This is how locals do their sightseeing. These rails were my daily way to the office, here I learned to love my “daily sightseeing tour”. Probably the best way is to enter tram 19 is Hauptbahnhof station, heading to “St.-Veit-Straße”. Leave at Ostbahnhof (in around 20 minutes one way time). There you can change directions, or just take the (faster) S-Bahn back to Hauptbahnhof.
PANORAMIC BACK-END: Take a seat in the back-end of the train – there are seats with a big panoramic window. Before the first stop on Karlsplatz/Stachus, the tram passes the impressive Justizpalast and continues its way along historic buildings such as the Bavarian stock exchange on Lenbachplatz. From here on, tram 19 continues its ride on smaller streets with cobblestone pavement.
The tram here seems to be like a blue worm crossing a street of ants (read: pedestrians). After a tight S-curve, the worm continues its way along Royal Bavarian Residence and the famous Staatsoper complex. At Maximilianstrasse a high share of Munichs luxury shops is located. Here you always pass a certain number of parking luxury cars, whose owners reside at glamorous Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten.
Further on, after Maximilian’s Monument and river Isar bridge, Tram 19 climbs up along the Bavarian parliament round bastion, until the popular “french” quarter – Haidhausen begins. After passing around 100 shops and cafes within 2 stations, tram 19 reaches station “Ostbahnhof” where this tour finally ends.
BY THE WAY: There are also other tram lines with beautiful downtown sections. Better than any sightseeing-bus…!