Lehel Attractions Walking Tour (Self Guided), Munich

The Lehel is regarded as "the oldest suburb" of Munich. It is home to The State Museum of Ethnology, the second largest collection in Germany of artifacts and objects from outside Europe, the Bavarian National Museum and the adjoining State Archeological Collection, the Schackgalerie - an important gallery of German 19th-century paintings and the Englisn Garden.
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Lehel Attractions Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lehel Attractions Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: alexei
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology )
  • Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum)
  • Haus der Kunst
  • P1 club
  • English Garden
  • Chinesischer Turm Beer Garden
Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology )

1) Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology )

The Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology) located on Maximilianstrasse in Munich displays non European folk art from around the world. It is the second largest museum in Germany.

The Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde is housed in a building that was originally intended for the Bavarian National Museum. It was designed by Eduard Riedel in the Perpendicular English Gothic architectural style and built between the years 1859 and 1865. The first exhibits were those collected by the Wittelsbach Royal family who ruled Bavaria for over 600 years. King Ludwig I purchased a large collection of objects from India and Oceania in 1830. From 1868, the exhibits were placed in the museum’s present facility. It covers an area of 12,000 square meters and the collection of over 200,000 objects is displayed in halls covering 4,500 square meters.

The first floor of the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde has objects of cultural value and artifacts from the Islamic world, India, East Asia and Oceania. The vast collection of objects from Africa and the Americas are displayed in the 2nd floor. The oldest surviving North American kayaks are on display here. The museum also has its own restoration workshops, conference facilities and a popular museum cafe.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum)

2) Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum) (must see)

The Bavarian National Museum (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum) in Munich is one of the most important museums of decorative arts in Europe and one of the largest art museums in Germany. Since the beginning, the collection has been divided into two main groups: the art historical collection and the folklore collection.

The museum was founded by King Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1855. It houses a large collection of European artifacts from the late antiquity until the early 20th century with particular strengths in the medieval through early modern periods. The building, erected in the style of historicism by Gabriel von Seidl 1894-1900, is one of the most original and significant museum buildings of its time. It is situated in the Prinzregentenstraße, one of the city's four royal avenues.

The main building of the Bavarian National Museum includes on three floors exhibition rooms with in total about 13,000 square meters. The core of the collection dates from the art collection of the Wittelsbach family. This gives the National Museum an importance far beyond the local area. Diversity and breadth of the collections, however, were particularly motivated by the new additions to the subsequent period. A new building behind the museum houses as addition the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection (Archäologische Staatssammlung) from the first settlement in the Paleolithic Ages through the Celtic civilization and the Roman period right up to the early Middle Ages.

The art collection displays artworks in a tour through more than forty rooms from the hall for late antiquity and Romanesque art via the rooms for Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo art to the exhibits of Neoclassicism and Art Nouveau. The western side wing of the museum houses The Bollert Collection with late medieval sculptures.

The museum is especially noted for its collections of carved ivory, goldsmith works, textiles, glass painting, tapestries and shrines. It is also famous for its collections of courtly culture, musical instruments, furniture, oil paintings, sketches, clocks, stoneware, majolica, miniatures, porcelain and faience, and its statues. It has probably the world's best collection of the Nymphenburg porcelain figures of Franz Anton Bustelli (1723–63). The folklore collection houses, for example, traditional Bavarian furniture, rural pottery, crockery and religious folklore including an outstanding collection of Neapolitan, Sicilian, Tyrolian and Bavarian wood carvings including street scenes and Nativity Scenes.

Why You Should Visit:
Extensive and eclectic high-quality collections wherein everyday life and trade, commerce and industry are well-represented.

€1 admission on Sundays (normally €7 for adults).
Most captions are not in English so take the audio guide.

