A castle credited to Philip of the Palatinate, the Rennaissance style structure dates back to 1530. After being under the patronage of different rulers, the castle ultimately came under the management of the municipality of Ismaning in 1919 and has been its owner ever since. Today, it serves as a host to the Schlossmuseum Ismaning, which houses artworks of the local artists.
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.
Even though this former cinema on the outskirts of town still exudes the feel of the fifties, there is nothing old or sentimental about the events which now take place here. A creative group of young artists moved into the building in 1998 and now perform a mix of classical theatre, modern musicals and contemporary dance. Students of the Bavarian Theatre Academy put on regular guest performances.
More a platform for modern spiritual art than you might expect from the name alone, the exhibitions focus on the parallels between modern art and contemporary philosophical and theological thought. This may sound very modern but the society was founded in 1893 and has its roots in the 19th century layman movement. One can explore the regular but temporary exhibitions to gain more insight into Christian art.
For over 35 years, Galerie Thomas has been dealing with art works from the fields of German expressionism and modern classicism and is one of the leading international galleries in this area. The gallery focuses on works by artists of the groups Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider), Brücke and Bauhaus groups (including Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Macke, Marc, Kirchner, Nolde, Schlemmer and Klee). A further pillar is art from the fifties and sixties by the likes of Nay, Winter and Ackermann. The programme is completed by contemporary artists such as Xenia Hausner, Fernando Botero and Joannis Avramidis.
Exhibitions at this gallery, which was founded in 1991, show works by national and international contemporary artists in the fields of new media, photography, painting, installations and video art. Andreas Binder Gallery is also a major art dealer and provides professional advice. The list of artists exhibiting at the gallery changes constantly, but all are relatively young. The program draws on contemporary mainstream art, and past featured artists include Ruth Biller, Walter Dahn, Tim Maguire, Markus Oehlen, Ursula Rogg and Julio Rondo.
Located in the heart of the city, close to the city center, Drückebergergasse is also known as the Slackers alley. It is a very popular narrow road, located just behind the Feldherrnhalle. A very fascinating piece of history is associated with this place. To avoid saying the 'Hail Hitler' greeting and to ignore the Nazi guards, people took this route by their way through the small Viscardigasse. This small historic passage is therefore named as the 'Drückeberger' which means, "someone who tries to avoid his duty".
Located in the suburb of Haidhausen, 'Internationalen Jugendzentrum' is a youth club that caters to the age group from 10 to 18 years of age. This club serves as a meeting place where thoughts and ideas are exchanged. Students and young people from the adjacent area also actively participate in the various activities and events held here. It also has an additional open space and football ground. For further details, call ahead or check the website.