Wolfgang Hingerl stands in front of a dark wall and smiles into the camera.

Questionnaire: Wolfgang Hingerl

Beer garden or bar, Wolfgang Hingerl?

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: Wolfgang Hingerl, restaurant owner.

Born a Munich resident or became a Munich resident?

I moved to Munich straight after graduating from school. Before that, however, I lived only thirty minutes away.

The taste of Munich:

Diverse, hot, crispy, crunchy, savoury, full of soul and over and over again: simply good.

The sounds of Munich:

I love being woken up by birdsong. Of course, you will also hear that after you have been out late and maybe still have had some Techno sounds in your ears.

The smell of Munich:

Sweet, nutty, savoury. At times, it's reminiscent of woods and meadows, and then again, it's floral. It smells of cookshops, pubs, home kitchens, biscuits, bakeries, fresh markets, flowers and blossoms.

Munich is the only city where you should ...

... – without exception – spend more time than you actually can.

My favourite word in Bavarian dialect:

“Gschaftler”*, because you (luckily) find them all over here.

 

*It describes someone, who is “unpleasantly busy” and “seeks confirmation”.

The city's most beautiful building:

I like the old bare-brick building on Landsberger Strasse, which houses the Augustiner brewery. And I really appreciate the architecture of Leo von Klenze, which undeniably defines Munich, from the area around Odeonsplatz (square) and the Englischer Garten (park) all the way to Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest fairground).

The catchiest Munich song:

“Munich Girls” by Falco.

Isar river or the Eisbach?

Always the Isar, because it offers the perfect spot for any situation. Whether you are alone or with friends. Whether you seek tranquillity or a livelier atmosphere. In the city or further afield.

Beer garden or bar?

In summer, my favourite place on Sundays is the Goldene Bar in front of the Haus der Kunst (art gallery), right by the Eisbachwelle (river wave).

Philharmonic or brass band?

Brass music sets the beat. Whether modern or traditional doesn't matter.

Lederhosen/Dirndl (traditional Bavarian clothes): yes or no?

I think original traditional dress is very important.

To the mountains or the lakes at the weekend?

Both. What makes Munich so liveable is that you have both options in abundance on your doorstep. So, you can choose to suit your mood or physical condition.

What is the top location in Munich to impress visitors?

A short tour through the city with lots of tastings. Start the day at the Grossmarkthalle (wholesale market hall) in the morning for Weißwurst (veal sausage). Afterwards, make your way to the Alte Utting (disused pleasure boat) for a coffee break and then proceed to Viktualienmarkt (market) to try the potato of the week and a delicious juice. Next, continue to the MUCA museum for a glass of wine and to the Mural Deli, to relax in the heart of the city. Finally, in the early evening, make your way to Theresienwiese (Oktoberfest fairground). Pick up a bottle of champagne at Champagne Characters and sit down next door at the Xiang and indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine.

The best place for a romantic date?

The elevator at Café Glockenspiel. Afterwards, there is a great view.

The most beautiful walk?

Any path that winds its way through the enchanting Haidhausen district.

When I seek tranquillity, my sanctuary is ...

... the countryside. Whether in the north-east or south, it doesn't matter. Discovering beautiful places in peace and quiet is always revitalising for me.

 

 

Text: Nansen & Piccard; Photos: Frank Stolle,
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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