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Graggenauviertel Attractions Walking Tour (Self Guided), Munich

Graggenauviertel is one of the four quarters of Munich Alstadt. The gentry preferred to reside here, probably because of the proximity to the Alten Hof. Take this tour to admire the beautiful landmarks and famous cultural venues, explore the specialty shops and relax in a bar.
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Graggenauviertel Attractions Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Graggenauviertel Attractions Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Allerheiligen-Hofkirche
  • Maximilianstrasse
  • Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Residenz Royal Palace
  • Eilles Tea
  • Dallmayr Coffee
  • Alter Hof
  • FC Bayern Munchen Fan Shop
  • Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
  • Munchner Kammerspiele
  • Cohibar City

1) Allerheiligen-Hofkirche

The Allerheiligen-Hofkirche was the main church where the Bavarian Royal family worshiped and is nestled within the Residenz Royal Palace. It is used as a venue for events and concerts today.

The Allerheiligen-Hofkirche was constructed between 1826 and 1837 during the renovation of the Residenz Royal Palace commissioned by King Ludwig I. His instructions to the architect, Leo von Klenze was to design the church on the lines of the Capella Palatina, a richly decorated Byzantine church located in Palermo, Italy. The final design also contained elements from St. Marks in Venice. The church was completely ruined by the bombs of World War II. It remained in a damaged state until 1986. Restoration was completed only in the year 2003.

The Allerheiligen-Hofkirche forms part of the Residenz Royal Palace complex and was dedicated to Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. It has a private entrance from the palace for the Royal family. The public entrance faces the Marstallplatz. The entrance has a Deesis surrounded by a Gothic ornamental gable with the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul on either side. The interior has a nave with two domes and an apse. The paintings in the chapel depict St. Maximilian and St. Anne. Most of the interior ornamentation was lost during the war and the recreated church is a simple structure housing a hall for musical performances with 200 seats.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Maximilianstrasse

The western portion of Maximilianstrasse is a shopping street in the city centre of Munich. The place is well known for luxury boutiques, jewelry stores and designer shops. Famous brands like Gucci, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Versace and other big names have their presence here.
Bayerische Staatsoper

3) Bayerische Staatsoper (must see)

The Bayerische Staatsoper is the largest theater in Munich. It is located at Max Joseph Platz in the center of the city.

The Bayerische Staatsoper or Bavarian National Theater was designed by architect Karl von Fischer on the lines of the Odeon in Paris. It was commissioned by the Bavarian King, Maximilian I. The theater opened in 1818 with the performance of Ferdinand Fränzl’s, ‘Die Weihe.’ A fire damaged the structure in 1823 and a later reconstruction of 1825 was destroyed during the World War II bombings. The present theater opened its doors in 1963 with the performance of ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ by Richard Wagner.

The present Bayerische Staatsoper is a large 21000 seat theater. Five rows of seats and a Royal box overlook a circular stage. Ballets, operas and operettas take place here every day. The annual Munich Opera Festival is hosted by the theater every summer. It has its own orchestra called the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and is also the home of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet. Visitors can take a conducted tour that lasts for an hour around the building and backstage at 2pm on most afternoons. The dates of the tour are published on the website of the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Why You Should Visit:
The 'Staatsoper' always has the top notch stars. Tickets are quite expensive but the overall experience is worth it.
There's a sense of occasion here that you don't always get at the opera or ballet. It's a perfect chocolate box theatre with helpful staff and comfortable seats. The interval refreshments are served quickly and are tasty.

Opera or show at this place is a proper affair, so you should aim to make this a proper night out. People will be dressed up in suits and dresses.
Book your tickets early. If you also want a seat that has a view of the whole theatre setup, consider getting one near the front on the side and balcony, rather than front facing but at the back.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Residenz Royal Palace

4) Residenz Royal Palace (must see)

The Residenz Royal Palace in Munich was the seat of the Bavarian Government and the building where the Dukes, Electors and Kings belonging to the Wittelsbach family who ruled Bavaria lived between 1508 and 1918. Today, it houses a museum with the finest room decorations in Europe.

