Statues, monuments and fountains, Munich
Favorite thing: On Viktualienmarkt you will find three fountains which are decorated with statues of Munich's best loved humorists and singers - Karl Valentin (1882 - 1948), Weiss Ferdl (1882 - 1949) and Liesl Karlstadt (1892 - 1960)
Born on the 3 December 1818 and died on the 10 February 1901, this Bavarian chemist and hygienist, was born at Lichtenheim, near Neuburg an der Donau, now part of Weichering. He studied pharmacy and medicine at Munich, where he graduated M.D. in 1843, and after working under Liebig at Gießen was appointed chemist to the Munich mint in 1845. Two years later he was chosen extraordinary professor of chemistry in the medical faculty, in 1853 he was made a full professor, and in 1865 he became also professor of hygiene.
He is best known for his work in practical hygiene, as an apostle of good water, fresh air and proper sewage disposal. His attention was drawn to this subject by the unhealthy condition in Munich in the 19th century. Pettenkofer was also a proponent of the "ground water theory" regarding the spread of epidemic Asiatic cholera. By a self-test with cholera bacteria obtained from Robert Koch (conducted in the presence of several witnesses on October 7, 1892) he proved that the germs alone were not able to infect him.
Fondest memory: The lion is a symbol of Bavaria and Munich. You will see them everywhere you go in Munich. Even beer brands have them on there. The statues and sculptures of lions are magnificent and attractive. Here is a close-up of a lion outside the Residenz.
Munich has more monuments than any other city in Germany!
Some of the most ornate and impressive old fountains and monuments can be found in the Altstadt, especially around Odeonsplatz.
Some of the famous monuments include the Mariensäule, Friedensengel, Feldherrenhalle and the Siegestor.
Favorite thing: Reaching for the Sky - Munich is a city of monuments and statutes; I chanced upon this gigantic art piece in the Schwabing area. The explanatory notes were all in German, hence I didn't manage to find out the 'history' behind it.
Favorite thing: You can find a lot of statues all over the Munich, either in form of fountain, statue ensemble or standalone sculpture. I really liked this pig, it looks so happy that you can think it smiles (I do not know do pigs smile in real life, but they do in bronze)!
Favorite thing: I just love the maypoles that they have all over Bavaria. Maybe they are elsewhere in the country too, but here is where I really noticed them.
Favorite thing: THE ANGEL OF PEACE in MUNICH. Just by the river this can be seen. If the sun is shining - this is a fantastic place to go visiting.