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Day Einundzwanzig (21) – August 4 – Munich – Deutsches Museum August 15, 2008

Filed under: Chronological,Germany — The Travel Guy @ 10:38 pm
Andrew preparing to board a "whirli-gig" machine outside the Deutsches Museum in Munchen.

Andrew preparing to board a "whirli-gig" machine outside the Deutsches Museum.

 

We visited the Deutches Museum which is near the city center.  There are two other branches of this magnificent museum, but they are located in other parts of the city.  This is an extremely large museum and simply can’t be done in a day.  So we picked a few of the areas we were interested in and experienced those.  We started with Mining to which you descend into the basement and soon feel like you are inside a real mine.  We saw examples of some of the mining techniques used over the ages, including the salt mining we saw in Hallstadt a few days earlier.  There were some interesting exhibits in the Maritime section and the Bridges and Tunneling sections showed the many types of roadways we’d been traveling on.  It seems like the attitude here is to tunnel through an obstacle rather than trying to blast out a small ledge for the road to ride on . . . 

 

Andrew is high above us spinning and trying to do a flip using his wings.

Andrew is high above us spinning and trying to do a flip using his wings.

. . . although we’ve seen some examples where it seems they just glued the road onto the side of the hill.

It was a short walk from the Museum into the city center and an opportunity to do some serious shopping.  We all seemed to find some bargains.  Tough to go wrong when Birkenstock sandals are selling for 39 Euro (about $42 CDN).

We also managed to locate the Viktualienmarkt beer garden which is located in a treed area just a couple of blocks from Marianplatz.

 

 

 

30 pm and the downtown core of Munchen is alive with people.

6:30 pm and the downtown core of Munchen is alive with people.

For the 1972 Olympics in Munich the downtown core was declared a Pedestrian zone and cars were banned. Originally the shop owners were enraged feeling that this would eliminate their business. However, the opposite has occurred as they now enjoy lots of pedestrians shopping in the downtown core.  We were walking in this area around 18:30 and there were still a lot of people shopping, having a bite to eat or a drink, or just sightseeing.

We returned to our favorite beer garden, the Augustiner-Keller for dinner.  Although the skies had threatened rain on our way to the Deutsches Museum, the blue sky returned while we were shopping.  As we walked to the Augustiner a few more menacing clouds appeared on the skyline and just as our dinners arrived a downpour developed and much of this outdoor beer garden emptied.  Luckily we located a large umbrella for our table and we continued to enjoy our dinner.

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