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Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt is the name of second district (Bezirk 2) of Munich comprising the neigborhoods of Isarvorstadt and Ludwigsvorstadt. It is located directly adjacent to the historic city center to the south. The area of Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt roughly is bound by the Isar river to the east, the Südring railtracks to the south and west, and the main railtracks, Altstadtring circular road, and Zweibrückenstraße to the north. This guide also describes some points of interest located in the Schwanthalerhöhe district, directly to the West of Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. (less...) (more...)
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- Deutsches Museum (German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology), Museumsinsel 1 (S-bahn station Isartor, then follow signs, alternatively U-bahn Fraunhoferstrasse Tram 16: Deutsches Museum), ☎ +49 89 21791, fax: +49 89 2179324, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-17:00. One of the greatest scientific and technical museums in the world, it is one of the most important sights in the area and absolute "must see's" of Munich, visited by roughly 1.5 million visitors per year. Topics range from aviation to brewing, from computer sciences to bridge building. There are many guided tours on specific themes and in different languages. There is a planetarium and two branch offices in other locations, which show vehicles that found no place in downtown Munich. Adults €8.50, Concessions €3.
- Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, Am Bavariapark 5. The division of Deutsches Museum devoted entirely to all kinds of means of transportation. It is housed in the former halls of the Münchner Messe (Munich's trade fairs), dating back to early 1900s.
- Old South Cemetery (Alter Südfriedhof), Thalkirchner Straße 17 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U3, U6, U7: Sendlinger Tor). The Old South Cemetery was established in 1563 as plague cemetery. From 1788 to 1868 is was Munich's single collective burial ground - making it the last resting-place for many famous Munich residents of that time, like Josef von Fraunhofer, Friedrich von Gärtner, Leo von Klenze, Justus von Liebig, Georg Simon Ohm, Carl Spitzweg, and the 1100 victims of the massacre of Sendling's Night of Murder (Sendlinger Mordweihnacht) of 1705 with artistic gravestones and crypts. Today, the cemetery is a protected area and a local recreation area.
- St. Maxmilian's church, Auenstraße 1 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 2024070. The Roman Catholic church was built at the beginning of the 20th century in the Romaneque Revival style as the first church in the Isarvorstadt district. Its location right at the shore of the Isar river makes it a very prominent structure. The church gets is fame mostly from its unorthodox pastor, who used to serve beer at the Oktoberfest and owns two pubs in the neighborhood.
- St. Paul's church (Paulskirche), St.-Pauls-Platz 10 (U-Bahn U4, U5: Theresienwiese), ☎ +49 89 531547. Daily 08:00-20:00 (no sightseeing during services). The Roman Catholic St. Paul's church is the second largest church in Munich. Its 97 m (318 ft) high bell tower can be accessed for a stunning view of Munich and the Alps. Free of charge.
- Statue of Bavaria and Hall of Fame, Theresienhöhe 16 (U-Bahn U4, U5: Theresienwiese), ☎ +49 89 290671. Apr-15 Oct: daily 09:00-18:00, during Oktoberfest 09:00-20:00, closed from 15 Oct-Mar. The 19 m (62 ft) high statue is the personification of the Bavarian homeland. You can climb up to the viewing platform inside the head. During Oktoberfest you can get a great view of the fair. The Hall of Fame at the back of the statue is a pantheon to celebrated Bavarians (the Hall of Fame is closed during Oktoberfest). Adults €3.50, Concessions €2.50.
The year 1158 is the earliest date the city is mentioned in a document signed in Augsburg. By that time, Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, had built a bridge over the river Isar next to a settlement of Benedictine monks. Almost two decades later in 1175 Munich was officially granted city status and received fortification. In 1180, with the trial of Henry the Lion, Otto I Wittelsbach became Duke of Bavaria and Munich was handed over to the Bishop of Freising. The Wittelsbach dynasty would rule Bavaria until 1918. In 1255, when the Duchy of Bavaria was split in two, Munich became the ducal residence of Upper Bavaria. In the late 15th century Munich underwent a revival of gothic arts: the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) was enlarged, and Munich's largest gothic church, the Frauenkirche cathedral, was constructed in only 20 years, starting in 1468.
