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Starting point: Your Munich based hotel 
Endpoint: Your Munich based hotel
Trail conditions: tarred road or pavement 
Route length: 40 km 
Duration: 5 hours 
Contact: Jörg Hildebrandt | +49 173 / 3722480 | 
Catering possibilitySnacks to go 
Toilets: please have the “Euroschlüssel” available
Globetrotter, Isartorplatz 10 
Eataly, Viktualienmarkt 15, UG 

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg palace main entrance with fountain in front
Nymphenburg Palace with fountain

Schloss Nymphenburg with its simple elegance is one of the most beautiful royal castles in Europe.

Impressive is the connection of formal garden and landscape park, which is seen as one of the most important garden art works in Germany.

On the area of about 180 hectares there are several small lakes, fountains, sculptures, statues and half a dozen park palaces.

The Amalienburg, for example, is one of the most precious creations of the European rococo period. In the Badenburg you will marvel at a baroque splendid bath with Italian and Turkish roots and much more.

The castle also accomodates the Marstallmuseum with one of the most important carriage collections in Europe.

Definitely a castle to stay and enjoy … 

Olympic Park

Olympic park with tent roof, Olympic tower and tennis courts - aerial view
Olympic park with tent roof – aerial view

The Olympic Park is one of the most beautiful and elegant works of architecture of the 20th century.

The pavilion roof construction of the Munich Olympic Stadium was an architectural sensation at the time, something completely new!

Stable and light, elated and inviting, protective and attractive in equal measure. A real stroke of genius.

The renowned architect Günter Behnisch had the idea of transforming the sports facilities with lake and adjacent hills into an “Olympic landscape”.

See and marvel for yourself … 

BMW – World

illuminated BMW World in Munich at night
Illuminated BMW World in Munich at night

BMW-Welt is unique in its futuristic architecture – it combines design and function in equal measure.

The imposing building with a 28-meter-high double cone is reminiscent of a hurricane. Each of its steel profiles is manufactured with an individual template and was only allowed to deviate from the specifications by a maximum of two millimetres during construction.

The building is also based on so-called air design, or in other words, it is scented. Over 70% of our emotions are influenced by the sense of smell – fragrance awakens feelings that the mind cannot control. (unconscious sales promotion …)

With about 3 million visitors per year, BMW-Welt is the most visited tourist attraction in Bavaria.

The gourmet restaurant “Esszimmer”, which is managed by star chef Bobby Bräuer, has two Michelin stars and 18 Gault&Millau points. As a result, BMW Welt has also become a culinary meeting place.

Allianz Arena

Fan access to the Allianz Arena in summer
Fan access to the Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena is a soccer temple of superlatives – around 50 meters high and 200 meters long.

The special feature, the smooth outer shell consists of a diamond-shaped, translucent (semi-transparent) cover, 7100 tons of steel and 2800 air-filled plastic cushions.

The immediate proximity of the spectators to the action on the three steeply rising ranks is an extraordinarily clever design. Spectators are only 8 meters minimum and 39 meters maximum from the edge of the field.

Phillips has installed more than 300,000 LEDs (approx. 7.5 km of light chains) in the outer skin of Munich’s Allianz Arena. This means that impressive color plays with 16 million colors are theoretically possible. Think, for example, of the club colors of the various soccer clubs or their origins. A real soccer temple of superlatives …

Victory Gate

Siegestor mit Quadriga auf dem Tor in der Abendsonne
Siegestor with Quadriga on top

The Siegestor with the striking Quadriga, consisting of the Bavaria with its team of lions, marks the end of Ludwigstrasse and the beginning of Munich’s Schwabing district. 

An anonymous visitor wrote: “A walk through the huge gate gives you an overwhelming feeling. I always feel as if I am opening the door to Munich”. 

The Siegestor forms the northern end of a line of sight that begins with the Feldherrenhalle at Odeonsplatz. North of the Siegestor begins Leopoldstraße, the main promenade of the trendy district of Schwabing. 

The triumphal arch, commissioned around 1840 by Ludwig I from the architect Friedrich von Gärtner, was to be designed on the model of the Arch of Constantine in Rome. Since the end of the Second World War, the southern side has been decorated with the inscription “Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, a reminder of peace”. 

Königsplatz – Glyptothek

Klassizistisches Gebäude mit Säulen und Giebeldach
Glyptothek in München

Modern attitude to life, classicism and antiquity meet on Königsplatz – affectionately also called “Isar-Athens“.

The Glyptothek houses the collection of antique Greek and Roman sculptures of the Free State of Bavaria.

Whoever takes a look at the collection will find sculptures, reliefs and mosaics from around 650 BC in the exhibition rooms.

The Königsplatz was to symbolize architecturally the bond between the Kingdom of Bavaria and the Kingdom of Greece. The Doric propylaes were to represent this connection and at the same time be the gateway to the future.

