Nympheburg and Monaco
Last day of this wonderful vacation. We go to visit the Nymphenburg castle, few kilometers from the center of Munich. It is really an amazing place, the entrance hall leaves you breathless for the beauty of its decorations. The Schönheitsgalerie, the gallery of beauties, preserves the portraits of the most beautiful noblewomen and courtesans – among others Helene Sedlmayr and Lola Montez, lover of King Ludwig I, and in the green bedroom was born on 25 August 1845 Ludwig II.
The visit of Nymphenburg continues in the large park where, hidden by centuries-old trees, there are a series of pavilions. The largest and most sumptuous is Amalienburg: inside you can admire the Spiegelsaal, the hall of mirrors entirely covered with silver stucco; Badenburg, where there is the first indoor and heated pool of modern Europe (early 1700s); Pagodenburg, created as a tea pavilion, and finally the Magdalenenklause, conceived as a fake ruin.
We then return to the historic center of Monaco to continue the visit of the city. Having already seen Marienplatz, we are curious to see the other famous and most visited square in Munich: Karlsplatz. The oldest part is the fourteenth-century Karlstor, one of the gates that delimited the first nucleus of the city. Walking around Karlsplatz we discover amazing palaces built between the 18th and 19th centuries.
We go to the Glockenbachviertel district to drink a smoothie at the Aroma Cafe, a nice little cafè.
After seeing the Sendlinger Tor, another ancient medieval gateway to Munich, we walk along the famous Maximilianstraße, the (luxury) shopping street, we visit the St. Jakobs Platz, a short walk from Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt, a pedestrian oasis where you can find the Civic Museum and the Jewish Museum.
We take the bus to arrive in the quarters of Lehel and Bogenhausen where are located: the Maximilianeum, the headquarter of the Bavarian Parliament; the Friedensengel, or Angel of Peace, a monument of Munich which stands on the right side of the Isar at the end of the Prince Regent Bridge. The latter reminds the Column of Victory, the well-known Berlin monument.
In the evening we take a walk in the Viktualienmarkt, the most famous market in the city center, a few steps from Marienplatz and St. Peter’s church. It has been in operation for over two centuries and is one of the few markets open from Monday to Saturday (from 8am to 7pm, on Saturdays some banks close at around 4pm to 5pm). It is one of the most loved and typical places of the city, not to be missed … especially in the summer!
Facciamo una sosta nel grande Biergarten, il caratteristico giardino della birra ai piedi del Maibaum, il colorato albero del 1 maggio.
Prima di tornare in hotel facciamo una breve sosta per vedere la Siegestor, “sorella minore” della Porta di Brandeburgo a Berlino, ma attualmente i lavori stradali attorno alla struttura non consentono di vederla bene.
Si conclude così il nostro splendido tour di questa incredibile parte della Germania.
We stop for a while in the large and characteristic Biergarten under the Maibaum, the colorful tree of May 1st.
Before to come back to the hotel we make a brief stop to see the Siegestor, “younger sister” of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, but at the moment there is a construction site around the structure which don’t allow to see it well.
This concludes our splendid tour of this incredible part of Germany.