A Travellerspoint blog

Munich Day 2

semi-overcast

On our second day in Munich we took the S-Bahn and a local bus to Dachau Concentration Camp. This was the first Nazi concentration camp in 1933.

large_dachau1x.jpg

The entrance to the main compound of the camp is through an iron gate with the words, "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Makes You Free")

large_dachau2x.jpg

large_dachau3x.jpg

Just the foundations of the original barracks still exist.

large_dachau4x.jpg

large_dachau5x.jpg

The ovens in the camp crematorium, which were used to burn the bodies of prisoners who had died or had been killed.

large_dachau6x.jpg

After visiting Dachau we came back into Munich and toured The Residenz which was the Wittelsbach's palace, with all its splendor. We also visited the Residenz Treasury which contains the Wittelsbach crowns and jewels, among all the other extravagant items they owned. Then we had dinner and beer at a Bavarian restaurant.

Posted by lcostet 14:15 Archived in Germany Tagged germany munich dachau

Munich Day 1

sunny 70 °F

After landing at the Munich Airport, we took the train and the U-Bahn to our B&B. Once settled in we walked to Marienplatz in the old town center. The New Town Hall (Nues Rathaus) dominates Marienplatz with its Neo-Gothic exterior. Marienplatz is also marked by a statue of the Virgin Mary.

large_munich1x.jpg

The New Town Hall is famous for its glockenspiel which "jousts" on the hour three times a day. We caught the five o'clock show.

large_munich2x.jpg

The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) stands to the right of the square.

large_munich3x.jpg

The oldest church in town, St. Peter's overlooks Marienplatz. The church was badly damaged during World War II and has been rebuilt. Inside photos show the bomb damage.

large_munich4x.jpg

We walked through the Viktualienmarkt, an outdoor beer garden and market with food stalls, and around the Jewish Synagogue. Then we made our way to the pedestrian only shopping district at Kaufingerstrasse and Neuhauser Strasse. We stopped in Abercrombie & Fitch, and it was the most beautiful A&F store I have ever seen, with d├ęcor that included chandeliers. Opposite the Hotel Bayerischer Hof is a park with a memorial to Michael Jackson who used to stay at the hotel when he was in town. It appears to be well maintained daily by his fans.

large_munich7x.jpg

Behind the New Town Hall is a park, Marienhof, which was left as a green island after the 1945 bombings. Curiously, you will see quite a few Muslim women in the park wearing black burqas. Supposedly, Muslim families from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates come to Munich for medical treatment, and make a vacation out of it, bringing their families and often their own car and driver. They shop and spend their millions on the boulevard called Maximilianstrasse, home to the most exclusive stores such as Dior, Chanel, and Cartier. Check out the Mercedes car and the license plate below.

large_munich6x.jpg

We ended our first day with dinner and beer at the famous Hofbrauhaus located in the Platzl, the heart of medieval Munich. We found seats next to some regulars who were decked out in their traditional German attire, and had a fun time lifting our mugs to the live oompah band music.

Posted by lcostet 14:22 Archived in Germany Tagged germany munich

Warsaw

semi-overcast

large_warsaw1.jpg

large_warsaw2.jpg

large_warsaw3.jpg

large_warsaw4.jpg

large_warsaw5.jpg

large_warsaw6.jpg

large_warsaw7.jpg

large_warsaw8.jpg

large_warsaw9.jpg

Posted by lcostet 11:32 Archived in Poland

Malbork Castle

overcast

large_malbork1.jpg

large_malbork2.jpg

large_malbork3.jpg

large_malbork4.jpg

Posted by lcostet 11:29 Archived in Poland Tagged poland castle malbork

Gdansk Day 2

overcast

large_gdansk6.jpg

large_gdansk7.jpg

large_gdansk8.jpg

large_gdansk9.jpg

large_gdansk10.jpg

Posted by lcostet 11:04 Archived in Poland Tagged poland gdansk

(Entries 11 - 15 of 72) « Page 1 2 [3] 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 .. »