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'''Schwabing''' is [[Munich|Munich's]] most versatile district being home to various theaters, museums, a university, the largest park in Europe, and shops that cater to those with money to burn. Schwabing's highlight is the Englischer Garten, with endless bike and hiking trails, the Eisbach stream, and the makeshift concerts that are put on for people's enjoyment, which makes this district the perfect place to end a day of sightseeing or a date.
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'''Schwabing''' is one of [[Munich|Munich's]] most bohemian districts and most expensive residential areas. The large number of shops, restaurants, and cafés along the district's main boulevards ''Leopoldstraße'' and ''Hohenzollernstraße'' cater mostly to those with money to burn. The hamlet of Schwabing was originally founded in the 8th century and therefore is much older than Munich itself, which was founded in the 12th century. It was incorporated in the city of Munich in 1890. In the 19th and 20th century, Schwabing reached its zenith of cultural importance. Many famous litterateurs and painters were living in the area by that time. Schwabing was also location of the ''Schwabing riots'' in 1962, the overture of the student revolt in Germany in the late 1960s. The '''English Garden''' (German: ''Englischer Garten''), a large public urban park, created in 1789-1792, is directly east of Schwabing. With an area of 370 ha (910 acres) it is bigger than New York's Central Park or London's Hyde Park. It is designed as a informal landscape park, which was popular in the late 18th century. Following the style, the English Garden has a number of eye-catchers like temples, a teahouse, pavilions, and a pagoda, but the main features still are meadows, a gently rolling terrain, ponds, and a forest background. Since the 1966 the English Garden is devided into a southern and northern part by the ''Mittlerer Ring'' expressway. On days with fine weather Munich's English Garden nowadays is the main recreational area of the locals (and especially the students of the nearby universities) to sunbath, relax, and have a beer or two. Vast open meadows, nearly 80 km (50 mi) of biking trails, hiking trails, and bridleways make it a perfect place for any kind of sports activity. During summertime it is also the venue of makeshift concerts and gratis performances. The area of Schwabing and English Garden is bounded roughly by the ''Isar'' river to the east, ''Georgenstraße'' to the south, ''Schleißheimerstraße'' to the west, and ''Petuelring (B 2R)'', autobahn A 9, and ''Föhringer Ring'' to the north.
  
 
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===By car===
[[Image:Chinesischer Turm.jpg|thumb|200px|Chinesischer Turm is the one of the landmarks of the Englischer Garten.]]
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Being one terminus of '''autobahn A 9''', the area is easily reachable by car from the north by using the exits ''Frankfurter Ring (75)'' or ''Schwabing (76)''. From all other directions, the most convinient way to get to the area is ''Mittlerer Ring (B 2R)'', Munich's circular city expressway.
  
*'''Englischer Garten''' [http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/garden/objects/mu_engl.htm]— 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 Residence museum and Odeonsplatz, and continues north just over 5km. The park is divided into two distinct sections by a small city expressway called Mittlerer Ring. The southern section starts near Odeonsplatz and the Residenz Museum, and runs north, parallel to the student quarter of Schwabing. More populated than the northern section, a surprising number of people take advantage of lunch breaks during the week to sun themselves in the ''Garten''. Here you'll see all kinds of activity, such as joggers, cyclists, strollers, skateboard and roller blades, riders on horseback, even surfboarders in wet suits taking advantage of currents under a bridge. Tourists are generally amused -- or scandalized -- by nude sunbathers, who may be encountered in any quiet section of the park on a warm day, but tend to congregate in the "official" area beside a small tributary of the Isar River that runs through the park. The ''Chinesischer Turm'' beer garden is located near the Monopteros, a Neo Classical rotunda that is situated on a hillside in the Garden. The northern half of the park is connected to the southern section by a pedestrian bridge beside the Seehaus Biergarten. Whereas the southern section is graced with open meadows and is densely populated, this section has a quieter, rural feel, with forest lots interspersed with fields graced with beautiful wildflowers in summer. Don't be surprised if you come across a herd of sheep, watched over by a shepherd in traditional clothing and his German Shepherd dogs. Quiet streams run through the park, as well as many bicycle and pedestrian trails. Indeed, the very best way to see this park is to rent a bicycle and explore. At most times you can see one or more people trying to surf on the Eisbach; see below.
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The main arteries serving the Schwabing area in north-south direction are ''Leopoldstraße'' and ''Ungererstraße'' in the east of the district, and ''Schleißheimerstraße'' in the west. The main connections between those are ''Mittlerer Ring'' (circular expressway around the extended center of Munich) in the north, ''Rheinstraße/Karl-Theodor-Straße'' in the center, and ''Franz-Joseph-Straße'' in the south. However, arriving in the area by car isn't the best idea. Though traffic outside rush-hours is mosly low, parking is very limited and usually only allowed for residents of the surrounding blocks with special parking permits.
  
* <see name="Alte Pinakothek" alt="Old Painting Gallery" address="Barer Straße 27" directions="You can easily reach it by taking the Tram 27 and getting out at Pinakotheken." phone="+49 (0) 89 23805 216" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pinakothek.de/alte-pinakothek/index_en.php?/" hours"Wed-Sun 10AM-6PM, Tues 10AM-8PM, Closed Monday" price="Admission: Adults €5.50, Concessions €4; €1 on Sundays!">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.</see>
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* <see name="Neue Pinakothek" address="Entrance on Theresienstrasse" directions="" phone="+49 (0)89 23805 195" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pinakothek.de/neue-pinakothek/index_en.php?/" hours="Th-M: 10AM-5PM, W 10AM-8PM. Closed on Tuesdays and major holidays (including May Day)" price="Adults: € 5.50, Concessions: € 4, Sundays: € 1">The Neue Pinakothek's collection includes nineteenth-century 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. The museum is located at the tram 27 Pinakotheken stop.</see>
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* Subway line '''U2''' (red) runs from ''Munich Central Station'' in northern direction and serves several stops, including ''Hohenzollernplatz'' and ''Scheidplatz''. It covers the western part of the district.
  
* <see name="Pinakothek der Moderne" alt="" address="Barer Straße 40" directions="" phone="+49 (0)89 23805 360" email="" fax="" url="http://www.pinakothek.de/pinakothek-der-moderne/englisch/englisch.htm" hours="" price="Adults €9.50 Concessions: €6; Sundays €6 Adults / €4 Concessions.">Features 20th and 21st century art. Go here 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 at the tram 27 stop; Pinakotheken.</see>
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* Subway lines '''U3''' (orange) and '''U6''' (blue) run from ''Marienplatz'' and follow Leopoldstraße north to serve the eastern part of Schwabing and the English Garden. Stops include ''Universität'' (for the English Garden), and ''Münchner&nbsp;Freiheit''. At ''Münchner&nbsp;Freiheit'' the '''U3''' branches off to the west to stop at ''Petuelring'' in north-western Schwabing and proceed to the [[Munich/Olympic area|Olympic area]], while the '''U6''' continues in northern direction to ''Fröttmanning'' (for the ''Allianz Arena'' soccer stadium and a huge park-and-ride parking garage).
  
