times. The large fresco of the Last Judgment (1836-1840), situated over the high altar, measures 62 ft in height by 38 ft in width. The frescoes of the Creator, the Nativity, and the Crucifixion are also on a large scale. But the work was rejected by the King, and Cornelius left Munich shortly afterward. The sculptue Four Evangelists with Jesus Christ was designed by Ludwig von Schwanthaler.

    The church was the model for many other churches, such as the Altlerchenfelder Pfarrkirche in Vienna, and Richard Upjohn's Congregational Church of the Pilgrims (1844-1846), in Brooklyn, New York, the first of the Rundbogenstil in North America. This was followed by St. George's Episcopal Church in New York City by Charles Bresch, and the Bowdoin College Chapel in Brunswick, Maine.

  • Kunstareal
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    Kunstareal

    The Kunstareal ("art district") is a museum quarter in the city centre of Munich, Germany.

    Area of arts

    It consists of the three "Pinakotheken" galleries (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne), the Glyptothek, the Staatliche Antikensammlung (both museums are specialized in Greek and Roman art), the Lenbachhaus, the Museum Brandhorst (a private collection of modern art) and several galleries. It is planned to move also the Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst (the state collection of Egypt art) to the Kunstareal. The history of the museums in this area of Munich began in 1816 with the erection of the Glyptothek at Königsplatz and will be completed with the new building for the Egyptian Museum (planned for 2012) and the extension of the Lenbachhaus (planned for 2013).

    Close to the Pinakothek der Moderne the neo-classical Palais Dürckheim (constructed in 1842–44) serves as a building dedicated to bringing art closer to the visitors, while the adjoining Türkentor (1826), the gate of a demolished royal caserne, is set to become a display window for temporary contemporary art. As of 2009 a general project plan is under discussion to ensure the integration of the different museum buildings and to improve the access to the art district from the inner city.

  • Arabella Hochhaus
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    Arabella Hochhaus

    Arabella-Hochhaus is a 23-storey, 75 m (246 ft) skyscraper was designed by architect Toby Schmidbauer, and constructed from 1966 to 1969, by Josef Schörghuber in Munich, Germany. The building is located at Arabellapark, part of the Bogenhausen neighborhood in the East of Munich. In order to meet demand for hotel rooms during the 1972 Olympic Games the building was partly converted into Arabella Bogenhausen Hotel offering 467 rooms, which was one of the largest hotels in the Munich area at those times. In addition to the hotel the building is at present home to two clinics, 500 rental apartments and 100 offices and surgeries. The rooftop features a large spa area.

    In 1998 a joint venture was formed between Arabella Hotel Holding and Starwood Hotels and the hotel was renamed ArabellaSheraton Bogenhausen. It has since been renamed Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel.The company now operates the hotel jointly with The Westin Grand Munich which is located across the street.

    Arabella-Hochhaus is also located in close vicinity to the headquarters of HypoVereinsbank (Hypo-Haus).

  • Bavarian Rhön Nature Park
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    Bavarian Rhön Nature Park

    The Bavarian Rhön Nature Park (Naturpark Bayerische Rhön) straddles the junction of the German states of Bavaria, Hesse and Thuringia. 70 km² of the total 125 km² area of the nature park has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the Rhön Biosphere Reserve. The organisation for the promotion of the Bavarian Rhön Nature Park (Zweckverband Naturpark Bayerische Rhön) was founded in 1967. On 26 November 1982 the regulation for the Naturpark Bayerische Rhön was issued and, in 1997, the Zweckverband became the Society for the Bavarian Rhön Nature Park and Biosphere Reserve (Naturpark und Biosphärenreservat Bayer. Rhön e.V.).

    Landscape

    The nature park lies between the Spessart, Vogelsberg Mountains, Thuringian Forest, Haßberge and Steigerwald forest. It is characterised by mixed forests, streams of flowing water, moors, grassland and arid habitats.

  • Highlight Towers
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    Highlight Towers

    Highlight Towers is a twin tower office skyscraper complex completed in 2004 in Munich, Germany. The towers are joined by two bridges made of glass and steel combine to offer the two planned by architects Murphy/Jahn of Chicago. Tower I is 126 m (413 ft) with 33 storeys, and Tower II is 113 m (371 ft) with 28 storey which make them among the highest buildings in the city. Also in the complex are two low-rise buildings between the twin towers, that serve as a hotel and additional office space. Overall, the facility offers approximately 73,836 m2 (794,760 sq ft) of office space.

    The towers are slightly shifted in the historic sightline of Odeonsplatz on Ludwigstrasse with Victory Gate to the north and form a focal point for visitors coming from the north of the city.

    The smooth glass facades of the buildings appear to be light and transparent and provide a good exposure of the office space. Openable window structures with wind and sound isolation allow employees in the towers an individual ventilation and are part of an environmentally friendly air-conditioning and ventilation system.

  • Stadelheim Prison
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    Stadelheim Prison

    Stadelheim Prison, in Munich's Giesing district, is one of the largest prisons in Germany.

    Founded in 1894, it was the site of many executions, particularly by guillotine during the Nazi period.

  • Englischer Garten
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    Englischer Garten

    The Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is a large public park in the centre of Munich, Bavaria, stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. It was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson (1753–1814), later Count Rumford (Reichsgraf von Rumford) and extended and improved by his successors, Reinhard von Werneck (1757–1842) and Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell (1750–1823), who had advised on the project from the beginning.

    With an area of 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi) (370 ha or 910 acres), the Englischer Garten is one of the world's largest urban public parks, larger than New York's Central Park. The name refers to the style of gardening; the term English garden is used outside the English-speaking world to refer to the style of informal landscape gardening which was popular in Britain from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century, and is particularly associated with Capability Brown.

  • Olympiapark, Munich
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    Olympiapark, Munich

    The Olympiapark in Munich, Germany, is an Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Found in the area of Munich known as the "Oberwiesenfeld" ("upper meadow-field"), the Park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events such as events of worship. The Park is administered by Olympiapark München GmbH, a holding company fully owned by the state capital of Munich.

    Olympic Stadium

    The central Stadium, constructed from 1968 to 1972, was designed by the architecture firm of Behnisch and Partners. It is currently home to the highest number of staged national and international competitions in Germany. Originally constructed to hold 80,000 visitors, this number was reduced at the end of the 1990s to 69,000 due to security concerns. Following the close of the Olympic Games, the Stadium became used primarily for football matches, and served as the home stadium of the FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München teams. Since the opening of the Allianz Arena in 2005, the site is used almost exclusively for cultural events.

  • Westpark (Munich)
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    Westpark (Munich)

    The Westpark is a large urban public park in Munich, Germany. It was designed by landscape architect Peter Kluska and completed in 1983. It hosted the fourth International Garden Show (IGA 83) that same year. The park covers an area of 720,000 m² (178 acres) extending 2 km from east to west. Garmischer Straße divides the park into an eastern and western section.

    Lake stage

    The western lake features a stage area (Seebühne) hosting open air movie screenings, live music and theater shows during the summer season.

  • Hofgarten (Munich)
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    Hofgarten (Munich)

    The Hofgarten (Court Garden) is a garden in the center of Munich, Germany, located between the Residenz and the Englischer Garten.

    The garden was built in 1613–1617 by Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria as an Italian style Renaissance garden. In the center of the garden is a pavilion for the goddess Diana, built in 1615 by Heinrich Schön the elder. A path leads from each of the eight arches. On the roof of the Diana pavilion is the replica of a sculpture of Bavaria by Hubert Gerhard, created in 1623. The original is in the Kaisersaal of the Residenz.

    Facing the Hofgarten on the east side is the Bavarian Staatskanzlei ("State Chancellery"), housed in the former Army Museum, with the addition of glass wings left and right of the original building. The repurposed building was completed in 1993. A few steps more eastwards the Hofgartenkaserne was located from 1801 to 1899.

