Up close and personal with Glockenbachviertel

Up close and personal with Glockenbachviertel

by Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Large bustling cities can be overwhelming if you are trying to see the entire thing in one trip, or even one day. Munich, the capital of Bavaria and Germany’s most populous city, is a lot to process all at once. Take the guesswork out of your trip to the city by breaking it down into neighborhoods. One of Munich’s prettiest neighborhoods is Glockenbachviertel. It is located just south of the city center by the Isar River and has undergone many changes over the years. 

Glockenbachviertel was once home to the Jewish community and millworkers. It then made a fairly drastic change and turned into the edgy hub of Munich's gay and lesbian community in the 1980s. Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, even had a second home here! The neighborhood recently turned into Munich's most luxurious area and is home to lovely residential buildings, bars, restaurants and shops. It has a booming nightlife and is a chic place to hang out, especially with the younger crowds. You could even label it a little eccentric and liberal. 

Though the heydays for the LGBTQ community may seem like they were left in the 80s, that simply isn’t true. There is still a thriving community there today. Müllerstrasse has numerous bars, clubs and stores that promote sexual equality in a judgement-free zone. This particular district within Munich chooses to let the city shine with all the colors of the rainbow! 

If you are interested in shopping for unique, independent labels, look no further than Hans-Sachs-Straße. This street is lined with boutiques, cafes, and bistros with outdoor seating and is the perfect place for shopping. Visit 7te Himmel for unique fashion and jewelry or Artefakt, which sells hand-dyed and painted fabrics from up-and-coming designers. 

To refuel while shopping, head to cafe SAXS. They have a sun terrace that is a lovely place to relax and unwind. Another great place to stop and eat or grab drinks is The Drunken Dragon Bar. They offer Chinese-fusion inspired foods in a trendy setting. The service is impeccable and the wait staff speaks English. Should you be out and about later at night, the kiosk on Reichenbachbrücke bridge serves drinks and small snacks. There is also a plethora of curry places that are still going strong between 2-3 a.m. if you just can’t get enough of that traditional German snack.  

If you’ve been searching for the perfect neighborhood in Germany with a younger crowd, more modern establishments and less of an uptight feel, Glockenbachviertel is the place for you. Support independent artists, sample some amazing food and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Munich is overflowing with old world charm, but this particular place is headed for the future with its forward thinking and modern innovation. 



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