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    Cuvillies theater

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2012

    Located inside the Residence, this is used today for events and operas. It was named after the architect, who designed other buildings in the city. Maximilian Joseph III had it built between 1751-55. It was destroyed during WWII, but a lot of the wood facade was saved beforehand, and today it is shown in the theater. The total rebuild took place in 1950's, and it now looks very real and surreal to me.

    View of the decorated inside BAlconies ring the stage Close view of the detail artworks
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    St. Peters church

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 26, 2012

    A church was on this site since the 8th century. This church was built beginning in 1158, but destroyed in a fire in 1327. Again rebuilt by 1368, it now looks like as today except for the spire that was added in 17th century.
    The interior is very detailed and elaborate, especially the alter with Baroque style and gold and faux marble.

    View of barrel brick alter Interior of eleborate style Alter with much detail work Spire on the one side-front Close up of the midsection
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    Stadtmuseum

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 24, 2012

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    This is a museum of and for the people. It is spread out over four floors with views of what the city looked like in the past, and how they lived from the early CE period to today. There is a variety of clothing, dishes and plates, farm pieces, musical pieces, religious articles, and a bit of Hitler history.
    The displays are spread out so far over the building that is is hard to find your way around and the route is distorted so you need to back track to get out. It was foiunded in 1888 by Ernst von Destouches to display the town folk pieces.

    Overall the museum was mediocre

    Side view of the building in square Street view of the museum Display of Medieval armour Statue display and winged monument
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    National Theater

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 24, 2012

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    Next to the Residence and in the circle drive out on the south side, this is used for opera and ballet events of the locals. it first opened in 1818 by Maximilain I, and it burned but rebuilt in 1823; later modified in 1930

    Picture of the front of the theater
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    New Rathhaus clock-Glockenspiel

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    It is a wonder for 20 minutes that plays music and the "dancing" figurines rotate for a real show, with a story of the knight spearing the enemy, and folk and court figures moving in circular fashion.
    The clock goes on the hour at 11AM, 12 noon, and 5PM daily.
    Crowds congregate in the square, so get there early for the better picture setting; a magnificent show

    Rotating figures in the arena Close up view of the figures in pose
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    Residence-Schatzkammer (Treasury)

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2012

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    This display of the works of art are fantastic, and hard to imagine all the wealth that was spent to procure these pieces. The jewels are imbedded in many pieces, and it seems surreal to view such ostentatious style and living. The 5-6 rooms are loaded with such brilliance, it is difficult to come back to reality in our world

    Crown used by the rulers of BAvaria Sacred cross with valuable jewels for border Amber cross of Jesus
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    Bayerisches Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 5, 2012

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    This museum does not receive enough coverage and information, but should, with all it has to view inside. The tour we took lasted over 2 hours, and we did not take enough time in some areas. The main items featured include arms and armour, Romanesque art, Baroque and
    Renaissance art, art nouveau, faience and porcelain, musical instruments, furniture of 19th century, pottery, nativity scenes, and much more.
    Opening times are 10-5 Tuesday-Sunday, and the fee is 8 Euro for adult.

    View of the museum building Porcelain and pottery section Religious artifacts Suits of Armour of the period Religious reliefs and sculptures
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    The Bavarian State Opera

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 27, 2012

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    Just a five-minute walk from the Platzl Hotel is the most important venue of one of the best opera houses in the world: the Bavarian State Opera in the National Theater. In the architecturally attractive buildings numerous performances take place every year.

    Bavarian State Opera
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    Festsaalbau

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 27, 2012

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    At the southern end the Hofgarten is enclosed by the Festsaalbau (Banqueting Hall wing), Part of the Residenz complex. The monumental building was designed by Leo von Klenze and built between 1832 and 1842. Adjacent to the Festsaalbau is another wing of the Residenz Palace, home to the Museum of Egyptian Art. The museum is scheduled to move to the Kunstareal in the first half of 2013. Until 2007 an authentic Egyptian obelisk was located in front of the building.

