S: Danielle & Spence's Trip to Munich, Germany 2011
1: Danielle and Spence decided to take their first vacation since being stationed overseas. This trip to Munich, Germany was taken in mid-October, 2011. Since you, our family and friends, were unable to take this vacation with us, we decided to share our photos with you in this scrapbook.
2: Before leaving Bahrain, we had to make sure that we got some Euros in order to pay for transportation, food, and souvenirs. Here are some examples of the Euros that we carried around with us!
3: The next big step of our trip was to get to the airport and get on the plane. We few from Bahrain to Amsterdam to Munich. | The top picture is of the airport in Bahrain. The second picture is the airport in Munich and the third picture is the airport in Amsterdam.
4: Once we arrived, we were super excited to get to the hotel and were even able to check in 3 hours early. Who knew that 3 pm was the actual check-in time over here? | The picture above is what our room generally looked like. Of course, hotels always make their rooms look a little bit better for the websites, but it was a nice room, The picture on the top right is of the lobby of the hotel and the picture just below that is the swimming pool area, which was awesome.
5: After a quick breakfast at the hotel, we decided to explore the town and see what there was to see. Of course, the only way to get there was to travel on the S-bahn and U-bahn, which luckily we had a station for right outside our hotel!
6: In our exploring, we stumbled across Marienplatz, or the main city center. We found lots of historical buildings here and also found a ton of shops as well! | After exploring Marienplatz for a while, we decided to take a side road and found a church called Munich Frauenkirche. It was gorgeous inside!
7: After walking around for a while and grabbing lunch, we decided to | take a sightseeing tour that would take us to 10 different stops throughout the city. | Most of the stops, we visited again another day. | The two stops we did not visit another day were the BMW Museum and Olympic Park.
8: On our second day in Munich, we decided to head over to the | Residence Museum as we had seen it on our tour the day before. The residence was first built in 1385, but has had many | additions and renovations since then. The Residence was where some of the Royalty actually lived | in Munich. Most of the building was badly damaged in World War II, but | renovations were made and furniture shipped in so we could see what it looked like in it's life!
9: We also took a nice little stroll through the English Gardens, which were amazingly beautiful. We got out of the garden before it got too dark, but still had a great time walking around seeing some truly beautiful landscaping! And for those of you who know something about the English Gardens, we did not take a stroll to the naked section of the Garden.
11: On the opposite page, you will see pictures of two castles. These are the castles of King Ludwig II and were visited on our third day. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but we did get some good pictures outside each castle.The pictures on the top of | the page are of Linderhof Castle. This is the only castle of King Ludwig II's to ever be fully completed. The bottom pictures are from Neuschwanstein Castle, which can also be seen in the movie, Sleeping Beauty. This castle was very grand, but King | Ludwig had begun to run out of money during it's construction and it was never completed after his death. The pictures on this page are from a small town named Oberammergau. This was a very cute town and we got to pick up some cute souvenirs, including a great Christmas Ornament.
12: On our fifth day in Munich, we decided to head back to the Residence Museum and explore the Treasury Museum Section. The Treasury Museum holds the majority of the valuables that the Royal Family had, including crowns, swords, tableware, and more. Needless to say, we were impressed and these pictures are really just the tip of the iceberg.
13: We also took a tour to Dachau Concentration Camp on the fifth day. Dachau was the first concentration camp-opened March 22, 1933- and was considered the "model camp" for all Concentration Camps that followed. Dachau was considered a labor camp and not a death camp, although deaths did still happen and there were crematoriums were on the grounds. All of the barracks that were on the grounds were torn down due to this camp being used as a refugee camp in it's later years. A group of veterans from this camp decided that Dachau needed to be a memorial so that people could not just sweep what had happened under the rug and re-built these buildings. There is also some great artwork on the grounds that serve as memorials. Also, a place of worship has been built in memory of everyone who suffered at Dachau. All in all, it was a very good, but surreal experience to visit this Concentration Camp.
14: On our sixth day in Munich, we decided to explore some of the churches that are in the area. If you know anything about Munich and Bavaria, you will know that ninety percent of the people living there are Catholic, so there are a lot of churches around. The pictures on top are inside St. MIchael's church and the pictures on bottom are pictures of St. Peter's church and a picture of the view from the bell tower, which Spence climbed up.
15: We also stumbled across a Hunting and Fishing Museum, which was right up Spence's alley so we decided to go in. Here we saw lots of animals that had visited the taxidermists and saw some pretty exquisite looking weapons. | These pictures on top are just a few of the animals that were inside the museum. The pictures next to this are the pictures of some of the weapons. Once again, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we saw.
16: We went looking for one art museum and didn't quite find it | on our fifth day in Munich, but we did manage to stumble across two other museums that held statues and art that date back at | least a few centuries. These pictures are a combination of the two museums, but I | think you can figure out how it would be separated into the | two different museums. It was very nice until we ran out of battery power on the camera.
17: On our sixth day in Munich, we decided to visit another art museum. This one housed only paintings and it was amazing to see the different styles of painting as well as the different materials used for the paintings. | This was still not the museum that we were looking for, but we decided that we liked this one much better than we probably would have liked the more modern one.
18: On our sixth day, we also were taken on a tour that was titled "The Third Reich Tour." The next page goes through this tour with us. The picture in the upper left hand corner and the picture next to it are pictures of a memorial that was put in so that people could be reminded of what happened. The picture in the upper right hand corner is part of the Residency in Museum. Adolf Hitler used to sit in the courtyard of this place and paint pictures, which he was actually pretty good at. The picture below the Residency and the picture in the center are both pictures of Hofbrauhaus, which is where Hitler first began his political career. The two pictures in the bottom right hand corner are marks. Marks were the money that was used in Germany. The one in the middle shows that it was worth five million marks and the one in the corner shows that it was worth two hundred million marks. According to our tour guide, a beer would cost six and a half million marks when the inflation was so high that the two hundred million marks were being made. The picture in the bottom left hand corner is a monument to all those who died because they were political opponents of the Nazi's. The picture directly above this is of the former Nazi headquarters in Munich. During World War II, only a few buildings were left undamaged, and ironically three of those buildings were former Nazi Buildings.
20: On our last full day in the city of Munich, we decided to visit Nymphenburg Palace. This palace has been around since 1675 with renovations being constant since then. King Ludwig II was also born in this palace. We were able to take pictures in this palace and you will see those pictures as well as pictures from the Marstall museum on the other page. On this page, you will see pictures that we took of ourselves a little down the road as well as some pictures of the outside of the palace.
22: On our seventh day, we also decided to tour the last part of the Residence Museum, which was the Cuvilles Theater. This was a grand theater with lots of little details. The top three pictures are of the committee hall and the entrance to the theater. The bottom two pictures were taken inside the actual theater.
23: We also visited a Coin Museum that we stumbled across on our way back to the S-bahn station from Cuvilles Theater. | This museum had tons of old coins and even had some old paper money that included U.S. money that you can see in some of the pictures above.
24: Spence had been wanting to go visit a church that he had seen on day one from our hotel room, so we decided that on our last day in Munich, we better find it. We figured out where it might be on the map and we were correct. We popped our heads up at the U-bahn station and instantly knew we had found St. Paul's church.
25: After we felt like we had seen a lot of what we could see, we decided to head back to the hotel and pack so that we could move hotels for our last night. This was our hotel at the airport and it was awesome! If we could have afforded it, we would have stayed here the whole time!