Europe, Germany, Munich, Weird & Offbeat

Weird and Offbeat Sites: The Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

(Last Updated On: August 19, 2019)

You know how I love to discover weird and offbeat things when I travel. Like when I was in Budapest this past November, I took part in an interactive science fiction performance that involved me running on to a life-sized spaceship. The year before that while in Amsterdam, I spent a feline filled afternoon at a museum dedicated solely to cat art and a cat sanctuary on a boat.

So you can imagine that I was absolutely thrilled when a friend offered to show me a site that she considered weird and offbeat – a Michael Jackson memorial in Munich lovingly maintained by crazed loyal fans. Not surprisingly, Michael Jackson has fans the world over but what’s more astonishing is the lengths that they’ll go to keep the memory of their idol.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

After the King of Pop died in June 2009, ardent fans set-up a makeshift memorial at the base of a statue honouring the Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Orlande de Lassus.

Recommended reading: This post about another Michael Jackson memorial I found in Budapest.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

It has since become a pilgrimage site for people to come and offer their respects to Michael Jackson. The memorial’s adorned with fresh flowers, candles, photographs and hand-written notes.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

The memorial’s been set-up across from the posh five-star hotel Bayerischer Hof, where Michael reportedly stayed and fortunately didn’t create an uproar by dangling his child over a balcony like he did at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin.

While fans have delighted in their fan worship, some locals feel that it’s an eyesore and they’ve gone so far as to purposely plant bird feed around the memorial. According to locals ” … pigeons descend upon it, overturning fan offerings and soiling expressions of eternal devotion to Jackson“.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

Despite locals attempts to rid Munich of Michael, the memorial remains. In fact, fan Sandra Mazur has been campaigning the city to build a permanent statue in his honor and has collected donations to fund the project. Despite her efforts, city officials aren’t too keen on the idea saying “Munich has a bad case of monument-itis“. For now the memorial remains intact and while there you can look at some of the more extraordinary items left to Michael by his fans like Doris.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

The German text inscribed on the heart in the photo below roughly translates to “You’ll live on in our hearts” or “What you have deep in your heart, will not be lost in death“.

Michael Jackson Memorial in Munich.

Love or hate it, this memorial is something worth checking out. It even got noticed by fellow travel enthusiast Rick Steves earlier this summer who could barely get through his video without laughing.

Looking for other things to do in Munich? Check out this itinerary for Medieval and Modern Munich in 2 days

Bayerischer Hof
Promenadeplatz 2-6, 80333, Munich, Germany

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  • Andrea January 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m a huge MJ fan – such a shame what happened to him… This reminds me of the Jim Morrison memorial in Pere Lachaise…love how you find these offbeat sights =)

    • Cheryl Howard January 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      @Andrea – Yes, he died way too young and had a rather tragic life. And thanks, I’m all about the “weird.” 😉

  • Dana November 7, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Yes! I ran across this completely unknowing of its existence and was definitely surprised. It seemed so out of place, right across from one of the city’s fanciest hotels. Glad to hear others found it weird and offbeat as well!

    • Cheryl Howard November 7, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Hey Dana – Yeah, definitely an oddball statue! But such a lovely story behind it.

  • Gill Hills August 5, 2016 at 3:58 am

    To a Michael Jackson fan this is not at all weird but a wonderful memorial to a wonderful man. I must admit that I wish he had his own statue. I visited it last year and will leave sunflowers there this summer. Miss you Michael…LOVE LIVES FOREVERxxoo

    • Cheryl Howard August 5, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Hi Gill,

      The site is actually strange in terms of where it’s placed and the fact that it’s lovingly taken care of by fans like yourself. 🙂

      Glad that you get a chance to regularly visit.