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Wednesday, All Day in Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
We had an excellent sunny day exploring central Munich. First we went to the Odeonsplatz which is a large square with several notable buildings such as the Theatine Church and the historic Feldherrnhalle.

The Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshals' Hall) is a loggia (covered gallery with an open wall) modeled after the Loggia dei Lanzi that we had just seen in Florence, Italy. It is famous as the scene of the attempted coup in 1923 by Hitler and the Nazi Party to take over Bavaria. This led to Hitler's arrest and brief imprisonment before he came back and stirred up an even bigger mess.

From the Odeonsplatz we walked to the Viktualienmarkt which is a large open air food market and a square. We were going to have a typical Bavarian dish for lunch there but there were so many people, long lines, and no seats so we moved on.

A few blocks from the Viktualienmarkt is the Asamkirche (Church of St. Johann Nepomuk). We went in and enjoyed the richly decorated interior. Every inch of the diminutive interior including the ceiling is lavishly decorated and accented with gold leaf.

A little before 14:00 we went to see the New Town Hall glockenspiel in motion but later found out that it only happens at 11:00, 12:00, and 17:00. There was a crowd waiting for the show but nothing happened. After waiting, we went into the Town Hall to see the inner courtyard which is also open to the public.

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