To present the rich art treasures of the Wittelsbach family, King Ludwig I had the Alte Pinakothek built in Munich at the beginning of the 19th century. The largest museum in the world at the time inspired the construction of many other museums and galleries with its architecture and large halls illuminated by skylights.
Today, in the 19 rooms and 47 cabinets of the Alte Pinakothek, you can see around 700 works of European painting from the 14th to the 18th century, including paintings by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. A designated tour leads through the ground floor and upper floor of the museum and offers information on about 100 major works. If you want to know more about the origin and meaning of the paintings, you can take a tour through the building with the audio guide included in the entrance fee. Not to be missed is the Rubensaal, which with its high ceiling creates space for works of art up to six metres high. In addition to the permanent collection, changing exhibitions are also organised.
After your visit to the museum, typical English scones and English cakes await you at Café Klenze. For the larger hunger soups, salads and small warm dishes are offered. You can buy souvenirs in the museum shop on the ground floor. Here you will not only find postcards of selected works, but also art prints and books about various artists and their works.
Directly opposite the Alte Pinakothek you will find the New PinakothekThe exhibition presents works from the 19th and 20th centuries and thus begins where the Alte Pinakothek ends. There are 400 paintings and sculptures available for visitors interested in art.
The building, designed in the 19th century by architect Leo von Kunze, was badly damaged during the Second World War and rebuilt in 1957 by architect and university lecturer Hans Döllgast. It is noteworthy that the missing parts of the facade were replaced by unplastered brickwork and that the extent of the former destruction is still visible.
How to get there
Since there are no parking spaces in the immediate vicinity, it is advisable to travel by public transport.
- Line 27: Stop Pinakotheken
- U2: stop Königsplatz or Theresienstraße
- U3, U6: Stop Odeonsplatz or Universität
- U4, U5: Stop Odeonsplatz
- Line 100 (museum line): stop Pinakotheken
There is a parking lot for coaches.