München : Bikes, beers and the mad king of Bavaria
Trip Start May 06, 2008
29Trip End Jun 06, 2008
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
Day 12 : 19th May 2008 (Monday) Bikes, beers and the mad king of Bavaria
After breakfast at the hotel, Glynis and Ashok headed out to finish whatever they had to do while we headed to the river thinking we'd take a cruise
Walking with our bags on our back for a while, I started getting the feeling something wasn't right, and he was starting to look a little confused as well
We then made a stop at Odeonsplatz defined by the creamy-yellow baroque church Theatinerkirche St Cajetan. Adam explained it was built by lector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, as a gesture of thanks for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, Prince Max Emanuel, who was born after six daughters
From here we rode through the Hofgarten, where Adam stopped briefly to tell us these were the royal gardens of the Residenz and that the pavilion in the center was the Temple of Diana - Goddess of Hunt. From here we moved on to the Saatskanzlei, formerly the Bavarian Army Museum, where we stopped for a while and Adam talked about the White Rose Movement - a non violent anti nazi resistance group and about a German student named Sophie who was caught distributing anti war leaflets at the University with her brother. They were both killed. Apparently, there's a movie about it called the last days of Sophie. He also said that in the University, there is now a moving tribute to the students who were killed in the form of ceramic tiles on the floor printed with slogans and made to look like the leaflets they were distributing
Anyways, from here we went along Ludwig Strasse and Schwabing Bach through the English Garden. And it is huge, bigger than New Yorks Central Park. And pretty, with shaded paths, bubbling brooks, ponds with swans and of course, beer gardens. Adam informed us that in the summer, nude sun bathing was the rule rather than the exception. So sad it was a cold day. Apparently, its called free body culture. We also saw a piece of the Berlin Wall. The stop at the beer garden was good fun. Of course we had to order beer and sausages. When in Munich and all that. The other riders were very friendly, and everyone was having a good time. Adam took a picture of the four of us. The ride post the eating and drinking session was mainly along the River Isar, and we stopped to watch the surfers at Surfers Bridge. There is a wave produced by the water pumping mechanism at the mouth of the artificial stream that the surfers try to ride as long as they can, even though it is supposed to be illegal. Fascinating to watch.
From here we went by the Luffwaffe (Nazi Air force) where he talked about the falcons (don't remember what exactly about the falcons he was saying). It was all very fascinating. We stopped next to the Isar to look at the Friedensengle, the Peace Angel Monument, which Adam said was erected after the Franco-Prussian War ended in honor of the Bavarian Army. It shows the Goddess of Victory whose right hand has an olive leaf and left the statue of Athena (at least I think thats what he said). Again, it faces west to catch the rays of the setting sun. We were almost at the end of our four hour tour which took us past the Maximilianeum - the Bavarian Parliament, the Gothic Lukas Kirche (the only protestant church in the center), the Deutsches Museum, the Volksbad (indoor pool) and the Isartor which is the eastern gate of the city wall from the 14th century. We had thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Fantastic way to see the city, learn some history, especially if you don't have much time. We'd done these tours in Paris and Amsterdam as well, and this one was just as good.
We then went to find somewhere to eat, and of course Glynis and Godwin, who are mad about middle eastern cuisine, went and found a Lebanese place near the hotel. Ashok also had to make some phone calls as his sister was due any day, so after dinner, we headed back to the hotel. We hadn't realized until now that the ground floor of the hotel had T&A bars and strip clubs and sex shops. Only when the neon signs were all lit up did I see them. Earlier in the day, we were so hell bent on catching the tour we had just run past them. What was nice was the free internet in the hotel. Tomorrow: Neuschwanstein.
Steps walked: 18618