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Munich - day 2

Bavarian State Library. English Garden. Market. St Kajetan Church. Hofbräuhaus!!!

sunny 24 °C

Museums of Munich rock, but let's see what else happen around. Here is Bavarian State Library - very impressive! Big, spacy, even imperial construction. Lots of light everywhere.


Walking around...

and then we passed through lovely old botanical garden. Botanical is not that famous as English Garden.

English Garden is huge green area. There are wide fields of green, bushes and benches, briges and roads. There are also a lake and nesessary for Munich landscape beer garden - extremelly crowded!


Lovely market aside of Marien. It offers the freshest fruits and vegetables, traditional Bavarian Schweinshax'n and Speck, bread, sea food, delicious cheeses from all over Europe, herbs, honey products, and hand-made straw puppets are also for sale.

It's also oportunity to eat fresh-prepared autentic Bavarian food in cosy unofficial atmosphere.


ST KAJETAN CHURCH (Theatinerkirche)
Wedding ceremony in St Kajetan Church. Groom & bride are waiting outdoors until they will be allowed to enter inside.

Nearby (against the square) to the St Kajetan Church you may find the etrance gates into Hofgarten. Hofgarten follows the Italian Renaissance gardens tradition. Very nice & relaxing garden. It was created in the 17th century.

Afternoon weather suddenly turned into storm. Sky became black, then opened and ocean of water fault on the city. People run into shops, restaurants, everythng that kept door opened. We found ourselves in Hofbräuhaus beer-house. We didnt have a clue that it's one of the flag beer houses of Munich, but we looked around, liked what we seen and we staid.

Platzl 9, City Center
U/S Bahn Marienplatz
Tel. 089 29 01 36-1 00
Website: Hofbräuhaus
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 11.30pm

It appear that Hofbräuhaus could be fairly called the number one tourist attraction in the Munich city center. This place is everything that Bavaria is all about. It is a huge beer drinking hall and you'll see all the traditions of a Bavarian beer drinking. I.e. long wooden tables and benches. Beer which is only served in 1 litre sized glasses (the beer "Maß"). Giant pretzels on sale - to soak up the beer. An band playing traditional Bavarian brass band music.

Good beer, good food, good music and excellent mood!
Here we leaving this looooovely place.

Rain already stopped, and wet Munich looks awsome
when sunset turns into dusk.

There are few photos nearby to HB (Hofbräuhaus)

Posted by vanessa 11:44 Archived in Germany Tagged beer munich Comments (0)

Museums of Munich

Day 2.

sunny 24 °C

Sunday is a Museums Day in Munich.
All 4 museums of art (each one presents different period) in KUNSTAREAL MUNCHEN - Museum Quarter are opened at Sundays for free. Well, not exactly for free, but you pay 1 Euro for entrance. It's great oportunity to see all of fthem without taking a loan. They are located next to each other.

Impressive collection of 14th to 18th Century European painting.

Look at these kids - they are ligtning!

Portrait of young man by Durer

One of my favorites Renaissance painters - Filippo Lippi

Look at this portrait.
Is not... Vladimir Putin there? Only I see or you too?
And there are more and more and more - really great collection! But I afrade to make u bored, so, the last one. Yea, madonna and baby Jesus, right. But look carefully - what baby Jesus does exactly? He plays with money and it looks like he gonna ask: "Is it it??? That's all that you give???"


Neue Pinakothek is brilliant museum! It focuses on European Art of the 18th and 19th century (one of the world-best art museums of the 19th cent). Very nice outside, especially at summer with wide incoming steps and cute outdoor cafe near running water.
Inside the construction is simple and clean, full-oriented on expirence of visitor and give good oportunity to concentrate on art collection, which is briliant ( I know I already mentioned this)
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The Pinakothek der Moderne is a modern art museum.
Which means Contemporary Art since the 1960s.
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Mmmmm... saying the truth, I'm not a big fan of this kind of art. But they also have great collection of design, architecture and graphics and keep interesting exhibitions.
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Building itself is impessive piece of modern architecture - virtuose construction, open and wide spaces, much natural light. Designed by the German Architect Stephan Braunfels, the Pinakothek der Moderne was inaugurated in September 2002. Construction took 7 years. White and grey cube of facade is interrupted by large windows and highrising columns, the latter supporting the extensive canopied roof. Each of the four corners of the building, connected by a central rotunda (dedicated to a special collection) and it makes headspinning effect in the glass lobby.
Somehow it remembered me glass construction of Reichstag in Berlin. Together with the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek and Museum Brandhorst it is part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art district").

Museum Brandhorst is a very new one - was opened in 2009. Lovely colorful building next to Pinakotek der Moderne - I took few photos there. Museum have few pieces of K. Malevich and Joan Miro, but baically Brandhorst Museum is dedicated to modern of modern art. The most famous "icon" is Andy Warhol; there are also German cubbist Kurt Schwitters; American Pop-Art artist Alex Katz (just awful!), shocking Damien Hirst, Robert Gober, Eric Fischl and others. We didnt' enter inside - could not do more then 3 museums a day, became overloaded.

Untitled (Leg) by Robert Gober, 1989-90.
Made from beeswax, cotton, wood, leather and human hair.
Ehhhhhhh.... :-( ..... I don't want to sound meaning, but contemporary art too often makes me feeling frustrated.

Posted by vanessa 11:34 Archived in Germany Tagged art museum painting munich bavaria renaissance pinakothek filippo_lippi Comments (0)

Munich - day 1

Walking through

semi-overcast 23 °C

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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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?
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In the way to Munich

Through the rain with Angelica, Fernando and Gabriel

rain 19 °C

The 1st thing to mention - Aug 6 is Andre's Birthday!
So, Happy Brthday, my darling hubby! Cheerzzzzzzzz! :-D

Today we are going with Angelica and her guys to Munich.
Yahooooo! So first we took metro to her place.
Here is the building where Angelica lives.
Angelica wasn't at home - she went to bring a car from rent.
Her grandmother, babysitting Gabriel until Angelica will b back,
entered us into.
Grandie is lovely lady. She is always shiny smiling like a sun.
She collects stamps. When I see any stamp anywhere - I keep it for her. Grandie doesn't speak English and I don't know German, but we sucsessed to communicate. Oma (= grandmother) said me everything about her children and grandchildren; also she said that Gabriel is very smart for his little age and he tought her few words in Spanish.
Gabriel is really a multilingual child. He goes to bilingual (Spanish & German) kindergarden, communicate in German with family of Angelica, in Spanish with Fernando and his fam and, well, Angelica and Fernando speaking English between them.

Finally everyone got ready. We put out ruksaks and Fernando's board into baggage, said to Oma "pa-pa" (=bye-bye) and Angelica drived from Vienna to Munich.
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After short break for lunch in IKEA, we passed first half of way pretty fast. Afternoon turned into rain and all German roads were jammed. We arrived Munich in dusk.

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