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.
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.
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.
Munich's first puppet theater was founded in 1858 by Josef Leonhard Schmid and the Count of Pocci. Architect Theodor Fischer was commissioned to build a new theater in 1900, and the result was the first-ever theater dedicated to puppets. It is just as impressive today as it was a hundred years ago, and continues to draw in punters young and old who come to laugh at Kasperle (the German equivalent of Punch and Judy) and listen to fairy tales from around the world.
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.
Munich's second-oldest movie theater, Museum Lichtspiele has been entertaining people since 1910. It is famous for having screened the Rocky Horror Picture Show for 30 years, which eventually stopped due to lack of public interest. Today, many different kinds of movies are screened at the four halls that make up this theater, and you are sure to have a good time at this landmark cinema house.
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.
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.
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.
Jugend- und Kulturhaus Sonic is a versatile venue that stages a variety of performances. Concerts form a major part for their events line-up, making this place a must-visit for music lovers. Additionally, interesting events like poetry slams and a range of workshops keep the Jugend- und Kulturhaus busy on other days. An entertaining escape after your busy day, Jugend- und Kulturhaus Sonic is a delight for patrons of all ages.
Inspired by horses running freely, Showpalast Munchen's stunning architecture will surely impress. A mixture of wood, glass and LED lights, this state-of-the-art innovative amphitheater is the stage of the spellbinding show, Equila. Such is the layout of the theater, that every seat is a good one. You won't even get to see top-class sound systems as it is well hidden in the design of the place. Video projectors add another dimension to this place.