    In the north east corner, a square black granite memorial stands to the White Rose group, whose members were executed for a non violent campaign against Hitler's regime.

    The side towards the Residenz includes flowers in a design by Carl Effner from 1853, and there are arcades to the west and the north, including many wall paintings related to the history of Bavaria. The Hofgartentor (1816), the first building in Munich by Leo von Klenze, leads towards the Theatinerkirche.

    The garden was destroyed during World War II, and was rebuilt with a partial redesign which compromised between the landscape garden character it had acquired in the nineteenth century and the original formal design of the seventeenth century. Nowadays the garden is open to the public, and is very popular with both residents and tourists alike. The nearest Munich U-Bahn station is Odeonsplatz, located directly west of the garden.

    The garden is cited in T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land.

  • Hellabrunn Zoo
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    Hellabrunn Zoo

    Hellabrunn Zoo (or Tierpark Hellabrunn in German) is a 36-hectare (89-acre) zoological garden in the Bavarian capital of Munich. The zoo is situated on the right bank of the river Isar, in the southern part of Munich near the quarter of Thalkirchen. As the groundwater level here is rather high and the water is of very good quality, the zoo can cover its needs for freshwater by using its own wells.

    A high ratio of enclosures are cageless, relying upon moat features to keep the animals in place. The zoo also has several food dispensers where, for a small cost, the correct food for the species may be thrown by the public. This reduces the risk of animals being fed inappropriate foodstuffs.

    Tierpark Hellabrunn is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

  • Hacker-Pschorr Brewery
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    Hacker-Pschorr Brewery

    Hacker-Pschorr Brewery traces its ancestry back to 1417 when the Hacker brewery was founded in Munich, Germany, 99 years before the enactment of the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516.

    In the late 18th century, Joseph Pschorr bought the Hacker brewery from his father-in-law. He subsequently founded a separate brewery under his own name. His two sons divided his estate by each taking control of one of the two separate breweries. In 1972, Hacker and Pschorr merged to form Hacker-Pschorr, but the beers were sold as separate brands well after 1975.

    The brewing process has remained virtually unchanged for over 580 years.

  • Munich Stadtmuseum
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    Munich Stadtmuseum

    The Munich Stadtmuseum (German: "Münchner Stadtmuseum") is the city museum of Munich. It was founded in 1888 by Ernst von Destouches and is located in the former municipal arsenal and stables, both buildings of the late Gothic period.

    Permanent exhibitions

    Culture history of Munich from the establishment of the city to the present.

    The exhibition includes among many other artworks the famous gothic Morris dancers, created by Erasmus Grasser for the festival hall of the Old Town Hall, and the original puttos of the Mary's Column.

  • Bavarian State Opera
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    Bavarian State Opera

    The Bavarian State Opera (German: Bayerische Staatsoper) is an opera company based in Munich, Germany. Its orchestra is the Bavarian State Orchestra.

    The opera company which was founded under Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy has been in existence since 1653, when Giovanni Battista Maccioni's L'arpa festante was performed in the court theatre. In 1753 the Residence Theatre was opened as major stage. While opera performances were also held in the Prinzregententheater (completed in 1901), the company's home base is the National Theatre Munich on Max-Joseph-Platz.

    In 1875 the Munich Opera Festival took place for the first time which nowadays can be viewed as one of the most important opera festivals worldwide.

    Sir Peter Jonas became the Staatsoper Staatsintendant (General Director) in 1993, the first British Intendant of any major German speaking Opera House. Since 1998 Zubin Mehta served as music director of the Bavarian State Opera and Bavarian State Orchestra. He was succeeded by Kent Nagano in 2006. In 2008 Nikolaus Bachler (de) became General Director of the opera company.

  • Residenz Theatre
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    Residenz Theatre

    The Residence Theatre (in German: Residenztheater) or New Residence Theatre (Neues Residenztheater) of the Residence in Munich was built from 1950 to 1951 by Karl Hocheder. The renovation of 1981 by Alexander von Branca removed the decoration which had been done in the typical style of the early 1950s.

    Elector of Bavaria Maximilian III Joseph ordered to construct a new theatre outside the palace after a fire in the St.George's Hall of the Residence which had served as before as a theatre room. This theatre was also destroyed during World War II and replaced by the New Residence Theatre. Since the decoration of the Old Residence Theatre had been rescued it was moved into a wing of the Residence and re-opened as Cuvilliés Theatre (Old Residence Theatre).

    The New Residence Theatre houses the Bavarian State Theatre (Bavarian Staatsschauspiel), one of the most important German language theatres in the world.

  • Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
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    Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

    Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (State Theatre at Gärtnerplatz) is an opera house and opera company in Munich. Designed by the architect Michael Reiffenstuel, it opened on 5 November 1865 as the city's second opera house after the National Theatre.

    At times exclusively concerned with operetta, in recent years the theatre has focussed mainly on opera, though there are also productions of operettas, musicals and ballet. The scope of its activities is similar to that of the Komische Oper in Berlin or the English National Opera in London.

    One of the most active theatres in Germany, its season lasts from September to July and comprises more than 200 performances. The former intendant was Klaus Schultz and the current intendant is Dr. Ulrich Peters. The chief conductor from 1999 to 2010 was the American David Stahl, and the director of dance (TanzTheater München) is Hans Henning Paar.

  • Gasteig
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    Gasteig

    Gasteig is a cultural center in Munich, opened in 1985, which hosts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The Richard Strauss Conservatory, the Volkshochschule, and the municipal library are all located in the Gasteig. Most of the events of the Filmfest München, and many of the events of the Munich Biennale take place here.

    The estate behind the Gasteig was until its demolition in 1979 the location of the Bürgerbräukeller, stage for the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch and the 1939 Hitler assassination attempt by Georg Elser. A showcase visible from outside of the Gasteig commemorates Elsers history.

  • Deutsches Theater München
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    Deutsches Theater München

    Deutsches Theater München ("German Theatre") is a theatre in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is Germany's largest theater for guest performances.

    Restoration

    After determining to accomplish the necessary restoration work at the building, the municipal council also concluded that the theatre would not be closed as it was for the restoration 1977-1982. The theatre was situated in a theatre-marquee in Fröttmaning near the Allianz-Arena. The restoration works started in June 2008 and were due to be finished in November 2011. But already in 2009 it got down to a retardation because of the discovery of disruptions in the metro tube below the theatre. Further complications on site cared for shifting the deadline for the grand opening. The relocation to Schwanthalerstraße is - in accordance with current state of knowledge – dated on Juli 17th 2013, the grand opening will be celebrated in fall/winter 2013.

  • Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
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    Hofbräuhaus am Platzl

    The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is a beer hall in the city center of Munich, Germany. The inn was originally built in 1598 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I. It was built as an extension of the original Hofbräu brewery, but for Weissbier (wheat beer). The general public was admitted only in 1828 by then king Ludwig I. The building was completely remodeled in 1897 by Max Littmann, when the brewery moved to the suburbs. In the bombing of WW II, everything but the ground floor ("Schwemme") was destroyed; it took until 1958 to be rebuilt.

    The restaurant comprises most of the mentioned inn, a ballroom as well as a beer garden. Its menu features Bavarian dishes such as roast pork, pork knuckle, and sausages such as Weisswurst. Helles is served in a Maß, along with wheat beer and wine. Though sometimes regarded as being "commercialized", it is popular among locals as well as foreigners. During regular hours, traditional Bavarian music is played. The Hofbräuhaus song, composed in 1935 by Wilhelm 'Wiga' Gabriel, goes: "In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, oans, zwoa, g'suffa!" ("There's a Hofbräuhaus in Munich—one, two, drink!"). The beer is provided by the brewery Staatliches Hofbräuhaus.

  • Münster Cathedral
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    Münster Cathedral

    Münster Cathedral (St.-Paulus-Dom) is a cathedral in the German city of Münster. It is the city's main church and one of its most important historical monuments, as well as the centre of the Diocese of Münster since that diocese's foundation in 805.

