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The monument to King Maximilian II (1811-1864) is located at the eastern end of Maximilianstraße. Maximilian II succeeded Ludwig I who abdicated in 1848 because of the March Revolution and the Lola Montez Affair. Maximilian is regarded as a patron of the sciences and arts, and supported the likes of Paul von Heyse's poetry group, Crocodile, who won a Nobel Prize in 1910. The larger-than-life bronze sculpture was created by Kaspar von Zumbusch in 1875 and depicts the King surrounded by symbols of the four royal virtues and four coats of arms (Bavaria, Swabia, Rheinland-Palatinate and Franconia).
Referred to as one of the four royal avenues of the city, the street is the brain child of Maximilian II, King of Bavaria. Construction of the street began in 1850. If on a trip to Munich, a walk down this avenue of glitter and glamor is a must. Along the Maximilianstraße, you will find stores of some of the biggest names in fashion as well as the city's up scale cafe's and eateries. Some of the designer labels you can find here include Chanel, Gucci and Versace.
The mint (moneta regia) was set up in 1809. The Alter Hof's former royal stables were built for Duke Albert V from 1563-1567 by Wilhelm Egckl in the Italian Renaissance style.
Alter Hof castle, the residence of the Bavarian royal family since 1253, was built to the northeast of the city so as to protect the Emperor against possible uprisings by the citizens of Munich. The remains of the castle, with its late-Gothic bay window (known as the Affenturm), the gatehouse to the north and the enclosure to the west, form the oldest group of medieval buildings in the city. The buildings have been reconstructed several times, most notably in the 19th Century and after the Second World War.
This most famous of pubs draws people from all over the globe, even at nine in the morning! Its unique charm comes from the Bavarian music and the handful of regulars who gather at the bar. Beer and Schmankerl (roast pork with trimmings) complete the set up. In the summertime locals head towards its wonderful courtyard, while the Festsaal room hosts a Bavarian evening with music every night, which costs a few Euros for admission. Main meals and a liter tankard of beer are perfect for a group of friends.
The Hauptpost (Main Post Office) was erected as the Törring Palace in 1747-58 by Johann Anton Gunetzrhainer. The north façade was added by Leo von Klenze in the mid-19th century and fits in with the style of Max-Joseph-Platz, the National Theatre and the south façade of the residence. The arcades portray a classical style, inspired by the Florentine Renaissance, as does the rest of Maximilianstraße, which heads westwards from the Maximilianeum (now the state parliament). The frescos (Die Rossebändiger) were designed by Johann Georg Hiltensperger. The building was destroyed in the Second World War but rebuilt shortly afterwards.
The best way to remember a trip or a place is looking at the souvenirs that you had gotten from there. It takes you through a nostalgic trip and makes those memories come alive as if it just happened today. No trip to Munich will be complete without its souvenirs and Bavarian dressed bears, dolls, beersteins and much more. And the best place to buy is the Orlandostraße and other streets around the Hofbräuhaus, one of Munich's oldest beer halls. You will find a line of shops selling local or traditional products along with souvenir items like flags, picture postcards, music boxes etc.
Non-residents will probably associate the name Dallmayr with coffee. Locals, however, think first of vol-au-vents, truffles, jam, confectionery and cold meats, and then of coffee. All these displays are enough to make anyone hungry, and the establishment offers you the perfect fix: the restaurant on the first floor, where there is some delicious contemporary fare to gorge on. If you want something lighter, you can always stop by the cafe-bistro for a coffee and light snacks.
In 1385 the ruling Wittelsbach family decided to erect a new palace since the Alter Hof had become too small for their needs. The main building was the first part of the royal residence to be erected. The palace grounds include numerous grottoes, courtyards, fountains, a medicine room, antiquarium, chapel and the delightful Wittelsbach fountain built by Duke Otto between 1611 and 1623. The Residenz houses the Crown Jewels, the State Collection of Egyptian Art, the late-baroque Residenz Theatre and the classicist Herkulessaal, a concert hall with amazing acoustics.
Built according to plans drawn up by Friedrich von Gärtner during 1841-44, the Feldherrenhalle (Field Marshall's Hall) was commissioned by King Ludwig I, who demanded that it be modeled on Florence's Loggia dei Lanzi. The building reflects the transition between the medieval town and the new city of Munich (the present-day Maxvorstadt). The Feldherrenhalle stands above Odeonsplatz and its ground (the piece of land between Theatiner and Residenzstraße), was once occupied by Schwabinger Tor, until it was demolished in 1817. In the 1930s and 1940s, the hall was an important memorial for the Nazis, as it was here that Hitler's attempted putsch came to an end on 9th November 1923. People were compelled to salute and say Sieg Heil whenever they passed by. The tiny alley behind the Feldherrenhalle came to be known as Drückebergergässchen or Shirker's Alley, because those who did not want to salute, would use it as a detour.
Located in the heart of the city, close to the city center, Drückebergergasse is also known as the Slackers alley. It is a very popular narrow road, located just behind the Feldherrnhalle. A very fascinating piece of history is associated with this place. To avoid saying the 'Hail Hitler' greeting and to ignore the Nazi guards, people took this route by their way through the small Viscardigasse. This small historic passage is therefore named as the 'Drückeberger' which means, "someone who tries to avoid his duty".
In the early 17th Century, Duke Maximilian I ordered the renovation of Residenz during which Hofkapelle was built. Dedicated to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, this chapel has paintings depicting St. Maximilian and St. Anne. When in Munich, do visit this ancient chapel nestled in the Residenz.