Hofgarten Area Walking Tour, Munich (Self Guided)

The Hofgarten (Court Garden) is a garden in the heart of Munich, found between the Residenz and Englischer Garten. In the middle of the garden stands a pavilion of goddess Diana. Facing it to the east is the Bavarian State Chancellery, housed in the former Army Museum. Surrounding the garden are a number of attractions, including the Stat Museum of Egyptian Art, the Palais Preysing, Theatine Church, Bernheimer Fine Old Masters gallery and Feldherrnhalle. The latter went down in history as a site of clash between the Bavarian State Police and supporters of Adolf Hitler back in the 1920s. Take this tour to admire the landmarks in the vicinity of the garden and visit the nearby antique galleries and specialty shops.
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Hofgarten Area Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Hofgarten Area Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: clare
Hofgarten and War Memorial

1) Hofgarten and War Memorial

The Hofgarten is a peaceful green oasis in the center of Munich. It is located between the Residenz Royal Palace and the English Garden.

The Hofgarten was commissioned by the elector Maximilian I and laid in Italian Renaissance style between 1613 and 1617. It is landscaped around two central paths that intersect at a pavilion called the Temple of Diana. The Pavilion was designed by Heinrich Schön the elder in 1615. Originally a sculpture of Bavaria created in 1623 by Hubert Gerhard was placed on its roof. Today, only a replica tops the temple of Diana and the original is preserved in the Residenz Royal Palace. The Hofgarten was destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt based on the original landscape plans.

The Hofgarten, today preserves its original 17th century ambiance. The lawns and flower gardens are beautifully laid out. The original waterworks were restored and the fountains are once again fully functional. On the northeast corner of the garden is a square black granite monument. It is a memorial to the White Rose group consisting of philosophy students who were executed after a sham trial for conducting a non violent struggle against the Nazi regime. The Hofgarten is mentioned in T.S.Eliot’s poem, ‘The Wasteland’, as a symbol of the dying royal families of Europe and the emptiness of aristocratic life.

The Munich War Memorial is located adjacent to the Hofgarten. The memorial inscription that was added after WWII remember the 22000 dead, 11000 missing Munich soldiers and 6600 victims of the Allied bombing attacks.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Staatliches Museum Agyptischer Kunst

2) Staatliches Museum Agyptischer Kunst

Exhibits from all periods of the history of ancient Egypt are displayed at this museum located at Hofgartenstrasse in Munich. It houses the Bavarian State collection of ancient Egyptian art.

The exhibits displayed in the Staatliches Museum Agyptischer Kunst were purchased by several rulers of Bavaria. It was founded by King Albrecht V in the 16th century. His successors, Charles Theodore, elector of Bavaria and King Ludwig I added extensively to the collection. It forms part of the Residenz Royal Palace at present but a new underground museum designed by Peter Böhm on the lines of an ancient Egyptian burial chamber is being constructed opposite the Alte Pinakothek in the museum district of Munich, to house the collection.

Exhibits at the Egyptian Museum include statues, sculptures, papyri, stone tablets with hieroglyphics, glassware, textiles and pottery. Famous works on display are a double sided statue of Pharaoh Nyuserre Ini, with one side showing him as a young man and the other as an old man, statues of Pharaoh Ramses II and Tutmosis II and a collection of jewelry belonging to the Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. The museum periodically holds special themed exhibitions and offers conducted tours for children during the summer holidays.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais Preysing

3) Palais Preysing

The Palais Preysing was Munich’s first Rococo Style Palace. It served as the residence of the Counts of Preysing and is located opposite the Residenz Royal Palace.

The Palais Preysing was designed and built by architect, Joseph Heffner between 1723 and 1728 for Count Johann Maximilian of Preysing. The Preysing family built another palace nearby called the Palais Neuhaus-Preysing. Locals distinguished between the two residences by calling the older one, the Elder Palais Preysing. The Palace Preysing was almost destroyed by the bombardment during World War II. It was restored in the 1950s and houses high end shops and boutiques today.

