A March 2005 trip
to Munich by caromeow
Quote: I had already seen Munich, barely, but for my job (as aupair) my train tickets were paid to accompany the kids on the train to Munich, where they'd stay with their grandparents and with me in a hostel. Fun times.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2005
Meininger City Hostel München
Landsberger Str. 20
Attraction | "Free Tour"
You go by the main landmarks and have a snack break in the middle of the tour. Keep in mind that if it's Sunday when you take the tour, you might not get into all of the churches. I did it on Easter Sunday, so we were only able to go into one church, as the rest were having mass.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2005
City Sightseeing - Yellow Cab
Elisenstrasse 3a, 80335 Munich
Landsberger Strasse 19
Attraction | "Zentrum für Aussergewöhnliche Museen"
Open 10am to 6pm daily, including public holidays
The Zentrum für Aussergewöhnliche Museen is a collection of "extraordinary" museums- basically, lots of rooms with collections of things like pedal cars or chamber pots. It’s kind of strange, but it can be interesting. If you want to get anything out of it, you should have a look at the website before you go, as the exhibits have almost no labels and what information that there is, is in German.
Tretauto Museum (Pedal Car): This was pretty cool just to see all the little, old cars. Most are labeled with the country and year of the car. Sis Museum: This is just a collection of personal items from Elisabeth, Empress of Austria. It’s pretty cool to look at all the things (clothes, photos, and baby teeth), although, as I said, labels are in German. Upstairs:
Parfumflakon Musem:Apparently, this is Germany’s first perfume-flask museum, pretty much a room full of old perfume bottles. Very little information is provided, but it can be kind of neat looking at all the old bottles. Interesting side note: the bathroom is located here, and it stinks. I just thought it was kind of funny when I found it in the perfume museum of all places, as I had half-expected to find it in the Chamber Pot museum.Osterhasen (Easter Bunny) Museum: Apparently the Easter Bunny we all know and love has his roots in Germany. There are some notes on some figurines, but there is very little information, and again, it’s all in German. One thing I found especially interesting was a corner with a special exhibit of "misused" Easter Bunnies; that is, images and figurines in which the Easter Bunny is used to help promote German nationalistic ideas during the First and Second World Wars. Pretty neat.Bourdalou Museum: I think you have to know the story to appreciate this collection. Apparently, around 1700, there was a famous Jesuit Father at King Louis XIV’s court, and ladies wanted so much to hear his sermons and not miss a word by taking bathroom breaks that they started this habit of bringing little pots with them to relieve themselves during the sermon. You can read more about it on the website, but it’s some pretty crazy stuff and there are some bourdalous that are very intricately decorated and some that are incomprehensibly small. Schutzengel (Guardian Angel) Museum: I didn’t really look in this one, but mostly I think it’s all things angel. So if you’re a big fan of angels, you might find it interesting. Nachttopf (Chamber Pot) Museum: The first museum of its kind in the world, it’s a pretty interesting thing to look at. It has all the different kinds of things people used to use as toilets. Quite fascinating. You can even buy your own antique chamber pot downstairs in the gift shop for a couple hundred Euros.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 7, 2005
Zentrum fur Aussergewohnliche Museen
Westenrieder Strasse 41
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2005
Munich, Germany 80331
+49 89 22370
Attraction | "Residenzmuseum - Residence Museum"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2005
Munich, Germany 80539
49 (89) 290-671
Munich, Germany 80538
+49 89 21791
Attraction | "Dachau"
The museum inside looks like a good place to begin. We did that last and I didn’t get a lot of time in there. The one thing I really liked were the memorials at the back of the camp. There’s a synagogue, a Catholic chapel, a Protestant chapel, and a little off to the side on the way to the crematorium, a Russian Orthodox chapel. I just found the architecture of the synagogue and the Protestant chapel to be particularly moving. Also, behind these memorials is a convent, which I also thought was touching. The nuns there pray every day for what has happened and for all of the people who come to Dachau to remember the victims of the Holocaust. You can also go to their chapel to pray if you like.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2005
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
KZ Gedenkstädte Dachau
Munich, Germany 85221
+49 (8131) 669970
Prague, Czech Republic