Munich is constantly on the top ten most livable cities lists (and was voted by Monocle's most livable city in 2010) and we could see why. Clean, walkable, bikable, low crime, great public transportation system, affordable housing (so we read), the list goes on and on.
|Taken from destination360|
|Fondue for the meat.|
|Duck, a potato ball, and cabbage.|
|Japanese Tea House|
|Monopteros in the distance|
In Munich center is the Marienplatz, which is the main central square in Munich and has been used as that since 1158. The New Town Hall is a site to see in the square, and you really can't miss it. The building is gothic and almost looks like it was built from wax drippings from a candle. On the tower is the Glockenspiel. Everyday at certain times it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century using 32 life sized figures and 43 bells. The top half shows a joust in honor of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V (founder of the Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine, with the Bavarian knight winning of course. The bottom half shows the Schäfflerstanz (the coopers' dance), a dance that symbolizes perseverance and loyalty to authority through difficult times.
No trip to Munich would be complete without drinking in their famous beerhalls. The first one we went to was Augustiner Keller. Inside it showcased a timber theme with big pine tables and benches, and animals (I hope fake, but probably not) as ornaments. The cellar glowed with warmth and the whole place had a very pleasant and relaxing feel to it.
|Enjoying a rest|
|I needed two hands!|
|That's a big pretzel!|
|Lockers where the regulars leave their steins!|
|The artistic shot|
|Trying to catch up!|
- Dachau Concentration Camp
- Olympia Park
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- BMW museum
We're looking forward to our next trip to Munich! The following are some other pictures from our time in Munich.
|In the hotel elevator.|
|A scene from 1490 in our hotel.|