[[Image:Paris.jpg|thumb|200px|A masterpiece of Greek sculpture in the Glyptothek]]
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* <see name="Glyptothek" address="Located on Königsplatz" directions="" phone="+49 (0)89/ 286100" email="info@antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de" fax="" url="http://www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de/glyptothek/index.html" hours="Tu-Su 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-8PM" price="Adults €3.50 ; Free entry on Sundays!">The Glyptothek is 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 is a very nice cafe also located here that extends to the lovely courtyard weather permitting.</see>
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* Tram line '''12''' runs in west-eastern direction and connects Schwabing with [[Munich/Neuhausen-Nymphenburg|Neuhausen-Nymphenburg]] and the [[Munich/Olympic area|Olympic area]].
  
* <see name="Antikensammlung" address="Located on Königsplatz" directions="" phone="+49 (0)89/ 59988830" email="info@antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de" fax="" url="http://www.antike-am-koenigsplatz.mwn.de/antikensammlung" hours="Tu-Su 10AM-5PM, W 10AM-8PM, Closed Monday" price="Adults €3.50; Free entry on Sundays (special exhibitions not included)!">Ludwig I and his architect Klenze built a large square, Königsplatz, in classical style. Meant to be an "Athens on the Isar", the square encompasses many important buildings and collections, 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. With one's back to Karolinenplatz, facing the classical arch, the Glyptothek is on the right and the Antikensammlung is on the left.</see>
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* Tram lines '''27''' and '''28''' run from ''Karsplatz&nbsp;(Stachus)'' through Schwabing from south to north with a large number of stops along Nordendstraße and Belgradstraße, including ''Kurfürstenplatz'', ''Scheidplatz'', and ''Petuelring''.
  
* <see name="Lenbachhaus" alt="" address="Luisenstrasse 33" directions="" phone="+49(0) 89 23332 003" url="http://www.lenbachhaus.de/cms/index.php?id=1&no_cache=1&L=1" hours="Tues-Sun 10AM-10PM" price="Adults €12, Reduced €6; Free entry to Lenbachhaus on Sundays (special exhibitions not included)!" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">(closed for remodels until 2012). 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 vein known as '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). A cozy cafe is also found here that extends to the outside grounds (weather permitting). 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. </see>
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*<see name="Museum Brandhorst" alt="" address="Theresienstrasse 35a (corner Türkenstrasse)" directions="Tram 27 to Pinakotheken" phone="089-238052286" url="http://www.museum-brandhorst.de" hours="10am-6pm, Thu -8pm, Mon closed" price="7€/5€, Sun 1€" lat="" long="">Most recent addition to Munich's museum district; a collection of modern and contemporary art (paintings, sculptures and installations) by Udo and Anette Brandhorst.</see>
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As Schwabing 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.
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English Garden is directly adjacent to the north of the historic city center of Munich and therefore very easily reachable on foot. To get to Schwabing proper on foot, you'll need to walk approx. 20&nbsp;min north along ''Ludwigstraße'' to reach the southern tip of the district at the University of Munich.
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==Get around==
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Given the area's not too small north-south extent the best way for the not too sporty traveler to get around in the area are ''Tram lines 27 & 28'', which run along the center of the Schwabing area in north-south direction, or subway line '''U6''' for the English Garden and the easternmost parts of the district. '''Tram line 23''' runs in the very north and serves the rather residential neighborhoods there. For travellers, who seeks independence from public transportation and are keen to explore the area on their own, renting a bicycle is the best idea - there are a plethora of bike rentals around the city and there are bike lanes along every larger street.
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===Parks and monuments===
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* <see name="Northern English Garden" alt="Nördlicher Englischer Garten" address="" directions="Subway U6: ''Dietlindenstraße'' & ''Studentenstadt''" phone="" url="http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/garden/objects/mu_engl.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">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&nbsp;km. The park is divided into two distinct sections by the circular city expressway called ''Mittlerer Ring''. The northern half of the park is connected to the southern section by a pedestrian bridge close to the ''Hirschau'' beer garden. Whereas the southern section is graced with open meadows and is densely populated, this section has a quieter, rural feel, with forest lots interspersed with fields graced with beautiful wildflowers in summer. You may even come across a herd of sheep, watched over by a shepherd in traditional clothing and his German shepherd dogs. Quiet streams run through the park, as well as many bicycle and pedestrian trails. Indeed, the very best way to see this park is to rent a bicycle and explore. This is also the best way to reach the ''Aumeister'' beer garden in the very north of the park.</see>
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[[Image:Chinesischer Turm.jpg|thumb|200px|Chinesischer Turm is one of the main landmarks of Englischer Garten.]]
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* <see name="Southern English Garden" alt="Südlicher Englischer Garten" address="" directions="Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''" phone="" url="http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/garden/objects/mu_engl.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The southern section starts near Odeonsplatz and the Residenz museum, and extends north along the students' quarter of Schwabing. More populated than the northern section, a surprisingly high number of people utilize their lunch break to lay in the sun in the Garden. Here you'll see all kinds of activity, such as joggers, cyclists, strollers, skateboard and roller blades, riders on horseback, even surfboarders in wet suits taking advantage of currents under a bridge. Tourists are generally amused - or scandalized - by nude sunbathers, who may be encountered in any quiet section of the park on a warm day, but tend to congregate in the "official" area beside a small tributary of the Isar river that runs through the park. The ''Chinesischer Turm'' beer garden is located at the center of this part of Englischer Garten. The southern half of the park is connected to the northern section by a pedestrian bridge beside the ''Seehaus'' beer garden. At most times you can see a bunch of people trying to [[Munich/Schwabing#Do|surf on the Eisbach]] near Haus der Kunst at the very southern tip of the Garden.</see>
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* <see name="Chinese Tower" alt="Chinesischer Turm" address="" directions="Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''">The Chinese Tower in the center of the English Garden is a 25&nbsp;m (82&nbsp;ft) high pagoda with several stories, constructed in 1789 to 1790, and rebuilt after World&nbsp;War&nbsp;II in 1952. Nowadays, it is surrounded by a beer garden and a Bavarian oompah band is performing on the 2nd story during its opening hours.</see>
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* <see name="Monopteros" alt="" address="" directions="Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''">The Monopteros is a small neo-classical greek temple on a hilltop, built in 1836 in the English Garden. It provides a great few over the park and Munich with the Bavarian Alps in the background.</see>
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*<see name="Walking Man" alt="" address="" directions="Subway U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''">This 17&nbsp;m (55&nbsp;ft) tall sculpture stands besides Leopoldstraße. It embodies a man hurrying down the street - hence the name.</see>
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* <see name="Nordfriedhof" alt="Northern Cemetery" address="Ungererstraße 130" directions="Subway U6: ''Nordfriedhof''" phone="" url="http://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/Stadtverwaltung/Referat-fuer-Gesundheit-und-Umwelt/Friedhof_und_Bestattung/SFM/Nordfriedhof.html" hours="Nov-Feb 08:00-17:00, Mar 08:00-18:00, Apr-Aug 08:00-20:00, Sep-Oct 08:00-19:00" price="free of charge" lat="" long="">''Nordfriedhof'' is known for its many formerly famous patrons like Johannes "Jopi" Heesters, its impressive funeral home and morgue, and a so called grove of honor for the victims of the World War II allied air raids.</see>
  
