Munich Day 3 (Part 1)

This was our last day at Munich and there were still some sights to see around the city. After 2 full days of sunshine, the day started off cloudy as we were traversing on Tram #19.

“I hope it doesn’t rain, it will spoil our plans,” I said.

“Yeah. I hope so too.”

Every Sunday, the entrance price to the museums in Munich is only €1

It was a Sunday, and in case you didn’t know, all the museums in Munich are charging €1 for entrance.

“Are you kidding me? Just €1?” the wife exclaimed.

“Yes. Believe it or not band I timed it to perfection. Now all we need to do is to get to them in time to enjoy it.”

We had an ambitious plan all mapped out, we were going to rent some bicycles and try to cycle around Munich, which was well-known for their bike lanes, and you thought it was Amsterdam right?

Disaster struck quite early while we were at Hauptbahnhof trying to get our hands on the bicycles. They were OUT of bicycles. Amazing. A quite glance at the map and a slight alteration to our plans for the day. Luckily there was a backup plan in place.

Our first destination of the day — Schloss Nymphenburg. This was covered by the Bavarian Museum Ticket which we purchased earlier for Neuschwanstein and the Residenz. This Baroque palace was a summer retreat for the Bavarian monarchy back in those days, hence it was built quite some ways from the city center.

Schloss Nymphenburg (click to enlarge)

Most of the locals come to enjoy the gardens and the swans swimming in the lake, for tourists, we were heading inside to catch a glimpse of how the rich and famous enjoyed their lives back in the days without the Internet.

“The decor looks so familiar. I think I saw them at the Residenz,” said the wife.

Enjoy the Gallery of Beauties at Schloss Nymphenburg

“It isn’t surprising, they are also part of François de Cuvilliés of the Cuvilliés Theatre’s designs.”

“No wonder.”

Schloss Nymphenburg is also famous for housing the Gallery of Beauties, the precursor to FHM’s Top 100 Hottest Celebrities. King Ludwig I of Bavaria had 36 ‘beauties’ portrayed and kept for his personal collection.

Princess, beauty or both? (click to enlarge)

Looking out from one of the windows towards the gardens would remind you of a similar, albeit smaller version of Versailles. There is a long canal with the garden on both sides. Unsurprisingly, the garden was designed by a French.

Part of the Gardens (click to enlarge)

Luckily for us, despite the lost of the cycling opportunity, Munich’s tram system gave us much hope by sending us from Nymphenburg across the suburbs of Munich and depositing us at the Maxvorstadt area. This is the area of the art museums and the University. We were hungry and decided to stop at one of the suggestions of Spotted By Locals — Brasserie Tresznjewski.

“OK, what was that?” asked the wife.

Brasserie Tresznjewski — now how do you pronounce that?

“I’m having problems with the pronunciation, so it’s best that I just point it out to you, there.”

“Oh, no wonder. Tres-jew-skee. Simple as that.”

“I don’t think so.”

Brasserie Tresznjewski

Unfortunately, our hunger got the better of us than just to stand there and argue about the pronunciation. The atmosphere inside is typical of a cafe with wooden sittings and high ceilings. There was a shortage of seats, so we just grab a few next to the counters. Probably it was the location, being inside the University area, or because of the €1 entrance fee for museums nearby that was attracting the tourist crowd, most of the conversation inside were in English. Even the waitresses greeted us in English.

Don’t worry if you can’t find a seat here and had to look for other places, just try to walk along Theresienstrasse alongside the art museums, you are bound to find a nice cafe or two.

Their menu is quite extensive, ranging from simple burgers to steak. More than enough to cater to your appetite. We had the Treszi Burger. (See? We weren’t the only ones with the pronunciation problem). And ordered a Lassi and a Bionade to quench our thirst. Service was prompt and full of smiles, and we would have lounged around for a few hours if we had the time, just to savour the ambience and do some people-watching.

Treszi Burger (€10.75)

Bionade (€3.20) and Lassi (€4)

(to be continued)

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