Berlin, Munich and Leipzig Recommendations

I already shared that I will be visiting Germany to speak about Ukraine and my book The Rooster House. I also would like to ask you for your recommendations on what to visit and see in Berlin, Munich and Leipzig. I’ve been to Berlin and Leipzig before, but this will be my first trip to Munich.

Below is my program for these three cities. After I return from Germany, I will be going to Tallinn and Copenhagen for the book events. I will share more details closer to the date.

October 23, Berlin

20:00:  Reading at English Theatre Berlin, moderated by Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, with German reader Meike Rötzer (

October 24, Munich

18:00:  Reading and Discussion event at Europäische Janusz Korczak Akademie, Blumenstraße 29, 80331 München

Audience: Youth Bridge (EJKA leadership program for youth from various backgrounds), Students for Ukraine etc.

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Maria Pryshlak, President, Ukrainian Free University

October 25, Leipzig

17:00:  Program at Consulate General Leipzig, Wilhelm-Seyfferth-Strasse 4, 04103 Leipzig

More information about The Rooster House can be found on My Book page.



  • Alina: If one museum, then Haus der Kunst in Munich! Impressive, historical and imposing architecture and interesting exhibitions. It is next to the Englische Garten & Surfer Spot at Eisbach.

    Lembachhaus is also impressive (but a little in between larger exhibitions right now)

    Also recommended: a stroll from Marienplatz to Viktualienmarkt then to Gärtnerplatz just to get that Munich as a village – vibe October 20, 2023 at 9:13am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! This sounds like a great plan for my Munich visit. I don’t have that much time, but it will be enough to visit at least one museum and explore the city a bit. October 20, 2023 at 9:52am Reply

  • Debi Sen Gupta: I spent a few days in Munich way back in Dec 2019. Didn’t know then that I wouldn’t be travelling after that for many years.

    I enjoyed the farmers market there and a small toy museum in marlenplatz.

    The Jewish museum in Jacob plats was informative and worth visiting October 20, 2023 at 9:43am Reply

    • Victoria: Many people say that Munich is worth visiting. Glad that I finally have a chance. October 20, 2023 at 9:52am Reply

  • Deborah: I always love visiting churches and Munich has two wonderful ones, with wildly different architecture: the Heiliggeistkirche a marvel of the Baroque, and the Jesu-Herz-Kirche, modern and minimalist. If you have the time, the Nymphenburg Palace, especially including the various small pavilions in the grounds. October 20, 2023 at 10:52am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much for these suggestions! October 20, 2023 at 12:11pm Reply

  • Sophie: At Leipzig, I quite enjoyed the Museum of Musical Instruments/Musikinstrumentenmuseum which is part of the Grassi Museum and quite close to the city centre.

    Unfortunately I have not managed to find any information about your reading at Leipzig, is it open to the public (and if yes, where might I find information about whether it’s still possible to get a ticket)? October 20, 2023 at 11:44am Reply

  • Hamamelis: The Alte Pinakothek is worthwhile a visit, with some beautiful Dutch masters as well. Also the Clockenspiel of the old townhall, it is just so German. Eat some Brezel and with weizenbier to wash it down, or if you are brave with weisswurst! Wishing you a pleasant and successful trip! October 20, 2023 at 11:44am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! October 20, 2023 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Geraldine Ethen: In Leipzig you do not want to miss St. Thomas Church where JS Bach was director of music for 27 years and Martin Luther preached.,_Leipzig
    Choirs from around the world visit there and sing in the church to honor Bach’s memory. I was lucky to have been there with our local Bach Cantata Choir in 2018. October 20, 2023 at 1:39pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much ! October 21, 2023 at 5:35am Reply

  • Klaas: Victoria, Munich has an excellent ballet company, the Bayerische Staatsballett. If they are performing while they are there you should check them out!

    I second the Pinakotek (an amazing museum with works by Dürer and Cranach) and if all else fails a stroll in the beautiful Englisher Garten to clear the mind.

    Veel succes!! October 20, 2023 at 5:21pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, I don’t have that much time, but it’s something to consider for another visit. Thank you! October 21, 2023 at 5:35am Reply

  • Klaas: *while you are there…typo! October 20, 2023 at 5:23pm Reply

  • Laura Scheuer: I love Munich’s Lenbachhaus, a manageably sized museum that is the home of German Expressionism and especially, the Blaue Reiter. I also recommend seeing the gorgeous (Rococo) jewel box Cuvilies Theatre at Residenzstrasse 1, even if your busy schedule precludes attending a performance. Last, walking around you will notice many shops and pharmacies that specialize in herbal or other natural remedies, a long tradition there. Have a great time! October 20, 2023 at 9:46pm Reply

    • Victoria: So many great recommendations for Munich. Thank you very much. October 21, 2023 at 5:36am Reply

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