Mini guide: Culture in Munich

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Mini guide: Culture in Munich

© Lonely Planet Mini guide: Culture in Munich

Germans see the Bavarian capital as the nicest city to live in, and rightly so: you will find grand architecture, world-class museums and lively beer halls. Go on a journey of discovery with this guide.

AsamkircheSendlinger Strasse 32

The late-baroque Asamkirche, built from 1733 to 1746, is small but fine . Every inch of the wall is adorned with gilded wreaths and peaceful angels, fake marble and twisted columns. The highlight is the ceiling fresco: lie on your back on a bench to better appreciate the complicated perspective.


Next to the Olympiapark is a double glass and steel tornado that winds down from a dark cloud the size of an aircraft carrier: that is BMW Welt. In these mother's showrooms you can sit on a powerful motorcycle, view technologically ingenious cars, shop in the "lifestyle" store or choose an 80-minute tour.


If you find science boring, a visit to the Deutsches Museum might change that. There are many interactive displays (such as glass blowing and paper making), demonstrations and experiments, model coal mines and interesting sections on rock paintings, surveying, microelectronics and astronomy.


In 2009, Het Brandhorst colorfully entered the Kunstareal with its large, striking and fitting abstract building. The walls, floors and sometimes ceilings offer space for some of the most interesting works of art in the city. Andy Warhol's work has a prominent place in the collection.

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Germany's largest modern art museum houses four significant collections: 20th-century art, applied art, graphic art art and an architecture museum. The four-storey building is set around a huge, eye-like dome through which soft natural light enters. You will also find modern classics of Picasso, Klee, Dalí and Kandinsky.

From 1508 to WW2, the Residenz was the residence of the Bavarian rulers, the Wittelsbach house, and is in decorated rococo and renaissance style. The museum, which covers about half the palace, also contains beautiful art treasures.




Retro design fans can indulge in this centrally located hotel on Lindwurmstrasse. The groovy theme starts right at the reception: round hanging chairs and wavy 60s-style benches. The rooms are all the same, with orange and green colors, and have kitschy Alpine pasture.



This new design hotel on the upper floors of a former post office in the trendy Glockenbachviertel is highly regarded. Each of the eleven lofts with concrete ceiling is dedicated to a local fame and the two penthouses have a private terrace. The panorama bar has definitely earned its popularity.



Since about 1841 this has been one of the grandes ladies of the Munich hotel world . There are rooms in all kinds of styles, from busy Laura Ashley to minimalist and cosmopolitan. The excellent location and swimming pool are complemented by impeccable staff. There is an abundance of marble, antiques and oil paintings, and you can dine in one of the five fantastic restaurants.

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Opening image: Deutsches Museum