The two districts Au and Haidhausen are the fifth borough. It comprises the Maximilianeum, Steinhausen, Haidhausen-Nord und Haidhausen-Süd as well as Obere Au and Untere Au.
Au is situated in the east opposite the historic city of Munich on the eastern shore of Isar and Haidhausen on the high terrace of the river Isar. The borough goes as far as Bogenhausen and in the east as far as Berg am Laim. In the south it adjoins to Giesing.
In the past Au was an area for day labourers and craftspeople. Today many young people and families live here. The Deutsche Museum (German Museum) is also situated in the Au. At Mariahilfplatz the famous “Auer Dult” takes place three times a year. Houseware, pottery and antiques are sold at this pretty market. Just around the corner at Nockherberg, the Starkbier (brown ale) is served during the fasting period in March. Every year at the opening of this brown ale beer festival a comedian present the speech of Brother Barnabas who makes fun of Bavarian politics.
Haidhausen is known for its small houses and winding alleys. Walking down Preysingstraße one could imagine being in a little village. But the cultural center Gasteig and the Bavarian Parliament in the historic building of Maximilianeum as well as the art nouveau indoor swimming pool „Müller’sches Volksbad“ right next to the river Isar are shaping this multifaceted borough, too.