S: Germany 2011
BC: The End
FC: 2011 | Germany
1: In Munich we stayed with Ogi's Aunt Mirjana, Uncle Andreas, and cousin Sarah. | On our way... | Sarah
3: Bride getting ready photos
4: Munich is the largest and capital city of German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. With a population of 1.42 million people it is the third largest city in Germany.
5: The city's motto is "Munchen mag Dich" or Munich likes you.
6: Exploring the city...
8: The parish church of Saint Peter, whose tower is commonly known as "Alter Peter"- Old Peter- and which is emblematic to Munich, is the oldest recorded parish church in Munich and presumably the originating point for the whole city.
9: The Frauenkirche or "Cathedral of Our Dear Lady" is a landmark and considered a symbol of the Bavarian capital city.
10: Marienplatz is a central square in the city center of Munich. It has been the city's main square since 1158.
11: View from the tower of Alter Peter Church. | The New Town Hall is at the northern part of Marienplatz and hosts the city's government.
12: The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a tourist attraction in Marienplatz. Every day at 11 a.m it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the amusement of mass crowds of tourists and locals. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures.
14: Sarah's school.
16: Schloss Nymphenburg or Nymphenburg Palace is a Baroque Palace in Munich. It was the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by the prince-electoral couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy in 1664.
23: Enjoying some delicious food and beer at a Biergarten in Munich.
26: Langenbach is a small town outside of Munich where Johannes and Stephanie live. Ogi grilled them "American burgers" and they cooked us traditional German food.
31: APRIL 2011 | Olympiapark is an Olympic park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events.
35: In the early 1950s a fugitive from Russia came to Munich. His name was Timofej Wassiljewitsch Prochorow, but he soon was called "Vterchen Timofej" (Old Father Timofej). With the debris of World War II he built a small house, a chapel and later a small church. In the late 1960s the authorities wanted to tear down the buildings that were built without a permit, because they were searching for a location for the Olympic Games in Munich. Only after a protest of the Munich citizens the planned area for the Olympic Park was moved further north and the illegal buildings stayed untouched. Vterchen Timofej lived there until 2004 when he died at the age of 110.
37: Old Father Timofej's house was turned into a museum that included pictures, articles, and stories about his life.
39: On this tree people hung various "gifts".
42: The Staatliches Hofbrauhaus in Münich is a brewery owned by the Bavarian state government. It was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria. It is one of Munich's oldest beer halls. The beer quickly became world famous thanks to the first brewer, Heimeran Pongratz, and the famous "Bavarian Beer Purity Law" of 1516 that stated that only natural ingredients could be used in the brewing process.
43: Bride getting ready photos | Weisswurst is a traditional Bavarian sausage. | Traditional Bavarian activity!
45: Traditional Bavarian music!
46: Au is the small town in Germany where the Karabatkovics lived for six and a half years. | Au
48: Bride getting ready photos | More Weisswurst!
49: Good friends of Ogi's, the Hiens.
50: Dachau is a town in Upper Bavaria and is best known for its proximity to the infamous Dachau concentration camp built in 1933 by the Nazis.
51: Taylor's first Christmas was a memorable one. All of the family came over Christmas morning and we enjoyed opening gifts and eating lots of yummy treats. Later that evening we joined all of the neighbors on a Christmas carol sing along. It was magical.
52: Dachau concentration camp was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany, located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau, northwest of Munich. Opened 22 March 1933, 51 days after Hitler took power. It was the first regular concentration camp established by the coalition government of the National Socialist Party (Nazi Party) and the German Nationalist People's Party. Heinrich Himmler, then Chief of Police of Munich, officially described the camp as "the first concentration camp for political prisoners." | "Work sets you free" is what reads on the gate at the entrance.
55: Dachau served as a prototype and model for the other Nazi concentration camps that followed. | Gas chamber
59: Dachau concentration camp was open from March 22, 1933 until April 29 1945, when American troops liberated the survivors. The Memorial Site on the grounds of the former concentration camp was established in 1965.