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Best Performing Arts in Munich

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National Theatre Munich

Karl von Fischer erected this classical building in 1818. Today the National Theatre Munich stands tall in marble, crystal and gold, hosting live performances of international artists. The theater is well planned and has a Corinthian portico dedicated to Apollo and the Muses. There is also a mosaic of Pegasus on the rear tympanum, designed by Ludwig Schwantehaler. The building has been destroyed twice: once by fire in 1825 (it was rebuilt two years later in a style faithful to the original) and again in a 1943 air raid. It was rebuilt in 1963 according to the original plans. The Bavarian State Opera, one of the world's best, showcases its events here and the Munich Opera Festival attracts many enthusiasts from around the world every year.

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Herkulessaal

Music is an essential part of Munich. This hall in the Residenz Palace, simplistic in design but ideal for music, hosts some of the finest symphony and chamber concerts in the country. Under the watchful eyes of Hercules, whose heroic deeds are portrayed on the walls, many a famous orchestra has guested alongside the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Symphonic. Promenade concerts by the Bayerische Rundfunk take place here regularly on Sundays, as does the 'musica viva' series, featuring contemporary electronic music.

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GOP Varieté-Theater München

The former Kleinen Komödie am Max II was transformed into this fantastic GOP theater in 2008. The GOP Varieté-Theater München is a venue in the city, well known for the variety of enthralling concerts held here. They have some of the best artists performing in their theater, thus offering guests sheer entertainment. GOP group has theaters in other locations too. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the dance and musical performances held here.

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Muffatwerk

Established in 1993, Muffatwerk is one huge International cultural arts venue. This multicultural venue hosts a wide range of programs like dance, theater, musical performances and all kinds of performing arts. You will witness artists showcasing their talents from all around the globe. This place hosts almost 500 to 600 events each year.

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Gasteig Kulturzentrum

Completed in 1985, the Gasteig Cultural Center is nothing short of a cultural landmark in the city. It consists of structures of contrasting forms clustered around a forum. Situated on the right bank of the River Isar, the Gasteig (meaning "steep road" in Bavarian dialect) dominates the axis formed by the Isartor, Zweibrückenstraße, and Ludwigsbrücke. The main building is the Philharmonie, home to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and with seating for 2,400 people. The Gasteig also houses the Carl-Orff-Saal, the Kleine Konzertsaal (the small concert hall) and the Black Box Stage for music, theater and lectures. In addition, it accommodates Munich's Municipal Library, with 600,000 books (of which 50,000 are for lending), one of the largest in Germany. The Volkshochschule (adult education center) and the Richard Strauss Conservatory are also on the premises.

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Philharmonie - Gasteig

The Philharmonie at Gasteig is one of the biggest concert halls in the vicinity. Built in the form of an amphitheater, you could enjoy the ongoing spectacle no matter where you are seated. The multi-level seating area can be accessed via lifts and necessary provisions are made for the disabled as well. The famous Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra have showcased their prowess here in the past. Exhibition spaces are also available on the foyer to conduct events.

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Cats' Corner

Located within the Swing and the City, Cats' Corner is one place if dance is what you are looking for. Inspired from the swing era of the 20's and 30's, they offer various dance forms such as the Lindy-hop, Charleston, Blues, Balboa and lots more. This north-east dance corner witnesses many dance enthusiasts train in their favorite style. To learn more about the styles and schedules, check out the website or call ahead.

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Freiheizhalle

While the brick-lined walls of the Freheizhalle make it look charmingly antiquated, its modern sound and lighting system are anything but old. The spacious venue hosts concerts, dance parties, and other forms of entertainment, though it can also be rented for private events.

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Olympiapark

Built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the Olympic complex is now used for a variety of leisure activities ranging from sports events to concerts. The 287-meter (942-foot) high Olympic Tower boasts a stunning view of the city. On a good day, visitors can go up and see as far as the Alps. There is also a rotating restaurant at the top. The famous canopy roof which spans the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Swimming Pool and the Olympiahalle were a topic of debate in their day. The complex is, however, timelessly beautiful and has become an integral part of the modern cityscape. The Olympiaberg (Olympic Hill) is a grassy mound made from Second World War rubble and also provides great views. The ice rink and swimming pool are also popular with sports fans, as is the Olympic Stadium, home to FC Bayern Munich- one of Europe's top football clubs.

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Olympiahalle

One of Munich's largest concert venue, the Olympiahalle, forms part of the unique complex specially created to host the 1972 Olympic Games. Used for performances by international rock and pop superstars, this is, without doubt, one of the most popular venues for music lovers in the city. Apart from concerts, spectacular musicals, dance performances, sporting events, and collectors' road-shows are also hosted at this venue. This venue is abuzz with some of the most awaited games and events throughout the year.

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Kesselhaus

Thanks to its stylish decor, world-class sound and lighting systems, and modern facilities, the Kesselhaus has become one of Munich's most popular event venues. The building has housed a variety of events, including fashion shows, live concerts, expositions, and other cultural events.

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Pasinger Fabrik

Located in a former factory, the Pasinger Fabrik was converted into a cultural center in 1991. The theater stages modern drama and contemporary dance performances, as well as jazz and rock concerts. An art gallery puts on exhibitions by young and upcoming artists from Munich and from across the country. After an entertaining show or a concert at the theater, cool off with a beer at the restaurant and bar. Check out some of the tasty local dishes and fine drinks on offer.

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