Category Archives: Munich

Brown’s Tea Bar – British Experience in the middle of Munich

english breakfast teaSince I have been back from England I am looking out for cafés which might be serving some good old English Breakfast Tea along with great cake. One week ago on my trip to munich I finally found  what I was looking for.

Brown’s Tea Bar belongs to the café chain “The Victorian House” which runs five cafés in Munich. All of them offering a vast selection of different teas and homemade cakes. They even offer scones with original Cornish clotted cream.

I literally entered the café and felt like being back in Britain. The cakes looked amazing and tasted like heaven. I tried the banofee pie and my friend settled on a coffee-chocolate-nut cake. Both were equally great.

Banofee PieIn addition to the great food the interior was very victorian. The room wasn’t very spacious and together with the thoughtful decoration, it felt very comfy. However, you need to be lucky or patient to find a spot for your visit.

interior Brown's Tea BarThe Victorian House also runs an online shop were you can buy all sorts of English biscuits and sweets and of course tea.

tea selection The café is located within walking distance to the Brandhorst Museum in the middly of the student quarter. We stayed there for quite some time and people just never stopped coming in ordering some cake or tea.

If you are in Munich you should definitely pop in and have a scone or two together with a warming cup of tea.

 

Painting 2.0 – interpretations of our modern world

While I was staying in Munich for a longer business trip I was able to squeeze in a visit of  the Brandhorst Museum. Until the end of april they are hosting an exhibition called “Painting 2.0 – Expression in the information age” focusing on modern and contemporary art.

Brandhorst Museum Munich

The museum is located near the university and can be reached easily by taking a bus from the central station. The exhibition features over 230 paintings by 107 different artists. With this, it is one of the biggest exhibitions of contemporary art. Since the 1960s, artists have been discussing societal changes and the meaning of art within their work.

“Painting 2.0” shows in three inter-related sections how artists handled questions like the meaning of corporality or the development of social networks.The first thing you see entering the gallery is a container filled with destroyed pictures. Martin Kippenberger addresses with this work the relationship of art and spectacle. This relationship is the focus of the first section. It concentrates on the question of how art is able to create spectacles itself but also how it can reflect a culture of spectacle.

Exhibition Painting 2.0

On the top floor, the museum shows works focusing on the question of corporality. Artists critically explore how technologies transform our image of us and others.

In the basement the exhibition is completed by paintings centred around social networks. So for example there you can find computer generated pictures or a painting of a huge socket symbolising our dependency on electricity.

For a good overview of the exhibition I found this video from the Bayerische Rundfunk.  Unfortunately it is only available in German but even without the text you get a good impression about the works shown in the exhibition.

Overall “Painting 2.0” looks at some of the pressing issues of our society. It explains and shows how art  paralleled societal changes since the 1960s and how it struggled around the question of its own meaning. The pictures might not have the beauty of a painting by Monet or Da Vinci but they challenge your perception and leave you with some deep thoughts about how technology changes our world.

For that reason and the great line-up of popular artists like Andy Warhol, Georg Baselitz or Martin Kippenberger the exhibition is worth every visit. It is running until the 30th April, so there is some time left for you to go.

Have you been to a great museum or exhibition lately?

What to do with old clothes?

During my time in Leeds I lived in a tiny room in a typical student accomodation. Due to a very small wardrobe I really didn’t have that much clothes with me and after some time, I surprisingly didn’t miss anything. So when I came back to my full wardrobe, back home, I was a bit overwhelmed and started to strictly sort my old clothes.

Sorting things I had three categories in mind:

Stuff, I am actually wearing

I put everything aside which I hadn’t been wearing for longer than half a year. With every peace, I thought about possible combinations and styles and if I couldn’t think of any I put the peace away. It was such a good feeling to get rid of all that stuff I didn’t even use anymore.

Stuff, I thought others would like to wear
Stuff, no one wants to wear anymore

Some of my clothes just was so old, washed out or broken. Because I don’t like throwing away things like clothes I used special recycling bags where I knew the clothes would be sorted again and then recycled properly.

A friend of mine and me were thinking to go to a clothing fleamarket for quite some time. Now seemed to be the perfect opportunity to actually put our plan into action. All the clothes I thought someone might still want to wear was packed into a box and last weekend I headed to Munich to try my luck in selling them.

