Portrait of a woman with long brown hair in an office in Munich.

Questionnaire: Sabine Unger

„The smell of BBQ envelopes Munich“

Sabine Unger, Director of the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) on the favourite places in her hometown.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?
Born in Munich, before later becoming a true native. Although I was born here, I grew up in Regensburg and studied in Bamberg. In 1991 I returned and become a native of this great city.

In which district are you at home?
In the city's Dreimühlenviertel.

What does Munich taste like?
Like Affogato: a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a cup of espresso over it. It tastes sublime at Elio's ice cream parlour on Roecklplatz.

What does Munich sound like?
Like ringing the bell on the tram. I'm not sure if modern trams still sound like that, but that's the sound that I have in my head.

What does Munich smell like?
Like BBQ: in the summer during the festivals, and in the winter at the Christmas markets, and especially in the summer on the Isar.

Munich is the only city where you ...
... can live and be in the countryside at the same time.

Which Munich lady should everyone know?
Liesl Karstadt. An incredibly exciting character for her time. An insanely strong woman, full of self-doubt too, who had to tread a tough path in life. The congenial partner for Karl Valentin, but who was never able to step out of his shadow. Although he only became the great star he was with her.

Your favourite Bavarian word?
Grantig (grouchy).

The most attractive building in the city?
The Müllersches Volksbad (indoor swimming pool), especially from the inside.

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

Isar or Eisbach?
Isar.

Beer garden or bar?
Beer garden.

Philharmonic orchestra or brass band music?
Philharmonic. I like quiet sounds.

A weekend in the mountains or by the lake?
It's off to the lakes for me, and even better to the rivers Würm, Windach, Ammer. There are some magical places there.

The best place in Munich to impress visitors?
Standing in front of the Nationaltheater, with perhaps a trip inside to follow.

The best place in Munich for a romantic date?
The restaurant at the Olympia Tower.

The best place in Munich to think?
On the Isar between Flaucher and Großhesseloher bridge. By the way, visitors will also be impressed by this as well: If you walk just a few feet in Munich, you are suddenly surrounded by nature.

The best place in Munich to experience culture?
The nine days during the MCBW in Munich and its surroundings.

The best place in Munich if you are longing for Italy?
I never really have a longing for Italy, I'm more of an England fan. Unfortunately, there's not so much of that in Munich.

 

 

Photos: Frank Stolle

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A woman and a man in a coat in front of the shop of Eduard Meier in Munich

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.

Our author wears a dirndl in the store of Gottseidank in Munich

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.

A man tries on a brown traditional leather shoe

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.

Two women stand in front of three large wooden doors in Munich.

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.

Flowerbed at Gärtnerplatz in Munich.

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.

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.

View of house facades at Maximilianstrasse in Munich reflected in the shop window of Valentino.

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.

The Hanging Gardens in the Fünf Höfe shopping arcade

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.

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

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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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

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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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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