There are bicycles that are art, and, although it may sound like an understatement on our part, the Santafixie Raval is a great work of art. Our most iconic bicycle, and one that travels to all corners and countries of the world, such as Germany. German cities are transforming themselves, adapting their public space to bicycles and making a firm commitment to more sustainable, fairer and less polluting mobility. Urban cycling is growing exponentially, as we know from general statistics and our own experience. One such city is Munich.
Munich, urban cultural epicentre
Munich is the capital of the Bavaria region and has a population of 1.5 million inhabitants. If you look at its map you will see that it is divided by the river Isar, which runs for a total of 13.7 km from southwest to northeast. Along the river there are several islands that house museums such as the “History of German Science and Technology”, and following the path along the river, it connects with many mountain bike trails that take you through the changing nature depending on the time of the year.
But back in the city, Munich has other unmissable spots if you’re cycling. One of them is Sugar Mountain. A disused concrete factory has been converted into a colourful meeting place for culture, society and sport. Climbing, ping-pong, basketball and even circus are some of the activities you can do in this 7500 m2 space managed by a collective of artists.
Another disused space converted into a cultural centre with rehearsal rooms, graffiti workshops and urban gardening is the Bahnwärter Thiel. The name comes from “Bahnwärter”, the workers who waved the flags to coordinate train arrivals in this former railway yard. During the day it’s a quiet place for a stroll or an activity, but at night the space comes alive with open shops, bars and techno DJs. It’s an ode to the city’s urban subculture.
The 20th Olympic Games were held in Munich in 1972, and as is usual in most host cities, the Olympic Village is a real challenge for cities after the Olympic Games. Today the Olympiapark is a green lung covering more than 300 hectares. The former Olympic facilities are in perfect condition and are used by the population. There is a velodrome, an ice rink and an indoor swimming pool, as well as an amphitheatre and a marine aquarium. It is the ideal place for walking, jogging, cycling and breathing clean air.
A virtual walk through the “Santafixie Raval Museum”.
If Munich is a bit far away, or you have other plans for this summer, we bring you a virtual tour of a very particular hypothetical exhibition: a photographic journey through these three iconic places of Munich on the pedals of our Santafixie Raval. Enjoy this 3D ride through the two rooms that make up this collection of images. Admission is free.