Viewing modern art in the Lenbachhaus, eating dumplings in a traditional restaurant at the Viktualienmarkt, and then having a nightcap in a trendy pub where there's even more of the Bavarian lifestyle - some say Munich is the most livable city in the world. If missing vacation days, lousy weather or a lockdown thwart our vacation plans, there's still good news: Munich's sights can easily be brought into your own four walls at the click of a mouse. Here's how to discover Bavaria's capital from home:


Virtual tour of Munich's museums

The Lenbachhaus has made its art collection digitally accessible

Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael - art lovers should be delighted that the treasures of Munich's internationally renowned museum landscape can now be marveled at around the clock - all from the comfort of their own homes.

Fans of expressionist art are usually drawn to the Lenbachhaus. The house on Königsplatz has had an online collection ready for quite some time. It contains all the objects and exhibits of the Lenbachhaus, from the expressionist works of Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter and other members of the Blaue Reiter, to Franz von Lenbach's portrait paintings, to the more abstract art objects of Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter.

The beauty is that, just like a real museum visit, clicking and scrolling through the online collection can take hours. You're in a hurry, but don't want to miss out on the art? Then the filter option can help. Example: If you are interested in the depiction of landscapes, you search specifically for this keyword and are presented with all the artworks that deal with the subject. Not so impractical, is it? You can access the online collection here.

And there are also current exhibitions to see: Although it is not possible to click through the rooms virtually, there are free Audio guides and videos of curators giving introductions to the works in the exhibitions. If that's not enough information for you, you can download the wall texts as a PDF. You can find an overview of the current exhibitions here.

Also the Bavarian State Painting Collection, to which the Pinacotheca has been offering a digital version of its entire collection of paintings (a whopping 25,000! works) since 2017. New is the project #ARTMINUTE. The idea: curators present selected masterpieces from the collection in one-minute videos and take their own look at them. That's great, because visitors not only learn more about Ruben's The Great Last Judgment or van Gogh's Sunflowers, but also get insights into the work behind the scenes. For the early birds among you: Before the videos land on the website, they can be found on Instagram & Co. Those who are now lamenting that strolling through the museum rooms can't be replaced in this way should be reassured, because the entire old Pinakothek is also available in 360°. With a simple click of the mouse, you can move through all the rooms of the museum and experience real museum flair. By the way, even family outings to the museum don't have to be postponed: Children's and family workshops are held every weekend, where the little ones can discover the works of art in the Alte Pinakothek, the Brandhorst Museum and the Pinakothek der Moderne. 

You can access the 360° tour here.

And here go to the program for digital events.


Theater via live stream

At the Gärtnerplatz Theater, Viktoria und ihr Husar will be offered digitally until further notice © Christian POGO Zach

Munich's theaters can also be brought into every living room in the world - via live stream. The Munich Kammerspiele for example, broadcast their theater and dance productions via video recording until further notice. As with a normal visit to the theater, tickets are available in A and B categories. At home, you may be sitting on the sofa and not in the auditorium, but the video perspective at least gives you the impression of being in a real theater. Good to know: On the website, you'll find videos for many of the performances, in which the creators of the plays and performances introduce their pieces. An overview of the program and the digital introductions can be found at here.

The theater is also available to go: If you've had enough of the sofa and your screen, download an episode of the podcast and take a walk while listening to actors talk about what the future of theater will look like. 

By the way, you can also watch rehearsals of upcoming productions free of charge via live stream. And as always, you can listen to the discussions that are held regularly at the Münchner Kammerspiele - now via Zoom. 

You can find all episodes of the podcast here.

Also the Gärtnerplatz Theater - a multi-specialty theater whose portfolio ranges from classical theater and opera evenings to musicals, ballet and modern dance - has unceremoniously switched to digital performances. 

Tip: Be sure to watch the numerous videos that accompany the performances! Trailers, play introductions, and discussions make you want to stream the performances into your own living room even more. If you like it personal, listen to the Gärtnerplatz Podcast, in which all the makers, from actors to technicians, talk about their work behind the scenes.

You can find the current program here.

Podcast and videos can be found in the Media library.


Going out for a Bavarian meal

 Where can you learn more about the Bavarian way of life than in a pub? Fortunately, Munich's restaurateurs have come up with a few ideas to keep serving their guests.  

Usually, at the Goldmarie restaurant in downtown Munich, liver dumplings with sauerkraut and other typical Bavarian dishes are served on plates. Recently, however, the food has been available in sealable jars. This not only looks pretty, but is also practical, because the food in the jar can be kept for some time and also survives longer transport routes. For a small extra charge, the food is shipped not only within Munich, but to all corners of Germany.

What dishes are available in the jar, you will find here out.

The food at Xaver's, a traditional Bavarian inn on Viktoalienmarkt, has always been homemade, but now it's getting literal: For all those who can't pick up the food, chef Fabian Huber has a cooking video ready. In it, he explains step by step how saddle of venison and potato and chestnut puree succeed at home. 

Cooking in Bavarian - Chef Fabian Huber from Xaver's explains how Bavarian cuisine also succeeds at home

Virtual city walk through Munich

A virtual city walk - is that even possible? In Munich, at least, they seem to believe it does: The annual exhibition on climate change planned for 2021, which was actually supposed to take place in the City Hall Gallery, will be held digitally. A total of 5 city walks via Zoom through various districts of Munich are planned. In the process, urban developers and other experts will tell how Munich is to become climate-neutral by 2035. There will also be discussion events, exhibitions and workshops for young people - all digital, of course. You can find an overview of the annual exhibition here.


In 360° through the Allianz Arena

Are you a soccer fan and have you always wanted to know what view the players have when they stand in the middle of the pitch? Then take a virtual tour of Munich's soccer stadium. Thanks to the 360° images, you can move through all the rooms of the arena at the click of a mouse. It's never been so easy to get into the VIP lounge, has it? You can get to the 360° Allianz Arena here.

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