Maxvorstadt is a district in central Munich, directly north of the historic city center. It is often called the "Brain of Munich", due to its extraordinary high number of artistic and educational institutions. The district was one of the first extensions when the city of Munich grew beyond its old city fortifications. Designed in the beginning of the 19th century, construction begun in 1825 in a classisictic style, which is still visible in a few streets. Located within the area are seven universities (among which you find Germany's two top universities LMU and TUM) and several museums and art galleries, comparable in Germany only to Berlin's Museumsinsel. Because of the high number of students (over 100,000), druing daytime there are four times as much people in the district than actually are living here. Several well-known people were living in the district at some point in their lives, e.g. Bertholt Brecht, Georg Elser, Adolf Hitler, Wassily Kandinsky, Thomas Mann, Franz Marc, Wolfgang Pauli, Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), and Wladimir Iljitsch Uljanow (Lenin). There are also several locations connected to the Third Reich era and the area, especially around Königsplatz. The Maxvorstadt area roughly is bounded by the English Garden to the east, Georgensraße to the north, Lothstraße to the west, and the main railtracks and Altstadtring to the south.
There are next to no signs indicating the areas within Munich. Coming from autobahn A 9 in the north or autobahn A 8 in the west, just follow the signs to the city center and you will automatically get to Maxvorstadt.
The main arteries crossing the area in north-south direction are Ludwigstraße in the east of the district, and to a lesser degree Schleißheimerstraße in the west. The main connections between those are the one-way streets Gabelsbergerstraße in western direction and Theresienstraße in eastern direction. However, it is definitely not advisable to go to the Maxvorstadt area by car. Though there is not too much traffic outside rush-hours, parking is notoriously scarce and usually only allowed for residents of the district with a special parking permit.
S-Bahn lines S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S7, S8, and S27 all run along the southern boundary of the Maxvorstadt area with stops at Donnersbergerbrücke, Hackerbrücke (for the Central Bus Station ZOB), Munich Central Station, and Karlsplatz (Stachus).
As Maxvorstadt is very bike-friendly, with bikeways along every larger street, and generally not too much traffic, going by bike is probably the fastest way to get to the area. There are a plethora of bike rentals around the city.
Given that the area's very central location just north of the city center, it is extremely accessible by foot. From Marienplatz, just walk north for a few minutes and you will get to Odeonsplatz on the southern edge of Maxvorstadt.
Because of the compact size, the best way to explore the area is on foot or by bike. There are sidewalks and bikeways along nearly every street,so you don't have to be afraid of traffic dangers. For the traveller with a slight aversion towards exercise, the best option to get around is by tram 27, which covers most of the main sights along its way.
Antikensammlung (State Collections of Antiques), Königsplatz 1/1a (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''), ☎ +49 89 59988830, . Tu-Su 10:00-17:00, W 10:00-20:00, closed on Mondays and major holidays. Ludwig I and his architect Leo von Klenze built a large square, Königsplatz, in classical style, including the Antikensammlung. Formerly an exhibition venue (for the first 60-plus years of its life), then a museum of modern art, the Antikensammlung swung back in the exact opposite direction by the 1960s. At that time, the building was restored to hold Ludwig I's vast collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. It has the largest Greek and Etruscan vase collection in the world after the British Museum and the Louvre. Facing the classical arch (Propyläen), the Antikensammlung is on the left and the Glyptothek is on the right.Adults: €3.50, Concessions: €2.50, Sundays: €1. edit
A masterpiece of Greek sculpture in the Glyptothek
