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    GEMA

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    This large horn sculpture is located in the open courtyard between the Gasteig and its next-door neighbor the GEMA, which is the oldest and best-known authors' society in Germany.

    The abbreviation GEMA stands for Gesellschaft fuer musikalische Auffuehrungs- und mechanische Vervielfaeltigungsrechte, which means "Society for musical performing and mechanical reproduction rights".

    In other words, they collect royalty payments from people who want to use copyrighted songs, music and texts for commercial purposes, and pass this money on to the composers, lyricists and music publishers. So their function is similar to that of ASCAP or BMI in the United States.

    I have always had warm feelings for the GEMA ever since I received a fluke payment of DM 1.74 (that would be EUR 0.89 in today's money) from them about twenty-five years ago. I appreciated the gesture, but it's a good thing I'm not dependent on them to make my living.

    Update 2013: For the past few years the GEMA has been in the center of a controversy in Germany involving the use of songs and music in the internet. Often it happens that when I click on some interesting-looking video in YouTube, a notice comes up saying that it is not available in Germany because it has been blocked by the GEMA.

    The GEMA in Munich
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    Biking to Nymphenburg

    by klasher Updated Feb 7, 2013

    We hopped on our bikes for a day at Nymphenburg Palace with a visit to Munich's largest beer garden-Hirshgarden. We biked On Arnulfstrasse heading West from the train station. The ride is the slightest uphill incline, against a bitter cold wind this was tough, but I'm sure would be a pleasant ride in better conditions-and, it's all downhill after the beer garden!
    Riding around Nymphenburg's grounds is the way to go. The complex is massive and there is a scenic bike path around the park. Bring a frisbee and relax in the grass.
    The Hirshgarden is a 5 min ride away and is astoundingly huge. Great place for a beer and lunch.

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    Hundkugel, once Munich's oldest tavern

    by Trekki Updated Sep 9, 2012

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    After my Munich visit in September 2010 I wanted to write about this restaurant but completely forgot. Now I can’t write about it as restaurant anymore because it is no longer one. However.... there is a story to it.

    Until recently, Restaurant Hundkugel (which translates roughly into “dog ball”) was the located in one of the oldest houses in Munich, dating back to 1484. The sign of the restaurant shows six dogs playing with a ball. There are many legends and stories about the dogs and their origins, but legends only. No one seems to know why it is dogs and a ball though.

    Once the famous fashion designer Rudolf Moshammer owned house and restaurant and during this time it was quite popular. However, after his death in 2005 and given the fact that it has no space for beer gardens, it seems that it lost customers. The last innkeeper had to give up and it was closed in May 2011. A former politician bought it and plans to open it as a meeting point for elder citizens.

    The sign with the playing dogs should be kept though.

    Location of former Restaurant Hundkugel on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., September 2012.

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    Buchheim Museum in Bernried

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 21, 2012

    Along the shore of Amersee is this unique and contemporary and bizarre museum. it was started by Buchheim, and weird artist, and he drew others to display the works. Entry is 8,50 Euro and may take about 2 hours if you look hard. They have a variety of art paintings, sculptures, blown glass, Asian and African art, and paper mache piees to name a few.

    View of the modern contemporary building One of the stand outs for Dispaly of blown glass
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    Schongau

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 21, 2012

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    This well preserved town has a totally walled community. It preserved many structures and it has a large church, St. Martin in the middle. It is southwest of Munich about 25 miles, and a nice side trip.

    Main gate entrance to old town Church alcove and tower Typical street wqith gabled houses
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    Andechs Monastery

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 21, 2012

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    This place along the Ammerersee near Herrshing stands out and has a draw for people to come and eat and drink it up-heavily. The church inside is a site to take in instead of just coming for drink, though. It dates back to 955 and the Benedictine Monks learned how to make beer when they took over in 1455, now famous with the name attached.

    Pictoral layout of the monastery on the hill View of the church and tower Starburst icon in the church Altar with elaborate decoration
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    Herrenchiemsee

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 3, 2012

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    This fabulous palace and grounds are about 45 miles SE of Munich and worth the trip for the day; or more. This palace was one of the favorites of King Ludwig IV, but he only stayed here one night. The palace was intended to replicate the opulence and class/style of Versailles in France. It comes close. It was designed & built over 1863 and 1886 and has a lot of gold inside to ordain the facade elegance. When he died, only 20 of the 70 rooms were complete

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    Landshut

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 3, 2012

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    This is a relatively unknown city just north of the airport on A92. It once was a famed city that had a lot of power and wealth. The city was founded in 1204 along with building of Trausnitz Castle bacck then. This served to please the Wittelsbachs for 300 years. It lost its fame and glory days in early 1600's and not until a revival in 1800's did it return to be a reknowned.
    The town buildings of gable roof lines and ornate decor are the wonders to see here. With the airport built near here, employment and economy thrived.

