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The Camp Site
Dachau Concentration Camp, which was the first of it's kind to be set up during Nazi era, still evokes horror in the minds of many people. Even today, amidst the marvellous and prosperous city of Munich, it stands as a symbol of inhumanity. It was Heinrich Himmler, who was the Chief Of Munich Police then and one of Hitler's close Lieutenants, who announced the opening of this camp on 30 March, 1933.
During the twelve years of Nazi regime, the camp has witnessed one of the most barbaric atrocities on fellow human beings which was not known to the outside world till the liberation of the camp by allied forces on 29 April' 1945.
This international monument for the remembrance of the past dark era was created in 1968 in the original camp site. The exhibits include many orignal items and pictures of the actual camp.
Tourists visiting Germany should include this monument as a part of their itenary to get a real glimpses into the dark era of human history. The munument is open from 9 to 5. Entry is free. Audio guide costs Euro 3/- per person. Guided tours in English are available on payment .
Address: KZ- Gednkstatte Dachau, Alte Romer Strasse, D-8521
Directions: For visiting Dachau, one can take Metro train No. S-2 from Munich Hoptbahnof in the direction Petershasun. Travel time 20 Minutes. From Dachau Rly Stn, board bus No. 726 to reach camp site.
October Festival held in Bavarian capital is the biggest beer festival in the world. It is held at Munich every year from end September to early October. The 2009 Munich Beer Festival was inagurated on 19 th September and shall end on 4th October. So, please don't miss the festival this year.
This magnificent festival was started by Prince Ludwig on 12th October’1810. Earlier horse riding competition was also a part of the festival. From 1960 onwards, this became a global festival. 12 Rockets are fired into the air to mark the beginning of the festival. There will be large number of beer tents, food tents, souvenir shops etc. at the festival ground.
Special beer, which is darker and stronger than normal beer is brewed for this festival. The Mayor of Munich city inaugurates the festival tapping the first barrel of beer. The Mayor says “Ozapft is” which means it is tapped. Then there will be music everywhere. Only breweries from Munich are allowed to sell beer here. Beer is served in glass mugs of 1 liter capacity specially made for this occasion. The cost of beer and souvenirs have gone up slightly. Now one mug of beer costs Euro 8.50/-(Mugs to be returned). Souveir mugs are priced arond Euro 30/-.Grilled chicken/fish are the favorite dish during the festival.
This festival is attended by over 7 million people from all over the world.. Many of the Germans coming for this festival wear the traditional dress. Traditional dress for men are named “Sennerhut”. Traditional women’s’ dress is called ““Dimdl”.
This magnificent palace and surrounding garden right in the heart of the Munich city is one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. The palace was commissioned by the royal couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide. The designer & architect of the palace was Italian architect Agastino Bareli. It was built in 1664 after the birth of the son of the royal couple, Maximilian II Emanuel. The central pavilion was completed in 1675.
Max Emanuel, the prince of Bavaria, carried out a systematic extension of the palace in 1701. Later two pavilions were added each in the south and north of Barelli's palace by Enrico Zucalli and Giovanni Antonio Viscardi. Subsequently, the south section of the palace was further extended to the court stables. Further, the orangerie was added to the north. Finally, a grand circle with baroque mansions (the Schlossrondell) was erected under Max Emanuel's son Charles Albert. Several others. . For a long time, the palace was the favorite summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. King Max I Joseph died there in 1825, and his great-grandson King Ludwig II was born there in 1845.
Later the palce Nymphenburg has been open to the public, but also continues to be a home for the ruler of Bavaria. Today the palace and its garden with marvelous statues are a major tourist attraction.
April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm, 16 October-March: 10 am-4 pm
Closed on: Tuesdays
Address: Schloss Nymphenburg,Eingang 19,80638 München
Other Contact: FAX: (0 89) 1 79 08-6 27
Phone: (0 89) 1 79 08-0
Schloss Honeschwangau or "Castle Of The High Swan Country" was the residence of Bavarian King Ludwig II. This castle was built by his father King Maxmillan II as a summer residence for his famiy. This castle was built in twelfth centuary on the remains of an old castle.
The castle is surrounded by picteresqe landscapes of stunning beauty. It is indeed a fairy tale land. Many ancient fairy tale writers drew inspiration from this castle. From here you can enjoy full beauty of Alps Mountain range.
Entry ticket costs Euro 9/- per adult. Entry is free for children below 18 years. Horse carriages are available for reaching here, which costs Euro 3.5/- per person for uphill journey and Euro 1.5 for downhill journey. Journey takes around 20 minutes upto Hosenchwangau and 40 minute to Newschwanstein castle ( This castle was built later in eighteenth century).
Address: Schwangau Village, Fussen' Bavaria
Directions: About one hour by train from Munich. It is right in the foothills of Alps near Austrian border.
OLYMPIC STADIUM, MUNICH
The olympic stadium is built with large sweeping canopies of acrylic glass stabilised by steel cables, the first in the world to be built in this fashion. It is one of the wonders of modern architecture and engineering ingenuity. The 1972 summer olympics was conducted here. In 1974, world cup soccer was also conucted here.
Several hundred events are held at various sites within the Olympic Park Complex very frequently. There is a major football match almost every week in the Olympic stadium. The Olympic hall is used throughout the year for concerts, sports events, exhibitions, trade fairs etc. The Olympic stadium has the capacity to accomodate 75,000 people and the Olympic hall 14,000 people.
A must see place for lovers of sports, architects and structual engineers.
Directions: Approachable by Metro from Haupt Bahnoff & Marienplatz by U-3.
English garden is a very popular and scenic park right in the heart of Munich city. This huge garden houses a Greek temple,Cinese pagodas and a Japanese tea house.It was founded in1789 by Benjamin Thomson, who is also known as Count of Rumford (German: Reichsgraf von Rumford). With an area covering 3.7 km² the Englischer Garten is one of the world's largest urban public parks.
This garden is divided into two portions by the busy street Isarring. The south is around 2 kms long, while the northern part, called the Hirschau is about 3 kms. The Hirschau has the opposite character of the south part, which on sunny days attract many people. It has the serene character typically found in a forest. Two beer gardens, the "Aumeister" and the "Hirschau", are located at the north and south end of the Hirschau.
Directions: It stretches from the city center to the northeastern city limits of Munich
TEST DRIVE- VINTAGE MODEL
BMW Museum, which was opened in 1973 is one of the highlights of a visit to Munich. Visitors to this museum gets an insight into the development of BMW cars from old vintage model to excellent wonder machine of modern world. Various types of motor bikes are also displayed here. BMW was formed in 1913 for manufacturing air craft engines. In 1917, the company started production of motorcycles and in 1928 started production of motor cars. Today BMW cars are branded as one of the best of its' kind in the world.
The museum is very near to Olympic Park which is approachable by U Bahn-3 (Metro train) from Hopt Bahnof or Marienplatz.
This is an exciting and fascinating place for lovers of automobiles.
Address: PETUELRING 130, 80809 MUNCHEN, GERMANY
Directions: Approachable by suburban underground metro from Hopt Bhanoff ( Main Railway station) or Marienplatz by U3. It is situated adjacent to Olympic Stadium.
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