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Art Nouveau in Munich

Here it’s called Jugendstil, but call it what you will, it’s gorgeous.

The Schwabing district of Munich is where the best examples are. You can enjoy them just by walking along the streets, more or less at random. For a detailed walking tour that includes all the best examples, go to www.munichfound.com and check out ‘art nouveau buildings.

The Villa Stuck, home to an artist of the era, is at Prinzregenten Strasse 60. His villa is even more interesting than his art. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday (entrance free on Sunday)

Schwabing is full of small shops and charming cafes and restaurants too, so it needn’t be all about the architecture. If you’d like to visit what was Hitler’s favourite restaurant, you’ll find that under the name Osteria Italiana at Schellingstrasse 54, at the corner of Barer Strasse near the University.  The restaurant was founded in 1872 as the Osteria Bavaria. Hitler was eventually  barred because he never paid his tab.

For an overnight or a weekend, book into the hotel Das Nikolai. A charming boutique hotel with a warm welcome, attractive rooms, a memorable breakfast it’sideally located for exploring the area.   www.nikolai-hotel.de

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