Information about Munich
Munich is one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations, and this is most certainly not only because of the Oktoberfest. The Bavarian capital has plenty of attractions to offer to visitors, plus it is ideally located close to the Alps and Bavarian lakes. For comprehensive information on recreational activities and places of interest in the city and its surroundings in various languages, please click here. This is the perfect place to pick your preferred destinations, if you will be taking a few extra days before or after the World Championship to explore the city and region.
In summer, you’ll find countless beer gardens in the city and its surroundings, including in many parks such as the English Garden, and along the river Isar. If you would like to explore Munich but only have limited time, a city sightseeing tour is probably the best option. Alternatively, if you have a little more time, choose one of a range of rewarding guided city tours, depending on your personal interests. Tours are available with a focus on various aspects of this charming city. There are two tourist information centres right in the heart of the city, where friendly staff will be happy to assist you with tips and information about local attractions, accommodation, events, shopping facilities and tours in and around Munich. One is at Munich Central Station, and the other inside the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) directly on Marienplatz. The comprehensive, yet compact Munich City Guide contains a map and gives an excellent overview. The City Guide and other helpful brochures are available free of charge from either of the tourist information centres.
Rock climbing in and around Munich
While Munich is widely recognised as Germany’s mountaineering capital, the nearest climbing spots are at least a 45-minute drive away. The closest option for vertically ambitious locals is Kochel (about 50 minutes), where they’ll find some of Germany’s most difficult lines and boulders, most of which were first scaled by Toni Lamprecht. A little further north there’s the southern Frankenjura (Konstein and a range of other locations, about 1-1.5 hours), and towards the south there are plenty of climbing spots around Rosenheim and the Inntal valley near Kufstein (both about 1 hour) plus numerous walls in the Alps and Alp foothills, for example the Schleierwasserfall, Achleiten and the Zillertal valley. However, local climbers tend to congregate around Lake Garda; there have even been tongue-in-cheek suggestions that local public transport might as well be extended all the way to Arco... Yet there’s also a legendary spot very close to the city! The Buchenhain crag, a mere 10 minutes south of Munich in the Isar valley, has been popular with climbers since the beginning of the 20th century. Its conglomerate rock was incredibly polished even then, when pioneer climbers developed traverses up to FB 7a, way before anybody came up with the idea of introducing grades of difficulty in bouldering. Not only that: they climbed in traditional, heavy Alpine boots – it was 1930 after all! Buchenhain has retained its unique charm and still draws many faithful fans, but it is probably more a “special interest” bouldering spot than “world class”. However, Buchenhain will always occupy a special place in terms of climbing history.
Rock climbing gyms in Munich
There is probably no other German town with anywhere near as many rock climbers as Munich, as even the briefest visit to any of city’s climbing gyms at any time of the day or night will confirm. As could be expected, there is a number of climbing gyms to choose from, including what is currently the world’s largest climbing gym and bouldering hall. Yet the available facilities are nowhere near enough to meet the huge demand for artificial climbing walls. That’s why another three large climbing gyms are scheduled to open in 2014/2015 in addition to existing facilities, but judging from previous experience, they will only bring about short-lived relief, as “vertical recreation” has become – and will most likely remain – incredibly popular in and around Munich. If you feel your fingers or feet getting itchy before or after any of the World Cup events, you have the choice between the following facilities:
DAV Climbing and Bouldering Centre Munich North: This brand new gym (opened April 2015) adds another incredible 4,500 sqms to Munich’s climbing faces - with a large bouldering area and a big outdoor climbing face suitable for international competitions.
DAV Climbing and Bouldering Centre Munich Thalkirchen: The world’s largest rock climbing centre with climbing faces extending over an incredible 7,800 sqm! Extensive outdoor facilities, long routes, steep ceilings, plus a bistro with BBQ in the summer months – this centre truly leaves nothing to be desired.
DAV Climbing Centre Gilching: A centre a little further to the west of the city with a great outdoor bouldering area and generally smaller crowds than Thalkirchen, although the definition of crowds is probably relative ...
Boulderwelt East & West bouldering gyms: Two huge bouldering gyms, featuring a great variety in faces and boulders for all levels of skill and ability indoor & outdoor – what else could bouldering enthusiasts wish for? Boulderwelt East is located right at the Munich Ostbahnhof, Boulderwelt West is located in Neuaubing.
SV Neuperlach climbing gym: This gym is also expanding its facilities, meaning that another traditional sports club will soon enter the Munich climbing scene, following in the footsteps of MTV Munich with its almost “historical” climbing gym.