South Alstadt Walking Tour (Self Guided), Munich

The Southern part of the Alstadt consists of 2 quarters: the Hackenviertel in the south west and the Angerviertel in the south east. It lies between the two historic towers: the Sendlinger Tor and the Isartor, two of four main gates of the medieval city wall. The area is home to famous museums and beautiful churches, but also to the oldest shopping street of Munich, Sendlinger Strasse.
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South Alstadt Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: South Alstadt Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sendlinger Tor
  • Sendlinger Strasse
  • Asam Church
  • Bears&Friends
  • Münchner Stadtmuseum (City Museum of Munich)
  • Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum)
  • Beer and Oktoberfest Museum
  • Isartor
Sendlinger Tor

1) Sendlinger Tor

The Sendlinger Tor is the oldest of the three surviving medieval gates of Munich’s old city. It is located at the southern edge of the Altstadt or Old City.

The Sendlinger Tor was constructed under the instructions of King Ludwig the Bavarian as part of the plans for expansion of the city of Munich. He built a second city wall with four gates of which one was the Sedlinger Tor. Medeival texts mention the tower as the starting point of the road between Italy and Munich in 1318.

At first, there was only one central tower gate. The two hexagonal towers on the sides of the gate were additions made in 1420 to give definition to the architecture of the gate. Three arches connected the two towers at the time. In 1808, the central tower gate was demolished. To enable vehicular traffic to pass through easily, the three connecting arches were taken down and replaced by a single arch in 1906. Two arches were added to the hexagonal towers for the convenience of pedestrians. Today, the Sendlinger Tor stands near a thriving cultural center and a hundred year old movie theater. It is also the venue of a popular annual Christmas market in the city.
Sendlinger Strasse

2) Sendlinger Strasse

The Sendlinger Strasse is one of the oldest shopping streets of Munich, located in the heart of the city in the Aldstat or the Old Town. A pedestrian zone, this street is home to smaller shops selling antiques, handicrafts, books and jewelry. Most of these shops are family owned enterprises that have survived for generations. The street starts at Sendlinger Tor and connects is to the Marienplatz.
Asam Church

3) Asam Church (must see)

The official name of the building popularly known as the Asam Church is the St. Johann Nepomuk Church. This small church has the most opulent interiors among religious buildings in Munich.

The Asam Church was built by brothers Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam. It was constructed between 1733 and 1746 and dedicated to a Bohemian monk named Johann Nepomuk who was revered for his noble deeds. He was drowned in the Danube on the orders of King Wenceslaus for refusing to divulge the confessions of the Queen. The Asam brothers intended the Church as their family’s small private place of worship but were forced by the citizens of Munich to allow access to all.

The Asam Church is one of the finest examples of late German Baroque architecture. It has 12 rows of pews for a small family congregation. The interiors are covered with frescoes painted by Cosmas Damian Asam. A lavish fresco in the ceiling portrays the drowning of Saint Nepomuk. The high altar has four twisted columns with a glass shrine containing a wax figure of Saint Nepomuk. There is a beautiful sculpture depicting God the father bending over the crucified Christ in the cornice. The interior ornamentation today is the result of careful restoration between the years 1975 and 1982.

Why You Should Visit:
Gaudy and baroque in a very unique way you do not see often. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in decoration: fresco, marble, stucco and acres of gilding compete for attention. Such heavy decoration may not be to everyone's taste, but it's hard not to marvel here.

As with everything, try going early in the morning to avoid crowds blocking your photos (avoid mass times).
It's best to try to visit on a sunny day so that that the gold and other bling have more of a chance to shine.

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

4) Bears&Friends

What to buy here: Gummy Bears- The Spiegel is a German magazine, and they have an international section online in English. In this section there is a sub-section called, “Germany Survival Bible,” and on March 24, 2006 they published an article entitled, “The Gummy Bear Obsession.” The byline says it all: “Want to make a German happy? Flowers and wine might be a good start. But to really win one over, consider a gift of sickly-sweet globs of sugary gelatin.” Bottom line--the Germans love their Gummy Bears. Invented by Hans Riegel in 1922, the Haribo “dancing bear” was what first won the affection of millions of Germans. Even Albert Einstein loved them, and today they are given out for free in the cafeteria of the German parliament. The Association of the German Confectionary Industry reports that a German, on average, consumes 3.49 kilograms of gummy candy per year! In Munich there are several gummy bear stores for you to choose from, including one on the Sendlingerstrasse running between Sendlinger Tor and Marienplatz, which offers you bags of gummy bears for about 4 Euros. But in the Stachus Passage in the underground-station area of Karlsplatz (Stachus) there is a gummy bear store that sells German beer and cocktail glasses filled with gummy bears to make it look like they are filled with either golden beer or colorful beach drinks; these range in price from 7 to 20 Euros, depending on size.
Münchner Stadtmuseum (City Museum of Munich)

