A Visit to the First Munich Home of Lenin

A Visit to the First Munich Home of Lenin

By  Tuesday, 10.3.2015, 19:10    Tourist Sites

For a man who has inspired thousands and statues all over the Communist world, it was a little ironic (at least to me) that there was not even a plaque outside the first home of one Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. It was also a little ironic that his first abode in February 1900, was in Kaiserstrasse or Emperor Street. It was number 53 back then, but 46 today. And a very nice building it is too, a short walk from the Munchener Freiheit U-Bahn (simply take the Kaiserstr. exit).

In fact, according to Munich historian Rudiger LIdtke, a plaque was erected in 1970 on the occasion of Lenin's 100th birthday, but it was ripped down in 2006 and never replaced.   

Lenin. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. Meyer. The building has historical signiicance, as it was where a 30 year-old Herr Meyer with a Russian accent moved in, spending much of his time writing. The writing turned out to the infamous tome "What is to be Done?", written by a man who used his pseudonym for the first time in Munich - Lenin.  

It is a very pleasant little neighbourhood, and Lenin might have been tempted by the Italian restaurant which now stands opposite. 

Back then apparently, he was more into taking his meals at the Hofbrauhaus (wonder if the same would be true today...), frequenting the Englischer Garten and Cafe Noris at Leopoldstrasse 41, as well as enjoying the carnival.  

A little piece of Munich world history, which today seems forgotten, one of many historical treasures in this fascinating city. 

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

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