When Bavaria was reunited in 1506, Munich became its capital. The arts and politics became increasingly influenced by the court, and Munich became a center of the German counter reformation as well as of renaissance arts. The Catholic League was founded in Munich in 1609. During the Thirty Years' War, Munich became an electoral residence. In 1632 the city was occupied by Swedish King Gustav II Adolph. When the bubonic plague broke out in 1634 and 1635 about a third of the population died.
Under the regency of the Bavarian electors, Munich was an important center of baroque life. In 1806 the city became the capital of the newly established Kingdom of Bavaria, with the state's parliament and the new Archdiocese of Munich and Freising located in the city. Twenty years later, Landshut University was relocated to Munich. Many of the city's finest buildings belong to this period and were built under the first three Bavarian kings during the first half of the 19th century. These years were marked by tremendous artistic and cultural activity in Munich.
After World War I the city was at the center of political unrest. In November 1918 on the eve of revolution, the royal family fled the city. After the murder of the first republican premier of Bavaria in February 1919, the Bavarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed, but it was put down on 3 May 1919 by conservative troops. While the republican government had been restored, Munich subsequently became a hotbed of extremist politics, among which Adolf Hitler and National Socialism rose to prominence. In 1923 Hitler and his supporters, who were then concentrated in Munich, staged the Beer Hall Putsch, an attempt to overthrow the Weimar Republic and seize power. The revolt failed, resulting in Hitler's arrest and the temporary crippling of the Nazi Party, which was virtually unknown inside and outside Munich by then.
The city once again became a Nazi stronghold when the National Socialists took power in Germany in 1933. The National Socialist Workers Party created the first concentration camp at Dachau, 15 km (10 mi) north-west of the city. Because of its importance to the rise of National Socialism, Munich was referred to as the "Capital of the Movement" ("Hauptstadt der Bewegung"). Munich was also the base of the White Rose (Weiße Rose), a student resistance movement from June 1942 to February 1943. However, the core members—including Hans and Sophie Scholl—were arrested and executed following a distribution of leaflets at the University of Munich. The city was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II, with 90% of the historic city center and 50% overall destroyed.
After the US occupation in 1945, Munich was completely rebuilt following a meticulous plan that preserved its pre-war street grid. In 1957 Munich's population passed the one million mark. Munich was the site of the 1972 Olympic Summer Games, during which Israeli athletes were assassinated by Palestinian terrorists in the Munich massacre.
Munich has a continental climate, strongly modified by the city's altitude and proximity to the northern edge of the Alps; this means that precipitation is high, and rainstorms can come violently and unexpectedly.
Winters last from December to March. Munich experiences cold winters, but heavy rainfall or snowfall is rarely seen in the winter. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of −2.2 °C (28.0 °F). Snow cover is seen for at least a couple of weeks during winter. Summers in Munich are warm and pleasant, with an average maximum of 23.8 °C (73.8 °F) in the hottest months. Summers last from May until September.
An oddity of Munich is the föhn wind, a warm and dry down-slope wind from the Alps, which can raise temperatures sharply within a few hours, even in winter, and increases the range of sight to more than 100 km (60 mi). These winds are sometimes associated with illnesses ranging from migraines to psychosis. The first clinical review of these effects was published by the Austrian physician Anton Czermak in the 19th century. Residents of Munich sometimes use the Föhn as an excuse for having a bad mood, which should not be taken too seriously.
- Oktoberfest (U-Bahn U4 or U5: Theresienwiese Station). — The highlight and one of Munich's "must see's" during the last weeks of September and early October is the infamous annual Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival. The first Oktoberfest took place on the 12 Oct 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. All citizens of Munich were invited to a meadow (Wiesn) situated in front of the city tower, subsequently renamed Theresienwiese in honor of the bride. In the early years of the fair, horse races were held, then as the event grew, included agricultural conventions, which still take place every fourth year. In 1896, businessmen working with the breweries in Munich built the first giant beer tents at Oktoberfest, and drinking beer has been the primary focus ever since. Each of the major breweries presides over its own large tent filled with traditional musicians leading the crowd in well-known drinking chants, incredibly strong barmaids hoisting ten or more huge Maß (Pronounced 'Mass', these are one litre glass beer mugs that are heavy even when empty!), and a spate of drunken people all trying to get into the bathroom at once. In 2012, Oktoberfest hosted 6.4 million visitors who drank 6.9 million liters of beer and ate the equivalent of roughly 90 oxen, 400,000 sausages and 600,000 chickens.
