Munchen in German. A Bavarian state. Home of Byern Munich FC, Oktoberfest, beers and BMW museums just to mention a few.
After a long train ride from Zurich to Munich, we were pretty tired. 3 to 4 hours train ride felt like forever. Munich train station is pretty much the same environment as Paris gare de Lyon if you have ever been there of course. Almost airport like feeling, busy commuters everywhere. Of course, it’s weekend and the month of Christmas.
It luckily was not far from the station. It’s an interesting neighbourhood. Kebab shops, barbershop mostly Arabic ones, strip clubs and Lidl (A big German supermarket chain).The receptionist was very sweet German woman in her late 50’s I would assume. Who gave us a map with a few suggestions that we would want to follow. Our room is near, enough for 2 people with a sink, mirror, 2 single beds, shared toilet and showers. Breakfast including.
After settling down, we have headed straight to the Christmas market at THERESIENWIESE near St. PAUL church, which was highly suggested by our lovely receptionist. Interestingly this is where the Octoberfest is held. We are in December so there was a Christmas market instead. With plenty of beers and food. Technically a Christmas version of the Octoberfest.
THE NEXT DAY
In the morning, we directly headed to the Munich train station to verify whether we needed to book our seats to Amsterdam. And the DB staff told us that it is certainly a good idea to reserve the seats because all trains are almost full.But That was still not Enough. You will know why soon.
Day after we started our exploration of Munich. It’s was sunny, sometimes cloudy, very very windy and occasional rains. Traffic was pretty bad thanks to weekend and roadblocks due to many Christmas markets everywhere. Lucky for us, we were walking. Anyway, what did we do? Our first stop of the day was
KARLSPLATZ ( STACHUS)
A big square with a large jet water fountain. And a 15th century Karlstor. Again, the square was filled with 1000s of people thanks to Christmas market. We never could saw it though. We walked passed. It was closed due to construction.
CHURCH OF St. Micheal at Neuhauser Street
Unique architecture and design from the era of Bavarian fairy-tale King Ludwig 2 , who’s sarcophagus is burried inside the tomb of the Prince. The world’s largest barrel vault in the world is here.
Unfortunately, it was under construction and covered with fences. So, we have walked around it.
Or the German calls it as “The Cathedral of our Dear Lady“
An interesting design with 2 Onion shaped steeples. It is tall. In fact so tall that, it is the most visible symbol of Munich. It is, as a matter of fact, the largest brick cathedral in northern Europe. Capacity 20000. It was built by the house of Wittlesbach between 1468 – 1488.
The old town hall, the city centre and Mariensaule for more than 450 years. On top of that old building called Mariensaule sits Maria, the patron saint of Bavaria. Bellow her statue there is the lion, The Dragon and Serpent as a symbol of the battle against humanity’s plagues: War, pestilence, famine and disbelief. The bell tower or the neogothic new town hall contains Germany’s largest glockenspiel with the triumphant Barbarian knight.
After that, we went to
THEATINE CHURCH aka Theatinerkirch, Residenz and
with a big square, lions ( not the real one). Those places are all connected to each other. The RESIDENZ is the largest city palace in Germany and used to be the royal palace of Bavarian monarchs.
The Hofgarten was built in 1613-1617. We have spent a little time here to enjoy the nature and to relax a little bit.
The English Garden. Aka ENGLISCHER Garten
Not too far from Hofgarten, there is the famous English Garden.
It is one of the largest park in the world. And American embassy is not far. We relaxed at the lake Kleinhesselohe. Playing with local ducks and gooses. It was really beautiful.A good spot to relax I have to say.
Haus Der Kunst.
Within the same area of English Garden. We walked passed it. Could not get in due to our busy and short day.
A 15th century beer hall that we walked passed. Originally built in 1589 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I as an extension of the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München brewery. The general public was admitted in 1828 by Ludwig I.
After that we walked passed ISARTOR .
One of the two remaining gothic gates our of three. Last one was Sredlinger tor. Then we slowly headed to ….
A historical Street market of Munich since 1807. The area was full of Chestnut trees, old fountains. Specialized for regional specialities and fresh produces.
By the time we were really tired and hungry, so we have decided to stop by to eat something at WIRTSHAUS ZUM STRAUBINGER,
a classic Bavarian bar and restaurant . But it was packed so we went next door Ruffs Burgers for a beverage and a Burger. As the name suggest of course.
The SENDLING GATE aka SENDLINGER Tor.
Is a old City gate which is one of Munich’s three remaining gothic town gates during the period of Ludwig the Bavarian.
This church has a very crazy interior design.It was built by two brothers as a private church named sculptor Egid Quirin Asam, and painter Cosmas Damian Asam. It is a Baroque church which was built between 1733 to 1744.
Ohel Jakob Synagogue
Build between 2004-2006 for the Jewish community in Munich.
And with that, we have successfully finished our extraordinarily long day to explore the beautiful Bavarian state of Southern Germany : Munich.
According to our app we walked over 17000 steps and 12 something kilometers. Not sure how reliable the app is but we were definitely out of energy after that.
We have made an effort to go to lydl to buy products for sandwiches because next day we have more than 8 hours train ride to Amsterdam.