Art historian Dr. Annegret Hoberg in the Lenbachhaus in Munich.

Questionnaire: Dr. Annegret Hoberg

The best place in Munich to think, Mrs. Hoberg?

Munich is shaped by extraordinary women. In our questionnaire we would like to introduce a few of them. This time: Dr Annegret Hoberg. The art historian is curator at the Lenbachhaus, where her responsibilities include "The Blue Rider" exhibition.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?
I come from the Rhineland, I was born in Düsseldorf, but I came to Munich as a student back in 1979.

In which district are you at home?
I live in Lehel and I really love it. It's close to the city, there isn't much traffic, and fortunately it's relatively undiscovered by GPS-guided groups of tourists.

What does Munich taste like?
I would most probably think of weisswurst (white sausage) or schnitzel.

What does Munich sound like?
Especially on the wide open and sunny streets in Maxvorstadt, you can hear insects humming in the trees and storks. I find Munich peaceful compared with other big cities.

What does Munich smell like?
When I come back from business trips, I often notice how clear the air is. I get no smell of fine dust or industrial waste gases; instead, in the summer I can smell lime blossoms and even hay, and in the autumn there's the spicy scent of chestnuts.

Munich is the only city where ...
… you can take a raft into the city centre.

Which Munich lady should everyone know?
Sophie Scholl (1921-1943), who as a member of the "White Rose" student activist group distributed anti-Nazi regime flyers at Munich University, for which she and her brother, along with their student friend Christoph Probst, were executed in 1943.

Your favourite Bavarian word?
"Lass mir mei Ruah!" (Leave me alone)

The most attractive building in the city?
The Glyptothek on the Königsplatz, the first museum built by the architect Leo von Klenze in 1830 under commission to King Ludwig I.. It is a square temple building and houses Greek and Roman sculptures. Sit in the large, sun-filled atrium there, and you could be in Greece.

The catchiest Munich song?
"Skandal im Sperrbezirk" by the Spider Murphy Gang.

Isar or Eisbach?
They both have the same wonderful bottle-green Isar water. And they are both equally close to me. I like the Eisbach if I want to take a dip, and the banks of the Isar with their steep steps where you can sit and enjoy the evening sun.

Beer garden or bar?
Both, and there's endless choice.

Philharmonic orchestra or brass band music?
In the city I prefer classical concerts in the Hercules Hall, Gasteig and in the Brunnenhof at the Residenz; outside of Munich, I like brass band music at the lake and forest festivals.

A weekend in the mountains or by the lake?
Both. There are some fantastic lakes: the gentle, mild temperatures of the moor-containing water at Lake Staffelsee, the more sporty Lake Starnberg with its many beautiful spots on the bank, in high summer Lake Tegernsee with its cool mountain water and slight undercurrent. The mountains and the foothills of the Alps are more beautiful at weekends because they signify greater peace and tranquillity.

The best place in Munich to impress visitors?
The Englischer Garten with the Chinese Tower, beer garden and brass band music.

What is the best place in Munich for an after-work beer?
The Kaisergarten in the Kaiserstrasse.

The best place in Munich for a romantic date?
The bar at the Bayerischer Hof. They occasionally still have old-fashioned dance music there.

The best place in Munich to think?
The Böhmerwaldplatz in Bogenhausen with its peaceful benches and the Adalbert Stifter memorial.

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The best place in Munich for music lovers?
The Opera House on the Max-Joseph-Platz.

The best place in Munich to experience culture?
There's so much going on in Munich: Between museums, exhibitions, theatre, concerts, musicals, films, literature, new media, workshops as well as coffee houses, beer halls and clubs, there's something for everyone.

The best place in Munich if you are longing for Italy?
The motorway towards Brenner.

 

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On the pictures above: Tiger (1912), Franz Marc; Das Russen-Haus (1931), Herbstlich (1910), Gabriele Münter / Photos: Frank Stolle

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A man and a woman record a podcast in a laundromat.

A feast for the ears

Many Munich museums and institutions have their own podcast. An overview.

Many Munich museums and institutions have their own podcast. Here we present a few examples that are particularly worth listening to.

Exhibition room with paintings in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Discover Munich's arts and culture online

Corona does not mean that you have to do without Munich's great cultural attractions: We have collected the best digital offers.

Corona does not mean that you have to do without Munich's great cultural attractions: We have collected the best digital offers.

A wall with graffiti in Munich.

Get graffitiing!

Munich has long been the cradle of the European graffiti scene. Our author once painted graffiti himself, and today looks back on a quite exceptional piece of work.

Munich has long been the cradle of the European graffiti scene. Our author once painted graffiti himself, and today looks back on a quite exceptional piece of work.

The painting "Departure" by Max Beckmann

Hungry for art

You’ll definitely want to catch these exhibitions in Munich’s museums and galleries in 2022 and 2023!

From the Old Masters to the new young things: Munich’s museums showcase art from all branches and eras. Here are some exhibitions that you’ll definitely want to catch in 2022 and 2023!

A woman in a coat and an artist with a paint bucket smile into the camera in Munich.

A stroll through the Werksviertel with Loomit

Our author meets Munich personalities on a walk. This time: street art artis Loomit shows us around his Werksviertel-Mitte.

Our author meets Munich personalities on a walk. This time: street art artis Loomit shows us around his Werksviertel-Mitte.

Curator Judith Csiki in front of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Curators present their personal highlights

Lenbachhaus, Museum Brandhorst, Pinakothek: We asked three museum professionals to introduce us to some of their favourites.

Lenbachhaus, Museum Brandhorst, Pinakothek: We asked three museum professionals to introduce us to some of their favourites.

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich at sunset.

Castles and palaces in and around Munich

The magnificent castles and palaces in and around Munich are world famous. An overview.

Residenz, Nymphenburg, Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee, Neuschwanstein: The magnificent castles and palaces in and around Munich are world famous. An overview. 

Fountain in Grottenhof of the Residenz photographed through a window of the Residenz in Munich.

Bisou, Bisou with the Sun King

The story of Ludwig II is a legendary tale: an account of a glamorous time that played out not only in Neuschwanstein, but also directly within the Munich court – the Residenz palace in the city centre.

The story of Ludwig II is a legendary tale: an account of a glamorous time that played out not only in Neuschwanstein, but also directly within the Munich court – the Residenz palace in the city centre.

Neuschwanstein Castle in the surrounding region of Munich.

Royal wanderlust

Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, Schachenhaus and Neuschwanstein: Bavaria’s castles and palaces are among the most beautiful in the world.

Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, Schachenhaus and Neuschwanstein: Bavaria’s castles and palaces are among the most beautiful in the world.

Endless Staircase in Munich.

At second glance

Some public art in Munich is unknown even to the locals. We present six works of art that can often only be discovered at second glance.

Some public art in Munich is unknown even to the locals. We present six works of art that can often only be discovered at second glance.

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Panoramic view of the Munich Christmas market at Marienplatz.

Christmas Market Tour

Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

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Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

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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!

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