Sunday Spotlight – Munich

Howdy all. It seems a long time since I did a ‘Sunday Spotlight’ post. I wanted to get away from writing about places from my last couple of trips, so I looked through a few of my old photos and I settled on Munich, the Bavarian capital in Southern Germany. It’s actually a really nice city, well planned, quite open with good public transport, and in the Summer the weather is very warm and agreeable.

Munich Glockenspiel

Building on Marienplatz

Of course, it is a city famous for Octoberfest, which happens three times a year in January, April and June. 😛 But there is a lot more to Munich than a few bears and the Glockenspiel. But I’m not dissing the Glockenspiel at all, this wonderful little display to Munich that gets going at 11am and 5pm every day.

Gothic building Munich

Gate in Munich

It’s a clockwork display featuring 32 figures and 43 bells that enacts two stories – dating back to the 16th century. It was actually built in 1908, but hey, that’s over 100 years old so that makes it pretty historic. You find it near the centre of town on Marienplatz, and is basically the main town square and there are a number of interesting buildings in that area and you’ll see a mixture of gothic and baroque styles together. You’ll also see some pretty impressive gates.

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

Inside Nymphenburg Palace

The Nymphenburg Palace is a few kilometres away from Marienplatz, and is one of the city’s main tourist attractions. It’s a gorgeous palace, with extensive gardens and displays inside. It dates back to the 17th century, the original plan was designed by architect Agostino Barelli.

Painting in Pinakothenken

Alte Pinakotheken

The Alte Pinakotheken is the one gallery/museum I remember with a large collection of historic paintings and the like. There is also a Moderne Pinakotheken which I am told is well worth seeing.

Church in Munich

It’s been a long time since I’ve visited this great city, but I have fond memories of visiting. And Sunday Spotlight is more about the photos – so thanks for reading, May the Journey Never End!

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