Here is MUNICH - capital city of Bavaria, Germany.
We arrived yesterday night. It was rainy and German part of the road took too long.
Big hostel which takes whole 4 (or 5?) floors of building, settled against long line of factories at another side of the street.
Hostel is busy like a train station, people come -people go, always full in lobby (BTW, good WiFi connection! Andre could even work from there!). We slept in dormit for 16 persons, separated to two sleeping areas with 2 bathrooms attached to the room. It was relatively clean and quet, far from being perfect, but acceptable for 3 nights of sleep there.
Another side of the street
In the lobby.
Breakfast was not included, but they have there nice full equiped kitchen for self-cooking. I have seen Japanee frying chicken there! Other guests were happy with cornflacks and instant soups, maximum with cooking of pasta. What ever. Kitchen was really nice. Old elevator worked hard, getting tired to weekend - at Saturday it just stopped work and we used steps up and down to our 4th floor. Not a big deal as we both could climb steps. What was not nice surprise - at second day of our stay there we found our beds "taken" by someones else. There were two girls who for what ever reason decided that beds are free (? our staff was there). After some negotiation we took our beds back - having a right of being there first.
The greatest benefit of this hostel was its location. It sitts in walking distance to the center and 1/2 of this walking distance - to the train station.
Karlsplatz in rainy morning.
Gates of Karl (Karlstor) - view from karlsplatz.
Neuhauserstrasse begins from Karl's Tour, leaving back Karlsplatz with its fontains. Street is busy with tourists, who come there to combine sightseeing (a lot to see really!) with bubling shopping. I don't think I have seen so intensive shopping in any other place.
(>>> photos of shopping)
FRAUENCKIRHEN (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady)
The red-brick church that peeps from behind of the flagged building of Hirmer on the next photo is famous 2-head Frauenkirche (= Cathedral of Our Dear Lady). It's Munich landmark and is considered a symbol of the Bavarian State Capital. Actually, it's the cathedral of the Archbishop of Munich. The church towers are widely visible because of local height limits. The city administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 109 metres (358 ft) in the city center—within the middle ring.
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Building, where Kaufingerstraße becomes Neuhauser Straße right in front of Frauenkirche, decorated with flags and flowerboxes, belongs to Hirmer - a German men's clothier. It's not a famous building, but it has very interesting sculptures - you may see few of them on photos below.
Then loooooovely fontain Brunnenbuberl am Karlstor Muenchen at Neuhauser 20 created in 1895 by Matthias Gasteiger.
Sculpture near Museum of Hunting and Fishing (Deutsches Jagd und Fischereimuseum) at Neuhauser Strasse 2.
Richard-Strauss-Brunnen - the bronze column of the 6m/20ft-high fountain is decorated with scenes from Strauss's opera "Salome". Column, staying in front of the Alte Akademie on Neuhauserstrasse, is created by the sculptor Hans Wimmer in 1962. And it makes a fitting memorial to the greatest Munich-born composer.
Marienplatz (3 next photos) is a large open square (Our Lady's Square). It is a central square in the city center of Munich, Germany since 12th cent. There are Marian column, Old and New City Halls, Glockenspiel and numerous beautiful buildings all around.
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Neues Rathaus (New Town hall) is facing Marienplatz. It was built in 19th cent in neo-gothic style. Its not too much to say about the building except its (big!) size. But decorations (sculpture and decorative elements) are outstanding!
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ST JOHANN NEPOMUK CHURCH
Baroque Catolic Church of St Johann Nepomuk, better known as the Asam Church, was built from 1733 to 1746 by the brothers Egid Quirin Asam and Cosmas Damian Asam as their private church. It is framed by the Asamhaus (Asam House) on the left and the Priest's House on the right.
Astonising Asam House is at left of church.
Church is overdecorated - both: at narror fasade and inside as well, it's just overloaded from its head to toes, pardon, from ceiling to floor. Church was built after brother's Asam wishes with no any influence of anyone's else, it supposed to be for private use only. Due to resistance of the citizens, the brothers were forced to make the church accessible to the public.
Soon after the St Nepmuk street comes to city gate.
And more photos of Munich...
Kitch! Definately kitch! But beautiful, isnt it?