It might appear a bit weird to suggest an – unused – cemetery as one’s favorite spot but if you read on you will understand why it is not weird at all. The Alter südlicher Friedhof (Old Southern Cemetery) is located at the heart of the Glockenbach Quarter in the city centre of Munich.
The “Glockenbach” as people simply call it, is a former working class area. The name refers to a canal which runs through it and was used for shipping goods to the factories based in the area. Nowadays the quarter houses many fashion and furniture boutiques, cafes and restaurants. It is frequented by a lot of young and creative locals going for lunch or having a drink before going clubbing.
The Alter südlicher Friedhof, a peaceful park like space, is probably for Munich what Père Lachaise is for Paris or Highgate Cemetery for London. If you look at the names on the tomb stones when taking a walk you will come across a lot of names which also appear in street names all over Munich. Unlike Père Lachaise you won’t find any crowds of groupies here, but mostly locals who enjoy a run or the last few rays of sun of the year.
If you have had enough from busy Marienplatz and your feet hurt from running around Munich get a take away coffee from Man Versus Machine or an ice cream from Jessas and relax on one of the benches.