    Astronomical Clock

    Perhaps the most famous feature of the cathedral is its astronomical clock. Unlike modern clocks, the Münster clock is divided into 24 hours, runs counterclockwise, and indicates hours and minutes simultaneously. Since the clock faces south, the hands thus follow the actual course of the sun. The main hand, decorated with a silver sun and a rainbow, indicates the time. Each red and white line within the circle of Roman numerals represents four minutes. Five minor hands indicate the position of the planets Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury, while a silver ball (half painted black) represents the moon in its phases.

  • Bavarian State Picture Collection
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    Bavarian State Picture Collection

    The Bavarian State Picture Collections (German: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen), based in Munich, oversees the collections of artworks held by the Free State of Bavaria. Works include paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, video art and installation art. These pieces are on display in numerous galleries and museums throughout Bavaria.

  • Highlight Towers
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    Highlight Towers

    Highlight Towers is a twin tower office skyscraper complex completed in 2004 in Munich, Germany. The towers are joined by two bridges made of glass and steel combine to offer the two planned by architects Murphy/Jahn of Chicago. Tower I is 126 m (413 ft) with 33 storeys, and Tower II is 113 m (371 ft) with 28 storey which make them among the highest buildings in the city. Also in the complex are two low-rise buildings between the twin towers, that serve as a hotel and additional office space. Overall, the facility offers approximately 73,836 m2 (794,760 sq ft) of office space.

    The towers are slightly shifted in the historic sightline of Odeonsplatz on Ludwigstrasse with Victory Gate to the north and form a focal point for visitors coming from the north of the city.

    The smooth glass facades of the buildings appear to be light and transparent and provide a good exposure of the office space. Openable window structures with wind and sound isolation allow employees in the towers an individual ventilation and are part of an environmentally friendly air-conditioning and ventilation system.

  • Hochhaus Uptown München
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    Hochhaus Uptown München

    Hochhaus Uptown München (English: Munich Uptown Building) is a 146 m (479 ft) skyscraper in the Moosach district of Munich, Germany. The 38-storey tower is the tallest skyscraper in the city.

    The building's glass facade wraps the structure of the building like a tensioned membrane. Circular ventilation elements individually as possible to open windows a natural ventilation and provide visibility of the surrounding noise in the upper floors, a reference in the outside world. The tower with 50,200 m2 (540,000 sq ft) by four seven campus said buildings (approximately 8,525 per sqm) flanked to each other with a transparent roof are connected. In a fifth building houses 139 apartments.

    With its simple rectangular shape, the significant tower by some as anti-aesthetic sense. In particular, it faces criticism that he had from the Nymphenburg Palace not be overlooked. Uptown Munich was probably one of the main triggers for the efforts of "our initiative Munich" of the old mayor George Kronawitter of it with a citizens' initiative on November 21, 2004 succeeded, the construction of other buildings in Munich this level until further notice to prevent.

    It was planned by the architects Ingenhoven, Overdiek (Düsseldorf) and built from 2001 to 2004. The cuboid structure has been much disputed. In November 2004, a referendum in Munich was held to decide whether the construction of high-rise buildings in the inner city should be prohibited; as a result, several building projects had to be changed substantially or given up completely. However, as of 2006, due to the very close result of the referendum and because the referendum's result was binding only for one year, there is an ongoing discussion in the city council on how to proceed with future building plans.

    In August 2006, the skyscraper and one of the campus buildings was bought by the Government of Singapore for more than €300 million.

  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
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    Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

    The Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich) is one of the most respected traditional vocational universities in Germany specialising in music and the performing arts. The seat of the Hochschule is the former Führerbau of the NSDAP, located at Arcisstraße 12, on the eastern side of the Königsplatz. Teaching and events also take place in the locations Luisenstraße 37a, Gasteig, Prinzregententheater (theatre studies) and Wilhelmstraße (ballet). Since 2008 the Richard Strauss Conservatory (de), until then independent, has been part of the Hochschule.

  • Hofbräuhaus
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    Hofbräuhaus

    The Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München (public Royal Brewery in Munich, also Hofbräu München) is a brewery in Munich, Germany, owned by the Bavarian state government. The Hof (court) comes from the brewery's history as a royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria. The brewery owns the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, the Hofbräukeller and the second largest tent at the Oktoberfest (Hofbräu-Festzelt).

    The Hofbräuhaus in Munich inspired the song "eins, zwei, g'suffa" (The Bavarian dialect for: "one, two, drink").

  • Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
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    Hofbräuhaus am Platzl

    The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is a beer hall in the city center of Munich, Germany. The inn was originally built in 1598 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I. It was built as an extension of the original Hofbräu brewery, but for Weissbier (wheat beer). The general public was admitted only in 1828 by then king Ludwig I. The building was completely remodeled in 1897 by Max Littmann, when the brewery moved to the suburbs. In the bombing of WW II, everything but the ground floor ("Schwemme") was destroyed; it took until 1958 to be rebuilt.

    The restaurant comprises most of the mentioned inn, a ballroom as well as a beer garden. Its menu features Bavarian dishes such as roast pork, pork knuckle, and sausages such as Weisswurst. Helles is served in a Maß, along with wheat beer and wine. Though sometimes regarded as being "commercialized", it is popular among locals as well as foreigners. During regular hours, traditional Bavarian music is played. The Hofbräuhaus song, composed in 1935 by Wilhelm 'Wiga' Gabriel, goes: "In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, oans, zwoa, g'suffa!" ("There's a Hofbräuhaus in Munich—one, two, drink!"). The beer is provided by the brewery Staatliches Hofbräuhaus.

  • Bavarian State Library
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    Bavarian State Library

    The Bavarian State Library (German: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, abbreviated BSB) in Munich is the central "Landesbibliothek", i. e. the state library of the Free State of Bavaria and one of Europe's most important universal libraries. With its collections currently comprising around 9.81 million books, it ranks among the best research libraries worldwide. Moreover, its historical stock encompasses one of the most important manuscript collections of the world, the largest collection of incunabula worldwide, as well as numerous further important special collections.

    The legal deposit law has been in force since 1663, regulating that two copies of every printed work published in Bavaria have to be submitted to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. This law is still applicable today. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek furthermore is Europe's second-largest journals library (after the British Library). The BSB publishes the specialist journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern and has been publishing the Bibliotheksmagazin together with the Berlin State Library since 2007. Its building is situated in the Ludwigstrasse.

  • Blutenburg Castle
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    Blutenburg Castle

    Blutenburg Castle is an old ducal country seat in the west of Munich, Germany, on the banks of river Würm.

    The castle was built between two arms of the River Würm for Duke Albert III, Duke of Bavaria in 1438–39 as a hunting-lodge, replacing an older castle burned down in war. Albert's son, Duke Sigismund of Bavaria, ordered extensions of the castle beginning in 1488; he died here in 1501.

    He also ordered the construction of the palace chapel, a splendid masterpiece of late Gothic style which still has its stained-glass windows, along with the altars with three paintings created in 1491 by Jan Polack. The main building became derelict during the Thirty Years War, but was rebuilt in 1680–81. The castle is still surrounded by a ring wall with four towers.

  • Hypo-Haus
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    Hypo-Haus

    Hypo-Hochhaus is a skyscraper in Munich constructed between 1975 and 1981 and serves as the headquarters of the HypoVereinsbank. It is located at Arabellapark, part of the Bogenhausen district in the East of Munich next to the Arabella High-Rise Building.

    The building is 114 metres (374 ft) high and was planned by the architects Walter Betz and Bea Betz. The floors of the innovative building, with its glass and aluminium facade, are suspended from several circular concrete piers.

    The building is at the Richard-Strauss Straße and Denninger Straße corner, right at the middle ring in the Arabellapark (Bogenhausen district, at the underground station Richard-Strauss-Straße on the U4 line). It was designed by the architects Walter and Bea Betz. The owner was the administrative center of Hypo-Bank GmbH & Co. KG and general contractor was the Held & Francke Bauaktiengesellschaft. The statistical calculations were based on the unusual architecture of very complex and included 100,000 pages.

