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Tips for an (Italian) weekend in Munich

Munich, they say, is the northernmost Italian city: Monaco di Baviera. Here are some tips so that you too can enjoy the Italian feeling on your short trip to Munich.

  1. Enjoy like in Bella Italia
  2. Italian architecture in the middle of Munich
  3. Famous Italian artists in Munich
  4. Shopping like in Milan
  5. Insider tip that probably isn't one

Enjoy like in Bella Italia

No visitor to Munich can get past the Viktualienmarkt.

Once a farmers' market, today it serves the eloquent Bavarian lifestyle of the people of Munich, from the Maypole to its gourmet stalls. Here, all Munich residents feel at home and Munich's guests are warmly invited.

To underpin the self-image of Munich's inhabitants living in the northernmost Italian city, you only have to go a few meters further. Just off the Viktualienmarkt is the Schrannenhalle. Once a granary, it now houses one of the largest Italian delicatessen markets - Etaly.

Even the Italian bicycle manufacturer Bianchi can be found here. You can't get more Italy to enjoy.

Viktualienmarkt, fruit stand with oranges, peaches, grapes and figs Photo: Markus Spiske, Unsplash

Italian architecture in the middle of Munich

Munich's most beautiful exterior facade is indisputably the bold yellow rococo façade of the Theatinerkirche on Odensplatz in Munich's old town. Modeled on the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome, the Italian builders Agostino Barelli, Antonio Spinelli, and Enrico Zuccalli constructed this, otherwise thoroughly Bavarian church. Since it was once a court church, it also houses the princely crypt of the Wittelsbach dynasty, the ruling house of Bavaria.

Next to the Theatinerkirche is the Feldherrnhalle. It, too, was built on the Italian model, the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.

Odeonsplatz with view of the Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle Photo: Danceyokoo, Pexels
Odeonsplatz with Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle

Famous Italian artists in Munich

Munich is soccer. Surprisingly, however, few Italians played and played for the German record champion Bayern Munich. One that all Munich people loved was Luca Toni, but that was over 10 years ago.

Italy's true artists can be found in the Pinakothek.

The Alte Pinakothek houses one of the largest Italian collections internationally. Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, and many more await you.

Also in the Pinakothek der Moderne, you will find a large collection of Italian artists such as Modigliani, Morandi, or Fontana.

Shopping like in Milan

Munich may not stand up to comparison with the fashion capital of Milan.

But the best Dirndl and Lederhosen can be found here in any case. In Munich's old town, you have the free choice of the best traditional costume stores. We can recommend Dirndl Liebe, a CityTourCard Munich partner, where you even get a discount.

On the 2nd Wiesn weekend, the so-called Italian weekend, you are perfectly dressed in a Munich costume on the "Festa d'ottobre".

Oktoberfest, people standing close together, rides in background, sunny day Photo: Manuel Joseph, Pexels

Insider tip that probably isn't one

The Italian espresso bar Bar Centrale in Munich's Old Town is the perfect start, end, or stopover for your Italian weekend in Munich.

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