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Munich : Haidhausen
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Haidhausen is a residential district just to the east of the Munich city center where the Kultfabrik and Ostbahnhof can be found.

The Kultfabrik claims to be the largest party zone in Europe as it has been developed into a maze of bars, clubs, skate parks, cinemas, games halls, climbing walls etc.

Haidhausen is also referred to as the "French Quarter", since most streets are named after French cities, and the streets and places are arranged in a pattern oftentimes found in France.

Get in

To get there, take any S-Bahn or the U5 and get off at the Ostbahnhof train station. If you want to go to Kultfabrik/Optimolwerke either follow the signs, or the stream of teenagers.


  • Deutsches Museum - Museumsinsel 1, Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2179-1, Fax:+49 (0)89 / 2179-324, [3] Hours: Daily 9AM - 5PM (For closures and other information see [4]) - One of the biggest and best-known museums for science and technology in the world. Admission: Adults € 8.50, Students and children aged 6 - 15 € 3.
  • Gasteig Kulturzentrum Rosenheimerstr 5, Haidhausen, tel 089/480-980. Situated on the right bank of the River Isar, visit this complex for music, theater, and film. It has an open-plan interior and a maze of courtyards and plazas. The center has two theaters, where plays in English are occasionally staged.
  • Museum Villa Stuck Prinzregentenstr. 60, Haidhausen, Munich, tel 089/455-5510. This is the former home of one of Munich's leading turn-of-the-20th-century artists, Franz von Stuck (1863-1928). His work features along the walls of the villa and they stage special exhibits of his work.


  • Gasteig (near Deutsches Museum) is the place to go for first rate classical concerts given by the renowned Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Take in the beautiful scenery of the Städtischer Rosengarten, an oasis of greenery and tranquility in the middle of a busy city. The city's gardeners have created a delightful rose garden, with countless different varieties of roses. There is also a tree nursery and a garden of poisonous plants.


This is a nice little shopping district with small stores catering to everyday needs as well as cafés and restaurants ideal for a short break.

  • Kaufhaus am Ostbahnhof, Haidhausen, Orleansplatz 3, 4 58 55 40. Large department store offering fashion, jewellery, books and household supplies.
  • Parzival Hörbuchladen, Breisacher Str. 15 Haidhausen, 4 59 97 63,. Germany’s oldest and still Bavaria’s only audiobook store. You can choose from 5,000 audiobooks on CD and/or MC in German, English and several other languages.
  • Tinissima, Pariser Str. 22 Haidhausen, 44 10 95 92. A jewellery lovers paradise featuring beautiful creations by local designer Christine Berger. Fun original rings, earrings, chains and bangles, all created from solid silver and tarnished 900 carat gold.
  • Münchner Blech, Gebsattelstr. 11 Haidhausen, 55 05 68 80. Everything is music to your ears at this unique store that specializes in wood winds and brass instruments. There is also a professional in-house repair shop.


  • Escobar, Breisacherstr. 19, D-81667 (Haidhausen), (089) 4483069/485137. Mexican fare served in a fun and modern way. Inside the restaurant, you'll find plently of exposd brick work and stainless steel, and even a striking sculpture of a vulture made out of scrap metal. A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere made possible by friendly staff.
  • Juleps New York Bar and Grill, Breisacher Strasse 18, 089 4480044. "Mon-Sun:. Popular Tex Mex restaurant that has had mixed reviews on its fare, although recent customers have suggested that it has improved.
  • Haidhausener Augustiner, Wörthstrasse 34 Haidhausen (U-Bahn U4/5 Ostbanhof, than max. 3 min. walking), 089 4802594. Great place to indulge in some pub culture, with basic but quality food, wide variety of drinks and a great meeting place to catch up with friends.
  • Cafe Voila, Wörthstr. 5, 81667 (U-Bahn: Ostbahnhof or Max-Weber Platz, than 5 min. walking), 089 4891654, [1]. Local favourite that serves generous portions in a welcoming atmosphere. Standard fare that is cooked well.