Glyptothek, Königsplatz 3 (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''), ☎ +49 89 286100, . Tu-Su 10:00-17:00, Th 10:00-20:00, closed on Mondays and major holidays. Another of King Ludwig's large collections is contained in the Glyptothek: one of the greatest Greek and Roman sculpture collections in all of Germany. The collection is based around a core of sculptures, the Aeginetes, excavated by English and German explorers at the island temple on Aegina early in the nineteenth century. It was built by imperial architect Leo von Klenze for the King and completed in 1830. Though almost entirely destroyed in World War II, the museum was heavily renovated and opened again to the public in 1972. There also is a very nice cafe located here that extends to the lovely courtyard, weather permitting.Adults: €3.50, Concessions: €2.50, Sundays: €1. edit
Lenbachhaus, Luisenstraße 33 (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''), ☎ +49 89 23332000, . F-Su 10:00-18:00. The main building is closed due to construction works until May 2013; the underground gallery is open though.. A very important stop for Expressionist art lovers, this impressive collection in the former villa of Munich aristocracy includes numerous famous examples of the artistic group known as Der Blaue Reiter ('The Blue Rider'). A must see if you have time in the museum district, this gem is located just across the street to the left of the Glyptothek (Königsplatz). Across the street, there is an underground gallery (entrance through the underground station across the street) that often exhibits seldom seen works by renowned names. Make sure to see the outdoor exhibits that are found on the lots facing the Propyläen. The main building is closed due to construction works until May 2013; the underground gallery is open though.Adults: €8, Concessions: €4. edit
Museum Brandhorst, Theresienstraße 35a (Tram 27: ''Pinakotheken''), ☎ +49 89 238052286, . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, Th 10:00-20:00, closed on Mondays and major holidays. Most recent addition to Munich's museum district. A collection of modern and contemporary art including paintings, sculptures and installations with a focus on the artists Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly.Adults: €7, Concessions: €5, Sundays: €1. edit
Alte Pinakothek, Barer Straße 27 (Tram 27: ''Pinakotheken''), ☎ +49 89 23805216, . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, Tu 10:00-20:00, closed on Mondays and major holidays. Contains hundreds of great European masterworks dating from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries, including the largest Rubens collection in the world. The Alte Pinakothek recently underwent a major four-year closing and renovation, but now has reopened again.Adults: €7, Concessions: €5, Sundays: €1. edit
Neue Pinakothek, Barer Straße 29 (Tram 27: ''Pinakotheken''), ☎ +49 89 23805195, . W-M: 10:00-18:00, W 10:00-20:00, closed on Tuesdays and major holidays. The Neue Pinakothek's collection includes 19th European paintings and sculptures, and has also been recently renovated. Perhaps the most popular of the Pinakotheks, there is also a very nice cafe here.Adults: €7, Concessions: €5, Sundays: €1. edit
Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Straße 40 (Tram 27: ''Pinakotheken''), ☎ +49 89 23805360, . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, Tu 10:00-20:00, closed on Mondays and major holidays.. Features 20th and 21st century art. Go there if you're interested in frighteningly modern art. The building's architecture is quite interesting. If the exhibition is too modern for your tastes, the other two Pinakotheken are just across the street. Due to major construction works the Pinakothek der Moderne will be closed from February 2013 until September 2013.Adults: €10, Concessions: €7, Sundays: €1. edit
English Garden (Englischer Garten), (Subway U6: ''Universiät''), . The English Garden is a vast urban park to the east of the district. At over twice the size of New York's Central Park and dating back to 1789, the Englischer Garten begins at the very center of Munich just north of the Residenz museum and Odeonsplatz, and continues north just over 5 km. It's Munich's green lung and the residents' main recreational area. For practical purposes English Garden is covered in detail in the Schwabing article.edit
