Inclement weather lures visitors to museums and cafés. And it provides a nice opportunity to discover other thrilling places.
The world-famous neo-gothic Neue Rathaus offers much more than its famous Carillon. A 90-minute tour takes visitors through its representative rooms that include the town hall balcony which also serves as stage for FC Bayern’s championship parties, and to the reading room of the Law Library which has already been used as film set for the musical “Cabaret” featuring Liza Minelli and for the kids’ adventure film “Bibi Blocksberg”. The tour also provides information about the history of the building and the human-interest background of the numerous prominent figures of Munich’s past whose images adorn its facade. Tickets for the tour are available at the onsite Tourist Information counter.
In case the patter of raindrops provides you with musical inspiration, a nearby department store at Marienplatz (at the corner of the town hall) offers the greatest selection of CDs and LPs in Europe with more than 120,000 titles from classical, jazz and world music.
Around the corner, in the Alte Hof at the end of Burgstraße, is the Infopoint Museums & Palaces in Bavaria. In the late-gothic vaulted hall of the Burgstock wing a free multimedia show provides information about the history of the oldest imperial residence in Munich and introduces its most prominent landlord, Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian, and the chronicle of the City of Munich.
Bleak weather may cause many a person to reflect upon the transience of the world. The numerous burial places in the downtown area which are frequently of great art-historical interest offer plenty of opportunity for contemplation: famous members of the Wittelsbach dynasty who ruled from Munich for more than 700 years have found eternal peace in the churches of Frauenkirche, St. Michael and St. Bonifaz (Karlstraße 34). Ludwig I reserved St. Bonifaz for his sepulcher.
Weatherproof options for exploring are offered not only in the city center. Various other highlights are easily reached by public transport.
Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian ruled five hundred years before him. His splendid tomb is found in the Church of our Lady. The tomb of the Fairytale King Ludwig II can be visited in St. Michael’s Church. In the museum of the Bürgersaalkirche a room is dedicated to the Jesuit priest Rupert Mayer who bravely defied the National Socialists. His mortal remains were laid to rest in the crypt of the lower church in 1948.
Weatherproof options for exploring are offered not only in the city center. Various other highlights are easily reached by public transport. The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden take visitors to the plant world of humid tropical regions, mountain forests and hot deserts.
The Hellabrunn Zoo allows close contact with diving penguins, curious giraffes and playful gorillas. The huge Sealife aquarium in the Olympic Park provides insight into fascinating underwater worlds, and Bavaria Filmstadt grants interactive access to the world of film & television.
The new Jochen Schweizer Arena leisure park enables you to fly around at the gateway to Munich. At the heart of the park, you will find a 30-metre tall tower with a wind tunnel, enabling visitors to float in the air. Next to the tower, there’s a standing wave for surfing and a high ropes course for climbing.