The Werksviertel-Mitte, a new creative district in Munich, is just behind the Ostbahnhof station. We take the bus from Viktualienmarkt and cross the Isar near the modernized Deutsches Museum. From the Ostbahnhof stop, we walk about 5 minutes to Werksviertel-Mitte.
The Werksviertel-Mitte combines apartments, offices, hotels, shops, clubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes with amenities for art, culture, education, and digital business offerings. Temporarily, the site houses the world’s biggest transportable Ferris wheel – the Umadum München. In its place, a new concert hall is planned for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Ferris wheel is to remain here until at least 2030.
Right next to it is an orange-colored building called Werk3. The name refers to the original use of the site. The Pfanni company once produced dumplings and mashed potatoes here.
To get an overview, we first ride the Ferris wheel. The cabins are equipped with a table and several chairs. You can buy snacks and drinks next to the entrance before the ride.
From a lofty height, the Stadt-Hochalm quickly catches the eye. Several chickens frolic on a lush green meadow. There is also a small flock of sheep and beehives. An additional alpine school will bring young people closer to nature.
From up here, you have a great view of Munich and many prominent points in the city, like the Ostbahnhof, the Bavaria and the Oktoberfest, the New Town Hall, the O2 high-rise building, the Olympic Park, the HBV high-rise building, the New St. John’s Church, the Olympic Village, and the BMW Museum. On a clear day, you can also see the Alps from here.
We particularly like the green roofs and the roof terraces with seating areas where you can chat and relax. These buildings are home to start-ups, IT, energy, communications, business, and food companies.
We now move to the south side of “Werk3”. Many employees from the surrounding companies also enjoy their lunch break here or chat about work-related matters. Some are also improving their climbing skills on an artificial via ferrata.
We use the time to explore the surrounding area and discover insect houses, the Werk7 Theater, a climbing wall, and a beer garden. A variety of different companies do business here.
It seems to us that many synergy effects can be created here in a small space. Art, culture, media companies, and business seem to complement each other here.
As we cross the Isar again on the bus back to the city center, we see many people enjoying the late summer nature on the banks of the river.
In the evening, we take the S-Bahn to Aying, about 20 km southeast of Munich. Here, we meet up with friends for dinner at the Kastanienhof Aying.
But the journey to Aying holds an unexpected surprise. We suddenly see pretzels in the blue sky. We later find out that they were dedicated by the aerobatic pilot Sascha Odermann for the Oktoberfest visitors and Michelle Obama, who gave a lecture at the “Bits & Pretzels” start-up fair in Munich.
On the way, we enjoy the beautiful Bavarian countryside, some views of the Alps, and a delicious dinner in a cozy beer garden.
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