Is gorgeous a real word

A real prime example is right next to Münchner Freiheit: curved shapes, garlands, flowers, foliage and trees emblazoned on the facade. Red, green and gold ornaments loosen up the gray-white front, which is criss-crossed by grooves using the so-called ridge-pull technique. The tenement at the Leopoldstrasse 77 is a classic example of Schwabing Art Nouveau, its architect Martin Dülfer - one of the most famous representatives of this style in Munich - also lived in it himself. The gem, completed in 1902, is sometimes drowned in the turmoil and heavy traffic on Leopoldstrasse - it is advisable to enjoy the facade from the opposite side.

Art Nouveau. As is well known, the word originated in Munich through the magazine published by Georg-Hirth-Verlag Youth. The colorful and playful architecture, however, can be found in various metropolises in Europe. Vienna is famous for it, Prague, but also Barcelona or Riga. Munich (along with Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt) is one of the German art nouveau strongholds.

Especially the Schwabing district with its upper-class residential castles, which was so popular with artists at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. If you stroll through the old building streets, you will discover Art Nouveau elements in countless buildings - so many that the building fashions known elsewhere as Art Nouveau or Secession appear almost characteristic of Munich's first trendy district. In just under an hour and a half you can wander around some splendid examples of this architectural style - although, as I said, a lot of Art Nouveau can also be seen between the stops. Almost by the wayside.

A little further down Leopoldstraße into town, then right into Ainmillerstraße, you come to - next to the Müller Volksbad - probably the most famous Art Nouveau building in Munich: the Ainmillerstraße 22, a brightly colored building divided into striking arches, which was built by Felix Schmidt from 1899 to 1900. The facade design comes from Ernst Haiger and Henry Helbig. Also noteworthy is the Art Nouveau building on the right at number 20, which was designed by Eugen Hönig and Karl Söldner.

Shortly on Ainmillerstraße, then right into Römerstraße, two more highlights are waiting: the Römerstrasse 11, which comes from the same architects as Ainmillerstraße 22 (which you can also see from the structure of the facade). And the Römerstrasse 15which in turn has the same creators as Ainmillerstraße 20. Especially in front of house number 11 you can spend some time looking at the gold-framed masks and the gray friezes under the windows. As is often the case with Art Nouveau buildings, the window frames are also styled through.

Back towards Ainmillerstraße, then straight on to Franz-Joseph-Straße. The gigantic corner house at number 38 is also a representative of Art Nouveau, built in 1903 by Max Langheinrich. Turn right. Via Elisabethplatz, where the market stalls are currently being demolished, you get to Elisabethstrasse. On the way you come across several Art Nouveau houses, such as those with house numbers 3 and 5 (in the latter, the actor Walter Sedlmayr was murdered in July 1990). But the real goal is that Elisabethstrasse 16, a brown, richly decorated house from 1907. The architect was Franz Popp.

Then it goes back towards Leopoldstrasse. A quick look to the right into Isabellastraße, to the yellow-painted house number 22 with its distinctive windows, should be quick. Art Nouveau, what else. From 1907 by Adolf Wentzel. Friedrichstrasse branches off to the right from Franz-Joseph-Strasse. There are great Art Nouveau buildings right on the corner. Friedrichstrasse 18 (1907 by Max Langheinrich) already looks like a palace. The Friedrichstrasse 3, an elegant gray and white corner house, comes from Hans Thaler and was finished in 1904. If you need a break: the Leopoldpark opposite is ideal.

When it comes to Art Nouveau, it's back to Friedrichstrasse, then right to Franz-Joseph-Strasse 19. Turquoise, gray and gold shine from the facade, the entrance door with its curved shapes is just as characteristic of the style as the rear building (partially visible through the glass door). The house was designed by Franz Nyilas and was completed in 1903. Martiusstrasse, directly opposite on the other side of Leopoldstrasse, could confidently be declared an architecture museum in its front section. Here it is teeming with Art Nouveau elements, the majority of the houses were designed by the architect Anton Hatzl. Just that Martiusstrasse 6 is from Franz Popp.

Right into Kaulbachstrasse and then immediately left again is another outstanding example of Munich Art Nouveau. The semi-detached house Gedonstrasse 4 to 6 can be seen from afar, the magnificent facade is kept in many typical Art Nouveau colors, the plaster was also grooved here. It is another masterpiece by Martin Dülfer, from which the nearby ensemble on Koeniginstrasse / Ohmstrasse comes (continue through Gedonstrasse, then turn right into Königinstrasse and right again into Ohmstrasse). The buildings Ohmstrasse 13 to 17 as Koeniginstrasse 85which obviously belong together architecturally, but are also not completely symmetrical, were built between 1905 and 1907.

Now it goes on Ohmstrasse to Leopoldstrasse and on the other side of the street into Georgenstrasse. At this end, it is currently closed to cars because of the corona test station of the Tropical Institute (reserved for medical staff). In the Georgenstrasse 10, the end point of the tour, it is not a classic Art Nouveau house. The richly decorated Palais Bissing with its blue shutters was built in the neo-renaissance style in 1880/81, but largely redesigned in the so-called reform style in 1902/03. The reform style is considered to be the current of Art Nouveau, with reference to regional traditions. This can be seen just as clearly in the palace as some typical Art Nouveau forms in the facade.

It would be in proper style to stop a few hundred meters further south on Türkenstrasse in the Alte Simpl, one of the symbols of the wildly creative Art Nouveau era. Or alternatively, even if you have to drive a bit there, to the "Faun" in Hans-Sachs-Straße, which has remarkable Art Nouveau furnishings. Only: the bars are currently not allowed to be open. Corona. If you want at least one non-culinary dessert: For the very eager, a detour to Hohenzollernstrasse 25, which was left out on this tour, is worthwhile. This Art Nouveau gem also comes from Franz Popp and was ready for occupancy in 1907.

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