    The skyscraper was completed in 1981 and is now part of the administrative center of HypoVereinsbank in the Arabella Park. The ensemble is also still the single and later built Hypo-door east. Until the completion of Uptown Munich in 2004, the Hypo-Haus was the highest building in Munich.

    A big picture of this skyscraper can be seen at the inner sleeve of the Time album of the Electric Light Orchestra.

  • Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg
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    Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg

    The Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg (21.20 hectares) is a botanical garden and arboretum located at Menzinger Str. 65, Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is open daily, except on 24th and 31st December; an admission fee is charged.

    Munich's first botanical garden, now called the "old botanical garden", was established in 1809 to designs by Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell near Karlsplatz, where its remains are still visible.

    Today's garden was created in 1914 in the Munich outskirts at Nymphenburg to designs by the garden architects Holfeld. In 1966 it became affiliated with the Botanische Staatssammlung München and the Institute of Systematic Botany at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

    Today the garden cultivates about 14,000 species on approximately 18 hectares, and serves to educate the public and train students of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, as well as preserve rare plants and European bee species. Major areas include an alpine garden, arboretum, collection of moor and steppe plants, rhododendrons, rose garden, and systematic garden.

  • Löwenbräu
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    Löwenbräu

    Löwenbräu (German pronunciation: [ˈløːvənbʁɔʏ]) is a brewery in Munich owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Its name means "lion's brew" in German. Most Löwenbräu beers are marketed as being brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian beer purity regulation of 1516.

    Oktoberfest

    Löwenbräu beer has been served at every Oktoberfest in Munich since 1810. Because only beers that are brewed in Munich are permitted to be sold at Oktoberfest, Löwenbräu is one of six breweries represented, along with Augustinerbräu, Hofbräuhaus, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, and Spaten. For the Oktoberfest, Löwenbräu brews a special Märzen beer called Oktoberfestbier or Wiesenbier ("meadow beer," referring to the Bavarian name of the festival site, the "Wiesn"). Two of the large tents at Oktoberfest, the Löwenbräu-Festhalle and the Schützenfestzelt, are sponsored by Löwenbräu.

    Oktoberfest beer, also known as Münchner Bier ("Munich beer"), is a registered trademark of the Club of Munich Brewers; Bavarian beer (Bayrisches Bier) and Munich beer in particular (Münchner Bier) are protected by the European Union as a PGI.

  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
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    Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

    The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (German: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), commonly known as the University of Munich or LMU, is a university in Munich, Germany. A public research university, it is among Germany's oldest universities.

    Originally established in Ingolstadt in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut, the university was moved in 1800 to Landshut by King Maximilian I of Bavaria when Ingolstadt was threatened by the French, before being relocated to its present-day location in Munich in 1826 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1802, the university was officially named Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität by King Maximilian I of Bavaria in his as well as the university's original founder's honour.

    The University of Munich has, particularly since the 19th century, been considered as one of Germany's as well as Europe's most prestigious universities; with 34 Nobel laureates associated with the university, it ranks 13th worldwide in terms of Nobel laureates. Among these were Wilhelm Röntgen, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn and Thomas Mann. Pope Benedict XVI was also a student and professor at the university. The LMU has recently been conferred the title of "elite university" under the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

  • The English Garden
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    The English Garden

    The English Garden, Munich´s famous 900-acre park, has shaded paths, brooks, ponds and swans and is best known for its four beer gardens (Chinesischer Turm, Seehaus, Hirschau, Aumeister) and nude sunbathers. The name refers to the style of gardening; the term English garden is used outside of the English speaking world to refer to the style of informal landscape gardening which was popular in the United Kingdom from the mid 18th century to the early 19th century. The English Garden stretches from the center of the city (near Odeonsplatz) to the northern city border. Access: The best way to reach it is the bus No. 54 from Muenchner Freiheit underground station (exit at stop Chinesischer Turm)

  • Deutsches Museum
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    Deutsches Museum

    A mecca for anyone interested in science and technology, the Deutsches Museum (German Museum) is the world's largest museum of technology and science, with approximately 1.5 million visitors per year and about 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields of science and technology. Covering a total area of almost 60,000m², the Deutsches Museum has an extensive and highly interesting collection of exhibits from the worlds of science and technology: from experiments that visitors can start themselves at the push of a button and presentations about cars, aeroplanes or space travel to a replica mine and much more besides. The children's world also has plenty to keep budding young scientists occupied. The museum covers everything from a prehistoric stone axe to an InterCity Express train (transport), and from a pocket sun dial (astronomical instruments) to the scanning tunnel microscope (nanotechnology).

    Hours: The museum is open daily from 9am - 5pm. It is closed only on January 1, Shrove Tuesday, Good Friday, May 1, November 1,and December 24, 25, and 31.

    Admission: Adults 8.50 € Children aged 6 and over 3 €.

  • Hofbrauhaus
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    Hofbrauhaus

    This belover beer hall has existed since 1644 and lives up to its reputation: beer, food, tourists, oom-pah-pah music, drunken revelry and Lederhosen. Check out the wall of beer steins, personalized and locked away for their owners. Note: Tables labeled with Stammtisch are reserved for regulars (this is true for all Bavarian restaurants). Open daily 9am - 11:30pm.

  • Marienplatz
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    Marienplatz

    Marienplatz is the central square in the heart of Munich; from here, you can explore many old and wonderful buildings, churches and landmarks. Marienplatz houses the Mariensäule, the Marian Column topped with the golden statue of Virgin Mary, and it is also home to the Old and the New Town Hall of Munich.

    The tower of the New Town Hall houses the Glockenspiel, a beautiful carillon that is over 100 years old. Come here at 11am or Noon to hear the Glockenspiel chime and watch the 32 life-sized figures reenact historical Bavarian events. Look out for the golden bird that chirps 3 times to mark the end of each show.

  • Nymphenburg Palace with Park and Pavilions
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    Nymphenburg Palace with Park and Pavilions

    The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. Five generations of Wittelsbach rulers were involved in the construction of this stately ensemble, which houses several outstanding collections. With its lavishly decorated interior and the famous Gallery of Beauties commissioned by Ludwig I, the palace is one of Munich's favorite attractions. Among the highlights are the former bedroom of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.

    While you're there, be sure not to miss the Marstallmuseum and the Porcelain Museum, the Museum Mensch und Natur and the Botanical Garden.

    Hours: April - October 15: 9am - 6pm, October 16- March: 10am - 4pm.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 4 €.

  • Munich Art Quarter - Museum Complex
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    Munich Art Quarter - Museum Complex

    The Munich Art Quarter is situated in the Maxvorstadt quarter, which is home to almost all of the city's important art museums and galleries. Visitors can admire masterpieces from every artistic period and take a journey through the history of art. The three Pinakothek galleries (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne), together with the Glyptothek museum of Greek and Roman sculptures, the Collection of Antiquities, Lenbach House and the Schack Gallery, form a unique art complex covering works ranging from ancient times and through the late Middle Ages to the present day. In addition to the large museums, twelve galleries have opened their doors here over the years, making this a true paradise for art lovers.

    The Glyptothek museum features ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The Alte Pinakothek has a collection of European masterpieces dating from the 14th to 18th centuries, while the Neue Pinakothek provides an overview of 19th century European Art. The Pinakothek der Moderne, one of the largest museum buildings in Europe, houses four important collections of art, graphic art, architecture and design from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Lenbach House has an extensive collection ranging from the Gothic period through to contemporary art. The Brandhorst Museum presents works by classical modernists and artists from the second half of the 20th century.

  • Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrun)
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    Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrun)

    The oldest Geo-Zoo of the world and the largest zoo in Europe invites you to a tour of the park. The zoo is divided into continents according to the Geo-zoo concept which results in 15 park areas in an area of 36 hectares. Hellabrunn is not a zoo in the classical sense. It is more of a nature preserve within the landscape conservation area of the Isar meadows inhabited by animals that live in especially large, structured enclosures. Thanks to an extensive array of ditches and a natural landscape design, the visitor can enjoy the wonderful and unobstructed view of animals that could normally only be obtained on safari.

    Hours: open year-round: April - September: 8am - 6pm. October - March: 9am - 5pm.

    Admission: Adults 9 €, Concessions 6.50 €, Children 4-14 years 4.50 €, Children under 4 years free.

  • The Victuals Market and Schrannenhalle
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    The Victuals Market and Schrannenhalle

    The Victuals Market, only a few steps from the Marienplatz, is Munich's most popular open air market. 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. 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. The market is open Monday - Saturday until 8pm.

    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.

  • Munich School of Philosophy
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    Munich School of Philosophy

    Munich School of Philosophy (German: Hochschule für Philosophie München) is a small Jesuit university in Munich, Germany founded in 1925. In the German-speaking countries it is the only institution of higher education exclusively specialized in the study of philosophy.

    History

    Founded as a seminary at Pullach in 1925 by Augustin Bea, first named the Berchmanskolleg, it obtained the ability to issue a doctorate in 1932. In 1971 the school moved to central Munich and opened to non-Jesuit students. The majority of students are not members of the Jesuit Order, and now include women and international students. It is accredited by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts (in German: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst).

    Since 2009, the Munich School of Philosophy hosts the yearly Rahner Lecture in memory of the German Jesuit and theologian Karl Rahner.

  • Munich School of Political Science
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    Munich School of Political Science

    The Munich School of Political Science (German: Hochschule für Politik) is an independent institution within the University of Munich. It is solely dedicated to political science as course of studies and located in the borough Maxvorstadt, Munich, Germany. Most of the faculty consists of professors from other universities in Munich, i.e. University of Munich and Bundeswehr University of Munich, who additionally teach at the Munich School of Political Science.

    History

    The Munich School of Political Science was founded on 14 July 1950. Based on a law of 27 October 1970 it is an independent institution affiliated with the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. This makes the Munich School of Political Science the only University in Bavaria based on an own specific state law. All other non-private Universities in Bavaria are subject to the Bavarian State Law on Higher Education (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz). Though the HfP is an independent institution its degrees are conferred by the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. Since 16 February 1981 the HfP has the status of a statutory corporation under public law. Unlike most other German universities the Munich School of Political Science has kept the traditional German Diplom and has not switched to the Bachelor and Master system according to the Bologna Process. On 01 January 2007 HfP was granted the right to confer doctorates and can thus confer the degree of “Doctor Scientarium Politicarum” (Dr.sc.pol.) .

  • Munich University of Applied Sciences
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    Munich University of Applied Sciences

    The Munich University of Applied Sciences, (in German: Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften – FH München (HM)) was founded in 1971 and is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria with about 14,000 students.

    Faculty

    HM has 490 professors, 650 assistant lecturers, non-academic staff is 400.

  • Paulaner Brewery
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    Paulaner Brewery

    Paulaner is a German brewery, established in the early 17th century in Munich by the Minim friars of the Neudeck ob der Au cloister. The mendicant order and the brewery are named after Francis of Paola, the founder of the order. Paulaner is one of the six breweries who provide beer for Oktoberfest, the German beer festival dating from 1810.

    Paulaner ranks number 8 among Germany's best selling breweries.

    History

    The name of the Paulaner brewery refers to the order of friars that resided in Neuhauser Straße in Munich who were part of the order of Saint Francis of Paola. The monks had brewed beer for their own use since 1634. The beer that was permitted to be sold on holidays was a Bock style which gained local fame. After the abolition of the Neudeck Cloister in 1799, the building was converted into a penitentiary. Franz Xaver Zacherl, the brewer, purchased the former cloister brewery and continued the "Starkbier" tradition with the product Salvator, which is Latin for "Saviour". In 1861 the "Salvatorkeller" (Salvator cellar) was opened upon Nockherberg. In 1928 the brewery merged with the Gebrüder Thomas brewery creating Paulaner Salvator Thomas Bräu. 1994 saw the acquisition into the Kulmbacher brewery group with the affiliated producers Plauen and Chemnitz. A daughter company is the Auer Bräu AG Rosenheim. Paulaner belongs to the BHI (Brau Holding International AG), a joint venture between Schörghuber Ventures (50.1%) and with the Netherlands' Heineken N.V. (49.9%).

  • Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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    Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

    The Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH is a brewery in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is owned by the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe which is part of the Belgo-Brazilian company Anheuser-Busch InBev. Its products are beers of the brands Spaten and Franziskaner.

    History

    In 1397, the Welser Prew was alluded to for the first time in Munich. The ownership changed often until 1854, when the brewery moved to the location it still uses today. In 1867 it became the largest brewery in town and in 1909 began to deliver beer to North America. In 1922, the Spaten-Brauerei and Franziskaner-Leist-Bräu united to form a joint stock company. In 1924 the advertising slogan "Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" (literally "Let yourself be advised, drink Spaten") was invented. It is still in use today. The brewery reached the production of 1 million hectoliters (852,168 barrels or 21,996,925 gallons) in 1992. In 1997 the brewery combined with the Löwenbräu AG to form the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe. The Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe was sold to Interbrew in 2003. In 2004 Interbrew and the Brazilian Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (AmBev) united to form InBev. The brewhouse in the Marsstraße in Munich was closed due to a lack of workload in 2006 and is now the museum of the company.

  • State Museum of Ethnology
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    State Museum of Ethnology

    The Bavarian State Museum of Ethnology (German: Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde) in Munich, Germany is a museum for Non-European artworks and objects of cultural value.

    The building

    The building in Munich's Maximilianstrasse, one of the city's four royal avenues, was originally constructed in 1859-1865 for the Bavarian National Museum by Eduard Riedel adverse to the building of the Government of Upper Bavaria. The architecture is influenced by the Perpendicular Style.

  • SV-Hochhaus
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    SV-Hochhaus

    The Hochhaus Süddeutscher Verlag (short: SV-Hochhaus) in the quarter of Berg am Laim in Munich serves as headquarters of the Süddeutscher Verlag which publishes the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

    The skyscraper by architect Oliver Kühn was initially planned with a height of 145 meters but had to be rescheduled after himself has expressed a Munich petition for a height limit of 99 meters outside the Middle Ring. The tower has now reached an official building height of 99.95 meters. The building has 28 above-ground floors. Overall, it has a gross floor area of 78,400 sqm, with 51,200 m² are above ground and 27,200 meters underground. Since the gross floor area should change by the reprogramming did not, was the high-rise, although much lower, but a lot wider than the original draft. In the basement, a garage is provided with 553 parking spaces. The building was constructed with a delay from 2006 to 2007 and reaches only 103 meters (99,95 meters without the superstructures).

    On the opposite side of the street is Hultschiner since 1985, the printing of the publisher.

    The first stone was laid on May 19, 2006. In December 2007 the Süddeutsche Verlag sold the building to the Munich-based pre-REIT company Prime Office and rented it back for 15 years. In November 2008 the business was transferred from the publisher of the Black House in Munich's old town in the high-rise. The publisher is concentrated where 1850 jobs.

  • Technical University Munich
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    Technical University Munich

    The Technische Universität München (TUM; University of Technology, Munich; Technical University of Munich) is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching, and Weihenstephan. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.

    Academic reputation

    Technical University Munich is one of the top universities in Europe and globally according to the latest university league tables.

  • Viktualienmarkt
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    Viktualienmarkt

    The Viktualienmarkt is a daily food market and a square in the center of Munich, Germany.

    The Viktualienmarkt developed from an original farmers' market to a popular market for gourmets. In an area covering 22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft), 140 stalls and shops offer flowers, exotic fruit, game, poultry, spices, cheese, fish, juices and so on.