 
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*<do name="Bicycling" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Why not go for a bike ride or guided bike tour and explore Munich from the seat of a bicycle? Englischer Garten and the whole of Munich is lined with bike trails. Some bike tour operators offer guided bike tours of Munich, which take you through the Englischer Garten. Some of these tours will stop at a beer garden for a break.</do>
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*<do name="Dancing at ''Kocherlball''" alt="" address="Chinese Tower in the English Garden" directions="ubway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="" url="http://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/Stadtverwaltung/Kulturreferat/Volkskultur/Kocherlball.html" hours="21 Jul 2013, 06:00-10:00" price="free of charge" lat="" long="">Each year on one early morning in July, young people gather at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden to perform a Bavarian folk dance. And the best thing is: everbody can participate. Originally a dance for servants and house maids, the event was revived in 1989 for the bicentennial of the English Garden. An insider tip for the first years, the ''Kocherlball'' today attracts up 15,000 participants and spectators.</do>
  
 
[[Image:Surfing_in_englischer_garten.jpg|right|150px|Surfing in Englischer Garten.]]
 
[[Image:Surfing_in_englischer_garten.jpg|right|150px|Surfing in Englischer Garten.]]
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*<do name="Surfing on the Eisbach" alt="" address="near ''Haus der Kunst''" directions="Subways U4 & U5: ''Lehel''; Tram 18: ''Nationalmuseum/Haus der Kunst''" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Who needs the ocean or a beach when you can surf in the Englischer Garten? Near Haus der Kunst, the Eisbach creates a standing wave. During the summer time, there are always a lot of surfers at this spot. As the wave is not created intentionally, there is no possibility to rent surfboards. The location is on the north side of Prinzregentenstraße at the intersection with Bruderstraße.</do>
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===Christmas fairs (''Christkindlmarkt'')===
  
*'''Surfing'''&mdash; Who needs the ocean or a beach when you can surf in the '''Englischer Garten'''? Near ''Haus der Kunst'', the ''Eisbach'' creates a standing wave. During the summer time, there are always a lot of surfers at this spot. As the wave is not created intentionally, there is no possibility to rent surfboards. The location is on the north side of Prinzregentenstrasse at the crossing of Bruderstrasse. It is about 5 blocks from the Lehel U-bahn station, or take tram 17 to Nationalmuseum/Haus der Kunst.
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*<do name="Christmas fair at the Chinese Tower" alt="Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm" address="Englischer Garten" directions="Subway U3 &amp; U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 38387320" url="http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-chinaturm.de/" hours="Beginning of December until Christmas Eve: M-F 12:00-20:30, Sa-Su 11:00-20:30" price="" lat="" long="">The Christmas fair at the heart of the English Garden is probably the most romantic of Munich's ''Christkindlmärkte''.</do>
  
*'''Bicycling'''&mdash; Why not go for a bike ride or bike tour and explore Munich from the seat of a bicycle? Englischer Garten and the whole of Munich is lined with bike trails. Mike's Bike Tours [http://www.mikesbiketours.com/index_munich.html] offers guided bike tours of Munich, which take you through the English Garden. The tour will stop at the beer garden for a break.
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*<do name="Schwabing Christmas fair" alt="Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt" address="Münchner Freiheit" directions="Subway U3 &amp; U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="" url="http://www.schwabingerweihnachtsmarkt.de/index_en.html" hours="End of November until Christmas Eve: M-F 12:00-20:30, Sa-Su 11:00-20:30" price="" lat="" long="">Schwabing Christmas Fair is a rather artistic ''Christkindlmarkt'' at Münchner Freiheit. Enjoy some mulled wine while browsing the market for some art or admiring the elaborate architecture of the newly built tram terminal at the square.</do>
  
 
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*'''Münchner Freiheit'''&mdash; Comfortable in size and quite popular, the Münchner Freiheit offers plenty of bars and restaurants. Reachable with varied buses and the U3 or U6, it is located at the station with the same name. The advantage: Once you've finished there, you can stroll over to Leopoldst and browse through the stores there.
 
  
* <eat name="Bistro Cezanne" alt="" address="Konradstr. 1, Schwabing, Munich" directions="" phone="089/391-805" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Authentic Gallic restaurant in the heart of Munich's bohemian quarter, chef Patrick Geay serves fine, tasty produce with a French flavor. Professional service by smartly attired waiters, and reservations are recommended for this highly sought after restaurant.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bistro Cezanne" alt="French" address="Konradstraße 1" directions="" phone="+49 89 391805" url="http://www.le-cezanne.de/" hours="Tu-Su from 18:00, closed on Mondays" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Authentic Gallic restaurant in the heart of Munich's bohemian quarter, chef Patrick Geay serves fine, tasty produce with a French flavor. Professional service by smartly attired waiters. Reservations are recommended for this highly sought after restaurant.</eat>
  
