The Top Munich Attractions for Architecture Lovers
In terms of its recognition and popularity amongst German cities, Munich is perhaps overshadowed by the country’s capital, Berlin. However the city is the capital of Bavaria and home to dozens of museums, centuries-old buildings and architectural wonders that make it a perfect destination for art, culture and architecture lovers. And so if you’re a culture vulture looking for one of the best architectural mainstays in Europe then Munich is the place to go. Here are some of the top Munich attractions for architecture buffs to consider visiting on your next trip to the Bavarian capital:
The Brandhorst Museum
A good place to start your journey through Munich’s architectural wonderland is the Museum Brandhorst. Officially opened in 2009 and housing a private collection of hundreds of German and American artwork, Brandhorst is worth a visit just to see its striking façade. Designed by the famous Berlin architects Sauerbruch Hutton, the building is covered in thousand of brightly coloured vertical rods that give it its pixellated and undulating colour.
Although at a certain point in its history the Odeonsplatz is the place where Hitler held some of his rallies, the building now commemorates all those that stood up to Nazism with its golden cobblestones.
Consisting of the commemorative cobblestones and an impressive facade, the Odeonsplatz is a great example of the impressive Architecture that Munich has to offer. And if you’re worried about getting about the city to see all these wonders Munich airport transfer to and from the city is easily available, as are various public transport links. Be sure not to miss the daily performance piece entitled ‘It’s never too late to say sorry’ held here every day at noon.
Regarded as one of the most spectacular palaces in Europe, Munich Residenz was the seat of power for several of Bavaria’s Dukes and Kings for many centuries. Now the vast complex of three main buildings is home to a number of museums and monuments. The Residenz houses the Court Church of All Saints, the Residenz Museum, Cuvillies Theatre, and beautiful gardens that feature dozens of exquisitely designed courtyards, ponds, fountains, and gardens.
Munich is also home to the magnificent Frauenkirche, or the Cathedral Church of Our Lady, an imposing late Gothic church that was completed in 1488. Highlights include the massive twin towers that make up part of this huge building and measure at 100 meters tall, as well as its Renaissance-inspired domes. The two towers are a major Munich Landmark, while the cathedral also houses the black marble and bronze tomb of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian placed there in 1622.
Set in glorious gardens that feature breathtaking landscapes, the Nymphenburg Palace is a must see for all architecture and culture buffs. Its highlights include enchanting pavilions, artfully decorated tearooms and swimming pools, as well as a Francois Cuvillies-designed hunting lodge complete with ostentatious dog kennels.
As the examples above prove, Munich is a treasure trove of architectural wonders and cultural heritage for those excited by both ancient and modern buildings. Many other fine examples exist in the city and its authorities have made it their mission to actively promote their beauty and charm. Munich is well worth a visit for an itinerary choke-full of art, culture, and amazing architecture alone.