After being here for a couple of weeks, I finally got around to riding the hop-on, hop-off tourist bus, which enabled me to see some new places in the city. In general, the bus was a decent way to get a brief overview of the city, but taking photos that were half way decent required standing up, bracing both feet against the seats, holding onto the bus with one hand and holding the camera with the other hand hoping to get a good shot. I didn't alter too many of these so that you generally get the experience. Which means, please forgive the photos that are tilted, poorly lit, have portions of the bus in them, etc. Also fun was when I tried to get a photo of myself and whatever building in the background. Anyways, here are some of the sights I haven't already posted about from the bus tour and a short walk Greg and I took recently.
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Munich opera house
Shell Grotto in the Hofgarten, ie: courtyard of the royal residence from when the Bavarian royalty lived in Munich. There are no longer Bavarian royalty, I think. If so, no one talks about them. In any case, this grotto was pretty much completely destroyed in WW2 and completely redone including individual shells that make mosaics inside. People aren't allowed to go in the grotto now to help aid the preservation.
Andrea outside the main Bavarian government building. The Allies bombed most of it in WW2, so it is interesting to see how they rebuilt modern glass panels flanking the historic dome
Greg with a yummy pretzel at a biergarten in the park. Note the beer pint lights strung in the background.
Some of the empty kegs from the biergarten.
A dog at the lake in the English Garden. There are lots of swans in the lake, so we are hoping later in the spring there might be swan babies.
Andrea outside the tour bus
The Lowenbrau biergarten, which is supposedly one of the more popular ones with locals. Or so they tell the folks on the tourist bus.
The Nymphenburg Palace, also where the Bavarian royalty lived when the moved a bit more to the edge of Munich. It wasn't the tallest palace, but the grounds were very wide and sprawling.
The canal leading up to the Nymphenburg Palace
The Olympic Stadium and Tower. It was a very modern design, and not really to my taste.
The BMW museum, which is supposed to roughly look like a 4-cylinder engine.
Modern art in Munich: Walking Man, who really is as tall as the five story building. He supposedly has a sitting man counterpart in another German city, but it just makes me think of Burning Man.
Monument at the entrance to Schwabing, the "artsy" neighborhood according to the bus tour. According to the realtors, it's the fun neighborhood that every American wants to live in.m a couple of Greg's coworkers are there. :). And it's true, we do all love that neighborhood.
One of the buildings at the university
Gate #1: Konigsplatz Gate. From when the city used to be small enough it had a wall around it, with gates to get in. There are three surviving gates. This gate has an "S" and "P" on the two sides of it, which I haven't found out what they really stand for, but we refer to it as the S&P.
Justizpalast, from a couple angles. It was built in the neo-baroque style in the 1890's and when it wasn't big enough, they built the "new" hall of justice in all bricks in the neo-gothic style in 1905. I didn't take pictures of the new building because i thought it was so ugly.
Obelisk to monument the Bavarians that died at Napoleon's hand, including when they followed him to try to conquer the world.
There is also an eternal flame monument to those who died from the Nazi Socialist party, but the trees around it blocked me from being able to get a photo from the bus.
Statue and square to King Maximillian
Around the corner and down about a block, statue and courtyard to King Ludwig the first. Important distinction, because King Ludwig the second is the one who built most of the castles and was a supreme loner and eventually got ruled insane and kicked from the crown.
Maximillianstrasse, the super high end shopping street. It's near where we live. I can't afford to shop there, but it seems to always be busy!
Couple shots of the fancy building across the river from the Maximillianstrasse. According to the tour bus, it is currently used for a charity that gives out scholarship money. I'm hoping to confirm that with someone, because it seems like an awfully large, ornate building for a scholarship charity.
The Munich maypole. Supposedly on and before May Day (May 1) other towns will try to steal each others' maypoles, and they get returned in exchange for beer. I'm a bit doubtful since the pole seems awfully large and unwieldy.
Gate #2: The Isartorplatz Gate. It's right near our apartment and under restoration construction, hence the porta-potty that's not so authentic in the photo. I managed to block it with my head in the other shot.
Gate #3: I forget where this was, but it's hard to see since its mostly blocked by trees
Fun statue in the Stacchus shopping area once I got off the bus
Fun Spring window design in one of the stores. Yes, that's a giant, pink gnome abut two stories tall.