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