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Munich - Around Town : South & West (part 1)

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South and west of the centre, Munich has a suburban and exclusive residential character, with the exception of the Westend and Neuhausen districts. The latter, which lies to the north, includes Rotkreuzplatz – a square surrounded by beautiful tree-lined streets and bordered by late-19th-century buildings. In recent years, a vibrant bar and restaurant scene has evolved here. Multicultural Westend is far more colourful, and some sections, especially near the Alte Messe, are becoming trendy. Affluent residential areas lie in the south, in Harlaching and above all in Grünwald, where tram No. 25 offers a scenic ride through forests studded with impressive villas. Munich’s Isar has been reclaimed in the south and once again follows its natural, meandering route. Beautiful paths beckon walkers alongside the river. You will find Munich’s Isar beach, Flaucher, next to the popular Flaucher beer garden, and Tierpark Hellabrunn, the city’s superb zoo.

Palmenhaus

An ideal sanctuary on a rainy day, this historic glass-and-iron greenhouse in the Botanical Gardens makes you feel as though you have been transported to a tropical paradise. Tall, slender palm trees overgrown with deep green vines create a jungle-like atmosphere.


For more information on the Botanical Gardens, visit www.botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de


Westpark exemplifies the city’s dedication to environmental protection: many rare species thrive in its humid biotopes.


For information on the transportation museum, visit www.deutsches-museum.de


Sights
  1. Bavaria

    Munich’s tallest “female,” Bavaria stands 18.5 m (59 ft) high. She holds an oak wreath in her hand, while a lion, Bavaria’s heraldic beast, lies at her feet. Designed by Ludwig Schwanthaler and cast by Ferdinand von Miller, the statue (1840–50) was a masterpiece of technological achievement at the time, incorporating an observation platform in the head Klenze’s Ruhmeshalle, with busts honouring famous Bavarians, stands behind the colossal statue.

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    Ruhmeshalle with Statue of Bavaria, Theresienwiese, in the foreground
  2. Alte Messe & Verkehrszentrum

    Since the trade fair moved to Riem, the site of the Alte Messe (old fair) on Schwanthalerhöhe has been imaginatively develop ed. Elegant residences have been built on the former fairgrounds, and many of the former exhibition halls have been converted to cultural uses. The Verkehrszentrum, Deutsches Museum’s excellent branch museum of transport, is housed here in three halls .

  3. Westend

    The many Turkish, Greek, and other ethnic stores and bars contribute greatly to the appeal of this area, which – at 40 per cent – has the largest foreign population in the city, fertile ground for the vibrant arts scene emerging here. More and more galleries and advertising agencies are setting up shop here every year.

  4. Westpark

    A smaller, west-end version of the Englischer Garten, Westpark was created for the fourth International Garden Show in 1983 and offers landscaped lawns and gardens, as well as picnic and barbecue facilities. Especially pretty is the Asian section with its Japanese garden, Thai pagoda, and other highlights .

  5. Neuhausen

    Rotkreuzplatz is the centre of this, Munich’s second-largest urban district. Countless bars and restaurants line the streets surrounding the square. The many old but well-preserved low-rise apartment buildings found here make this a popular residential area. The adjacent Nymphenburg is more exclusive, with its large single-family homes and villas. Expansive green zones – the Botanical Gardens, Nymphenburg Park, and the Hirschgarten, which has the city’s largest beer garden – enhance the quality of life in this district.

  6. Schloss Nymphenburg & Schlosspark

    When Adelaide of Savoy gave birth to the heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, in 1663, her husband, Elector Ferdinand, celebrated the event both by donating funds to build the Theatinerkirche but also by presenting his wife with their future summer residence at Schloss Nymphenburg. Built by the architect Barelli from 1664 onward, the Schloss ensemble underwent many expansions – in the end, the main building achieved an impressive length of 650 m (2,150 ft). The park, originally a small decorative garden, evolved into a large landscaped park, interspersed with several pavilions: Badenburg, Pagodenburg, Amalienburg, and Magdalenenklause. For a special coffee break, visit the Schlosscafé in the exotic Palmenhaus .

    Ceiling fresco, Schloss Nymphenburg

    Porcelain parrot, Nymphenburg

    Interior, Schloss Nymphenburg
  7. Botanischer Garten

    The Botanischer Garten (Botanical Gardens) were laid out beside Nymphenburg Park at the start of the 20th century. Over 14,000 plant species are cultivated here. Highlights include the Alpinum, an Alpine rock garden, the Arboretum, a spectacular display of rhododendron blossoms, the fern glen, and the greenhouses.

  8. Schloss Blutenburg

    A path with lovely views leads from Nymphenburg Park to Schloss Blutenburg. Situated amid meadows and fields, this former royal hunting lodge, built between 1435 and 1439 on an island in the Würm River by Duke Albrecht III, is rural in character. A late Gothic chapel was added in 1488. Today, Blutenburg houses the Internationale Jugendbibliothek. The castle café is perfect for a coffee break.

    Chapel, Schloss Blutenburg

    Chapel, Blutenburg
  9. Tierpark Hellabrunn

    When Munich’s Tierpark was founded in 1911, it was the first zoo in the world that arranged animal enclosures and pavilions according to continents and geographic origins. Highlights include a large aviary, a jungle tent with lions and tigers, and a new tropical forest and aquarium pavilion, where monkeys, snakes, and fish inhabit a jungle and coral-reef habitat.

    Tierpark Hellabrunn
  10. Grünwald

    This exclusive villa district lies to the south of the city. The 13th-century Castle Grünwald houses an archaeological collection that includes Roman artifacts. Geiselgasteig and Bavaria-Filmstadt are also located in this district .

    Castle Grünwald
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