As a child, one thing I would always have in my backpack was crayons. Red, blue, green and yellow, or the extended edition that included gold, silver and a skin-toned one. It seemed like colouring in without going outside the lines was a ticket to the adult world. This works the other way too, though: doing some colouring in can make you feel like a child again, dreaming yourself into the world of the pictures. Why not give it a try?
You can download and print our drawings of the the Viktualienmarkt, the Auer Dult food market, the Englischer Garten, Nymphenburg Palace, a typical Munich beer garden and the Olympiapark here. For old and young artists alike, it’s a joy to experience that holiday feeling growing stronger with each perfectly coloured-in dome on the Frauenkirche or when you find the perfect shade of blue for the Eisbach river. Let’s get started!
This is a drawing of fruit, vegetable and flower stalls and the maypole at Munich’s Viktualienmarkt. The food market is just a few metres from Marienplatz and draws foodies, coffee lovers and beer garden enthusiasts from far and wide. Even the chefs of Munich’s fine dining restaurants do their shopping here.
The steeple of Peterskirche (church) with its eight clocks, can be seen in the background on the left. Munich comedian Karl Valentin – who has a drinking fountain at the market dedicated to him – was once asked why there are so many clock faces on the steeple. He replied: “Well of course, it’s so that eight people can check the time at once!”
This is how you should imagine the Auer Dult, Munich’s traditional annual fair. In the picture you can see gaming booths, a children’s carousel and a “chairoplane” ride. While the Dult normally takes place three times a year on Mariahilfplatz in the Munich district of Au, this year the classic Munich folk event has been distributed across four squares in the city, as part of the Summer in the City programme.
Until mid-September you can enjoy open-air shopping for crockery and other household goods, knitwear, socks, traditional dress and much more on Mariahilfplatz, Orleansplatz, Weißenburger Platz and Wittelsbacher Platz. Visitors will of course also be able to indulge in traditional Dult delicacies such as Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Bratwurstsemmel (bratwurst in a roll), fruit dipped in chocolate, toasted almonds and ice cream.
This picture captures the view from near the Monopteros, a pavilion perched atop a small hill in the north of the park. In the foreground you can see people sunbathing, picknicking and jogging on the banks of the Eisbach. From this vantage point you can enjoy a beautiful view that includes the skyline of Munich’s Old Town quarter, defined by the towers of the Frauenkirche cathedral, the Theatinerkirche (church) and the Opera House.
Nymphenburg Palace was completed in its first form in 1679. It is a replica of an Italian country estate near Turin and was given to the Italian-born Electoress Henriette Adelaide of Savoy on the occasion of the birth of an heir to the throne by her husband, Elector Ferdinand Maria.
If you know this history, the Venetian gondola also fits perfectly into the picture. By the way, the draftswoman did not invent it. You can really book a ride with a gondolier on the canal in the castle park.
The traditional Munich beer garden is something very special! Here you buy your beer and all other drinks from the landlord, but you can bring your own snack. This comes from a time when beer gardens were built directly above the beer cellars. The brewers were allowed to serve the barley juice directly to the guests by royal decree, but were not allowed to compete with Munich's restaurants.
Today you can get typical beer garden dishes like pretzel or chicken in the beer garden itself. Like here in the picture you sit together on long wooden benches under chestnut trees and cheerfully toast each other. You can't make reservations, but the choice of seat is completely uncomplicated. You can also ask if you can join in and will get to know lots of new people.
The 1972 Summer Olympic Games were held in the Olympic Park. With its many hills, the Olympic lake and the tent roof over the sports facilities, its architects created the connection to the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. There is even a real small alpine pasture. Many Munich residents like to come here to jog, ride their bikes, row or even swim in the Olympic swimming pool.
Throughout the year there are big concerts and events in the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Hall. For a panoramic view of Munich and the surrounding area, you can drive up to the Olympic Tower, which is over 290 meters high.