Munich - Around Town : Schwabing & University District (part 2) - Best of the Rest, Boutiques & Shops

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A Day in the University District


Begin your day in true bohemian style at the Café Münchner Freiheit. Afterward, stroll down Leopoldstr. and turn into Kaiserstr., with its pretty houses. Lenin lived at No. 46. At Kaiserplatz, follow Friedrichstr. to the corner of Ainmillerstr., with its Art Nouveau houses (Nos. 20–37). Continue along Friedrichstr. to Georgenstr. 8 and the Palais Pacelli, next door to the Palais Bissing. From here return to Leopoldstr. and the Academy of Fine Arts near the Siegestor. Walk to the university and cross the inner courtyard of the main building, which will bring you to the student district around Amalienstr., with its many cafés and restaurants. If you like French cuisine, try the excellent Terrine in Amalienpassage.


Depending on weather and inclination, you can devote these hours to nature or culture. If you love the outdoors, take a walk in the Englischer Garten and treat yourself to a beer-garden visit. Art lovers turn from Amalienstr. onto Schellingstr. and walk to the corner of Barer Str., which leads to the three Pinakotheken . Having feasted on art, take a break in one of the cafés (either at the Neue Pinakothek or the Pinakothek der Moderne). At the Glyptothek on Königsplatz, the cafe is also very pretty; if you prefer strolling, explore its sculpture collection and the adjacent Antikensammlungen .

Best of the Rest

  1. Erlöserkirche

    This Protestant Art Nouveau church occupies the northern end of the Münchner Freiheit.

    • Münchner Freiheit

  2. Wedekindplatz

    Once the heart of rural Schwabing, the square on Feilitzschstraße is now somewhat rundown. It was the site, in 1962, of the local riots, known as “Schwabinger Krawalle” .

  3. Elisabethplatz

    A piece of old Schwabing, this square is named after the Austrian empress. A market, the largest in the city after Viktualienmarkt, has been held here since 1903.

    • Market: 10am–6pm Mon– Fri, 7am–noon (sometimes later) Sat

  4. Alter Nördlicher Friedhof

    There’s nothing morbid about this park-like former cemetery that dates back to 1866 and has since been given over to the public for recreation and relaxation. Children play on the lawn among old tombstones while adults seek shade on the benches beneath the trees.

    • Zwischen Ziebland-, Arcis-, Adalbert- & Luisenstr.

  5. Luitpoldpark

    This park was created out of rubble from World War II. The restaurant in the Baroque Bamberger Haus features ornate dining rooms and a pretty terrace for outdoor dining during warm weather.

  6. Nikolaiplatz & Seidlvilla

    At the corner of Sieges- and Josephstraße you’ll come upon this tranquil square. The Seidlvilla (1905) houses a centre for readings, concerts, and exhibitions.

  7. Kaiserplatz & Kaiserstraße

    Russian Expressionist painter Vasili Kandinsky captured the silhouette of St Ursula’s church on canvas. Ornate buildings from the Foundation Period flank the Kaiserstraße. In 1902, Lenin lived at No. 46.

  8. BMW-Museum

    The clover-leaf BMW-tower and the bowl-shaped museum at its base reopened in 2008 following major renovations. Exhibits focus on the history of automobile design and the old model BMWs on display will delight car buffs.

    • Petuelring 130

    • Open 10am–10pm daily (to 8pm winter).

  9. Museum Reich der Kristalle

    Next door to the Pinakothek der Moderne, this museum houses a large collection of crystals and minerals.

  10. Museums on Prinzregentenstraße

    The upper end of Prinzregentenstraße is home to the Haus der Kunst, the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, and the Schack-Galerie .

Elisabethplatz is also home to a small, cosy market café.

Boutiques & Shops

  1. Buchhandlung Lehmkuhl

    This fine bookstore on Leopoldstraße has a distinguished inventory. Author readings are held here regularly.

    • Leopoldstr. 45

  2. Natascha Müllerschön

    Understated and elegant designer fashion – and couture for those special occasions. Definitely worth a visit.

    • Franz-Joseph-Str. 21

  3. Kandis & KandisMann

    Ann Dörr uses quality materials throughout her designer fashion collections. There are a few extravagant pieces too.

    • Hohenzollernstr. 29

  4. Japanalia

    From Japanese teaware to crafts, kimonos, and furniture, Japanalia features a wide range of new, old, and antiquarian objects.

    • Herzogstr. 7

  5. Autorenbuchhandlung

    As the name indicates, this bookshop was founded by authors who wanted to break free from the dictates of the book industry. Many author readings are held here.

    • Wilhelmstr. 41

  6. Mashallah

    Oriental decor for the home. This subsidiary of Kokon carries textiles and home accessories in an East-meets-West style.

    • Schellingstr. 52

  7. Momento

    Arche shoes are among the popular labels sold here. Nearby, at Hohenzollernstr. 76, Fabri has last year’s designs at a discount.

    • Hohenzollernstr. 40

  8. Antiquariat Kitzinger

    A treasure chest located right next to the university’s Institute of German Studies. Filled to the brim with books, the old-fashioned antiquarian shop is perfect for browsing.

    • Schellingstr. 25

  9. Small Bag

    Take the time to rummage at Gisela Rädlein’s shop. You will find the trendy and the antique, the bizarre and the practical, from delicate silver jewellery to old clocks and busts.

    • Herzogstr. 11

  10. Silver & More

    Silver & More is one of the city’s best boutiques for silver jewellery, lamps, objets d’art, and furnishings.

    • Türkenstr. 69

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