The Palais Preysing has a richly decorated stucco facade. The interiors are also embellished with stucco decorations. A notable feature is a magnificent staircase flanked by female statues. Visitors are allowed to view the staircase. The little alley behind the Palais Preysing called the Viscardigasse that connects the Residezplatz with the Theatinerplatz is better known to locals as Drueckebergergasse. Hitler ordered that those who pass the beer hall near the Preysing Place called the Feldherrnhalle should give the Nazi salute in honor of Nazi sympathizers who were killed at the spot during a skirmish with the Bavarian Police called the Beer House Putsch. As a sign of resistance, locals used the Viscardigasse to avoid saluting. Drueckeberger, is a slang word in German for those who do not perform their duty.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Residenz Strasse

4) Residenz Strasse

What to buy here: “Brotzeit” Marzipan Arrangement- “Brotzeit” literally translates into bread time, but when used in Germany (and Bavaria especially) this term is referring to a small meal that is usually made up of “down to earth” Bavarian specialties like weisswursts and other sausages; cheeses and cured meats; radishes and beets; dense, thick, dark bread; and several rich, creamy spreads. All of this is typically served on a thin slab of wood and eaten in “cozy” places, like a local pub or beer garden. While you may not be able to bring home an actual Brotzeit meal to your friends or coworkers, you can certainly bring them the essence of the idea; available at many of the tea shops along the Residenz Strasse, across from the Bavarian State Opera House in downtown Munich, you can find small Brotzeit meals crafted out of rich marzipan, considered a delicacy and favorite to Germans, on a circular wooden stump. Easy to pack in your luggage, this marzipan treat will bring home the essence of Bavarian Brotzeit for around 15 Euros.

5) Feldherrnhalle

The Feldherrnhalle or Field Marshall’s Hall is a large loggia built to commemorate two brave Bavarian military leaders and the soldiers who laid down their lives during the Franco Prussian War. It is best remembered for the skirmish between the Bavarian Police and Hitler’s followers in 1923, called the Beer Hall Putsch.

The Feldherrnhalle was commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria and designed by Friedrich von Gartner. It was built between 1841 and 1844 on the site of one of the old city gates, the Schwabinger Tor. The design was modeled along the lines of the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. It is located at the southern end of Ludwigstrasse, near the Palais Preysing.

The Feldherrnhalle has large bronze statues of two revered Bavarian military heroes, Johann Tilly and Karl hilipp von Wrede, created by sculptor Ludwig Schwanthaler. In 1882, another sculpture to pay tribute to the Bavarian army’s exploits in the Franco Prussian war was created by Ferdinand von Miller Jr. and placed at the center. The steps leading up to the monument has two lions sculpted by Wilhelm Ruemann in 1906. The growling lion sculpture faces the Residenz Royal Palace while the other lion, with its mouth closed, faces the church. It was at this spot that Hitler and his followers were arrested by the Bavarian police after the Beer House Putsch.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Theatine Church

6) Theatine Church (must see)

The Theatine Church of St Cajetan is a Rococo structure that was the first Baroque style religious building in Munich. It was originally built for the order of Theatines from Italy.

The Theatine church was commissioned in 1662, by the elector, Ferdinand, and his consort, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to give thanks for the birth of their long-awaited son and heir Max Emanuel. It was designed by the Italian architect, Agostino Barelli on the lines of the Sant'Andrea della Valle Church in Rome. The church is clad almost entirely in white stucco giving it a bright, airy Mediterranean appearance.

The design of the Theatine Church later influenced the architecture of many churches in Southern Germany. The original architect, Agostino Barelli was succeeded by another Italian, Enrico Zucalli, who designed the 71-meter high dome and two 70 meter high towers. The rococo façade was designed by François de Cuvilliers and his son in 1738. The interior stucco decorations were by the Italian sculptor Nicolo Petri and the statues were made by Germany’s Wolfgang Leutner. The great black altar was designed by Andreas Faistenberger. The crypt of the Theatine Church holds the graves of Max Emanuel and his parents and a small chapel within the church holds the graves of King Maximilian II and his consort.

Why You Should Visit:
There are a number of churches with fascinating interiors in Munich, and this one stands out among the others - the white interior.
The white marble with beautiful ornate work is very beautiful in natural light, while the exterior is famous for its yellow color and rococo style.
Free to enter and nicely air-conditioned – a great spot for a break on a hot summer day.

