Sunday, 21 November 2010, 11:00 to 13:00:
Guided City Tour by bus
Meeting point will be in front of the Westin Grand hotel. Departure is at 11:00, please pick up your tickets from the congress office before 10:30
The cosmopolitan city Munich with heart has a population of 1.3 million and presents itself in various kinds of styles, from the gothic to the modern times. The small settlement having been founded around 1000 by the Benedictine monks from Tegernsee was called APUD MUNICHEN. From that designation the name Munich evolved. The duke of welph, Henry the Lion, founded the city and in the year 1158 it was first mentioned in records.
The style of the modern times places a magnificent emphasis in the Olympic Park and the World of BMW which contrasts with the in one century built old baroque castle Nymphenburg whose foundation stone was laid in 1664. It was here that King Ludwig II, the famous fairytale prince, was born.
It was Ludwig I (grandfather of Ludwig II) who in the 19th Century shaped the city with its Ludwigstraße, Königsplatz ("royal square") and a part of the residence.
Munich, known as a magnificent cultural city, has a lot of museums to offer, among them the German Museum presenting technology from the past to modern times, the three famous pinacothecas, Lenbachhaus Art Gallery, the new Brandhorst Museum, the National Museum as well as the Prehistorical Museum, just to name a few.
The Bavarian State Parliament sits imposingly at the end of the famous Maximilianstraße built by King Max II. Maximilianstraße is also known for its elegant shops.
Minimum number of participants: 25
Price: 20 Euros
Source Wikipedia, Author Rufus 46 |
BMW World, Source Wikipedia, Author Richard Bartz
Nymphenburg Castle, Source Wikipedia, Author Richard Bartz
The picturesque trip to Neuschwanstein through the foothills of the alps with views to the moraine hills (alluvial gravel formed in the last ice age) will take approx. 2 hours.
With nearly 1.3 million visitors a year, located on top of a mountainside, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the worlds most visited attractions. The castle was built by the famous fairytale King Ludwig II within 17 years, from 1869 to 1886, but due to his early tragic death he could not complete his work.
Inside, visitors will find many pictorial scenes from the Nibelungen saga which Richard Wagner used as a basis for many of his operas.
The time of Ludwig II was the last brilliant prime of any kind of arts and crafts.
The Castle can be reached on foot in approx. 30-40 minutes along a lightly sloping road (not suitable for people with walking disability). During favorable weather conditions there is a bus which goes nearly all the way up to the Marien Bridge; from there it is 10 minute?s walk to the castle.
After an enjoyable lunch served in the Hotel Mueller, the bus will take you to Oberammergau in around 1 hour. The village is also known as the home of a long tradition of woodcarving. Oberammergau is as well famous for its "Lüftlmalerei," or frescoes, of traditional Bavarian themes, fairy tales, or religious scenes found on many homes and buildings.
After a short round trip, the journey will then be continued on to the Benedictine Abby in Ettal where we will arrive some minutes later.
In Ettal you will have the opportunity to purchase from an assortment of over 40 different kinds of price-winning original Bavarian Beers. The return trip back to Munich will take approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours along the Autobahn.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Source Wikipedia, Author Cezary Piwowarski
Oberammergau, Birthplace of Ludwig Thoma. Source Wikipedia, Author Oliver Abels
Ettal Abbey, Source Wikipedia, Author Effi Schweizer
The bus takes you from the front of the Westin Grand hotel to Munich City Center where a guided city walk starts. The walk offers other opportunities and deeper insights than the bus tour on Sunday.
Extensively destroyed during World War II and later reconstructed in large parts in its historical style, the tour will start from the city center.
Continuing on to the Viktualien Market which comes to life from 4 o'clock in the morning, you will be offered a multicolored mixture of fruits and vegetables from around the world.
The new synagogue on Jakobsplatz, with its modern construction stands alongside the medieval building of the City Museum.
The cattle well on Rindermarkt is one of the 1200 wells found everywhere in the city which contribute to the cities lush greenery and keep the city agile.
Marienplatz with its neo-gothic city hall was and is the heart of the city. You can enjoy the chime each day at 11:00 and 12:00, during summer also at 17:00.
The cathedral - also known as Frauenkirche ("Church of Our Lady") - with its two towers is the city's landmark. A legend explains the devil footstep inside the cathedral.
The Alte Hof and the Residence testify to the glory of the Wittelsbacher, the Bavarian rulers from 1180 to 1918.
The city's music and theatre tradition finds its beings in the National theatre and adjacent State Theatre.
The 5 Höfe ("5 Yards") display modern architecture with large attractions, the delicatessen store Dallmayr, famous for its coffee, as well as the Hofbräuhaus ("Beer Hall?" may naturally not be forgotten and is a must see.
13:00 The bus picks you up to return to the hotel.
Minimum number of participants: 25
Price: 25 Euro
Frauenkirche, Source Wikipedia, Author David Illif
Residenz, Source Wikipedia, Author Gryffindor
Neues Rathaus Munich Source Wikipedia, Author diliff/Hofres
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