Saturday, November 17, 2007

Glockenspiel

A glorious day in Munich. The city has a very different feel from when we were here during Oktoberfest, and I'm very glad we came back.

That said however, Munich feels surprisingly short on sites. It is a great place to visit, but if you're short on time and have an itch to tour Germany, I would make Berlin a priority. If you do desire to see Munich, I would plan a few day trips out of the city. Among the options available are Dachau Concentration Camp, Fussen (which I'll touch on in a big way tomorrow), historic Nurnburg, the Nymphenburg Palace, and even Salzburg.

While in Munich we wanted to see as much as possible, so we got up objectionably early this morning and went on a walking tour. One of the benefits of traveling during the off-season (in other words any time outside of summer) is that there are no tourists. We were the only two in our "group" and thus had a personal guide showing us around Munich.

The highlight was the city center, with the town's famous Glockenspiel. Twice per day, a wedding party is held with dancing coopers and a knight joust (you can see in the picture one of the knights actually being knocked over!).

Later in the day was a tour of the Residenz Palace and treasury -- home to Bavaria's rulers for centuries and a surprisingly good visit. Just take a look at the gilded halls done in glorious Baroque style.

This enormous wine fountain is made entirely of seashells.
I had to come back home early to finish up the second draft of my business school essays, while Sarah wandered around the food markets. Stay tuned, because tomorrow is the big day!

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