We visited Munich for the day with an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) bus tour, and had a few hours to spend in the city – this is a Marian column in the Marienplatz square called, ‘Marienplatz with Mariensäule.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Marienplatz
At the other end of the Marienplatz is the Old Town Hall, or ‘Altes Rathaus’ – which originally dates back to 1392, and gives a perfect fairy tale look to the Marianplatz. http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Old_Town_Hall,_Munich
I remember this day as an arctic cold day in Munich and we didn’t take many pictures but stayed inside when we could – here’s David standing in front of the Max-Joseph Denkmal monument in Max-Joseph-Platz or square, in front of the National Theatre Munich. http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Max-Joseph-Platz
David and I stand in front of the Max-Joseph Denkmal statue in front of the National Theatre Munich, and you can see that he makes a perfect set of rabbit ears behind my head – a tradition we continue whenever we can get away with it undetected!
This is a fountain I stopped to look at and photograph, somewhere in the pedestrian zone or ‘Fussgaengerzone,’ which runs between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz – our favorite area to visit and stroll in Munich because it’s an open pedestrian shopping and restaurant district area free of cars. http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Marienplatz
This is the beautiful and fanciful New Town Hall or ‘Neues Rathaus’ which dates from 1867, and houses Munich’s city government – we had lunch in the basement restaurant called the Ratskeller. http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/New_Town_Hall,_Munich
This is the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel, in the tower of the New Town Hall – and all the tourists on the Marienplatz gather to see its fanciful production at 11am – Wikipedia explains its history and background: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel
This is the entrance below the central tower of the New Town Hall on the Marienplatz in Munich, where we had lunch in the Ratskeller restaurant to warm up from the arctic cold of that day – you can tell the stonework had been cleaned on the building’s lower level.
I took pictures as the Rathaus-Glockenspiel went through its 12-15 minute long storytelling production, with different figures appearing in view as the story played out high above the Marienplatz like ‘live’ theater.
As the reenactment continues, the crowd below in the Marienplatz stands memorized watching the varied movements and listening to the bell chimes as the different events unfold.
This is a good view of a knight on horseback entering a joust from the right of the balcony, ready to do battle as part of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel’s storytelling.
Here two knights on horseback do battle in a joust, all part of an elaborate tale that “tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V…The Bavarian knight wins every time of course.” http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel
Here it looks like a knight on horseback is preparing to take a fall, having lost in a joust against the Bavarian knight.
This photo was taken on a different day than our visit to Munich, so I don’t know where this ornate building is actually located, but I’ve included it here to demonstrate some of Bavaria’s beautiful ornate architectural flair.
The amount of amazing detail and artistry that went into constructing these ornate historic buildings in Bavaria, and across Europe, always impresses and astounds me…especially when most of them were constructed by master craftsmen prior to electricity and power tools.