Memorial for Georg Elser (8. November 1939), Georg-Elser-Platz (Subways U3 & U6: ''Universität''). This is a light installation in honor of Georg Elser, who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler at 8 Nov 1939 during a speach at Bürgerbräukeller. However, this attempt on Hitler's life, that might have changed history significantly failed, because Hitler was lucky and left the venue 10 min early.edit
Obelisk at Karolinenplatz, (Tram 27 & 28: ''Karolinenplatz''). The obelisk stands at the center of circular Karolinenplatz square. Due to its location at the intersection of three wide road axis, it is visible from afar. It was errected in 1833 in commemoration of the soldiers, who were killed participating in the Napoleonic invasion of Russia in 1812.edit
Old Botanic Garden (Alter Botanischer Garten), Sophienstraße (Subway U1, U2, U4, U5, U7: ''Munich Central Station''). In 1804-1814 originally built to be a botanical garden, Old Botanic Garden was rearanged to serve as a park in 1914. It used to be the site of the Glass Palace (Glaspalast) from its construction in 1854 until this exheibiton center burned down in 1931. Today, the main objects of interest are a clssicistic gate and the Founatin of Neptun (Neptunbrunnen).edit
Abtei St. Bonifaz (St. Boniface's Abbey), Karlstraße 34 (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''), . Daily 07:00-19:00 (no sightseeing during services); services (Catholic): M-F 18:00, Sa 18:00, Su 10:15 (in English language) & 11:30 & 19:00. The Benedictine abbey was founded in 1835 by Bavarian King Ludwig I. to re-strengthen the country's spiritual life. Destroyed during World War II,it was only partially rebuilt. The abbey contains the tomb of King Ludwig I.free of charge. edit
Königsplatz, Königsplatz (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''). The Königsplatz is a wide open square, surrounded by European classicist buildings. Planned as the "Athens on the Isar", it was originally framed on three sides by the Doric Propylaea (Propyläen), the Ionic Glyphothek, and the Antikensammlung. During the Third Reich in Germany several structures were added on the once open side of the square, some of which still exist today.edit
Ludwigskirche (Catholic Parish and University Church St. Louis), Ludwigstraße 20 (Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''), . Daily 08:00-20:00 (no sightseeing during services); services (Catholic): M-F 19:00, Sa 18:00, Su 10:00 & 11:30 & 19:00. Ludwigskirche is located across the street from the main building of the University of Munich. It is a monumental church in neo-romanesque style, which features the second largest altar fresco of the world.free of charge. edit
Maximilianplatz & Lenbachplatz, Maximilainplatz (Subway U3, U4, U5, U6: ''Odeonsplatz''). These squares were built at the beginning of the 19th century at a place, where the northern city fortifications used to be. The main sights today are the Wittelsbacherbrunnen (fountain), the New Stock Exchange (Neue Börse) of 1901 and the House of Artists (Künstlerhaus).edit
Richard-Wagner-Straße, Richard-Wagner-Straße (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''). Richard-Wagner-Straße is one of the few streets in Munich, which were left nearly unharmed by Allied bombing during World War II. The houses along the street were built between 1896 and 1901 in the then hip style of historicism.edit
Siegestor & Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz (Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''). The Siegestor, a triumphal arch originally dedicated to the glory of the Bavarian army, stands at the northern end of the Ludwigstraße boulevard. Heavily damaged during World War II, it was reconstructed as a reminder to peace. Just south of the arch is the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, a square named after the founders of a resistance movement during World War II. The circular plaza, with two large fountains in its center, is surrounded by the buildings of the main campus of the University of Munich (LMU).edit
St. Benno (St. Benno's Church), Ferdinand-Miller-Platz 1 (Tram 20, 21, 22: ''Hochschule München''), . No sightseeing during services; services (Catholic): Tu,W,F 08:00, Th 18:30, Su 10:00. Constructed at the end of the 19th century, St. Benno is one of most perfect examples of a neo-romanesque sacral building.free of charge. edit
