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.
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 kilometers (1.4 square miles), the park 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 adjoining beer garden, 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 through its foamy waters. Housing an artificial lake and an open-air theater, the urban park is one of the best socio-cultural hubs of Munich.
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.
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!
One of Bavaria's most renowned pilgrimage sites and also among its oldest monasteries, Andechs Monastery benevolently overlooks the town from its hilltop position. This medieval architectural gem replete with precious religious relics, it offers a glimpse into Bavaria's culture and art. This Benedictine monastery is famous for its beers as well. The visiting times for the church and cellar are different. Guided tours are also available.
Am Platzl is located at the intersection of Falkenturmstraße and Pfisterstraße and it is one of the most lively plazas in the city. The place is surrounded by many cafes and restaurants, and beautiful buildings overlook the plaza. Any cultural activity held in Munich starts at Am Platzl. The place looks beautiful at night when it is illuminated with lights that accent the historical structures scattered throughout the area. During festivals, the Am Platzl comes alive with wonderful decorations
The Residenztheater is the domicile of the Bavarian State Drama Company. It is one of Munich's biggest theater venues and perhaps one of its most prestigious. The program changes daily and productions vary vastly, offering everything from classical pieces to contemporary plays. The ticket office is open from 10a to 6p from Monday to Friday and from 10a to 1p on Saturdays.
This collection comprises of the treasures of the Bavarian royal family and other aristocratic families. The Wittelsbach family jewels form the heart of the collection and include precious objects and insignias of royal power dating from early Middle Ages, as well as the Bavarian King's crown. The 16th century, jewel-encrusted 'St. George', is breathtaking.
The Schauspielhaus is the major stage and theater of the Munich Kammerspiele and probably one of Germany's remaining well maintained Art Nouveau theaters. Built in the beginning of 1900 by architects Richard Riemer Smith and Max Littmann, the theater was restored between 2000 to 2003. You will only find German theater here and if you know the language you will thoroughly enjoy the shows, of which quite a few are award winning plays.
This gallery is characterized by its highly personalized perspective. On the one hand, it has an ascetic side, with its minimalist, purist paintings. On the other hand, there are the beginnings of what can be called philosophical poetry, and these works, often in other media such as sculpture and photography, are frequently self- referential in nature. Susanne Albrecht has a lively relationship with American galleries and artists who exhibit at her gallery include Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Wes Mills, Dennis Oppenheim, Haim Steinbach.
Located in the heart of the city, the Max Joseph Platz takes its name from King Maximilian Joseph. The Nationaltheater falls on the east side of the square and Hauptpost occupies its south. The square stands atop an underground parking and flaunts a lovely memorial of King Maximilian. The Royal Residence is also located in the same vicinity as the square and it boasts of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classical style of architecture.