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Maxvorstadt is Munich's arts and university district, just north of the historic city center. It is also often called the "Brain of Munich", due to its extraordinary large number of artistic and educational institutions. The district was one of the first extensions when the city of Munich grew beyond its old city fortifications. Designed in the beginning of the 19th century, construction began in 1825 in a classicistic style, which is still visible in a few streets. It is in the area are seven universities (among which you find Germany's two top universities, LMU and TUM) and several museums and art galleries, comparable in Germany only to Berlin's Museumsinsel. Because there are more than 100,000 students, during daytime there are four times as many people in the district than live here. Many well-known people have lived in the district at some point in their lives: Bertholt Brecht, Georg Elser, Adolf Hitler, Wassily Kandinsky, Thomas Mann, Franz Marc, Wolfgang Pauli, Joseph Ratzinger (former Pope Benedict XVI), and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (better known as V.I. Lenin). There are also several locations connected to the Third Reich era in the area, especially around Königsplatz. The Maxvorstadt area roughly is bounded by the English Garden to the east, Georgenstraße to the north, Lothstraße to the west, and the main railtracks and Altstadtring to the south.

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