Münchner Volkstheater (Volkstheater), Brienner Straße 50 (Subway U1: ''Stiglmaierplatz''), ☎ +49 89 52346 55, . Why not jumping in at the deep end and trying to learn German the hard way - watching a play. The Volkstheater is different from other Munich theaters inasmuch as the directors tend to produce classical plays in a very modern (sometimes shocking) way.Adults: €13-€34, Concessions: €8. edit
Medieval Christmas fair (Mittelalterlicher Christkindlmarkt), Brienner Straße 6-10 (Subway U3, U4, U5, U6: ''Odeonsplatz''), . End of November until Christmas Eve: Daily 11:00-20:00. The Medieval Christmas Fair at Wittelsbacher Platz is a very special Christkindlmarkt. Here you can buy medieval food and see performences while getting up your Christmas spirit - and drunk on mulled wine.Mulled wine (''Glühwein''): €5. edit
Classic Outlet, Leopoldstraße 20 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''), ☎ +49 89 36106211, . M-Sa 10:30-19:30. A cloth store with huge rebates on classic design labels like D&G or Lacoste.edit
The Munich Readery, Augustenstraße 104 (Subway U2: ''Theresienstraße''), ☎ +49 89 12192403, . M-F 11:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-18:00. The store is the largest second hand book shop for Englsih books in Germany.edit
Quittenbaum Art Auctions, Theresienstraße 60 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Pinakotheken''), ☎ +49 89 273702125, . If you want to have some fine art for yourself, or you are just interested in feeling the atmosphere of auctions, that regularly exceed €100,000, you should visit this auctioneer.edit
Words' Worth, Schellingstraße 3 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Universität''), ☎ +49 89 2809141, . M-F 09:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-16:00. When it's time for you to leave Munich and you still need something to pass the time on the road, this English book store offers a huge selection of fiction and non-ficton.edit
Alter Simpl (German), Türkenstraße 57 (Subway U3/U6: ''Universität''), ☎ +49 89 2723083, . M-Th 11:00-03:00, F-Su 11:00-04:00. The Alter Simpl is a traditional restaurant not far from the university. During the early 20th century it used to be one of the main meeting points of Munich's artistic community. Since then its significance declined, but it is still a nice place to grab some decently priced food, some beers and have a chat. Food is served until one hour before closing time.edit
Atzinger (German), Schellingstraße 9 (Subway U3/U6: ''Universität''), ☎ +49 89 282880, . Daily 09:00-01:00. A Bavarian-style restaurant, where you can get traditional food as well as your standart burgers and fries. It was renovated and reopend in 2008. Located just across the street from the University of Munich (LMU) it attracts a lot of students and has an according atmosphere and prices. edit
Café Vorhoelzer Forum, Arcisstraße 21 (Top floor of the Technical University of Munich), . M-F 09:00-20:00, Sa 10:00-19:00, Su 10:00-20:00. The café is located at the top floor of the TUM's main building, with canvas chairs and live dee-jaying at some afternoons on the big rooftop outdoor area. On a clear day you have a great panorama of Munich with the Bavarian Alps in the background. In combination with the student-friendly prices, it's a perfect place to hang out on a lazy Sunday afternoon.edit
Il Mulino (Italian), Görrestraße 1 (Subway U2: ''Josephsplatz''), ☎ +49 89 5233335, . Daily 11:30-00:00. In this cozy Italian place is one of the favorite restaurants of the residents of the neiborhood and students of the nearby universities alike, due to the good value for money. The chef focuses on pizza, pasta and grilled fish dishes.Pizza €8.50, Pasta €8. edit
Lara44 (Turkish), Schellingstraße 44 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Schellingstraße''), ☎ +49 89 23717416, . M-Sa 10:00-20:00, Closed on Sundays. A nice Turkish restaurant, where you can get authentic Turkish dishes for a fair price as well as your standart Kebab to go, which tastes slightly different here because of their special secret Kebab sauce.Kebab €3.50. edit
