by Wildcat Dianne
May 26, 2011
Our adventures led us to the Maximillianstrasse, Munich's most exclusive and main drags. The Maximillianstrasse is home to several exclusive and high-end shops such as Benneton, Dior, and Versace and the expensive Dallmayr Grocery Store. The Maximillianstrasse was built in the mid-19th Century after King Ludwig I, who was a very unpopular king, build the Ludwigstrasse, and the people wanted a street built in Munich that was named after a popular king, that being Maximillian II, who became Mad King Ludwig II's father.
After strolling along the Maximillianstrasse and hobknobbing among the rich and beautiful folk, Helga and I came upon the Max-Josefplatz and decided to take a break. This square is home to the National Theater and the Residenz, the Wittelsbach's palace. The Residenz was undergoing remodeling, and there was a tarp with a facade of the Residenz on it covering the scaffolding that was covering the front of the palace. The National Theater opened in 1818 and was a cultural center of Bavaria hosting concerts, plays and other events until its destruction during World War II. After the war, the National Theater underwent 18 years of reconstruction and restoration. before reopening in style in 1963.
You don't have to tour a lot of museums or sites to get an idea of what Munich is like. Just walk along its strassen (Streets) and sit in their squares to soak in the culture, language and history that way. Avoid the souvenir shops and other tourist traps and you can see the real Muchen for yourself.
From journal Bavarian Blast