The "Infinite Staircase" by Olafur Eliasson in Munich.

Ólafur Elíasson

Playing with the elements

Ólafur Elíasson works with elemental materials such as light, water, air and temperature. In Munich, you can discover his art without paying entrance fees: The Icelandic-Danish artist is represented here with impressive works in public space.

Sphere

The eight-tonne spiral ball Sphere in the downtown shopping centre Fünf Höfe is not to be missed: if you stand below it and look up, you are looking into a distinct space, the interior of the ball. Ólafur Elíasson wanted this work to symbolise the interconnectedness of our world.

Location: Fünf Höfe, Theatinerstrasse 15, 80333 München

 

Wirbelwerk

Wirbelwerk is the title of the spectacular spiral that Ólafur Elíasson has created for the atrium of the new Lenbachhaus art museum. The gemstone-like kaleidoscopic sculpture spirals down from the ceiling. The work is made up of approximately 450 coloured glass and metal platelets, which reflect the light onto the surrounding walls in bright spots.

Location: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Luisenstrasse 33, 80333 München

 

Umschreibung (Circumscription)

For the new German headquarters of auditors KPMG in the Westend, Elíasson designed an up-and-down pair of staircases, endlessly cycling in double helix form. The sculpture is also known as “Endless Staircase“.

Location: Ganghoferstrasse 29, 80339 München

 

Bühnenfenster

His “Bühnenfenster“ on the rehearsal building of the Bayerische Staatsoper (State Opera) on Marstallplatz reflects the sky, the building, the square as well as the people on the square, creating a dialogue between reality and illusion. “I've tried to make it possible to experience this public space more intensely,“ commented Ólafur Elíasson, talking about his work.

Location: Probengebäude am Marstallplatz, Marstallplatz 5, 80539 München

 

Mooswand

With the living moss wall on the façade of Munich Re (insurance company) Elíasson brings nature directly into the day-to-day working life of the company's employees. The Italian tufa stone was injected with mosses from Brittany. As the seasons pass, the plants change colour and therefore so does the façade.

Location: Gedonstrasse 8, 80802 München, near Englischer Garten

 

 

Photo: Werner Böhm
In the traditional dress store Gottseidank in Munich, a woman is tying the apron of another woman who is wearing a dirndl.

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Vintage Dirndls and Hirschlederhosen

From Second-hand to a traditional store – we made our way through Munich's selection of traditional dress. 

Second-hand, a local label, a traditional store and a hire service – we made our way through Munich's selection of traditional dress.

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Traditional accessories

Haferl shoes and Dirndl bags

We visited some traditional shops and young designers in Munich to explore their traditional costume accessories.

It's not just dirndls and lederhosen: We visited some traditional shops and young designers to explore their traditional accessories.

Questionnaire: Rahmée Wetterich

Best place if longing for Italy, Mrs. Wetterich?

The fashion designer Rahmée Wetterich in our questionnaire.

The fashion designer Rahmée Wetterich her sister run the "Noh Nee" label, tailoring clothes that combine both Bavarian and African influences.

Flowerbed at Gärtnerplatz in Munich.

Shopping

Around the Gärtnerplatz

Shopping far from the major department stores: at Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbachviertel individuality counts. A shopping tour.     

Shopping far from the major department stores: at Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbachviertel individuality counts. A shopping tour.     

A view of a church reflected in a shop window in Munich.

Shopping guide

Shopper's paradise

Shopping in an architecturally impressive atmosphere: a stroll through the inner city of Munich.

Shopping in an architecturally impressive atmosphere: a stroll through the inner city of Munich.

Pedestrian zone in Munich with one of the two towers of the Frauenkirche in Munich.

Department stores

Everything under one roof

Anyone who wants to explore Munich's long-established department stores starts the shopping tour in the city centre.

Oberpollinger, Ludwig Beck or Konen – anyone who wants to explore Munich's long-established department stores starts the shopping tour at Karlsplatz-Stachus or Marienplatz.

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Munich's Palace of Justice

Justizpalast Tour

During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

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During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

New Town Hall Tour

Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

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Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Magistrates, Monachia and magnificent celebrations: explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

Exterior view of the Hofbräuhaus Munich at dusk.

Hofbräuhaus Tour

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

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Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Towers at Marienplatz in Munich

Old Town Tour

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

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The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Wort kettle at the Spaten brewery in Munich.

Spaten Brewery Tour

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

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Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

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Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

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Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

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Oktoberfest Shop

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

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Give the gift of a special Munich voucher: we also offer vouchers for all our guided tours. Here you can book unique Munich experiences directly online, print them out and give them as a gift voucher to friends or family.

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Give the gift of a special Munich voucher: we also offer vouchers for all our guided tours. Here you can book unique Munich experiences directly online, print them out and give them as a gift voucher to friends or family.