When Ito and I arrived in Munich at the tail end of Oktoberfest, we immediately headed out to commemorate it amidst revelers in Marienplatz, the beautiful city square, with a Bavarian brew. Our next few days would be spent exploring Munich beyond its traditional beer festival, trying out its delicious food and fresh produce at the Viktualienmarkt, visiting its museums, and walking around its numerous expansive parks (the famous Olympic stadium and Olympiapark alone were massive!).
Between the day we visited the behemoth, tornado-inspired BMW Welt & museum and the weekend we found the inspiring, up-close-and-personal Richard Avedon exhibit, Ito was in his element (while I learned a little more about automobile design as opposed to fashion design, LOL!). We also wandered around the city and spent a sunny afternoon enjoying the open spaces of the Englische Garten (or English Garden) and discovering Universität–the university belt–where we came across interesting little shops & cool, hole-in-the-wall coffee joints.
On our last day in Munich, before we left on the final leg of our trip, we walked through the palatial Residenz and felt full with the spirit–and the brew–of Bavaria.
The lovely city square, Marienplatz, has been the site of festivities, jousts & tournaments since the middle ages
The moon rose over Munich in the middle of the day
Relaxed under a tree in one of Munich’s numerous parks
Enjoyed the verdant, rolling landscapes of Olympiapark
The Old Town Hall, Altes Rathaus, was straight out of a children’s picture book!
Checked out the art cars & learned about a different kind of design at BMW Welt
BMW’s museum was where all the boys went to be inspired!
I hate wires, but this funky installation/window display I liked!
Stumbled upon this small and incredibly well preserved German Baroque church, Asamkirche
Marie Antoinette would have felt right at home with the beautiful, over-the-top opulence of Residenz
Inspired by the lovely grillwork, pastel shades and pretty details!
Played around while touring the museum grounds
Created our own favorite itinerary of wandering around…
…and people watching
Art students sat around sketching buildings in the middle of the square
Watched and observed the hipster scene, Munich style
Our weekend brunch was followed by a museum date
Enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at Museum Brandhorst
Loved the museum’s ultra cool façade
*Photos by Ito