4 tips for discovering the Westend
Relaxed, hip and diverse: Westend is a colourful district
Call it Schwanthalerhöhe or Westend - the Munich district next to the famous Theresienwiese has long been considered quite hip. Come along on a discovery tour - to friendly cafés and to an endless staircase.
Visit the infinite staircase
There are not many stairs in the world that count as a sight you shouldn't miss. But you should really visit this one: In the inner courtyard of the company KPMG on Ganghoferstrasse, Olafur Eliasson's work of art "Umschreibung" (circumscription) has been enriching the Westend district since 2004. If you want to climb the stairs to the very top - tough luck. The steps form an eternal cycle of up and down. Almost philosophical, but above all: quite beautiful to look at.
Relax in really nice cafés
The Westend may not house as many cafés as the famous districts Glockenbachviertel or Schwabing do. But still, there are surprisingly many really nice places to have a coffee in this small district. To name a few, Café Dupont serves fantastic galettes made from buckwheat flour with salty, hearty ingredients. You should definitely visit Café Marais in a former household goods shop - here you'll find yourself sitting between rummage and beautiful old furniture. In the friendly Café Colombo (photo) you can plan your next holiday trip with the old world maps hanging the walls - maybe the delicious French pastry will inspire you.
At café Lohner & Grobitsch, the almost floor-to-ceiling windows provide an extra portion of cosiness. A must when it comes to breakfast is Café Westend. Here you can also meet in the evening for happy hour - or to try your hand at the in-house bowling alley...
Discover street art on house facades
The Westend has always been a colourful district - a few decades ago, many first generation guest workers came to live in this part of Munich. The colourfulness has also been transferred to many house facades. If you walk down Westendstraße, for example, you will come across some pretty cool street art. For example at the corner of Westendstraße and Bergmannstraße (photo above): Here, a whole block of houses was painted without further ado. What looks like an abstract jumble of colors up close, with a little distance you can see motifs like a cigarette box, a bird's nest or a man's figure. The Westend will inspire you ...
Take a walk in Bavariapark
Bavariapark is not one of Munich's biggest parks. But one thing it definitely is: really cosy - and great to look at at any time of the year. Even the statues and monuments in the Bavariapark are very relaxed - and are aptly named "Resting Faun" or "Lying Spring Nymph". The fibreglass snail at the entrance to the park in front of the traffic centre of the Deutsches Museum gives a good indication of the appropriate speed: there is definitely no hectic pace to be found here. And if you are looking for a place to stop: In the restaurant "Wirtshaus am Bavariapark", at Theresienhöhe 15, you can sit inside and outside.