The Munich Airport, MunichWhile most airports aren’t known for being cheap or delicious, The Munich Airport is exactly that. It’s the only airport in the world that has its own brewery and it’s so good that even Müncheners go out to the airport just to pay it a visit. For those sick of falling asleep on benches, Munich has sleeping pods called Napcabs. These ingenious hideaway’s feature a small couchette, a flat-screen TV, desk and internet connection.
We went for a bit to the Schloss Nymphenburg castle, er, Nymph’s Castle (giggle away my friends), it’s nothing to do with that though. It’s easily one of the prettiest castles I’ve seen. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Worth checking out, but only if you’ve got the time.
Classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Gone With The Wind were filmed at the Bavaria Filmstadt and the studio continues to be among the largest in the country. Visitors can tour the sets of films such as The Neverending Story, Das Boot and Marienhof, complete with original props and displays. A guided tour in English takes place at 1 PM.
5.Nymphenburg palace: The palace is so well maintained with wide park is perfect place to hang out on a weekend evening :)The place is very much in the city and I felt so happy to see free parking too LOL :)The only reason I keep mentioning about car parking as its very costly to park the cars in most of the hotels or inside the city. It could range from 18-24euros per day.
Würzburg Residence is a Baroque styled palace Würzburg, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most remarkable features of this palace would be (in no particular order): 1)The largest ceiling fresco ever painted. 2)Stunning stucco decorations in the main halls. 3)Lavishly decorated rooms, most notably the Mirror room and Green Lacquered room. 4)Huge, well maintained palace gardens. Quick details: 1)Entrance charges EUR7.50 for Adults (no entrance charges for the palace gardens). 2) English guided tour, included in the entrance charges, at 11:00 , 3:00, 4:30 (recommended). 3) No photography inside the palace building (though you can try to sneak in a few pictures on your mobile phone). More information can be found on: http://www.residenz-wuerzburg.de/englisch/residenz/index.htm
Verein für Vedische Kultur e. V.
The Hindu festival of Janamashtami fell on one of the days in August while I was in Munich. Just a day before the festival, one of my friends asked me if there was a Krishna temple in Munich and that I should visit one if there was. Acting upon his advice, I googled up the nearest Iskcon temple and found a way to get there. At 5 pm, I was the first one to enter the temple and greet the German priest. The darbaar was breathtakingly beautiful and nothing like you would expect to find in Munich. Indian and German worshipers started pouring in by the minute and within no time we had a full house. The priests started chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra and soon the ambiance in the room had transformed. Krishna had taken over our hearts and minds. It was one of the most surreal experiences I had in Munich. Moral of the story is that no matter where you are in the world, it is important to always stay connected to your roots.4. Beer. Beer. And more Beer.
Sure we have a breakfast opportunity at the place where we are staying, but the market is so inviting. Just off of Marienplatz, one will find a large outdoor market where vendors are selling goodies that range from farm fresh produce to the cutest little straw animals you can imagine. In the center of all of this is the Maypole, suitably decorated with steins of beer, pretzels, and other Bavarian treasures. Off to the side of the open-air market is a more sumptuous upper scale place to tickle your senses. There are cheese shops, bakeries, chocolate and wine shops all presenting their wares worthy of salivating over. Yes, I went off my diet for a chocolate croissant and a coffee. It was worth every morsel; the flaky crust was buttery rich and the chocolate was as thick as a candy bar. I could hear my waist expanding with every bite.
Next it was time for a culture stop at the Muchner Stadtmuseum. Unassuming from the outside, inside it is like a playground for adults. The top floor is filled with displays of puppets and marionettes to stir childhood memories as well as transport you to lands of fancy. The museum has a special exhibit for Munich's 850th anniversary called "Typically Munich". Every floor was chock full of fabulous things and they allowed photos. Needless to say, we were there for hours. Across the driveway is a Socialist Museum, included in the entrance fee. There was not much translated in English here and after letting our children out to play, it was not so pleasant an experience. Admission is 6 Euros for adults, 3 for seniors. I entered for free with my press pass.
The next stop was the Neue Pinakothek Museum. Each evening, a different museum is open until 8pm. which is a lovely way to fit in a couple of visits in one day without liquifying our brain by the end of the day. Admission is 9 Euros, but 5 for seniors and free with a press pass. The majority of works are German artists, but there were Manets, Picassos, and other masters that everyone would recognize. They allow photos too without a flash, so I had a ball doing micro pictures. Rather than take a photo of a whole painting, I would photograph small sections. As I did this, I created captions in my head and had myself quite entertained, though the others were uncertain why I kept guffawing out loud. Once I have the photos up in the other blog, you will see what I mean. We closed the museum at 8pm, which is about all that we close these days. Long gone are the days when we could close a bar.
On the way back, we decided to have a drink at the Teddy Bar. Being this was a gay bar, our impression and what our host told us was that this was a bear bar. For the uninitiated, a bear bar is for those who are the hairy male version of Rubenesque as well as for their admirers. Out hosts told us they thought the bar had closed down, but we found lights on prompting us to give it a shot. Shock would have been better. A gay bar, yes, but nary a bear to be found. This type of gay bar is what is whimsically categorized as a wrinkle room or rather a conference hall for gay septuagenarian and octogenarian gay men. I was the youngest one in there by 2 decades.
Alte Mainmühle is a iconic restaurant on the old bridge in Würzburg. The best part is that, on pleasant days, you can take your glass of wine or a sandwich and stand by the bridge, enjoying the view. The local Franconian wine was itself, to my delight since I am not a huge fan of dry wines, very crisp and refreshing.
The largest city palace in Germany, is among the most elaborate residential buildings in the world. It's impossible to take it all in in one visit, so don't even try. Completed over four centuries, the Residenz spans multiple architectural styles. Don't miss 'The Renaissance Antiquarium', the most lavish and the oldest buildings in the Residenz.
I enjoyed the little climb up to the Marienberg fortress more than the fortress itself. There are two climbing routes, the longer one is through a vineyard and gives you the added bonus of walking through a wine trail. You can see the entire Würzburg city stretched out in front of you from the top.