Munich is one of the most habitable cities in Europe.
It's got a huge fountain at Carlsplatz right in front of its Federal Court building.
Another view of court building
Open air restaurants under trees in the neighborhood square
Old city gates lined with creepers
8 kinds of nuts at the same stall. I begin to have an inkling about the body size of some of its older women
Another chestnut stall
an original designer sofa
Table decorations in simple elegant minimalist design
workers working on a window display in the morning
The latest ready-mades
Huge beer mugs with all kinds of lids and designs
Some of the churches are now converted into a shopping malls: leaving behind the tell tales gables and windows
A spiral staircase in one of the old buildings
The courtyard of this old building is now turned into part of a restaurant. In summer, this Wirtsgarten or "beer garden" would be filled with Germans with their huge mugs of golden liquid sparkling in hearty laughter
This is one of the oldest "beer gardens" in Munich, the "Hofbräuhaus am Platzl", now a state owned brewery, built in 1589 as a royal brewery by the Duke Maximilian I of Bavaria as an extension of the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München brewery and used to be reserved exclusively for the use of the nobility. The general public was not admitted until 1828 by Ludwig I. In 1897. It was completely remodeled by Max Littmann when the brewery moved to the suburbs. However only the ground floor (the "Schwemme") remained during WWII bombings but it was rebuilt in 1958. The restaurant comprises most of the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, which also includes a ballroom and outdoor Wirtsgarten. Its menu features such traditional favorites of Bavarian cuisine as Brezn (soft pretzel), Obatzda (cheese dip), Schweinshaxe ( a roasted ham hock (or “pork knuckle”),especially popular in Bavaria as Schweinshaxn orˈSauhaks or Sauhax. It is usually marinated or pre-boiled in a caraway seed and garlic brine, roasted until the skin is crisp, and served with mustard, horseradish, and pickled chili peppers. The Bavarian version is often served with potato dumplings and red cabbage or with sauerkraut and potatoes It also serves sausages such as Bratwurst and Weisswurst. Brews include Helles and Dunkles served in a Maß, Weißbier, and wine.
Its exterior: orientals everywhere
My neighbor at the beer house, a German-Italian cartoon artist. I learned that Amadeus Mozart used to take his beer here. So did Vladimir Lenin before the Russian Revolution in October 1917!
This is his recommendation for my lunch: the traditional boiled Weisswurst (white sausages), specialty of Southern Germany made with veal and bacon and flavored with parsley, onion, lemon, and cardamom, eaten without the skin but with sweet mustard, beer and soft pretzels. Weiβwurst is usually eaten before noon since it traditionally contains no preservatives. Delicious with the beer.
One of the busy waitresses; they work practically non-stop!