Munich, Germany – I should have loved it more but it did rain

I’ve been near Munich, love the scenery and the nearby mountains, love the whole idea of Bavaria but we avoided Munich when we were nearby years ago because the kids (and Dad) were with us and it seemed not a great time to visit with them because it was Oktoberfest.  I’m going to say right now I did not fall in love with Munich. There were some interesting things that I might consider going to see another time (we had very little time there this time) but I’m not sold on it.

Maybe because it rained most of the day and was windy and chilly. Maybe that made it worse.

It wasn’t a far walk to the old town area. We entered through old gates. Now, I’m not saying there weren’t beautiful buildings – even on a gray day but I’ve seen them now, that’s enough.

First view of the “new” Munich Rathaus. 

Just for my brother Kevin – he’ll know why (so will Judy). And no Bill didn’t – I think he needs you along.

The Rathaus

Later we saw a demonstration going on for women’s rights – expressing the need to provide equal pay for equal jobs. 

One of the highlights of Munich, the Frauenkirche  – but its actually hard to see so close up to other buildings as it is. And of course there was scaffolding. 

There is a defect in the pavement near the entrance that has a legend attached. It’s said the devil stood there and left a footprint, complete with  It showed up because he stood on this spot near the entrance to see the church that had been built and was overjoyed that there were no windows. From this point you cannot see any of the windows on the sides and the window behind the altar was hidden by the large altar piece that was there at that time.

The story goes on that the devil took a step forward and he could see the windows and was so mad he stamped his foot on the floor where he had been deceived and made this mark, complete with the spur on the heel .

The church’s condition after World War II

At this point we decided to take a bus tour partly to get out of the rain and warm again. It was a nice tour but we just didn’t take the time or effort to get off as it was getting late in the day (busses end at 4). 

We did get off for the Hofbrauhaus and had a breze (pretzel), wurst and bier.

And of course there was an Irish pub – we’ ve seen one everywhere we’ve been!

Most impressive was the palace outside of the main city a bit.

We also went by the site of the Munich Olympics – further back than many of you remember…

And back in the town a bit more before its the end of Munich for us.

Burgersaalkirche  – this had a lower and upper level. Built in the very early 1700’s.

Lower level

And the St Michaelskirche, a Jesuit church

And that’s it for pretty churches. But some picture of this church after the war. 

And last but not least, Bill found a store that had a plaque with his favorite motto on it.

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