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
In the traditional dress store Gottseidank in Munich, a woman is tying the apron of another woman who is wearing a dirndl.

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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.

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Traditional accessories

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.

Questionnaire: Rahmée Wetterich

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.

Shopping

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.

Shopping guide

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.

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

Department stores

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.

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.

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Munich's Palace of Justice

Justizpalast Tour

During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

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During the guided tour of the present-day seat of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, you will learn everything about the history and significance of the neo-baroque court and administrative building.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

New Town Hall Tour

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!

Exterior view of the Hofbräuhaus Munich at dusk.

Hofbräuhaus Tour

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Book for 28€, Mass beer included!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Discover the most famous beer hall in the world with an official guide of the city of Munich and enjoy a fresh Mass of beer afterward!

Towers at Marienplatz in Munich

Old Town Tour

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Book now for 18 €!

The city walk for everyone who wants to become acquainted with the most beautiful parts of Munich's city centre.

Wort kettle at the Spaten brewery in Munich.

Spaten Brewery Tour

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

Book now for only 22 €!

Experience a brewery tour at Spaten with a look behind the scenes, interesting facts about the company history and beer tasting in the brewery tower.

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Vouchers

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...

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Oktoberfest Shop

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

Bring a piece of Oktoberfest home: Purchase official souvenirs such as the Wiesn poster or the Oktoberfest beer stein in the official Oktoberfest shop.

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Vouchers

Give the gift of a special Munich voucher: we also offer vouchers for all our guided tours. Here you can book unique Munich experiences directly online, print them out and give them as a gift voucher to friends or family.

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Give the gift of a special Munich voucher: we also offer vouchers for all our guided tours. Here you can book unique Munich experiences directly online, print them out and give them as a gift voucher to friends or family.