Creative Munich: Westend quarter

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Creative Munich: Westend quarter

Like many European cities, in recent years Munich has been regenerating formerly neglected areas, such as Westend. Here's a guided tour in this trendy new district of the Bavarian capital.

Creative Munich: Westend quarter

Munich inside out, at full speed

After visiting – or revisiting – the Town Hall and the Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady) with its famous Renaissance domed twin towers, head to the Westend quarter, still off the beaten track for tourists. Start your exploration with an impressive view: the Bavaria statue, erected on Theresienwiese square. This bronze statue with its proud air symbolises Bavaria, and can be visited from within. You will have to climb 18 metres to gain height on the city; the panorama at the top is well worth the effort.

Once back down, spend at least two hours at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum (Transport Museum), located a few metres away in the Messehallen (former covered market) dating back to 1908. Here you are at the heart of a 12,000 m2 Aladdin's cave dedicated to transport, from yesteryear up until the present day. Railway enthusiast? The collection includes underground trains, a locomotive dating back to 1814, and a train from the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Lover of vintage cars, cycling enthusiast, or nostalgic for the classic Vespa: you will be blown away! This unforgettable interactive journey covers all the colours, designs and eras, and is suitable for all audiences. Take a trip back in time: go and see the first ever pair of roller skates... or go for a carriage ride in the simulator. If you have come with your children, let them get behind the wheel of a giant truck; a driving experience quite unlike bumper cars!

Bavaria Statue
Theresienhöhe 16
80339 Munich
Germany
+49 89 290671
www.muenchen.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/

Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum
Am Bavariapark 5
80339 Munich
Germany
+49 89 500806762
deutsches-museum.de/en/verkehrszentrum/information/visitor-information/

 

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Creative Munich: Westend quarter

At the heart of Bavarian tradition

After such a packed visit, you will want to take a break. Take advantage of the rich expanse of lawn at Bavariapark next door, ideal for families: do as the locals do – enjoy some ball games or frisbee, or go for a cycle ride. Then you can head back towards Augustiner-Keller. Whether or not your stay coincides with Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival, this brewery is one of the essential stop-offs for a typical Bavarian tasting session, in moderation of course! It is here in this huge building that the eponymous beer has been produced for 130 years, to the delight of the people of Munich. The standout beer is Edelstoff, freshly pulled from the handcrafted wooden cask on the countertop, as the Augustiner-Keller tradition has it. Whether or not you are fond of this drink, you will enjoy the uniquely friendly atmosphere of the city's most famous Biergarten (traditional beer garden). Here, families and friends of all ages find themselves relaxing under the shade of chestnut trees to the sound of folk music. At lunchtime, you can taste some classics of Bavarian cuisine, such as Knödel, tasty bread or potato dumplings stuffed with vegetables. Simple and delicious.

Augustiner Keller
Arnulfstrasse 52
80335 Munich
Germany
+49 89 594 393
www.augustinerkeller.de/

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Creative Munich: Westend quarter

Browsing the independents

Next, take some time to wander through the streets of Westend. You will discover façades redecorated with floral street art, pot bargains in an old bookstore devoted entirely to comic books, and you'll be intrigued by the workshops on Parkstrasse dedicated to saxophones, violins or cellos. Should you fancy it, you can even purchase an instrument while you're here! In the same street, have a coffee at Ladencafé Marais, a former haberdashery. Its atmosphere is unique, with its long, restored wood counters and shelves, and dozens of small drawers decorated with buttons and ribbons reaching up to the ceiling. You can buy accessories as well as enjoy one of the gourmet house specialities: a collection of exquisite cheeses and deli meats... or you might opt for one of their homemade pastries.

Your pleasant walk continues in a distinctly bohemian and authentic atmosphere. As for ready-made clothes, you will stumble across boutiques offering traditional Bavarian outfits: Dirndl for women with the indispensable bodice, corset, full skirt and apron (Schürze); and for men, Lederhose (typical breeches) with white shirt, high wool socks, traditional shoes, not forgetting the alpine hat. These outfits symbolise the very spirit of Bavaria. All that is missing is a nice photo to capture this trip around Westend.

Ladencafé Marais
Parkstrasse 2
80339 Munich
+49 89 500 94 552
www.cafe-marais.de/