09.12.2014 - 09.12.2014 65 °F
We woke up to rain, but finished our walking tour of Munich through the Hofgarten, the court garden, and up Brienner Strasse, where there is a black obelisk commemorating the 30,000 Bavarians who marched with Napoleon to Moscow and never returned, as well as a square called Platz der Opfer des Nationalsozialismus ("Square of the Victims of Nazism"). It's the site of Himmler's Gestapo headquarters for the entire Third Reich, now entirely gone.
When Hitler came to power, he made a memorial at Odeonsplatz to the "first martyrs of the Third Reich." Germans were required to raise their arms for the "Seig Heil" salute as they passed. People who wanted to avoid saluting Nazism detoured down Viscardigasse instead. Today you will see a stream of shiny cobble stones recalling the bypass route down this lane.
We took the tram to the BMW-Welt and Museum, the headquarters of BMW and the BMW factory. We were fortunate to have advance reservations for the factory tour. The Guided factory tour of the BMW parent plant covers all areas of production - from the press shop through to the assembly line. It was a great tour. They put out 1,000 cars a day! No photos were allowed on the tour. The following photos were taken in the BMW Welt building which gives you an exciting look at the present and future of BMW.