With my automotive escapades done and dusted with quite a bit of the day remaining, I headed back into town to play tourist for the rest of the afternoon.
One of the lovely things about visiting Munich is just the sheer number of attractions scattered across the city mere steps away from each other, making it really friendly for a spot of sightseeing.
With no prior plans made I figured visiting The Residenz would be an interesting way to while my time away. As you can see, the cold morning fog had well and truly cleared, revealing a beautiful autumn day as I headed to The Residenz via the Odeonplatz U-Bahn station.
What exactly is The Residenz? In a nutshell, it is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. Or rather, what’s left of it after it got bombed to pieces during the Second World War. While the buildings might currently be (slightly less than perfect) reconstructions of their former glory, I still think it is worth a visit just to see the vast number of surviving historical artefacts and ornate architecture incorporating design styles of the late Renaissance, as well as of Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classicism. It’s really something.
It is also really really vast with seemingly endless hallways and exhibits. I’d recommend setting aside between 2 to 3 hours if you plan on visiting because it is massive. If you’re into history or classical artwork, I’d reckon you’d be here a little bit longer.
Crazy rich Bavarians.
Coming from someone living in a 2-room apartment, it boggles my mind how this entire compound used to be someone’s home.
I’ll have to admit that 3 quarters of the way in, my mental capacity for historical artefacts, ornate architecture and painstakingly woven tapestries (life must have been rather dull before the internets) had been entirely depleted and I ended up blazing through the rest of the exhibits in search of a place to rest my weary feet.
And rest I did as I exited The Residenz and had a much-needed sit-down in one of the compound’s numerous courtyards before heading next door to the Theatine Church of St. Cajetan, or as the locals call it, the Theatinerkirche.
Built in the 17th century with Italian high-Baroque styling, the Theatinerkirche isn’t just a beautiful piece of historical architecture, it is actually still a functioning Catholic church with services actively ongoing. It looked mighty impressive as well.
Straight out of storybooks.
Once out of the Theatinerkirche,, I took a stroll across the adjacent historical Hofgarden towards the nearby English park.
Yes, the day was still lovely, even as the sun had begun to set (really early).
Why the English park? Well, other than the lovely scenery, it is also home to the local surfing community with a river flowing fast enough to generate swells all year round, it must be fun having such a thing right in the middle of the city. And it’s free too!
As I stood and watched the surfers do their ‘thang, the Sun was on its way down as since I already had a day pass from my train ride to the Welt, I hopped onto a tram back towards Marienplatz and an early dinner since all I had for the entire day was a smol sandwich and two cups of coffee.
I know, I know, It’s touristy but having thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Hofbrauhus four years ago, it wouldn’t hurt to return right? Would I still recommend it to others after my second visit? Definitely.
Happily, I am glad to report that there were no regrets that evening. The beer was tasty, the food was good and the lively atmosphere was such a welcome sight after over a year of limited interaction.
This time, I also had the power of Google translate to help with my ordering. They also offered an English menu if you require but I guess Schnitzel is pretty universal. Yes, I’m having Schnitzel again! Feeling rather sore from my failure the night before, I had to attempt it once again.
I’m happy to report I managed to finish this one! Of course, this one was a little bit different and a little bit more manageable in size though probably just as if not more enjoyable in taste. Loved it.
Since there was some space left over, I just had to order dessert. This Apfelstrudel was so good and was a fantastic way to end only my second day in town.