"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on September 12, 2016 by Sioux under General
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A visit to Germany has long been on my bucket list. Although my heritage is linked to another part of Germany, and I would need a longer time for a visit there, I figured Munich would a good enough place to start, as I have also always wanted to visit the WW2 concentration camp memorials. Close to Munich is Dachau, so Munich was my next stop over point. 

The train trip from Brussels was great and I passed the time watching the stunning scenery whizzing past. This was definitely the way to travel.   

I was wising up to the ways of the cab drivers in Europe,

so I had the shortest route to the hotel and address on my phone and handed it to the driver. Unfortunately, I had arrived at 4pm, and we hit the rush hour traffic and as these cabs charge by time not distance, I still paid a fair amount. Oh well, the drive     was scenic!

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Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. It is the largest city in Bavaria, and is the third largest city in Germany. Munich is situated on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and numerous beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), the central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and re-enacts stories from the 16th century. A fascinating city, with loads of castles and plenty history, I again explored via the hop-on-hop-off tour bus, with a lot of walking too.   

The name of the city is derived from the Old/Middle High German term Munichen, meaning “by the monks”. It was derived from the monks of the Benedictine order who ran a monastery at the place that was later to become the Old Town of Munich; hence the monk depicted on the city’s coat of arms. The earliest date the city is mentioned in a document was in 1158.  

During World War II, Munich was heavily bombed and more than 50% of the entire city and up to 90% of the historic centre were destroyed. Three gates of the demolished medieval fortification have survived to this day—the Isartor in the east, the Sendlinger Tor in the south and the Karlstor in the west of the inner city.   

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IMG_7636 LR (1 of 1)Three gates of the demolished medieval fortification
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The Siegestor in Munich, is a three-arched triumphal arch crowned with a statue of Bavaria with a lion-quadriga. 

The postwar period was characterized by American occupation until 1949; with an increase of population and economic power after 1949. Unlike many other German cities which were heavily bombed and destroyed during World War II, Munich rebuilt most of its traditional cityscape and added a modern face to the city with the Olympic Stadium.    

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BMW Headquarters in Munich

The Glyptothek

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And then it was thirsty-time. I headed back to the hotel for some hot food and cold refreshment!

 

 

4 responses to “Munich – bier, wurst and history!”

  1. Ursula Evans says:

    Lovely

  2. Paul says:

    Are those modern day rickshaws?

  3. Pauline Smith says:

    Did you sit and have tea with the Mad Hatter… That look’s absolutely wonderful. I bet it was a much better experience than what Paris was??

  4. Derrick Baney says:

    Still enjoying yourself I see and all the pics looking good
    I’m off to Dallas in America on the 28th to get our Green cards and then we will come back and finish selling the House and all

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