Munich (part 1)

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We went on a roadtrip to Munich (Muenchen) on the weekend.  It is supposed to be a 2.5 hour drive from here but that didn’t account for the very heavy snow the night before.  Bregenz in Austria is the town you pass through between Switzerland and Germany.  It had the highest recorded snowfall there the night before we left.  It was a crazy mess of snow piled up on the side of the road and the motorway was closed so our trip took a little longer than expected.

274We made it into Marienplatz (the main square in Munich) just in time to see the last couple of minutes of the Glockenspiel chiming.  There are life-sized marionettes that apparently act out scenes from Bavarian history but you have to crane your neck to see them.

360Some of these photos are taken the next day when we had much better weather (clearly).

Marienplatz is full of beautiful architecture.  The Glockenspiel is housed in the new town hall (see above) and the old town hall houses a toy museum (see below).  Our first day in Munich was a battle between us and the intermittent severe snowy weather.  It was freezing and Claudia was sick with a cold so we alternated outside and indoor activities as much as possible.

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299Which is how we ended up in the toy musuem.  Some of the toys in there were a little interesting.

304Hasn’t Barbie come a long way since the 1950’s?

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The Viktualienmarkt is worth a look.  It is quite big and is mainly fresh produce but there were the occasional craft type stall.  We avoided a mini snowstorm by leaping into the first restaurant we came across which turned out to be a seafood restaurant.  I wasn’t anticipating eating seafood in Munich but I have to say the quality of the fish (from Norway) was outstanding.  The restaurant is a little quirky in that you had to eat standing up at a table but the meal was really delicious.  Sometimes good experiences on your travels are happy accidents.

287The markets had a wide variety of stalls – wine (dangerous), cheese (dangerous), fruit and vegetables, Bavarian specialty sausages to name just a few.

284And a few baskets of Australian stone fruit!!  Nectarines for approximately $60/kg anyone??

292Many of the stalls were decorated for Carnival and there were a few revellers to be seen around the streets.

290You see a lot of taxis that are Mercedes here (and in Switzerland).

371The Frauenkirche is a recognisable part of the Munich skyline with its two domes.

310This is the interior of the Frauenkirche.  We came in here hoping to be able to climb one of the towers as they reportedly provide one of the best views of Munich and the Bavarian Alps, but alas the towers are closed for renovation for the next 2-3 years.  The church itself is beautiful – frescoes, stained glass windows, gorgeous chandeliers everywhere.

308While we were there we lit a candle for Ben.

Tomorrow I will tell you about one of my favourite things in Munich.

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