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Lunch was a Doner kebab. Since there are so many Turkish immigrants here, you’ll see them a lot, though we rarely see this dish where we live unless you go in search of this type dish.
Today is a German religious holiday. All the retail stores large and small are closed, though restaurants are mostly open. It made a noticeable difference in the pedestrian traffic down in the Marienplatz, but there were more families out enjoying Munich’s weather together.
One of the symbols of Munich is the Frauenkirche This onion domed twin tower cathedral can be seen throughout the city. Originally built in 1494, it was heavily damaged in WWII. It is said to have the capacity to hold 20,000 (standing); maybe a little hard to believe, but it’s huge. The cathedral suffered catastrophic damage in WWII from the Allied forces aerial bombing and was restored in stages, with the last stage only being completed in 1994.
After the Frauenkirche, we thought we’d visit Siegestor (Victory Gate), a monument. It’s a ways out. In retrospect, we should have taken the U-Bahn. It was 1.5 miles. It is a very pretty day, partly cloudy and about 70 degrees. We walked down Theatinerstraße, which is lined with high end shops and is adjoined by the Hofgarten. Further down the road is the University of Munich and not long past that is the ‘tor’.
At the top of the monument is inscribed on the back side which reads: Dem Sieg geweiht, vom Krieg zerstört, zum Frieden mahnend, “Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, urging peace
The sculptures on both sides of the tor say “Love and Hate”.
It was getting late in the afternoon and we were ready for something to eat. Looking at the map we saw that the Englischer Gartens were only 15 minutes away. What’s another 15 minute walk now?
The Englischer Gartens is a large city park in Munich and home to two large Biergartens. Lots of people come here to picnic, sunbathe, play frisbee, surf (yep you can surf in part of the stream that runs through the park) and drink bier. We walked to the Chinesischer Turm, which is the second largest Biergarten in the city, with a seating capacity of 7,000.
There’s a band playing, seated on the second floor of the tower, while thousands enjoy food, drink and conversation.
while it’s 7pm, it’s still plenty of daylight and most people have not left the Biergarten or the park. On our way out, we walked past the Monopterous. We’ve been up to the top before, so our weary feet decided another trip up was not necessary.
It’s about the same 15 minutes to walk back out the park to an U-Bahn station and from there, stop/change lines at Marienplatz and then on to Hauptbahnhof. This U-Bahn station took touch to pay, so I was able to use my iPhone to pay. It seems S & U-Bahns take debit cards with a PIN, cash but generally no credit cards.
Interesting shopping venue at Manufactum.
Tomorrow we leave Munich for a short drive to our next destination.