Northern Munich is an expansive part of the city comprising many parks and recreational areas, including the English Garden, the Olympiapark (site of the 1972 Olympic Games) with the BMW Welt, the Nymphenburg park and palace and the Allianz Arena. This guide covers the districts of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg, Schwabing-West, Schwabing-Freimann and Milbertshofen-Am Hart.
Schwabing is one of Munich's most bohemian districts and most expensive residential areas. The large number of shops, restaurants, and cafés along the district's main boulevards Leopoldstraße and Hohenzollernstraße cater mostly to those with money to burn. The hamlet of Schwabing was originally founded in the 8th century and therefore is much older than Munich itself, which was founded in the 12th century. It was incorporated in the city of Munich in 1890. In the 19th and 20th century, Schwabing reached its zenith of cultural importance. Many famous litterateurs and painters were living in the area by that time. Schwabing was also location of the Schwabing riots in 1962, the overture of the student revolt in Germany in the late 1960s.
Milbertshofen and Am Hart combined give the name to Stadtbezirk 10, but it is the third part of the district, called Am Riesenfeld, that draws the most tourists. This is because it contains two immediately adjacent areas of interest - the Olympiapark, which was created out of the grounds where the 1972 Olympic Games were held, and still contains many of the structures built for the Olympics, as well as the original plant of BMW, with the adjacent headquarters, BMW Museum and BMW Welt visitor centre.
Neuhausen-Nymphenburg is one of the more relaxed districts of Munich around Nymphenburg Palace, where the atmosphere causes residents and visitors alike to forget they are in a city of over a million. Both the neighborhood of Neuhausen and Nymphenburg are virtually undiscovered by tourists so far, even though Neuhausen is home to a pouplar nightclub and the world's largest beer garden at Hirschgarten. What's even more astounding is that, while millions of tourists flock to Munich in the summer months and during the Oktoberfest in September and October, few find their way to the tranquil Nymphenburg Palace gardens. The area is roughly bounded by the main railtracks to the south and west, Allacher Straße and Baldurstraße to the north, and Dachauer Straße to the east.
Further North is a big residential and industrial area in northern Munich, consisting of the neighborhoods of Feldmoching-Hasenbergl, Moosach, Milbertshofen-Am-Hart and Freimann. The area's main (and some would probably say only) attraction is the Allianz Arena football stadium.