Architectural highlights

Olympiapark
The Olympic Parc of 1972

As almost 90 percent of the city were destroyed during WWII, the authorities decided to rebuild the heart of the city in the same way as it used to be. Buildings in Art-Nouveau style which hadn’t been completely destroyed, were restored with care. Nevertheless there are quite a few examples of modern architecture which emerged later such as the BMW-complex with the Olympic Parc which nowadays are under monument protection or the museums quarter with its classical and modern buildings.

Modern architecture in the Center


“Fünf Höfe” in the city centre

In 1992 the worldwide-known Swiss architects team Herzog & de Meuron designed in Munich the first private museum‚ “the collection Götz”. Other buildings followed like the shopping arcades “Fünf Höfe” (five courts) or the famous Alliance Arena. On this tour we’ll walk along numerous architectural hallmarks finished in recent years. Behind historic facades we find nowadays high-quality new offices, practices and apartments.

Walking tour 2 hours

 

The Olympic Parc and the BMW-buildings

BMW Zentrale
BMW-headquarters

After World War II Munich hasn’t been very innovative as to modern architecture. This changed however from 1966 onwards when it was clear that the 20th Olympic Summer Games would take place in the city in 1972. Next to the Olympic Parc which nowadays is under monument protection other avant-garde buildings arouse like the BMW-high-rise building shaped as a four-cylinder, the BMW-museum and the BMW-world.

By bus 2 hours 

 

The Kunstareal

GlyptothekThe Glyptothek within the Kunstareal

 

The so-called Kunstareal in the district Maxvostadt is an architectural hallmark with no less than 15 museums, various exhibition halls and galleries. You’ll find here the three world-famous museums known as Pinakotheken, the Old, the New and the Modern Pinakothek as well as the collection Brandhorst with its eye-catching facade. Also situated in this area is the sober building of the Aegyptian Museum  and the University of film and television as well as the newly openend NS-documentaion center. 

Around the corner you’ll come across the famous Lenbachhaus with the world’s largest collection of the Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider), a beautiful Tuscanian villa of the famous painter Franz von Lenbach which is today a museum. You’ll get to know details about the history of the origin of the different buildings and their architects. Also the parc of sculptures is worthwhile to be seen.

Walking tour 2 hours

 

Art-Nouveau in Munich

Jugendstil
Art Nouveau-building in Schwabing

The term “Jugendstil” is based on the publication “Jugend” which at the end of the 19th century was a must to be read in artists’ circles. The magazine’s influence on the artistic scene and on architecture was quite important. During our walk you will get acquainted with the most famous architects and their works such as Theodor Fischer and Martin Dülfer. Especially in the former artists’ quarter Schwabing there are still magnificent examples to discover. They are the highlights of this tour.

Walking tour 2 hours