Munich Day 1 (Part 3)

Time was pretty much on our side as we came out of the Theatinerkirche. So we went to the next item on our list, which was the Feldherrnhalle. This place is famous for being the place of confrontation between the Bavarian State Police and supporters of Adolf Hitler, back in 1923.

There was a crowd gathering in front of us, seems like a few of the tour groups use this place as their final stop. A few claps of the hands, and the crowd dispersed. In my opinion, if you want a hassle free tour of any city, then it is advisable to take up one of the day trips/walking tours. It took me quite awhile to plan my own itinerary, especially so when we have never been to the place before. By paying for the guided tours, you would probably get a better knowledge of the place, the history and the interesting facts behind it.

Blimp at Hofgarten (click to enlarge)

Despite having the huge Englischer Garten, Munich is still lacking in places of greenery. Luckily, we were quite close to one, which is the Hofgarten. I think the residents of Munich were also surprised by the weather, judging by the number of people lying on the grass and having a sunbath. We took up a spot with some white benches, watch someone play with their dog and a couple of kids playing with the sand next to this particular fountain.

Despite having the huge Englischer Garten, there is a lack of green space in Munich

“I find it funny that we come from a particular sunny country and yet we seldom spend time underneath the sun,” quipped the wife.

“I thought you don’t like the idea of a tan,” I replied.

“True.”

“But then again, here in Munich, the sun is accompanied by cool wind and there are plenty of shades to be found, unlike back home.”

“Yup.”

We came up with a silly idea while sitting at the Hofgarten, and that is to walk all the way back to Asamkirche to have a look. Measuring the distance, it was only a 1km walk from where we were right now.

“Yeah. Why not?”

So there we were, making our way through the crowds, who were just like us, walking around in Munich. A few minutes later, lo and behold, the church was open! Time to rest our legs. Sitting in so many churches starting from Paris till now, I find it quite amazing that they somehow feel so cool as compared to the outside weather, maybe its because of the tall ceilings. Anyone have any idea?

Interior of the church (click to enlarge)

It was supposed to be a private church for the Asam brothers, probably due to the intricate detail inside the church, the brothers were pressurized to make it public. It is also known as the St. Johann Nepomuk Church.

“I wanted to ask something for a long time already, since you are Mr. Know-It-All, what does 20+C+M+B+12 means?” asked the wife.

What does 20+C+M+B+12 means?

“Aha. I knew you would ask,” I answered with a smirk.

“And just so you know, I do know why.”

“Quick, what does it mean?” the wife’s curiosity peaked.

“Well, 2012 stands for the year. CMB could either mean Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, the names of the 3 wise men. Or it could mean the Latin prayer Christus mansionem benedicat.”

“Christus what? You’re not pulling my leg are you?” ,the wife retorted.

“It simply means may Christ bless this house.”

“No wonder they write it on chalk across the doors,” came the reply.

Whilst on our way back to the only church we have yet to see — the Frauenkirche, we decided to stop by a place suggested by a Spotter, to get another dose of sugary fix. This time around we are interested in Maelu. Located on a strip of shopping haven (Theatinerstrasse), this pastry shop caters to those who are interested in getting a bite of something sweet. You can either order take away or have it with a cup of coffee and do like the French.

Check out the colours! (click to enlarge)

After our little detour, we were back on track with a visit to Frauenkirche. Just in case you have forgotten what happened at the other churches, the tower of the Frauenkirche was also closed for restorations and one half of it was draped in scaffolding. Talk about having bad luck. None of the towers at any of the churches were open, and most were covered in scaffoldings.

Look for the Devil’s Footprint at the entrance of the Frauenkirche

Proof of the scaffolding (click to enlarge)

Tip: Besides visiting the church and trying to go up the tower, there is one interesting detail that you must not miss at this church. It is known as the Teufelstritt or the Devil’s Footprint. It is a mark the size of a human foot pressed into the ground. Don’t be surprised that a few tourists would try to put their foot in it to measure. I think they wouldn’t do so if they knew who it belongs to.

Finally, no scaffolding (click to enlarge)

Today has been particularly great because of the weather and that we managed to finish our itinerary with plenty of time to spare. I didn’t know Munich would be so walkable. We didn’t even use the public transport at all. The only downside was that almost all of the churches were under restoration and none of the towers were accessible. Would have been great to be able to climb up and have an unobstructed view of Munich.

The Residenz is a really huge area and if it weren’t for the free audioguides we wouldn’t be able to understand what was going on or what was on exhibit. It is a must if you feel like you should do some history lessons. But after our dosage of Paris and Amsterdam, this felt like one palace too many. But then again, that is part of the trip isn’t it?

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