München is a vibrant city, full of energy and innovation. I was amazed by the Olympic Stadium during my first visit. The gigantic space, long swimming pool, historical buildings, BMW museum, huge churches, Dachau concentration camp, etc. were so stunning to this young girl at time. One from Hong Kong, so tiny, without much history and grand facilities. Eyes wide open. I was totally innocent, knew nothing about Europe apart from history books in school and just followed friends to see this different world. From that time on, I was often in Europe: two semesters in Heidelberg, two and half months in Nürnberg for a friend experiencing transplantation, trips in Italy, Germany, Croatia, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, etc.
Munich gave me an impression as a mixed conglomerate: intertwined with old and new, tradition and modern. Historical buildings in a corner but just turning around can be modern architecture that amazes people.
We started our tour with a visit to Bonifatiuskirche north of the railway station and on the way to the Museum District. It's very modern inside, a big contrast to the traditional Gothic, Baroque and is more approachable.
After we have visited the Lenbachhaus we took the U-bahn to Marienplatz. Hunger in the heat. We only ate Leberkäsesemmel with bread as takeaway from one of the butcher / sausage shops. It tasted wonderful. Leberkäse is translated as liver cheese. However, it is made with corned beef, pork, bacon and onions. According to the German food law it is the only Leberkäse in Bavaria that contains no liver. Nearby is a big sheltered place looks like beer garden that can host thousand people. It can be sort of venue for the Oktoberfest. Full of atmosphere. Some people wore old fashioned clothing with special hats. Awesome!
Then we went to the Jewish Museum, just a short glimpse outside and nearby to have an impression. The Q and A on the left is funny. Another sign writes, 'I grew up in the house of my grandmother in Bavaria but I did not know that I am a Jew.'
|München Stadt Museum|
It's amusing walking in the street. München people are humorous and so are the art pieces and commercial display. A pole with very German figures, modern sculpture making you smile, Budda lying on the floor, elegant model shown at a display window. I wish I could be there longer to grasp all interesting shots. But we were only a day there, a fantastic one.
Peterskirche to have the wonderful views of München. Nearby are the Frauenkirche and Rathaus. It worth the efforts and some big breath.
Big city, lonely people, true everywhere. Real people and sculpture!