Action is centred in the medieval Old Town (Altstadt), originally located within the old town walls, which have long ceded to a ring road. A pedestrian thoroughfare spans Karlstor on the west side (near the train station) and Isartor on the east side of the ring. Walk it in about 15 minutes, taking in the main shops and many of the major landmarks (more under Sightseeing). The circular Altstadt is only about one square kilometre, but this small area has enough shops, theatres, museums, historical sites, churches and beer gardens to attract 300,000 visitors a day.
One of the city's prettiest neighbourhoods and home to a number of buildings from Munich's jugendstil movement, a late-19th century style of architecture. The district skyline is dominated by the architecturally unique Hypo Hochhaus. The 114m skyscraper, which looks like a rocket geared for take-off, consists of three blocks of different sizes strung together by gigantic rings supported by four cylindrical towers. If you tire of staring up at such awesome structures, Bogenhausen also beckons with galleries, up-market shops and noble restaurants. Immediately north of Haidhausen, the district stretches up to Arabella Park, home of Munich's super-rich.