Royal Gardens and Classic Architecture: A Walk Through Munich

For my last day of roaming through Munich, I ventured farther out into the city. I had spent the past few days exploring the area around Marienplatz, and decided I should see more of the city.

So I started my journey the way all journeys should begin: with bratwurst! Who cares that it was still in the morning…bratwurst is amazing any time of the day!

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I loved that there were tons of little parks throughout the city. A perfect place for a bratwurst picnic!

And then I set off to explore! My objective: find the Englischer Garten and the Hofgarten. Along the way, I passed some beautiful architecture-

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The Hofgarten is a beautiful garden in the center of the city in the area surrounding the Residenz Palace. It was originally created in 1613 as part of the palace complex.

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The park is formally laid out around two footpaths that intersect in the center at the Temple of Diana.

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The Temple of Diana, or the hofgartentemple, was designed in 1615 by Heinrich Schön. The temple was built with eight arches from which footpaths lead, dividing the garden into eight sections. The bronze statue on top of the pavilion is the “Tellus Bavarica,” symbolizing the treasures of the Bavarian land – grain, game, water, and salt. It was originally sculpted in the likeness of Diana, the goddess of hunting, in 1594, but was later remodeled into the allegorical figure of Bavaria in 1923.

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Bavarian State Chancellery

Another cool sight you can find in the direction of the Englischer Garten and the Hofgarten is the Victory Gate, built in 1843 to commemorate the bravery of the Bavarian army and its success in the Napoleonic War of liberation. The Victory Gate was largely destroyed during WWII, and when it was rebuilt, a quote by Wilhelm Hausenstein was added to the arch that reads: “Dem Sieg geweiht, vom Krieg zerstört, zum Frieden mahnend,” or in English, “Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, reminding of peace.”

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The Victory Gate

I did make it to the Englischer Garten, but I wrote about that in another post which you can find here. Getting there took awhile, but I passed through so many beautiful streets on the way that the distance didn’t bother me one bit.

On the way back to my hotel, I took a different path so I could see as much Munich as possible (and thanks to my trusty map, I never got lost).

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Street musicians! Strolling through the incredible streets of Munich was even more enjoyable while listening to the live entertainment found in many plazas and street corners.

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It was super cold out, so I became a frequent customer of Munich Starbucks.

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Seeing the Starbucks sign juxtaposed with the classic statue on the next building over made me laugh. It was a perfect example of the way Munich is a blend of old and new.

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True, I have no idea what most of the buildings are that I photographed. But sometimes it is nice to just wander and enjoy the scenery.

Author: Natalie Bates

LA-based freelance writer | Blogger | Craft beer drinker | Rock 'n roll girlfriend | Adventurer | Lover of tattoos, red lipstick, and popcorn | World traveler | Compassionate human | Photography enthusiast | Eco warrior | Celtic babe ❤️

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