Panoramic view of the Olmpic Park with Olympic Tower, Olympic Swimming Hall, Olympic Lake and the headquarter of BMW in Munich in the background.

Munich's north

Masterpieces of architecture and entertainment

With the Olympic Park, BMW World and the Allianz Arena, the north of Munich has three worlds of experience to offer on the topics of sport, leisure and mobility. A highlight on the outskirts is the city's oldest church as the only evidence of the vanished village of Fröttmaning.

The BMW Welt – the car manufacturer’s experience and distribution centre – supplies up to 34,000 HP on some days. Its futuristic architecture provides a fascinating juxtaposition to the high-reaching roof construction of the adjacent Olympiapark (Olympic Park), which was built in 1972 and is still a place for great experiences to this day.

Also located in the north of Munich: the Allianz Arena in Munich-Fröttmaning! In Munich's football temple there are first-class matches and the FC Bayern Museum to marvel at. A special feature is the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, the oldest church in Munich. It is the last testimony to the village of Fröttmaning, which was razed in the early 1950s.

BMW-Welt – a masterpiece of modern architecture

 

Horse power fans will have no trouble getting their money’s worth during a day spent at the BMW Welt. The delivery hall doubles as a showroom, cultural site, congress centre and playground.

On the ground floor, spanning 180 metres in length, you can see the latest cars and motorbikes; while in the 800 qm Technology and Design Studio, interactive display boards reveal how a car is designed, as well as how innovative technologies work. Adults can try out the driving simulators; younger visitors are supervised in the Junior Campus. There are also bou-tique shops, cafés and restaurants on site. Meanwhile, the glazed double cone is the venue for various exhibitions and regular concerts.

As part of a BMW group tour, you have the exclusive opportunity to find out further details about the noble brand. While the two shops and a culinary journey of discovery are open to everyone who visits BMW Welt, the company guides take you to places that are not accessible to regular visitors. The delivery procedure of customers’ new cars is also explained in full: from washing and polishing to the often blissfully tearful and practically dust-free first meeting with the new vehicle in the so-called “Premiere” area. At peak times, up to 170 cars are delivered from Monday to Friday here.

The hour-long tour is packed full of facts about the history, architecture and processes used at BMW Welt, though it’s impossible to cover everything. It’s enough, though. By the end, you will go away knowing all the possible fake stories about the origins of the brand’s logo, the price of a basic Rolls Royce including the two obligatory umbrellas, and also the answer to the question as to what a 3,000-metre tall mountain has in common with the warehouse at BMW Welt. BMW Welt also allows you to book your dream BMW by the hour.

www.bmw-welt.com

 

Olympic spirit at Olympiapark

 

Olympic organisation committees – most recently teams from Brazil and Tokyo – visit Munich time and again on the hunt for the Olympic Park’s recipe for success from 1972. We’re not exaggerating when we say that the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) in Munich is a shining international example of how to create a successful legacy for Olympic facilities. The large park, inspired by the hilly landscape of the Alpine foothills, can be explored on foot or by bike.

For a view of the entire park, why not visit the 185-metre platform in the Olympic Tower? If you want a more relaxing way to see the park, take a trip on the miniature railway which runs around the grounds.

Football fans can let off some steam at the SoccArena, while ice skaters can skate to their hearts’ content in the Olympic Ice Sports Centre. Depending on how adventurous you are, you may be brave enough to tackle a roof climb across the Olympic Stadium’s canopy top before rounding off the experience by taking the zip line over the arena. Tower-
ing over the Olympic Lake is the Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain) which was built out of the wreckage and ruins of the Second World War. The Olympia-Alm is the city’s high-est beer garden, the perfect place to lift your spirits all year round. You may even be lucky enough to eavesdrop a concert by an international star playing in the Olympic Stadium.

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The multimedia “Einschnitt“ memorial pavilion provides information about the twelve victims and explains the historical reasons behind the 1972 Olympic attack. The memorial was opened in 2017 to mark the 45th anniversary of the day the hostages were taken. The opening was attended by representatives and the heads of state from Israel and Germany. The memorial focuses on the stories of the eleven Israeli athletes and one German police officer who were killed in the attack.

As has always been the case, events are still held year-round in the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Hall, the settings for the 1972 Olympic Games. The park is also home to two other attractions: the Sealife centre and exhibitions in the Small Olympic Hall. If you fancy a spontaneous swim in the Olympia-Schwimmhalle, there is no need to worry – you aren’t expected to be a world record breaker like Mark Spitz. Like many other Olympic icons of his generation, the seventime gold medal winner of 1972 remains true to the site of his victories to this day.


www.olympiapark.de
www.touren-olympiapark.de

Allianz Arena – enjoy world-class football

 

Built to the plans drafted by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the Allianz Arena has become one of Munich’s main landmarks since it opened back in 2005.

