When people visit Munich they see only one side of the city: tall buildings and perfect- looking people in expensive clothes, holding iPhones, shopping in expensive designer shops, while their Porsche car is parked outside, (the so-called “Schickimickis”, a not so flattering term outside Munich).
Although this is a part of it, it is not the whole truth. The real city lies outside the limits of the historical centre. If you take the line U2 of the underground in the direction of Messestadt West, you’ll land in another Munich that lies just 5 minutes away and is never visited by tourists.
Originally a village, it became part of the city around the middle of the 19th century, and today the village character is still to be seen in the small streets lined with small houses in Altgiesing. Today it is a quiet, working-class neighborhood away from the Schickimicki-hype, where the Munich dialect (a version of the Bavarian dialect) is still spoken like it was years ago.
Take some time to get lost in the small streets around the Alpenplatz, visit the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche (see the Heilig Kreuz Kirche article), walk past the Ostfriedhof (check my Ostfriedhof article) and end up at the Paulaner Brewery on the Nockherberg hill.
If people look at you weirdly, do not worry: you will probably be the first tourist that arrives there, be proud of this! When you are back home, you can boast that you saw the real face of Munich!