FOUR HOURS IN… MU­NICH

There’s more than beer gar­dens in this Bavar­ian city

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS - WORDS BECKY AM­BURY

Len­bach­haus

Start your tour at Len­bach­haus, an art gallery north­west of the cen­tre. Orig­i­nally built as a Floren­tinestyle villa for painter Franz von Len­bach, it was ac­quired by the city in 1924 and opened as a mu­seum in 1929. A gleam­ing mod­ern wing has been added to the ochre villa, en­cap­su­lat­ing a more wide­spread trend in Mu­nich: the jux­ta­po­si­tion of old and new – a con­se­quence of dam­age dur­ing World War II. Do take the time to view the art­works in­side if you can. The main fo­cus is artists as­so­ci­ated with Mu­nich – the Blue Rider per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing works by Franz Marc, Wass­ily Kandin­sky and Alexej von Jawlen­sky, is a real trea­sure. Should you be peck­ish, the gallery’s Café Ella serves ex­cel­lent Ital­ian meals in a lovely light set­ting. len­bach­haus.de

Pi­nakotheken

Walk to­wards Konigsplatz to con­tinue to the im­pres­sive cul­tural hub that is the Pi­nakotheken area, a clus­ter of sev­eral dif­fer­ent mu­se­ums hous­ing the Bavar­ian State Paint­ing Col­lec­tions. Be sure to pop into the Pi­nakothek der Mod­erne, a vast, strik­ing con­tem­po­rary build­ing where you’ll find four gal­leries: mod­ern art, ar­chi­tec­ture, works on paper, and de­sign (it houses the largest col­lec­tion of in­dus­trial de­sign in the world). Ex­hi­bi­tions change reg­u­larly, with an ex­plo­ration of “Ar­chi­tec­ture un­der King Lud­wig” cur­rently run­ning un­til Jan­uary 13, 2019. An­other high­light is the Alte Pi­nakothek – one of the old­est art gal­leries in the world, dat­ing back to 1836 – which has a daz­zling col­lec­tion of works by Old Mas­ters such as Durer, Rubens and Monet. pi­nakothek.de

Englis­cher Garten

If the sun is shin­ing, whether it’s win­ter or sum­mer, con­tinue east to the Englis­cher Garten – one of the world’s largest ur­ban parks. Run­ners, cy­clists and walk­ers throng the 78km of paths that wind through the green­ery, be­side rivers and lakes. You can en­joy the views from the Monopteros, a cir­cu­lar colon­nade with pil­lars that re­sem­bles a Greek tem­ple. The tur­rets, tow­ers and domes of the city’s older build­ings (many of which were re­con­structed after World War II) peep above the tree­tops and make a par­tic­u­larly mes­meris­ing spec­ta­cle at sun­set. The park also of­fers am­ple op­por­tu­nity for rais­ing a stein of Mu­nich’s most fa­mous prod­uct: beer. Join the crowds in the huge beer gar­den at the Chi­ne­sis­cher Turm, an or­nate folly. chi­naturm.de

Res­i­denz Schatzkam­mer

Just south­west of the park is the city’s old town (alt­stadt), where you’ll come to Res­i­denz Munchen. These strik­ing build­ings were for­merly a palace, once the seat of gov­ern­ment and home to Bavar­ian roy­alty from 1508 to 1918. While you’d be pushed to see all of the royal col­lec­tions – there are ten court­yards and 130 rooms, plus gar­dens – the con­tents of the trea­sury in Res­i­denz Schatzkam­mer are both man­age­able and riv­et­ing, with me­dieval crowns, swords and tiny, exquisitely crafted cu­riosi­ties such as games sets. To get a true taste of Bavar­ian cui­sine, nearby Spaten­haus an der Oper, just op­po­site the Bay­erisches Na­tion­althe­ater, serves tra­di­tional dishes in a pris­tine pe­riod build­ing re­plete with beau­ti­ful fres­coes. res­i­denz-muenchen.de; kuf­fler.de/en/restau­rant/spaten­haus

Vik­tu­alien­markt

Head south to­wards Theatin­er­strasse and con­tinue past the Frauenkirche, a Gothic church with mighty domed tow­ers. You’ll come to Marien­platz, a square in the cen­tre of the alt­stadt. This is the lo­ca­tion of the Neues Rathaus (new town hall), with its splen­did glock­en­spiel; the old town hall, now home to a toy mu­seum, is just east. Make your way south to the Vik­tu­alien­markt. This daily mar­ket sells food, drink, flow­ers and more. Most eye-catch­ing are the butch­ers’ shops with pigs’ heads, trot­ters and white sausage (weis­s­wurst) piled in the win­dows. In sum­mer, re­turn north to­wards ritzy shop­ping street Max­i­m­il­ianstrasse and stop for a sun­downer and 360-de­gree views at China Moon Roof Ter­race at the Man­darin Ori­en­tal. man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/mu­nich

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