by foot through Maxvorstadt

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The Maxvorstadt route takes us in 10 minutes from the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz at the university via Ludwigstrasse and Odeonsplatz to the Palace of Justice and ends in the old botanical garden.

Route description Munich Maxvorstadt

We start at Marienplatz and take the U3 direction Moosach or U6 direction Garching Forschungszentrum. After two stops, we are already at the university subway station, which we leave in the direction of Akademiestrasse. First up the escalator and then follow the signs for Geschwister Scholl-Platz. Our way leads us to the right to the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, in front of the main entrance of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

The siblings Sophie and Hans Scholl fought during World War II as part of the student resistance movement "White Rose" against National Socialism. The siblings had secretly distributed leaflets against the Nazis in the university and were sentenced to death. If you look closely, you can see their last leaflet set in stone in front of the main entrance.

Now we go back to the traffic light at the subway and change the street side. From here it goes again in a southerly direction to Odeonsplatz. On our left is Professor Huber Square.

As you can see, there are identical fountains in both places. Their prototypes are in St. Peter's Square in Rome, which is why they are also called Roman Wells. They each have almost 10 meter diameter and a well column over 8 meter high.

On the way we pass CaDu, the café at the university. In summer you can occasionally find me under one of the umbrellas. I love watching the hustle and bustle around the university from here.

Right next to it is already the church St. Ludwig. Definitely worth seeing is the altar fresco "The Last Judgment" by Peter Cornelius. It is the second largest in the world. Also worth seeing are the limestone figures of the four evangelists with Christ by Ludwig von Schwanthaler. A special feature of the church is covered in many different colors mosaic roof.

Only a few meters further and we stand in front of the Bavarian State Library, also called Stabi. In addition to the total stock of approximately 10 millions of printed works, here is also a copy of the Gutenberg Bibles. The use of the library is free and so invite the large rooms with their nostalgic charm for undisturbed browsing.

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Continue to Odeonsplatz. At the height of Starbucks we afford a first small panorama of the beginning of the Odeonsplatz, which extends from the equestrian statue of Ludwig I to the Feldherrnhalle. Incidentally, the concept for Maxvorstadt comes from King Maximilian I, whom the Bavarians affectionately called King Max. Unfortunately, he never saw them, but his successor, Ludwig I, had them built from 1825 on according to his designs.

The building behind us is the so-called bazaar building. Just like today, there were already in the early 19. Century exclusive stores housed. The Café Tambosi is a Munich institution for all who want to see and be seen. It forms the conclusion of the Bazargebäudes to the south.

Through the large gate we reach the courtyard garden of the residence, which we will pay more attention to in our own tour. For today a visit to the beautiful courtyard garden terrace of the Café Tambosi should be enough.

The two most striking buildings of Odeonsplatz are the Feldherrnhalle and the Theatinerkirche. With the Feldherrnhalle in the back, we have a beautiful view of the north-south axis of the Ludwig and Leopoldstrasse with the Siegestor in the middle. The steps of the Feldherrnhalle are a popular meeting place for the people of Munich and their guests. Faced with the joy of life, few will remember what has already happened here. So the Feldherrnhalle was a cult place of the national socialists, because here at the 9. November 1923 the rebellion of the putschists had been crushed. Every year, a propaganda march on the Feldherrnhalle reminded the 16 slain putschists. On the east side of the monument was a commemorative plaque that had to pay passers-by the Hitler salute the honor.

If we look to the left from the steps of the Feldherrnhalle, our view of the pale yellow facade of the Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan falls. She is in late 17. Built in the style of the Italian late Baroque. The interior impresses with stucco work and Corinthian column elements and is predominantly kept in white.

On the way to the old botanical garden, we take another look at the Wittelsbacherplatz with its bronze equestrian statue depicting Maximilian I. Because of its central location in Munich, the square is often used for events. Popular are the Hamburg fish market in summer and the medieval Christmas market in winter. Incidentally, this is the headquarters of Siemens AG.

On our way we will pass the Café Luitpold. One must like the somewhat dusty style, but the pastry department is beyond reproach. But we want to continue past Wittelsbacher Brunnen and the Justizpalast to the old botanical garden.
To do this, we leave Briennerstrasse to the left, walk along Maximiliansplatz and Lehnbachplatz, until the law palace in front of us and the entrance to the old botanical garden to the right next to us are striking. The neo-baroque Palace of Justice is one of the most magnificent places in Germany ever built for the judiciary. With his majestic glass dome he shapes the cityscape around the Karlsplatz. In the atrium of the Palace of Justice, the mighty glass dome is located at about 67 meters height. With mighty staircases and three large arched windows, the judiciary here emphasizes its authority in an impressive way. In the year 1943 the Palace of Justice was the scene of the trials against the members of the White Rose.

The beginning of the 19. The garden, originally planned as a botanical site in the 19th century, can look back on an eventful history. Today it is a recreational area in the heart of Munich and is designated as a public park. A special jewel is the somewhat hidden beer garden, in which one can eat according to Bavarian tradition its brought food.

About 100 meters away from the Palace of Justice, you will find the subway station Karlsplatz, from where you arrive at Marienplatz after just one stop. When the weather is fine, the walk to Marienplatz through the pedestrian zone is also worthwhile.

Eating and drinking in Maxvorstadt

To the fast. Café, bars and snack.

  • Tambosi
    an institution in Munich with beautiful
    Inn garden in the courtyard


  • Starbucks
    as always ;-)


  • San Francisco Coffee Company
    cool, stylish, right at the Feldherrnhalle


  • Café Luitpold
    classic confectionery café in the style of the seventies.
    Nice terrace. Diagonally across from Wittelsbacherplatz

Bavarian and outside. Beer gardens.

Time to enjoy. Restaurants.

  • Filmcasino
    this is where the media world meets


  • Koi
    supposedly Munich's best Japanese


  • Asado Steakhouse
    directly at the Maximilansplatz

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