Like hardly any other city in Germany, Munich combines traditional values and the avant-garde, a whole raft of cultural offerings with ideal conditions for international business, and vibrant urbanity with joie de vivre.
In the middle of it all, in the heart of the city, stands FRANZ: between the tech hub around Munich’s central railway station and the old town. Like an unexpected gem, it is located downtown between the Stachus and Sendlinger Tor. Everything that could enhance the quality of life and everyday business is but a few steps away. Thanks to direct public transportation links and the proximity of the central railway station as well as the direct link to Munich Airport, local and international destinations are within easy reach.
Café by day, cocktail bar by night
The → Patolli Kaffeebar in Sendlinger Strasse spoils its clientele by day with specialties made of perfectly roasted coffee beans from Erste Tegernseer Kaffeerösterei accompanied by freshly baked cakes and small snacks. There’s also a marvellous selection of afterwork drinks for later in the day.
Restaurant, bar, and night club
→ Enter the Dragon along with The Flying Dragon Restaurant, The Fat Panda Streetfood, The Crouching Tiger Bar, and The Drunken Monkey Club, brings pan-Asian cuisine, an eatery, a sushi bar, and a dance-and-music club together under a single roof. The venue also pulls the in-crowd with concerts, panel discussions, and book launches.
Design aparthotel and bar
The → Hotel Schwan Locke offers apartments and suites in the unique mid-century industrial design of the Munich Werkbund movement, a creative atmosphere, and impressive art. The Bambule! Bar by mural is hotel bar, restaurant, and living room downtown all rolled into one, open to guests from all over the world.
Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art
Anyone looking for an alternative to the Pinakothek or the Lenbachhaus will find it in Munich’s Old Town: Germany’s first museum for street and urban art. The → MUCA presents not only works by internationally renowned artists, but also provides a platform for experimental formats and positions.
Lifestyle and concept store
Things select and inspiring are to be found at → CASA 43 From accessories and fashion, décor and living, through to electronics and sustainable products, the concept store has a broad range of beautiful items manufactured by companies from the region. Shopping at its best!
Refined cycling culture
Be it a city, cross, vintage, or e-bike, the small high-end cycle store → Velokrat boasts an outstanding selection of high-end and affordable models, not to mention leasing options. And there are plenty of accessories and a cycle repair shop with a 24-hour service.
Pop-up beer garden and live events
The → Nussbaumpark at Sendlinger Tor has emerged as one of downtown Munich’s most popular places. During the summer months, you can relax in the pop-up beer-garden – and at the weekends enjoy DJs or live music at the same time. WiFi and outdoor games into the bargain!
Oasis and jogging track
The ancient cemetery that is now a nature reserve is home to the graves of various prominent natives of Munich and likewise a monument to art and culture. The tranquil oasis in the middle of town has long since evolved into a popular place to go for a walk or jog.
Fitness for body and soul
The → Body + Soul Studio München Mitte is as good as next door. With a view over the city, you can work out using the latest equipment or go all-out in one of the various group fitness courses. A variety of saunas and a massage service ensure all-round relaxation. lar place to go for a walk or jog.
FRANZ is an homage to a renowned Munich eccentric and a German TV and pop culture icon of the 1980s: “Monaco Franze – der ewige Stenz”. In the eponymous series shot by the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, the building on Sonnenstrasse, which since 1953 had been a residence and had housed commercial premises, attained nationwide fame.
Lovingly staged with plenty of local flair, the ten episodes tell the story of the big-city adventures of CID inspector and later private detective Franz Münchinger, aka “Monaco Franze”, in Munich of the early 1980s. Much to his wife’s annoyance, Monaco Franze investigates crimes after work, too. Because however much he appreciates the wonders of marriage, the feminine appeal of the charming repeat offender is seductive.
Ten-part TV series by the Bayerische Rundfunk
Idea and script:
Helmut Dietl, Patrick Süskind, Franz Geiger
First broadcast on 2 March 1983 on German TV