Munich Espresso City tour is a mixture of historical buildings, art, and green spaces. Running this route early in the morning helps you discovering the beautiful city of Munich before the business is opening, and while the streets are quiet before the tourists wake up and the locals start heading into work. This tour is for runners who want to discover a city differently, it is also for business people who are in Munich for a meeting or a conference and want to see the highlights of the Munich city with an experienced local runner before work. We enter the city center through the medieval Sendlinger Tor gate.
Our route will lead us towards the Viktualien Markt, the city center food market, before bringing us to Marienplatz which is the heart of Munich. Here, we’ll take a brief stop to admire the 14th Century Old Town Hall (Das Alte Rathaus) and the New Townhall (Das Neue Rathaus), built-in 1905 and known for the Glockenspiel whose figures act out stories from Munich’s history twice a day. The espresso doesn’t forget why Munich is famous: its beer! We will show you what may be the most famous pub in the world: the Hofbräu Haus.
Our Munich Espresso City tour will continue with the Maximilian Platz where the Opera house the Residenz (the former city palace of the rulers of Bavaria) is located. Entering this magnificent palace, our tour will reveal to you some unknown city gems, from there we will briefly visit the famous park in the city center: the Englischer Garten before heading back to Odeonsplatz and learning about some of the darker periods in Munich’s history. From Odeonsplatz we will head back towards Marienplatz via the Theatinerstraße with its beautiful baroque church. Our journey will bring us to the 15th-century Frauenkirche (the Church of our lady), another iconic symbol of the city before we cross the main shopping street of Munich, the Kaufinger Strasse.
On the Kaufingerstrasse, we’ll pass by the church of St. Michael Church, where Ludwig II, the last king of Bavaria is buried. At the end of the street is Karlstor we’ll pass through another City gate which dates back to the 18th century to reach Karlsplatz. Locals still affectionately call this square “Stachus” after a pub that used to be located here until the 18th century. This is a popular meeting place in Munich especially in the summer when you’ll find locals cooling-off in the fountain and in December when an open-air ice rink is also to be found here.
Heading back to our starting point the last sight of our tour is the St. Anna Damenstiftskirche, which is a unique church as the decoration was reconstructed after WWII according to black & white pictures, and so is literally in black & white. This Munich running tour is called espresso but do not worry it is for every runner and every pace, you can take as many pictures as you want along the way which early in the morning will be definitely a plus for you as there won’t be a random stranger in the background. For extended tours please consult our Heart of Munich or our Long Run.