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The Art and Culture of Munich

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An October 2006 trip to Munich by LenR

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The Art and Culture of Munich

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Brilliant galleries Photo, Munich, Germany
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Munich is more about art and culture than about anything else. The city has become recognized internationally for its fine galleries, great orchestras and cultured atmosphere. It was Munich's name as an art town, a sort of Athens on the Isar, that drew the young Adolph Hitler there in 1913. Over twenty years later, in 1935, he drafted a vision of Munich as a modern "city of the Hellenes" - the "capital of German art" and the future "capital of the [Nazi] movement."Germany’s art and culture have been shaped by regional, European and international influences. Regardless of whether it is the medieval painter Albrecht Dürer or German Romanticism artists such as Carl Spitzweg – both were leading fi...Read More

Müllersches Volksbad (Public Baths)

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Attraction | "Muller's Baths"

Müllersches Volksbad (Public Baths) Photo, Munich, Germany
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I had heard of Muller’s Baths before arriving in Munich but then stumbled across them purely by accident. I really pleased that I did. The Müllersches Volksbad, still rightly considered the most splendid swimming pools in Germany, is remarkable for the magnificence of its architecture and the lavishness of its decor. Designed by Karl Hocheder and constructed between 1897 and 1901, the building has something of a Moorish quality, at the same time echoing a Roman thermes. The baths were built through the generosity of Karl Müller, a Munich engineer, who bequeathed to the city five houses with a value of 1.8 million gold marks on condition that the money be used to construct an attractive swimmin...Read More

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Müllersches Volksbad (Public Baths)
Rosenheimer Straße 1 Haidhausen
Munich, Germany 81667
49 89 23613434

Viktualienmarkt

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Attraction | "Viktualien Market"

Viktualienmarkt Photo, Munich, Germany
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This is right at the heart of the city and is a ‘must-see’ for all visitors. This open-air market is a feast for the eyes and palette, and just full of local color.This huge square has been the city’s main marketplace for over two hundred years. There are stalls selling fruit and vegetables brought in daily from suburban orchards and gardens, food stalls and a large beer garden. You can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meat, fowl, ham, salami, sausages, wine, tea, honey, herbs and spices, fresh flowers, dried flowers, and more. It offers exotic ingredients that are not available anywhere else in the area.Although it was originally all open-air, over the years a number of market h...Read More

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Viktualienmarkt
Center of Munich
Munich, Germany 80331

Glyptothek

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Attraction | "Glyptothek (The sculpture museum)"

Glyptothek Photo, Munich, Germany
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I have been interested in sculpture since visiting the Kroller-Muller Museum and Sculpture Gardens in the Netherlands many years ago and being blown away by some wonderful works, including those by Henry Moore, sitting in the middle of a national park. Having since seen some of the best works by Michelangelo and other geniuses, I marvel at how these masterpieces can be created. It was thus with some anticipation that I visited the Glyptothek. This is one of Munich's foremost museums, housing a large collection of sculptures. The landmark building is part of the oldest museum in the city and is fashioned after a Greek temple.This wonderful building was the work of Leo von Klenze...Read More

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Glyptothek
Königsplatz 3
Munich, Germany 80333
+49 89 286100

Alte Pinakothek

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Alte Pinakothek Photo, Munich, Germany
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This is one of the world’s most famous art galleries. It was designed by Leo von Klenze and was built in 1826-36 in the Italian-Renaissance style. This gallery, and its adjacent sisters, makes Munich one of the greatest cultural cities in Europe.In the sixteenth century, Bavaria's rulers began acquiring works of art for their personal enjoyment. These were placed in several palaces and galleries throughout Bavaria. In 1836, many of the works were moved to the Alte Pinakothek and opened to the public.The museum houses an expanded collection of several thousand European paintings from the 13th to 18th century. Its collection of Early Italian, Old German, Old Dutch and Flemish paintings i...Read More

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Alte Pinakothek
Barer Straße 27
Munich, Germany 80333
+49 89 23805159

Pinakothek der Moderne

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Pinakothek der Moderne Photo, Munich, Germany
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This striking glass and concrete complex only opened in 2002 but it has already established its place on the cultural landscape. The rectilinear facade, dominated by white and grey concrete, is interrupted by large windows and high rising columns, the latter supporting the extensive canopied roof. The museum holds four outstanding art and architectural collections, including modern art, industrial and graphic design, graphic art, and the Technical University’s architectural museum.This is Germany’s largest display of fine and applied arts as, for the first time, four major collections came together under one roof. This is Munich's version of the Tate Gallery in London or the Pompidou in Paris....Read More

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Pinakothek der Moderne
Museum Brandhorst
Munich, Germany 80799
+49 89 23805 253

Nationaltheater München-National Theater Munich

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Hotel | "National Theatre"

Nationaltheater München-National Theater Munich Photo, Munich, Germany
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This is home to the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Bavarian State Opera Company. It is one of the most used theatres in the city and in impressive classic style.The first theatre, commissioned by King Maximilian 1st of Bavaria and designed by Karl von Fischer, which opened in 1818 with "Die Weihe" by Ferdinand Fränzl, was destroyed by fire in 1823. This second theatre, designed by Leo von Klenze, was reconstructed and re-opened in 1825, incorporating neo-Greek features as seen in its portico and triangular pediment.During the mid-19th century, it was to see the premieres of a significant number of operas, including many by German composers. These included Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde...Read More

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Nationaltheater München-National Theater Munich
Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, Germany
089 2185-01