Munich: putting the style into lifestyle.

Munich: putting the style into lifestyle.

Lifestyle, joie de vivre or lebensart – whatever you call it, Munich has it in spades. It might be down to the clear blue skies or simply the city's beauty, but one thing's for certain: the people of Munich always like to show their best side, whether they're in a beer garden, on one of the exclusive shopping streets, or in Bayern Munich's stadium.

A modern, cosmopolitan city with a big heart and a long heritage, as suave as it is easygoing, buzzing and yet tranquil. Munich is Germany's lifestyle capital. You don't have to be rich and beautiful to feel right at home in Munich, but it doesn't hurt. Besides, these characteristics aren't confined to strict dictionary definitions. Rich is he who has the time to leisurely amble through the splendid city centre, stopping here and there just to soak up the atmosphere. And beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. That said, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in Germany has to be Marienplatz square – it is the heart of Munich and is home to the Old and New Town Halls. The town hall glockenspiel is as much part of Munich's identity as the Hofbräuhaus beer hall or the iconic Church of Our Lady, whose green dome-crested towers can be seen for miles around. Browsing the stalls of the Viktualienmarkt is a feast for all the senses. There's simply everything on offer at the city's famous food market – from traditional Bavarian specialities to exotic delicacies. But take note, bargaining and haggling have no place in the Munich lifestyle – so don't be tempted to try, least of all on the luxury shopping boulevards such as Ludwigstrasse, Maximilianstrasse, Kaufinger Strasse or the Tal. Everything on sale in these streets has a high price to match its high quality, from the latest fashions to wonderful antiques. For a far more affordable, not to mention more relaxed, shopping experience, head to Munich's pub and club quarter, which is no longer confined to the trendy Schwabing district, but also extends around Glockenbachviertel, Gärtnerplatz square and Müllerstrasse. The area is as renowned for its party atmosphere as it is for its alternative shops, its relaxed atmosphere and its vibrant LGBT scene.

A trip to the English Garden doesn't cost you a penny and Munich's very own piece of paradise, situated between the Isar and the city centre, is the ultimate chill-out zone. From lazing around or watching people master the latest craze of slacklining (better still, have a go yourself) to the insane fun of surfing the Eisbach river, anything goes in the park. Add to that two of Munich's most beautiful beer gardens, one at the Chinese Pagoda, the other at a picturesque lakeside spot, and you've got the perfect recipe for a relaxing afternoon. These are the beer gardens where you'll find an eclectic crowd who live life to the full in the shade of ancient chestnut trees. That's the Munich way. The beer gardens came to be called cellars or keller – as in Salvatorkeller, Löwenbräukeller and Hofbräukeller – because brewers once kept their beer underground to keep it cool and soon hit upon the idea of selling it from the very same spot. This was the start of a sacred tradition that, as luck would have it, is alive and well among locals today.

The people of Munich are also proud of the city's museums, many of which are of international standing, such as the Deutsches Museum, the world's biggest science and technology museum, the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Lenbachhaus Museum. Then there's the Glyptothek Museum, the State Collections of Antiques and the Brandhorst Museum with its breathtaking collection of modern art from 1945 onwards. Here in Munich's Art Quarter, however, you'll also find charming little bars, cosy cafés and pretty boutiques, yet another example of how the Munich lifestyle combines culture with the finer things in life. The BMW Museum has the city's automotive heritage covered, while the stars of Bayern Munich show teams visiting the Allianz Arena another side to the city's unique lifestyle: what it's like to always be on top. Even if you're not a Bayern Munich fan, it's still well worth trying to get a ticket to see them play. The stadium atmosphere alone is world-class and guaranteed to give you goosebumps. And you won't be surprised to discover that the Allianz Arena is one of the world's most spectacular stadiums. It is, after all, in Munich.

City Highlights

Do you want to stand on a real film set where famous movies have been shot? Do you want to see the makers of movies and TV shows at work?

All this and more is possible at Bavaria Filmstadt. A tour guide will explain in detail how the great film classics and TV series are produced. On the tour of the production area, you'll get to see the amazing tricks that the special effects experts have up their sleeves and see things most mortals never get the chance to. The ultimate highlight is the Bavaria Stunt Show, a breathtaking spectacle both for action-film fans and everybody else. A visit to the 4D cinema with its sensational sound system is another experience not to be missed.

For all fans of the beautiful game, the chance to soak up the atmosphere at the awe-inspiring Allianz Arena is one not to be missed. Whether it's a Bundesliga battle, Champions League thriller or an international game, any match held in this masterpiece by star Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron is sure to be an unforgettable experience. If you wish to enjoy the ultimate buzz, deafening chants and goosebumps galore along with 75,000 other spectators, this is the ideal place. Guided stadium tours offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into one of Europe's most modern and, as many would have it, beautiful stadiums.

