9th June (Wednesday)
We left London Stratford airport early in the morning. The plane departed at 8.15am and arrived at Munich at 11.05am via EasyJet. From Munich airport, it is a 4 Euros train ride to Munich city central. We visited the tourist information centre briefly before checking into Hotel Pension Flora. It cost 20 Euros per night which we will be staying for the next 3 nights.
We started exploring the city by taking a stroll along Karl Street. There are lots of lovely fountains in the area.
In the distance we noticed 2 dome-shaped towers and slowly made our way towards it.
This is actually the Residenz which we came to find out. The Residenz was the seat and centre of government in the past. It is really huge. In there, we learnt about the history of the Bavarian kings and observed the relics of Christianity.
We go through the displays with the audio guide.
There are many things and lots of information. So much so we have to skip through some and walk towards the end of the hall.
By the time we finished, it is already 5.30pm.
We walked along the garden next to the Residenz to our dinner place, the Hofbrauhau. Its specialty is sausage, potato and beer.
There is live music in there.
Here is our dinner.
Check out the size of the beer! 1 litre mug each.
We went to check out Marienplatz before returning back to our hostel.
10th June (Thursday)
We woke up at 8am this morning and had a sumptuous breakfast of ham, bacon, bread and milk.
The first stop for the day is Nymphenburg Palace, which was the summer residence for the Bavarian kings. From our hostel, it is a tram ride to the palace. We rented the audioguide and listened to the stories of each room and the exhibits.
It is an impressive palace with a combination of differing architecture design. One unique exhibit is the gondola used in the palace. There is this room which has lots of pictures, it is known as the gallery of beauties and the story behind each one of them.
There is a large park behind the palace.
A Catholic altar where the royalities pray.
There are many pavilions in the park and we made it a point to visit everyone of them. Most of them are designed based on orient architecture. This greatly shows the pro-orient ideas they have in the past. For each one of the pavilions, there is a certain use. Such as the Magdalenonklause is made of corals, the Pagodenburg is orient in nature, the Amalienburg has a indoor swimming pool.
Here we are going through the palace rooms.
We took a tram back to Marienplatz. It is puzzling as most of the shops are closed. We found out that today is a religious public holiday.
We went down to Frauenkirche and Pterskirche market and visited the cathedral there.
There is a Glockenspiel performance at 5pm.
It is dinner time and we decided to visit the Bier Garten. It is al fresco dining. Had Sausage, potato, bread and beer. It taste really fabulous.
We took a stroll round the garden after our dinner.
11th June (Friday)
This day is a sidetrip south of Munich to the famous Neuschwanstein castle and Nohenschwangau castle. It is 2 hour by train from Munich.
We took a horse carriage up.
From the castle, it overlook the surrounding grasslands.
We got back to Munich and had dinner at a cosy restaurant in Marianplatz.