Maximilian I of Bavaria commissioned the construction of the Residenz Royal Palace. At the time, it was a small castle located in the northeastern corner of Munich. Ludwig I commissioned architect, Leo von Klenze to expand the structure to its present proportions. The building was severely damaged by the World War II bombardments and was completely reconstructed only in the 1980s.

The Residenz today consists of a museum, a concert hall, the Residenz Treasury and the Cuvilliés Theater. The Antiquarium of the palace is Europe’s largest Renaissance hall. The complex has 10 courtyards and 130 richly decorated rooms. The treasury preserves the jewelry and objects made of precious stones and metals belonging to the Wittelsbach family. The world’s most extensive coin collection of King Albert V consisting of 300,000 coins from the ancient world to the early 20th century is also on display. The palace is surrounded by a French-style garden with a fountain and a circular temple with the replica of the statue of Bavaria on top.

Why You Should Visit:
Versailles-like in its gilded opulence and glory, including the amazing courtyards.
This is a huge complex, and even more so now that several rooms and corridors have been renovated and opened to the public after many years.
There are an 'old' and a 'new' area to explore and a very good audio guide included with the ticket price.
The oldest part of the Residenz is the Antiquarium – a magnificent hall with statues from antiquity.

You can buy combined tickets with the Theatre and the Treasury for the complete experience.
The audio guide allows you to access more information about the artwork/rooms/historical event, or skip forward to other parts of the tour if you've lost your interest.
A full tour takes several hours, so you may want to break your stay into separate sections with a trip away from the building for coffee & snacks.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Eilles Tea

5) Eilles Tea

What to buy here: Eilles Tea- In 1873, Joseph Eilles opened Eilles Tea across from the Bavarian State Opera House on the Residenz Strasse. His shop was the first specialty tea and coffee shop in Munich, and from the very beginning, Joseph was known for his high-quality product; in fact, he was so good that he quickly became the supplier for the Royal Bavarian Court. Without him, it is said, the tea culture in Munich would not be what it is today. Still located across from the Bavarian State Opera House, Eilles Tea is a cozy store that offers a huge variety of high-quality teas and coffees. And of course, they would not forget to offer many types of chocolates, marzipan sweets and cookies to pair with the warm drinks. It is quite possible that the large selection will overwhelm you; don’t hesitate to ask the friendly staff behind the dark wood counter in the front for help. Tea here is quite reasonably priced, and depending on how much you buy, it will cost somewhere between 3 to 10 Euros.
Dallmayr Coffee

6) Dallmayr Coffee

What to buy here: Dallmayr Coffee- A tradition that has existed in Munich for over three centuries, Dallmayr Coffee is made from a very high quality blend of coffee beans. Therefore, the beverage is a staple to many Munich residents and German citizens the country over. The Dallmayr legacy began as a small family-owned grocery store and is now an international name, with the main store in downtown Munich receiving about 2.5 million visitors annually. The store is most famous for its “Prodomo” coffee blend, which is so delicious due mainly to the fine raw beans that make it up. Coming mostly out of Ethiopia, Dallmayr’s “coffee specialists” visit the regions of Sidamo and Harrar to hand pick the selection. And if that is not fine enough for you, the precise, pre-roasting refinement process serves to remove any possible irritants or bitter components from the blend. In the Dallmayr shop in downtown Munich, the unground coffee beans are stored behind the counter in hand-painted porcelain vases from Nymphenburg and are measured out using the historic beam-balances that were designed specifically for Dallmayr. A bag of coffee here will cost around 5 Euros.

Operation Hours: Monday - Wednesday, Saturday: 9.30 am - 7 pm, Thursday, Friday: 9.30 am - 7.30 pm.
Alter Hof

7) Alter Hof

The Alter Hof was the old residence of the Wittelsbach Royal family that ruled Bavaria for over 700 years. It was the main seat of the Royal Family for over 150 years until 1474 when it was moved to the nearby Residenz Royal Palace.

The Alter Hof is a complex of buildings that date back to the 12th century. They are the oldest medieval structures in the city. It was built as the royal residence of Holy Roman Emperor, Ludwig IV. The building has been extended and reconstructed several times. Major restoration work was carried out in the 19th century and after World War II. A portion houses local government offices today and the Vinorant Alter Hof, a popular restaurant and wine cellar occupies the west wing.

