Discover Munich’s famous bar and café district Glockenbach. Follow the traces of Queen’s lead singer Freddie Mercury who once lived around here. Shop some new music in record stores before relaxing in one of the many bars and cafés or strolling along quite unspoiled Isar river.
The first part of this subTOUR is a short distance walk. So take your time to enjoy the architecture around. The second part of the route crossing lovely river Isar to the venue Tonhalle is for those up for a longer walking tour. The urban nightlife area around there are great options for spending the evening and the night if you don't have tickets for a concert.
Please note that it's recommended to start the tour after lunch as some record stores might be closed before.
Gutfeeling (Birgit Bachmeier & Stefan Ramsthaler)
Start your subTOUR near central point of Sendlinger Tor: Gutfeeling is a local record label with focus on handmade music. Said this, it adds a very authentic feeling to its integrated record store. The shop offers a variety of genres from Blues to Rock, from Country to Hardcore and Jazz. Always celebrating the love for vinyl - especially when it comes to world music. After shopping, stay eastwards.
Shopping tip: Halloween Gore Store if you’re interested in Gothic.
Bar tip: on your way eastbound, have a look at Ochsengarten. Once favourite bar of Freddie Mercury.
Hans Sachs Strasse (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Take your time and stroll through gay and lesbian welcoming Glockenbach district. You will find loads of cozy cafés and little restaurants around. Pestalozzistrasse and Hans-Sachs-Strasse were two places where Freddie Mercury lived during his time in Munich.
Bar tip: on your way, have a glance into Hans-Sachs-Strasse, house number 2. Freddie Mercury was a frequent guest at Café NiL.
Optimal Records (Birgit Bachmeier & Stefan Ramsthaler)
Some steps further eastwards is Optimal, one of the best record stores in town, specialized in Indie and Alternative. Bring some time. There are plenty of shelfs to browse.
Food tip: the Punk Rock Italian restaurant Santo Anger is nearby. Maybe an option for tonight's dinner?
Sightseeing tip: consider a little detour northwards to explore more from beautiful Glockenbach district around Gärtnerplatz. This area provides numerous bars and restaurants to spend the evening. Check out night club Paradiso Bar where Freddie Mercury celebrated his 40th birthday back in 1986. For tonight, Rock bar Dive Bar may be a great option.
Schallplattenzentrale (Birgit Bachmeier & Stefan Ramsthaler)
Next stop: record shopping, again. Schallplattenzentrale is a haven for second hand records. A great place to find a rare pieces of your favourite music.
If you still got energy, continue the subTOUR eastwards. Stop at the bridge crossing beautiful Isar river area with its lush and quite unspoiled scenery. Perfect lookout for taking some photo memories of Munich before heading to Au and Haidhausen district with its authentic streets and places.
Shopping tip: if you haven't found your favourite record yet, take a little detour to another record store called Der Schallplattenladen.
Tonhalle (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
The final stop of this subTOUR is close to Ostbahnhof, perfectly located for public transportation back. Have a look at the urban music and arts area Werksviertel where the venue Tonhalle is situated. Stroll across the place, which is actually located in the old factory premises of food producer Pfanni - more precisely in its potatoe storage. Tonhalle used as a venue since 1996 now. First named Colosseum and since 2003 Tonhalle. The venue hosts acts from Indie and Alternative to Rock and Metalcore.
Club tip: Eddy's Rock Club with Classic Rock and Hard Rock tunes.
Food tip: Nachtkantine offers great burgers and is close to the venue. Open until late.
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