Münchner Freiheit: A square with lots of history

U-Bahnhof Münchner Freiheit

Münchner Freiheit is the beating heart in the Schwabing district

It’s one of the busiest places in Munich, a place to linger and shop, and a transport hub: Münchner Freiheit. It’s also the starting point for a nightly pub crawl or a walk in the English Garden. The square is the beating heart of Schwabing - one of the most popular districts in Munich, where the artistic scene used to meet.

Impressions of Münchner Freiheit

Busy Transport Junction, Shops, Restaurants

Münchner Freiheit has more facets than almost any other place in Munich. Directly at the square and in the subway passage below you will find supermarkets, a large shopping center, restaurants, snack bars, and cafés, pubs, banks, a large post office, and several other shops to cover all your daily needs.

It’s also a busy transport junction: with its subways, buses, and tram line it’s an important transfer station for many Munich residents - and sometimes a bottleneck for motorists. Münchner Freiheit is also the starting point for nightly tours through Schwabing's lively pub scene or walks in the nearby English Garden.

The “Münchner Freiheit” stop has even won an award

Münchner Freiheit, Foto: MVG Christoph Stepan
Foto: MVG Christoph Stepan

The Münchner Freiheit U-Bahn stop was opened in 1971 and completely rebuilt in 2008/2009 with a new lighting concept by Munich artist Ingo Maurer. In Warsaw, the Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (Munich Transport Company, MVG) was bestowed the “Local Rail Award” by the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) in the “Stops and stations” category for the successful renovation of the surface transfer station and the modernization of the underground station.

 

Celebrated light design by Ingo Maurer

Münchner Freiheit, Foto: SWM Kerstin Groh
Foto: SWM Kerstin Groh

The MVG describes the current design as follows: “The new light and color concept was created by the internationally renowned Schwabing lighting designer Ingo Maurer. While the existing architecture was largely retained, the look of the four-track U-Bahn station was completely redesigned. The bus and tram stop with its striking roof, visible from afar, was built as part of the new Tram 23 line to replace an unsightly functional building. The roof has become one of the district’s architectural landmarks and is internationally acclaimed for its unusual design – as is the U-Bahn station.” (MVG - Die Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH).

M-WLAN - free Wi-Fi in Munich’s squares

The free M-WLAN wi-fi service is available at multiple locations in Munich, allowing users to surf the Internet for free.

M-WLAN is a free service offered by the city together with Stadtwerke München as a technical partner. muenchen.de and M-net are acting as sponsors.

Experience big city life at Münchner Freiheit

Münchner Freiheit , Foto: Stefan Strasser
Foto: Stefan Strasser

Münchner Freiheit is the northern end of the “Entertainment Mile” on Munich’s Leopoldstrasse. The boulevard features a well-known strolling promenade with wide sidewalks. Innumerable bars, restaurants, and clubs attract many Munich residents and guests, especially on the weekends. In the winter, the square at Münchner Freiheit is home to the Schwabing Christmas market, spreading a cozy flair with its small alleys and old wooden stalls.

It wasn’t until 1947 that the square was given the name Münchner Freiheit, in memory of the resistance group Freiheitsaktion Bayern, which called for surrender to American troops and an armed uprising against the remaining Nazi units in April 1945.

The square is so popular, a German pop music group even named themselves after it. In front of a local café sits actor Helmut Fischer, who achieved major fame and popularity in his TV role as "Monaco Franze", as a bronze monument. "Monaco Franze" was a cult Bavarian television series in the 1980s. The square, also called “Freiheit” (Freedom) by the people of Munich, has history and cult character.

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