Exploring Munich's Haidhausen

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Munich's Haidhausen
Munich's Haidhausen

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The Haidhausen area of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) is often referred to as the "French Quarter", conjuring images of quaint Paris side streets. In fact, many of the streets in this area are named after French cities. In addition to simply wandering the streets and taking in the atmosphere, Haidhausen offers much by way of entertainment.

Creative and inspired dining options abound in this area of Munich. Some highlights include: Cafe Voila, a local favorite; No Mi Ya, a Japanese-Bavarian fusion (really!); and Wirtshaus in der Au, a great choice for traditional Bavarian food and ambiance. You certainly won’t go hungry.

Cultural options include the well known Deutsches Museum, which is devoted to technology throughout the ages. Interactive exhibits and a special section for children, the KinderReich, make this stop a great choice for the whole family. The Deutsches Museum is enormous, so much so that the collection of vehicles and aircraft had to be moved to separate locations. All three museums can be seen with a combination ticket (15 Euro). The museum can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to check out the exhibit listings and choose what’s most interesting to you, versus trying to cover the whole museum in a couple of hours.

Another wonderful cultural offering in Haidhausen is the Kulturzentrum Gasteig. This is the place to go for classical concerts conducted by the renowned Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. This modern complex contains four separate concert halls, the most impressive of which is the 2400-seat Philharmonie. The Carl-Orff-Saal and another smaller concert hall offer a cozier atmosphere.

After a day of culture in the city, it’s time for a party. A big draw to the Haidhausen area of Munich is the thriving club scene. The Optimolwerke Kultfabrik, a 60,000 square-meter club complex offers an impressive selection of various types of music, style, and general vibe. Munich’s clubbing scene starts around 1am, but getting there early can ensure entrance to one of the clubs. Dress to impress, and be ready to dance.

How to get there: S-Bahn to Rosenheimer Platz or Ostbahnhof; U-Bahn to Ostbahnhof or Max-Weber-Platz; Trams 15,18,19, and 25 also serve this area.



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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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