Of culinary pleasures and architecture - a walk through Schwabing-West

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easy
Distance
7.1 km
Duration
2:45h
Ascent
18 m
Descent
18 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value Faunistic highlights Insider tip Suitable for strollers
Take a walk through one of the oldest and most beautiful districts of Munich and experience the architecture of the Schwabing-West quarter.
In the hectic pace of everyday life we all too often forget to take a deep breath. Walking through the streets of a neighbourhood without a precise destination, feeling the last rays of sunshine on our skin, breathing in the fresh air, enjoying an espresso or an aperitif to get into the right mood for the evening in the small café on the corner, which we have already passed too often. We wonder who actually planned and built this imposing architecture many years ago, while we watch the light refract in the window panes and the sky and clouds reflect in them. We often do all this far too rarely.

Schwabing-West, like all districts of the city, looks back on a lively history. Many of Munich's remaining Art Nouveau and baroque buildings can be found here, just waiting to be discovered. Even if you often have the feeling that you can't see the sky in all its splendour in the big city, I would like to invite you to take a walk through this beautiful district and to raise your eyes and admire the facades that were built here many years ago.

Take your time, turn into the adjacent streets and let yourself drift. Because Schwabing-West not only captivates with its old and art nouveau buildings, but above all with a lively gastronomy scene that was already appreciated by the Schwabing bohemians. But the green lungs are not neglected in Luitpoldpark either, and it also offers a view over Munich that even many Munich residents are not familiar with.

If you are interested in architecture and want to take a relaxing stroll, this is the place to be!

Author’s recommendation

Especially in the evening sun this walk is worthwhile, as the sun is already lower then and the light breaks especially beautifully in the windows of the tall buildings and through the leaves in Luitpoldpark.

Pack your friends or family and, if you like, a camera, because the district offers some great motifs that are worth shooting! But the walk is also worth it on your own, as you never feel alone in this lively district anyway.

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Highest point
527 m
Lowest point
509 m
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Rest Stop

Bamberger House
Standl20
Görreshof
Salon Irkutsk
Agnes Neun

Tips, hints and links

For concrete information on the individual stops of the tour, just click on the linked points at the end of the page.

Start

Market on Elisabethplatz (512 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
48.156686, 11.574389
UTM
32U 691448 5336920

Destination

Market on Elisabethplatz

Turn-by-turn directions

We start our walk at Elisabethplatz, where the Elisabeth Market of the same name takes place from Monday to Saturday. Besides the Viktualienmarkt, it is a market with fixed market houses, where you can observe a lively hustle and bustle, especially at the weekend. Stroll over the market with its regional traders and order an espresso at Standl20 or try a hand-brewed fresh coffee on the small benches in front of the café. Of course, the market does not only invite you to drink coffee, but also to stroll and shop.

Directly opposite Elisabethplatz you will find the Schauburg children's and youth theatre. Where in the 1970s the "Blow Up" was still wildly celebrated, today young and youthful audiences are entertained with acting, dance, music and improvisation theatre.

Now follow Elisabethstraße in a westerly direction for about one kilometre, which, like Elisabethplatz, was named after Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known to many as "Sissi". On the left and right side of the street, the residential buildings tower up into the sky, but they are seldom boring. Most of them are richly decorated and have oriels, balconies and small roof terraces. Altogether, fifteen of the houses are also Munich's monuments.

Tip: As a little challenge you can try to find all the buildings that were photographed in the gallery at the point "Elisabethstraße".

After about 800 meters you can already see the Nordbad on the right side of the road. Unfortunately, only in a few small places you can see the high windows that give a view from the swimming hall to the outside area. Turn right into Schleißheimer Straße and you are standing directly in front of the entrance of the swimming pool with its impressive columns and the large staircase, where passers-by also enjoy the last sunrays of the day in the evening.

Now turn right into Hohenzollernstraße, follow it for about 400 meters and try to discover the house with the royal blue and golden decorations on the right side. After about 400 meters cross Hohenzollernstraße and turn left into Hohenzollernplatz. Don't worry, on the way back we will pass Hohenzollernstraße again, so there is still enough time to stroll.

Cross Hohenzollernplatz and take Mittermayrstraße on the left, which you follow for about 300 meters until you reach Clemensstrasse and discover the entrance to a green area, Bayernpark. Cross the park, past the playground, and you are in Karl-Theodor-Straße, at the entrance to Luitpoldpark.

