Neuhausen and Nymphenburg is one of the more relaxing districts, where residents and visitors alike forget they are in a city of over a million people. Both of these neighborhoods are virtually undiscovered by tourists even though Neuhausen is home to a popular night club and the world's largest beer garden. What's more astounding is that while millions of tourists flock to Munich in the summer and the fall, few find their way to the tranquil Schloss Nymphenburg gardens.
A view of Schloss Nymphenburg from the palace gardens.
- Schloss Nymphenburg — Was a smaller residential palace, now is the biggest Baroque palace in Germany. It is possible to enter the palace for an admission, however, considering that few rooms open to the public and that there a few furnishings, it may not worth the entrance price unless you are interested in the gallery of paintings of the numerous female friends of then King Ludwig. In contrast to the modest palace, the gardens are free and are an amazing place to relax. Benches and paths can be found throughout the garden. Several buildings are scattered throughout the palace gardens. Some of these buildings can also be entered for a small fee, but may not be worth it, because these buildings are also not furnished. Also on the grounds is a restaurant adjacent to the royal greenhouses. From Hauptbahnhof or Karlsplatz (Stachus) take Tram 17 to Amalienburgstraße. Leave at Schloß Nymphenburg. The tracks were recently being renewed so it may be faster to take bus number 51 from the S-Bahn station Laim (not Berg am Laim!) to Olympiazentrum. Also leave at Schloß Nymphenburg.
The Monopteros monument in the Nymphenburg Palace gardens.
- Museum Mensch und Natur, located on Schloss Nymphenburg grounds, +49 089/ 179589-0 (email: [email protected]) . Hours: Tu-Su 9AM-5PM, Closed Monday. Admission: Adults €2.50, Children €1.50 Admission on Sunday € 1.00 for all visitors. The museum gives modern, lively exhibitions suitable for visitors of all ages and education levels. The exhibitions cover a wide range of topics starting with the history of earth and life, moving on to the diversity of organisms and finally covering current and social themes such as genetic research, neurobiology, nutrition physiology, nature conservation, consumer protection etc. A nice little museum that can be perused in an hour, interesting for children, but probably not worth the journey unless you're there to see the palace and gardens as well.
- Pfarrkirche Herz Jesu— Located between Rotkreuzplatz and Nymphenburg Canal, this modern Roman-Catholic church was erected between 1997 and 2000, after the previous church had been destroyed by a fire in 1994. Right now, this is one of the most frequently visited churches in Munich. The church consists in a large cuboid with a blue, 14 meter high facade. The facade can be opened completely, like a gigantic gate. However this happens only on public holidays.
- Skating— In the winter (if it is cold enough) you can go ice-skating on the canals in front of the Nymphenburg palace as well as on the small ponds located in the gardens.
- Bicycling— Riding a bike in Neuhausen and Nymphenburg is a great way to explore the area. Most roads have a dedicated path for cyclists.
- Movie Theatre— Among Munich's leading motion picture houses screening exclusively original version English language films, 'Cinema' is located on Nymphenburgerstrasse between Stiglmaierplatz and Mailingerstrasse underground stations on the U2 line.
- Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory , Nördliches Schloßrondell 8; +49 89 179 197 10. Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM. Offers beautifully handcrafted porcelain. The factory was founded in the early 1700s to create porcelain for the Royal family and is located on the Nymphenburg palace grounds.
- Christmas market— During November and December, Neuhausen has a very small (but very friendly and cozy) Christmas market located adjacent to the Kaufhof department store at the Rotkreuzplatz subway station.
- Galeria-Kaufhof Pötschner Str. 5, +49 089/ 13077-0 . Hours: M-F 9:30AM-8PM, Sa 9AM-8PM, Closed Sunday. Large department store that is located at the Rotkreuzplatz subway station.
- Fastfood— There is fast food available and Leberkässemmel is around Rotkreuzplatz and around Romanplatz.
- Rick's Cafe Wendl-Dietrich-Str. 5. Rick's Cafe is an American-Mexican restaurant with Turkish owners. The staff are friendly, however some do not speak English so having a little knowledge of German will help. This is a convenient place for people staying at the youth hostel on Wendl-Dietrich-Strasse (U-Bahn station Rotkreuzplatz), because it is a minute walk on the same street.
- Da Enzo Wendl-Dietrich-Str. 5. An Italian restaurant located across the street from Rick's Cafe. The owner and some of the employees speak a fair amount of English, but service is sometimes inconsistent.
- Vinh, located at Leonrodstr/Landshuter Allee. Only a short walk from Rotkreuzplatz and serves very good Vietnamese and Asian dishes. It is a very small restaurant, but well worth the visit if you like authentic Asian food.
- The Big Easy, Frundsbergstraße 46 (On the corner of Ruffinistraße and Frundstraße), (089) 15 89 02 53 . Hours: Opens at 5PM. The Big Easy is an excellent Cajun restaurant. It's a great place to eat or to relax with friends while drinking cocktails. The staff speaks excellent English and are very friendly. Extensive brunch buffet on Sundays. It's well worth the visit.
- Zum Koreaner, Nymphenburgerstraße 132 (close to Landshuter Allee), (089) 18985993 . A Korean restaurant serving tasty Korean dishes.
