The Munich city centre is pretty much a walkable area. Most of the tourist-y stuffs are located within walking distance of each other. All you need is a reliable map, a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a lot of stamina.
We have just finished almost half of the itinerary and it was just only noon. For the first timers, there is a tourist information counter inside the Marienplatz. What I gather from the time I was there, most of the tourists were actually looking for information regarding day trips around Munich.
Look for the Juliet statue outside the Old Town Hall
A few steps away lies the Old Town Hall of Munich, I think they have an exhibit of some sort within the building, but what we were interested about is the statue of Juliet outside of it.
“Whose idea was it to rub her breasts?” asked the wife.
“I have no idea. But they do look super shiny as compared to the rest of the statue.”
Finally, one of the churches of Munich was open! This time, it is the Heiliggeist Church. What you see here is only a restored church, the old one was a victim of the WWII bombings, only the north wall, the buttresses and the original choir remain. Entrance if free and if you are looking for a peaceful place to rest, this is it.
With such good weather, almost everyone is out and about in the city. It makes walking a breeze since you are in good company.
It felt like we have been walking for a grand total of 50km so far since we started off in Paris
“I feel like I could walk like this for days,” claimed the wife. This coming from a person who was complaining about the amount of walking we had in Paris and Amsterdam. At last count, I think we had accomplished about 50km (walking distance) ever since the Europe trip started a week ago.
Located among one of the roads behind the Heiliggeist lies the Hofbräuhaus. This is a state-owned brewery and they were once acknowledged as the royal brewery.
“This is one of the famous beer halls in Munich,” I said.
“Too bad we were here in May and not in October.”
“Did you know that Mozart and John F. Kennedy had their beer here?”
Our next target was the Alter Hof. This was once the palace of the Wittelsbachs, nowadays they are home to a bunch of offices. We had another reason to visit the Alter Hof, as there is a counter inside that sells one of the less known secrets of Bavaria. For just €40 (for 2 adults), you can get free entrances to all of the castles, gardens and museums in Bavaria within 2 weeks. There are about 80 places in all. It is known as — the Bayerischen Schlösserverwaltung.
Try to get the Bavarian Museum Ticket if you plan on visiting a lot of castles, gardens and museums in Bavaria
There was some sort of environmental exhibition in the courtyard but most of the crowd were on the outside, walking towards the various attractions. Only a few were drawn into the courtyard by the inconspicuous banner hung against the wall.
Our next destination was the official home of the Bavarian rulers — the Residenz. This huge complex also houses the Cuvilliés Theater and the Treasury. Unfortunately, like the rest of Munich, the outer walls of the Residenz were covered in scaffolding. Lucky for us it was open.
“Guess what? We can use our cards now.”
“You mean the €40 card that we bought just now?” asked the wife.
So we soon found ourselves in the sprawling complex. Lucky for us, they provide free audioguides which we could use for the Treasury and the Residenz. This audioguide is a must because there are just too many exhibits and too many rooms to cover. It took us about 2-3 hours to finish touring the whole place. And we were just doing a brisk visit. This place is definitely not for those who aren’t able to walk or climb stairs.
After all that walking, we were in need to replenish our energy, where else but at one of the nearest confectionery that we saw — Confiserie Rottenhofer. Upon entering this neatly decorated konditoreien, which was regarded as one of the finest, we were surrounded by a plethora of colours. There were more cakes than there were waitresses. We were spoilt for choice, in the end, we settled for 2 different cakes, a milkshake and an espresso. The bill? €18.70. Not bad for an afternoon of sugar rush.
With our energy restored, we headed for one of the last few items on our itinerary — the Theatinerkirche. This church contains most of the tombs of the Wittelsbachs.
Sugar rush to the brain at Confiserie Rottenhofer
(to be continued)