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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.
Located in what used to be an underpass, this club is still a well-kept secret. Its dark red walls, small tables and corner seats make for a hip but intimate atmosphere with rock bands and avant-garde groups providing the entertainment. The most popular drink seems to be beer. There's no messing around with cocktails and no food, just a few whiskies to choose from, though they do provide peanuts free of charge.
Well concealed in the by-lanes of Munich lies Bar Gabányi, a cocktail bar that also offers a great range of whiskys and champagne. The trendy bar hosts live performances that include various music styles, dance events, comedy shows and even poetry reading sessions. All in all, Bar Gabányi stands for all around entertainment that can be enjoyed with food and drinks. Although the cocktails are a little pricey, house specialties like Josephine or the Airmail are a must try.
Reopened in 1997, this is the finest of Munich's opera houses and host to ballets, orchestras, operas, and operettas from all over the world. Classical in style, it was built in 1901 by Max Littmann. The auditorium is designed like an amphitheater with no seat categories, according to the supposedly democratic ideals of Wagnerian opera. The building is also home to the Bavarian Theater Academy, whose students use both stages for public performances.
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.
Feierwerk houses three venues namely Orange House, Hansa 39 and Crane Hall. At these venues, you will find both local, as well as, traveling bands and singers performing on a regular basis. All kinds of private and corporate events are also hosted here on a regular basis. The excellent acoustics, lively crowd and interesting line up of performances make Feierwerk one of the best live performance venues in the city.
Kranhalle is another glittering jewel in the crown of Feierwerk. A happening venue, it is a versatile space for a multitude of interesting events. Art shows, performances by local bands and literary activities are held here the year round. Attracting an equally diverse crowd from artsy types to intellectuals and the hip and happening, Kranhalle is an interesting place for catching a show.
A multipurpose arena, Backstage Arena hosts various events ranging from concerts to sporting events in Munich. The arena boasts off as a venue to host prestigious ESOBP - European Series of Beer Pong annually. Famous singing talents and band performers have delighted the audiences here, including popular English band Blue.
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.
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.
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.