|Entrance to the Platzl Hotel|
|All in one place: Hofbräuhaus and Hard Rock|
In spite of the strike of the Deutsche Bahn (German Railway) we had safely arrived at Munich Hauptbahnhof. The check-in completed we took our first walk passing the municipal taxation office. During my stay in Munich I always had entered the building head bowed and I came out fully bent. Therefore I had never noticed the inscription high up: Moneta regia (Royal mint) that the Munich citizens translate as money reigns or Money makes the world go round as Liza Minelli once sang in Cabaret.
On our way through the city we saw a man unloading a fat gander from his bicycle possibly for a performance.
The following morning started with a shock. During my stay in about 1000 hotels in a lifetime it had sometimes happened that I had to repair showers but here for the first time the water refused to enter the shower head. I turned all faucets and nearly destroyed the valves, in vain. I called the reception. Eventually a man came to my rescue showing me how operate the shower.
For the solution of the mystery, wait until the end.
The Pinakothek der Moderne (museum of modern art) was inaugurated already in 2002 but Elisabeth and I visited the art gallery for the first time. If you love modern art or, as the Nazis called it, degenerated art that is the place to see. Taking pictures was allowed so I took lots of photos of paintings by German expressionist and abstract painters but I am not showing them here because of copyright. The only picture presented below is by a French artist which he painted in 1914. The man had well anticipated the mechanical killing of modern war fare.
The hand washing facilities in the restroom of the Pinakothek der Moderne look modern too:
Following lunch and espresso Elisabeth and I passed the inner court of the university on our way to the Englischer Garten when I stopped and stared looking at the wall to the right.
|Inner court (Lichthof) of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian Universität|
|Monument of pius remembrance to the dead of three wars. |
They did not succumb in vain to their fate. 1959
So far all efforts to rename the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität to Geschwister-Scholl-Universität aborted. Nevertheless a plate at the entrance commemorates the Weiße Rose (White Rose) reproducing the flyers against the Nazi regime sister and brother had distributed in the inner court to their fellow students:
On our way back to the hotel Elisabeth and I passed the well-protected US-Consulate near the Englischer Garten.
|Note the bollards crowned by red lights protecting the synagogue against bomb attacks by cars|
|The closed entrance|
On two floors the efforts of the German Jews to show their loyalty to their country was documented. Although the Jews enjoyed equal rights in the Second Reich under the Kaiser in practice, however, they were not on equal footing in any of the European countries in the period preceding the Great War. The following photo I took at the entrance to the museum.
|German Jewish soldiers are celebrating Hanukkah 1916 - the commemoration of the rededication|
of the Holy Temple - in the snow showing the nine armed menorah.
The Festival of Lights frequently coincides with the Christmas holiday period,
Passing the Viktualienmarkt (Munich's popular food market) I saw the following Maibaum (maypole) with a note shaking my knowledge of the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot.
|The Bavarian purity decree was not issued on April 23, 1516, |
but as early as November 30, 1487
Red Baron started with TAP7, our original (5,4%), continued with TAP11, our light wheat beer (3,3%), and ended with TAP4, my green (6,2%).
|Tap4, Mein Grünes|
Standing naked, being under stress waiting for the water, would you have found the nob for activating the shower?