Munich is today one of Germany’s most dynamic cities. With its rich history and its Bavarian culture it today attracts many visitors wishing to follow in the footsteps of Richard Strauss. Book now your classical concert, opera or dance ticket!
Munich and classical music: Discover the 2018 Munich season!
Book your opera, concert or ballet tickets in Munich!
Munich is THE must-see Bavarian city! Enjoy an Apfelstrudel (apple pie) with a pint of Weissbier between two strolls in the historical streets. Prepare your musical evening by booking your opera tickets for the Bayerische Staatsoper or your concert tickets for the Gasteig!
A little history
The city was founded by Henry the Lion, duke of Saxe. In order to generate salt trade in his territories, the duke destroyed a bridge and built a new one at today's Ludwigsbrücke's location. A village developed around that bridge and was named München as a monastery was close by. "Mönchen" means "monk" in German.
In 1180, Otto of Wittelsbach became Duke of Bavaria. His dynasty reigned on the region until 1918. In 1255, the duchy was split into two and Munich became the capital of High-Bavaria.
After a fire in 1327, the emperor Ludwig IV rebuilt Munich. The city became an imperial residence in 1328.
Between 1651 and 1679, under the reign of Elector Ferdinand Maria, Italian Baroque styled buildings were built in Munich. It is thanks to his wife, Henriette Adélaïde of Savoy, that these buildings are the pride of the city nowadays.
Under the reign of Ludwig I of Bavaria, Munich became a renowned artistic city. Architects such as Leo Klenze or Friedrich von Gärtner expressed their talent.
After WWI, Munich was the theatre of a communist revolution. The communists took the power in November 1918 and established the Bavarian Soviet Republic, which was overthrown on May 3rd, 1919.
During the following years, Munich became the headquarters of the Hitlerian movement. In 1938, the famous agreement between Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain and Daladier on the conquest of the Sudetes was named after Munich. It is also in Munich that the opposition to Nazism began (Die Weiße Rose).
After WWII, the city was rebuilt during the American occupation and continued its economic and cultural development.
Nowadays, Munich is among the most dynamic German cities. Historically and culturally rich, the city attracts lots of visitors in the footsteps of Richard Strauss, Albert Einstein and Empress Sissi!
What to do in Munich?
Munich has a lot to offer! Start your journey by visiting the Residence, which housed the court of Maximilian I. Admire the typical architecture of the seventeenth century and visit the Antiquarium which houses the collections of Duke Albrecht V. Another must-see: the Nymphenburg Castle! This baroque building is emblematic of Munich! Famous for Ludwig I's Gallery of Beauties, the castle is also surrounded by a nice park with four pavilions.
Check out the new city hall! This building inspired by neo-gothic style is known for its chiming clock, decorated with enamelled characters which move three times a day. The summit of the tower offers a splendid panorama of Munich and its surroundings.
The Frauenkirsche is recognisable by its onion domes and its gothic style. The red brick building has two 99 meters-high towers. The "Devil's footprint" is displayed at the entrance.
If you feel motivated, you may walk up the 300 stairs leading to St Peter's Church. This church is the oldest one in the city.
Munich's sweet melody
Munich is a great city for music lovers. Book your opera tickets for the Bayerische Staatsoper (Nationaltheater), for the Philharmonie, for the Prinzregententheater or the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz!
Built between 1811 and 1819, the Nationaltheater is one of the largest theatres in Germany. Destroyed by a fire in 1823, it was rebuilt between 1957 and 1963. It is among the most beautiful theatres is Europe.
The Bayerische Staatsoper welcomes great performers and magnificent lyrical performances each year. Do not miss the Munich Opera Festival (Münchner Opernfestspiele) which always offers a great program!
The Philharmonie, at the Gasteig, was inaugurated on November 10th, 1985 by Munich's Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sergiu Celibidache. Located in the cultural centre of Gasteig, the Philharmonie has 2 400 seats and is inspired by Paris' Centre Pompidou and London's Barbican.
Built between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Prinzregententheater used to be destined for Wagner's operas. The theatre has a typical 1900's architecture. The Prinzregententheater was used to replace the Nationaltheater after WWII due to the heavy damage caused by the Allied bombings.
Nowadays, the program mainly includes baroque operas.
The Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz was inaugurated with Jeu de Fête and Ce que nous voulons by M. Schmidt. The theatre first specialised in the popular repertoire, but quickly went bankrupt. Ludwig II of Bavaria bought the theatre and introduced J.Strauss', Karl Millöcker and Offenbach's operettas. The Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz is in the heart of a popular district.
The Bavarian capital will please you!
Book in advance your opera or concert tickets in Munich as they are always very demanded and enjoy the splendid city. The view on the Alps from the heights of the different monuments like the city hall or St Peter's Church will leave you breathless.
Your journey in Munich will be unforgettable!