The stadium holds up to 75,000 people, all of whom enjoy an outstanding view of the action thanks to the steep grandstands. Its impressive design featuring almost 3,000 air pockets makes a visual impact before you’ve even arrived. The pockets light up in red and white at FC Bayern München home games and in white at Germany matches. On special occasions, such as St. Patrick's Day, they shine green.

The FC Bayern Museum is also well worth a visit: Germany’s largest museum dedicated to a sports club takes visitors on an emotional journey, starting with the club’s foundation in 1900 and ending with its latest triumphs.

www.allianz-arena.com

Fröttmaning: the sunken village

 

Older than anything you can admire in Munich's old town is the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche (church) in Fröttmaning.  It is one of the oldest preserved church buildings in Munich. You can reach the late Romanesque building via a footpath up Fröttmaninger hill to the wind turbine and on to the sunken village: with the exception of the church, Fröttmaning had to make way for the growing rubbish of Munich in the early 1950s.

It was not until the early 1970s that the Fröttmaning rubbish mountain was renaturalised and planted with greenery. Today you have a beautiful view of the whole city from the top. At the foot of the hill, a full-size copy of the church was created that cannot be walked on. The copy looks as if it has been half buried by the mountain. The work of art is reminiscent of the buried village and acts as a beacon against our throwaway society.

 

Also interesting: Our author visited BMW Welt with Georg Schuster, the board member of the "BMW Munichs" fan club. Read what he learned from him about the "fascination of cars" in his report.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photos: Frank Stolle, Bernd Römmelt, Markus Dlouhy; Illustration: Julia Pfaller; Video: Redline Enterprises

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People at the Siegestor in Munich

A district full of life and adventure

Maxvorstadt is a bustling district: education, culture and business meet a colourful urban offering.

Maxvorstadt is a bustling district: universities, cultural temples and business meet small cafés, bars, restaurants and colourful shops.

Weissenburger Platz in Munich photographed from above with a drone.

A village in the city

Haidhausen and Au have developed from working-class quarters into popular residential areas.

When strolling along the narrow streets of the districts Haidhausen and Au with small shops and green courtyards, it almost feels like being in a village in the middle of the city.

The Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in autumn.

From artists and writers

Around 1900, it was the artists and writers who settled around the university and the art academy and shaped the spirit of Schwabing.

In the heyday of the Schwabinger Bohème around 1900, it was the artists and writers who settled around the university and the art academy and shaped the spirit of Schwabing.

Towers ot the St Luke's Church in Munich photographed from the air.

A beautiful spot

Lehel is considered one of Munich's most popular and exclusive residential areas. But it wasn't always the case.

Lehel is considered one of Munich's most popular and exclusive residential areas. But it wasn't always the case.

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich photographed from above with a drone.

Around Nymphenburg Palace

Neuhausen-Nymphenburg offers a wealth of things to discover besides the palace.

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The Hans-Mielich-Strasse in the district Untergiesing in Munich

A district full of variety

Giesing may be famous for soccer and beer, but what the locals value most is the neighbourhood’s lively diversity.

Giesing may be famous for soccer and beer, but what the locals value most is the neighbourhood’s lively diversity of architecture, culture, and people.

Flowerbed at Gärtnerplatz in Munich.

Where the night begins

Independent labels, hip bars, pubs and cool inns attract the young and the young-at-heart.

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Panoramic view of Karlsplatz / Stachus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background photographed from the air.

Classical and curiosities

Numerous Munich stories can be told along the roughly one-kilometer-long route between Karlsplatz-Stachus and Marienplatz square. A city walk.

Numerous interesting Munich stories can be told along the roughly one-kilometer-long route between Karlsplatz-Stachus and Marienplatz square. A city walk.

Maximilianeum in Munich at sunset.

Once a village, now a noble district

The Bogenhausen district in the northeast of Munich captivates with many green areas, old villas and its proximity to the river Isar.

There's a lot to discover here: the Bogenhausen district in the northeast of Munich captivates with many green areas, old villas and its proximity to the river Isar.

Tower of the Deutsches Museum with the river isar in the background photographed from the air.

Between the Isar and the Theresienwiese

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The Isar river, clubbing, Oktoberfest or multicultural mix at the main station: On a voyage of discovery in a versatile district of the city

Panoramic view of the Olmpic Park with Olympic Tower, Olympic Swimming Hall, Olympic Lake and the headquarter of BMW in Munich in the background.

Masterpieces of architecture and entertainment

BMW Welt, Allianz Arena and Olympic Park - Munich's north has much to offer.

With the Olympiapark, BMW Welt and Allianz Arena and the city's oldest church, the north of Munich has a lot to offer.

A group of humans is tasting Baklava in front of a vitrine in a shop in the station district in Munich.

Many cultures, one neighborhood

The charm of the oriental Bajuvaric microcosm in the quarter to the south of the main train station gives you that holiday feeling.

The aroma of mocha and black tea fills the air: the charm of the oriental Bajuvaric microcosm in the quarter to the south of the main train station gives you that holiday feeling.

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Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

Exclusive tour through the town hall

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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

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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

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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.