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Munich – We’re Not Here for the Beer

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Although Munich is renowned today for its annual vomiting contest, (generally known as Oktoberfest), it is equally famous as the home of many of the world’s most successful manufacturers like BMW, Audi, Adidas, Puma, Grundig and Siemens. Munich is also home to some spectacular historic architecture including the enormous gothic city hall which is at the centre of the city’s Christmas Market…
Bavaria was ruled by members of the Wittelsbach family from 1180 - 1918, although by the time that the flambouyant Ludwig II took the crown in 1864 the real power was in parliamentarian’s hands. However, despite the fact that Ludwig broke the royal bank with his madcap buildings, the family kept a firm hand on their crown jewels and chief among them was their colossal palace, The Residenz, in the centre of Munich. Building began in 1385 and continued for centuries. The palace simply grew and grew as subsequent monarchs added big lumps to suit the times and their tastes – sometimes a little OTT...
The palace eventually had 130 major rooms around 10 courtyards with hundreds of ancillary chambers and staff quarters. Fortunately for our knees only 90 of the rooms are currently open to the public – although some of the halls are a route march in themselves. This banquet hall – the Antiquarian built in 1385 – is more than 200 feet long…
Allied bombing in WWII destroyed many of the buildings in the Residenz complex but it has been faithfully restored. However, while the Allies were flattening Munich in the 1940s, the Nazis were knocking big holes in London. It too survived and has been restored to its former glory – and what a glory it is. We often enthuse about all the amazing historic buildings we see around the world, but none compare with the architectural magnificence of London. This is The Royal Albert Hall…
Along with numerous royal palaces, the thousand year old fortress of the Tower of London and the capital’s iconic parliament buildings, there are hundreds of truly breathtaking buildings in this historic city. There are vast museums like the Victoria & Albert, the Science and the Natural History…
However, entry to all the national museums and art galleries in London is always free so there are crowds – everyone loves ‘free’ - but with museums like the Victoria & Albert having more than ten miles of exhibition galleries it’s always possible to find a quiet spot…
London has street after street of Georgian and Victorian masterpieces dating from the mid 1700s…
Regent Street, a mecca for the world’s wealthiest shopaholics, was built in the early 1800s and rebuilt a hundred years later. If you have to ask the price here you definitely can’t afford it. But it costs nothing to wander up and down and gaze in awe at the spectacular Christmas lights...

There is much more to England than London so now we are heading off to the country - to the beautiful Cotswolds. Hope to see you there in a few days.

Posted by Hawkson 01:20 Archived in Germany

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Good to hear you are back in Jolly Old. Makes me want to see London again - hell, why not - it's been 43 years!

Look forward to your return to our fair isle.

by Joyce

good for London

by Eileen Wilson

Dear wanderers, beautiful sites and lots of sparkling holiday lights to brighten the darker winter nights. A magical time of year outside of the commercial push to buy. Look forward to the next entry.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Your photos are beautiful.

by The Vickerage

A Tale of Two Cities. Classic. Love the photos of architecture almost as much as those of food, which have been in short supply this round! Think you could start a golf car rental service for aging knees in those grand palaces?

by Tom

What dazzling pics of dazzling architecture....
more, more more...can't wait to see the English countryside..love ya's..

by Sharron

Bring some of those lovely blue skies home with you. Dismal weather on Gab today.

by R and B

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