September 30, 2009
September 29, 2009
The Coca-Cola Factory in Buchenau, just outside of the city, provides 60% of Munich’s Cola products.
Inside was a marvel of modern robotics and sanitary refreshment making.
To supply restaurants and hotels, the factory fills 9 liter kegs, but they showed us that because McDonalds uses so much a day, it doesn’t have enough room for them. Instead, they are provided with large containers of Cola flavoured syrup, hence why McDonalds Coke and bottles Coke has a different taste.
Also, the two liter bottles are shipped to the factory and begin as a piece of plastic in the shape of a test tube. This way they can sent many more bottles and using heat and pressure, they can blow the plastic into the normal size.
It was impressive to see how much effort is put into recycling. Lastly, there were 3 checkpoints where we were made to wash our hands and wear clothing covers to protect the sanity.
September 27, 2009
September 25, 2009
September 24, 2009
The Schloss Nymphenburg is a palace in Munich that was used as the royal summer house. It was commissioned by Ferdinand Maria for his son Maximillian II of Bavaria. The Palace is unbelievably ornate and the Baroque era really shines through in the paintings, furniture, and extensive garden. It is also the birthplace of the “mad king” Ludwig II of Bavaria, the same ruler who erected the famous Neuschwanstein Castle (Walt Disney used this as his inspiration for Cinderella’s castle).
Main lobby of the palace
A view of the main lobby from the front garden.
It is hard to imagine how this was only build in a few decades
The left wing
A view from the balcony looking directly at the center of Munich
The same view in a painting
A Baroque era clock
A mantle decorated with musical instruments.
The ceiling fresco in the main lobby. Contains several Greek/Roman gods
A different angle
and once again…
The gold plated walls and crystal chandeliers
Ceberus, the three headed dog that guards the gates of Hades
Zeus, contrapasto with his lightning bolts in hand
I am not sure, but it was directly across from Zeus and am guessing it is Cronus eating his children.
A trophy commemorating the Austria’s loss at the Battle of Austerlitz, one of Napoleons greatest victories in 1805.
One of the many Nymphenburg mistresses.
A portrait of Ludwig II of Bavaria
Another mantle decorated with musical instruments
The coat of arms of Bavaria on a hanging tapestry
September 23, 2009
September 22, 2009
The Allianz Arena in North München is an awesome work of modern architecture. When FC Bayern plays there, the stadium lights up red. When FC 1860 plays, it lights up blue.
The game ended 5-0, of coarse FC Bayern!
2nd half of the game
A goal! The German announcers have a pretty funny way of announcing them. For example…
Luca! Toni! Luca! Toni! Luca! Toni! Bayern! Funf! Rot-Weiss! Null! Danke! Bitte!
September 21, 2009
September 20, 2009
Drums, guns, ceremonial horse wagons, and hundreds of thousands of people… The Umzug (parade) has begun!
Captain Morgan, do you fancy?
A close up of the Rathaus’s Glockenspiel Story Clock
Outside at the Hacker-Psschor tent in Oktoberfest.
The best brew in Munich, also the oldest
Inside the Augustiner Tent
Another view of inside the tent
The original Budweiser, a famous Czech beer that is constantly in a copy-write battle with the U.S.’s not so great brew.
A statue of a Waldschwein (wild pig) outside the Jagermuseum (hunting museum)
Poster at the Augustiner Brauhaus in Mariansplatz
September 19, 2009
It’s like being throwed back to pre-industrial Germany when you enter a subway full of people wearing the traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl.
Oktoberfest was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The festival grounds are huge with several entrances sporting the famous, Wilkommen Zum Oktoberfest!
The Bavarian name for Oktoberfest is Wies’n.
Entrance of the Oktoberfest on the Theresinweis
Cool Gothic statue out front of the Oktoberfest grounds
St. Paul Church in front of the festival grounds
The Lowenbrau tent
The chaotic Olympic Rings roller coaster.
The Augustiner Horse Carriage
The Spaten tent
A recipe for a messy day