Der Münchner Geist

München is the capital city in Germany’s southern region of Bavaria and it drew me in completely.  I have been dreaming of transferring to Berlin for some time now, but it did not take long to realize all signs were directing me here. Here are some of my favourite places so far.

Gorgeous Churches
I’m really about these bedazzled Saint skeletons and Rococo art. My two favourite churches in München are the Asamkirche on Sendlinger and Peterskirche in Marienplatz. I was not able to visit the inside of the Frauenkirche on this trip, unfortunately.

Peterskirche, Alter Peter
This Roman Catholic church built in the early 1200s has the best view of the city, all the way out into the Alps, but you must climb over 300 steps.

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Saint Munditia

CORPUS SANCTA MUNDITIA MARTYRIS, Body of Saint Munditia Martyr,  written in gold letters marks the glass tomb of the matron saint of single, unmarried women. Superstition holds that women who pay a visit, and a few Euros, to Saint Munditia will soon find their true love. Our new friend Tom explained to us that as this goes on, single unmarried men hide around the corner with roses and watch it all go down. Once they figure out which ladies are looking for love, they make their move. “It’s basically the Catholic version of Tinder,” he says.

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Close up of the Altar

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Precious works of art

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Ceiling leading to the Altar

Asamkirche
Also known as St. Johann Nepomuk, this late Baroque church was built by the two brothers Asam in the 1700s. They demolished two of their four houses and built the church for private use between the remaining two. It is tiny but unbelievably ornate.

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Entrance

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Gold Rococo skeleton at the entrance. This is especially pleasing to me.

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“I’ll cut you!”

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Gold Rococo art

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Ceiling toward the Altar

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Ceiling mural

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Exiting the church

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St. Michael’s Kirche in Marienplatz

Main Squares

Karlsplatz Stachus
This gate was built in the beginning of the 1300s and nearby is an interactive water fountain during the summer as well as an ice rink in winter months.

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Karlstor am Karlsplatz

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Marienplatz
Our Lady’s Square has been the central “downtown” city square since the 1100s and holds the annual Christmas market. Here you will find numerous shops, service businesses, and the jaw-dropping Neue Rathaus.

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St. Michael’s Kirche and Frauenkirche

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Old Rathaus Marienplatz

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Neue Rathaus

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Glockenspiel in the Neue Rathaus

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Restaurant inside Neue Rathaus

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Neue Rathaus later in the evening

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Fountain before the Neue Rathaus

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Neue Rathaus, New Town Hall

München Residenz

The House of Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria used to reside here, and you can tour the property of nearly a dozen courtyards, over a hundred rooms, Hercules Symphony Hall, Byzantine Court church, the Hofgarten, and countless exhibits.

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München Residenz

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Cuvillies Theatre at the München Residenz

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Staatsoper – National Theatre

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Amusing gadget outside the Toy Museum

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Viktualienmarkt (Markets and Biergartens)
What began as a farmer’s market has now flourished into a gourmet foodie heaven. Here you can find mostly outdoor fruit and vegetable booths, traditional butchers, hearty meals, snack stands, dairy cases, beer halls,  freshly baked bread and pastries, floral arrangements, and gifts. Make your rounds, purchase what you like, find an open spot in the biergarten, and enjoy your meal with old and new friends. Many residents also do their regular shopping here in the Viktualienmarkt, and you will see them carrying reusable thermal grocery bags.

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Münchner Reinheitsgebot, tribute to German Beer Purity Laws

In 1516, Bavarian law mandated that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. Any beer found to be impure was confiscated and… well, they say it was “destroyed.”

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Fresh cheeses of every sort

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Biergarten in the center of Viktualienmarkt

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Bulette, knackwurst, brezl, und bier

Odeonsplatz
This square is where the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch took place. Hitler and his recruits marched in attempt to seize control of München and it failed miserably, landing him in prison. Here you will find the Feldherrnhalle, a loggia built in the 1840s as a tribute to King Ludwig I and his soldiers.

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The Feldherrnhalle in Odeonsplatz

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Two lions of Odeonsplazt. To the left (the West), this lion stares straight ahead with mouth open in free speech. To the right (East), this lion averts his eyes with mouth sealed shut.

Sendlinger Tor 
Karlstor, Sendlingertor, and Isartor mark the ruins of München town gates, and walking between these walls will provide a better mental map of the city in the past. It has been repaired since the war, but is mostly still intact in its original form.

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Sendlinger Tor (gate) away from Marienplatz toward Asamkirche

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Sendlinger Tor toward Marieplatz

FC Bayern München
I would not consider myself a sports fanatic but there is something wonderful about visiting a place that holds so much intense energy and excitement, and I started to feel it myself. We took a mini-tour inside, visited the merchandise store, and hobbled back to the metro in the melting heat.

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Hotel Arena Stadt München
This hotel felt like a Bed & Breakfast, had a wonderful breakfast, landscaping, gardens, and sat right next to a Gasthaus biergarten. I went next door for an Augustiner after touring Allianz Arena, and they were showing the matches. HASM is also the hub for Belarus tourism and the staff speaks fluent Belarusian, Russian, German, and English, with some Polish also.

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Biergarten right outside my window.

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Bike garage at the Kieferngarten stop

This stay simply was not long enough but returning is priority. Minga Oida!

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