* <eat name="Tantris" alt="" address="Johann-Fichte-Str. 7, Schwabing" directions=""phone="089/361-9590" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">With Germany's best chef in the country at the helm, expect to be impressed with an array of delectable dishes at Tantris. Consistently ranked one of the top five dining establishment in the country, prepare to pay a high price for nouvelle cuisine, but once you have a bite of one of their specialties, you'll be assured that the bill at the end is worth it.</eat>
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*<eat name="Garbo" alt="Italian" address="Kaiserstraße 67" directions="Tram 27 & 28: ''Kurfürstenplatz''" phone="+49 89 349359" url="http://www.garbo-bar.it/" hours="Su-W 11:00-01:00, Th-Sa 11:00-02:00" price="Pizza €9.50, Pasta €9" lat="" long="">A cozy restaurant with a real Italian flair and very polite and attentive service personal. The pizzas (prepared in a wood stove) will make you feel as if you actually were in Italy.</eat>
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*<eat name="Seerose" alt="Italian" address="Feilitzschstraße 32" directions="Subways U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 4613314 20" url="http://www.seerose-trattoria.com/de/home.html" hours="M-F 11:30-01:00, Sa-Su 10:00-01:00" price="Pasta: €18" lat="" long="">The restaurant embodies the typical combination of Schwabing and Italian restaurant - cozy atmosphere, jovial service personal, and authentic Italian food. You get the feel of a real Tuscan restaurant</eat>
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* <eat name="Tantris" alt="Haute cuisine" address="Johann-Fichte-Straße 7" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.tantris.de/home.php" hours="Tu-Sa 12:00-15:00 &amp; 18:30-01:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays" price="" lat="" long="" 89="89" email="" fax="">With one of Germany's best chefs at the helm, expect to be impressed with an array of delectable dishes at Tantris. Consistently ranked one of the top five dining establishment in the country, prepare to pay a high price for nouvelle cuisine, but once you have a bite of one of their specialties, you'll be assured that the bill at the end is worth it.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
* <drink name="Shamrock" alt="" address="Trautenwolfstr. 6" directions="U3 or U6 to Giselastraße" phone="+49-89-331081" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Thurs 6PM-2AM, Fri 6PM-3AM, Sat 2PM-3AM, Sun 2PM-2AM" price="">Atmospheric Irish pub, with live music playing frequently. Fridays and Saturdays tend to get very crowded, with locals wanting to get a taste of the Irish.</drink>
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* <drink name="Löwenbräukeller" alt="" address="At Stiglmeierplatz." directions="Take U1 or U7 to Stiglmeierplatz." phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.loewenbraeukeller.com/en/history.html" hours="" price="">Traditional beer hall with an adjoining beer garden in the Maxvorstadt district.</drink>
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*<drink name="Schwabinger 7" alt="" address="Feilitzschstraße 15" directions="Subway U3 &amp; U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 348470" url="" hours="Su-Th 20:00-01:00, F-Sa 20:00-03:00" price="Beer: €3" lat="" long="">The ''Schwabinger 7'' has a reputation of one of Munich's worst drinking holes (probably not without reason) and one of the best palces to party if music isn't a factor. Due to the low prices, the pub is very popular among students. Fun fact: the pub had to move after 60 years at the same position to make space for a new housing project. After the old building was torn down, workers found and old unexploded World War II bomb underneath it. In a failed attempt to defuse it, the surrounding houses took considerable damage.</drink>
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* <drink name="The Shamrock" alt="" address="Trautenwolfstraße 6" directions="Subways U3 &amp; U6: ''Giselastraße''" phone="+49 89 331081" url="http://shamrockmunich.com/" hours="Tu-Th 19:00-02:00, F 18:00-04:00, Sa 18:00-04:00, closed on Sundays and Mondays" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Atmospheric Irish pub, with live music playing frequently. Fridays and Saturdays tend to get very crowded, with locals wanting to get a taste of the Irish.</drink>
  
 
===Beer Gardens===
 
===Beer Gardens===
  
[[Image:Seehaus.jpg|right|150px|Seehaus beer garden]]
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* <drink name="Aumeister" alt="" address="Sondermeierstraße 1" directions="Subway U6: ''Studentenstadt''" phone="+49 89 18931420" url="http://www.aumeister.de" hours="Tu-Su 09:00-23:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Located at the very north end of Englischer Garten, Aumeister is considered to be one of Munich's most beautiful beer gardens. It is a favourite of locals and mostly unknown to tourists. The restaurant on site dates back to 1810 and was originally one of Prince Regent Luitpold's hunting lodges. Large playground on site. It is a 10 minute walk from the Studentenstadt or Freimann stations on the U6 subway line, but the very best way to get there is by bicycle through the park. It offers 2,500 seats.</drink>
 
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* <drink name="Aumeister" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.aumeister.de" hours="Open Tue-Sun 9AM-11PM. " price="">Located at the very north end of Englischer Garten, Aumeister is considered to be one of Munich's most beautiful beer gardens. It is a favourite of locals and mostly unknown to tourists. The restaurant on site dates back to 1810 and was originally one of Prince Regent Luitpold's hunting lodges. Large playground on site. It is a 10 minute walk from the Studentenstadt or Freimann stations on the U6 subway line, but the very best way to get there is by bicycle through the park. </drink>
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* <drink name="Chinesischer Turm" alt="Chinese Tower" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="http://www.chinaturm.de" price="">One of the best-known beer gardens in Munich is the ''Chinesischer Turm'' in the center of the ''Englischer Garten''. This piece of chinoiserie doesn't seem out of place at all after a few good beers. Oompah bands play from the second story of the pagoda on summer weekends.</drink>
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* <drink name="Chinesischer Turm" alt="Chinese Tower" address="Englischer Garten" directions="Subway U3 &amp; U6: ''Universität''" phone="+49 89 38666390" url="" hours="" price="Beer (1L): €7" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of the best-known beer gardens in Munich is the Chinesischer Turm in the center of the Englischer Garten. This piece of chinoiserie doesn't seem out of place at all after a few good beers. Oompah bands play from the second story of the pagoda on summer weekends. Offering 7,500 seats ''Chinesischer Turm'' is the second biggest beer garden in Munich.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Hirschau" alt="" address="Gyßlingstr. 15, Munich Schwabing" directions="U-Bahn U6 to Dietlindenstrasse followed by 15 minutes on foot. Or bus number 44 to Osterwaldstrasse followed by 10 minutes walk." phone="+49(0)089 3221080" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">With a live jazz band playing at weekends, this is not a typical beer garden, which is not too crowded and a good place to linger over a drink or two.</drink>
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* <drink name="Hirschau" alt="" address="Gyßlingstraße 15" directions="Subway U6: ''Dietlindenstraße''" phone="+49 89 3221080" url="http://www.hirschau-muenchen.de/" hours="Daily 11:00-23:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">With a live jazz band playing at weekends, this is not a typical beer garden. The 1,700 seats normally don't get too crowded and that makes ''Ausmeister'' a good place to linger over a drink or two.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Seehaus" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A lovely biergarten by a lake, the beer garden and structures (artistically configured boathouse) were designed by the locally famous architect Gabriel von Seidl in 1882-83. Enjoy a beer and great Bavarian fast-food fare on the banks of a lake while boaters drift by.</drink>
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[[Image:Seehaus.jpg|right|150px|Seehaus beer garden]]
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* <drink name="Seehaus" alt="" address="Kleinhesselohe 3" directions="Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 3816130" url="http://kuffler.de/en/muenchen/seehaus/index.php" hours="Daily 10:00-01:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A lovely beer garden with 2,500 seats at the shore of a small lake in the center of Englischer Garten. The beer garden and surrounding structures (artistically configured boathouse) were designed by the locally famous architect Gabriel von Seidl in the late 19th century. Enjoy a beer and great Bavarian fast-food on the banks of a lake while boaters drift by.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Wintergarten" alt="" address="" directions="Take 27 tram to stop: Elisabethmarkt." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> This is a very small beer garden in which you can get the feel of a true local's beer garden. It has a small children's playground with swings, a slide and sand close enough for you to be able to see it, and is located next to a grouping of market stalls where you can buy fruit or fish (but don't worry, it doesn't stink of fish!). Sometimes live music is played there, which is usually Bavarian music. </drink>
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* <drink name="Wintergarten" alt="" address="Elisabethplatz 4b" directions="Take 27 & 28: ''Elisabethmarkt''" phone="+49 89 27373134" url="http://www.gloeckle-wintergarten.de/" hours="Daily 10:00-01:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This is a very small beer garden, where mostly locals go and tourist are virtually unheard of. It has a small playground with swings, a slide and sand close enough for you to be able to watch your kids playing. It is located next to a grouping of market stalls where you can buy fresh and locally produced fruits and vegetables or freshly caught fish. Sometimes live music is played there, which is usually Bavarian music. </drink>
  
