The Free State of Bavaria, AKA the Freistadt of Bayern is located in the southeastern part of Germany. It is known for its picturesque Alps, home of the largest Oktoberfest in the world, as well as farms, hunting, and lederhosen. Our summer trip exploring as much of the Bavarian region as possible lived up to our expectations! We stayed in the popular resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and took day trips to see different things. Our original plan was to take a day to see Munich, the next Innsbruck and Vipiteno, and lastly Salzburg. We ended up driving to some lakes and little villages instead of going to Salzburg the last day. It would have just been too busy to enjoy it at that point.
Day One: Munich (München in German)
I have no idea how to even begin to post photos or put into words our experience in Munich. There are several adjectives that come to mind initially: big, unique, busy, crowded, artistic, old, mix of people, tourist-y, diverse, beautiful architecture, colorful, and interesting. There are so many things to see and do in Munich that we could have stayed several days, but we only spent about 6 hours in the city. We had a list of places that we wanted to see, but we also felt it was important to just wander around and see whatever else we could. When we saw cathedrals, we wandered inside. These cathedrals and basilicas were beautiful pieces of art and culture that were also free to visit. My favorite churches were Theatinerkirche…
The City Hall (Rathaus) and Bavaria State Parliament Building, Maximilianeum (Bavaria Landtag) were also architecturally stunning:
The buildings were so massive that I had a very difficult time getting any decent photographs of them in their entirety. I wonder if I can find a class on Photography for Architecture…
The photo below displays some architectural elements that are common in Munich. I discovered a photo online of the same buildings, comparing them with what they looked like after being bombed in WW2. Want to see it?
More photographs around Munich:
Munich is such an intriguing city. Its history and liveliness come across in its architecture, shops, and the extremely diverse people there. I came back with hundreds of photos of sites and parks from all around the city. Alas, I cannot post them all for you, but I hope you have enjoyed these few.