Foreword

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 many cities of the world unfortunately. Places like the Olympic Park, Nymphenburg Palace Park or the English Garden are great opportunities to get away from it all not that Munich is such a the stress bundled city in comparison to places like London, Paris or New York for example. For photographic purposes I like the architectural features in & around the Olympic park such as BMW World, the four-Cylinder tower headquarters & 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 & 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 & around the corner a place where the melt water from the mountains gushes under a bridge providing a constant wave that is used by many surfers, this is a good opportunity to take action pictures.

Nympenburg is 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 by 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 & 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 & aircraft engines from yester year 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 & photography is allowed throughout albeit without the use of a tripod & flash. This is a different case 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 & 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 four-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 & locomotives to boats. But plan a whole day for this & get there early, preferably during the week as it does tend to get overcrowded rather quickly.

Finally, a word about the Oktoberfest that actually starts in September and ends on the first weekend of October. If you like drinking out of big glasses & dancing on tables to German folk music then this is the place for you. 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 & stalls. Of course a tripod for these subject is indispensable.

Highlights Of My Trip

Marienplatz

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 & the cathedral (Frauenkirche).

English Garden

The English Garden, so named after it’s informal landscape style & designer is set parallel to the River Isar & city district Schwabing & 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 & the Eisbach waterfall inclusive surfers.

Olympic Park

The 1968-1972 constructed Olympiapark is a tensile construction set in a landscaped park with artificial lake & tower. Buildings include the Olympic stadium, ice stadium & Olympic sized swimming pool. Well worth a day out with numerous good photo opportunities especially from the tower & from the top of the olympic “Hill”. The Olympic Village is also worth a walk through though showing its age a little these days.

Marienplatz

English Garden

Olympic Park

BMW World

Nymphenburg Palace & Gardens

BMW World, Museum & Headquarters

For car fanatics this is a must see. The museum is of great interest & BMW is quite impressive not only from the palette of present car models but also from the architectural point of view. The four-cylinder tower of the BMW headquarters is also of interesting design, for all you architecture fans out there, this area of Munich is definitely recommended visiting.

Nymphenburg Palace & Gardens

Nymphenburg Palace owes its establishment as the summer residence to the birth of long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, who was born in 1662 to the Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria & his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, after some ten years of marriage. In the summer months the palace does become pretty crowded with bus tourists, especially at the weekends. My advice? Make a visit on a week day for the palace tour & at the weekend enjoy the gardens.

DISCOVERING MUNICH

Visit my portfolio of images that I have collected over the past 10 years living near the Bavarian capital.  

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I have been able to visit many interesting places due to my addiction to digital travel photography & decided to write a little about those that have captured my attention in the past 10 years.

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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.

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