Some of the finest museums in Europe are in lower Schwabing and Maxvorstadt, particularly the Kunstareal (Art Quarter), crossing Barer Strasse and Theresienstrasse. Schwabing, the former artists' neighborhood, is no longer quite the bohemian area where such diverse residents as Lenin and Kandinsky were once neighbors, but the cultural foundations of Maxvorstadt are immutable. Where the two areas meet, in the streets behind the university, life hums with a creative vibrancy probably only matched in the Gärtnerplatz-Glockenbach areas. The difficult part is having time to see it all.

Head east or west of Leopoldstrasse to explore the side streets: around Wedekindplatz near Münchner Freiheit, a few hundred yards from the Englischer Garten, or enjoy the shops and cafés in the student quarter to the west of Leopoldstrasse. On Sunday, €1 gets you admission to all three of the fantastic Pinakothek museums and Museum Brandhorst. As for snacks along the way as you explore, Elisabethmarkt is the place to pick up a quick bite to eat or to relax with a beer in the small beer garden.