Travel Germany - Visit the Neue Pinakothek in Munich

Most people wouldn’t travel to Germany in winter since they believe it is too cold, too miserable, too grey. This might be true, but sunny and warm weather isn’t everything. If you aren’t happy in your own skin, the weather isn’t going to change that. Come summer and these same people probably say “It is too hot, too sticky and too humid”. There you go...

Would you like to start your day without a lovely croissant and delicious coffee? See, me neither. Before I start walking to the museum I make my way to Aroma Kaffeebar for breakfast. It is a very warm place and feels so homely through and through. The croissants plus the several Cappuccinos I have are simply delicious, very satisfying but that makes it very hard to leave this place.

Neue Pinakothek Munich

It is indeed freezing cold in Munich, the wind bites my face and I solitary fight my way to the Königsplatz (Royal Square) to visit the museum Neue Pinakothek. I need to walk to really understand a place, even if the temperature is well below zero degrees Celsius. The ruin of the in WW2 destroyed building had to be demolished and newly built, it is designed by architect Alexander von Brancas. After I store my woollen coat, beanie, gloves and shawl resembling the size of a duvet at the cloakroom I start to wander to look at 400 pieces of European art and sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. There are uncountable transcendental adventure scenes with fanciful individuals in them, as well as landscapes and well known historical scenes in most of these grandiose paintings.

Does the painting or sculpture speak to you?

Since I am not the biggest fan of audio guides I miss out on a lot of information. I don’t visit museums to religiously follow and understand every single painting. I am most satisfied if a painting or sculpture speaks to me, if you know what I mean ... This is what it should be all about. Art is for everyone really. There are lots of jewels to be found at the Neue Pinakothek and I loved that there were hardly any other visitors while I was there. 

The eerily empty and engaging halls. The complete silence. Almost other-worldly. And to top it all off, the most amazing opportunities to happily snap away. I asked at the entrance whether I can take a few pics and it wasn’t a problem. Travel Germany in winter, it is well and truly worth it.


Vist these websites for opening hours: Aroma Kaffeebar. Pestalozzi Strasse 24, 80469 München (Glockenbachviertel), Germany. Infos: Neue Pinakothek. Barer Straße 29, 80333 München, Germany. Tram 27, stop Pinakothek. Hours: Monday (closed Tuesday) to Sunday 10am to 6pm, Wednesday 10am to 8pm. Closed Shrove Tuesday. Assumption Day. Labour Day. Christmas Eve. Christmas Day. New Year's Eve. Visit the website for more info Neue Pinakothek.

From Berlin with love