Having satisfied our hunger, it was back to the recurrent theme of the Eurotrip so far — museum hunting. It was a Sunday and hence, all entry to the museums are at €1 only, but obviously the museum owners have other tricks up their sleeves, which we were to find out real soon.
Our first stop was the Alte Pinakothek. This is one of the oldest galleries in the world and they have quite an impressive collection of Old Master paintings.
Alte Pinakothek is the ‘old’, Neue Pinakothek houses the ‘new” and Der Moderne for the ‘modern’
“Old Master? What’s that?” I asked.
“Paintings from the 15th-18th century by the famous painters,” read the wife from one of the guidebooks. This was one of the reason why I finally decided to buy the iPhone 5 (which wasn’t out then), to replace all the needless lunging around of guidebooks.
“It says here that they also have the Sunflowers painting by van Gogh,” the wife continued.
I really do admire the people standing around a particular painting and examining every square inch of it. We never had Arts (back in school), much less the historical version of it but luckily for the encyclopaedia and books that I read, I came to find out about these wonderful paintings. The only difference was that I was there, at the museum, to LOOK at the paintings for real, whilst for most of the visitors, they were there to FEEL.
A picture is worth a thousand words
Maybe some of you could leave some comments below as to what struck your fancy while viewing such famous works of art? Are you intrigued by the story behind it? Or was it the brush strokes? Or the methods of applying the paint?
Tip: The Kunstareal area houses 4 art museums, the Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek Der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst. More than enough of your money’s worth, especially on €1 per entry.
The Neue Pinakothek is actually almost the same as the Alte Pinakothek, except that it houses paintings from the 19th century and beyond. The wife was really enjoying herself by taking various photos of the paintings. Well, you’ve got me, I didn’t know I married an art critic. Nevertheless, it is good to know that the camera is not banned here.
As for the Pinakothek Der Moderne, this was something which we could relate to, but as we delved deeper, we found it to be almost quite confusing. Time was also not on our side by the time we reached this particular museum. We only had an hour before closing time. I swore to myself that if I were to come to Europe again in the future, I would avoid all museum trips. I have deemed it too tourist-y.
Well, the €1 was indeed a money-saver but don’t be surprised that the museum owners have come up with various ways to overcome that particular blip. For example, out of the 3 museums we went to, only the Neue Pinakothek charged us more (€4), and that was because they had an extra exhibition which was going on at that time.
Special exhibition costs more. Bags are charged €0.70 each unless you keep it in the lockers provided
All bags are charged €0.70 each, unless you are prepared to put it in the lockers.
Nevertheless, if you’re an art lover, the Kunstareal area is definitely a place to visit if you’re in Munich. You would probably be wise to choose a Sunday to visit, due to the low entrance fees. As for food, you do not have to fret, the surrounding roads around the Kunstareal area is filled with cafes, restaurants and burger bars catering to all your needs.
I do have one tip to share here when it comes to getting an ice-cream after all the mind-numbing art watching. Right behind Museum Brandhorst, on the opposite corner of the same block as Tresznjewski, lies Balla Beni. At €1.30 per scoop and with at least 10 flavours to choose from, this little shop is a gift for any ice-cream lovers and to prove that, they have a queue!
We had to wait at least half an hour for our turn, and this German couple in front of us were looking at us taking a photo of the queue.
The ice cream is worth the half hour queue
“In case you’re wondering, it is really good,” the husband said.
“Worth the queue?”
He wasn’t wrong, half an hour later, we had one scoop each. And the best part of it all, they allow you to ‘try’ a different flavour, just a bit on the side, for free!
Do try it!
We were enjoying our little stroll with the Balla Beni ice-cream in our hands, all the way from Kunstareal right up to the doorway of the Englischer Garten. If we had our bicycles, we could have given it a go by riding within the gardens looking for nudes! But unfortunately we only had our feet, so we found our way to the Eisbach surfing area of the garden.
“I wonder how on earth is there such a strong rapid current here in this garden?” asked the wife.
Number of nudes : 0
“You’ve got me. I don’t know either.”
Actually it is a man-made current produced by a water pump machine.
At the end of the day:
Number of ice cream : 2
Number of surfers : 20
Number of nudes : 0
(to be continued)