Postcard from Munich

The Bavarian region is a rich cultural hub with a fascinating history and great sense of festivity. Beyond their world famous October Fest, Bavaria is also loaded with beautiful architecture from ages past, beautiful outdoor parks and unique culinary identity. At the heart of the region is Munich, the capital of the region. Travel with us to Munich this summer to visit Bogenhausen and Haidhausen, two charming neighborhoods on the east side of the Isar river.

Bogenhausen Somewhat off the beaten track for the typical tourist, this is where the well heeled Munich clientele reside. The tree lined avenues of Bogenhausen with their large houses, villas and publics parks are an ideal starting point to discover the real Munich.

Hoyer & Kast Interiors

Ismaninger Str. 126

Nested in a historical building in the chic residential neighborhood south of Bogenhausen, Hoyer & Kast Interiors specializes in high end interior design. The showroom represents a bespoke selection of brands focusing on luxurious and handcrafted fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and lighting. In their own atelier, Hoyer & Kast hand sews curtains, cushions, throws and other custom textiles products to guarantee the highest quality.

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Preparing the color palette for a project featuring Fortuny fabrics.

Michelin restaurants

A short walk from Hoyer & Kast takes you to two unique restaurants. The Michelin starred Acquarello have been rated among the best Italian restaurants in Germany.  The twenty-year-old restaurant is owned and ran by chef Mario Gamba whose deep root in Italian home cooking and international travels help create a unique identity for his Munich-based, Italian influenced restaurant. Huber is a minimalist, modern designed restaurant serving experimental, seasonal and international cuisine by chef Michael Huber following his training in the kitchen of Munich’s fine-dining superstars Bayerischer Hof and Dallmayr.

Acquarello – Mühlbaurstraße 36

Restaurant Huber – Newtonstraße 13

Mario Gamba creating for the chefs’ table menu.

The breezy and bright interiors of Acquarello reflects the restaurant’s identity which is summed up in its tagline – cuisine of the sun.

In his eponymous restaurant, Huber brought a fun twist to fine dining. A must-try is the fillet of wolf fish with buckshorn plantain and gnocchi 

Historic Residents

The design of the residential villas in Bogenhausen reflected its wealth and sense of style. Nested behind the tree-lined streets are mansions in Baroque style, townhouses from the Belle Epoque, and some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in Munich.

A magnificent work in Art Nouveau style can be found at the Villa Stuck, a museum and history house dedicated to painter Franz Stuck. In contrast with the classical exterior, the opulent, organic and gilded interiors host a selection of exhibitions all year round. Villa Bechtolsheim at Maria-Theresia-Straße, 27 is one of the oldest Art Nouveau buildings in Germany. A short walk away takes you to Prinzregentenplatz, named after Prince Regent of Bavaria under whose sovereign Bavaria prospered in art and culture to become one of the main cultural hubs of Europe. At the heart of this area is the Prinzregententheater, a neo-classical Art Nouveau center of performing arts. Feel free to stop in for a show or just to admire the grand interiors.

Fun fact: While we are on the topic of Prince Regent era, don’t forget to taste the Prinzregententorte, a Bavarian layer cake in one of Munich’s cozy cafes.

Villa Stuck – Prinzregentenstraße 60

Prinzregententheater – Prinzregentenpl. 12

Haidhausen, located south of Bogenhausen and just across the river from the city center, is packed with authentic markets, boutiques, French restaurants, beer gardens and the famous Gasteig concert hall where the locals go. Before this neighborhood was incorporated into the city Munich in the 19th century, it was home to workers whose labor were needed for the blooming industries along the Isar. As a result, the neighborhood is full of low ceiling cottages that were once home to low-income workers – a change of scene from the opulent villas of Bogenhausen yet not any less charming.

Hofbräukeller am Wiener Platz

Innere Wiener Straße 19

One of the most beautiful beer gardens in Munich, this is a locals’ favorite serves as the meeting spot for Munchners in this part of town. Before the invention of the fridge, beer was stored in cellars under the banks of the Isar. Above the cellars, chestnut trees are grown to create shades for the communal beer tables. This tradition gives rise to beer gardens like Hofbräukeller. The beer garden is located on the Wiener Platz, a busy square whose market is a must-see in Munich. The platz got its name from its proximity to the main road leading to Wien (Vienna).

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Müller’sches Volksbad

Rosenheimer Str. 1

The most beautiful bath in Munich whose interiors and especially the sauna area are kept very much intact from the beginning of the 1900s. The bath house features two swimming pools in art deco halls, steam room, wet sauna, dry sauna, warm pool, and cold plunge pool. To complete your self-indulging time here, head to the pub inside the bath house for a drink.

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Gasteig München

Rosenheimer Str. 5

Opening in 1985, Gasteig is a cultural center in Munich that is home to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. It also hosts the Richard Strauss Conservatory – part of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich – one of the most respected vocational universities in Germany specializing in music and the performing arts, the Volkshochschule, and the municipal library which has a large selection of English books. Feel free to grab a coffee and take a walk around the building, you may run into music and performing arts students and artists practicing in the multiple common halls in the red brick building. The center hosts over 1,700 events throughout the year, including the Filmfest Munchen and many events of the Munich Biennale.

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Museum Lichtspiele

Lilienstraße 2

Located in a beautiful, quiet corner not far from the Isar river bank and the Deutsches museum, Museum Lichtspiele is the second oldest cinema still in operation in the city. First opened in 1910 by the same operator of the oldest cinema existing in the city today, Lichtspiele has been showing movies in its cozy decorated hall for over 100 years. This is where you find non mainstream, artistic gems. This cinema is among a very few cinemas in Germany that show movies in their original language without dubbing . Every Saturday at 11pm for the past 30 years, the museum shows the cult film “Rocky Horror Picture Show” – a tradition it created for itself.

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Photo credits, top down:
Mario Gamba and Acquarello interiors by Aquarello restaurant
Huber dish preparation, desserts, and interiors by Huber restaurant
Müller’sches Volksbad clock tower by Mister No under  CC 3.0
Müller’sches Volksbad Art Nouveau bath house interior by Jorge Royan under  CC 3.0
Gasteig München exterior by Schlaier under  CC 3.0 
Gasteig philharmonic podium by Andreas Praefcke under  CC 3.0
Museum Lichtspiele by Matthias Stolz, courtesy of the cinema
All other Bogenhausen, Haidhausen and Hoyer & Kast photos by Hoyer & Kast Interiors