The Schwabing route takes us from the Siegestor via the Leopoldstrasse to the Walking Man, to the small side streets of the Leopold, the Erlöserkirche, Münchner Freiheit and Wedekindplatz, the Werneck Schlössl, the Seidl Villa and back to the riding school past the Siegestor.

Route description of the Schwabing tour

Why does everyone know - at least almost - everyone Schwabing?

This myth was shaped by two completely different periods. Here we have the bohemians and literati of the Fin de siècle and on the other hand the hippies of the wild sixties. And today? Schwabing has not stayed much longer than the splendor of bygone days for a long time, but lately even the pub and cabaret culture around Münchner Freiheit is experiencing a new boom.

So far, it was preferably would-be Bohemians from the suburbs who had visited Leopoldstrasse in the evening. But I can reassure you, that has changed. Recently, it is again attracting more Munich on the promenade. Our tour takes us along the busy Leopoldstrasse and its smaller side streets to the Erlöserkirche and then it goes back through the rather tranquil Altschwabing to Siegestor.

The victory gate forms the dividing line between Maxvorstadt and Schwabing.

The 25 m high triumphal arch, commissioned to 1840 by Louis I in the architect Friedrich von Gärtner, was modeled after the Konstantin arc designed in Rome.

On top is the 20 heavy quadriga, with the Bavaria and 4 lions. Your gaze is directed to the north. In the 19. Century were at that time instead of promenade there mostly fields and meadows. And so the Bavaria looks towards the Bavarian army, matching the inscription "The Bavarian army".

On the opposite south side, a lettering commemorates the end of World War II: "Consecrated to victory, destroyed by war, admonishing for peace".
The inscription is intended to remind that war brings not only victories, but also death and destruction.

We leave the Siegestor behind us and stroll along the Leopoldstrasse, which used to be called Altschwabinger Weg, until the Walking man almost comes to meet. This unique 17 m high steel fiberglass sculpture by American Jonathan Borofsky is located in front of the entrance of the Munich Reinsurance Company. The world's largest reinsurer, whose buildings between Leopoldstrasse and English Garden almost form a separate district, is an important patron of the arts. The numerous treasures inside are unfortunately closed to the public.

In order to discover the architectural beauty of Schwabing, which coincided with the advent of Art Nouveau, our path leads us to the western side streets.

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Franz.-Joseph-Str. 38, Ainmillerstrasse 20 and 22, Römerstrasse 11, Kaiserstrasse 14 and in the Leopoldstr 77.
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From the Leopoldstrasse 77 it is not far to Church of the Redeemer, which is now right of us in the triangle Leopold- and Ungererstrasse. It was created 1901 to plans by Theodor Fischer. The outwardly rather inconspicuous church trumps in the interior with impressive Art Nouveau ornaments.

The Leopoldstrasse does not end here, but its northern part is far less interesting and more influenced by supermarkets and petrol stations. Only the Schwabinger Tor, until recently the largest inner-city construction site in Europe, could still be worth a detour - this is where an urban luxury project is being built - 5-Sterne Hotel, cafes, restaurants and high-end boutiques are to form a new Schwabing center. Whether that succeeds remains to be seen.

In any case, today's tour takes us from the Church of the Redeemer back to Münchner Freiheit, which extends from Ungererstrasse to Feilitzschstrasse. Right at the beginning, Café Münchner Freiheit invites you to linger with its beautiful terrace. I am always impressed with the persistence of this café, the modern coffee house trends closes and somehow stopped in the seventies years.
On the way to the Wedekindplatz, the green-white tram and bus station stands out in the truest sense of the word. If you did not know better, you could have my aliens built here your landing site. But it is as always: one suffering, the other joy. While some see it as a bold urban planning statement, the residents of the surrounding upper floors complain about an unappetizing view of the eternally dirty roof of the object.

Only a few steps further into the Feilitzschstrasse we come to the Wedekindplatz.

Seeing and being seen - hardly a place in Schwabing is better suited than the Wedekindplatz. Here you can sit next to Munich's lopsided lantern.
It comes from the legendary restaurant "Bei Gisela" and is a homage to the late landlady and cabaret artist Gisela Jonas, who once sang the "Schwabinger Lantern" in a chanson.
Even today, the district around the Wedekindplatz Munich's arts center.
The most famous addresses are that Lustspielhaus, for me Germany's most beautiful cabaret stage, the clubhouse, a Munich Lach and shooting society, the theater TamS and Heppel & Ettlich, Each stage worth a visit.

The castle Suresnes, also called Werneckschlößl, is only a few meters away from the Schwabing Wedekindplatz. It was named after the castle of the same name north of Versailles and 1718 was built for the Cabinet Secretary of the Elector Max Emanuel. Together they spent a few months in exile here.

Quite different to the only 5 minute walk away Seidlvilla on the tranquil Nikolaiplatz.
She is open to all. There are readings, exhibitions and concerts and there is a nice café - in good weather with chairs and tables in the garden.
And for those who are less into cafés and cakes, I recommend the quaint kiosk "Alles Wurscht", where you will find the best currywurst in the city.

It continues parallel to the English garden and we now pass one of the magnificent buildings of Munich reinsurance. Just opposite is the Munich traditional restaurant Café riding school, If you want, you can watch the riders and horses of the university riding school while exercising.

Now it is only a few steps back to our starting point Siegestor.
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  1. Catloverpetra
    Catloverpetra sagte:

    Great concept! Am from Munich, have inspired me once again by foot on the upcoming WE Al's Touri to go 😎 looking forward to the next 👏👏


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