Gasteig Munich

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The Gasteig is a large cultural centre in the Munich district of Haidhausen. The huge building, which was built in the first half of the 80s, is located on the other side of the Isar, seen from the centre. The Gasteig is a good kilometre away from Marienplatz. There are different opinions about the appearance of the approximately 25 year old building complex. The rooms, halls, corridors, etc. of the Gasteig have a total area of almost 25,000 square meters, which is equivalent to several soccer fields. The word Gasteig comes from the Bavarian word „Gachen Steig“, which means „steep path“.

The Gasteig is the headquarters of the Volkshochschule München. It is considered the largest adult education centre in Germany. A large part of the Gasteig is occupied by the Munich City Library. It is one of the best public libraries in Germany with a large number of books. It is the only public library known to me with a cloakroom with staff, similar to a theatre (free of charge). The famous Munich Philharmonic Orchestra is also housed in the Gasteig Cultural Centre. It was one of the main reasons why the Gasteig was built. In the basement of the city library is the largest music library in Germany. There is a good café on the ground floor of the Gasteig.

In the building there are several larger and smaller halls. By far the largest hall in the Gasteig is the hall of the philharmonic orchestra with over 2000 seats. The Carl-Orff-Saal has a good 500 seats. About 5 other larger rooms have 80 to 200 seats. The organ in the large hall of the philharmonic hall with about 6,000 organ pipes is well known.

Many interesting films are also shown in the Gasteig Cultural Centre, many of them in the original foreign language.

Directions to Gasteig: S-Bahn Rosenheimer Platz (all 7 S-Bahn lines of Munich stop here). There are also various buses and tram lines in the area. Parking is not easy in the central area of Munich.

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