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Ten places in Munich that really mean something to Bayern

When Bayern Munich moved to the Allianz Arena in 2005 and suddenly played 10 kilometres away from the Frauenkirche, people feared that it would lose its connection with the city of Munich. Nothing turned out to be less true. FC Bayern is still all over the city, sometimes visible, sometimes it takes a little imagination.

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The Olympic Stadium

It was sometimes quite gruelling, especially when it snowed again in the uncovered stands and the wind chill had dropped far below zero, but many Bayern fans still have a warm place in their hearts for the Olympiastadion. Bayern played (like 1860 Munich) for over 30 years in the stadium, built for the 1972 Olympic Games. With its famous tent-like roof, it's one of the most iconic stadiums in football history. There is currently no football team playing there (Türkgücü München recently gave up), but you can still visit the 69,250-seat Olympiastadion all year round.

Also recommended: take the lift 181 metres in the Olympiaturm next door for a great view over the Olympiastadion and the rest of the city.

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Städtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße

In the south of Munich is the stadium where Bayern played the longest in its history: the Städtisches Stadion an der Grünwalder Straße. A classic German football stadium, with uncovered terraces, and two (partially) covered long sides. 1860 Munich plays there again today alongside Bayern's Under-23 – who play in the same division – also have their home games here. Bayern and 1860 Munich played their matches on this Grünwalder Strae until the completion of the Olympiastadion in 1972. Today, 1860 are back in this gem of uncovered standing terraces, where Bayern's Under-23s also play their home games.

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The roots of Der Kaiser

Within walking distance of the stadium on Grünwalder Straße is the Giesing district, a neighbourhood of colourful townhouses and apartment buildings. What is now 6 Zugspitzstraße, Franz Beckenbauer lived there for the first 15 years of his life, arguably the greatest Bayern legend there is. Der Kaiser learned to play football on the football pitch in front of the door. Interesting detail: Beckenbauer was at the time a supporter of the then-strong 1860 Munich and would also go on to play for the club, but after a fight in a match against 1860, he decided otherwise, to make Bayern the largest club in Germany.

De Säbener Straße

PSV has De Herdgang, at AC Milan Milanello is world-famous and at Bayern, the Säbener Straße has been the club's weekday headquarters for many years. It is also located in the south of the city, not far from Grünwalder Straße. The first team trains there, the board is also there and fans can also go to the fan shop for a ticket and a shirt.

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Munich City Centre: Marienplatz

Marienplatz is the main square of the city where Bayern Munich appears practically every year to celebrate the league title with the fans, traditionally on the platform of the stadium, the most striking building of the square. You know, where Louis van Gaal once held his legendary balcony scene. Be sure to eat in the Town Hall's Ratskeller, a typical Bavarian restaurant serving traditional dishes and excellent beers.

Café Gisela

Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 not far from the posh Odeonsplatz in the centre. Munich was not spared much in the Second World War, in which it suffered heavily from Allied bombing. The Café Gisela where FC Bayern Munich was founded in 1900 no longer exists, but the place has not been forgotten. On Kardinal Döphner Straße, diagonally opposite the passage to Odeonsplatz, there is a column with a club logo and the deed of incorporation.

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De Clemensstraße: Bayern's first stadium

Nearly 120 years ago, Bayern Munich played their first home game here, in the heart of the Schwabing district, after playing in various places around the city. The small stadium no longer exists, but on the wall of Clemensstraße No. 50 there is a plaque that tells the story of this place.


P1: A Place for FC Hollywood

Just hearing the name of the nightclub at 1 Prinzregentenstraße probably gives Ottmar Hitzfeld a headache. At the beginning of this century, the stars of FC Bayern often hit the spot here in many respects: a heavily drunk Stefan Effenberg knocked a woman against the floor, and Oliver Kahn – with a heavily pregnant Mrs Kahn at home – immediately fell in love with a barmaid thirteen years younger. . Reason for Louis van Gaal to keep an eye on the club, although we cannot confirm that Louis himself has been here himself.


Dante-Stadion

It might not be the most famous stadium in Munich, but there is this gem on Dante Straße. It seems there is no club in Munich that has not played there, although it did not last long in the case of Bayern Munich. Football is no longer played, but the monumental main stand is one that you must see. You don't come across a grandstand that runs in a sort of trapezoid shape and on the outside resembles an old school building.

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Fan-Arena

Ready for a nice Bavarian beer? A typical Bayern pub, the Fan Arena, is located at Arnulfstrasse 16 against München Hauptbahnhof. The outside looks a bit grim – it's in a passage from the street – but the inside makes up for it. Everything here is in the Bayern club colours and if you find the official Bayern museum in the Allianz Arena too far away, you can get your fill here too.

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