- Climb St. Paul's bell tower, St.-Pauls-Platz 10 (U-Bahn U4, U5: Theresienwiese), ☎ +49 89 531547. Only during Oktoberfest: M-F 14:00-21:00, Sa-Su 12:15-21:00; no admission during services). During Oktoberfest you can access the bell tower of St. Paul's church directly north of Theresienwiese. It is kind of an insider tip, that the 97 m (318 ft) tower of St. Paul's can be climed for one of Munich's most spectacular views. It is a gathering point for professional as well as hobby photographers, due to the postcard panorama. The tower even had its 15 minutes of fame, when in 1960 an American military plane streaked it during take-off and subsequently went down to hit a streetcar. 52 people died in the accident - 20 passengers on the plane and 32 on the ground.
- German Theater Munich (Deutsches Theater München), Schwanthalerstraße 13 (south of Munich Central Station), ☎ +49 89 55234444. Closed and relocated to northern Munich until Apr 2013. The German Theater Munich is Germany's largest theater for guest performances. The theater focuses on music hall besides productions of theater, ballet, operettas, and musicals. It was opened in 1896 and underwent several renovations since then.
- Kulturstrand, 2013: Corneliusbrücke (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7 & Tram 17: Fraunhoferstraße). Mid May-Mid August 12:00-23:00. Kulturstrand ("Cultural Beach") is a festival of live performances in a relaxed beach atmosphere, created thanks to tonnes of sand and canvas chairs, which are brought to a place in the middle of the city every year. The beach bar offers tasty and famous local beers. The festival changes its location every year. While it was at the Father Rhine Foutain north of Deutsches Museum in 2012, it moved to Corneliusbrücke to the south of the museum in 2013.
- Pink Christmas, Stephansplatz (U-Bahn U1, U2, U3, U6, U7: Sendlinger Tor). End of November until Christmas Eve: daily 16:00-21:00. A small and cozy Christmas fair organized by Munich's gay and lesbian community. The name is taken very literal - nearly everything is of pink color. There is a daily show act at 19:00.
- Relax at Gärtnerplatz, Gärtnerplatz (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße). The circular Gärtnerplatz square is one of Munich's most impressive architectural masterpieces. During warm summer evenings hundreds of people gather in the middle of the square itself or in one of the surrounding cafés to enjoy a few local brews and life in general. There is a supermarket right at the square in case you forgot to bring along drinks - but keep in mind that supermarkets are closed after 20:00 and on Sundays or public holidays.
- State Theater at Gärtnerplatz (Gärtnerplatztheater), Gärtnerplatz 3 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 202411. Closed until 2015 due to major construction works. The Gärtnerplatztheater is one of only three Bavarian state theaters and Munich's second opera house. It focuses mainly on opera, with occasional productions of operettas, musicals, and ballets. The opera house itself opened 1865 and was built in classicistic style.
- Deutsches Theater. Musicals and theme shows
- Bergwolf (German), Fraunhoferstraße 17 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 23259858. M-Th 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-02:00, F 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-04:00, Sa 12:00-04:00, Su 17:00-22:00. Typical German fast-food joint. At this place you can get sausages, fries, beer, and rock music nearly all night long. Some say their Currywurst is the best in Germany, even better than those you get in Berlin. €3-€7.
- Faun (German), Hans-Sachs-Straße 17 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 263798. M-F 10:00-01:00, Sa-Su 09:00-01:00. Wonderful art nouveau ceiling from 1906. Bavarian and international cuisine at affordable prices.
