THE CITY THAT LOVES ITS PEOPLE: MUNICH

Make your picnic basket ready and rent a bicycle. As you pedal towards the banks of the Isar River, do not hesitate even for a moment. Bicycle trails are reserved just for you; boulevards are wide; roads are safe. Soon enough, you will forget momentarily that you are in Munich as you become enveloped by the vast greenery of the British Gardens.

Munich is such city. Everything is for humans and all roads go to civilization. Never losing its popularity no matter how the weather is, Munich, the third largest city of Germany and among the largest city parks of the world, where the British Gardens take place can be amazing.

Surfing artificial waves
There is more to this bedazzling green zone in the middle of the city like the surfers who race with artificial waves on the Eisbach canal at the park! A sports branch called “river surfing”, illegal at first but legalized in the recent years, was born in the 1970s on the constant waves that were being formed due to the increasing flow rate at this section of the river. As you witness this sport performed, causing an adrenaline rush, you deliver the necessity of being an advanced surfer in order to do it. If your picnic supplies are not ready, stop by the Viktualienmarkt, among the oldest marketplaces of the city, dated 1807. If you are among those who enjoy learning about different products while walking around, you are at the right place. You will be enjoying the variety of cheeses, jams, and deli products more than fruits and vegetables. The marketplace is also the home of restaurants, flower shops, bakeries, souvenir shops, and tableware stands. It is not hard to guess that the restaurant tables will be crowded on the advancing hours of the day.

Modern and bold architecture
“Muhich loves you” is the slogan of the city. This is a city planned for the living. It is on the top rows of the “Best place to live in the world” list. Yet, the most dramatic events in history had taken place here. The city had been bombarded heavily in the Second World War. It was rebuilt faithfully later. It was able to maintain its medieval ambiance to some extent with its old churches. In the first half of the 19th century, the historical appearance of the city has changed with current of modernization. One of the significant traits of the city is that the cutting edge and bold architectural projects of the country were able to find basis of creation here.

Built in the 1970s and resembling four-cylinders, BMW World, BMW Museum, Brandhorst Museum, Fünf Höfe with its offices and shopping center, Münchener Freiheit Metro Station, and Allianz Arena, which was the host of 2006 FIFA World Cup, are among the most striking ones.

The city that loves its people
Located on the banks of the River Isar in the foothills of the Alps, Munich proves that it is a city created for mankind. It is rich in social and cultural terms. It is also known as the ”richest village in the world”. However, its wealth is not measured by skyscrapers or shopping centers. It is a utopic city with its parks, gardens, forests, single or duplex houses, medieval streets, wide boulevards. Munich is the city with the most museums and art galleries in Germany. The largest university in the country, Ludwig Maximilian, BMW and Siemens, and Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the media giants, are located here.

Boulevards and squares
You will feel the best of Bavaria’s capital on foot. Enter the city via Sendlinger Tor, one of the three gates from the Middle Ages and used by merchants coming from Italy. Asamkirche (Asam Church-1733-1746) takes place on Sendlinger Street, where the 19th-century stone structures are located mostly. The building, which was built by Asam Brothers as a private church, resembles more of a palace. The Munich City Museum that used to be an arsenal in the 16th-century and the cubic-shaped New Synagogue are located in the beautiful square St. Jakobs Platz. Schrannenhalle, which was built as a marketplace in the 1850s, is the favorite of gourmets today. For a more traditional shopping, stop by the marketplace Viktualienmarkt. One of the oldest churches in the city is Peterskirche. It was redesigned in the Renaissance style in the 17th century, although it is from the 12th century. At the top of the tower, which can be climbed by over 300 steps, you will be welcomed by the view of Munich. The heart of the city, Marienplatz, is just below. The square, which is named after the patroness of Munich, Mary, whose statue takes place in its center, is at the intersection of all the major roads in the old city. The building that dominates the square is the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) from the second half of the 19th century. The musical puppet show glockenspiel takes place here.

A walk through the palace gardens
Here is one of the most striking rules enforced to protect Munich’s skyline: No building can be built in the center taller than Frauenkirche’s towers, the largest church of Munich with a capacity of 20 thousand people. The construction of the cathedral was completed in the second half of the 15th century in 20 years. No matter what the city’s planning rules are; they are apparently made for the comfort of people and to appeal the city to their eyes. Go to elegant Theatinerstrasse, where boutiques and cafes take place, through the luxurious shopping mall Fünf Höfe and then go to Max Joseph Platz from there.

A commemorative monument of King Maximillian Joseph is located in the middle of the square. Neo-classic building with a triangular pediment, National Theater, and the official residency of the Bavarian dukes since the 14th century, Munich Residenz, a museum today, are here. You will get enough of green in Munich. Hofgarten will have its share in it for sure. The park that used to be the gardens of the palace, located next to the Residenz, had been built by Maximillian the First in 1615. The park with fountains and built in renaissance style is surrounded with buildings connected to the palace. The Diana Temple is right in its center.

City of museums
Munich is almost an art temple. There are over forty museums located in the city. Moreover, these museums are striking with their architectures as well as their collections. Particularly Pinakothek der Moderne and Brandhorst buildings are striking. The museums, where 3500 year old art collections are exhibited, are located in the Kunstareal region. Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek are among the most significant 19th century art museums of the world. Another museum, which exhibits Greek and Roman sculptures, is Glyptothek, active since 1816. In addition, include Haus der Kunst, from the Nazi period, and Bayerische National Museum, dated 1855, to your list.

The squares in the middle of life
Appearing as a classy and elegant city is not hard for Munich. It can be elite at some places with its architecture, squares, boulevards, cafes, and restaurants. If you are wondering about that side of the city, you should take a walk around the Maximilliansplatz, which is the most luxurious and elite shopping address in the city. Among the monumental fountains of the city, Wittelsbacher Brunnen, built at the end of the 19th century, is located here. If you are on the look for a younger and stylish district full of art, Glockenbachviertel is frequented by the artists, designers, and the architects of the city. Among the large squares of the city, Karlsplatz, where Justizpalast is located, gives the feeling of a square its due. As many other squares in Munich, this place is also lively with people who meet and socialize.

ACTIVITY
Take a guided “Ghost Tour” to walk around the medieval buildings holding night lamps in your hand.

DO NOT MISS
The musical puppet show glockenspiel of the Town Hall in Marienplatz is worth seeing.