Allianz Arena

The home of FC Bayern: the Allianz Arena

This soccer stadium, built in the north of Munich at Fröttmaninger Heide, amazes all its visitors with its unequalled architecture. Since 2005, the Arena has been the setting for the home matches of FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München. The stadium became known to people all over the world as the location for some of the matches of the world soccer championship 2006. After FC Bayern München acquired the shares from TSV 1860 it is now the sole owner. The stadium offers approx. 69,900 seats and standing places, including 106 boxes with 1,374 seats. All places are covered with a roof and sheltered from rain. Within the stadium there are a lot of catering stations. The stadium also accommodates the FC Bayern Fanshop and the TSV 1860 Fanshop. Plus one of the biggest parking decks in Europe with room for 9,800 parking lots!

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The unique form of the stadium led to the nicknames “rubber boat arena” or “hovercraft arena”. The façade is made from 2760 ETFE-foil cushions which are continuously inflated with dried air. Each cushion has its own illumination that can change from red to blue or white. When FC Bayern has a home match, the Arena is illuminated all in red, for the home matches of TSV 1860 all lights are blue, and for neutral matches the colour is white. If for instance the German national team is playing, the stadium will be illuminated all in white. The power costs for illumination during a match are only approx .50 Euros/h, but the illumination power is so strong the Arena can be seen from Austrian mountain tops on a clear night. The stadium is perfectly connected to public transport, this makes it easy to reach for all matches.

BMW Welt

Tradition of engines and Bavarian technology: the BMW Welt

If you hear BMW you’ll think of Bayerische Motoren Werke and the top-notch cars they produce. However, BMW Welt is much more than just a car exhibition. In direct vicinity to the BMW four-cylinder and the adjacent museum which focuses on vehicles, this new high-tech building was established in 2007. It is not only the location for delivery and pick-up of ordered cars, it also hosts big events, exhibitions, museums and many venues all year round. Reception of a new car shall be remembered as a very pleasant experience. There are many catering stations ranging from a coffee bar to international restaurants – whatever you like.

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In the past, BMW Welt has presented a top variety of regional and international artists performing their skills. The future program will also list a large repertoire of stand-up performances, theatre plays, concerts and ballet production. In the „Design Atelier“ of BMW Welt you can feel and experience the philosophy of the technology and design of BMW with all senses.
The architecture of the modern building shall inspire future artists. Therefore BMW Welt provides rooms for young arts school classes where they can present their works to the public. If notwithstanding all these offers and variety, the car and its technology is still your key interest, you should go on one of the guided tours through BMW Welt. You can look behind the scenes of a successful company at work.

Olympiapark

An architectonic monument: the Olympiapark

The Munich Olympiapark is not only a famous venue for athletic competitions; it is also a historic monument. The park was built for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. Ever since the Olympiastadion has enchanted millions of visitors a year with its outstanding architecture, and in particular with the stretched-out, glass tent roof created by the architects Behnisch & Partner and Frei Otto. The site of the Olympiapark also accommodates a TV-tower of 190m height. Its top can be reached very fast by high-speed lift. At the top of the tower, the rotating restaurant „Drehrestaurant 181“ offers culinary delights from star-awarded chef Otto Koch. The ice-skating rink is another architectonic monument. Not only the top ice skaters may skate there, ice skating fans of all levels are welcome. It offers ice skating pleasure almost all year round.

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Next to it there is the Olympiadorf. This Olympic village was also built for the Olympic Games of 1972 to accommodate the athletes for the event. Later the games were overcast by the assault on participants of the Olympic Games. Members of the Israeli team were taken as hostages by a Palestinian terror group, and they were all killed. This sad event will always be a piece of history of the Olympic village. Still the Olympiapark attracts a lot of people in good weather for a wonderful, pastoral day at the mountainside of Olympiaberg and the lake Olympiasee. Every summer, there are a lot of open air events, for instance the Tollwood, or concert night. The Olympiapark perfectly combines history with a large variety of magnificent attractions.

Schloss Nymphenburg

A tour to the castle of Schloss Nymphenburg is worthwhile in nice weather

Schloss Nymphenburg in the west of Munich was established in 1664 by the elector Ferdinand Maria as a gift to his wife for the birth of the heir to the throne. Land to build on was found in a region known today as the city district of Nymphenburg-Neuhausen. The castle is surrounded by a wide and beautiful park, initially designed according to Italian horticultural architecture. Later, the landscape was converted into a real English park. The park is characterized by the canals running through it. There were created artificially after the model of Versailles. Today they are a welcome supplement to the gorgeous landscape scenery of the park. Many water plays like the “Great Basin” and the “Flora fountain” complete the Mediterranean flair. Indoors, the castle has wonderful halls, for instance the Hubertussaal, the Orangerie or Johannissaal, as well as the geranium house or the iron house. All these can be used for venues, concerts, exhibitions, or even as a marriage registry office. The castle also hosts the permanent exhibition „Museum Mensch und Natur/Museum – man and nature“. Its fantastic presentation amazes all visitors. In a thrilling manner it instructs about the history of earth and life, the existing organisms, and the role of man as a designer of nature. Having visited the exhibitions in the painting gallery, the natural-science museum, and the wonderful park area, tourists find welcome refreshments in the Schlosscafé Palmenhaus. Situated in the pastoral park it provides a wonderful view of the castle scenery as well as excellent catering.

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Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche, the Munich monument

Just like any other medieval city, Munich has several monuments. Still the Frauenkirche with its two onion-dome spires surely is the most popular one. Probably you will know that the coat of arms of the city of Munich depicts a monk referring to the origins of Munich build on a cloister settlement. Therefore it is only natural for the Frauenkirche to dominate the city silhouette with its high twin spires. The city administration has decided not to permit higher buildings in the vicinity of the cathedral to warrant this monument will remain visible from afar. Of course, the late Gothic brick building didn’t always have this form. The present forms with its twin cupolas dates back to the 15th century. The interior design of the cathedral was altered several times throughout the 19th century. Today, after having been destroyed by air raids in World War II, it was restored to its simpler form. The last renovation of the interior design took place in 1994. If you want to visit this church be sure to take some time to visit the splendidly furnished chapels. The dukes of Wittelsbach are buried in the crypt.

Sacral Munich

Besides the Frauenkirche, the old city center of Munich has some other churches worth visiting. One of them is St. Peter from the 13th century, lovingly called „Old Peter“. This church is another monument of the city, and the oldest parochial church of the city on record. The low hill called Petersberg had accommodated a small church since the early Middle Age. This church was replaced later by a new, more splendid church. It had been totally destroyed in the war, but has been restored and reconstructed since. The churches Theatiner Kirche or St. Kajetan built in the style of Italian baroque also are worth seeing. Asamkirche on Sendlinger Strasse is a good example of the Rococo style and another gem of sacral art.