    Most stalls and shops are open during the official opening hours (Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.); but the Biergarten doesn't open until 9 a.m. Many stalls close at 6 p.m., before the standard closing time. There are special opening hours for flower shops, bakeries and restaurants.

  • Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
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    Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

    The Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (German: Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, also known as Munich Academy) was founded 1808 by Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria in Munich as the "Royal Academy of Fine Arts" and is one of the oldest and most significant art academies in Germany. Many foreign artists studied there, and Munich School is a term used in the history of Greek art, and sometimes also of American art, for the styles that were influenced by the Academy in the 19th century, including that of academic realism.

    In 1946, the Academy was merged with the schools for arts-and-crafts and applied arts, respectively. In 1953, the name changed to its current form.

    On 26 October 2005, a new building by Coop Himmelb(l)au was opened next to the old building which was constructed 1874-1887 in Venetian Renaissance style by Gottfried Neureuther .

  • Amalienburg
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    Amalienburg

    The Amalienburg is an elaborate hunting lodge in the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, southern Germany. It was constructed

    Architecture

    Most of the ground floor is given over to the round Hall of Mirrors in the center of the building which mirrored walls reflect the external nature. It was designed by Johann Baptist Zimmermann and Joachim Dietrich (1690–1753). It creates an ethereal atmosphere in the Bavarian national colors of silver and blue.

    In the south of the hall, the door leads to the electoral Rest room and the Blue Cabinet, with access to the privy chamber. The Blue Cabinet was the bedroom of the Electress and the pavilion also accommodates a kennel room for the hunting dogs.

    North from the Hall of Mirrors is the entrance to the Pheasant room and the Hunting room. The Pheasant Room is bordering the kitchen. The kitchen is decorated with precious tiles from Delft which when being laid were mixed up by workers in the wrong order. The blue and white tiles in a Chinese style show flowers and birds. The Castrol stove (1735) built for the kitchen is a masonry construction with several fireholes covered by perforated iron plates. It is also known as a stew stove and was the first design that completely enclosed the fire.

  • Auer Dult
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    Auer Dult

    The Auer Dult is a traditional annual market in Munich, Germany, taking place three times per year on the Mariahilfplatz in the Munich district of Au. The first fair of the year, the so-called Maidult (May fair) is held in the first weekend of the month. The Jakobidult takes place in July and the Kirchweihdult occurs in the week after Kermesse. Each one lasts nine days.

    Folk Festival

    Around three hundred traders and showmen take part in the Auer Dult, which is not only a market but also a folk festival. Next to the area of the Standl are typical fairground rides. There is also a small Ferris wheel, a chairoplane, a child's roundabout, a swing boat, a horse riding track, dodgems and shooting galleries. There are also various takeaways and a beer tent which offers typical Bavarian specialities. In contrast to the Oktoberfest and the Munich Spring Festival (Münchner Frühlingsfest), the Auer Dult is much more discreet and calm. In the course of the year, around 300,000 visitors are counted.

  • Augustiner Bräu
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    Augustiner Bräu

    Augustiner Bräu is a brewery located in Munich, Germany. Established in 1328, it is Munich's oldest still independent brewery and produces Munich's most popular brands of beer. The Company is owned by the Edith Haberland Wagner Trust 51% and the Inselkammer-Family 49%.

  • BMW Headquarters
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    BMW Headquarters

    BMW Headquarters (German: BMW-Vierzylinder "BMW four-cylinder"; also BMW Tower or BMW Hochhaus) is a Munich landmark, which has been serving as world headquarters for the Bavarian automaker BMW for almost 40 years. It was declared a protected historic building in 1999. Extensive refurbishments commenced in 2004 and were completed in 2006.

    Popular culture

    During the 1972 Summer Olympics BMW branding was removed from the buildings to prevent product placement. BMW badging was also removed from the 2002 sedans, which accompanied Olympic marathon runners during the competition. The branding was removed again for the building's cameo appearance in the 1975 film Rollerball, replaced by large orange circles, meant to stand for the fictional ruling Energy Corporation of the future.

    The building also made an appearance in the 1977 horror film Suspiria.

  • Alte Pinakothek
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    Alte Pinakothek

    The Alte Pinakothek (Engl. Old Pinakothek) is an art museum situated in the Kunstareal in Munich, Germany. It is one of the oldest galleries in the world and houses one of the most famous collections of Old Master paintings. The name (old Pinakothek) alludes to the time period covered by the art — the Neue Pinakothek covers 19th century art and the recently opened Pinakothek der Moderne exhibits modern art, all galleries are part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art area"). The museum is part of the Bavarian State Picture Collection (German: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen), an organization of the Free state of Bavaria.

  • Bavarian State Archaeological Collection
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    Bavarian State Archaeological Collection

    The Bavarian State Archaeological Collection (German: Archäologische Staatssammlung, until 2000 known as the Prähistorische Staatssammlung, State Prehistoric Collection) in Munich is the central museum of prehistory of the State of Bavaria, considered to be one of the most important archaeological collections and cultural history museums in Germany.

    The museum has its own facilities for archaeological restoration, to preserve finds from further degradation and prepare them for scientific study or display. In addition, the facility tests questionable finds to determine whether they are genuine, demonstrates methods, and performs research into the characteristics of ancient materials and modern media and conservation materials.

  • Bundeswehr University Munich
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    Bundeswehr University Munich

    Bundeswehr University Munich (German: Universität der Bundeswehr München, UniBw München) is one of only two federal research universities in Germany that both were founded in 1973 as part of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). Originally called Hochschule der Bundeswehr München the institution was supposed to offer civilian academic education for military officers. Today, the university has an increasing number of civilian and international students. The academic year at the university is structured in trimesters and not the usual semesters, to offer intensive studies with more credit points per year. Very capable students can therefore achieve a Bachelor's and a Master's degree within less than four years, while this would usually require five years. Universität der Bundeswehr München has well-established scientific research and forms part of two excellence clusters of the German government's university excellence initiative. Bundeswehr University is one of only very few campus universities in Germany.

  • Glyptothek
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    Glyptothek

    The Glyptothek is a museum in Munich, Germany, which was commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I to house his collection of Greek and Roman sculptures (hence γλυπτο- glypto- "sculpture", from the Greek verb γλύφειν glyphein "to carve"). It was designed by Leo von Klenze in the Neoclassical style, and built from 1816 to 1830. Today the museum is a part of the Kunstareal.

    The museum was designed in the Classical Greek - Italian style. The portico is Ionic, and the outer walls contain niches, in which 18 original Roman and Greek sculptures stand, six on each wall (except the back). The thirteen rectangular, square or round rooms are arranged around a courtyard, the vestibule in the central building dominates the halls of height. In front of the vestibule is the portico of twelve Ionic columns. The overlying gabled includes a group of Johann Martin von Wagner represents Athena as protector of the plastic arts. The exterior walls are adorned with sculptures in niches, while the windows are open to the interior courtyard. The sculptures represent mythical or historical representatives of the arts, these are in the front of the Königsplatz Daedalus, Prometheus, Hadrian, Pericles, Phidias and Hephaestus. On the western and eastern side of the building there are sculptors of the Renaissance and of the times when the Glyptothek was built, including Bertel Thorvaldsen and Antonio Canova, whose works were once on display earlier in the Hall of the Glyptothek but were later moved to the Neue Pinakothek.

    The museum was originally built completely out of marble. However, during World War II the museum was bombed, and later reconstructed. The walls from the interior are composed of red brick and painted with a light plaster. The interior has domed vaulting.

  • Goetz Collection
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    Goetz Collection

    The Goetz Collection (Sammlung Goetz) is a private collection of contemporary art in Munich, Germany. The collection is owned and continually being built by the former gallery dealer Ingvild Goetz, who presents the collection to the public in a series of themed exhibitions in a purpose built museum designed by the Swiss architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron. The Collection organizes two to three exhibitions along with video and film programmes on the lower level of the building.

