Altstadt – old town – encompasses the historic centre of Munich and its medieval squares, cobbled streets and pedestrianised zones are home to some of the most recognisable landmarks in the city. Many of Munich’s top sights can be found here, including the Neues Rathaus – New City Hall – with its spectacular glockenspiel, Feldherrnhalle memorial on Odeonplatz and Hofbräuhaus brewery, which dates back to the 16th century. Altstadt is one of the most visited areas in Munich and includes leading shopping destinations such as Kaufingerstrasse, offering an impressive number of department stores and boutiques. Those looking for an alternative to the main shopping streets should visit Viktualienmarkt, a large open-air market selling everything from fruit and vegetables to trinkets and snacks.
Famous for being Munich’s artistic quarter, Schwabing has a bohemian feel and is a creative and social hub in the city. One of the most desirable parts of Munich, it is popular among both locals and visitors alike, offering attractions including the pretty Englischer Garten as well as vibrant shopping destinations such as Leopoldstrasse – lined with fashionable stores, restaurant and bars, this is a great place to do some shopping and pick up some souvenirs.
The suburb of Maxvorstadt is often regarded as the cultural heart of Munich and there is a wealth of museums and art galleries for discerning visitors to explore. Located between the city centre and Schwabing, the neighbourhood is known as the museum quarter and is a must-visit for those looking to enjoy Munich’s cultural scene. One of the most prominent art museums in the city, Haus Der Kunst, is located here and Munich’s modern art and design museum Die Neue Sammlung is another superb attraction. The area is also home to the main building of Ludwig-Maximilians Universität as well as several university departments, and is popular with students.
Bogenhausen is an affluent neighbourhood with desirable residential areas, especially around Arabellapark. Its laid-back suburban feel, with narrow lanes and striking buildings, makes this one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Munich and it is regarded as one of the city’s most prestigious quarters. Visitors will enjoy the range of small independent shops, as well as chic cafés, bars and beautiful landmarks such as the Villa Stuck museum and the Angel of Peace monument.
The historic Haidhausen neighbourhood dates back over 1,200 years and has been transformed from a down-at-heel area to a thriving part of the city, with great eateries and top bars. Sometimes referred to as the French quarter, it boasts premier performance venues including the Gasteig cultural centre, where the Munich Philharmonic orchestra performs. Beer lovers should visit Paulaner Brauerei, one of the largest breweries in Munich.