A few months before my mom arrived in town, I sent her a list of possible places for us to visit in Europe. Two of the places she was interested in were München and Paris, as she specifically wanted to see Neuschwanstein and Versailles. So I booked two four-day trips, the first one visiting München and then second visiting Paris. We ended up flying to München, as it was faster and cheaper than taking the train. Unfortunately, we had rainy weather the entire time in München. It was perfect for visiting all the palaces/castles but not so great for walking around the gardens. It was also okay for the city, as we would just stop into the shops for awhile, but maybe not so great for our wallets!
The first day, we hit up some of the notable churches in München. We stumbled upon Asamkirche (Asam Church or St. Johann Nepomuk). It is a baroque church built by the Asam brothers in the 17th century.
The Frauenkirche (Cathedral of our Dear Lady or also Münchner Dom) was the second church we visited. The twin church towers are considered a landmark of München and due to building height restrictions are quite visible throughout the city. The towers and front façade are currently under construction, so I don’t have any outside photos to share. I also just realized that I didn’t take any interior photos! #blogfail
So moving along to the last church we visited, the Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church of St. Cajetan). It was built in the Baroque style in the 16th century by Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife Henriette Adelaide as thanks for the birth of their son, Prince Max Emanuel.
I wanted to take my mom through the English Garden but it was raining too hard, so it wouldn’t have been enjoyable.
My mom’s one request was to see the Rathaus-Glockenspiel at the New Town Hall. At 11AM, noon and 5PM (during summer) each day, the musical clock bells go off and you can watch the moving figures which recount a little Bavarian history.
First, the top level figures represent the marriage of the Duke Wilhelm V (who founded the famous Hofbräuhaus, the Bavarian state-run brewery) to Renata of Lorraine. Part of the wedding festivities included a joust, so you can witness a Bavarian knight on horseback competing against a knight from Lothringen. The Bavarian knight wins! On the second level, you can watch the Schäfflertanz, the cooper’s dance. A cooper is someone who makes wooden barrels and other utensils. Their dance represented loyalty to authority and perseverance during difficult times. There was a plague in the 15th century in München, so the coopers danced in the city to help the people have renewed faith. The end of the 15 minute show is marked by a golden rooster at the top of the Glockenspiel, who chirps three times!
I took a little video of the Glockenspiel with my phone.
Like I mentioned, to escape the rain, we wandered around some of the nicer department stores (Oberpollinger, F.S. Kustermann, Ludwig Beck). Most of them already had Dirndls and Lederhosen on display, as Oktoberfest starts on the 16th of September and ends on October 3rd this year. One day I would like to see all the craziness of the Oktoberfest and dress up with everyone but probably not drink the beer!