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Culture of Munich. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Munich Residenz Palace is a prominent architectural landmark of the city. For many years the palace has been the main residence of the Dukes of Bavaria. The palace was built in 1385. Nowadays its luxurious rooms provide space to two museums - an archaeological and a historical one. The royal treasury also attracts tourists. Once you visit it, you can walk along the beautiful terrace of the palace. Nymphenburg palace, the building of which was completed in 1664, is another charming old building. The halls and corridors of the palace are decorated with beautiful paintings, some of which were applied immediately after the construction of the building. The palace is surrounded by a magnificent English park, which is a prominent tourist attraction itself.
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Hall of Fame (Siegestor) is one of the symbols of the city. The look of the building resembles the famous Arc de Triomphe. The landmark has one more name - the "Victory Gateway". The monument, which is dedicated to the brave Bavarian troops, has been built by order of Ludwig I. The suburban area of Munich is the location of Bavaria statue - the main symbol of the country. The opening of the monument took place in 1850. Since that time the grand Germanic character captured by the sculptor has become a major national symbol of this region.
Munich is the location of the world's largest museum of natural history - German museum. Its halls store more than 17 000 priceless artifacts. The opening of the museum took place in 1903. During the excursion visitors will be able to hear about all important scientific discoveries of the last century. They are welcome to become witnesses of interesting experiments and listen to entertaining lectures. Each year German museum is visited by a million and a half of people. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. Munich is visited by particularly many travelers during the famous Oktoberfest. Every year, the third Saturday of October is the most solemn and joyful day for both citizens and … Open
Cathedral of Our Lady is, without a doubt, an important tourist attraction of the city. This is also the largest cathedral in Bavaria. The first church on the place of the cathedral was built back in the 12th century. The construction of the cathedral, which travelers can see today, took place in the 15th century. The high spire of the cathedral is visible from almost every district of the city. An interesting fact – according to the decree of the local government buildings higher than one hundred meters cannot by erected in Munich, so the cathedral remains the highest building of the city for many years.
munich The first thing that comes to mind on the mention of “Munich” is, of course, beer. The number of breweries here is simply over the top. If you do not pay a visit to the Hofbrauhaus in Munchen, you may think that the capital of Bavaria has not opened its real “soul”. The brewery is attractive not only as a place where you can taste beer, but also as a building with fascinating architecture and history. Built in the year 1589, the building served as a brewery of the royal household. It was however rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. The beer hall is worth a visit at least due to the prevailing atmosphere here. Also noteworthy is the fact that many famous personalities visited this place.
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Many travelers visit Munich only during the days of internationally famous Oktoberfest festival. However, one can enjoy delicious beer all year round. It is also possible to visit … Open
“Endless staircase” – this is the name of one of the most interesting sculptures in the city. This intriguing example of modern art is an excellent place for taking photographs. Feldherrnhalle (the Hall of Bavarian Generals) – the main competitor of the “Victory Gate” – is definitely worth visiting, and many like to start their tour of the city with this building. It is one of the symbols of the capital of Bavaria. Just like the company BMW, its headquarters is located right here. The headquarters’ building is interesting both from an architectural point of view, and also as a museum where you can learn everything about the history of the concern.
Munich The place considered slightly unusual for the look of historic Munich can be found on Brudermuehlstrasse. It is about Brudermuehlbruecke, which is famous for its graffiti. Street painting is a kind of open-air museum where you can see unique graffiti here. The building of the fashion shop Hirmer is simply amazing from the very first minutes. The fact is that such a magnificent facade in the hometown of Charles de Coster, the creator of the “legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel”, can no longer be found anywhere. This is a very unusual place, which should be on a must-visit list of any visitor. Even in the time when holidays do not take place, the building seems filled with a festive atmosphere and perhaps that is why the locals are always so cheerful and optimistic.
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When it comes to the sacred monuments of architecture, it is worth drawing attention to the St. Ursula Kirche, built in the year 1894 in the “modern” style. The beautiful façade is of particular interest, and majolica is also very beautiful and is often compared with the best examples of the Florentine Renaissance. Among the museums, the Bier- und Oktoberfestmuseum, which could not be built anywhere else but here, stands out in a special way. It is worth noting that the region is famous for being a beautiful hunting place, and therefore it is not surprising that the Deutsches Jagd und Fischereimuseum is located here. Another museum – NS-Dokumentationszentrum – brings to mind the sad events that took place in the history of the city, personalizing the memory of the people and serving as a warning to the descendants.
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Theatine Church, Munich

Location on the map:   Facts: » Theatinerkirche is Catholic Collegiate Church of St. Kajetana in Munich; it was the court temple and at the same time the church of the Theatines.
» This Catholic church was built in 1663-1690. Construction was initiated by Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, wife of the Elector Ferdinand Maria; she gave a vow to erect a church in gratitude for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, Prince Max Emanuel.
» The church was built in style of Italian late Baroque by architect Agostino Barelli. His successor, Enrico Zuccalli, added two originally unplanned church towers of 66 meters, and finished the structure with the 71-meter dome.
» Theatinerkirche served as the court church, so it houses the noble’s tomb, where 49 representatives of the Wittelsbach Dynasty were buried.

