January 5, 2013

Munich's Museums

We traveled to Munich for the Christmas markets but the fantastic museums ended up being the highlights of our visit!

There are many wonderful museums but these three were our favorites:

Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum is the world's largest science and technology museum. Situated on an island just a 20 minute walk from the Marienplatz, it's a mind-boggling behemoth of a shrine to technology development in the last 500 years taking up many floors in multiple buildings. Don't plan to see it all in one day or visit, instead pick what you are interested in. For us, it was aviation, musical instruments, cameras, printing technologies, and computing. Munich 72 is a great cafe nearby.

Entrance to Deutsches Museum
Planes, trains and automobiles

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum was our #1 favorite museum in Munich and ranks high among our favorite museums in the world so far. It's a little off the beaten tourist path, appearing to attract mainly Germans. It is another big, beautiful building with many floors and wings. Bayerisches tell the story of Germany with objects, sculpture, and more tracing its history and culture. We were fascinated by the armour and by the medieval-age rooms which are totally transportive.

Outside the Bayerisches Museum


Be sure to look for the surfers nearby!

Munich Residenz

The Residenz is the palace of the Wittelsbach dynasty who ruled Bavaria for hundreds of years. Now this was glamorous living. Gold, mirrors, halls, art, jewels- this place is royal decadence living up to all its stereotypes and, after a while, the rococo drama can become a bit overwhelming. We were grateful for the excellent audio tour that majorly illuminated our visit.

The Antiquarium
Shell Grotto
Picture Gallery

Other Tips for Munich

We stayed in an apartment at the Cortiina hotel and loved it. It was clean, bright, spacious, and stylishly decorated. We made our own breakfast and also dinner a few nights with goodies from the nearby Viktualienmarkt

We ate weisswurst and our weight in pretzels at Wirtshaus Ayingers and had a delicious meal at Nurnberger BratwurstglocklThis is a good beer hall guide for Munich. For a more modern culinary experience, go to Tramin (you'll need a res). Dallmayr was once the delicatessen and caterer of the royal family. It's a fun luxury food store to visit and gawk around in, and has an upscale restaurant on the second floor.


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