    Festsaalbau
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    City Gates

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Apr 14, 2012

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    During medieval times the City of Munich was surrounded by gates. There were four large towers and five smaller gates. These gates remained generally in tact until the late 18th century when Munich's growth was so great that Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria decided to tear down most of the old gates to the city.

    Despite these actions to destroy the gates, several of them exist in some form or another today. It is enjoyable to walk parts of old Munich and see some of the better examples of these gates. Karltor, named after Karl Theodor, and Isartor are two of the three most impressive of the remaining three large gates in Munich.

    Karlstor Gate Isartor Gate Isartor Gate:  A Slightly Different View Karstor Gate:  Different Angle View

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    Golden Statue

    by Maryimelda Written Mar 14, 2012

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    The beautiful Marian statue is fashioned in gold and stands tall on the square right outside the Rathaus. It dates back to the 17th century and was built to commemorate the end of the Thirty Years War with Sweden. it is so bright and shiny that it looks to be much newer than it really is.

    Gold statue of Mary.
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    Visit the Hirschgarten

    by travelfrosch Updated Jan 22, 2012

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    A pleasant alternative to the more widely-known Englischer Garten is the Hirschgarten on the west side of town. Not far from the Laim S-Bahn stop and Schloss Nymphenburg, the park is something of an outdoor living room for local residents. The open park features plentiful space for picnics and Frisbee games. On the west side of the park is a chess-playing area, to include two life-sized chess boards. It can be fun to wander over to observe a chess game -- or, if you're feeling particularly intellectual, join in.

    A special treat for kids (and their parents) is a small enclosure with deer and various other creatures inside. Oh, and Munich's largest beer garden is located here, too.

    The Hirschgarten Life-sized chess game Deer doing Yoga Have some deer... ... and a biergarten. :-)
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    Getting there

    by iandsmith Updated Dec 21, 2011

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    For some reason I can't download this into the intro which is why it appears here:-
    It was an inauspicious beginning to a city that I held some hope for. Munich has a special place in Australian hearts, being the beer loving community that it is and Aussies being the beer drinkers that they are.
    Unfortunately I am not numbered among them and, not only did I not have a beer, I never even saw a beer hall.
    However, what I did see pleased me, but that wasn’t until day two.
    On day one I arrived mid afternoon. I had a phone number written down for my accommodation and I rang that from the train station.
    No-one was there.
    I had an internet contact and I tried that. No-one was there.
    I had an address. I proceeded to the tourist information centre and asked the young lass there how I could get to the address.
    She delved into her computer. Her looks became more frustrated with each passing second until, eventually, she felt confident about where I had to go and produced a map. That was, of course, after I asked her for one.
    She then crossed the stop I had to get off at. Okay, so it wasn’t handy, but at least I knew where I was going. Well, that was until I got off the train and tried to get a bus to the street I was after.
    It was only then that I discovered she had directed me in exactly the wrong direction. I was at the end of the right line but on the wrong side of the city.
    I returned to the bahn. At least I was sure I was heading in the right direction this time.
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    Viktualienmarkt

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 19, 2011

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    Just a few blocks from Marienplatz, is the colorful and sense tempting Viktualienmarkt, Munich's daily outdoor farmers market. There are so many fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, pastries, flowers and other things being offered at the market. The displays are great and the quality of the food being offered is excellent. There are even beer gardens right in the middle of the Viktualienmarkt with locals and tourists enjoying beers evening before noon. The market dates back to the early 19th century from what we were told. Definitely something to browse through, purchase, and take back to your hotel or bed and breakfast for later in the day .

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    Heiliggeistkirche

    by antistar Updated Oct 23, 2011

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    Just east of Marienplatz, and sitting on the northern edge of the Viktualienmarkt, is the Church of the Holy Spirit (Heiliggeistkirche). This whitewashed church with its slender steeple was originally designed as a hostel for pilgrims and the infirm, but grew into a grand church over many centuries. Its first incarnation came in 1392, but its current look was formed from rebuilding in 1725. Now it is a popular place for locals to take a break from the noise of the city.

    The slender steeple of Heiliggeistkirche, Munich Heiliggeistkirche from Alter Peter, Munich.
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