What I personally like about Munich is the fact that wherever you are in the town you aren’t far from a park, this can’t be said for a lot of cities of the world unfortunately. Places like the Olympic Park, Nymphenbug or the English Garden are great places to get away from it all not that Munich so the stress city in comparison to London, Paris or New York. For photography purposes I like the architectural features in and around the Olympic park such as BMW World, The 4-Cylinder tower headquarters and the BMW Museum which are just across the road. Within the park itself there are enough reasons to get the camera out of the bag too and a lift to the top of the Olympic tower is on a clear day well worth the fee as you can enjoy an impressive view of the Alps from Austria right across to Switzerland.
The English Garden although overcrowded in Summer has a couple of interesting features such as the Chinese Tower beer garden, the Eisbach waterfall and around the corner a place where the melt water from the mountains gush under a bridge providing a constant wave that is used by many surfers, this is a good opportunity to take action pictures.
Nympenburg is also a super place for romantic walks especially in Autumn where the dominant, warm colours of the foliage combined with the pretty palace outbuildings are a real joy to shoot pictures of. If you are lucky you might even see Kazimir a cute Brown Owl sitting in his tree hollow on one of the bridges. He is probably the most photographed Owl in Germany. The Palm Garden is also accessible within the Palace grounds where especially from Spring onwards there are colours abound from Crocuses and Tulips to rose gardens.
Munich is home to the Bavarian Motoren Werk (BMW) who since 1928 have been producing quality automobiles for the world market. A must see is the BMW Museum where many historical examples of cars, motorcycles and aircraft engines from yesteryear plus some interesting car concepts for the future are on display. An extra exhibition dedicated to the history of the Mini is also worth a view and photography is allowed throughout albeit without the use of a tripod and flash. This is a different matter to the BMW World next door where the High-Tech company displays its present model palette in a modernly built showroom. Here you can use a tripod and the showroom is open til late in the evening where it is a bit quieter. The BMW headquarters is also worth a few wideangle shots due to its unusual architectural character in the form of a 4-cylinder engine.
If that isn’t enough then you could try the Deutsche Museum in the middle of town, here you will find probably the worlds largest collection of technical artifacts from cars to aircraft and locomotives to boats. But plan a whole day for this and get there early, preferably during the week as it does tend to get overcrowded rather quickly.
Finally a word to the Oktoberfest that actually starts in September and ends on the first weekend in Oktober. If you like drinking out of big glasses and dancing on tables to German folk music then this is the place to be. If this is your intention then leave the camera at home unless you are well insured. Otherwise, if you can avoid the amber nectar then the Wiesn (meadow, pasture) is a super photo challenge especially in the evenings with all the colours of the brightly lit rides and stands. Of course a tripod for these subject is indispensable.
Highlights Of My Trip
The heart of Munich is based around the Marienplatz where the New & Old Rathauses (town halls) are situated. Fine views can be had from the bell towers of the New Rathaus of north Munich as well of the Alps down south. From the Church Alte Peter the view of the Alps is the same but on the north side you have a super view of the town hall and the cathedral (Frauenkirche).
The English Garden so named after it’s informal landscape style and designer is set parallel to the River Isar and city district of Schwabing and is one of the largest parks in Europe. Highlights include the Japanese Tea house presented to Munich at the time of the Olympics in 1972 by Soshitsu Sen, head of the Urasenke tea school in Kyoto, the Monopteros a Greek style temple designed by Leo von klenze, the Chinese Pagoda, Munichs second largest beer garden and the Eisbach waterfall inclusive surfers.
The 1968-1972 constructed Olympiapark is a tensile construction set in a landscaped park with artificial lake and tower. Buildings include the Olympic stadium, ice stadium and Olympic sized swimming pool. Worth a day out with numerous good photo opportunities especially from the tower and on top of the Olympic “hill”. The Olympic Village is also worth a walk through though showing its age a little these days.
BMW World, Museum & Headquarters
For car fanatics this is a must see. The museum is of great interest and BMW is quite impressive not only from the palette of present car models but also from the architectural point of view. The 4-cylinder tower of the BMW headquarters is also of interesting design, for all you architecture fans, this area of Munich is definitely recommended.
- Photographic Interest 100%
- Weather 80%
- Sightseeing 100%
- Fun Factor 90%
- Repeat Visit 100%
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Did You Know?
The English Garden so named after it’s informal landscape style popular in Britain from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson (1753–1814), later Count Rumford under contract from Prince Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria.