Ein Mann mit Sonnenbrille lehnt an einer Hauswand in München.

Questionnaire: Peter Ambacher

The best place in Munich for a romantic date, Peter Ambacher?

Munich is shaped by fascinating personalities. In our questionnaire we would like to introduce a few of them. This time: Peter Ambacher, former travesty artist, now city guide on the traces of the rock star Freddie Mercury.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?
I grew up in Tübingen. But it was always my dream to move to Munich, it was in my head from an early age. And then one day in the spring of 1970, my dream came true.

In which district are you at home?
Bogenhausen.

What does Munich taste like?
Hearty, substantial, perhaps like roast pork with dumplings.

What does Munich sound like?
Like a wonderful Puccini opera.

What does Munich smell like?
Like lust for life and nature.

Munich is the only city which you ...
... can live. I have tried a lot of cities: Berlin, Freiburg, Hamburg. But they didn't suit me. I always came back.

Which Munich lady should everyone know?
The folk actress Erni Singerl, who has sadly now passed away.

Your favourite Bavarian word?
"An guadn!", the Bavarian version of "bon appétit!".

The most attractive building in the city?
I am big fan of the opera, so obviously: the Nationaltheater (opera house).

Isar or Eisbach?
The Isar, because it stretches out so wonderfully. Perfect for walks or a bike ride.

Beer garden or bar?
I like beer gardens and preferably the terraces in restaurants – the main thing, outside and light.

Philharmonic orchestra or brass band music?
I prefer classical music.

Music Metropolis Munich

On a walk through the old town, you will get to know the musical side of Munich. Together with your official guide you will discover stations of famous composers. Read more 

A weekend in the mountains or by the lake?
On the Zugspitze or to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The best place in Munich to impress visitors?
I take my visitors through the city and show them all the famous sights: the Frauenkirche (cathedral), Kaufinger Strasse, the Englischer Garten (park) and the grave of fairy-tale King Ludwig II. in the crypt of St. Michael's Church.

The best place in Munich for an after-work beer?
The roof terrace at the Deutsche Eiche hotel.

The best place in Munich for a romantic date?
A wonderful restaurant: the Austernkeller for example, with its magnificent vaulted ceiling.

The best place in Munich to think?
The Englischer Garten.

The best place in Munich for music lovers?
As a lover of classical music, I again have to say: the Staatsoper.

The best place in Munich to experience culture?
Apart from the Staatsoper? The Gasteig.

The best place in Munich if you are longing for Italy?
There are so many Italian places in Munich. I like my regular Italian, the Osteria Il Ritrovo. There's gentle Italian music playing in the background, the owner is a real strong Italian, the entire family scurries around, and the food is exquisite!

 

Also interesting: Peter Ambacher in an interview about his time as a travesty artist, excessive parties and his friendship with rock star Freddie Mercury: Munich was a real paradise for Freddie

 

 

Photos: 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.

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.

Munich Card & City Pass

Discover Munich in a relaxed and uncomplicated way: discounts for the diverse range of art, culture and leisure activities with our guest cards.

Public transport is included

Many discounts with the Card, many things for free with the Pass.

Online or at the tourist information offices

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.

Book now for 28 €!

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

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!

Book now from 18 €

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!

A woman with varnished fingernails holds a gift with the inscription "simply Munich".

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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...