 
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===Clubs and Discos===
* <drink name="Crash" alt="" address="Ainmillerstraße 10" directions="" phone=" +49 89 39 1640" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Currently an "in" disco for youngsters. One of the few discos where there is something happening before midnight. You can get in from 16 onwards (but are chucked out at midnight, or refused entry if it's too full if you're under 18). You need your passport to get in, otherwise there's no entry. Best to get there before the 8PM opening time, because the queue gets really long.</drink>
 
  
* <drink name="Parkcafé" alt="" address="" directions="Sophienstr. 7" phone="+49 89 5161798-0" email="" fax="" url="http://www.parkcafe.de/" hours="" price="">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 11PM). The in-crowd, who appreciate and perpetuate 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 Mission to house.</drink>
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*<drink name="De Niro" alt="" address="Leopoldstraße 27" directions="Subways U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''" phone="+49 171 1119407" url="https://www.facebook.com/deniroclub" hours="W 22:00-05:30, F-Sa 22:00-05:30" price="Beer (0.33L): €3.50" lat="" long="">The club was refurbished in 2012 and opened at the center of Schwabing. The music style is varies between RnB and hip-hop. On Saturdays larger groups of guys have a hard time getting beyond the bouncer.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Skyline Club" alt="" address="Leopoldstr. 82" directions="U3/6 Münchener Freiheit" phone="+49(0)89 333131" email="" fax="" url="http://www.skyline-club.de/" hours="" price="">The Skyline is situated above the rooftops of Munich, in the Hertie building at Münchner Freiheit, in the middle of Schwabing. Once past the bouncer (which is usually not a problem), you are taken by a glass lift up to the club itself, where you will find two bars, a separate dining area, plenty of seating and of course a large dance floor. The ambiance is clear, styled with lots of glass and chrome. Musically the DJs stick mainly to mainstream and dance music.</drink>
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* <drink name="Podium" alt="" address="Wagnerstraße 1" directions="Subways U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 399482" url="http://www.schwabinger-podium.com" hours="Su-Th 20:00-01:00, F-Sa 20:00-03:00" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Looking for some live classic rock? This may be your place. Located a block away from the bustling Leopoldstraße/Münchner Freiheit, there's almost always a live rock band on stage - usually playing 60's/70's/80's rock and sometimes you may be fortunate enough to catch some original material. Also there is the occasional live jazz.</drink>
  
* <drink name="Titanic City" alt="" address="Nordendstr. 64" directions="" phone="+49 (0)89 2717219" email="" fax="" url="http://www.titaniccity.de/" hours="" price="">A grungy underground rock music bar. They have all sorts of hard hitting alternative club nights here. Gothic, hard rock, trance, and so on. This club has closed in 2010, no successor</drink>
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*<drink name="Zum Jennerwein" alt="" address="Belgradstraße 27" directions="Subway U3: '' Hohenzollernplatz''" phone="+49 89 3087221" url="http://www.zumjennerwein.de" hours="Su-Th 20:00-01:00, Fr-Sa 20:00-03:00" price="" lat="" long="">Established in 1962, the ''Jennerwein'' hasn't changed much since then. It still has the same interior and also kept the special offer - 3 Jägermeister for a bargain. The music styles vary, with a focus on rock, indie, and alternative (but always far from the mainstream). The club normally is very well frequented.</drink>
 
