I’m sharing something a little different on the blog today- some of my favorite U-Bahn (subway) stations in Munich. That sounds weird, right? Like who actually gets excited about subway stations? Well… me! I spent a day last week just riding the train around Munich and taking photos of my favorite stations. And luckily, Munich’s public transportation system is awesome, one of the best.
UNIQUE U-BAHN STATIONS IN MUNICH
This station comes in at number five on my list. It’s cool in a futuristic kind of way, with dark blue walls and stark, silver studding. There isn’t much to do near this station unless you want to shop, but quite frankly, the shopping is better in the old city. P.S. This is NOT the station to use if you’re headed to Olympia Park, you want the similarly named Olympiazentrum stop on the U3.
Georg-Brauchle-Ring is the stop directly before Olympia-Einkaufszentrum. The walls are filled with colorful squares and interesting black and white photos from floor to ceiling. I’ve heard they rotate the photos out, although I haven’t witnessed it myself. I spotted a photo of downtown LA, which I thought was kind of comical! This station is fun and bright, always a win in my book!
I had really high hopes for this one. This is probably one of the most popular stations, as far as being unique, in Munich. The bright rainbow colored walls look like candy. However, I was a little disappointed… There were quite a few white spots along the walls where the paint had been removed. I hope it’s because they’re refreshing the station and not removing the color altogether. Even with the white, if you get the right angle you can block that out and still get some cool shots. I just love how bright and fun they made this station.
If you were to ask me my least favorite color, I’m pretty sure I would say orange (unless we’re talking a sherbet-orange, which is one of my favs). But plain old orange totally rubs me the wrong way. So, I’m surprised to put the Marienplatz Station in the number two spot, but it really spoke to me! I love the shiny tiles with the bright-white lighting. The halls have a neat cylindrical shape which adds to the overall interest of the Marienplatz station. Marienplatz is the stop to take if you’re heading to the heart of the old city. As you emerge from the station, you’re dropped right in front of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), and by far, my favorite building in all of Munich. I know, I know, it’s probably everybody’s favorite. But it’s JUST. SO. COOL.
I’m nerd-ily excited about this U-Bahn station. It’s BEYOND cool. Dark, eerie indigo lighting with huge lamp shades in yellow and orange (weird, orange again). Something about this place is so intriguing to me. I picture myself on the set of a murder mystery. Or maybe on a totally different planet. If you only check out one station, make it this one! It’s also the stop right before Georg-Brauchle Ring, so you could easily see that and Olympia-Einkaufszentrum.
Europe is known for having some really awesome subway stations – particularly Stockholm, so I was excited to find some unique ones in Munich. Surely there are many more out there that I missed. I’d like to explore some more stations in other countries!
What U-Bahn stations do you think are the coolest?! What city has the best subway stations?