|Denise and David in Europe
Germany - Munich part 2
updated 7 November 2016
Saturday 5 November - Munich day 3
The beautiful buildings of Munich
everywhere you look. Way to many to put in the
album. Just admire.
Looking down the the street
towards Odeons Platz
Looking back the other way to one
of Munich cities gates. University buildings on both
sides of the road.
A closer look at that gate.
Some thing modern - some
contemporary art "The running man"
A look at the front of the gate
Odensplatz and some striking
statues within. A crowd gathers. We
though it may have been a demonstration of sorts but
it ended up being a parade which brought Munich to a
standstill later not too long after.
Obelisk memorial. Karolinenplatz. The obelisk was erected in 1833 and honors the more than thirty thousand Bavarian soldiers who gave their lives in Napoleon's 1812 campaign against Russia. Designed by Leo von Klenze, it stands 29 meters (95 feet) high and consists of a number of metal plates made from melted down weapons captured from the Turkish army during the Battle of Navarino.
Statue of Ludwig I
The Sendlinger Tor pictured below is a city gate at the southern extremity of the historic old town area of Munich. It served as a fortification for the defense and is one of Munich's three remaining gothic town gates
The Old Town Square
The National Theatre on the Old
Bavarian State Parliament
And below - The Isartor at the Isartorplatz in Munich is one of four main gates of the medieval city wall. It served as a fortification for the defense and is the most easterly of Munich's three remaining gothic town gates.
.... Part of the parade that
bought Munich city traffic to a standstill and we
were on our hop on hop off bus at the time.....what
a great vantage point to watch the
Smile for the camera Mr Dragon!
Look what we found...... another
tower! It is called the Olympiaturm. Yes
and we went up there to see Munich in all its
splendour. And here is what we saw from 185
What was The Olympic Village we
think - tennis courts included.
The stadium and some interesting
Parklands .... beautiful in this
More Munich sprawl and the BMW
factory to the left.
The next one is for our son
Graeme..... The whole BMW complex.
Check out the solar panels on the
Looking forward to our last day in
Munich tomorrow. Time flies fast when you are
Sunday 6 November - Munich day 4
Today we are off to Nymphenburg
Palace in the west of Munich. And hopefully
time to check out a couple of other sites. See
you when done! Ponchos are ready (thanks
Karoline) its going to rain.
Our first glimpse into the royalty
that lived here .... a ceiling of colour and story.
The back yard view. The
statues have been covered over to protect them from
the winter weather. We certainly had a bit of
that today. Its very cold and raining.
The grand ballroom ceiling.
Through the windows of the grand
ballroom we see a view of the front yard! The
flowers have gone, the statues are covered and the
ponds have been emptied.
Another view of the grand
ballroom. This was a pretty impressive intro
to the Palace.
The next room was Max Emanuels
monument to himself! What an ego.
Pictured below leading out of Max
Emanuel's room the North Gallery - serves as a
ceremonial approach to the state apartment.
The bedroom below was Therese
Kunigunde's bedroom. Married to Maximillian II
Emanuel she had 10 children of which only 5 made it
Queen Caroline's audience room -
pretty in blue.
Wow..... Munich has its first
Part II of our exploration of the
palace is the Carriage Museum. This has got
to be Santa's sleigh!
Is Cinderella ready for that
ball? The New Dress Coach 1870 - belonged to
King Ludwig II
The original part of the palace
before the wings were built.
It was lovely to be able to spend
a cold and wet day indoors admiring how the upper
crust lived in those days. However it was time to go
back out into the..............snow!
Saying ta ta to Munich. It has its share of surprises that is for sure.
Monday 7 November - Munich to Venice
11:38am train to Venice. At
least it is only about 200m away from the
hotel. This time we get to eat breakfast
BEFORE leaving for the station - which we got to
underground since it was lightly snowing outside.
Woops... train switched platforms
- darn those messages in German over the loud
speaker system. But we boarded the train just
in time. Our travel agent to us squashed
between several large people in a packed compartment
while other compartments were empty. We need a
new travel agent.
Within the hour, everyone had left
the compartment and we upgraded ourselves (in
consultation with the conductor) to executive
class. Five and a half hours to Venice.
Sound grueling however there was so much to see
along the way only the last hour dragged.
Suddenly we started noticing
little patches of white besides the
tracks. Within the next half an
Snow around us on the far peaks as
we ascended through the Alps.
Breathtaking scenery all around
us. This is a peak at the beginning of the
Town along the way and a rather cold looking river.
And castles everywhere as we pass
from Germany back into Austria and then of course
Italy. Most of the castles pictured can
be found in Northern Italy.
As we went up into the Austrian
Alps... we crossed the snow line! The train
went through several very very VERY long tunnels and
it was green grass one minute and this the next!
(Denise squeezes in more old
The Alps roll out before us.
Spectacular views behind the town.
More of the town just before we
disappeared into a very very VERY long tunnel.
Same town....(probably Brenner or
Then suddenly were were
approaching Innsbruck Austria and everything looks
like it came out of a fairy tale book..
Through more tunnels and soon we
were coming down the mountain into the North of
Italy and its amazing vineyards.
We have now crossed the border from Austria into Italy. For Italy and Venice .... click forward