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* <drink name="Podium" alt="" address="Wagnerstrasse 1" directions="corner of Siegesstrasse" phone=" +49 (0)89 399482" email="" fax="" url="http://www.schwabinger-podium.com" hours="" price="">Looking for some live classic rock? This may be your place. Located a block away from the bustling Leopoldstrasse/Münchner Freiheit, there's almost always a live rock band here - usually playing 60's/70's/80's rock and sometimes you may be fortunate enough to catch some original material. Also there is the occasional live jazz.</drink>
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Pension Theresia" alt="" address="Luisenstraße 51" directions="" phone="+49-(0)89-521250" url="http://www.hoteltheresia.de/e_index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="single fr €29, double fr €46" lat="" long="" email="" fax="+49-(0)89-5420633">Budget hotel that delivers a clean and comfortable stay. Decor is a bit dated but for €48 per night, it's good value.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Holiday Inn Munich North" alt="" address="Leopoldstr. 194" directions="" phone="+49-(0)89-381790" email="" fax="+49-(0)89-38179888" url="http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd/mucls?irs=null/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">It is a quality hotel with 362 standard and deluxe guest rooms. Situated directly in the heart of Schwabing, close to the park “English Garden” and the underground station “Münchener Freiheit“ and “Universität”. All rooms have wi fi access.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Frederics Serviced Apartments" alt="" address="Hohenzollernplatz 7" directions="Subway U2: ''Hohenzollernplatz''" phone="+49 89 45243895" url="http://www.frederics.eu/en.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Appartment from €49" lat="" long="">These are basic apartments with nice furnishing and a kitchenett in the heart of Schwabing.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Flemings Hotel Munich" alt="" address="Leopoldstr. 132-134 Munich, 80804" directions="Driving directions: From the airport take the A9 motorway into Munich city centre. Exit towards Munich Schwabing, and the hotel is located at 132-134 Leopoldstrasse." phone="89-206-0900" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">This 4 star hotel showcases a contemporary design, with a high standard of elegance in all rooms. Fleming's Brasserie offers dining and a range of take-away dishes.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Cosmopolitan Hotel" alt="" address="Hohenzollernstraße 5" directions="Subways U3& U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 383810" email="" url="http://www.cosmopolitanhotel.de/en" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double from 135" description="">The city hotel is centrally located in the heart of Schwabing at Leopoldstraße, with only a 5 minute walk to the English Garden. The breakfast will be served as a buffet and guests can use the wireless Internet for free.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Fleming's Hotel Munich" alt="" address="Leopoldstraße 130-132" directions="Subways U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" phone="+49 89 2060900" url="http://www.flemings-hotels.com/hotels/flemings-hotelmuenchen-schwabing/info.html?rl=igmap" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double from €130. Early bird rebates" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This 4 star hotel showcases a contemporary design, with a high standard of elegance in all rooms. Fleming's Brasserie offers dining and a range of take-away dishes.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Mövenpick Hotel Munich Airport" alt="" address="Ludwigstrasse 43" directions="" phone="+49 811 888 0" url="http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/europe/germany/munich/hotel-munich-airport/overview/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">4 star hotel with 165 modern and upscale hotel rooms located only 8 minutes from Munich Airport.</sleep>
  
 
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* <listing name="Coffee Fellows" alt="" directions="Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''" address="Leopoldstraße 70" phone="+49 89 38898470" email="" fax="" url="http://www.coffee-fellows.de/" hours="M-Th 07:00-22:00, F 07:00-23:00, Sa 08:00-23:00, Su 09:00-22:00" price="free WiFi">The Schwabing franchise is the parent house of the German coffee bar chain Coffee Fellows. It provides free wireless internet access.</listing>
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[[Munich/Olympic_area|Olympic Park]] -  If you liked hanging around English Garden, you might want to see the Olympic Park, a more modernly landscaped park, built for the 1972 Summer Olympics, to the west of Schwabing.
  
  
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Latest revision as of 15:20, 27 June 2013

Schwabing is one of Munich's most bohemian districts and most expensive residential areas. The large number of shops, restaurants, and cafés along the district's main boulevards Leopoldstraße and Hohenzollernstraße cater mostly to those with money to burn. The hamlet of Schwabing was originally founded in the 8th century and therefore is much older than Munich itself, which was founded in the 12th century. It was incorporated in the city of Munich in 1890. In the 19th and 20th century, Schwabing reached its zenith of cultural importance. Many famous litterateurs and painters were living in the area by that time. Schwabing was also location of the Schwabing riots in 1962, the overture of the student revolt in Germany in the late 1960s. The English Garden (German: Englischer Garten), a large public urban park, created in 1789-1792, is directly east of Schwabing. With an area of 370 ha (910 acres) it is bigger than New York's Central Park or London's Hyde Park. It is designed as a informal landscape park, which was popular in the late 18th century. Following the style, the English Garden has a number of eye-catchers like temples, a teahouse, pavilions, and a pagoda, but the main features still are meadows, a gently rolling terrain, ponds, and a forest background. Since the 1966 the English Garden is devided into a southern and northern part by the Mittlerer Ring expressway. On days with fine weather Munich's English Garden nowadays is the main recreational area of the locals (and especially the students of the nearby universities) to sunbath, relax, and have a beer or two. Vast open meadows, nearly 80 km (50 mi) of biking trails, hiking trails, and bridleways make it a perfect place for any kind of sports activity. During summertime it is also the venue of makeshift concerts and gratis performances. The area of Schwabing and English Garden is bounded roughly by the Isar river to the east, Georgenstraße to the south, Schleißheimerstraße to the west, and Petuelring (B 2R), autobahn A 9, and Föhringer Ring to the north.

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Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Being one terminus of autobahn A 9, the area is easily reachable by car from the north by using the exits Frankfurter Ring (75) or Schwabing (76). From all other directions, the most convinient way to get to the area is Mittlerer Ring (B 2R), Munich's circular city expressway.

The main arteries serving the Schwabing area in north-south direction are Leopoldstraße and Ungererstraße in the east of the district, and Schleißheimerstraße in the west. The main connections between those are Mittlerer Ring (circular expressway around the extended center of Munich) in the north, Rheinstraße/Karl-Theodor-Straße in the center, and Franz-Joseph-Straße in the south. However, arriving in the area by car isn't the best idea. Though traffic outside rush-hours is mosly low, parking is very limited and usually only allowed for residents of the surrounding blocks with special parking permits.

By subway (U-Bahn)[edit]

  • Subway line U2 (red) runs from Munich Central Station in northern direction and serves several stops, including Hohenzollernplatz and Scheidplatz. It covers the western part of the district.
  • Subway lines U3 (orange) and U6 (blue) run from Marienplatz and follow Leopoldstraße north to serve the eastern part of Schwabing and the English Garden. Stops include Universität (for the English Garden), and Münchner Freiheit. At Münchner Freiheit the U3 branches off to the west to stop at Petuelring in north-western Schwabing and proceed to the Olympic area, while the U6 continues in northern direction to Fröttmanning (for the Allianz Arena soccer stadium and a huge park-and-ride parking garage).

By tram[edit]

  • Tram lines 27 and 28 run from Karsplatz (Stachus) through Schwabing from south to north with a large number of stops along Nordendstraße and Belgradstraße, including Kurfürstenplatz, Scheidplatz, and Petuelring.

By bicycle[edit]

As Schwabing 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.

On foot[edit]

English Garden is directly adjacent to the north of the historic city center of Munich and therefore very easily reachable on foot. To get to Schwabing proper on foot, you'll need to walk approx. 20 min north along Ludwigstraße to reach the southern tip of the district at the University of Munich.

Get around[edit]

Given the area's not too small north-south extent the best way for the not too sporty traveler to get around in the area are Tram lines 27 & 28, which run along the center of the Schwabing area in north-south direction, or subway line U6 for the English Garden and the easternmost parts of the district. Tram line 23 runs in the very north and serves the rather residential neighborhoods there. For travellers, who seeks independence from public transportation and are keen to explore the area on their own, renting a bicycle is the best idea - there are a plethora of bike rentals around the city and there are bike lanes along every larger street.

