What’s Doing in Munich

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The BMW Welt at night

The BMW Welt at night

German car fans must make a pilgrimage to the BMW Welt, the Bavarian automaker’s vehicle delivery and brand experience center.  Over one hundred people each day take delivery of a brand new BMW automobile while visitors to the BMW Welt watch.  This includes visitors from the U.S. who participate in the automaker’s European Delivery program.  The Welt also includes exhibits on the latest BMWs, Minis, and Rolls-Royces and the new and innovative technology that powers them.

The BMW Welt is also the starting point for factory tours and the BMW Museum, which tells the automaker’s history, is located next door.

At the southern edge of the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest park, lies the Haus der Kunst München, literally a “house of art.” The exhibits of contemporary art rotate rather frequently, so check to see what’s on display when you’re in town.

The Maximilianstraße

The Maximilianstraße

Four royal avenues link Munich to its suburbs, providing direct auto access to the city’s central locations.  The Briennerstraße, which started construction in 1812, runs from east to west, beginning close to the Residenz at Odeonsplatz.  The Ludwigstraße, which also begins at Odeonsplatz, was named after Ludwig I of Bavaria.  The grand, kingly avenue runs from south to north.

The Maximilianstraße runs west to east starting at Max-Joseph-Platz.  Close to the city, this royal avenue is full of luxury shopping opportunities. Parallel to Maximilianstraße, the Prinzregentenstraße is home to many museums as well as the apartment where Adolf Hitler used to live.

Still within the city borders, Schloß Nymphenburg, a country castle built starting in the mid-1660s, is a must.  The Schloß and its extensive grounds are very popular with visitors who spend the day enjoying a large (490-acre or 200-hectare) park filled with gardens, fountains, a canal, and two large lakes.  Even on a nice day, don’t overlook visiting the Großer Saal (great hall) and the Amalienburg, a magnificent hunting pavilion built for the Electress Amalia.

Schloß Nymphenburg

Schloß Nymphenburg

SPORTS

The Allianz arena is the home stadium of Munich’s football (soccer) sports club, FC Bayern München.  Founded in 1900, the team immediately stood out as a local champion, scoring landslide victories against neighboring cities’ teams and making it to the semifinals of the 1900-01 South German Championship.

In 1910–11, FC Bayern joined Kreisliga, the first regional Bavarian league, and won the title in their first year.  The team then won its first South German Championship in 1926, and again in 1928.  Today it is Germany’s most successful football club, with a record 23 national titles and 16 national cups.

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