    View of the Trausnitz castle on the hill Allstadt-Main street in city Gabled roof lines and decorated buildings View of St. Martin church Entry to Trausnitz castle
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    Garmish-Olympic Village

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 27, 2012

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    This is one of the more famed site for skiing when the Olympics of 1936 were held here. It is in the middle of a mountain range of the Alps at about 9,000 feet, 3,.000 meters. There are 44 ski slopes and the cogs are full all the time that can carry 33,000 an hour up. There are 10,000 beds in the area to accomodate. This is big.
    The town is a great place to stroll and do some shopping for gifts to take home. The houses have many unique paintings with a theme of Bavaria.

    View of mountains in the background Alpine village appearance Decorated buildings with painted theme Wonderful architecture of Bavarian houses Baptist church-under renovation
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    Schleissheim Palace

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 26, 2012

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    This is a very nice setting and layout of the elegant palaces just to the north of the Munich city about 8 miles on B471. The trip is well worth it.
    There are actually three palaces, beginning back in 1598 with the Old Palace, then the Lustheim Palace built in 1644-48 for Maximilian Emanuel I and wife Maria Antonio, then came the New Palace in 1701-26, which is the largest of all, and the most elaborate and beautiful.
    The tours of all of them lasts about 3-4 hours and a long walk back to the Lustheim in the rear area-maybe 3/4 mile. It houses a large collection of porcelain pieces, and plateware all of which were great detail and colorful. The New Palace exhibits many rooms on the tour and a large hall of mirrors as the main feature. The Old Palace has a display of religious scenes hand made of people from around the world and some military artifacts.
    It is open daily 9-6 and the fee is Euro 9.

    Front view of New Palace View of the Old Palace View of Lustheim Palace Map layout of the complex Wonderful garden/grounds on premises
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    Celebrating Munich's Soccer Championship

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Mar 30, 2012

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    The last of April 2010 was an exciting time in Munich. Bayern Munich had just beaten Lyon in the Champion Leagues Final game and the celebration in Munich was amazing. There were literally tens of thousands of people all over downtown Munich with the thickest concentration being in the town square. Groups of men and on ocassionally women would stride through downtown holding beers and singing Bayern soccer songs. All of the beer halls, restaurants and pubs were full of folks celebrating the victory. The celebration begin on Sunday and I don't think it ended until Tuesday. A fun time for all soccer or football fans in Munich.

    Bayern Munich Victory Celebration

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    Watching the Surfing in English Park

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 18, 2011

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    While Munich is several hundred miles from the nearest ocean it doesn't seem to bother some of the younger folks in English Park.

    Situated in the southern end of English Park, the artificial river the Eisbach creates a wave that is approximately one meter high. Young men and women gather on the rocks and try to ride the wave as it moves through the park. The site is actually more dangerous than it looks with submerged rocks and a narrow distance to make sharp turns. However it is great fun to take a few minutes at the top of the bridge and watch the local kids try to hang ten on the Eisbach.

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    Therme-Erding

    by iaint Written Oct 4, 2011

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    OK, Erding is best known for something else. The Erdinger brewery!

    Anyway, with 2 teenagers to amuse during the last week of school holidays, swimming was a more wholesome option than beer.

    This is a “therme” which seems to mean the water is from a natural spring. I sat in it. Warm & sulphurous. No ill effects, obviously. The opposite was promised.

    It is a remarkable complex by UK standards, but routine for this part of the world. Mind you, it does claim to be Europe’s biggest “thermal water world”.

    You get a mixture of “normal” swimming pool with slides etc (in and out), outdoor sunbathing, sauna, steam bath and so on. Then they have a few specials - the natural spring water, for example.

    We were there for about 3 hours in total! Relaxing. Rejuvenating.

    Erding is very close to the airport. If you take the autobahn to the airport you’ll start to see signs for Erding. The spa is signposted.

    Address:-

    Thermenallee 1, 85435 Erding
     

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    Kloster Andechs: The Church

    by travelfrosch Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While plenty of people know about the Andechs brewery, not so many people take a look at the church. It's quite nice, and certainly worth a look... at least before you head for the more famous bräustuberl...

    Inside the Andechs church
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    The Walking Man

    by barryg23 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A rather bizzare sight, in quiet part of Leopoldstrasse, is a 17 metre white statue called the Walking Man. I'm not really sure what it represents. It was commissioned by a local insurance company, so the idea is probably related to corporate advertising.

    The Walking Man

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