This tour fits perfectly to a concert in Munich Olympic Stadium or Olympic Hall. It will guide you to several independent record stores in the buzzing heart of the inner city before heading to the area of Olympic Park. Visit the Rock Museum on the Olympic Tower and follow the Olympic Walk Of Stars. If you’re in town between June and July, the Tollwood Summer Festival is also a great place to spend the afternoon or evening.
Starting point of this subTOUR is Schwabing, a district most widely known for its fancy restaurants, student cafés and bars. You will discover architectural and historical highlights around.
As one of the highlights, there’s some hidden Rock music history to reveal about Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Michael Jackson, King Of Pop.
Maoz, Munich (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Start your subTOUR in hip district Schwabing. Take your time exploring the little streets and discover Schwabing's unique atmosphere around.
Surrounded by this beautiful neighbourhood with loads of student cafés, restaurants, and bars, Maoz is not only a simple record store, but also a nice spot for a coffee break. Enjoy the relaxed vibes while discovering the newest stuff in vinyl. It may not be a huge selection, but Maoz is always worth a visit when around.
Second Music & Fun (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Stay southbound strolling along Schwabing's characteristic streets full of shops and cafés until you reach Second Music & Fun. Enjoy 100 sqm of vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and much more music related stuff. This is definitely the place where you will find anything fitting your musical taste. If you're into it, you can also trade records directly.
Best Records (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler )
Record shopping, part 3: Best Records offers no CDs, DVD or any digital stuff. The owner is a music enthusiast, offering around 20,000 LPs and singles.
Sightseeing tip: on your way, you will pass amazing museums, galleries, and historical buildings such as Neue Pinakothek or Alte Pinakothek, two of Munich's most renowned art collections. If you don’t mind walking some steps further, take a detour southwards to Egyptian Museum and Königsplatz framed by the Glyptothek which is dedicated to ancient sculptures.
Food tip: there are loads of cafés in the area. One of the best spots for taking a break is Schall & Rauch.
In front of the hotel, fans of Michael Jackson created a monument for the King of Pop (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Before heading to Olympic Park take a stroll southwards crossing beautiful Odeonsplatz with impressing Feldherrnhalle and Theatinerkirche. Definitely have a glance at Hofgarten with its beautiful Baroque park architecture. Also worth a short sightseeing stop is Residenz and Wittelsbacherplatz.
Some steps further you will reach Promenadeplatz with famous hotel Bayerischer Hof. Reveal the Rock music story behind this luxury place: in 2002, Oasis ended up in jail after a fist fight with other guests. Right in front of the hotel, Michael Jackson fans created a monument for their King of Pop.
History tip: another remarkable spot is Marienplatz. The subway station is where Arctic Monkeys shot parts of a music video.
BMW World is a free admission exhibition about Munich's car manufacturer (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Take Munich public transportation northbound towards Olympic Park. Exit the subway station directly located next to BMW World. Actually you’re standing right near headquarters of the world famous German automaker. Have a look into BMW World which is mainly a free admission exhibition. So if you are into cars and motorsport, take your time. Learn all about the BMW brand and experience all of its products including MINI, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and BMW Motorrad. Explore fascinating exhibitions, events, tours, and also delicious food options.
Inside Rock Museum at the top of the Olympic Tower in Munich (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Some steps further but already visible from far away is Olympic Tower featuring Rock Museum on top. Enjoy the panorama upon the Bavarian capital and the alpin mountain range, then take your time to discover the exhibition containing interesting pieces of Rock music history. For those who need a snack, there are different restaurants around.
The Walk Of Stars in Munich's Olympic Park includes Metallica (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
This LA-like installation features more than 170 stars so far. Among them renowned Rock and Pop artists as Metallica, Rammstein, or Kylie Minogue. Weather allowing, enjoy a stroll around the lake before heading on to the next spot on this subTOUR. In summer, there are always special events around the place.
The Olympic Hall in Munich in action (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Olympic Hall is probably the major venue in town when it comes to live concerts of the big players. The line up so far featured Pink Floyd as well as The Rolling Stones, Green Day or Elton John, and Bryan Adams. About 15,500 people fit in there, standing pitches as well as several seating options always available.
View from Munich's Olympic Park hill upon the Olympic Stadium (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Visible from further away, architectural highlight Olympic Stadium was host to the 20th Olympic Summergames in 1972. Today, the biggest venue in town welcoming the real big players in music business. Attending a summer open air in this arena is really a quite unique life-time experience.
Tollwood Summer Festival (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Optional: If you are around in summer, take an extra tour to alternative market festival south of Olympic Park named Tollwood Festival. It’s usually located behind the lake and hill opposite Olympic Tower. It's a perfect place to spend some hours enjoying the numerous bar and food options, strolling along the shopping stalls, or attending a live music or comedy performance.
RAW Bar, Munich (Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
If you're up for Metal this evening, try RAW. Nearest subway station is Stiglmaierplatz when you want to go directly from Olympic Park. Otherwise, it's in walking distance from Munich main station. RAW is for those you love harder tunes. Having a beer and wearing your favourite Death Metal band shirt feels so natural in here.
Be spoilt of cafés and bars in Munich’s Glockenbach district. Follow the traces of Freddie Mercury from Queen who lived here. Browse independent record stores until you reach beautiful Isar river. End this tour in party area near major venue Tonhalle.
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