Written by Laurel Robbins Illustration by Marion Vitus
Neuhausen is a popular local hangout. Its laid-back vibe, architecture, cosy restaurants, parks and even castles, make it journalist/author Anna Butterbrod’s favourite neighbourhood in Munich.
This cosy neighbourhood is a mix of urban areas, but fortunately much of its late 19th century architecture has been preserved.
Rotkreuzplatzis the heart of Neuhausen. “Come on a Thursday morning and visit the farmers’ market,” advises Anna. It’s a good chance to mingle with the locals over fresh produce.
You will also want to check out the nearby Lieblingsladen, a unique shop offering a “mixture of clothing decoration and jewellery. I love browsing in there,” raves Anna.
Anna is also a regular at Sarcletti, one of Munich’s most famous ice cream parlours. In particular she recommends the almond and torta limone flavours.
Locals and tourists alike will enjoy checking out Olympic Park where the 1972 Olympics were held. Walk up the Olympic Mountain (which is really just a hill) since “the view from up there is amazing and on good days you can even see the Alps.” Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, “try a walk on the roof of the Olympic Stadium. It’s so much fun.”
No trip to Germany would be complete without setting aside time for coffee and cake. Anna recommends Ruffini for its “unbeatable rooftop terrace”.
For lunch try Hans im Glück. “It offers the best burgers in town! The atmosphere is great, too: birch trunks rise from floor to ceiling right through the tables.”
One of Neuhausen’s charms is its abundance of parks, so go for a stroll down the Nymphenburg Canal (which you can also ice skate on in winter) to the Nymphenburg Palace, Germany’s largest Baroque palace. Scattered around the castle grounds are smaller castles. “It’s so enchanting!” Also worth exploring are the nearby botanical gardens.
For dinner, try Zauberberg. “The restaurant doesn’t have a regular menu. You only choose how many courses (with or without the matching wines) you would like – ranging from three to six. (Indicate any dietary restrictions when you make your reservation.) Your meal will be a surprise, concocted by the amazing chefs! It’s also a very romantic place, especially in the summer, when you can sit outside on the patio.”
Despite all that Neuhausen has to offer, one of Anna’s favourite ways to enjoy it is also one of the simplest, “Have a seat at one of the surrounding cafés, read a paper and simply enjoy!” Spoken like a true local.
Anna Butterbrod is a freelance journalist and book author. She doesn’t relax by staying still but instead by travelling, hiking or doing Bikram Yoga – naturally in a studio in Neuhausen.