- Gasthaus Fraunhofer (German), Fraunhoferstraße 9 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 266460. Daily 16:30-01:00. One of the most traditional restaurants in Munich. Splendid location; they also have a pocket theatre and studio cinema in the backyard. Bavarian brunch with live music on Sundays. Located on Fraunhoferstr, close to the metro station with the same name. This was Munich film director's Rainer Werner Fassbinder favorite restaurant.
- Haguruma (Japanese), Baaderstraße 62 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 2016911. M-Sa 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:30. An authentic Japanese restaurant with equally authentic food. €4.60-€12.
- Italfisch (Italian), Zenettistraße 25 (U-Bahn U3, U6: Poccistraße), ☎ +49 89 776849. M-F 11:30-14:30 & 18:30-01:00, Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. This restaurant is all about Italian fish dishes - hence the name. The menue is straightforward with not a too big assortment, but the food is really good. The restaurant normally isn't too crowded. Business lunch €16.50.
- Pascha Bistro, Goethestraße 7a (About half a block south of the Haupbahnhof), ☎ +49 89 54508663. Daily, 8:00-22:00. This Turkish eatery is more than a döner place. Stuffed eggplant and zucchini are among the worthwhile dishes, though their döner is also good. They have inexpensive lunch specials and are open early and late. Service is friendly.
- Roecklplatz (German), Isartalstr. 26 (U-Bahn U3, U6: Poccistraße), ☎ +49 89 45217129. M-Sa 17:30-01:00. Traditional food with a modern flair. Their beergarden is popular with locals and so far only few tourists have found that place. €4.80-22.80.
- Schnelle Liebe (American & Organic), Thalkirchner Straße 12 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U3, U6, U7: Sendlinger Tor), ☎ +49 89 21578752. Daily from 17:30. A very popular burger joint direcly south of Sendlinger Tor. Tasty and huge burgers fill up the small restaurant pretty quickly nearly every night. It is definitely not the location for a quiet dinner, but a place to start your night in town with a few beers and a burger. The restaurant only serves organic food. €6.80-€9.80.
- Sushi+Soul (Japanese), Klenzestraße 71 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U7: Fraunhoferstraße), ☎ +49 89 2010992. Daily from 18:00. A good Japanese restaurant with a very modern atmosphere and really good, freshly prepared sushi and sashimi. Though it is rather pricy, they offer a number of good deals to save money: bento menue 50% off 18:00-19:30, sushi 50% off M&Su from 22:00, all coctails 50% off 18:00-20:00, Japanese cocktails 50% off from 23:00. They also have a large assortment of cokctails and Japanese whiskeys. €9-€45.
- 8 Seasons, Sonnenstraße 26 (U-Bahn U1, U2, U3, U6, U7: Sendlinger Tor), ☎ +49 176 23232323. F-Sa 22:00-06:00, Tu 18:00-03:00. Opened on the 1st of April 2004 it should be closed now (more than 8 seasons later), but it still is open. Exclusive club with the usual party crowd.
- Café am Hochhaus, Blumenstraße 29 (Tram 16, 17, 18: Müllerstraße), ☎ +49 89 89058152. Daily from 20:00. The bar with a long glass front going out to Müllerstraße and a huge painting covering all other walls is a perfect first stop to warm-up for a long night in Glockenbachviertel. The place has different DJs every day from one of Munich's popular clubs and some days every month with open decks, so the music is always good but the style is somewhat unpredictable. Every sunday is Queer Sunday. Beer (0.5L) €3.50.
- Niederlassung, Buttermelcherstraße 6 (Tram 16, 18: Reichenbachstraße), ☎ +49 89 32600307. Tu-Th 19:00-01:00, F-Sa 19:00-03:00, Su 19:00-00:00, Closed Mondays. A cozy bar, which can get pretty crowded from Thursday to Saturday. The bar focuses on Gin (78 varieties) and features an different special beer every month (in addition to their normal selection of beers). Every Sunday evening there is a public broadcast of the recent episode of the most German of crime television series, Tatort. Beer (0.5L) €3.10, Cokctails €7.50.
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