Say Munich, and you think, Oktoberfest. But there is a lot more to Munich than just beer. The third largest city in Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg), it has a population of about 1.5 million. It has a unique atmosphere, due in part to its position not far from the Alps, and in part to the survival of local traditions that include dress (lederhosen and dirndl), a taste for outdoor experiences, and a liking for Gemütlichkeit, a sort of affluent cosiness not far from the Scandinavian hygge. Munich was extensively damaged during the Second World War, but reconstruction was performed brilliantly, and today it looks like a classic old city with a lot of Baroque and Rococo architecture. Strict building regulations have limited the height of skyscrapers in order not to mar the views of the Bavarian Alps about 70 km to the south.
Art, music and architecture in Munich
The city has some spectacular monuments, starting from the two Town Halls on Marienplatz, and some important museums, with four major institutions concentrated in the Kunstareal, the art quarter. Munich is considered as an arty city, and the people who lived or worked here include Mozart, Richard Strauss, Carl Orff, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer, director Michael Haneke… not to mention footballer Franz Beckenbauer. Historic buildings include the Residenz palace, and Schloss Nymphenberg, 6 km northwest of the city centre. The Englischer Garten is one of the largest parks in Europe.
Munich and cars
BMW Welt is an exhibition centre that comprises the BMW Museum and the company’s HQ, with a showroom displaying the current range of cars and motorcycles made by BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce. Customers picking up specially-ordered cars enjoy a special experience in which their vehicle arrives in a glass-walled cylindrical lift.
Munich and sports
Sports are an important part of the city’s identity. Munich has the most successful football club in the Bundesliga, FC Bayern, the basketball team FC Bayern Munich, and the ice hockey team EHC Red Bull München. FC Bayern play their home matches at the Allianz Arena, a spectacular stadium designed by Herzog & de Meuron, with an exterior consisting of inflated plastic panels that can be lit from inside, so that the entire stadium can be red, blue, white or multi-colour. The Eisbach is the location for one of the city’s more unusual sports. This artificial river runs for 2 km through the Englischer Garten, and in one section, a standing wave has been created, much loved by surfers who can practice their hobby, riding back and forth from one bank to the other.
Boggi Milano in Munich
We at Boggi Milano are proud to be present in Munich with two stores, one in the Fünf Höfe shopping mall at the central location of Theatinerstraße 8. The mall has architectural significance as it was the first competition won by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in 1994. The second Boggi Milano store is in the Departures area of Munich International Airport. Here are the details:
Fünf Höfe, Theatinerstraße 8
Tel. +49 (0)89 20 80 22 70
Open Monday-Saturday 10.00am-7.30pm, Sunday closed.
Munich International Airport – T2 Departures Extraschengen
Tel. +49 (0)89 97 58 18 90
Open every day, 7.30am-9.00pm.