September 2nd, 2007, 08:35 PM
I have got a lot of photos to edit (approx 1400), so i'll release it as i post-process.
24th August - The Hague, Netherlands
25th August - ICE International. From Amsterdam to Munich via Meinhamm (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=15137176&postcount=2)
26th August - Munich: Residenz Museum & Bell Tower. Then, BMW Museum, Olympic Park. (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=15137176&postcount=3)
27th August - Munich: Hitler Walk Tour & Allianz Arena Tour
28th August - Munich: Dachau Concentration Camp, Deutsche Museum. Departure to Salzburg at 6;46PM
29th August - Salzburg: Salt Mine Tour, Fortress, Augustine Beer Hall
30th August - Salzburg to Vienna @ approx 2:00PM. Fancy Japanese restaurant @ Vienna
31st August - Vienna: Equesos Museum @ HeldenPlatz, Museum Quarters
1st September: Vienna: Opera @ Shonbrunne Palace. More Palaces....Klimpt Museum
2nd September - Vienna to Amsterdam
3rd September - Uni (finally) commences...
September 2nd, 2007, 08:53 PM
ICE International Train @ Amsterdam Centraal Station
It's a Frankfurt Am Main Train... the latest rolling stock generation.
Time to board...
Interior of cabin. If you look closely, you can see the head of driver at the background. There are no solid walls between cabins. Just a plain sheet of glass and automatic glass doors. The roof is illuminated with intelligent 'mood lighting' depending on the sunshine.
You can see the LCD screen above indicating the stops, train type and carriage number. This is number 31.
This is what Germans don't want you to see when you think of modern transportation system. There are many stations in Western part of Germany which are completely neglected.
Arrival at Mannheim HBf
I had to change trains from Mannheim....to Munich.
Now, here's Kalzplatz in Munich.
St Michael Church at Kaufingerstrasse. All churches are open so that tourism income can pay for church maintenance.
Typical goods at Munich toy shop
New Town Hall
ResidenzStrasse. This is the area near the Residenz Palace.
Odeanplatz. Just on the West of Residenz Palace
One of many many many many....gardens at Residenz Palace
Front of Palace
This is the new chancellory Bavarian government building.
There is a lot of controversy about the billboard in front of the church. It is about a French player which is an Islam showing victorious stance. It is not the Church that wants the billboard down, but actually the locals themselves.
String quartets @ NeuHauseStrasse. They were brilliant. There are heaps of live musicals dotted around Munich throughout the day, drawing locals and tourists alike.
September 2nd, 2007, 09:09 PM
New Town Hall @ Marienplatz
Typical street scenes around Munich Old City
Spire Quarter of the New Town Hall
Main Gate of the New Town Hall
Fountain at Marienplatz
This is actually the OLD Town Hall. Now why is this Old Town Hall look newer than the New Town Hall? Because nearly all buildings in Munich were destroyed by Bombing in WWII. The Old Town Hall is actually a reconstruction of what it supposedly looked like before the bombing. The New Town Hall's facade was still intact.
My drink at Marienplatz...yum.
Arcade of New Town Hall
Restaurant at New Town Hall Quarter
Banner themed with Bavarian blue/white checker.
Heaps of BMWs, Volkswagons, Ferraris, Porsche, and so on. Munich is a rich part of Germany as it is close to Switzerland and Austria.
Garden in front of Residenz Museum
The Great Hall @ Residenz Palace
Now...The Residenz Museum's Treasury
St George killing a dragon
Crown Jewels of the old Bavarian monarchy
There are heaps of statue depicting the supremacy of the Papacy with the Golden Tiara.
You pay 1 Euro and go up the St Peter Church (oldest building in Munich). 15 flights of stairs.
Marienplatz @ New Town Hall
Fountain at Marienplatz
My travel pal (Dave was off to Munich bike ride). Met back at around 3PM and off to Olympic Park.
When you get off at Olympiazentrum station, you can immediately see this.
Now under construction, this is the BMW's main showcase building. The rich and famous can do a 'Eurocar' delivery where they come to Munich and pick up the car themselves. The production site is right near the the showcase building. Customers can tour the plant and watch their cars being assembled by robots with very few labour.
You can visit the production site but must give notice 4 weeks in advance. Tours are free.
BMW Global HQ. Bauhaus style.
That round thing on the centre will house the future BMW Museum. BMW was so pissed off at Mercedez Benz's size of museum in Berlin, that they opted to build a bigger and better one, connecting to the production site.
Don't we love competition? :D
Inside the BMW Museum
Car run by hydrogen
Here is the spec of clean car hydrogen.
There's a long history behind why BMW had to make bikes during the WWII.
Near the BMW Museum you will encounter Munich Olympic Games venues.
Along the pedestrian path facing the swimming pool, you will see heaps of celebrities making mark on concrete
A plaque remembering 11 Israeli athletes who were taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists and killed. Retaliation attack happened in Israel/Palestine area by series of air strikes. Read here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre
September 3rd, 2007, 10:47 AM
looks like a neat trip and like you got heaps of stuff done!