The Wiener Platz in Haidhausen with a picture of Stephanie Zimmermann.

5x5 tips for the Au-Haidhausen district

“This is Munich the way it used te be“

Stephanie Zimmermann is so excited about this laid-back neighbourhood in Munich's east that she would move to Haidhausen on the spot. When she's not walking along the banks of the Isar river or discovering new restaurants in her favourite part of town, she offers guided tours here and regularly shares her experiences of working as a tour guide on Instagram.

Haidhausen is so special, because for me, it exemplifies the original Munich. Many visitors have the schickeria jet-set Maximilianstrasse cliché in mind when they come here, but Haidhausen is completely different. Here, the Munich way of life is still exuded, it´s cosiness, quaintness, but also diversity. Families live here, as well as older people and young people.

And on top of that: It´s laid-back and relaxed, without being boring. New stores and restaurants with great attention to detail are opening everywhere – and yet you can still find traditional pubs here. When I'm old, I want to live here, stroll through the Maximiliansanlagen (public gardens), browse at the Auer Dult market and then visit one of the great exhibitions of Villa Stuck (art gallery).“

 

Five attractions in Haidhausen district

Haidhausen is a mixture of village and big city – this is not only what the people that live here tell you, but what is also evident from its attractions. On the one hand, there is the Maximilianeum, a palace-like building that is also the seat of the Bavarian Parliament, and then, just a few meters away, the historic hostel houses such as the Üblacker-Häusl on Preysingstrasse. Haidhausen has preserved many original features – such as the Müller'sche Volksbad indoor pool, the Dult market and Auer Mühlbach stream.

 

Five restaurants, cafés and bars in the Haidhausen district

The cosy, laid-back atmosphere is also reflected in the restaurant scene: French bistros line up with vibrant wine bars, long-established cafés and cosy pubs. Haidhausen is home not only to the city's smallest bar, the Barroom, but also what some consider the city's most beautiful beer garden – that of the Hofbräukeller on Wiener Platz (square). If you want to understand Haidhausen, just sit down and enjoy a pork roast at “Gaststätte Zum Kloster“.

 

Five cultural attractions in the Haidhausen district

Haidhausen is a small neighbourhood with a great cultural diversity. Besides Munich's most famous museum it also hosts Villa Stuck (art gallery), which is frequently the talk of the town with its outstanding exhibitions and special events. Young art is presented at Lothringer 13, cult films at Kino Museum Lichtspiele and concerts and parties are held at Muffatwerk.

 

Five shopping spots in the Haidhausen district

The Franzosenviertel (French Quarter) in Haidhausen is also known as the “antique among Munich's districts“ – so it's no wonder that you can find some nice antique shops here. But the district also offers everything else you need: Books at Lentner, a traditional bookstore, Munich labels and fashion in the HIER store and natural cosmetics at Tobs Beauty.

 

The district's distinctive features: Beautiful spots

Haidhausen and its beautiful places – it's hard to imagine the district without its parks and green spaces. As soon as the sun is shining, people meet here for a chat with their neighbours, and some of the squares host special events. For example, the Christkindlmarkt (Munich Christmas market) at Weißenburger Platz (square), the Wochenmarkt (weekly market) and the Auer Dult market at Mariahilfplatz (square) or public viewing at Bordeauxplatz (square).

 

 

Protocol & Text: Anja Schauberger; Photos: Frank Stolle, SWM / Robert Götzfried, Sigi Müller, Muffatwerk, Lothringer 13, Luciano Pecoits
A church window in the Salvatorkirche in Munich

Munich's church windows

The most beautiful windows of the city

Michael Mayer of Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt presents the most spectacular church windows.

Fascinating people for centuries: Michael Mayer of Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt presents the most spectacular church windows the city has to offer.

The monument to Max I. Joseph in front of the Residenz

Munich’s royal monuments

Four kings and a prince regent

In Munich there are fantastic monuments to admire. Where they are and what makes them so special.

In Munich there are several fantastic monuments to admire. Where they are and what makes them so special: an overview.

The tour guide Alvestad-Aschenbrenner stands in the Museum for Abgüsse Klassischer Bildwerke Munich

Ludwig I of Bavaria

When Munich became an „Athens on the Isar“

Ludwig I of Bavaria converted Munich into his "„Athens on the Isar“, many buildings still remind us of this today. An interview.

Ludwig I of Bavaria converted Munich into his "„Athens on the Isar“, many buildings still remind us of this today. An interview with a tour guide.

Young woman sitting at a window in a tram in Munich.

Column

A vacation in my own city

Our author used to be a travel blogger. Now she has started to explore her own city: Munich!

Our author used to be a travel blogger. Now she has started to explore her own city: Munich!

View from the inside of a figure of the carillon in the New Town Hall in Munich.

New Town Hall

The Glockenspiel in ten pictures

An exclusive look behind the scenes.

The Glockenspiel on Marienplatz has been enchanting visitors and locals for over 100 years. An exclusive look behind the scenes.

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

Munich's city centre

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.

Weissenburger Platz in Munich photographed from above with a drone.

Haidhausen and Au

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.

Schwabing

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.

Flowerbed at Gärtnerplatz in Munich.

Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbach

Where the night begins

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

The Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbach neighbourhoods are known as trendy quarters. Their independent labels, hip bars, pubs, cool inns and calm backyards attract the young and the young-at-heart.

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.

Online or at the tourist information offices

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.

Book now for only 20€ !

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!

Book now from 20 €

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.

A woman with varnished fingernails holds a gift with the inscription "simply Munich".

Vouchers

Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

Buy vouchers from 6,50 €

Buy now vouchers for your visit in Munich. The ideal gift! Guided tours, guest cards and more...

A stone jug with the inscription Oktoberfest Munich.

Order now!

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.

Bag on green background

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.

Buy vouchers from 6,50 €

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.