Munich: The city of Oktoberfest, Bavarian kings, & art history

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We spent about a day and a half in the city of Munich itself, using a couple of the other days there for some day trips to Dachau Concentration Camp and Neuschwanstein Castle. Here’s what we accomplished in the city:

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The Residenz

This was the home of the Bavaria rulers from the 17th century; they were dukes at first then on became electors (still unsure about what that technically means) then kings from 1806-1918. The palace was severely damaged during WWII but meticulously reconstructed.

Read more: Munich AirBnb Review 

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Alte Pinakotek & Neau Pinakotek

This was high on my list for some art history! Nothing specific from the AP Art History 250 here but a couple of noteworthy Dürers, Rubens, other Old Masters, Van Gogh, and many others. Although large, we went through both of these in one afternoon.

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Hofbräuhaus am Platzl

Ah the famous Beer House and Garden! We managed to elbow our way into a seat (miraculously) and enjoyed the atmosphere, good, and of course, beer!

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Marienplatz

The main town square of Munich, this area hold the Rathaus (or New Town Hall) with the famous Glockenspiel. At this time of year there were sparking-lights and a beautiful Christmas tree in the square.

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Olympic Park

Although we couldn’t see anything when we went here during New Year’s Eve because it was nighttime and über foggy, we still “went” so it counts.

Read more: Celebrating New Years Eve the German Way

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Nymphenburg Palace

Very similar to The Residenz, this was the summer palace of the Bavarian kings. We didn’t get any tickets to visit the inside because I’ll be honest I was kind of sick of hearing a rattle of names of kings.

Asam Church

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OMGGGG!!!! So gorgeous! This is about the most over the top Baroque Church I will ever see! It’s super small so that just makes it overwhelming! Don’t miss this, it takes 5 minutes.

Read more: Sneak Peek of our Germany Itinerary

JMF

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