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Munich - city of lifestyle

Architecture and design icons in Munich

What more could you wish for? Find out what it feels like to drive a MINI convertible or immerse yourself in blue light as you walk through a giant 'gateway to heaven'. With speed and spirituality, it's not just fans of architecture and design who will be in their element in Munich.

Modern architecture in Munich – anyone who takes the underground to the Olympic Park and explores the breathtaking site with its bold tent-roofed construction by Günther Behnisch will marvel at how futuristic it still looks, even after 40 years. Just opposite is the head-turning BMW Welt – a sweeping statement by architects Coop Himmelb(l)au. BMW is a locally based international firm that exemplifies the quality of Munich design. From vehicle models and architecture to accessories and exhibition design, the BMW style is unmistakable – high-quality materials, clean lines, sports appeal and a wealth of ideas. Visitors to BMW Welt can admire, explore and test drive all of the BMW Group brands – including the popular MINI, which is guaranteed to set your heart racing and get your adrenaline pumping. The BMW Art Car Collection is housed in the neighbouring BMW Museum. These 'rolling works of art' were created by artists from all over the world. Whether it's the Fashion Dance Show, Jazz Matinee or Family Sunday with a treasure hunt – BMW Welt hosts a variety of events that allow you to express your own lifestyle.

The Pinakothek der Moderne with its striking architecture by Stefan Braunfels and international design collection, and the Haus der Gegenwart by Allmann, Sattler and Wappner both explore the wonderful world of design. While the Pinakothek der Moderne is closed for refurbishment (February to September 2013), its four collections will be on display at the Schaustelle, a temporary pavilion right next door. The focus is primarily on large-format multimedia works. Comprising containers and scaffolding elements, the architectural concept was developed by Jürgen Mayer H., one of the most internationally acclaimed German architects.

Munich architects Allmann, Sattler and Wappner were also responsible for creating the city's most modern Catholic place of worship, the Church of the Sacred Heart in Neuhausen. It is the only example of church architecture based on a concept of clean lines and high-grade materials. The enormous blue glass portal through which visitors come into the light-filled interior has a magical appeal.

A change of scenery: in the heart of the city there is another oasis of calm – St.-Jakobs-Platz square with the Ohel Jakob synagogue. Standing on a rough, sand-coloured plinth, this light glass structure is a central feature of the Jewish Centre designed by architects Wandel Hoefer Lorch. There is plenty of space between the buildings; space to enjoy the day, sit and drink a coffee or simply relax on the benches under the trees. Museum visitors and people working in the surrounding buildings come here during their lunch breaks, people cycle across the square on their way to the nearby Gärtnerplatz quarter, children play and paddle in the water. It's a great place to come and relax on a warm summer's day – listening to the babbling of the fountain as you sip a glass of wine, and when it gets dark, a warm glow penetrates out from the glass cube as the synagogue lights up from within.

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