Fodor's Expert Review Gasteig Culture Center
Hugely expensive to build and not particularly beautiful, this brick complex stands high above the Isar River, east of downtown. Its Philharmonic Hall is the permanent home of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the largest concert hall in Munich. Gasteig also hosts the occasional English-language work. It hosts the annual book fair and numerous other events and celebrations. The sizeable open-kitchen Gast (www.gast-muenchen.de), part of the Gasteig complex, is a good option for a range of quick foods, from Thai curries to pizzas. There are also several smaller concert and event spaces in Gasteig, as well as the public library.