  • Haus der Kunst
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    Haus der Kunst

    The Haus der Kunst (literally House of Art) is a non-collecting art museum in Munich, Germany. It is located at Prinzregentenstrasse 1 at the southern edge of the Englischer Garten, Munich's largest park.

    The building was constructed from 1933 to 1937 following plans of architect Paul Ludwig Troost as the Third Reich's first monumental structure of Nazi architecture and as Nazi propaganda. The museum, then called Haus der Deutschen Kunst ("House of German Art"), was opened in 18 July 1937 as a showcase for what the Third Reich regarded as Germany's finest art. The inaugural exhibition was the Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung ("Great German art exhibition"), which was intended as an edifying contrast to the condemned modern art on display in the concurrent Entartete Kunst exhibition.

    On 15 and 16 October 1939, the Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung inside the Haus der Deutschen Kunst was complemented by the monumental Tag der Deutschen Kunst celebration of "2,000 years of Germanic culture" where luxuriously and pretentiously draped floats (one of them carrying a 5 meter tall golden Nazi Reichsadler) and thousands of actors in historical costumes paraded down Prinzregentenstraße for hours in the presence of Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Albert Speer, Robert Ley, Reinhard Heydrich, and many other high-ranking Nazis, with minor events taking place in the Englischer Garten nearby. The 1939 Tag der Deutschen Kunst was documented by a group of hobby cinematographers on 16 mm Kodachrome color movie, the resulting 30-minute film is still pristine today due to Kodachrome's unusual archival properties, and is available in a variety of editions on VHS and DVD, such as Farben 1939 - Tag der Deutschen Kunst in München.

  • Lenbachhaus
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    Lenbachhaus

    The Lenbachhaus in Munich contains an art museum and is part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art area").

    Contemporary art

    The museum gives a very profound view of international contemporary art with works by Franz Ackermann, Dennis Adams, Christian Boltanski, Joseph Beuys, James Coleman, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Valie Export, Dan Flavin, Günther Förg, Günther Fruhtrunk, Rupprecht Geiger, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Katharina Grosse, Michael Heizer, Andreas Hofer, Jenny Holzer, Stefan Huber, Asger Jorn, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Michaela Melian, Gerhard Merz, Maurizio Nannucci, Roman Opałka, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Gerhard Richter, Michael Sailstorfer, Richard Serra, Katharina Sieverding, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Martin Wöhrl as well as artists of the Viennese Actionism.

    Young artists are promoted in exhibitions in the affiliated Kunstbau above the Subway Station Königsplatz.

  • Neue Pinakothek
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    Neue Pinakothek

    The Neue Pinakothek (New Pinakothek) is an art museum in Munich, Germany. Its focus is European Art of the 18th and 19th century and is one of the most important museums of art of the nineteenth century in the world. Together with the Alte Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der Moderne it is part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art area").

    The museum was founded by the former King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1853. The original building constructed by Friedrich von Gärtner and August von Voit was destroyed during World War II. The ruin of the Neue Pinakothek was demolished in 1949. Designed by architect Alexander Freiherr von Branca the new postmodern building opened in 1981.

  • Pinakothek der Moderne
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    Pinakothek der Moderne

    The Pinakothek der Moderne (= "(Art) Gallery of the Modern"; from Greek: "pinax" = "board", "tablet") is a modern art museum, situated in the city centre of Munich, Germany. Together with its two predecessors Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek (therefore locally also referred to as "Dritte" - e.g. "Third" - Pinakothek), as well as the Museum Brandhorst, the Antikensammlungen (= "Collections of Antiques"), the Glyptothek, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and the new joint building of the Ägyptisches Museum and the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film, currently both scheduled to open in 2012, it is part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art district").

  • Schackgalerie
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    Schackgalerie

    The Schackgalerie is a museum in Munich. It is one of the noted galleries in this city. The museum is under supervision of the Bavarian State Picture Collection.

    In 1855, Adolf Friedrich von Schack settled at Munich, where he was made member of the academy of sciences. Here he began to collect a splendid gallery of pictures, containing masterpieces of Romanticism with painters such as Anselm Feuerbach, Moritz von Schwind, Arnold Böcklin, Franz von Lenbach, Carl Spitzweg, Carl Rottmann, etc., and which, though bequeathed by him to the Emperor William II, still remains at Munich.

    A building from Max Littmann (1907) next to the former diplomatic mission of Prussia in the Prinzregentenstrasse still houses the museum since the emperor decided to keep the collection in Munich.

  • Museum Brandhorst
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    Museum Brandhorst

    The Brandhorst Museum was opened in Munich on May 21, 2009. It displays about 200 exhibits from collection of modern art of the heirs of the Henkel trust Udo Fritz-Hermann and Anette Brandhorst. In 2009 the Brandhorst Collection comprises more than 700 works.

    History

    Anette Brandhorst, the great-granddaughter of Henkel’s founder, and her husband Udo Fritz-Hermann began collecting art in 1971. When Anette died of cancer in 1999, her husband Udo donated the collection to the state of Bavaria on the proviso that the state build it a fitting home. The construction costs of $67 million were funded by Bavaria.

  • Staatliche Antikensammlungen
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    Staatliche Antikensammlungen

    The Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiques) in the Kunstareal of Munich is a museum for the Bavarian state's antique collections for Greek, Etruscan and Roman art. The Bavarian state collection of Ancient Egyptian art is traditionally placed in its own museum. This museum is also complemented by the sculptures collection, which is located in the opposite Glyptothek.

    The neo-classical building at Königsplatz with Corinthian columns was established in 1848 as counterpart to the opposite Glyptothek and commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I. The architect was Georg Friedrich Ziebland. Already from 1869 to 1872 the building housed the royal antiquarium before the Munich Secession resided here from 1898 to 1912. From 1919 the building contained the New State Gallery. The museum building was severely damaged by bombing in World War II but was reconstructed and reopened to the public in the late 1960s to display the State Collection of Antiques.

  • Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst
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    Staatliche Sammlung für Ägyptische Kunst

    The Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum of Egyptian Art) in Munich is the Bavarian State Collection for Ancient Egypt art. It displays exhibits from all periods of Ancient Egypt's history. The associated small Middle East section displays objects from the areas of Assyrian and Babylonian culture. As of 2012 the Egyptian museum is located in the Residenz, but it will be moved to the Kunstareal in 2013.

  • State Museum of Ethnology
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    State Museum of Ethnology

    The Bavarian State Museum of Ethnology (German: Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde) in Munich, Germany is a museum for Non-European artworks and objects of cultural value.

    The building in Munich's Maximilianstrasse, one of the city's four royal avenues, was originally constructed in 1859-1865 for the Bavarian National Museum by Eduard Riedel adverse to the building of the Government of Upper Bavaria. The architecture is influenced by the Perpendicular Style.

  • Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum
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    Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum

    The Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (German; translated German Hunting and Fishing Museum) is a museum exhibiting objects connected with the history of hunting and fishing in Germany or other territories which nowadays belong to it.

    Located in the pedestrian zone of the city center of Munich, Bavaria, it is a rare institution worldwide. The building has been a church (Augustinerkirche) which was part of a large Augustinian monastery between the 13th century and 1803.[2] The museum has a display area of approximately 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft).

  • Jewish Museum Munich
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    Jewish Museum Munich

    The Jewish Museum Munich provides an overview of Munich’s Jewish history and is part of the city's new Jewish Center located at Sankt-Jakobs-Platz in Munich, Germany. It is situated between the main synagogue Ohel Jakob and the Jewish Community Center which is home to the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria and houses a public elementary school, a kindergarten, a youth center as well as a community auditorium and a kosher restaurant. The museum was built from 2004 until its inauguration on March 22, 2007 and is run by the city of Munich.

  • Museum of Man and Nature
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    Museum of Man and Nature

    The Museum Mensch und Natur (English Museum of Man and Nature) is a German natural history museum. It is occupies part the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Bavaria.