Nam Nam (Thai), Amalienstraße 25 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Universität''), ☎ +49 89 28755875, . Daily 10:00-01:00. The Thai restaurant, maybe the best in Munich, is housed in a former drug den. The most obvious decoration item in the restaurant is a original Thai tuk-tuk, otherwise the interior is very simple. The servings are Thai-style spicy and big, the prices are very fair. The restaurant has a lounge area, where you can get cocktails for €6.90 (happy hour 22:00-01:00: €4.90).€3.90-€13.90. edit
Rossini (Italian), Türkenstraße 76 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Universität''), ☎ +49 89 33094270, . M-F 12:00-15:00 & 18:30-00:00, Sa 18:30-00:00, Closed on Sundays. A movie once was dedicated to this restaurant, where the media in-crowd used to meet (then by the name of Romagna Antica, though). The name changed (to the movie's title), but the in-crowd (a litte older and richer than average) still gathers here. The the menue is focused on traditional Italian meat and fish dishes in the upper price rangeedit
Bar Sehnsucht, Amalienstraße 26 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Pinakotheken''), . A bar with a very unique interior - motorcycles on the wall, red velvet couches and bras hanging from the ceiling lights. edit
Barer 47, Barerstraße 47 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Schellingstraße''), ☎ +49 89 21897478, . M-Th 18:00-01:00, F-Sa 18:00-03:00, Closed on Sundays. The Barer is a typical students place. It can get very packed at weekends, but the atmosphere is always great and the guys behind the bar are really fast.Beer (0.5L) €2.90, Cocktails €7. edit
Cafe Kosmos, Dachauerstraße 7 (close to ''Munich Central Station''), ☎ +49 89 55295867, . M-F 12:00-01:00, Sa-Su 18:00-03:00. During the day Cafe Kosmos really is a café, but changes into a bar when it gets dark outside. Space is very limited (especially because it gets really full on weekends) and the interior looks as if it were collected at back yard sales. The staff is fluent in several languages, as the guests are a mix of locals and international backpackers from the surrounding hostels.Beer (0.33L) €1.60, Coctails €5.50. edit
Augustinerkeller, Arnulfstraße 52 (north-west of ''Munich Central Station''), ☎ +49 89 594393, . Daily 10:00-23:00. Although Augustinerkeller beer garden with 5,000 seats is one of the biggest beer gardens in Munich, it still is very relaxed and serves the best beer in Munich. It also was one of the first beer gardens in Munich. When the beer garden closes in winter, the adjoining beer hall still is open.Beer (1L): €7.80. edit
Löwenbräukeller, Nymphenburgerstraße 2 (Subways U1 & U7: ''Stiglmaierplatz''), ☎ +49 89 54726690, . Daily 10:00-00:00. The traditional beer garden with an adjoining beer hall is located in the Maxvorstadt district. It is one of the most famous among foreign travellers. It offers 2,000 seats.edit
Max Emanuel Brauerei (MaxE), Adalbertstraße 33 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Schellingstraße''), ☎ +49 89 2715158, . Daily 11:00-23:00. This hidden beer garden with only 750 seats in the heart of the Maxvorstadt district is very popular among the locals. It's the place, where students and professors of the nearby universities gather to have a few beers and a friendly chat among the shade of chestnut trees.Beer (1L): €7.20. edit
Call Me Drella, Maximilianplatz 5 (S-Bahn & Subways U4 & U5: ''Karlsplatz (Stachus)''), ☎ +49 174 6119999, . Th-Sa 21:00-06:00. The fancy and a little bit artsy club opened in 2012. There sculptures and paintings on display all over the club and a theater performance is on all night long. The dresscode is either very elegant or in a 1920s costume. You have to be at least 22 old to get in and bring your big wallet with you: you pay €22 at the entrance and the drinks neither come in cheap.Beer (0.33L): €4, Longdrinks: €9. edit
La Nuit, Maximilianplatz 16 (S-Bahn & subways U4 & U5: ''Karlsplatz (Stachus)''), ☎ +49 172 4884433, . F-Sa 23:00-06:00. La Nuit is a small and exclusive club, where you have a hard time to get in in sneakers. The interior is all balck leather and red columns. The rather younger audience is dancing to hip-hop on Fridays and alternative or electronic music on Saturdays.Beer (0.33L): €4, Longdrins: €8. edit
