Questionnaire: Saskia Diez

Isar or Eisbach, Mrs. Diez?

Munich is shaped by extraordinary women. In our questionnaire we would like to introduce a few of them. This time: the jewellery designer Saskia Diez. For one of her oldest collections, she polishes and works stones from the banks of the Isar.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?
I moved to Munich when I came here to train.

In which district are you at home?
In the Glockenbachviertel, where I work and live. What I especially like about it are the proximity to the Isar, how friendly the area is, and the many craft businesses in the rear courtyards.

What does Munich taste like?
Like pretzels, grilled fish and radishes.

What does Munich sound like?
Like the murmur of the Isar and the murmur of Munich in general. The city isn't loud, but it's not quiet either, there's more of a background noise on the streets.

What does Munich smell like?
Like a river that flows from the Alps and when the wind's in the right direction, it smells like beer brewing.

Munich is the only city where ...
... you can bathe in the river in the middle of the city, and even go naked if you want to.

Which Munich lady should everyone know?
Christine Sattler, the former gynaecologist on the Maistrasse who delivered more babies than anyone in Germany – including mine.

Your favourite Bavarian word?
Bazi – it expresses both Bavarian anger and warmth, which I find typically Bavarian. It's a sort of affectionate insult, and I really like that.

The most attractive building in the city?
The Frauenkirche (Our Lady’s Church). The onion-shaped towers remind me of a Russian church – and of my grandmother who was hugely fascinated by Russia.

The catchiest Munich song?
"Isarmärchen" by the Munich folk singer Bally Prell. The song was written by her father, the Munich composer Ludwig Prell. The songs describes the city as being "as beautiful as a fairy-tale". Recurring themes are, in particular, the Isar, the colours white and blue, and Bavaria.

Isar or Eisbach?
The Isar, because it's better for bathing.

Beer garden or bar?
If the weather's good at the weekend, a beer garden in the afternoon, otherwise I prefer a bar.

Philharmonic orchestra or brass band music?
Brass band music is nice in a beer garden, otherwise I prefer the Philharmonic.

A weekend in the mountains or by the lake?
The lakes of course, because I prefer to be on the water.

The best place in Munich to impress visitors?
The Eisbach Wave at the Haus der Kunst (art museum) – especially when people are still surfing at night or in the winter.

What is the best place in Munich for an after-work beer?
The Hofgarten or the terrace at the Goldene Bar – where you can also get a very good after-work spritzer.

The best place in Munich for a romantic date?
The Isar – a date on the water is always good and you're on your own! The Isar is equally good for thinking, when you want to be alone.

The best place in Munich if you are longing for Italy?
Go shopping at Eataly in the Schrannenhalle and then cook pasta at home.

 

 

Photos: Frank Stolle

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A visit to the former Purveyors to the Court

We visited the former Royal Bavarian Purveyors to the Court and did some shopping in the old town - from porcelain to perfume.

We visited the former Royal Bavarian Purveyors to the Court and did some shopping in the old town - from porcelain to perfume.

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.

Unique at halfs: The shoes are sewn instead of glued - this makes them particularly durable!

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.

A walk through Glockenbachviertel: Saskia Diez

Munich's districts through the eyes of Munich personalities: This time jewellery designer Saskia Diez shows us her Glockenbachviertel.

Munich's districts through the eyes of Munich personalities: This time jewellery designer Saskia Diez shows us her Glockenbachviertel.

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.

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.     

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.

Chic flagship stores and premium brands

The density of international luxury labels in combination with long-established traditional brands is almost unique worldwide.

The density of international luxury labels in combination with long-established traditional brands is almost unique worldwide.

A real eye-catcher in the shopping arcade "Fünf Höfe" are the "Hanging Gardens" by artist Tita Giese.

Hanging gardens and noble architecture

Explore Munich's elegant designer shops next to cafés, bars and restaurants in an extraordinary shopping ambience.

Explore Munich's elegant designer shops next to cafés, bars and restaurants in an extraordinary shopping ambience.

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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Hogwarts sends his regards: in the small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus on Munich's Marienplatz.

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!

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.

Dates, tropical and exotic fruits are also offered at the Viktualienmarkt.

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.

Climb 306 stairs up to the viewing platform of St Peter’s Church and enjoy exactly this view of the Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche.

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.