The Burgstock, Zwingerstock, Lorenzistock, Pfisterstock and Brunnenstock are the five wings that make up the Alter Hof complex. Among them, the Burgstock on the west side is the most picturesque. The St. Lorenz Chapel once housed the imperial regalia before being demolished in the 19th century. The inner courtyard is flanked by renaissance arcades. The western facade has a neoclassical style while the north facade has a neo-Gothic ornamentation. Open air concerts and theater performances take place in the courtyard in summer.
Sight description based on wikipedia
FC Bayern Munchen Fan Shop

8) FC Bayern Munchen Fan Shop

What to buy here: FC Bayern München Jersey- Represented by the colors red and white, with a little bit of the typical Bavarian blue and white diamond pattern thrown into the logo for effect, FC Bayern München is a very beloved German sports club that is based out of Munich. And while the FC Bayern München does host other sports besides soccer (like basketball, handball, chess, gymnastics, bowling, and table tennis), they are most known for their “Fussball” as the Germans call it. Pride for FC Bayern München runs thick in Bavaria, and with good reason; they have won 22 national titles and 15 cups. Three of the European Cups that the team won occurred consecutively in the 1970s, when the club was being run by Franz Beckenbauer. Because of this, some people believe that that was the club’s heyday, but in actuality, they are still going pretty strongly now. On game days, especially when playing at home (which now takes place in the Allianz Arena, rather than the Olympic Stadium, as it did for 33 years), fans come out in groves, decked out in red and white from top to bottom to support the team. Singing throughout the streets, underground trains, trams, and busses, the fans certainly make themselves seen and heard. Cost for a jersey of your own: around 50 to 70 Euros.
Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall

9) Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall

The Beer Hall is probably the best-known beer hall in Munich. Originally built in 1607, the building has been reconstructed and restored as recently as 1958. Massive in size, the beer hall is steeped in history and on 24 February 1920, Adolf Hitler organized one of his first propaganda events here. The beer served here is from the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus brewery. They serve Bavarian delicacies like the roast pork, sausages and knuckle of pork. Bavarian music is played during regular hours.
Munchner Kammerspiele

10) Munchner Kammerspiele

The Münchner Kammerspiele is a private theater that focuses on staging contemporary and classic German plays. It has three major stages located near Maximilianstrasse in Munich.

The Münchner Kammerspiele was founded as a small private theater by Erich Ziegel in the borough of Schwabing, Munich. When Otto Falckenberg took over as director it moved to its present premises in Maximilianstrasse in the heart of the city. The Art Nouveau style building that houses the main stage called the Schauspielhaus was designed by Richard Riemerschmid and Max Littmann. It has served as the municipal theater of Munich since 1933. A second smaller stage called the Werkraum for small productions was opened in 1961. Recently, in 2001, a large building designed by Gustav Peichl was opened next to the Schauspielhaus with state of the art facilities including a separate stage for rehearsals.

The Münchner Kammerspiele has been the venue for some of the finest German stage performances since its foundation. Some of the best performances by the most eminent German actors and actresses have taken place here. It has presented world premieres of works by 20th century playwrights like Bertolt Brecht, Bruno Hübner, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Fritz Kortner and Peter Stein. The theater has also presented productions of classic plays by William Shakespeare and Goethe.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cohibar City

11) Cohibar City

Found inside a basement space off Maximilianstrasse, Cohibar City is a hot Cuban bar where a fashionable set of guests go to show off their dance moves to vibrant Latin beats. Its interior décor includes dim lighting, scores of rum bottles lining shelves, and a portrait of Che Guevara to complete the thematic touch. Entertainment includes a variety of hot, danceable Latin beats, funky house selections, and other upbeat international music to get guests shaking on the dance floor. Cohibar City attracts a friendly and energetic crowd of international guests who aren’t afraid to show off their salsa or merengue steps.

Operation Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 8 pm – 2 am; Friday – Saturday: 8 pm – 4 am

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