Maxvorstadt Sights Walking Tour, Munich

Maxvorstadt is a central borough of Munich, located north-west of the Old City. The area is home to a number of educational institutions, including Germany's top two universities - LMU and TUM, hence the area's nickname - the "Brain of Munich". Several museums and art galleries are found here as well, along with a number of historic personalities who marked the area with their presence at some point of their lives, including Thomas Mann, Vasily Kandinsky, Vladimir Ulyanov (aka Lenin), Adolf Hitler and others. There are several locations in the district associated with the infamous Third Reich period in the history of Germany. If there's a history buff in you, give him/her a treat and explore the Maxvorstadt area of Munich on foot with a help of this guide!
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Maxvorstadt Sights Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Maxvorstadt Sights Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: clare
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Bennokirche

1) Bennokirche

Bennokirche is a Catholic church in Munich. It was built in the first half of the 19th century with donations from the Wittelsbach family. This Neo-Romanesque building features two tall towers on the outside and frescoes and drawings on the inside. The western façade has a five-storey, 64-meter high twin tower. Seven bells hang from the towers and the bell on the south tower is rung on special occasions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Volkstheater (The Folk Theater)

2) Volkstheater (The Folk Theater)

Münchner Volkstheater is a theatre in Munich, Germany which is operated by the cultural office of that city's government. The original theatre opened in 1903. The theatre was rebuilt in 1955 and again in 1983. The Folk Theater is one of the few theaters in Germany, which promotes traditional Bavarian performing art forms. The theater continues developing new approaches and perspectives on well-known plays, including classical works. Concerts as well as guest performances take place regularly.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lenbachhaus

3) Lenbachhaus (must see)

The Lenbachhaus is a Florentine Villa that was once the residence of artist Franz von Lenbach. It houses a gallery displaying contemporary art including works of eminent Munich-based artists.

Franz von Lenbach, a 19th-century artist who was best known for his portraits of famous persons including Otto von Bismarck, employed architect Gabriel von Seidl to build Lenbachhaus. It was constructed between 1887 and 1891. Franz von Lenbach lived and worked in the grand Florentine mansion until his death in 1904. His widow sold the house to the city of Munich in 1924. Architect Hans Grassel designed an additional wing and Lenbachhaus was opened as an art gallery in 1926. In 1972, another wing was added just before the Munich Olympics. The museum is being renovated again and the damage caused during World War II is being repaired. It is scheduled to reopen in the year 2013. Temporary exhibitions continue to be hosted in the underground Kunstbau.

A variety of contemporary Munich-based and international artists are represented at the Lenbachhaus art gallery. The works on display include paintings by Munich artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Notable works are from a collection of works of a group of early 20th-century expressionist artists called the Blaue Reiter. The collection was donated in 1957 by Gabriele Munter, one of the best-known members of the group. International works on display include paintings by Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. Exhibitions promoting works by new contemporary artists are regularly held at the Kunstbau.

Why You Should Visit:
There are few places in the world where you can see a significant number of Kandinsky, Münter, Macke, Munch and all their friends in such a brilliant setting. And it is a little bit of a hidden gem, making for a thoroughly enjoyable visit.

Tip:
When you are finished, the terrace café/restaurant is great (also as a destination itself).
Be sure to ask for an audio guide, which is included in the cost of the admission.

Opening Hours:
Tue: 10am-8pm; Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Abtei St. Bonifaz

4) Abtei St. Bonifaz

The Abtei St. Bonifaz is a Benedictine Monastery located in the heart of Munich. Today, it rents out cells for those who wish to lead the life of a monk for a short time and perform charitable services.

The Abtei St. Bonifaz was established by King Ludwig I with a view to reinstate the spiritual life of the country that was destroyed by secularization. It was built between 1835 and 1850 in Byzantine style. The tomb of King Ludwig I is located in the church. The building was damaged by the World War II and partially restored after the war. Today, the monks look after the homeless and also offer education services. The Abbey is a member of the Bavarian Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation.

The Abtei St. Bonifaz is managed by 12 Benedictine Monks. Lay people and clerics are welcome for meditation and living life in peace and quiet for a short term. Cells are rented by the day or week. Guests at the monastery live the life of the monks. They rise early, attend prayers, help with the housekeeping and gardening and interact with the monks. Traditional German meals are served by the monks to their guests along with a choice of soft drinks and beer.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Justizpalast

5) Justizpalast

The Justizpalast is the old courthouse of the city of Munich. It is the finest example of late 19th century German architecture combining Baroque and Renaissance styles.

The Justizpalast was designed by the architect, Friedrich von Thiersch and built between the years 1890 and 1897. This was a time when Germany and Austria saw an economic upswing and the structure has an extensive glass dome covering an area of 67 meters to reflect the prosperity of the times. It was found to be too small for the law courts and in 1905 Friedrich von Thiersch designed the nearby Neue Justizpalast. The Gothic style structure was built between 1906 and 1908. It was damaged during World War II and lost the original interior ornamentation.