Munich Frauenkirche, Munich

» Frauenkirche is the highest cathedral in Munich, which became the symbol of the city.
» Frauenkirche is the cathedral of the Catholic archdiocese of Munich.
» Construction of the cathedral in the Gothic style has begun in 1468 and was completed only in 1525.
» At the time of completion the cathedral could accommodate up to 20,000 worshipers, while the population of Munich was only 13,000 people. In our time, the cathedral can accommodate about 4,000 people.
» The height of the cathedral is 99 meters. After referendum held in 2004, it was temporarily forbidden to construct buildings higher than Frauenkirche, i.e. above 100 meters, in Munich.
» South Tower of the cathedral is open to visitors. There you can climb the stairs and enjoy the unique view of Munich.

Deutsches Museum, Munich

» The Deutsches Museum is the largest museum of science and technology in the world.
» The Deutsches Museum contains about 28,000 exhibits, representing more than 50 branches of science.
» The museum was founded on June 28, 1903 during the meeting of the Association of German Engineers on the initiative of Oskar von Miller.
» One of the main treasures of the museum is the small island in the Isar river that was donated in 1903 to the museum by the city council.
» In 1906, foundation for the building of the museum was laid on the island. Construction was completed in 1925.

Blutenburg Castle, Munich

» The Blutenburg Castle is the former hunting lodge in Munich.
» Now the castle houses the Munich International Youth Library.
» The original manor on the site of the Blutenburg Castle has been built in the 13th century, but later it was rebuilt by future Duke Albrecht III.
» The son of Albrecht, Sigismund III, made this castle his residence, where his command was diluted with peacocks and other birds. Sigismund expanded the castle, having completed a chapel in the Gothic style.
» Previously the Blutenburg Castle was connected with the Nymphenburg Palace by the alley providing clearly seen corridor. Since the middle of the 20th century it was overgrown with trees, so there is no direct line of sight, but it’s planned to restore it.

St. Luke Church, Munich

Location on the map:   Facts: » The St. Luke Church is the largest and the only well-preserved Protestant Church in Munich.
» The building was constructed in 1893-1896 by the architect Albert Schmidt and consecrated in honor of St. Luke, the Christian saint revered as the author of one of the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.
» The St. Luke Church has numerous Romanesque features and has clear Rhine Gothic elements.
» East facade of the church has two towers, and the western part features the dome installed at 64 m.
» The temple there has the pipe organ of 1932.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Munich

Frauenkirche
Where: Frauenplatz 1, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 290 08 20; Metro: Marienplatz;
Die Residenz
Where: Residenzstraße 1, city, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 290 671; Opening hours: Apr 2-Oct 15 9.00-18.00 Oct 15-Mar 31 10.00-16.00; Metro: Odeonsplatz;
Schloss Nymphenburg
Where: Notburgastraße, Nymphenburg, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 179 080; Opening hours: Apr 1-Oct 15;
Deutsches Museum
Where: Museumsinsel 1, Haidhausen, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 217 91; Opening hours: daily 9.00-17-00 (see webpage for specific hours on public holidays); Metro: Fraunhoferstraße;
Pinakotheken (Art Museum)
Where: Barer Strasse 27/29/40, Maxvorstadt, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 238 053 60; Metro: Theresienstrasse;
Englischer Garten
Metro: Universität, Müncher Freiheit, Dietlindenstr., Nordfreidhof, Alte Heide or Studentenstadt;
BMW Museum
Where: BMW Welt at Olympiapark 1, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)180 211 88 22 (Informaition service); Metro: Olympiazentrum;
Bier- und Oktoberfest Museum
Where: Sterneckerstraße 2, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 242 316 07; Opening hours: Tue-Sat 13.00-17.00 (for group reservations until 19.00); Metro: Isator;
Allianz Arena
Where: Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, Munich; Telephone: +49 (0)89 200 50; Metro: Fröttmaning;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Munich
♥   Palace 'Residenz' Munich, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Nymphenburg Palace' Munich, 5.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Linderhof Palace' , 77.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Munich and around
♥   Art museum 'Pinakothek der Moderne' Munich, 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Die Neue Sammlung' Munich, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Staatliche Antikensammlungen' Munich, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum Brandhorst' Munich, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Glyptothek' Munich, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Munich
♥   Basilika Mariä Himmelfahrt, Tuntenhausen, 39.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Erzabtei Sankt Ottilien, Eresing, 39.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika of St. Benedikt, Benediktbeuern, 49.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika SS. Ulrich and Afra, Augsburg, 55.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wallfahrtskirche zum Gegeißelten Heiland auf der Wies, Steingaden, 71.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Stadtpfarr- und ehem. Domkirche St. Peter, Neuburg an der Donau, 72.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Mariathal, Kramsach, 79 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Munich. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Munich: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Munich. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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