Friday, January 19, 2007

Europe Day 2 (PART 1): Munich, GERMANY

Monday, 18 Dec 2006

Early start today. We had an orientation tour of Munich, capital of Bavaria featuring Nymphenburg Palace. Guess what? It was SNOWING!! YES, SNOWING!!!

Nymphenburg palace

Nymphenburg palace is a Baroque palace in Munich, commissioned in 1664 by the electoral couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to celebrate the birth of their son, Maximilian II Emanuel. The palace was the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria

Streets in Munich

Konigsplatz (King’s Square)

The plans for the Konigsplatz were drawn up by Leo von Klenze in 1812 in anticipation of Munich's expansion which took 50 years to build. It was Hitler’s favourite parade ground. Today however, the area around Konigsplatz is today the home to the Kunstareal, Munich's gallery and museum quarter. Concerts of top artists like Dido and Paul McCartney also have been held here.


Siegestor, completed in 1852 is a monument and reminder to peace. Sitting on the top of the arch is a statue of Bavaria with a lion-quadriga.

Eternal flame monument

This monument with eternal flame (yes, real flame burning 24-7 365 days!) is a memorial to all victims of National Socialism(NAZI).

We're back to Marienplatz again, this time in our tour group. Although we had already explored here ourselves yesterday, we're thrilled to be back here. It looks definitely different and nicer with the snow flakes........

Lion is the symbol of Bavaria

Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church)

The oldest church in Munich, known locally as Old Peter. It was burned down completely in 1327, was restored and extended with many side buildings and the bell tower, then destroyed again in World War II.

On a good day, it is worth climbing the 300 steps to the top to get a good view of the city. We didn’t do it that day, it was kinda foggy and misty so don’t think we could see much anyway.

Allianz Arena

A soccer stadium in the north of Munich. 2006 FIFA World Cup was held here.

A lunch stop while we're on our way to Prague.....

Prague, we're coming to see you!

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