The Neue Justizpalast today, houses the Bavarian Constitutional Court and the Higher Regional Court. The most visited part of the building is Room 253. It was here that the People’s Court conducted a sham trial presided by the notorious pro Nazi Judge, Roland Freisler and condemned members of the non violent anti Nazi group, ‘The White Rose’ to death. The sentence was pronounced against Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst at noon on 22nd February 1943 and they were beheaded four hours later. There is a permanent exhibit about the trial in the room and a memorial to the students who died opposing the ruling regime and standing up for their principles.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gertrud Rudigier

6) Gertrud Rudigier

Located at Arcostraße in the Munich's Altstadt , Gertrud Rudigier is one of the leading international art galleries that specializes in 18th- and early 19th-century European artworks, including sculptures, Old Master painting and fine porcelain. Gertrud Rudigier has also been a regular exhibitor at TEFAF in Maastricht, the “Biennale des Antiquaires” in Paris and the “Highlights Internationale Kunstmesse” in Munich.
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Kunsthandel Xaver Scheidwimmer

7) Kunsthandel Xaver Scheidwimmer

Specializing in Old Masters paintings, Kunsthandel Xaver Scheidwimmer is located at Barer Straße in the center of Munich. The gallery, which was founded in 1898, specializes in 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. However, you can also find here Italian, Spanish and French masterpieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. Kunsthandel Xaver Scheidwimmer is a family-owned business, and in 1970, Oskar Scheidwimmer became the third generation to join the business. The gallery also participates every year in the international art and antiques fair “TEFAF” in Maastricht and in the Kunst-Messe in Munich.

Operation Hours Monday - Friday: 10 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 6 pm; Saturday: by appointment only
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Führerbau

8) Führerbau

The Führerbau - translated as "the Führer's building" - is a Nazi party building located in Königsplatz and was built from 1933 to 1937 after the plans of architect Paul Ludwig Troost. The first plans were made in 1931. The building was completed three years after Troost's death by Leonhard Gall. During the Nazi times, the building served as a representative building for Adolf Hitler. The Führerbau has historical significance for being the place where Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler signed the Munich treaty in September 1938. Architecturally speaking, the Brienner Strasse is a symmetry axis - at the Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse 10, a very similar building stands: The "Verwaltungsbau der NSDAP" (Administrative Building of the NSDAP). After the German surrender, the US occupation forces used both buildings as the "Zentrale Sammelstelle" (central collecting place) that cared about the looted pieces of art that were stolen by Nazis in the whole of Europe. Today, the building houses the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University of Applied Sciences of Music and Theatre). Its congress hall now serves as a concert venue.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pinakothek der Moderne

9) Pinakothek der Moderne (must see)

The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich unifies four art disciplines, paintings, graphics, architecture and design. It is one of the most visited contemporary art museums in Europe.

Stephan Braunfels, a Munich educated German architect designed the spacious building that houses the Pinakothek der Moderne. It was built between the years 1995 and 2002. The building is a rectangular structure with large windows. A vast canopied roof with a 25-meter glass dome is supported by white and grey columns. The building covers an area of 12,000 square meters.

The collection of modern paintings represents the 20th and 21st century with works by German and international artists on display. Video, photo and new media works are also displayed here. The graphics collection at the museum range from works collected by the Wittelsbach Royal family to contemporary 21st-century works. There are about 400,000 graphic sheets including old German and Dutch sketches, 19th century and contemporary works. The architecture museum hosts temporary exhibitions displaying blueprints, drawings, photographs, models and computer animations. The design collection has objects relating to industrial design, motor vehicle design, graphic design, and computer-generated models. In 2004, the Danner Foundation opened a special jewelry exhibition in the ground floor of the museum where creations of over a hundred international goldsmiths are on display.

Why You Should Visit:
The building is great, the gift shop is great, and the temporary exhibitions are always interesting.
Additionally, the design department is nothing short of superb featuring design evolution with beautiful iconic exhibits.

Tip:
Free audioguide with picture ID – worthwhile especially to get an understanding of why the building is designed as it is.
You can also purchase a multi-museum day pass for Alte/Neue/der Moderne Pinakothek.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sun: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-8pm; Monday - closed.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Ludwigskirche

10) Ludwigskirche

The Ludwigskirche is a Catholic parish and university church located in the Ludwig Strasse in Munich. It is famous for its altar fresco that is the second largest in the world.

The Ludwigskirche was commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria as part of his plans to improve the city of Munich. It was designed by Friedrich von Gärtner in Neo Romanesque style. The church was built between the years 1829 and 1844. The bombs of World War II severely damaged the exterior and the present structure is the result of careful rebuilding and restoration completed in 1952.

The white stucco facade of the Ludwigskirche was created to complement the Theatine Church that is located diagonally opposite to the building. It has two steeples with six bells. The round arches are in the Rundbogenstil style that influenced buildings in Germany and in places in the Americas where German speaking people settled. The main feature in the interior is the fresco of the Last Judgement by Peter Cornelius over the high altar. It is 62 feet high and has a width of 38 feet. Cornelius also painted the three other large frescoes, ‘the Creator’, ‘Nativity’ and the ‘Crucifixion’ found inside the church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Max Emanuel Brauerei

11) Max Emanuel Brauerei

Max Emanuel Brauerei is a popular historic tavern in Munich. This place serves some of the best Bavarian food. The decor inside is cozy and the little beer garden that is tucked away within the apartment blocks is a great place to hang out at. The joint features live music by great DJ's. The staff here are very welcoming and their superb services endears this place to any visitor.

Walking Tours in Munich, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Munich

Create Your Own Walk in Munich

Creating your own self-guided walk in Munich is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Altstadt Souvenir Shops

Altstadt Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Munich without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Munich, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. You find them in the shops located in Munich Altstadt, all within a pleasant walking distance.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Kunstareal Museums & Galleries

Kunstareal Museums & Galleries

Kunstareal is known as the art district of the city. This small district is home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world. Each of these museums portrays art forms from distinctly different eras. Located just north of the main train station, the artistic treasures here rivals the best in the world.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Lehel Attractions Walking Tour

Lehel Attractions Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Bavarian capital Munich is a home to numerous historic sights and museums. The most notable of them are the Deutsches Theatermuseum (German Theater Museum), Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), Pinakothek der Moderne, and Neue Pinakothek. To see what else Munich has to offer, follow this orientation walk and enjoy.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Hofgarten Area Walking Tour

Hofgarten Area Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

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