Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum – great fun not only for the youngest

Deutsches Museum in Munich is a perfect destination not only for kids and school classes. Adults too will find a lot of interesting things to discover in this museum on rainy days. After all, it is the world’s biggest museum of technology and natural sciences, and has 1.5 million visitors per year. The exhibits on show come from all segments of natural science and technology visualized for better understanding. Maths, physics, chemistry, astronomy, aviation and aerospace – everyone will find an area of interest in this museum. For all this specialties, there are rooms where visitors can enhance their knowledge through the provided explanations or by their own activities. Natural Science and technology are presented as a development process that can be traced back in this museum from the origins to this very day. From time to time, Deutsches Museum offers interesting projects, for instance the presentation of the Faraday cage. Other events and a cinema are accommodated in this complex on the museum island in Munich.

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From deepest depths to highest heights

The mining pit is a very popular department of this museum. It is built true to nature. The guided mining track is 900m long and shows visitors the old and new technologies and processes used in mining. Deutsches Museum also presents aircrafts. Since 1992, there is a separate branch for aviation in Schleißheim near Munich. The rooms of the museum even have a modern DNA laboratory. The musical instruments department is another highlight of the museum. Deutsches Museum has only one drawback for visitors – it’s too big to see it all in one day.

Theatre

Raise the curtain: the theatre world of Munich has a lot to offer for all spectators

The capital of the German region of Bavaria offers a unique variety for visitors hungry for culture. From grand opera through musical to many stand up and vaudeville states, the Munich program can compare with the great metropolises of the world. Guests from all over the world come to the Munich opera festival to hear the famous singers and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. We recommend booking tickets long in advance. Munich offers much more to offer to theatre lovers: the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and the Prinzregententheater are not only interesting buildings, they always have very varied programs. Those who love classical and modern stage productions should visit the different theatres belong to the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel. There is the Residenz Theater next to the Staatsoper at Max-Joseph-Platz, the Marstall and the Cuvilliés Theater. The Kammerspiele with their wonderful program are another cultural highlight of Munich.

Contemporary theatre and musicals

The Münchner Volkstheater is an insider tip. Next to classical plays it also presents modern works and playwrights. Musicals are a specialty of the Deutsches Theater while the Münchner Lustspielhaus represents the colourful stand-up cabaret scene. All programs are available free of charge in the Internet. Under muenchen.de/tourismus visitors can find information on the current program and the highlights of every month. If you want to spend a night in the theatre spontaneously without having tickets, you should go to the homepage of muenchenticket.de and use the ticket hotline. Most theatres and the Staatsoper also have their own box offices.

Music

Munich – the city of music

All visitors who love to listen to classical music can choose from a wide selection of excellent orchestras in Munich. The Münchner Philharmoniker are an internationally renowned orchestra frequently on tour in other countries and cities. The Münchner Philharmoniker were founded in 1893 and have been conducted by famous directors such as Sergiu Celibidache or James Levine. The excellent orchestra has its own stage in the Philharmonie at Gasteig. The orchestra is in great demand, therefore we recommended booking tickets for a live concert well in advance. The Münchner Rundfunk Orchester of the Bayerischer Rundfunks is another good recommendation for lovers of classical music. The great repertoire of this orchestra ranges from operetta to sacral music. Then there are many other orchestras, for instance the Münchner Kammerorchester, the Münchner Symphoniker and the Jugend Symphonie Orchester. A visit to the Staatsoper is always a very special event. The concert halls of Munich are famous all over the world, for instance the Herkulessaal in the Residenz to mention just one.

Pop concerts in Munich

Just like all big cities, Munich offers not only e-music, but also great pop concerts with international stars. These concerts take place in the Olympiahalle in the Olympiapark. More information about current events can be found under muenchenticket.de. We recommend ticket reservation well in advance. Of course there are also many smaller stages for rock and jazz concerts at different locations. Jazzclub Unterfahrt in Munich offers special concert nights with musicians from all over the world as well as daily live jazz concerts. If visiting Munich, going to one of the many events is always worthwhile. On this occasion you can also visit the old city center and its attractions.

Pinakotheken

„Munich alight“: the arts museums Pinakotheken and their treasuries

Munich is very popular not only for its annual Oktoberfest or „Wiesn“, but also for its artistic vein. Munich is called the „city of arts“, and this title is highly justified. In 1885, the arts school „Kunstakademie“ was opened in Munich. In its wake, Schwabing and the adjacent district Maxvorstadt have turned into a quarter full of artists. A lot of famous persons have been known to frequent the many “artists’ pubs”, among them were the artists of the painters association „Blauer Reiter“. Today, some of the characteristic artistic buildings still remind us of days gone by, for instance the house at Ainmillerstraße 22. Until 1999, Leopoldstraße had been known for the small artistic marketplace on the walkways, unfortunately this has been finally dissolved since. Now the Königsplatz in the south of Maxvorstadt with its arts collections and the surrounding museums forms the center of the cultural life of the city. It belongs to the buildings along Brienner Straße, the first of the splendid avenues of Munich, and it was built in the style of European classicism. Ludwig I. had the intention of representing the relationship between Bavaria and Greece. Today it is rather a reminder of Ludwig’s “Greek adventure“.

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Königsplatz accommodates the national collection of antiques, the Glyptothek and the Propyläen. Other museums are nearby, for instance the Städtische Galerie in Lehnbachhaus, the national graphics collection and the paleontological museum of Munich. The arts museums Pinakotheken are also in walking distance. Since 2002, there are two of them. The „Alte Pinakothek“was supplemented by the „Pinakothek der Moderne“. In their unique style, they cover different areas and periods of art.
Museum Brandhorst, which was opened in 2009, was integrated into the arts area of Munich right away. It too is located in Maxvorstadt and possesses 700 proud pieces of art. The late spouses Brandhorst had focussed on art works that influenced art decisively after World War II.

In regular intervals, Munich offers „the long night of museums“. This is a joint action of several cultural institutions and museums. They are open until late at night and attract visitors with a flat rate granting access to all participating houses. Use of public transport is already included in the ticket! Kings Hotels are in walking distance from the Museumsviertel – another bonus!