Kaufingerstraße and Neuhauser Straße
Munich's central shopping area: Kaufinger and Neuhauser Straße
Shopping, feasting and culture: A diverse selection of shops, restaurants and attractions lure tourists and locals into downtown Munich. Kaufingerstraße and Neuhauser Straße are located between Marienplatz, Frauenkirche and Karlsplatz (Stachus) and offer enough for everyone.
Popular shopping area
Munich's central pedestrian zone and the most important shopping area consists of two large streets, the Kaufingerstraße and the Neuhauser Straße, which merge into each other. The attractive fruit and vegetable stands and the creative street artists bring the boulevard to life, which attracts locals and tourists to go shopping. Traditional department stores, drugstores, electrical, trend and souvenir shops are found between the most popular attractions of the city, such as Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche and Karlsplatz (Stachus). Small covered passages make shopping a pleasure even on a rainy day.
Shopping street with history and attractions
Kaufingerstraße was first mentioned in 1316 as "Chufringerstraße", which makes its name on of the oldest street names in Munich next to the Rindermarkt. During World War Two, it was extensively destroyed, restored and finally renewed with post-modern architecture at the turn of the millennium. Thanks to the construction of the S-Bahn service for the Olympic Games in 1972, the inner city today is free of cars. You can pleasantly combine culture and shopping in this historic area. Starting at the Marienplatz, one can admire the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), reach Munich's famous Frauenkirche through Kaufingerstraße and Liebfrauenstraße and stroll along Neuhauser Straße to the large medieval city gates at Karlsplatz (Stachus). Take a seat and relax at the large fountain at Stachus and continue your shopping trip at the expansive Stachus underground passages.
Events in the shopping streets
There is always something going on in the pedestrian zone: Whether the "Fasching", which is carnival "Munich style", the city foundation festival in June, the cultural shopping night in September with late night opening of many shops and, of course, the Christmas market at the end of the year. Demonstrations and rallies as well as musicians and entertainment artists also make up the cityscape. You can reach many side streets from the two main shopping areas Kaufingerstraße and Neuhauser Straße: the Theaterinerstraße attracts with primarily higher class fashion, while Sendlinger Straße, which was recently converted into a pedestrian zone, has many trendy boutiques for a younger target group, along with shoe and sporting goods stores.