Facing Residenz Palace, the Hofgarten (Court Garden) was commissioned by Duke Maximilian I and built between 1613-17. Stroll through this beautiful garden and notice that all of the paths converge on the dodecahedral pavilion in the center, which is crowned by a statue of Diana, one of Bavaria's most recognizable symbols. The Hofgarten is enclosed on two sides by a series of arcades which were originally decorated with murals. The only surviving painting is Peter von Cornelius' fascinating depiction of the story of the Bavarian royal family.
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.
BMW Welt is one of the defining landmarks of Munich's architectural and technological advancements. An immaculate glass cone design that combines form and function, the center is an exquisite socio-cultural hub used for large-scale exhibitions, meetings, conferences and other major events. Displaying the brilliant cars, this is also the collecting center for BMW buyers, with on-site restaurants and lounges serving delectable cuisine for visitors.
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.
Marienplatz has been at the center of the city ever since it was founded by Henry the Lion in 1158. Named after the Marian Column of Mariensaule which was built in 1638 to mark the end of Swedish rule in Germany, the square is one of the most historically rich cultural hubs of the city. Serving as a bustling marketplace in its early days, the square retained its position as the city's social core even after the market was moved. Replete with monuments, Marienplatz is thronged by tourists admiring the intricate 100-meter (328-feet) high Gothic façade of the New Town Hall and the waters of the Fish Fountain. The Marian column forms the centerpiece of the square, with a golden statue of Mother Mary perched on its top.
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.
'Art is a way of life', is the motto upheld at Christina Haubs. This little store-gallery by the eponymous owner, specializes in antique objects that are exquisite pieces of art from the 1800s as well as mid-1900s. Beautiful decorative items, art works like paintings and sculptures, collectibles and furniture form part of their huge collection. The store is splendidly decorated in a 19th-century style to create a period ambiance. An ornate chandelier or vase from this store, will elegantly adorn your home.
Founded in 1832, Kaufmanns-Casino serves as a social, cultural and entertainment hub for its members. The members of the club can take part in various events like cocktail dinners, balls, talks and even seasonal sporting events like biking and hiking that are organized here. The non-members are allowed to rent its beautiful rooms for private celebrations and events. Check their website for more details.
Schleißheim Court Garden is among the rare Baroque gardens which still retains its original glory. Henrico Zuccalli designed it in 1684 with a vast canal system and bosquet. While Dominique Girard laid out the parterre and water feature between 1717 through 1726. This beautiful landscaped garden fell into disrepair and was rebuilt by Carl von Effner to its former glory for King Ludwig I. It was one of the many casualties of the World War II bombings and the restoration process took a long time. A visit to this place will remind you of its glorious past and majestic landscape.
This beautifully preserved Medieval church is tucked away in the small hamlet of Pipping. St. Wolfgang in Pipping is the village church built in the late Gothic style. It has undergone quite a few renovations over the many years of its existence and is adorned by religious artworks, a lovely three-piece high altar and a Gothic stone pulpit.
Altomunster Abbey is an ancient monastery nestled in the Altomunster region. The history of this abbey can be traced back to the 8th Century and is dedicated to Saint Alto. The abbey was dissolved in the 15th Century only to be revived in a few years by the grant of the Duke of Mainhingen. Now, this Carolingian monastery is one of the few abbeys of the Bridgettine order and invites art, culture and history enthusiasts for visitation.