Actress Viola von der Burg Leaning against a house wall in Munich.

Questionnaire: Viola von der Burg

Best place for a date, Mrs. von der Burg?

Munich is shaped by extraordinary women. In our questionnaire we would like to introduce a few of them. This time: Viola von der Burg. The actress has appeared on many stages in Munich. Including the Bavarian State Opera and the Gärtnerplatztheater.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?
I was born in Munich, although a little outside the city, in Munich-Furth. But I live right in the centre now.

In which district are you at home?
The Fraunhoferstrasse. I used to live in Westend, but I kept coming back here because I loved the area so much. By coincidence, I then found an apartment here.

What does Munich taste like?
Like home-made Dampfnudeln (steamed dumplings) at the Schellingsalon. You can hardly even find them in Austria.

What does Munich sound like?
During the Oktoberfest, the dray horses pass by on the Fraunhoferstrasse, taking the beer to the Theresienwiese. I always hear their hooves on the street.

What does Munich smell like?
It smells of hops, malt and grains when beer's being brewed, and during the Oktoberfest, it smells of roast almonds, grilled fish and candy floss.

Munich is the only city where ...
… you'd want to spend your whole life. I've lived in a lot of other cities because of work, but I wouldn't swap Munich for any of them. Every time I arrive at the train station, I sense an incredible warmth and friendliness.

Which Munich lady should everyone know?
Maja Einstein. She is Albert Einstein's sister, but unlike her brother, she was born in Munich. After graduating in Romance Languages and Literature, she and her husband ran a farm estate close to Florence, before she emigrated to the USA in 1939.

Your favourite Bavarian word?
"Mausdodschmatza", although it's more from Lower Bavaria or the Upper Palatinate. It's when someone babbles on at you without pausing for breath. We've all known that happen!

The most attractive building in the city?
The Müllersche Volksbad indoor pool is well worth a look - especially on the inside. It has a very individual charm. But you have to be wearing a bathing suit to get it!

The catchiest Munich song?
The title music to the Monaco Franze series. The series was produced in the 1980s by Helmut Dietl, and was hugely popular.

Isar or Eisbach?
The Isar, because I live very close to it.

Beer garden or bar?
I'm not a bar person, so I prefer a beer garden. I sometimes like to spend time in the pub too. When I lived in Frankfurt, I found a pub with a beer garden and I went there a lot.

Philharmonic orchestra or brass band music?
Both. Brass band music is a tradition and is very important. I go to the Philharmonic when I want to hear a good concert.

A weekend in the mountains or by the lake?
Preferably a mountain lake! Although I'm usually unfaithful and I get the train to Kufstein in the Tyrol region of Austria.

The best place in Munich to impress visitors?
A meal at the "Bratwurstglöckl am Dom" restaurant at the cathedral.

What is the best place in Munich for an after-work beer?
I like to sit outside in the summer. "Zum Kloster" in Haidhausen is great for that, or in front of the "Tabula Rasa" in the Glockenbachviertel.

The best place in Munich for a romantic date?
The "Mariandl" café on the Beethovenplatz. They have a sweet little garden.

The best place in Munich to think?
The Old South Cemetery. You can find peace there among the graves of famous Munich personalities.

The best place in Munich to experience art?
The Villa Stuck is a complete work of art from the 19th century with an unconventional room design. Franz von Stuck lived here and even designed the furniture himself. It brings together art, music and theatre and you're in the midst of the 19th century – I find it wonderful.

The best place in Munich if you are longing for Italy?
There are three possibilities. "Bar Centrale" in the centre offers original Italian flair. The restaurant Pasta e Basta in the Fraunhoferstrasse has the atmosphere of an Italian cafeteria, and if you're religious, there's an Italian service at 6 o' clock every Sunday evening at the magnificent Bürgersaalkirche. The church is always packed with Italians.

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Fotos: Frank Stolle

Covid-19: current regulations

Hotels and accommodation establishments, shops, indoor and outdoor catering, and also clubs and discos are open. However, restrictions apply. All other important information on the coronavirus and your stay in Munich can be found here.

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.

Painting from an exhibition

Hungry for art

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

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!

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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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

Exclusive tour through the town hall

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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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!

Stage and audience of the Passionsspiel in Oberammergau.

The game of suffering, death and resurrection

The inhabitants of Oberammergau staging probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

The inhabitants of Oberammergau have staged what is today probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

Merchant with dried fruit on the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

Viktualienmarkt Tasting Tour

Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting facts about Munich's most famous food market.

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Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting historical facts about Munich's most famous food market.

Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

Visit to the Town Hall Balcony

Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.

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Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.