Cabaret artist Claudia Pichler stands in traditional costume on a balcony of an Oktoberfest tent.

Questionnaire: Claudia Pichler

What is your favourite Bavarian word, Claudia Pichler?

A city's character is shaped by its residents, and Munich is home to some truly exceptional individuals. We have enlisted a few remarkable talents as Munich ambassadors and would like to introduce them through this questionnaire. This time featuring: Claudia Pichler, cabaret artist.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?

I was born in Munich-Pasing, grew up in Aubing and now reside in Haidhausen district.

The taste of Munich:

Munich tastes like pretzels and Spezi (a mix of Coca-Cola and orange juice) – crisp, fresh and sweet.

The sounds of Munich:

My favourite sounds are the gentle murmur of the Isar river, the lively chatter in the beer gardens or the various kinds of live music.

The smell of Munich:

It smells of hops near the breweries.

Munich is the only city where you can ...

... experience a good blend of big-city flair and village charm.

My favourite word in Bavarian dialect:

Dramhappert”!*

 

*means drowsy, sleepy, lost in thought

The city's most beautiful building:

Whether it's Schloss Nymphenburg (palace), a cosy Bavarian tavern – known as Boazn – , or Theatinerkirche (church) – it's the mix that makes it!

As an ambassador, I would like to dispel this misconception about Munich:

You don't need to be exceptionally wealthy to feel at home in Munich.

The catchiest Munich song:

“Sommer in der Stadt” (Summer in the city) by the Spider Murphy Gang.

Isar oder Eisbach?

I adore the Isar river any time of the day or year.

Biergarten oder Bar?

First a visit to the beer garden, followed by a bar. And repeat.

Philharmonie oder Blasmusik?

Brass music in all its variety.

Lederhosen/Dirndl: ja oder nein?

I think that Tracht (traditional dress) is great, because with a well-fitting dirndl (women's traditional Bavarian dress), you are always well-dressed.

Auf die Berge oder an die Seen am Wochenende?

I love visiting the beautiful lakes, and as a freelancer, I prefer the weekdays when it's less crowded.

When I'm away from Munich, I often proudly share this fact about the city:

In the Westpark you can spot the most impressive wolpertingers (mythical German creature) hopping about at midnight under a full moon.

Der beste Ort in München, um den Besuch zu beeindrucken?

The Oidn Wiesn (traditional part of the Oktoberfest) in the Herzkasperl tent, enjoying folk dance with the Well-Buam band.

Der beste Ort für einen Sundowner?

In classic style, on Hackerbrücke (bridge).

Der beste Ort für ein romantisches Date?

Picnic in the Rosengarten (park) or at Olympiapark (Olympic Park) when the cherry trees are in full blossom.

Der schönste Spaziergang?

Any path leading to the enchanting Haidhausen district.

When I seek tranquillity, my sanctuary is ...

... my bathtub. That’s where I usually find peace and quiet.

 

 

Photos: istock/bene-a, Redline Enterprises
Panoramic view of the inner city of Munich at sunset with the Müllersches Volksbad in front and the towers of the Alter Peter, Heilig-Geist-Kirche and Frauenkirche in the background.

Local Love: Altstadt

The city centre

There are few other cities which are as focused around their centres as Munich – but unlike other city centres, Munich’s Altstadt is a place that’s actually full of life being lived.

There are few other cities which are as focused around their centres as Munich – but unlike other city centres, Munich’s Altstadt is a place that’s actually full of life being lived.

View on St. Paul cathedral from Landwehrstraße in Munich

Hood love: Bahnhofsviertel

Colourful and loud

Munich’s Bahnhofsviertel encompasses multicultural communities, exciting restaurants, young artists and galleries.

Munich’s Bahnhofsviertel encompasses multicultural communities, exciting restaurants, young artists and galleries – it feels totally different from the rest of the city. In a good way.

A young woman stands in an empty, light-flooded entrance hall of a museum in Munich.

Local Love: Maxvorstadt-Kunstareal

The power of culture

The museum area is notable for its unique concentration of top-class museums and art spaces. It is a celebration of the power of culture.

The museum area is notable for its unique concentration of top-class museums and art spaces – right at the heart of one of the city’s liveliest districts.

A disused underground car full of graffiti stands in the Schlachthof district

Local Love: Schlachthof

The charm of the casual

What makes Munich’s Schlachthofviertel so unique? A lively underground cultural scene and actually still a slaughterhouse.. Could it possibly have any more urban cool?!

What makes Munich’s Schlachthofviertel so unique? A lively underground cultural scene and actually still a slaughterhouse.. Could it possibly have any more urban cool?!

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

Local Love: Giesing

Everything stays different

Giesing was formerly a working-class district, and it retains a raw charm to this day.

Giesing was formerly a working-class district, and it retains a raw charm to this day – while at the same time offering proof that a certain amount of gentrification enrich.

A parked car at Sedanstrasse in Munich.

Local Love: Haidhausen - French Quarter

Live and let live

The so called French Quarter as a part of Haidhausen is Munich’s most liberal district. It is a place where people appreciate quality without feeling the need to show off about it.

The so called French Quarter as a part of Haidhausen is Munich’s most liberal district. It is a place where people appreciate quality without feeling the need to show off about it.

Facade of a building in the district Schwabing in Munich.

Local Love: Schwabing

Living nostalgia

Schwabing is the district that is associated with Munich all over the world, reminiscent of golden times and evoking a good feeling.

Schwabing is the district that is associated with Munich all over the world, reminiscent of golden times and evoking a good feeling.

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