Königsplatz was nicknamed “Lake Balaton” by the people of Munich after the massive redesign by the National Socialists with granite slabs that did not allow rainwater to drain off well“.


Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle
Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle

At the Odeonsplatz you live and experience your “la dolce vita“: A church in the Italian late baroque, a loggia after Florentine model and a lot of bustle.

The Theatine Church owes its origin to the redemption of a vow made by Henriette Adelaide of Savoy. In honor of her patron saint, St. Kajetan, she wanted to have the most beautiful and valuable church built in case she gave birth to a son.

Due to its function as a court church, the church has a princely crypt and is one of the most important burial places of the Wittelsbach dynasty, along with the church of St. Michael and the Frauendom.

The Odeon was once Munich’s most famous concert hall and stood on the northwest part of the square opposite Palais Leuchtenberg. Unfortunately the concert hall fell victim to the war, the building was completely destroyed except for the facade.

Experience Italy’s most Northern point


Fresh typical Bavarian vegetables such as raddishes, artichokes
Fresh typical Bavarian vegetables

From farmer’s market to a place for gourmets.

Until the beginning of the 19th century, Munich’s citizens still came to the neighboring Marienplatz to stock up on grain, fruit and vegetables, fish or eggs.

But then the market was bursting at the seams and in 1807 King Max I. Joseph ordered the area between Heiliggeistkirche and Frauenstraße to be used as a sales area.

The Viktualienmarkt in the center of Munich was once a simple farmers’ market. Today it makes gourmet hearts beat faster, because here you can find exotic delicacies from all over the world as well as traditional Bavarian products. In 2015, Bavaria established the Bavarian Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage, thus paying tribute to the cultural wealth of the Free State – from oral traditions to social customs and celebrations to traditional handicraft techniques.


town hall with glockenspiel and Frauenkirche in the background
Town hall with glockenspiel and Frauenkirche in the background

The heart of Munich is the Marienplatz. It is located in the center of the city, in the pedestrian zone and is an important traffic junction – cyclists and pedestrians, rickshaws, cabs and buses, the subway and the S-Bahn.

On the one hand you can start your shopping trip perfectly from here, on the other hand the Marienplatz is the center for festivities and political, cultural or sports events.

Here rallies or demonstrations are held and FC Bayern Munich traditionally celebrates its successes on the balcony of the New Town Hall.

New city hall and carillon

Famous carillon in Munich town hall
Famous carillon

The New City Hall at Marienplatz in Munich is the seat of the Lord Mayor, the City Council and the headquarters of the city administration.

In 2008, the City of Munich celebrated 850 years of city history and 100 years of carillon in the listed New City Hall.

Under the top of the tower is the fifth largest and at the same time the first electromechanically operated carillon in Europe, the largest in Germany. All bells together bring it to a total weight of about 6.8 tons and that at a height of 65 meters. No wonder that the Munich City Hall with its carillon is one of the most popular photo motifs in the city.

Christian Reithmann was a watchmaker. He is considered the inventor of the four-stroke engine and developed it three years before Nicolaus Otto. Reithmann won the patent dispute against Mr. Otto, but left the invention to him in return for a generous compensation. He is also the man who achieved the masterly feat of developing the drive and the mechanics of the carillon.


Illuminated Frauenkirche at night
Illuminated Frauenkirche at night

The Munich Frauenkirche – Metropolitan Church of Our Dear Lady – was built between 1468 and 1488 by master builder Jörg von Halsbach (Jörg Ganghofer).

The characteristic tower domes are modelled on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

The church nave (“the mother hen of Munich”) was at that time dimensioned in such a way to offer place to all inhabitants of Munich of approx. 20,000 persons.

The Frauenkirche is the largest hall church in the world. A pleasure for the ears is the cathedral music.


Plastic sitting lion in leather pants with beer mug
Plastic sitting lion in leather pants with beer mug

The historical and traditional inn-restaurant in the center of Munich is probably one of the most famous in the world.

Cultural promotion is a top priority. On 365 days genuine Bavarian folk music is played live on all three floors.

As one of two traditional Munich breweries, Hofbräu München has remained in Bavarian hands to this day and is located in downtown Munich at Am Platzl.

Anchored in tradition and keeping an eye on new trends, the unmistakable Hofbräu beers have been brewed here for over 400 years. Hofbräu München attaches great importance to natural ingredients and still brews according to the Bavarian Purity Law.

Hard to believe, but true: In the 16th century Bavaria was not yet a beer nation. Anyone who was a man of distinction drank wine – or beer from Northern Germany. This imported beer was expensive and the Bavarian regents were thirsty.

So on September 27, 1589, Duke Wilhelm V commissioned the construction of his own brewery. It was to supply the court in the future and thus reduce the state beer expenses. He chose the former ducal chicken house at the Alter Hof (today Sparkassenstraße).

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