Duke Henry the Lion and Munich's foundation in 1158

Munich in the Middle Ages

Bremen, Braunschweig, Lübeck and Munich: eminent locations of trade and power, connected to the name of Duke Henry the Lion, the mightiest and most contested of all princes of the 12th century. Duke and Landlord of Saxony and Bavaria, equipped with kinglike power, supporter of economy and reformer of administration, noble knight, warlord and pilgrim: Henry the Lion was one of the most fascinating rulers of the Middle Ages. By founding Munich 850 years ago he established facts that have been determining Bavaria’s history ever since. This guided tour follows the early days of Munich and provides an idea of political connections and strategies in the High Middle Ages.