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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.
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.
If, while in Munich, you get an uncontrollable urge to cut loose and rock out to the sounds of a world-famous musical act in a world-class concert venue, look no further than Zenith. This colossal concert hall sits at the apex of live music and culture here in Munich. Bands such as the Scissor Sisters and the Chemical Brothers have entertained audiences with their wild acts. Check the website for complete schedule details, tickets and prices.