Schwabing is 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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By subway (U-Bahn)
- Subway lines U1 (dark green) and U7 (gold) run from Munich Central Station and stop at Stiglmaierplatz and Maillingerstraße in the south-western corner of Schwabing.
- Subway line U2 (red) runs from Munich Central Station and serves the stops Königsplatz (for Glyptothek and Antikensammlung), Theresienstraße, Josephsplatz, Hohenzollernplatz, and Scheidplatz. It covers the western part of the district.
- Subway lines U3 (orange) and U6 (blue) run from Marienplatz and follow Ludwig-/Leopoldstraße to serve the eastern part of Schwabing with the stops Odeonsplatz, Universität (for the University of Munich LMU and Englischer Garten), Giselastraße, and Münchner Freiheit. At Münchner Freiheit the U3 branches off to the west to stop at Bonner Platz, Scheidplatz and Petuelring in north-western Schwabing, while the U6 continues in northern direction to stop at Dietlindenstraße and Nordfriedhof.
- Tram lines 27 and 28 run from Karsplatz (Stachus) through Schwabing from south to north with a large number of stops along Barerstraße, Nordendstraße and Hohenzollernstraße.
- Tram lines 20, 21, and 22 run from Munich Central Station along Dachauer Straße with several stops in Schwabing.
- Bus 100 (Museenlinie), with stops at all the museums in Schwabing, runs from Munich Central Station to Munich East.
Chinesischer Turm is the one of the landmarks of the Englischer Garten.
- Englischer Garten (English Garden), (Subway U3 & U6: ''Odeonsplatz'' & ''Universität''), . 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 southern section starts near Odeonsplatz and the Residenz museum, and runs north, parallel to the students' 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 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. 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 near Haus der Kunst.
- Antikensammlung, Königsplatz (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. 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. 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.
A masterpiece of Greek sculpture in the Glyptothek
- Glyptothek, Königsplatz (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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. Adults: €7, Concessions: €5, Sundays: €1.
- 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.
- Bicycling. 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. 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.
- 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.
- Alter Simpl, 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.
- Atzinger, 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.
- Bistro Cezanne, Konradstraße 1, ☎ +49 89 391805, . 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.
- Tantris, Johann-Fichte-Straße 7, . 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.
Beer halls & Pubs
- Löwenbräukeller, Nymphenburgerstraße 2 (Subways U1 & U7: ''Stiglmaierplatz''), ☎ +49 89 54726690, . 10:00-00:00. Traditional beer hall with an adjoining beer garden in the Maxvorstadt district.
- The Shamrock, Trautenwolfstraße 6 (Subways U3 & U6: ''Giselastraße''), ☎ +49 89 331081, . 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.
- Aumeister, . Open Tue-Sun 9AM-11PM.. 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.
- Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower). http://www.chinaturm.de. 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.
- Hirschau, Gyßlingstr. 15, Munich Schwabing (U-Bahn U6 to Dietlindenstrasse followed by 15 minutes on foot. Or bus number 44 to Osterwaldstrasse followed by 10 minutes walk.), ☎ +49(0)089 3221080. 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.
- Seehaus. 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.
- Wintergarten, (Take 27 tram to stop: Elisabethmarkt.). 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.
Clubs and Discos
- Crash, Ainmillerstraße 10, ☎ +49 89 39 1640. 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.
- Parkcafé, (Sophienstr. 7), ☎ +49 89 5161798-0, . 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.
- Podium, Wagnerstrasse 1 (corner of Siegesstrasse), ☎ +49 (0)89 399482, . 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.
- Skyline Club, Leopoldstr. 82 (U3/6 Münchener Freiheit), ☎ +49(0)89 333131, . 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.
- Titanic City, Nordendstr. 64, ☎ +49 (0)89 2717219, . 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
- Hotel Pension Theresia, Luisenstraße 51, ☎ +49-(0)89-521250 (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. single fr €29, double fr €46.
- Holiday Inn Munich North, Leopoldstr. 194, ☎ +49-(0)89-381790 (fax: +49-(0)89-38179888), . 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.
- Flemings Hotel Munich, Leopoldstr. 132-134 Munich, 80804 (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.), ☎ 89-206-0900. 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.