From here you can already see the obelisk, which was erected in 1911 on the occasion of the 90th birthday of Prince Regent Luitpold. If you now keep to the left, you will reach the Bamberger Haus, a neo-baroque villa built in 1912 by the architect Frank Rank, after a few minutes. After it was completely destroyed in the Second World War, it was completely rebuilt in 1983. The culinary offer is varied, besides a beer garden with a large outdoor area, there is also Italian and Austrian cuisine, as well as a variety of event rooms.

Tip: Even if you are perhaps not very hungry, drink a cool light one outside the beer garden and definitely have a look inside the restaurant.

When you have eaten and enjoyed your meal, take a short digestive walk and, seen from the entrance of the park, keep to the right to get to Luitpold Hill. You can't miss it and it can be reached by various routes, either by stairs or by a paved path. Just choose your favourite one.

Luitpoldhügel is a mountain of rubble that was heaped up from Munich's houses that were bombed after the Second World War. For this reason there is also a cross of rubble in memory of those who died in the war. From there you have a beautiful view of the north of Munich, from the other side of the hill you have a great view of the southern city centre and on a clear day even as far as the foothills of the Alps.

Leave Luitpoldhügel via the paved road and follow it until you can turn left and reach Belgradstraße at Scheidplatz. Cross Belgradstraße and follow Parzivalstraße for about 500 meters until you reach Kölner Platz on the right and the entrance to the Schwabing Clinic on the left.

Now follow Bonner Straße until you reach Bonner Platz, cross it and Karl-Theodor-Straße and turn slightly right into Viktoriastraße and follow it. The KvR is located on the right hand side, the restaurant "Kapitales vom Rind", a restaurant for real meat lovers.

Pass the Viktoriaplatz and keep straight on the Viktoriastraße, which you follow for another 500 meters until you reach the Kaiserplatz at the "Schwabinger Dom" - the catholic church St. Ursula. Here too, some passers-by sit on the stairs in the evening hours and enjoy the last rays of sunshine.

Your way continues along Friedrichstraße, which you follow for about 400 meters until you reach Habsburgerplatz and Ainmillerstraße. Not only did some famous artists and writers such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter, Thomas Mann and Michael Ende live in this street for some time, some of the most beautiful houses in Munich are located here. Definitely take a look at them!

There are also some very impressive buildings in Römerstraße, which you can reach by following Ainmillerstraße on the right-hand side of Habsburgerplatz and then turning right into Römerstraße. If you now follow the Römerstraße a little, you will also reach the Hohenzollernstraße again, which invites you to stroll and stroll.

If you fancy a little aperitif, I can recommend the "Tagescafé Schwabing" or, with a little walk, the "Schwabinger Wassermann", north of Kurfürstenplatz in Herzogstraße.

If you are more in the mood for a delicious organic ice cream to round off the walk, follow Hohenzollernstraße in an easterly direction and you will reach Kurfürstenplatz. Turn left and stay on the right side of Kurfürstenplatz in Nordendstraße. On the left hand side you will find the "Eiscafé Trampolin" with its excellent ice cream made from organic ingredients.

If you now continue to follow Nordendstraße, you will come back to the starting point of our walk, Elisabethplatz.

Or you can linger a little longer in the quarter, which really has a lot to offer!Too much to experience in one walk, but enough to keep coming back, believe me :-)

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Tram: Linie 27/28

U-Bahn: U2 Josephsplatz, U3/U6 Giselastraße

Bus: Linie 63/59

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Getting there

Elisabethplatz is best reached by public transport, as the parking situation is often difficult. From the main station simply take the U2 to Hohenzollernplatz and walk along Tengstraße and Bauerstraße to Elisabthplatz, or take tram line 27/28 from Karlsplatz (Stachus) directly to Elisabethplatz.

If you arrive by car, we recommend the PARK ONE underground car park of the Amilienpassage at Türkenstraße 84, which is about 10 minutes' walk from Elisabethplatz via Blütenstraße and Nordendstraße.

Parking

Park One underground car park Amalienpassage: approx. 750m from Elisabethplatz
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

For all who want to know who lived in Ainmillerstraße:

Schwabing's Ainmillerstrasse and its most important residents

by Gerhard J. Bellinger, Brigitte Regler-Bellinger

ISBN: 3848228831

For all those who want to know the origin of Munich street names:

The Munich Street Names

by Hans Dollinger

ISBN: 3778751743

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Equipment

light daypack (approx. 15 litres) with rain cover, comfortable footwear, clothes adapted to the weather, sun and rain protection, if necessary provisions and drinking water, city map
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Author
Marleen B.
Updated: June 30, 2020

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