Sightseeing in Munich with the bus line 54

Der Englische Garten in München., Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka
Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka

Bus line 54: Discover Munich hotspots at these 6 stops

You are new in town and you want to check out some Munich hotspots? We have the ideal all-weather day tour for you, on which you can explore the city at very little cost. The bus line 54 even goes directly through the English Garden! And you might encounter a lot more on the way...


Breakfast at Münchner Freiheit

Die Haltestelle Münchner Freiheit., Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka
Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka

Before you start into a long day of sightseeing, you should definitely strengthen yourself. We recommend Café Münchner Freiheit (advertisement), where you can get a delicious breakfast as well as incredible cakes and ice cream. Right next door, kids can jump around on a huge playground in summer. In winter the smell of roasted almonds and punch is in the air at the annual Schwabing Christmas market. On Thursdays there is also a weekly market with all sorts of great food. Since the 54 bus starts off directly from Münchner Freiheit, it is a great starting point for your bus tour. But before you should take a closer look at Münchner Freiheit station - because of its award-winning design. The lighting concept was developed by the world-famous light artist Ingo Maurer and the roof of the bus and tram stop is also one of the architectural highlights in the area.

Shopping on Leopoldstraße

Münchner Sehenswürdigkeiten - Siegestor, Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño
Foto: muenchen.de / Mónica Garduño

Before the bus turns off towards the English Garden, you can sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of Leopoldstraße. There is actually loads going on here day and night. Whether it's big fashion boutiques or small shops like the toy and handicraft shop "Kunst und Spiel" (advertisement), bars and clubs around Münchner Freiheit, or delicious restaurants - you will definitely find what you are looking for. But watch out! On two weekends in summer and autumn the famous Streetlife Festival takes place on Leopoldstraße. Then there is no bus service on the route. Instead, you will find action packed sport events, live music, information stands and much more.

When the bus 54 passes Giselastraße, it is worth jumping off at the Siegestor (picture). Munich's Arc de Triomphe may not be as big as its brother in Paris - but with the Quadriga and the Bavaria and its four lions it is a real eye-catcher and great photo motif.

Experience nature in the English Garden

Der Englische Garten in München., Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka
Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka

Next stop: English Garden! Yes, you heard right, for those of you who are visiting Munich for the first time: Bus 54 will take you directly to the English Garden, from where you can go on a walk through Munich's largest park. Close to the bus stop you will find the Chinese Tower, which is a wonderful destination in the summer season with its beer garden or at the popular Kocherlball (traditional dance event). In winter you will find a Christmas market there. If you don't want to get off the bus - you will have a perfect view on the park landscape through the bus windows.

Villas and magnificent buildings along Prinzregentenstraße

Prinzregententheater im Winter mit Sonnenschein, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

We continue towards Prinzregentenplatz through the beautiful district Bogenhausen, past pompous houses decorated with stucco, oriels, columns and small figures. You will be amazed, because the Prinzregentenstraße is one of the most important boulevards in Munich. Not only renowned houses such as the Villa Stuck or the Prinzregententheater await you, but also a popular viewing point: from the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) the view opens up over lower Prinzregentenstraße to the Prinz-Carl-Palais - especially in summer it is worthwhile to watch the sunset here.

Fresh Isar air at the Brudermühlstraße

Sommerliche Eindrücke vom Flaucher, Foto: muenchen.de/Anette Göttlicher
Foto: muenchen.de/Anette Göttlicher

Through the beautiful district of Giesing, the bus number 54 route leads directly across the river Isar - thanks to the Brudermühl bridge. It is definitely worth getting off the bus: No matter what time of year it is, there is always something going on at the Isar - all around the river bank named Flaucher there are bathing enthusiasts diving into the river. Maybe you will even spot someone taking an ice bath in winter.

The newly designed Luise-Kiesselbach-Platz

Der Luise-Kiesselbach-Platz in München., Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka
Foto: Marie-Lyce Plaschka

Get on the bus again (or stay seated) and the ride continues! In the Sendling area, not only a small but fine Christmas market in winter and a delicious ice cream parlour on the Harras square await you, but also the newly designed Luise-Kiesselbach-Platz a little further on. Thanks to the reconstruction of the once famously congested traffic junction, you can now stroll around on green spaces and visit Sendling's landmark, the stately house of St. Josef, with its two bell towers.

Of course there are many more highlights along the way - at the final stop Lorettoplatz you visit the famous cemetery Waldfriedhof.

And by the way, line 54 is not the only public transport system that is perfectly suited for sightseeing in Munich. Tram line 16 and tram line 19 also pass numerous hotspots - just get on.

Text: Marie-Lyce Plaschka

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