On tour with Pettenkofer in Munich
A stroll through Munich will show how important the hygienist was for the development of our cities and society
Join us on the trail of Max von Pettenkofer in Munich. On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of his death on February 10, 2021, we will show you a new route where you can learn something about the important hygienist and pioneer.
Keys, wallet, and an FFP2-mask
We trace the footsteps of the chemist and hygienist Max von Pettenkofer through Munich.
Max von Pettenkofer‘s Burial Site
Our path begins where Pettenkofer's ended in 1901. His life's work? He was the first person in to confirm the connection between hygiene and the spread of epidemics. He was the first professor of hygiene at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and his findings were later connected to the development of European drinking water systems.
Hygiene becomes a science
In 1865, Pettenkofer founded an Institute for Hygiene at the University of Munich and became its first director. Today's Max von Pettenkofer Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology evolved from this institute. Today, the institute carries out hygienic-microbiological tests for quality assurance in medical facilities.
We are heroes
We leave the institute and continue along the unusually tranquil Sonnenstraße through Munich on a straight path to Maximiliansplatz and our last stop on this hygiene ramble. The monument not only commemorates our public health pioneer, his legacy and work, but also our own future.