Schwabing is one of the most storied “boroughs” of Munich. Especially under Prince Regent Luitpold, this district flourished with the new “Jugendstil”or “Art Deco” styles of the day, much of which is still retained. At the same time, authors, artists and poets flock to the area: Thomas Mann, Frank Wedekind, Rainer Maria Rilke, Christian Morgenstern, Oskar Maria Graf, to name a few. Additionally, Lenin and Hitler found a home here as well.
On the sound side of Schwabing, almost to Odeonsplatz is the world renowned Ludwig-Maximilian University. In 1943 Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christopher Probst were executed by Nazi regime for distributing anti-government flyers at the university and throughout Germany. This small group of resisters is honored to this day. Inside the university, a small exhibition serves to remind us all of the brave act of defiance for these idealistic young men and women. Read more about the Weisse Rose here.
Founded in 1903, Kathi Kobus’s place became a cult favorite. Taking its name from the famous satirical magazine of the day, Simplicissmus, the café attracted a plethora of talented people such as Erich Mühsam, Max Dauthendey, Franz Blei, Albert Weisgerber, Oskar Maria Graf, Max Halbe, Joachim Ringelnatz, and Ludwig Scharf. Today, the bohemian scene can’t afford the rent in Schwabing, but it’s still a fun place to soak up some history. See their website here and a review of the place here.
The Mehr family has operated this Schwabing haunt since 1872. It is located a few doors down from Hitler’s “favorite” restaurant, the Osteria Bavaria (today the Osteria Italina). Lenin was a regular here and Hitler frequented the place too until, one day, he couldn’t pay his bill. He was unceremoniously tossed out and received a “Haus Verbot,” never to return. He never did pay his damn bill! This is a casual place filled with several billiard tables, ping pong and offers backgammon, chess and card games. They have Schneider Weissbier and Augustiner products. The menu is basic Bavarian , but fairly priced and the food is good. If you have some time to kill, I highly recommend this place. It’s just north of the Pinakothek Museums. Read more on their website here.