Park Café, Sophienstraße 7 (near ''Munich Central Station''), ☎ +49 89 51617980, . M-F from 11:00, Sa-Su from 10:00. The Parkcafé is Munich's magnificent "dance temple", situated behind the picturesque Old Botanical Garden. It has a relaxing chill out area in the form of a beer garden (which closes at 23:00). The in-crowd, who appreciates and perpetuates the little refinements of this club, meet here. The bar in the rear is decorated bright red, in front are comfortable sofas and a golden chandelier in the entrance flatters the illustrious guests. The music stretches from black to house music.edit
Sauna, Marsstraße 22 (100m north of ''Munich Central Station''), ☎ +49 170 4712311, . W-Sa 22:00-06:00. The Sauna is a new but already well established club in the local scene. Although it's incredibly hot in there, the music is 80s and 90s trash, and the interior is subpar, the relaxed atmosphere is a warrantor for a fun night out.edit
Tumult, Blütenstraße 4 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Schellingstraße''), ☎ +49 89 27372463, . Daily 20:00-04:00. Tumult is one of the few (if not the only) underground punk clubs in Munich with according music and patronage.Beer (0.5L): €3.20. edit
4You Hostel & Hotel, Hirtenstraße 18 (100 m north of ''Munich Central Station''), . Clean hostel at a very good location near the central station. Included in the price is a breakfast and wireless internet access. The hostel has its own bar and bike rental.from €14 pp. edit
A&O Hostel Munich Hackerbrücke, Arnulfstraße 102 (Tram lines 16 & 17: ''Marsstraße''), ☎ +49 89 4523595800, . The A&O Hackerbrücke is a classical backpacker hostel, with free wireless internet connection, its own bar and a bike rental.from €9 pp. edit
Hotel Pension Am Siegestor, Akademiestraße 5 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Universität''), ☎ +49 89 399550, . Cozy B&B next to the Siegestor and across the street from the Academie of Fine Arts (Akademie der Bildenden Künste München) in Munich's bustling university district.Double from €70. edit
Hotel-Pension Theresia Regina, Luisenstraße 51 (Subway U2: ''Theresienstraße''), ☎ +49 89 521250, . Budget hotel that delivers a clean and comfortable stay. Decor is a bit dated but for the rate and considering the location, it's good value.Double from €52. edit
Hotel Königswache, Steinheilstraße 7 (Subway U2: ''Theresienstraße''), ☎ +49 89 5427570, . Small hotel next to the Technical University of Munich, that caters mostly to business travellers and visitors to the nearby university.Double from €99. edit
KING's Hotel Center, Marsstraße 15 (Munich Central Station), ☎ +49 89 515530, . Three star hotel, cheaper when online booking via the website, with or without breakfast, internet access and four poster bed in every room, friendly service, dogs allowed.Double from €140. edit
NH Deutscher Kaiser, Arnulfstraße 2 (directly north of ''Munich Central Station''), ☎ +49 89 54530, . Located at the across the street of the central station, this hotel wins points for location, but is quite a soulless hotel, although the staff is attentive.Double from €95. edit
KING's Hotel First Class, Dachauer Straße 13 (north of Munich Central Station), ☎ +49 89 551870, . 4 Star Hotel, very individual, no hotel chain, four poster bed and internet access in every room, friendly service, dogs allowed.Double from €160. edit
The Charles Hotel Munich, Sophienstraße 28 (200 m north of ''Munich Central Station''), ☎ +49 89 5445550, . The Charles is a new luxury hotel at the Old Botanical Garden and within walking distance to the historic center. If you want to give yourself a treat, like butler service and a spa, and bring big money, that's the place for you.Double from €360. edit
Café Netzwerk, Luisenstraße 11 (Subway U2: ''Königsplatz''), ☎ +49 89 54832700, . M 11:00-18:00, Tu 11:00-15:00, W-F 11:00-18:00. A stylish internet cafe, where you can rent desktop computers. It normally has a rather young patronage, because the owner focuses on teaching kids how to critically handle the media.edit
Gärtnerplatz - If you are tired of visiting all those galleries and museum and want to experience Munich's nightlife, head to the Gärtnerplatz neighborhood for drinking and dancing.
Berlin's Museumsinsel - If you are still not tired of all the paintings and sculptures and are on a round trip through Germany, you should consider visiting Berlin's Museumsinsel. If there is a place in Germany, that can keep up with Maxvorstadt in matters of art, you'll find it there.
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