MUNICH — Hauptbahnhof and Surrounds

This is the area around Munich’s main train station and if you arrive in Munich by train it is the area which will give you your first impression of the city. The station itself is ultra-modern and contains over 20 shops (many of which are open late), cafes and restaurants and a tourist information centre which provides visitors with free maps of the city. A lot of hotels are found in the immediate vicinity of the station and Karlsplatz is about a 5 minute walk away and Marienplatz is a 20 minutes walk.
For more information about Hauptbahnhof visit the website at:
http://www.hauptbahnhof-muenchen.de/rw_e6v/main.asp?WebID=hbf_m_e&PageID=1&Modus=detail

The sights found here are:
Justizpalast
Alter Botanischer Garten
West End Area
Theresienwiese
Bavaria Statue
Verkehrszentrum

Justizpalast

Justizpalast
The Palace of Justice is a palatial courthouse and administrative building housing the Bavarian Department of Justice and the District Court I of Munich. It was built between 1890 and 1897 and the building is a combination of the Renaissance and Baroque style. It is located on the west side of Karlsplatz. The building is very impressive and at the back of it is a glass and iron dome. The building was destroyed in WW2 but the interior was restored though not to its former glory but it is still magnificent. A New Palace of Justice found at the side of this building was built by the same builder as the original, Friedrich von Thierschat in 1905 because the original was too small. The ‘new’ building was constructed in red brick stone with two towers and houses the Bavarian Constitutional Court and the Higher Regional Court.

Alter Botanischer Garten

Alter Botanischer Garten
The Old Botanical Garden is located at Lenbachplatz and is now a park. It was designed by landscape architect Frederick Louis of Sckell and was built between 1804 and 1814. The Neptunbrunnen (Neptune fountain) which is found on the south side of the park was added in 1937. There are only a few remains left from the original including the entrance gates and some exotic trees. It is still a nice place to wander through if you happen to be in the area, especially in summer as an escape from the heat.

West End Area
In this area you will find several breweries such as Hacker-Pschorr and Augustiner which have been here since the 19th century. This area is popular with students because it has cheaper rents than in other districts and there are also smaller relatively inexpensive hotels found here. Westend is a technology centre and is home to 20 high tech companies.

Traveller's Tip

For an authentic beer hall experience and to hang out with the brewery staff head out to Augustiner Braustuben which is located at Landsbergerstrasse 19 and the nearest tram stop is Holzapfelstrasse. You will share a long table with mostly German brewery workers for a beer and food or you can dine in the restaurant next door.

Theresienwiese
Theresienwiese is located just to the east of the Hauptbahnhof. It is wedged between the districts of Ludwigsvorstadt and Westend. The Theresienwiese is where the Oktoberfest takes place. Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year running from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year, and is an important part of Bavarian culture. A number of other events also take place here. At the western end of the site is Ruhmeshalle or Hall of Fame which guards the statues of Bavarian leaders.
For more information on the Oktoberfest visit the website at: http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

Bavaria Statue

Bavaria Statue
This impressive iron-cast statue of Bavaria’s patron saint is part of the Ruhmeshalle. The statue isn’t solid and you can explore inside it but you will need to climb 66 steps to get from the hollow of the knee up to the top. Once you are at the top there is a great view out over the site.

Verkehrszentrum
This is a permanent exhibition of road transport housed in a historical trade fair hall found on Theresienhöhe near Ruhmeshalle. It is part of the Deutsche Museum and displays the museum’s entire vehicle collection. Displays show how ways of moving around have changed from bicycles to modern racing cars, old snow skis to the inner workings of motors, and the history of the worldwide automotive industry.
For more information on the museum visit the website at: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/verkehrszentrum