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Referred to as one of the four royal avenues of the city, the street is the brain child of Maximilian II, King of Bavaria. Construction of the street began in 1850. On a trip to Munich, a walk down this avenue of glitter and glamour is a must. Along the Maximilianstraße, you will find stores of some of the biggest names in fashion as well as the city's upscale cafes and eateries. Some of the designer labels you can find here include Chanel, Gucci and Versace.
One of Munich's best-known landmarks, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) was built during the period of architectural revival in Germany from 1867-1909. Although it is now an unmistakable part of the cityscape, its architectural style is extremely popular and highly discussed even today. The carillon is built into the tower and performs at 11a and 5p every day, with 32 figures portraying a knightly joust and dance. There are additional performances between May and October. The viewing point on the ninth floor can be reached by lift.
The Münchner Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum) shows exhibits pertaining to the city's history as well as special exhibitions, such as the history of international civilization and culture. The multifaceted permanent exhibition "Typically Munich!" covers three floors and shows the city's culture from the Middle Ages to the present day. A central theme in the museum is Munich's evolution from a municipality, historically dominated by the royal court towards a newly independent and self-assured city. A museum highlight is the famous Morris Dancers designed by Erasmus Grasser.
Set along the Isar River, this impressive museum has been inspiring science and technology enthusiasts for a very long time. It is known as one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Since its foundation in 1903, the exhibition area of the Deutsches Museum has been gradually expanding, and will probably continue its expansion in the future. This museum is unique, concentrating on the history and development of technology and natural science with spellbinding exhibitions on Pharmaceutics, Astronomy, Microelectronics and a whole lot more. Numerous objects and interactive models, such as a planetarium and coal mine, are used to demonstrate mankind's progress over the centuries, which are especially popular with children.
Opened in 1826 by Ludwig I, the Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery) represents the Emperor's achievements as an avid art collector. In fact, Ludwig continued the work of his ancestors, as some of the pieces exhibited here were first acquired by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria in the 16th Century. Entering the museum for the first time, visitors are confronted with a truly regal collection; over 800 incredible paintings documenting the history of European art from the 14th to the 18th Centuries await perusal. The collection of old German masters and the gorgeous Rubens gallery are particularly outstanding. It is highly recommended to try out the audio guide or a tour to truly grasp the artistic and historical importance of this gallery.
One of the oldest English-style landscape gardens and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, the Englischer Garten is Munich's most fascinating park. Sprawling across an area of 3.7 square kilometres (1.4 square miles), this place is one of the largest public parks in the world. The park features some of the best architecturally diverse landmarks along its vast verdant expanse and rolling lawns. From a Chinese pagoda with an adjoining beer garden and the Monopteros Greek temple, to a Japanese Tea House, the park is full of intriguing monuments and landmarks. Artificial streams gush through the park and several surfers can be seen gliding effortlessly along its foamy waters. Also housing an artificial lake and an open-air theater, the urban park is one of the best socio-cultural hubs of Munich.
The BMW Museum is more than just a company museum. Located next to the enormous BMW Tower (built in 1970-73) which dominates Munich's northern skyline with its characteristic four-cylinder shape, this museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the different eras of motorized transport. Opened in 1966, the museum also serves to illustrate the unrivaled success story of the BMW company. The permanent exhibition Zeithorizont has been on display since 1991. BMW lovers, come indulge!
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.
Founded in 1911, the Munich Zoo Hellabrunn concentrates on nature preservation in the Isar area. Various animal presentations like 'Flipper parade' by Sea Lions, 'Jungle Patrol' by Indian Elephants and 'Banded Mongoose in action' are very popular. As a Geo-zoo, one can see a number of various species of animals and birds at Tierpark Hellabrunn, including sea lions, birds of prey and pelicans inhabiting the area of their geographic concentration. Various special events, guided tours and trips are undertaken by the zoo as well.
Longer in width than the Palace of Versailles, Schloss Nymphenburg was the impressive summer residence of the Wittelsbachs. One of the most popular attractions in Munich, the palace and its grounds are home to several landmarks showcasing diverse architectural styles. Designed by Italian Baroque architect Augustino Barelli, the palace still preserves its rococo and baroque rooms. The ornate, marble polished Stone Hall is particularly impressive and the famous 'Schönheitengalerie' (Gallery of the Beauties) containing the portraits of 36 local women, is a must see for visitors. A few interesting smaller palaces can be found in the park: the Amalienburg, Pagodenburg and Badenburg. The Marstallmuseum has a comprehensive display of carriages, sleds and crockery, while the Meditationskapelle (Meditation Chapel) with its Magdalenenklause is also worth a visit.
Located in the Schloss Nymphenburg, Schlosspark Nymphenburg is one of the largest parks in Munich. The picturesque green landscape, complemented by some extraordinary garden art, is the reason behind the castle garden's popularity among visitors. The entire area is spread around 229 hectares (565.87 acres) of land and is a must visit when in Munich. You can also avail of guided tours conducted by the garden authorities.
Completed in 2005, the 69,901-seat Allianz Arena is home to the popular football club Bayern Munchen and was built just in time for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, the arena is unique with its round shape and soft white facade that comes alive once it is illuminated in bright hues during games. The stadium is climate controlled and often abuzz with the roars of massive crowds cheering for their favorite teams. It also boasts of 106 luxury boxes for those wishing to go as a group. A hub of sports and culture in Germany, the stadium exudes unbridled energy of the nation's love for football.