5) Münchner Stadtmuseum (City Museum of Munich)

The Munich Stadtmuseum ("Münchner Stadtmuseum") is the city museum of Munich. It was founded in 1888 by Ernst von Destouches and is located in the former municipal arsenal and stables, both buildings of the late Gothic period. It provides visitors with an overview of Munich's history and its citizens' lifestyle. Regular exhibitions are held on the popular arts and traditions of the region. A wooden model of Munich city as it was in 1572 is one of the interesting exhibits. An exhibition on Morris dancers forms the main display on the ground floor. The second floor houses an exhibition on the camera and the fourth floor has an extensive collection of musical instruments.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum)

6) Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum)

The Jewish Museum Munich provides an overview of Munich’s Jewish history and is part of the city's new Jewish Center located at Sankt-Jakobs-Platz in Munich. It is situated between the main synagogue Ohel Jakob and the Jewish Community Center which is home to the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria and houses a public elementary school, a kindergarten, a youth center as well as a community auditorium and a kosher restaurant. The museum was built from 2004 until its inauguration on March 22, 2007 and is run by the city of Munich. The Jewish Museum is part of Jewish Community Center that serves the 9,200 Jews living in the city.

The idea of a Jewish Museum in Munich was conceived in the 1920s by Hans Lamm, head of the Jewish community at that time. He started the project but could not realize his dream. A small private museum was opened by Richard Grimm on Maximilianstrasse. It ran at the venue for 10 years but was closed for financial reasons. The present Jewish Museum opened its doors in 2007.

Rena Wandel-Hoefer and Wolfgang Lorch designed the building, that houses the Jewish Museum, after winning a competition held in 2001. It is designed as a free standing cube with a glass walled ground floor entrance. Exhibits relating to Jewish life and culture, festivals celebrated by the Jews, their rites of passage, like marriages and funerals, are arranged in the three exhibition halls. Temporary exhibitions, relating to subjects like the holocaust, are also held from time to time.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Beer and Oktoberfest Museum

7) Beer and Oktoberfest Museum

The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum is dedicated to Bavaria’s rich beer culture and the history of Munich’s Oktoberfest. It is a privately owned museum run by the Edith-Haberland-Wagner Foundation. The foundation now owns the beer brand called Augustiner Bräu, once the specialty of monks of the Augustinian order.

The Beer and Oktoberfest Museum is housed in Munich’s oldest residence. The six stored building dates back to 1340 and was built soon after the great fire of 1327 that razed large parts of the city to the ground. The facade paintings have been restored and the original wooden beams have been salvaged. The building consists of 12 apartments and a steep central, ’Heaven’s Stairs’, a typical feature of medieval houses in Munich takes visitors to the upper floors.

The exhibits at the museum take visitors through the history of beer brewing around the world. One can view exhibits about beer brewing in ancient Egypt to the purity laws when it was brewed by Bavarian monks. The history of Munich’s six breweries is also displayed through the exhibits. A wooden box called the brewer’s ark that was used in the Munich Brewer’s initiation ceremony is a treasured object in the museum. The upper floor is dedicated to the history and evolution of the Oktoberfest that began as the wedding celebration of King Ludwig I in 1810 and grew to be the largest beer festival in the world.
Sight description based on wikipedia

8) Isartor

This Gothic structure used to be one of the four main gates of the medieval city wall. It served as a fortification for the defence and is the most easterly of Munich's three remaining gothic town gates (Isartor, Sendlinger Tor and Karlstor). The gate (Tor) is located close to the Isar and was named after the river. The Isartor was constructed in 1337 within the scope of the enlargement of Munich and the construction of the second city wall between 1285 and 1337 which was completed under the Emperor Louis IV. The Isartor is today the only medieval gate in Munich which has conserved its medium main tower and the restoration in 1833-35 by Friedrich von Gärtner has recreated the dimensions and appearance close to the original structure. The frescoes, created in 1835 by Bernhard von Neher, depict the victorious return of Emperor Louis after the Battle of Mühldorf in 1322. The Isartor today houses a humorous museum which is dedicated to the comedian and actor Karl Valentin. A café for visitors has been integrated.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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