Bettina Gundler in a tram in Munich

Questionnaire: Bettina Gundler

The catchiest Munich song, Mrs. Gundler?

Munich is shaped by extraordinary women. In our questionnaire we would like to introduce a few of them. This time we would like to present: Bettina Gundler, Director of the Transport Centre of the Deutsches Museum (German Museum) in Munich.

Were you born in Munich or did you move here?
I moved here and have stayed.

In which district are you at home?
Isarvorstadt (a district in Munich north-west of the River Isar).

What does Munich taste like?
Zwetschgendatschi (plum cakes) and wheat beer.

What does Munich sound like?
Tubas, trombones, banjos, drums and the clattering jazz played by the Hochzeitskapelle group.

What does Munich smell like?
Charcoal barbecues on summer evenings on the banks of the River Isar.

Munich is the only city where …
… you can stroll around the interesting urban area on foot but still feel like you are in a metropolis.

Which Munich lady should everyone know?
I oscillate between the activist Anita Augspurg, the resistance fighter Sophie Scholl, and the cabaret artist Luise Kinseher, all typical examples of Munich ladies who moved to the city.

Your favourite Bavarian word?
I can’t say it out loud!

The most attractive building in the city?
The three historical exhibition halls at the Bavariapark (Bavaria Park).

The catchiest Munich song?
“Schweben” (Floating) by the band Mundhaarmonika.

Isar or Eisbach?
The Isar – it’s unbeatable for long walks.

Beer garden or bar?
Biergärten are the greatest invention Munich has ever come up with – and really great for families. Who on earth takes their kids to a bar?

Philharmonic orchestra or brass band music? 
The type of brass band music that can also be played by a philharmonic orchestra.

A weekend in the mountains or by the lake?
I like both – but never in high season.

The best place in Munich to impress visitors?
The Deutsche Museum.

What is the best place in Munich for an after-work cocktail?
The district of Isarvorstadt.

The best place in Munich for a romantic date?
The Schlosspark Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace Gardens) in the early evening.

The best place in Munich to think?
The Alte Südfriedhof (The Old Southern Cemetery).

The best place in Munich for music lovers?
The music floor of a well-known department store on Marienplatz.

The best place in Munich to experience culture?
The Lenbachhaus (Lenbach House).

The best place in Munich if you are longing for Italy?
The ice-cream parlour on Roecklplatz (Roeckl Square).

 

Straight through the centre: a tram journey with Bettina Gundler

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Fotos: Frank Stolle

Covid-19: current regulations

Hotels and accommodation establishments, shops, indoor and outdoor catering, and also clubs and discos are open. However, restrictions apply. All other important information on the coronavirus and your stay in Munich can be found here.

A woman in a coat and an artist with a paint bucket smile into the camera in Munich.

A stroll through the Werksviertel with Loomit

Our author meets Munich personalities on a walk. This time: street art artis Loomit shows us around his Werksviertel-Mitte.

Our author meets Munich personalities on a walk. This time: street art artis Loomit shows us around his Werksviertel-Mitte.

View into the interior of the baroque Asam church.

The Asam brothers and their sacred chamber

The Asamkirche is the masterpiece of the Asam brothers. In Munich, however, it is not only the church that reminds us of their work. A tour.

The Asamkirche is the masterpiece of the Asam brothers. In Munich, however, it is not only the church that reminds us of their work. A tour.

A church window in the Salvatorkirche in Munich

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

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

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.

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!

Glockenspiel in the Neues Rathaus in Munich.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Panoramic view of the Munich Christmas market at Marienplatz.

Christmas Market Tour

Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

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Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

Get in the mood for Christmas on this tour through the old town in the wonderful atmosphere of fragrant almonds and glittering lights.

Small meeting room of the Neues Rathaus in Munich

Exclusive tour through the town hall

Explore the Neue Rathaus on Marienplatz with an official City of Munich tour guide. A visit of the famous law library is also included!

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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!

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

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