Munich: Off The Beaten Path

Munich’s timeline goes back well over 1000 years. This leaves plenty of historical sites and landmarks to take in – much more so than the average U.S. city.

Munich’s obvious landmarks, like Oktoberfest, World War II sites, and Hofbrauhaus, draw in plenty of visitors without much effort. For something new, check out these places within Munich:

Ruhmeshalle: If you stumble just a bit outside of Oktoberfest, you’ll find Ruhmeshalle (translated “Hall Of Fame”). Here you’ll find the busts of dozens of famous Bavarians, including Michael Wolgemut (painter), Andreas Wolf (football a.k.a. soccer player), and Adam Kraft (sculptor). This building was originally built for King Ludwig I of Bavaria in the 1800’s, but modern day people can earn a spot in the hall of fame just the same.


Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses: Not many men’s clothing stores gain historical landmark status with tourists. The Faasade des Hirmer Stammhauses (translated “Façade of the Parent Company Hirmer”) manages to pull it off. This five-story complex sits not far from Frauenkirsche, and fits in well with historical German architecture. It also fits clothing to just about every man out there, with a selection of 7,500 suits.


Olympiapark: The 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Munich at this huge campus. The centerpiece is the Olympic Tower, which can be seen from many areas around Munich. The Tower has an observation platform about 600 feet up in the air, and, oddly enough, a small rock and roll museum. The other central feature of Olympiapark is the 60,000-plus seat Olympic Stadium. This was the home of the local soccer team FC Bayern Munchen until Allianz Arena was built in 2005.

Siegestor: This is the near architectural equivalent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Siegestor (translation “Victory Gate”) was built as a monument to the Bavarian army, but thought to be a monument of peace in present day. It is topped by an amazing statue of four lions pulling a carriage, which itself is difficult to see from ground level.


Karls Gate (a.k.a. Karlstor): If you have ever built the Lego castle set, you’ll be familiar with the look of this place. Karlstor is part of the original medieval wall that once surrounded Munich. It is one of three remaining gates that have survived the development of the city.   Karlstor provides a memorable backdrop for photos.


Maximillianstrasse: Munich is known to be an expensive city, perhaps in part due to this place. Many of the world’s famous luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, and Bulgari have homes on Maximillianstrasse. In fact, this is the highest rent area in Munich.

Angel Of Peace Statue: This statue, which resembles Nike of Samothrace in the Louvre in Paris, was built to commemorate 25 years of peace after the Franco-German war. The Angel actually fell from the statue in the 1981, and repaired and replaced two years later.

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