The most interesting tourist attractions in Munich

Catholic Church of St Cayetan

The most historical attractions in Munich

The most interesting tourist attractions in Munich, one of my students’ dreams, for the wonderful, romantic film about Empress Coussie, but mostly because of the wonderful Bavarian castles of Ludwig II, which are like a story and inspired tales (and the palace of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland and the Film Company logo). In 2010, this dream came true. The Bavarian capital of Munich and the biggest beer festival in the world, the Oktoberfest was the last stop of our program, we were already full of excitement and information and therefore did not impress me so much on the background.

Today, however, I remember with a warm feeling the experience, so I decided to tell it to you.
Munich is the capital of the province of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg, an important industrial and cultural center. It is home to nearly a million people and is visited by about five million tourists each year. Do not hesitate to enter these statistics – there is something to be seen, even if your visit does not coincide with the Oktoberfest. The city has a variety of ancient architecture, and churches from different periods are very impressive. The most famous is undoubtedly the Archbishop’s Cathedral of Our Lady in the center, which was consecrated in 1494.

Munich Central Square

Munich one of my students dreams,

The building was designed to accommodate 20,000 people and Munich at that time had only 13,000 inhabitants. This is said to be a widening and a look into the future! The construction has taken many years and naturally was quite expensive, which is also related to a popular local legend. The builder made a deal with the devil to get the money he needed, and in turn to make the church without windows. But then he used a trick and made the columns so that when he stood in the antechamber, the windows would not be visible. From the hell the devil began to climb with his foot, and a trace of his footstep can be seen on the floor even today.

We could not climb to one of the cathedral towers, but they told us that there was an incredible view of the city. They are 99 meters tall and there is a prohibition for the buildings in the center to be higher than they are, so nothing stops sight and one can enjoy the magnificence of Munich from high. A nice impression made me that in Munich, despite the large scales and the impressive architecture, there was greenery, flowers and coziness – something that is usually not typical for large and overcrowded cities.

Munich Historical Architecture

Munich Historical Architecture

Not only in Oktoberfest, but also in the streets of the city many people, most likely local, were dressed in modern versions of typical Bavarian dresses – dresses with wide skirts, corsets and white tufted sleeves for women or wide pants with braces for men. Such clothes were shown on the showcases of local fashion stores, but at least in 2010, their prices were quite salty for our standard. There were people, this time probably most of the tourists who walked around the city with carnival hats made like beer mugs. All this created a festive mood.

Munich’s central square is called Marienplatz. It was once a market square where fish, eggs, grain and wine were sold. His current name was given in 1854 – so the city council wants to entrust the city to Bavaria’s protector – the Virgin Mary – to save him from the outbreak of cholera in the same year. As early as 1638, a Marian column was erected on the square – that is, a column decorated with a statue of Our Lady – for gratitude for the release of Munich from a plague epidemic and the invasion of the Swedish Army during the Thirty Years’ War. This Marian column later inspired the placement of such in Vienna and Prague, as well as in prominent places in the center of other major European cities.

Munich old building

Munich old building

The new Town Hall building was completed in 1909 and mimics the Dutch Gothic. Every day she offers an interesting performance with moving figurines and a melody of 43 bells. For ten minutes, they recreate a knight tournament on the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V and a barracks dance that marks the passage of the plague epidemic in 1517. This performance can be seen at 11 am and 12 pm and in the summer and at 17 h. Our walk in Munich was enjoyable and colorful despite the fatigue that we had during the excursion. Architecture in the center of the city is colorful, and a large part of the local business billboards are decorated in an antique style or decorated appropriately.

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