The fleamarket, we went to, was a special market for girls and started in the afternoon. So we didn’t have to get up very early like we would have to on a “normal” one. Together with another friend we booked four metres for our stall. In the end we could have used more than that and the preparation and arranging of our stall was quite a challenge.

clothing fleamarketClothesIt was my first fleamarket ever and I wasn’t sure if I would sell anything of my stuff. I just hoped not to lose money in the experiment. But in the end, I earned more money than I thought and on top of it had a great time selling, negotiating prices and chatting with the visitors of the market.

girls fleamarket
It was such a fun experience and in the end half of my clothes were sold and I am giving the remaining clothes to refugee camps and charity shops. I could also recycle them but because they are still usable, I feel better to give it to people who might actually wear them again.

What do you do with leftover clothes or other stuff? Have you been on a fleamarket?

My favourite Christmas Markets in Munich

I love Christmas Markets. The food, the different stalls and the decoration creates the best  atmosphere to get into a festive mood. My oldest friend lives in Munich for some years now and she suggested to do a Christmas Market Hopping this year. Munich has around 20 different Christmas Markets which makes it fun to not only visit one market on a evening but to do a little tour. On two weekends we managed to get through roughly half of it visiting traditional markets but also very unusual ones.

There is still some time left to visit, so I thought I share with you my favourite Christmas Markets in Munich.

1. Christmas Market in the courtyard of the Residenz – 23.11.-22.12.2015

This Christmas Market is located within one of the courtyards of the imperial residence in the citiy center of Munich. It is a very traditional market with some stalls selling craft works or christmas decoration and others with food and drinks. Although Munich has bigger Christmas Markets like the one in front of the town hall, I prefer this one because of its size. It just feels more personal and cosy.  I really like the square shaped layout of the market with a christmas pyramid in the middle. In one corner they installed a little fairy tale garden where children can listen to different fairy tales and christmas carols which makes this market also great for families.

Residenz

2. Medieval Market, Wittelsbacher Platz – 25.11.-23.12.2015

The medieval market is  within walking distance to the Residenz. It its tugged away in a small courtyard and offers a very different experience. On this market you can find medieval clothes or jewelery and even the food and drinks are taken from medieval times.

Mittelalter

3. Pink Christmas, Stephansplatz – 27.11.-23.12.2015

This very small market is targeted at the LGBT community in Munich. All the decoration there follwos the motto of the market illuminating everything in pink. I really liked the fact that they have different DJs playing throughout the night which makes it a good spot to head there later in the evening.

Pink Christmas

 4. Christmas Market in Schwabing – 27.11.-24.12.2015

I think my absolute favourite Christmas Market in Munich is the market in Schwabing. A bit outside of the city center you can find there some lovely craft work and a lot of art. I love finding new artists and was very happy to find the stall of Przemek Zajfert who sold lovely small photographs taken with a pinhole camera.

Chritsmas Market SchwabingChristmas Market Schwabing

5. Fairy Tale Bazar – 26.11.-26.12.2015

Quite similar to the market in Schwabing is the market at the so called ‘Viehhof’. With its circus tents and food stalls it creates a very unique atmosphere. The food varies from Falaffel to indian curry to vegetarian kebab. In the big tents different bands play so this market is also a good destination for later in the night.

Christmas Market MunichViehhof MunichChristmas Market in Munich

6. Tollwood – 24.11.-23.12.2015

Located on the Theresienwiese the Tollwood is more a Christmas festival than a market. I would say that this is the biggest market and offers everything from traditional christmas market to a bazar of craft works and art. The Tollwood offers food from all over the world often served in special food tents where you even can find a place to sit to enjoy your meal.

In addition to that there are also big tents with bazar like stalls where you can find your missing christmas present. There is definitely a stall for every taste. The Tollwood also is open until late and has special events throughout Christmas time. When we did our two tours, we always ended up there and enjoyed some late night snack or mulled wine.

Tollwood

I loved to get to know the different markets in Munich and would say that I prefer it to the bigger markets in Stuttgart or Ulm. They are also nice but it makes a lot of fun to change the location during the night and to see all sorts of different themed markets. I hope you enjoyed my little collection of my favourite Christmas Markets in Munich. Which are your favourite Christmas Markets? Any tipps?