Friday, April 21, 2017

Hohenschwangau Castle

 Hohenschwangau Castle

 Hohenschwangau Castle

 Hohenschwangau Castle
Views of Hohenschwangau Castle as we walked up to Neuschwanstein.  We decided to skip the tour for Hohenschwangau, something I now regret, but maybe another reason to return to Germany?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle
Our view of the castle as we walked up to the ticket center in Hohenschwangau.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Our view at the top of that very steep road.  We climbed it in twenty minutes, but we were breathing heavy at the end, and so glad our backpacks were in a bus locker in Füssen.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle
View from Marienbrücke, or Mary's Bridge.

And the one euro we paid for the shuttle ride back down the hill was so worth it!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Königsplatz, Munich

Propylaea, konigsplatz, munich
The Propylaea

Glyptothek, konigsplatz, munich
The Glyptothek (Sculpture Gallery)

Staatliche Antikensammlungen (State Collections of Antiquities)

Königsplatz was a key part of King Ludwig I's dream to turn Munich into a German Athens. The square was modeled on the Acropolis in Athens and the three main structures represent the orders of Classical Greek architectural style, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.  Part of a planned development for the expanding city, Königsplatz was to be the center of visual and performing arts in Munich.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chinesischer Turm Biergarten in Englischer Garten

chinese tower, english garden, munich
 The Chinesischer Turm, or Chinese Tower, Biergarten in the English Garden.

There is also at restaurant at the Chinesischer Turm.

We enjoyed some beer, pretzels and sausages at the biergarten, then continued our walk through the park.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Englischer Garten, Munich

Monopteros, a greek style temple atop a hill on the southern end of the large park.

Skyline of old town Munich from Monopteros.

Japanese Tea House on Schwabinger Bach

Waterfall where Schwabinger Bach and Eisbach (ice stream) meet. 

At 910 acres, the English Garden in Munich is larger than Central Park in New York City (843 acres).  Walking paths, various gardens, including beer gardens, all ready to be experienced.  We explored maybe a third of the park, on the southern end.  One thing we missed was the Eisbachwelle, near Haus der Kunst.  Something to add to the list for the next visit.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Isator Gate, Munich

Isator Gate, Munich

Isator Gate, Munich

Isator Gate, Munich
On our way to the English Garden, we went through the Isator Gate, another one of the three gates remaining from the old medieval city wall.