I was meaning to post more pictures about the Hampstead area of London, but after reading Yarnbrarian’s post on their trip planning, here it is, a post on a recent trip to Munich, Bayern, Southern Germany, for some inspiration.
A few highlights, starting with the Old Town Hall, the New Town Hall, then the Cathedral and finally a typical party in traditional folk style!
The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located in the East side of Marienplatz, in the very centre of the city and easily reachable by public transport. Being first documented in the 14th century, it had been the domicile of the municipality until 1874.
In 1874 the municipality moved to the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), located in the northern part of Marienplatz. The building is very large and hosts a gallery accessible from the inner courtyard. There is free entrance and the beauty of the Neo-Gothic architecture is worth dedicating some hours to wander around in its corridors, enjoying its magic atmosphere and flights of stairs. It has extensive stained glasses with various subjects, including noblemen, city views, a set of American themes (the Statue of Liberty, many American presidents and distinguished people) and manly love. The Glockenspiel performs daily at 11am, 12pm and 5pm.
The New Town Hall:
The New Town Hall, front view from the Marienplatz
Close-up on the Glockenspiel
Mariensäule (Mary’s Column), 1638
Putti fighting different beasts, symbolising the city’s overcoming of adversities (dragon symbolises famine)
The inner courtyard
Juristiche Bibliothek (Law Library)
Courtyard with museum and restaurant
Rathausgalerie, entrance from the courtyard
View from the entrance door
Nobleman from Nuremberg and views of the city
Die Burg (the castle)
View near Nuremberg
Nobleman from Nuremberg
Bremen, Cathedral and trade building
The Statue of Liberty
Abraham Lincoln and Niagara Falls
and more corridors
Ruffini-Thurm (former Ruffini Tower)
The Name of the Rose?
The Old Town Hall:
Old Town Hall
Interiors on the upper floor
Wooden roof decoration
Austria and Milan
Comics fair in the Old Town Hall
The Cathedral of Our Dear Lady (Frauenkirche) was consecrated in 1494 and features two towers, which are accessible to the public, climbing up the stairs, and offer a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps (sadly they were shut when we arrived). It hosts interesting attractions: among others, the Cenotaph of Emperor Louis IV and the Devil’s Footstep (Teufelstritt), around which different legends have been built.
Cathedral of Our Dear Lady, built by Joerg Ganghofer in 1468-1488
View arriving from the main shopping street
Model of the Cathedral
Old entrance door
The main nave
Interior views in various times
The damaged Cathedral after WWII
Candles, I lit some in memory of my mum and grandparents
Cenotaph of Emperor Louis IV
Kaiser Ludwig von Bauern (1282-1347)
Devil’s Footstep, the legend
Nice old details from a time long past
So much work to carve these ornaments
The inscriptions would point to a Middle Age time
Marthin? 1700, note the skull
All things are transient
I wish I could read this all
The Grim Reaper
Not a man of fasting
Bicycle in Frauenplatz
And more pictures, some are random shots, most were taken at the 40th birthday party of a dear friend, hosted in a traditional mountain hut in the city centre (!)…
Mountain hut right in the heart of Munich!
Sit down and rest a bit
Interiors in mountain style
Traditional costume (the “dirndl”)
Weissbier (wheat beer), you have to try it!
40th birthday cake 🙂
“Vintage Club”: swing and old school dancing
old brewery near the Cathedral
German stout beer and wheat beer