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Schwabing has defined Munich like no other district. This ever-changing borough has been featured in songs, and was even the starting point of a 1960s revolution.
The earliest documented mention of Schwabing dates back to the year 782, long before Munich was even built. In 1877, the village established its first brewery, the Petuelsche Brauereu, to meet local demand for beer. By then, Schwabing was becoming a popular destination for artists, with the likes of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky setting up studios there.
Schwabing experienced its first riot in 1962, when a concert disbanded by police led to a civil uprising. But in 1968, the district was rocked by politically-motivated insurrection, only to become the epicentre of protest in Germany. Here, students took to the streets to protest, leading a rebellion against the establishment and its emergency laws. Hippies flocked to Schwabing to live out their utopian ideals of free sex, drugs and music. The most famous of them, Rainer Langhans and Uschi Obermaier (the model who was also associated with Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix) founded the first hippy community in Schwabing called Kommune 1, on the principles of fighting the morals of the philistine bourgeoisie.
Today, Schwabing stands in sharp contrast to the hippy ideals of the past, and with gentrification, has become the embodiment of bourgeoisie. The neighbourhood is also very popular with students, thanks to the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), founded by Ludwig I in 1840. The nearby English Garden and its Eisbach (German for ‘ice-brook’, man-made stream) elevate the borough’s residential appeal. The area around Münchner Freiheit is a popular nightlife district with expensive boutiques and kebab stalls.
Despite its constant evolution over the years, Schwabing still boasts some locations that have stood the test of time and now define the neighbourhood, such as the Church of St. Ursula, the Cathedral of Schwabing or the Kaisergarten, with its great food, stylish ambiance and beautiful outdoor garden.
One of Munich’s most beautiful beer gardens
A truly old building and art nouveau paradise. Stroll around and admire the most beautiful houses in Munich.
A market with many small houses offering the finest specialities.