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One of the oldest English-style landscape gardens and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, the Englischer Garten translated as the English Garden, is Munich's crowning glory. Although perhaps best known for its nudists, the park is popular with all types of people all year round. Other features include a Chinese pagoda with adjoining beer garden, the Monopteros Greek temple, a river and a boating lake. Visitors can also attend a traditional tea ceremony in the Japanese tea house.
Schwabing has a bohemian vibe to it that is very alluring. Established in the 8th Century much before the city was founded, it became a district of Munich in 1890. It was the preferred residential are for litterateurs and artists during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Leopoldstraße and Hohenzollernstraße are a shoppers paradise with its boutiques and shops for all budgets. Some of the interesting sites to visit while in this part of the town are the Englischer Garten, Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), Siegestor and Nordfriedhof. You will also fine many eateries, pubs, beer gardens and clubs in this trendy neighborhood.
Earlier known as the Feilitzsch Platz, Münchner Freiheit is a modern square deep-rooted in history. In fact, it got its name from the German word Freiheit that means freedom. During the World War II, Freiheitsaktion Bayern (a resistance group) led a movement that requested people to reject the Nazi movement. And, hence the symbolic name that represents freedom from Nazism. Today, with so many cafes and restaurants here, the place is always abuzz and there is never a dull moment. Movie theaters, retail outlets, regional eateries make for a great shopping-cum-dining trip. It is well-connected and easily accessible, owing to the subway station located just a stone throw-away from here. While you are around, do explore this landmark and indulge yourself in good food and some retail therapy.
Built between 1832-36 by Leo von Klenze in the style of a Greek 'tholos', there is something magical about this small temple on top of a small hill in the center of town. Unfortunately, it is also a meeting point for Munich's drug users and their games of cat and mouse with the police. Despite the kids and various winos hanging about, it's still a good place to shelter from the elements and reflect. Particularly at dusk, it provides a wonderful view of the old town, the Ludwigskirche and the hustle and bustle of Schwabing.
St. Georg is a quaint Rococo church with influences of Romanesque and late Gothic styles of architecture. Designed by Johann Michael Fischer it features a dramatic high altar with statues of St Irene, St George on a horse and St Donatus. It also has some impressive fresco and religious artworks of its patron saint. It is the main church for the neighborhood and is famous for its cemetery which is the resting place of many celebrated German artists.
Beer Garden at the Chinese Tower is located inside the Englischer Garten and is believed to be one of the largest Beer Gardens in the world with space to seat over 7000 visitors. The garden itself is lush green, lined with beautiful trees that provide a perfect canopy for those enjoying their cold beers here. The Chinesischer Turm or the Chinese Tower is one of the iconic structures erected here and sees many visitors, especially students from the nearby Ludwig University. People can bring their own food and buy beers at the on-site restaurants. Hofbräu is the beer that is served here and you can buy a litre for EUR6. Various local bands entertain visitors here thereby creating a festive atmosphere all year round.
Running through Schwabing, this main street is the continuation of Ludwigstraße, and you will find many places of interest and landmarks along the way. The iconic Walking Man, Münchner Freiheit and Kunstakademie can be spotted on the streetside besides fast cars and glam locals. There are also good spots to stop by and relax under shady promenades and grab a bite or coffee.
This tall gigantic figure located in front of Munich Re Group building sure to grab your attention. Created by American artist, Jonathan Borofsky, the Walking Man is a 17-metre sculpture portraying a tall man taking big steps forward to enter the Munich Re. It is an important landmark of the city and is made of steel and fibre-glass mats. Make sure that this unique München sculpture is on your list of sightseeing places here.
"This column and grove of ninety lime trees are to commemorate the gratitude felt by the city of Munich on the 12th March 1911, the ninetieth year in the life of His Royal Highness, the Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, then in the 25th year of his reign." These words are inscribed on the column here and describe how Luitpoldpark, situated between Schwabing and the Olympic complex, came into being. The hill which rises 37m above the ground was made from a pile of rubble. The park also contains Bamberger Haus, a pavilion with a café and restaurant, and the caricature gallery 'Cartoon-Caricatur - Contor'. The house was restored to its present condition in 1983, having been destroyed in the War and subsequently neglected.
The triple-arched Siegestor was constructed in 1843-52 based on designs by Friedrich von Gärtner. Although it is primarily a monument to the Bavarian army and its success in the Napoleonic war of liberation, it should be considered from a different perspective these days. The gate was badly damaged in the Second World War and restored with the following inscription by Wilhelm Hausenstein: "Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war and a reminder to us all". The proportions of the arch resemble the Constantine Gate in Rome, on which it was modeled. The top of the arch is decorated with bronze figures depicting Bavaria on a chariot being led by four lions. The Siegestor marks the northern end of Ludwigstraße and the start of Schwabing, one of the city's most popular nightlife spots.
Eisbach is a small man-made rivulet in the city that is a popular site for surfing. The river floes through the English Garden. Near the Haus der Kunst art museum it forms a large enough wave for surfing. The river runs fast, making swimming here dangerous, though sometimes a few people can be seen in the water. While only experienced surfers are allowed to surf here, it is a fun pastime to watch them at it, balancing their boards and cutting through the waves.
The epicenter of the famous German automobile company, the building of the BMW headquarters is designated as a historic building. Work began on the building in 1968 and ended in 1972. The architecture of the building is quite remarkable, with four suspended towers supported from the center. A truly remarkable building, a visit here is a must.