Munich is Germany’s third-largest city and its second most popular destination, after Berlin. From its awe-inspiring architecture to year-round traditions, the city is full of cultural and historical attractions. Here are some highlights of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city that both you and your students will love.
The Maximilianstraße in Munich is one of the city’s four royal avenues. The others are the Brienner Straße, the Ludwigstraße and the Prinzregentenstraße. It starts at Max-Joseph-Platz, where the Residenz and the National Theatre are situated, and runs east-west.
Designer fashion and jewelry labels occupy the architecturally impressive buildings lining the avenue. Your students will no doubt be fascinated by the blending of historic and ultra-modern.
Considered one of the most stunning and ornate palaces in Europe, Munich Residenz has been inhabited by emperors, kings, and queens. These days it is one of the most important palace museums in the world.
The exhibits in the museum will provide a sense of history for your students. Not to mention that they are breathtakingly beautiful! Students will enjoy exploring the many art pieces, relics, and jewelry dating all the way back to the Middle Ages.
Marienplatz has been the central square in Munich since 1158. Founded by Henry the Lion, Duke of Bavaria, it was previously home to medieval markets, celebrations, and tournaments.
Today, this gem of a square is still the center of social activity in the city. You and your students will get a kick out of the lively and festive atmosphere. You can even hear the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel chime while watching the 32 life-sized figures reenact historical Bavarian events. Talk about a unique Munich experience!
The Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall, situated on the eastern edge of Marienplatz, has a long and eventful history. It was first mentioned in records in 1310, and was the seat of the Munich city council until 1847.
Today the tower of the ‘Alte Rathaus’ houses a historical toy museum. The dolls, plush toys, model trains, and tin toys of yesteryear provide a startling contrast to contemporary life. It will no doubt intrigue your students!
The Odeonsplatz is a large square in central Munich named for the former concert hall, the Odeon, on its northwestern side. This beautiful square is full of history with magnificent-looking buildings all around.
History will come alive for your students in this compelling place, where Hitler failed to seize power in Munich. Being at the center of things will spark their curiosity for history in the world around them.
The National Theater
The National Theatre (German: Nationaltheater) on Max-Joseph-Platz is a historic opera house. It has been the home of the Bavarian State Opera since 1818.
One of the most imposing buildings in Munich, a tour of this structure will impress your students, especially those who are avid fans of music and live performances. Of course, it will also charm enthusiasts of history and architecture.
The Isartor, one of four main gates in the medieval city wall, acted as a fortification for the defense of the city. This gothic structure is the most easterly of Munich’s three remaining town gates.
This is a wonderfully preserved historical landmark. With its impressive and elegant design and beautiful murals, it can offer your students an insight into life in a 14th century European city. One way to engage them in talks on history is by prompting them to consider the importance of city defenses. Just like this one they will see in real life!
Munich is rich in history and art. While they might not fully grasp it from a textbook, experiencing the culture of this German city in person will stay with your students forever.