- Sassi, Volkartstr. 70, +49 (0) 89/ 18954594. Sassi is a place you should only visit if you are willing to spend around €50 per person. But if you do, you will get really excellent Italian cuisine far beyond the usual pizza and pasta. The owner is a very friendly Italian guy with a lot of experience with restaurants. This restaurant is a gem!
- Ysenegger, Ysenburgstraße 3 . This bar doubles as a restaurant, however it's best known for its drinks, which are varied and fantastic. Try the Bloody Mary, if you want an authentic taste of one.
- Gaststätte Peaches, Donnersbergerstraße 50 A 80634 München, ☎ 089 / 13 20 20. Crowds swarm here to indulge in delicious cocktails and giant pizzas, one of which can feed three people. Great place to meet and people watch.
- Wasserman, Elvirastraße 19 80636 München, ☎ 089 / 123 23 61. Discover an unknown gem and visit the Wasserman for giant burgers, pork roast and "Schnitzel" (cutlets). The breakfast is really some of the best in the city and during the summer, you can also sit in front of the restaurant, at a sunny, quiet street corner. In one of the two rooms, there is a screen, where they occasionally show soccer games or music videos.
- The Backstage, Friedenheimer Brücke 7, +49 089/ 126610-0 . The typical come-as-you-are location. Saturdays are the main night, a standard event for over 15 years (the Backstage people have survived changing physical location within Munich 3 times so far). On the other days of the week, there are various other parties and concerts. Many good bands that are famous and successful in their subculture (Metal, Rock, Goth, Hip-Hop, ect.) but are not mainstream enough to fill big halls can be seen here for little money (for Munich standards that is). To that end, the Backstage is more a club, than a disco. If you are lucky, you can catch the Free and Easy festival, which is usually in May and December, and a few weeks in July, featuring free concerts, cabaret and parties every day.
- The Nachtgalerie . Actually situated across the tracks in the adjacent 'Westend' neighborhood, this club is in a former railway cargo terminal, best reached with the Tram 19 in the direction of Pasing - get off at the 'Lokschuppen' stop when you see the big 'Bauhaus' home-improvement store. Once a vibrant venue for live music, it's primarily DJ's now as prices have gone up and the age of the visitors has gone down.
- Club 4004, Landbergerstrasse 169, +49 089/ 52 38 880 5, (email: [email protected]) . Next to the Nachtgalerie, the 4004 Arena, which opened in December 2003, is one of Munich's "super clubs". With a floor space of 4000 square meters over two stories (4004 sq meters to be exact, hence the name) this is one of the biggest nightclubs in Southern Germany. Some 5,000 guests can be accommodated per night. Entrance is granted to anyone who is well groomed and over 20 years of age. The target age group is somewhat older, 20's and pushing well into the 30's.
- DJH Neuhausen, Wendl-Dietrich-Strasse 20 (From the main train station, take U1 or U7 in the direction of Westfriedhof and get off at Rotkreuzplatz), ☎ +49-89-131156 ([email protected], fax: +49-89-1678745), . Closed: 1 Dec 2006 to 31 Dec 2006. Youth hostels in Germany are aimed at youth in the literal sense of the word (unlike other places where they are for the young at heart). Therefore, DJH hostels in Bavaria are not available to guest over 26 years of age. This does not apply to group leaders, or families with at least one child under 26. €21.55 - €30.75 (€3 extra during Oktoberfest).
- The Tent, 30 In den Kirschen (Take tram number 17 in the direction of 'Amalienburgstrasse' and get off at 'Botanischer Garten'. Then follow the signs -- walking west on Menzingerstraße, then right on Franz-Schrank Straße. There are easily visible signs -- it's one of the only things in the area, so you can't miss it!), ☎ +49 (089) 14 14 300 ([email protected]), . checkin: 4:30PM-10:30PM; checkout: 12PM. There are hundreds of lockers in the tent [locks are €3 at reception] and it is extremely safe. The only real downside to the tent is that you may get quite cold as it is not heated. Otherwise, the beds are very comfy, blankets very warm, food/drinks very good, and the staff are very chill and friendly. Also, absolutely every member of the staff speaks perfect English. The Tent was a commune for the Munich Olympics. Rates: €5.50 - €30; the standard tent bunk is €10.50 per person per night, with unlimited thermal blankets included..
- Top Erzgiesserei Europe Munich, Erzgießereistr. 15 80335 München, ☎ +49 89 12682-0. Luxurious six-story hotel centrally located 800 meters from Stiglmaierplatz (home to Löwenbräu), the underground station one stop from the main train station. This four star hotel offers quality standards of furnishing and amenities with a modern flair. During the summertime, you can dine in the garden in the courtyard in a quiet and beautiful surrounding. A private underground car park is available for guests arriving by car.
- Hotel Europa Munich. Four star Hotel Europa Munich’s 172 guestrooms all have a light, modern decor and include satellite television with pay movies, safes, wireless internet access, and minibars. It is located one kilometre from the central station, and two kilometres from the world famous Marienplatz with it's New and Old City Halls.
There are known internet connections in the Neuhausen youth hostel as well as on the top floor of the Kaufhof department store. The number of hotspots available throughout the quarter is certainly growing; inquire at cafes and hotels.
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