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Parks and monuments[edit]

  • Northern English Garden (Nördlicher Englischer Garten), (Subway U6: ''Dietlindenstraße'' & ''Studentenstadt''), [1]. 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. The park is divided into two distinct sections by the circular city expressway called Mittlerer Ring. The northern half of the park is connected to the southern section by a pedestrian bridge close to the Hirschau beer garden. Whereas the southern section is graced with open meadows and is densely populated, this section has a quieter, rural feel, with forest lots interspersed with fields graced with beautiful wildflowers in summer. You may even come across a herd of sheep, watched over by a shepherd in traditional clothing and his German shepherd dogs. Quiet streams run through the park, as well as many bicycle and pedestrian trails. Indeed, the very best way to see this park is to rent a bicycle and explore. This is also the best way to reach the Aumeister beer garden in the very north of the park.  edit
Chinesischer Turm is one of the main landmarks of Englischer Garten.
  • Southern English Garden (Südlicher Englischer Garten), (Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''), [2]. The southern section starts near Odeonsplatz and the Residenz museum, and extends north along the students' quarter of Schwabing. More populated than the northern section, a surprisingly high number of people utilize their lunch break to lay in the sun in the Garden. Here you'll see all kinds of activity, such as joggers, cyclists, strollers, skateboard and roller blades, riders on horseback, even surfboarders in wet suits taking advantage of currents under a bridge. Tourists are generally amused - or scandalized - by nude sunbathers, who may be encountered in any quiet section of the park on a warm day, but tend to congregate in the "official" area beside a small tributary of the Isar river that runs through the park. The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is located at the center of this part of Englischer Garten. The southern half of the park is connected to the northern section by a pedestrian bridge beside the Seehaus beer garden. At most times you can see a bunch of people trying to surf on the Eisbach near Haus der Kunst at the very southern tip of the Garden.  edit
  • Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm), (Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''). The Chinese Tower in the center of the English Garden is a 25 m (82 ft) high pagoda with several stories, constructed in 1789 to 1790, and rebuilt after World War II in 1952. Nowadays, it is surrounded by a beer garden and a Bavarian oompah band is performing on the 2nd story during its opening hours.  edit
  • Monopteros, (Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''). The Monopteros is a small neo-classical greek temple on a hilltop, built in 1836 in the English Garden. It provides a great few over the park and Munich with the Bavarian Alps in the background.  edit
  • Walking Man, (Subway U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''). This 17 m (55 ft) tall sculpture stands besides Leopoldstraße. It embodies a man hurrying down the street - hence the name.  edit

Architecture[edit]

  • Nordfriedhof (Northern Cemetery), Ungererstraße 130 (Subway U6: ''Nordfriedhof''), [3]. Nov-Feb 08:00-17:00, Mar 08:00-18:00, Apr-Aug 08:00-20:00, Sep-Oct 08:00-19:00. Nordfriedhof is known for its many formerly famous patrons like Johannes "Jopi" Heesters, its impressive funeral home and morgue, and a so called grove of honor for the victims of the World War II allied air raids. free of charge.  edit

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  • Bicycling. Why not go for a bike ride or guided bike tour and explore Munich from the seat of a bicycle? Englischer Garten and the whole of Munich is lined with bike trails. Some bike tour operators offer guided bike tours of Munich, which take you through the Englischer Garten. Some of these tours will stop at a beer garden for a break.  edit
  • Dancing at ''Kocherlball'', Chinese Tower in the English Garden (ubway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), [4]. 21 Jul 2013, 06:00-10:00. Each year on one early morning in July, young people gather at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden to perform a Bavarian folk dance. And the best thing is: everbody can participate. Originally a dance for servants and house maids, the event was revived in 1989 for the bicentennial of the English Garden. An insider tip for the first years, the Kocherlball today attracts up 15,000 participants and spectators. free of charge.  edit
Surfing in Englischer Garten.
  • Surfing on the Eisbach, near ''Haus der Kunst'' (Subways U4 & U5: ''Lehel''; Tram 18: ''Nationalmuseum/Haus der Kunst''). Who needs the ocean or a beach when you can surf in the Englischer Garten? Near Haus der Kunst, the Eisbach creates a standing wave. During the summer time, there are always a lot of surfers at this spot. As the wave is not created intentionally, there is no possibility to rent surfboards. The location is on the north side of Prinzregentenstraße at the intersection with Bruderstraße.  edit

Christmas fairs (Christkindlmarkt)[edit]

  • Christmas fair at the Chinese Tower (Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm), Englischer Garten (Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 38387320, [5]. Beginning of December until Christmas Eve: M-F 12:00-20:30, Sa-Su 11:00-20:30. The Christmas fair at the heart of the English Garden is probably the most romantic of Munich's Christkindlmärkte.  edit
  • Schwabing Christmas fair (Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt), Münchner Freiheit (Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), [6]. End of November until Christmas Eve: M-F 12:00-20:30, Sa-Su 11:00-20:30. Schwabing Christmas Fair is a rather artistic Christkindlmarkt at Münchner Freiheit. Enjoy some mulled wine while browsing the market for some art or admiring the elaborate architecture of the newly built tram terminal at the square.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Bistro Cezanne (French), Konradstraße 1, +49 89 391805, [7]. Tu-Su from 18:00, closed on Mondays. Authentic Gallic restaurant in the heart of Munich's bohemian quarter, chef Patrick Geay serves fine, tasty produce with a French flavor. Professional service by smartly attired waiters. Reservations are recommended for this highly sought after restaurant.  edit
  • Garbo (Italian), Kaiserstraße 67 (Tram 27 & 28: ''Kurfürstenplatz''), +49 89 349359, [8]. Su-W 11:00-01:00, Th-Sa 11:00-02:00. A cozy restaurant with a real Italian flair and very polite and attentive service personal. The pizzas (prepared in a wood stove) will make you feel as if you actually were in Italy. Pizza €9.50, Pasta €9.  edit
  • Seerose (Italian), Feilitzschstraße 32 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 4613314 20, [9]. M-F 11:30-01:00, Sa-Su 10:00-01:00. The restaurant embodies the typical combination of Schwabing and Italian restaurant - cozy atmosphere, jovial service personal, and authentic Italian food. You get the feel of a real Tuscan restaurant Pasta: €18.  edit
  • Tantris (Haute cuisine), Johann-Fichte-Straße 7, [10]. Tu-Sa 12:00-15:00 & 18:30-01:00, closed on Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays. With one of Germany's best chefs at the helm, expect to be impressed with an array of delectable dishes at Tantris. Consistently ranked one of the top five dining establishment in the country, prepare to pay a high price for nouvelle cuisine, but once you have a bite of one of their specialties, you'll be assured that the bill at the end is worth it.  edit

