Maxvorstadt - turning grey into green

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  • Start: Siegestor
  • Ziel: Café Vorhoelzer
  • leicht
  • 4,97 km
  • 1 Std. 15 Min.
  • 72 m
  • 540 m
  • 503 m
  • 40 / 100
  • 20 / 100

Out of the grey, get some fresh air in the green! A tour that leads from Siegestor through the English Garden and across Odeonsplatz to Café Vorhoelzer.

Despite the big city, the green spaces are very close. This tour shows how quickly you can get from the grey to the green and enjoy a bit of nature. Highlight of the tour is the end at the Café Vorhoelzer, which is located on the fifth floor of the TU Munich. From the terrace, one sees over the whole of Munich, can gaze again at the route one has walked and who knows, maybe one can motivate oneself directly for new routes.

The route leads from the Siegestor through the English Garden, where you pass the Monopteros and the Chinese Tower. Afterwards it goes through the Hofgarten, past the Residenz and finally over the Odeonsplatz. Via Brienner Straße, past the Pinakotheken, you finally reach Café Vorhoelzer.

As a pre-Christmas special, the route also takes you past three unique Christmas markets. At the Chinese Tower, in the Residence and on the Wittelsbacher Platz on Brienner Straße you have the opportunity to drink a mulled wine

The route leads from the Siegestor through the English Garden, where you pass the Monopteros and the Chinese Tower. Afterwards you pass the Hofgarten, the Residenz and finally the Odeonsplatz. Via Brienner Straße, past the Pinakotheken, you finally reach Café Vorhoelzer.

As a Pre-Christmas-Special, one also passes three unique Christmas markets on the route. At the Chinese Tower, in the Residence and at the Wittelsbacher Platz at the Brienner Straße, one has the possibility to drink a mulled wine.

Allgemeine Informationen


From the Siegestor you walk along Ludwigsstraße for 200 meters to reach Professor-Huber-Platz. There you turn left into Veterinärstraße, walk along it to the end, where you finally reach the English Garden. Here you follow the path to a slight left turn and then turn right onto the path leaving on the right. After the bridge over the Schwabinger brook, follow the slightly left path that leads you past the Monopteros. Here you can go on the Monopteros or follow the path over the bridge over the Entenvolierebach. Here, one turns left and walks straight towards the Chinese Tower. Afterwards, one turns around, walks the way back to the bridge of the Entenvolierebach, but this time never the way left of the Monopteros. Follow this path for about two kilometres, crossing again a bridge over the Entenvolierebach, passing the Japanese Teahouse and finally reaching the Prinzregentenstraße. Cross this road in walking direction and then directly cross the next big road, the Franz-Joseph-Strauß-Ring. Arriving on the other side, one arrives directly at the right side of the Hofgarten via the small path, from where one goes to the centre of the Hofgartentempel. From the court garden temple, one goes to the left side of the court garden, thus, one passes the residence and after a few metres, one gets through the gate to the Odeonsplatz. Turn left here, walk along Residenzstraße and you will find the entrance to the Residenz at the level of Feldherrnhalle. After having been in the courtyard of the Residenz, one goes back to the Residenzstraße and walks straight over the Odeonsplatz towards the Theatinerkirche. Turn right here and after a few metres you come to Brienner Straße, which you walk along on the right side of the road. After a few metres you will find Wittelsbacherplatz on your right. Then walk along Brienner Straße for 100 metres until you reach the large crossroads. Here you cross the Oskar-von-Miller-Ring and walk 150 meters along the Brienner Straße until you finally turn into the Türkenstraße. Follow Türkenstraße until it joins Gabelsbergerstraße, where you turn left into Gabelsbergerstraße. Follow the road for 400 metres until you reach the intersection with Arcisstraße. Here, you first cross Gabelsbergerstraße, so that you are now on the right side of the road. Then you cross Arcisstraße and follow it for about 100 meters until you reach the entrance of the Technical University. Here, one goes up the steps and walks through the small inner courtyard into the building. Then take the left corridor to the very end, turn right there and take one of the two elevators to the 5th floor and you will come out directly at Café Vorhoelzer.


It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for the weather and to take care of sun and rain protection. If necessary, food, drinking water and a city map can also be taken along.

Tipp des Autors

Something to eat can be found in the Milchhäusl (organic beer garden), the beer garden at the Chinese Tower, the Tambosi at the Hofgarten and in Café Vorhoelzer.


The Siegestor is located at the transition from Leopoldstraße to Ludwigstraße. Since the city centre is a pedestrian zone, the best way to get to the Siegestor from this direction is via Brienner Straße, which leads into Ludwigstraße at Odeonsplatz and leads directly to Siegestor. Coming from the north of Munich or the motorway, you drive from the Petueltunnel onto Leopoldstraße, which then also leads directly to the Siegestor.


Parking in this area is unfortunately extremely rare and mostly occupied.

If possible, it is recommended that you use public transport or walk to the Siegestor.

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

It is possible to travel to the Siegestor by subway or bus. The subways U3 and U6 as well as the bus 153 stop at the stop "Universität", which is 150 meters away from the Siegestor.

From Café Vorhoelzer you walk 600 meters to the stop "Theresienstraße", from where you can take the underground U2 and get to the main station after only two stops.

Weitere Informationen

Public toilets are located at the beginning of the route at the entrance to the English Garden on Königinstrasse. 

If you would like to experience a little more culture, you can visit the Old or New Pinakothek museums, which are located on the last few metres of the route.

For students there is a special offer that they can visit these museums on Sundays for only one Euro.

And don't forget to stroke the lion at the entrance of the Residence, because it brings good luck!


  • Unbekannt (1%)
  • Asphalt (41%)
  • Wanderweg (8%)
  • Schotter (42%)
  • Pfad (8%)


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