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.
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.
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.
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!
Karl von Fischer erected this classical building in 1818. Today the National Theatre Munich stands tall in marble, crystal and gold, hosting live performances of international artists. The theater is well planned and has a Corinthian portico dedicated to Apollo and the Muses. There is also a mosaic of Pegasus on the rear tympanum, designed by Ludwig Schwantehaler. The building has been destroyed twice: once by fire in 1825 (it was rebuilt two years later in a style faithful to the original) and again in a 1943 air raid. It was rebuilt in 1963 according to the original plans. The Bavarian State Opera, one of the world's best, showcases its events here and the Munich Opera Festival attracts many enthusiasts from around the world every year.
In 1385, the ruling Wittelsbach family decided to build a new palace since the Alter Hof had become too small for their needs. Today, the former Royal Palace of Wittelsbach is one of the most extensive and recognizable landmarks of Munich. The main building was the first part of the royal residence to be erected. The palace grounds are a treasure chest of historic landmarks including numerous grottoes, courtyards, fountains, a medicine room, chapel and the delightful Wittelsbach fountain built by Duke Otto between 1611 and 1623. The Residenz houses the Crown Jewels, the late-baroque Residenz Theatre and the classicist Herkulessaal, a concert hall with amazing acoustics. A magnificent reminder of Germany's past, the Residenz is a spectacular peek into the royal family's lifestyle and cultural influence on the city.
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 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.
'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.