    Bear exhibit

    The museum was as of 2006 due to receive the stuffed and mounted body of "Bear JJ1", nicknamed "Bruno" in the German-language press, a brown bear that was shot to death by a hunter as a public safety measure after several unsuccessful efforts to capture him alive. (JJ1 had been part of a wildlife restoration program in Italy but walked across Austria into Germany.) The bear will be put on display next to the last bear previously killed (in 1835) in Bavaria.

  • Paläontologisches Museum München
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    Paläontologisches Museum München

    The Paläontologische Museum München ("Palaeontological Museum Munich") is a German national natural history museum situated in Munich, Bavaria. It is associated with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. It has a large collection of fossils of animals and plants such as Mesozoic reptiles, early elephants and saber-tooth tigers.

    One of its highlights is the specimen of the early bird Archaeopteryx discovered in 1991. The museum is also interesting because of the architecture of its building, the former urban college of arts and crafts.

  • Zoologische Staatssammlung München
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    Zoologische Staatssammlung München

    Zoologische Staatssammlung München or ZSM or The Bavarian State Collection of Zoology is a major German research institution for zoological systematics. With over 20 million zoological specimens it is one of the largest natural history collections in the world. The sections are Entomology, Invertebrates and Vertebrates. The history of the museum is outlined on the museum's home page together with a biography of Johann Baptist von Spix the first curator of zoology.

  • Museum Witt
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    Museum Witt

    The Museum Witt Munich (MWM) is a department of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology. It is located in Munich, Germany, and has the world's leading collection of moths.

  • BMW Museum
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    BMW Museum

    The BMW Museum is located near the Olympiapark in Munich and was established in 1972 shortly before the Summer Olympics opened. It deals with the history of the automobile manufacturer BMW. In connection with the construction of the BMW Welt, directly opposite the museum, it was renovated from 2004 to 2008. The museum reopened on June 21, 2008.

  • Deutsches Museum
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    Deutsches Museum

    The Deutsches Museum (German Museum) in Munich, Germany, is the world's largest museum of technology and science, with approximately 1.5 million visitors per year and about 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields of science and technology. The museum was founded on June 28, 1903, at a meeting of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) as an initiative of Oskar von Miller. The full name of the museum in English is German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology (German: Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik). It is the largest museum in Munich.

  • Westfälisches Museum für Naturkunde
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    Westfälisches Museum für Naturkunde

    The Westfälische Museum für Naturkunde is a natural history museum in Münster.



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Travel Insider Tips for Munich

Munich Overview

Munich is the capital city of the Free State Of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) and Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide). There are approximately 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide), Ingolstadt (Ingolstadt vacation rentals | Ingolstadt travel guide), Rosenheim (Rosenheim vacation rentals | Rosenheim travel guide) and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people.

The city's motto is München mag Dich (Munich Loves You in the English version). Before 2006, it was Weltstadt mit Herz (world city with heart). Its native name, München, is derived from the Old German word for Mönche, which means Monks in English. The reason for naming the city in such a manner is to honour the fact that monks of the Benedictine order founded the city. This is also the reason for the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. Black and gold - the colors of the Holy Roman Empire - have been the city's official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.

Munich is not the only location within Bavaria known as München. Three such locations exist: the one which is known as Munich; another which is northeast of the city of Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide), and also Hutthurm (Hutthurm vacation rentals | Hutthurm travel guide), a town north of the city of Passau (Passau vacation rentals | Passau travel guide).

In July 2007, Munich had 1.34 million inhabitants; 300,129 of those did not hold German citizenship. The city has strong Turkish and Balkan communities. The largest groups of foreign nationals were Turks (43,309), Albanians (30,385), Croats (24,866), Serbs (24,439), Greeks (22,486), Austrians (21,411), and Italians (20,847). 37% of foreign nationals come from the European Union.

Things to See in Munich

Marienplatz - a large open square named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column in its centre - with the Old and the New Town Hall. Its tower contains the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. Three gates of the demolished medieval fortification have survived to this day - the Isartor in the east, the Sendlinger Tor in the south and the Karlstor in the west of the inner city. The Karlstor (destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt afterwards) leads up to the Stachus, a grand square dominated by the Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) and a fountain.

Frauenkirche is the most famous building in the city centre and serves as cathedral for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising (Freising vacation rentals | Freising travel guide).

The large Residenz palace complex (begun in 1385) on the edge of Munich's Old Town ranks among Europe's most significant museums of interior decoration. Having undergone several extensions, it contains also the treasury and the splendid rococo Cuvilliés Theatre.

Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace) is surrounded by an impressive park and is considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful royal residences.

The Englischer Garten, close to the city centre and covering an area of 3.7 km² is one of the world's largest urban public parks, and contains a nudist area, jogging tracks and bridle-paths. It was designed and laid out by Benjamin Thompson, Count of Rumford, an American, for both pleasure and as a work area for the city's vagrants and homeless. Nowadays it is entirely a park with a Biergarten at the Chinese Pagoda.

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The Nationaltheater where several of Richard Wagner's operas had their premieres under the patronage of Ludwig II of Bavaria is the home of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Orchestra. Next door the modern Residenz Theatre was erected in the building that had housed the Cuvilliés Theatre before World War II.

The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, arguably the most famous beer hall worldwide, is located in the city centre. It also operates the second largest tent at the Oktoberfest, one of Munich's most famous attractions. For two weeks, the Oktoberfest attracts millions of people visiting its beer tents ("Bierzelte") and fairground attractions.

The Viktualienmarkt is Munich's most popular market for fresh food and delicatessen. A very old feature of Munich's Fasching (carnival) is the dance of the Marktfrauen (market women) of the Viktualienmarkt in comical costumes.

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More about the History of Munich

The year 1158 is assumed to be the foundation date, which is only the earliest date the city is mentioned in a document. The document was signed in Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide). By that time the Guelph Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, had built a bridge over the river Isar next to a settlement of Benedictine monks - this was on the Salt Route and a toll bridge.

Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, life in Munich became very difficult, as the Allied blockade of Germany led to food and fuel shortages. During French air raids in 1916 three bombs fell on Munich. After World War I, the city was at the centre of much political unrest. In November 1918 on the eve of revolution, Ludwig III and his family fled the city. After the murder of the first republican premier of Bavaria Kurt Eisner in February 1919 by Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley, the Bavarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed. When Communists had taken power, Lenin, who had lived in Munich some years before, sent a congratulatory telegram, but the Soviet Republic was put down on 3 May 1919 by the Freikorps. While the republican government had been restored, Munich subsequently became a hotbed of right-wing politics, among which Adolf Hitler and the National Socialism rose to prominence.

After American occupation in 1945, Munich was completely rebuilt following a meticulous and — by comparison to other war-ravaged West German cities — rather conservative plan which preserved its pre-war street grid. In 1957 Munich's population passed the 1 million mark.

The majority of residents of Munich enjoy a high quality of life. Mercer HR Consulting consistently rates the city among the top 10 cities with highest quality of life worldwide - a 2007 survey ranked Munich as 8th. The same company also ranks Munich as the world's 39th most expensive city to live in and the most expensive major city in Germany. Munich enjoys a thriving economy, driven by the information technology, biotechnology, and publishing sectors.

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Munich is the capital city of the Free State Of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, with approximately 1.35 million people living within the city limits and over 5 million living in the Munich Metropolitan Area. Munich is replete with cultural and other attractions, including the Frauenkirche, which is the most famous building in the city center and which serves as cathedral for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. There is also the Englischer Garten, close to the city center, which is one of the world's largest urban public parks. The Viktualienmarkt is Munich's most popular market for fresh food and cuisine and is not to be missed. Other highlights include the Nationaltheater, where several of Richard Wagner's operas premiered and is the home of the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsches Museum and the Bavarian State Orchestra. Finally, another impressive site is the Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace), which is surrounded by an noteworthy park and is considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful royal residences.

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