"Prager Frühling" is the German for "Prague Spring". The name refers to the period in early 1968 when the Czechoslovak Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek tried to liberalise the country's communist regime by introducing free speech and freedom of assembly. The Prague Spring ended when Warsaw Pact troops invaded on the night of the 20-21 August 1968. But enough of the history lessons. Prager Frühling is currently one of the hippest joints in Munich. There are live bands most nights. And when there are no bands, there are live DJ's or special parties.
A rock club, recommended simply because I had one of the most amusing nights out ever there. A good bit of old school rock and what must be Munich's most colourful clientele. Another 'has to be seen to be believed'.
Lovely park to go to when you're a bit sick of the often touristy Englischer Garten (however nice it is there too). Little lake in the middle, with a good restaurant and biergarten, where you can regularly catch a bit of live music, in the middle of that.
There are three great orchestras in Munich:
Symphoniorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Mariss Jansons; Bayerisches Staatsorchester under Zubin Mehta ( Kent Nagano as his successor); and Muenchner Philharmoniker under Christian Thielemann.
If you are avid music fans who like going to rehearsals as well as concerts, you could attend open rehearsals organised by Bayerischer Rundfunk for 8 EUR (for students and those unemployed, disabled or on social benefit the admittance is free).
If not, you could always go to a good concert in Munich. Personally it is worth going to any concert performed by the first orchestra mentioned above ('Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra' in English), as the orchestra direction has revived under the new chief conductor (Mariss Jansons who holds another chief conductorship for Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam).
Munich is also cultural crossroads where world-renown artists/musicians come to perform on a frequent basis. So if you are around Munich for a couple of days, it is always a good idea just to see what's on in Munich by looking at the monthly event leaflet which you can get from the Tourist board centre at Hauptsbahnhof.
A 150-year-old market hall, which was demolished in 1914 but rebuilt and reopened in September 2005. Not only food, but also handmade clothing, soaps and other handcrafts. There are a lot of restaurants (Bavarian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese), bars and cafes. A nice and felicitous mixture of modern glass and classic cast-iron architecture.
The new Jewish Centre (museum, synagogue and community centre) is just steps away.
The Schranne is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyday there are concerts (classical, jazz, rock, world) and other cultural events (like exhibitions, readings and performances).
I suggest you first take a walk around the most popular and picturesque market, the Viktualienmarkt, then explore the Schranne, and, as a cosy end, get a nice glass of beer in the "Pschorr". This is a bavarian beer cellar and restaurant you'll find on the northern end of the Schranne.
www.schrannenhalle.de; Der Pschorr, Viktualienmarkt 15, 80331 München
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