  • Nachtkantine, Grafinger Str. 6, Munich, 81671, +49 (089) 49002153. Apart from the odd kebab stand, this is the only restaurant in Kunstpark Ost. They serve American food, such as burgers, pizza and pasta at a good value for money. The restaurant is quite vibey, accentuated by the loud techno music played by various DJs. Great meeting spot.


  • Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42 (Take the U-Bahn to Max-Weber-Platz walk east from the station), +49 (089) 4482794, [2]. Su. - Th. 19:30 - 1 h. Fr./Sa. 19:30 - 3 h. Concerts begin at 21 h.

Discos (Kultfabrik/Optimolwerke)

This place is a 60,000 square-metre entertainment mecca. After Europe's largest disco complex - located in the terminal buildings of the former munich airport - had to close in 1996, the city had to find a replacement for the crowds of partygoers. It was called Kunstpark Ost (KPO) because of its location in a former industrial complex near the eastern railway station. Rumors about closing this area too started soon and according to the bills of its clubs and bars it should have been closed at least four times a year. In 2003 it looked as if the days of the KPO are really counted, so some of the clubs moved to an area 200m in the west called Optimolwerke. However most clubs on the original area (renamed to Kultfabrik) remained open and as always a few weeks later noone talked about closing it any more.

So Kultfabrik and Optimolwerke (and two more discos on the west end of the whole area) really are one big complex and most people do not distinguish weather they go to Kultfabrik, Optimolwerke, Kunstpark Ost or the "KPO" (pronounced like the English letters!). To have so many discos and clubs on a relatively small area is brilliant, because there is something for (nearly) every taste. And if you don't get into one, there is always another. But be warned that most of them may not be what you might expect from a big city like Munich. There are many visitors from outside munich who just took off their "Lederhosn" two hours ago and got in a pair of jeans to spend a night in the big town. And few of them are over 25 years old. It does not get really full before about midnight or later, but if you come earlier you are more likely to get cheaper/free entry.

  • Americanos [5]Cheap Cocktails...
  • Babylon This is where the farmers around Munich spend their weekend. Italian pop music on Friday, techno on Saturdays.
  • Bongo Bar. This trendy bar lies in the heart of Munich's fun-centre Kunstpark Ost. In the red velvet surroundings and with delicious Thai cuisine - including cocktails - the guest can enjoy the evening in style. During the week there are cabaret acts and political/satirical singer-songwriters to be seen. Age group: 30-something.
  • Drei Türme, Friedenstraße 10, Phone: +49 (0)89/ 450 288 17, Email: [email protected] [6]. Hours: W-Sa 10PM-6AM. A usually cramped club. No fun if you are agoraphobic.
  • Harry Klein, (Optimolwerke) A small club that hosts world-renowned elektro and minimal techno DJ's, also well known for the interesting visuals. Main acts usually only come on at 3am, even on weekdays. The club is sometimes called Marry Klein in winter. Entry price ranges from 5-10 euros. [7]
  • Keller, Friedenstraße 10, [9]. Smaller club playing indie, emo, rock and alternative on friday, britpop and german pop on saturday. Age 18-25.
  • Milchbar.
  • Nachtkantine, Grafinger Straße 6. If you need a warm meal and don't like to have a kebap or calamari in one of the many food stalls in KPO, this is your place. During the week the kitchen is open until 4 am, on the weekend until 6AM.
  • Rafael. Grafingerstr. 6, Phone: +49 (0)89/ 550 523 80, Email: [email protected], [10] - Nice Club, not dark and dirty like many other clubs in KPO. Nice staff serving you great and reasonably prices cocktails all night long.
  • Living 4 Grafingerstr. 6, Phone: +49 (0)89/ 4900-1260, Email: [email protected], [12]. Plays popular R'n'B an Hip Hop.
  • Freudenhaus with three different dance halls playing Pop/Hip Hop, German music (depending on he weekday) and techno. There you mostly find teenagers. (On Fridays, girls get into "Freudenhaus" for free before twelve).



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