Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Taste of Bavaria



I suppose the best time to see Munich for the first time is during Oktoberfest which starts this year on Saturday, 20 September, to 5 October. But with more than 6 million beer-thirsty revelers who wade through the Bavarian capital at its busiest, it'll be a logistical nightmare. Not to mention that prices are steep. 


My trip to Munich is linked to late last year's visit to Berlin for historical reasons. I must admit that I've not had ample time to tour Munich as we made it our base for booked tours to neighbouring places of interest. But allow me to give you a glimpse of what I glimpsed at the third largest city in Germany which I'll get to know more next time.





A highschool friend and her husband recommended that we stay at Angelo Hotel Leuchtenbergring which is about 15 minutes from Marienplatz, the centre of town, and 30 minutes from Franz Josef Strauss airport. Most hotels don't offer breakfast anymore, but this boutique hotel's breakfast buffet selection is one of the best I've ever had in my travels. I feel shortchanged and under-catered when I'm served Continental on holiday. At Angelo, the buffet is so assorted that you can have a varied breakfast fare each morning of the duration of your stay -- a must as food can make or break my holiday.








Sugar sachets are not of the generic variety, and even the flower vase below is reminiscent of a gramophone which looks to be in reference to the hotel's homage to jazz music.





I can tell, you're thinking of that scene with the twins on 'The Shining'



Locals say you've not been to Munich if you've not been to Marienplatz, the city's main square since 1158. So after one of our tours outside Munich, Mr Tittle-Tattles and I got off its namesake S-Bahn station to see the Neues Rathaus or New City Hall (photobombed here by a crane).




The Munich City Coat of Arms seen at the entrance to the Rathaus. The German name for Munich is München, which means of Monks, thus the figure of a monk in the middle which represents the city. Monks of the Benedictine order ran a monastery at the place that was later to become the Old Town of Munich.







The square within the New City Hall which houses the city council, offices of the mayors and part of the administration. The 400-room building was built between 1867 and 1908 in a Gothic Revival architecture style.




I was born in the Year of the Dragon, thus the photo. If that's not a dragon, I'm sure it's not a bat either.








The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a tourist attraction in Marienplatz.
Every day at 11 a.m. (as well as 12 and 5 pm in summer), its 43 bells chime and re-enact the 16th century marriage of Duke Wilhelm V, the Duke of Bavaria from 1579 to 1597, to Renata of Lorraine.











The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is an extension of Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart claimed to have written the opera Idomeneo after several visits to the Hofbräuhaus. The Nazi Party used the beer hall of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich to declare policies and hold functions. The Hofbräu operates the second largest beer tent during the world-famous Oktoberfest. At the time of our visit in late August, there was no scheduled event, so we were able to take a peek at the function hall which is not open for public drinking.





Munich is home to other major breweries aside from the Hofbräu, namely Augustiner Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu. As Oktoberfest was already out of the question, the most that we did was to have our own beerfest. Some of these brands are bottled and sold elsewhere of course, but where it's brewed is always the real McCoy.


    Except for the lower right which is from Teisendorf, and the lower middle which was served to us rather than a Jagermeister, all varieties are brewed in Munich.



    Beer is best accompanied by brätwurst and pork knuckle. Yum!


     Munich was a Nazi stronghold when the National Socialists took power in Germany in 1933. It was referred to as the Hauptstadt der Bewegung or Capital of the Movement. The NSDAP headquarters was in Munich before it was moved to Berlin, and many Führerbauten or Führer-buildings were built around the Königsplatz, Munich's present-day gallery and museum quarter, which was used by the Nazi Party for their mass rallies.



    The Führerbau or the Führer's building, located at Arcisstrasse 12 in Maxvorstadt, Munich, is one of the few remaining Third Reich buildings. It was built between 1933 and 1937. The 1938  Munich Treaty was signed here by Neville Chamberlain, Great Britain's PM at the time, and Adolf Hitler. The building currently houses the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University of Applied Sciences of Music and Theatre). The congress hall is now used as a concert venue. 


    There's more to Munich of course, but I'll leave you with this for now. Next posts, we'll be visiting some historical landmarks that have made it to numerous war documentaries, and we'll be relaxing in the very picturesque Austrian countryside.

    See you!





















    11 comments:

    1. Amazing, amazing place. Am entranced with the architecture here. I've never been before. Very interesting the history as well and who used the buildings and what not. Very much worth a trip to see that. I look forward to more :)) Happy day to you doll, hope you are well :) I'll have a look at the posts you suggested to me, sounds like my kind of thing!! xx

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      1. Good, you'll enjoy that museum in Amsterdam. You must go. More next post about Bavaria. Thanks again for visiting and for following me on Instagram. Have a lovely weekend x

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    2. I have been to Munich once and I really loved it! I would really like to go back if I have the opportunity. The sights are beautiful and the food is great.

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      1. I have to go back too as I didn't spend enough time there. Maybe next Oktoberfest!

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    3. I have never been to Munich, but it looks so interesting in your post! And you took very beautiful photos!!

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      1. Thanks Dan. It was indeed. Please watch out for the next post :)

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    4. What a great post! I have visited Munich several times each time discovering something new as it's full of attractions. I particularly like the Rathaus-Glockenspiel and always make a point of being there at the right time of day. We enjoyed a visit to Hofbräuhaus where I had a crisp white wine (as I'm not really a beer drinker) I'm looking forward to seeing more of your photos.

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      1. Many thanks miss b :) I have to wait for the Rathaus-Glockenspiel show next time. And of course to book a spot at the Hofbräuhaus. It was packed! Will definitely go back fore more beer :)

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    6. Munich is such a lovely city to visit!
      and Octoberfest is certainly a good opportunity!

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      1. Definitely will be back. Maybe even for Oktoberfest :)

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