Munich Art Quarter is a must for any art lover. It comprises the three Pinakotheken galleries (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne), together with the Brandhorst Museum, the Antiquities Collections, the Glyptothek museum of Greek and Roman sculptures and the Municipal Gallery in the Lenbachhaus.

The Alte Pinakothek is one of the world's biggest and most important museums for art from the Middle Ages to the mid-18th century. Directly opposite, the Neue Pinakothek features works from the 19th and early 20th centuries, while the Pinakothek der Moderne next door features collections of contemporary art from various genres.

Covering an area of more than four square kilometres on the western banks of the river Isar, the English Garden is one of the largest inner city parks in the world. This delightful attraction holds a spellbinding appeal during the summer, but is also not without its charms in winter. One of the main attractions of the park is the Chinese pagoda with its famous beer garden. Visitors can even enjoy surfing on the Eisbach rapids or see a classical play at the tucked-away little amphitheatre.

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The Pinakothek der Moderne not only brings together four museums under one roof – Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Technische Universität Architecture Museum and Neue Sammlung – it's also part of an even larger group of museums: the Munich Art Quarter, which in addition to the Pinakothek der Moderne includes the Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Museum Brandhorst, Antikensammlungen, Glyptothek and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus.

All modern art movements are represented in the Sammlung Moderne Kunst, for instance Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, New Objectivity, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Pop Art and Minimal Art. Works by Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí and others are on display, as are examples by Brücke and Blue Rider artists. The Staatliche Graphische Sammlung has approx. 400,000 items covering every development in the history of drawing and prints, whilst the collection at the Technische Universität Architecture Museum, the faculty's collective memory, runs to around 500,000 drawings and plans by almost 700 architects, over 100,000 photographers, as well as mock-ups and archives – from Balthasar Neumann to Le Corbusier, and from Leo von Klenze to Peter Zumthor. Founded around a century ago, the Neue Sammlung is the world's oldest design museum. The approx. 80,000 objects in the industrial design, applied art and graphic design departments together make up the biggest design collection in the world.

Upcoming dates:

19.10.2017 - 14.01.2018

27.10.2017 - 04.03.2018

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Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 Munich

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The GOP Variety Theatre Munich is a place where dreams are just beginning. It's curtain up for the glittering world of variety, for its magicians and aerialists, its comedians and compères, for the whole world of acrobatic arts and live entertainment. The former comedy theatre Max II continues the GOP Entertainment Group's tradition of finding extraordinary venues for its variety theatres.

For many years, until 2007, the Kleine Komödie am Max II was an integral part of Munich's cultural scene, featuring well-known performers including Johannes Heesters, Ilja Richter, Grit Boettcher, Uschi Glas, Heinz Rühmann and Walter Sedlmayr. When this prestigious venue was forced to close its doors in 2007, the opportunity arose to reopen it as a new GOP Variety Theatre. Since 2008 a series of modern, innovative shows has taken to the stage, each one for two months. Linked by a common theme, the individual shows leave the audience in raptures time and time again. Profound, poetic or bursting with life and energy, each show offers a different experience. Exceptional stage shows and culinary delights combine to create an evening to thrill the senses. The winning combination of premium live entertainment, creative gastronomic concepts and friendly, competent service is precisely what makes the GOP Variety Theatre Munich such a hit with audiences and keeps them coming back for more.

Upcoming dates:

09.11.2017 - 07.01.2018

Venue

GOP Varieté-Theater München
Maximilianstraße 47
80538 Munich
Fon: +49 (0)89 210 288 444
info-muenchen@variete.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

The highly traditional “Munich Christmas Market” invites you to the Marienplatz with its historic town hall. It’s just a few steps to Germany’s biggest “Kripperlmarkt”, where you can find everything that belongs at a Christmas market. When the live music rings out daily from the town hall’s balcony you find yourself completely immersed in Advent. In the Himmelswerkstadt children don shimmering robes and golden wings to become little angels who bake, draw and make models. You might bump into Bishop Nicholas with his companion “Krampus” in the Budengassen, giving life to a five hundred year old Alpine tradition.

Just a couple of quick Christmas messages sent with the “Santa Claus stamp” from the “Santa Claus post office” and on to the quaintly romantic Sternenplatzl at Rindermarkt, with its shining lights on the trees and lots of Christmas music. Make another diversion to the glittering Pink Christmas on Stephansplatz, where gay and lesbian curiosities are on offer. You can also visit the Christmas market held by artists and artisans in Schwabing, Munich's bohemian district that goes back over 1,200 years. If you’d fancy a bit of greenery, enjoy the Christmas market in the English garden at the Chinese tower. At the medieval Christmas market on Wittelbacherplatz times past can be relived. Finish off with a round of skating at Eiszauber am Stachus. If you love contrast, you will certainly get your fill in Munich.

Upcoming dates:

24.11.2017 - 23.12.2017

from 10:00 to 21:00

Venue

Münchener Christkindlmarkt
Marienplatz
80331 Munich

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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