You can conveniently visit this church before or after spending time at Residenz nearby.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6:30am-7:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bernheimer Fine Old Masters

7) Bernheimer Fine Old Masters

Established in 1864 by Lehmann Bernheimer, Bernheimer Fine Old Masters has been a family business for four generations. Specializing in Old Masters paintings from the 16th to the 19th centuries, the gallery is now located at Brienner Strasse, in Munich's Altstadt, within a quarter from famous Theatine Church. Gallery's collection includes masterpieces from France, Italy, England and The Netherlands, by renowned masters like Hubert Robert, Jan Verkolje, David Teniers der Jüngere and many others. Bernheimer Fine Old Masters is a member of “The British Antique Dealers Association” and has been, for many years, a regular exhibitor at national and international art fairs such as TEFAF” in Maastricht and “Highlights, Internationale Kunstmesse” in Munich. The gallery is currently managed by Konrad O. Bernheimer.

Operation Hours Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm

8) Wittelsbacherplatz

Wittelsbacherplatz is a Christmas market for those who want to try something different. The atmosphere is unique and transports you back to the middle ages. The atmosphere here is reflective of a traditional Bavarian Christmas fair. Authentic handmade goods, pigs on a spit and roasted game give the market the character of a medieval village. Impromptu performances by jesters, jugglers and musicians make for an enchanting atmosphere.

9) Schumann's

If you are in Munich, this is one place you should not miss. Schumann's is a trendy bar in Munich. It is decorated in traditional American style and consists of a restaurant and a beer garden. The owner of the bar is the author of some of the world's best cocktail recipes and they are served in the bar at Schumann's.
Deutsches Theatermuseum (German Theater Museum)

10) Deutsches Theatermuseum (German Theater Museum) (must see)

The German Theater Museum is dedicated to the history of theater in Germany with a special focus on Bavaria and Munich. The Museum’s collection is displayed through themed exhibitions that keep changing periodically. The first permanent exhibits of the German Theater Museum were the private collection of actress Clara Ziegler. The museum opened in her villa near the English Garden in 1910, one year after her death. The building was badly damaged during the World War II bombardments. The collection was moved for safekeeping and survived the ravages of war. In 1953, a new Museum was opened in the Old Electoral Gallery that dates back to 1781.

Exhibits at the German Theater Museum include portraits of well known German actors and actresses, stage props, costumes, photographs, and theater masks. It also has an impressive document collection consisting of blueprints of theater building plans, stage set sketches, costume designs, manuscripts, production scripts, reviews, sound recordings and letters. The library has over 80,000 documents including music scores, librettos, theater journals and works of secondary literature. The Münchner Spielplan or Munich Repertoire is a unique service offered by the museum. It provides information on performances currently taking place in all the theaters in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
Always interesting changing exhibitions on German and Munich theater history and the Hofgarten park just next to the museum is a marvelous place.

On the odd occasion, they play live music on the grounds in the dome where everyone joins in to dance. There are also restaurants and locals playing games, etc... The atmosphere is contagious.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Prinz Carl Palais

11) Prinz Carl Palais

The Prinz Carl Palais is a building in neo classical style located in a park north of the Hofgarten in Munich. It is named after one of its owners, Prince Carl, the brother of King Ludwig I who lived here between 1825 and 1875.

The Prinz Carl Palais went by the names Palais Salabert and Palais Royal after previous owners of the building. It was commissioned by King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria as a residence for a retired priest, Abbe Pierre de Salabert. The Abbe was a former teacher of the King. It was built between 1804 and 1806. The king acquired the building after the death of the Abbe in 1807. Ludwig I who succeeded Maximilian I Joseph as King gave the palace to his brother Carl. It is served as the seat of the diplomatic mission of Austria Hungary after the death of Prince Carl and later as the residence of the Bavarian Prime Ministers. Today it serves as a venue for official receptions by the Bavarian State Governments.

The Neoclassical structure was designed by Karl von Fischer and the interiors were decorated by Jean-Baptiste Métevier and Anton Schwanthaler. The facade of the building is regarded as one of the finest examples of classical proportion with a portico that has a high pediment standing before a series of Ionic pilasters. Visitors get a glimpse of the opulence of German palaces in the 19th century while viewing the Prinz Carl Palais.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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