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Bars & Pubs[edit]

  • Schwabinger 7, Feilitzschstraße 15 (Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 348470. Su-Th 20:00-01:00, F-Sa 20:00-03:00. The Schwabinger 7 has a reputation of one of Munich's worst drinking holes (probably not without reason) and one of the best palces to party if music isn't a factor. Due to the low prices, the pub is very popular among students. Fun fact: the pub had to move after 60 years at the same position to make space for a new housing project. After the old building was torn down, workers found and old unexploded World War II bomb underneath it. In a failed attempt to defuse it, the surrounding houses took considerable damage. Beer: €3.  edit
  • The Shamrock, Trautenwolfstraße 6 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''), +49 89 331081, [11]. Tu-Th 19:00-02:00, F 18:00-04:00, Sa 18:00-04:00, closed on Sundays and Mondays. Atmospheric Irish pub, with live music playing frequently. Fridays and Saturdays tend to get very crowded, with locals wanting to get a taste of the Irish.  edit

Beer Gardens[edit]

  • Aumeister, Sondermeierstraße 1 (Subway U6: ''Studentenstadt''), +49 89 18931420, [12]. Tu-Su 09:00-23:00. Located at the very north end of Englischer Garten, Aumeister is considered to be one of Munich's most beautiful beer gardens. It is a favourite of locals and mostly unknown to tourists. The restaurant on site dates back to 1810 and was originally one of Prince Regent Luitpold's hunting lodges. Large playground on site. It is a 10 minute walk from the Studentenstadt or Freimann stations on the U6 subway line, but the very best way to get there is by bicycle through the park. It offers 2,500 seats.  edit
  • Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), Englischer Garten (Subway U3 & U6: ''Universität''), +49 89 38666390. One of the best-known beer gardens in Munich is the Chinesischer Turm in the center of the Englischer Garten. This piece of chinoiserie doesn't seem out of place at all after a few good beers. Oompah bands play from the second story of the pagoda on summer weekends. Offering 7,500 seats Chinesischer Turm is the second biggest beer garden in Munich. Beer (1L): €7.  edit
  • Hirschau, Gyßlingstraße 15 (Subway U6: ''Dietlindenstraße''), +49 89 3221080, [13]. Daily 11:00-23:00. With a live jazz band playing at weekends, this is not a typical beer garden. The 1,700 seats normally don't get too crowded and that makes Ausmeister a good place to linger over a drink or two.  edit
Seehaus beer garden
  • Seehaus, Kleinhesselohe 3 (Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 3816130, [14]. Daily 10:00-01:00. A lovely beer garden with 2,500 seats at the shore of a small lake in the center of Englischer Garten. The beer garden and surrounding structures (artistically configured boathouse) were designed by the locally famous architect Gabriel von Seidl in the late 19th century. Enjoy a beer and great Bavarian fast-food on the banks of a lake while boaters drift by.  edit
  • Wintergarten, Elisabethplatz 4b (Take 27 & 28: ''Elisabethmarkt''), +49 89 27373134, [15]. Daily 10:00-01:00. This is a very small beer garden, where mostly locals go and tourist are virtually unheard of. It has a small playground with swings, a slide and sand close enough for you to be able to watch your kids playing. It is located next to a grouping of market stalls where you can buy fresh and locally produced fruits and vegetables or freshly caught fish. Sometimes live music is played there, which is usually Bavarian music.  edit

Clubs and Discos[edit]

  • De Niro, Leopoldstraße 27 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''), +49 171 1119407, [16]. W 22:00-05:30, F-Sa 22:00-05:30. The club was refurbished in 2012 and opened at the center of Schwabing. The music style is varies between RnB and hip-hop. On Saturdays larger groups of guys have a hard time getting beyond the bouncer. Beer (0.33L): €3.50.  edit
  • Podium, Wagnerstraße 1 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 399482, [17]. Su-Th 20:00-01:00, F-Sa 20:00-03:00. Looking for some live classic rock? This may be your place. Located a block away from the bustling Leopoldstraße/Münchner Freiheit, there's almost always a live rock band on stage - usually playing 60's/70's/80's rock and sometimes you may be fortunate enough to catch some original material. Also there is the occasional live jazz.  edit
  • Zum Jennerwein, Belgradstraße 27 (Subway U3: '' Hohenzollernplatz''), +49 89 3087221, [18]. Su-Th 20:00-01:00, Fr-Sa 20:00-03:00. Established in 1962, the Jennerwein hasn't changed much since then. It still has the same interior and also kept the special offer - 3 Jägermeister for a bargain. The music styles vary, with a focus on rock, indie, and alternative (but always far from the mainstream). The club normally is very well frequented.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Frederics Serviced Apartments, Hohenzollernplatz 7 (Subway U2: ''Hohenzollernplatz''), +49 89 45243895, [19]. These are basic apartments with nice furnishing and a kitchenett in the heart of Schwabing. Appartment from €49.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hohenzollernstraße 5 (Subways U3& U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 383810, [20]. The city hotel is centrally located in the heart of Schwabing at Leopoldstraße, with only a 5 minute walk to the English Garden. The breakfast will be served as a buffet and guests can use the wireless Internet for free. Double from 135.  edit
  • Fleming's Hotel Munich, Leopoldstraße 130-132 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 2060900, [21]. This 4 star hotel showcases a contemporary design, with a high standard of elegance in all rooms. Fleming's Brasserie offers dining and a range of take-away dishes. Double from €130. Early bird rebates.  edit
  • Mövenpick Hotel Munich Airport, Ludwigstrasse 43, +49 811 888 0, [22]. 4 star hotel with 165 modern and upscale hotel rooms located only 8 minutes from Munich Airport.  edit

Contact[edit]

  • Coffee Fellows, Leopoldstraße 70 (Subway U3 & U6: ''Münchner Freiheit''), +49 89 38898470, [23]. M-Th 07:00-22:00, F 07:00-23:00, Sa 08:00-23:00, Su 09:00-22:00. The Schwabing franchise is the parent house of the German coffee bar chain Coffee Fellows. It provides free wireless internet access. free WiFi.  edit

Get out[edit]

Olympic Park - If you liked hanging around English Garden, you might want to see the Olympic Park, a more modernly landscaped park, built for the 1972 Summer Olympics, to the west of Schwabing.




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