Street corner at Schwanthalerhöhe in Munich.

On the trail of the Westend

Strolling along: Kazmaierstrasse

This street was named in 1878, to celebrate Jörg Kazmair, a blue-blooded Municher who was mayor of the city several times in the 14th century. However, he was driven from Munich in 1397, as craft guilds rioted against the powerful patricians who ran the city – and he was lucky to keep his life. There’s plenty of character to explore there today.

La Kaz, corner of Ligsalzstrasse

Just stack up some bricks; set up a few old army chairs and wooden tables; spritz a living room atmosphere around; and serve fried chicken and éclairs: voilà, you have La Kaz!

 

Monaco Franze

Actor Helmut Fischer grew up in Neuhausen, but his cult series character, the “eternal dandy” Monaco Franze, was born “...in the summer of 1933 between the west end and Schwanthalerhöhe, where Kazmairstraße meets Ligsalzstraße”. That is how director Helmut Dietl describes the creation of his Munich original.

 

Ca Va, No. 44

“Ludwigsvorstadt” is displayed in large capital letters, while inside, visitors can find anecdotes from 26 years of local history. Ca Va is a rough mixture of American diner and Viennese café; hearty food and a relaxed mood. Variously famous actors are, or have been regulars here – or have worked here as waiters. A hungry Uwe Ochsenknecht once bartered his backgammon set here for a plate of Tyrolean Gröstl (a hash made of roast meat and potatoes).

 

Spiel und Spaß, Höhe Georg-Freundorfer-Platz

Playgrounds are always special places, and Georg-Freundorfer-Platz, at the edge of Kazmairstrasse, is truly a games paradise for three generations. Voted Germany’s most beautiful playground, children run riot around a labyrinth of high piles with suspended bridges, platforms, ropes and nets. Nearby, teens play football and basketball, while just a few steps further away, older men and sometimes students meet for a game or two of chess.

City bus tour

Discover Munich’s world-famous attractions on a city bus tour with an official city tour guide and learn more about Munich's history. Read more 

Rüen Thai, No. 58

The chef here is a real wine lover, as is clear from the impressive length and variety of the wine list: from Bordeaux to Alsace, from Italy, Germany, Austria and California to Australia, you can drink your way around the world. Though prices are a little steep, the food is piquant, extremely photogenic and has been distinguished by Gault Millau and praised by a great many guests.

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Text: Nansen & Piccard; Photos: Frank Stolle

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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

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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.

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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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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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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!

Stage and audience of the Passionsspiel in Oberammergau.

The game of suffering, death and resurrection

The inhabitants of Oberammergau staging probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

The inhabitants of Oberammergau have staged what is today probably the world's most successful and largest amateur play. Buy your Tickets here.

Merchant with dried fruit on the Viktualienmarkt in Munich.

Viktualienmarkt Tasting Tour

Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting facts about Munich's most famous food market.

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Discover the most delicious delicacies of the city and learn all kinds of interesting historical facts about Munich's most famous food market.

Panoramic view of the Neues Rathaus in Munich with the Frauenkirche in the background.

Visit to the Town Hall Balcony

Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.

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Join us on the famous balcony of the New Town Hall, where FC Bayern has celebrated a triumph many times - and enjoy the beautiful view over Marienplatz.