Opening Hours:
Fri-Wed: 10am-5pm; Thu: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Haus der Kunst

3) Haus der Kunst

The Haus der Kunst is an art museum that was built during the Third Reich as an example of Nazi architecture and as a means of Nazi propaganda. It is used today as a venue for trade shows and visiting art exhibitions, and houses a popular high-end nightclub called P1.

The Haus der Kunst was designed by architect Paul Ludwig Troost. It was constructed between 1933 and 1937. The first major exhibition here was the Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung, or Great German Art Exhibition, displaying works that the Third Reich considered Germany’s best examples of art. Unlike most other buildings in Munich, it survived the World War II bombings with little damage. After the war, it was occupied by the US and allied forces and used as an officer’s mess.

The original purpose of the Haus der Kunst can still be seen through the swastika motifs on the ceiling and portico. It became a museum again in 1946 and the large exhibition halls were partitioned into smaller rooms. The first major exhibition after the Third Reich was held in 1949, featuring works of contemporary artists, like Picasso, Kadinsky, Braque and others, that were banned by the Nazi regime. The purpose of the exhibition was to shake of the past where contemporary art was condemned as degenerate art.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 10 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
P1 club

4) P1 club

Ranked at the top of Munich’s list of posh nightclubs, P1 may charge no cover to get in but makes up for it with a strict door policy and pricey drinks. This is a place to see and be seen with the city’s social elite, where guests line up in the long queue for a chance to party in either of P1’s rooms. Each room is equipped with its own DJ, light production, and sound system for a unique experience wherever guests decide to dance. Entertainment usually includes a good mix of pop, hip hop, house, and dance music. When needing a break from the dance floor, guests can escape to the outdoor terrace and relax on their cozy sofas under the moonlight.

Operation Hours: Thursday: 11 pm - 6 am; Friday, Saturday: 11 pm - 7 am.
English Garden

5) English Garden (must see)

The largest publicly owned park in Europe is Munich’s English Garden. Located in the heart of the city, it covers an area of 900 acres and is larger than New York’s Central Park. Four well-known beer gardens are located within the garden.

The English Garden was commissioned by Archduke and Elector, Carl Theodore. It was designed by American born British physicist, Benjamin Thompson who later became Count Rumford. The site chosen was once the hunting grounds of the Wittelsbach Royal family. It was opened to the public in 1792 as a three-mile long park along the Isar River. It gets its name from its design that was on the lines of informal gardens popular in the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The English Garden is a popular place where the locals come to relax and play soccer. It is also a place where nude sunbathing is allowed. Attractions within the park include a monument to honor Count Rumford, a Japanese Garden created for the Munich Olympics, the Monopteros Apollo Temple and an amphitheater located at the north of the garden. The four well-known beer gardens of Munich’s English Garden are the Chinese Tower, the Seehaus, Osterwald Garten and the Hirschau.

Why You Should Visit:
A large and sociable area with various routes to chose from and nice scenery, many places to eat, listen to music and swim or just dip your feet into the river water.
In it, among other things, you will find the popular 'Eisbach surfer' surfing there all time of the year on an artificial wave outside.
In the summer it is also possible to visit the beer gardens at the Chinese Tower, where you can nowadays listen to traditional old-fashioned Bavarian music while sipping on a draft beer.

Go there on a Sunday if you dare... there's not much else to do on Sunday in Munich so all the locals put on their walking shoes and off they go.
If you enjoy swimming or would like to make use of the artificial wave system, be sure to bring a swim kit.
Many people ride bikes through the park so keep your eyes out for speeding cyclists!
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chinesischer Turm Beer Garden

6) Chinesischer Turm Beer Garden

The Chinesischer Turm is well known as the most famous Beer Garden in Munich. Situated next to the Chinese Tower in the middle of the English Garden, it is impossible to be missed. The place offers live traditional Bavarian music every weekend. Besides the self-service beer garden, visitors can also treat themselves to a hearty meal at the fancy restaurant that is attached to this place. Every year in July, the garden turns back in time and hosts the Kocherlball.

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