Munich is home to plenty of beautiful buildings, from the imposing Neo-Gothic architecture of the Neues Rathaus that dominates Marienplatz to the many pretty Neoclassical churches and contemporary edifices. Here, Culture Trip has whittled it down to the best of the bunch – so grab your camera, put on your comfy trainers and start exploring the streets of Munich.
The Catholic Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) in Munich is a fantastic building that will impress everyone, religious or not. The massive blue glass cube encapsulates another hidden wooden cube, and has the largest church doors in the world. If you’re lucky enough to visit Munich on high feast days, you might experience the entire front of the building opening up, but normally, you just enter through a smaller pair of front doors. It was completed in 2000 to replace the church that had previously stood in the location, which had been destroyed in a 1994 fire. The church is a truly remarkable place of worship – a design feat that is well worth a visit.
Munich’s museum for modern art, architecture and design is in a suitably eye-catching building – Stephan Braunfels’ design features a 25-metre-high (82-foot-high) glass dome, as well as large picture windows and delicate, yet towering pillars. The rotunda fulfils the function of an Italian piazza and is the starting point for all tours of the museum. Inside, the spacious, white halls are a joy to wander around, and function as a beautiful blank slate for the art. Don’t miss the only remaining fragment of the former Prince Arnulf barracks, set between the new Pinakothek and the Museum Brandhorst, inside of which you can admire artist Walter de Maria’s striking Large Red Sphere.
Additional reporting by Cajsa Carlson.