Saturday, February 23, 2008

Kevin and Nick in Munich!

Kevin and I returned from our long weekend trip to Munich on Monday. We had such a blast! Here is a look at our trip:

More photos are available on my Flickr site.

Walking Around
We spent a lot of time looking around the city of Munich. We did some walking tours of the Aldstadt, Marienplatz, and Englisher Garden. Aldstadt is the main center of the city with fantastic architecture, and elite shopping. Marienplatz is a part of the Aldstadt where there is a lot of history. It is an area that the ruling family of Bravaria lived and ruled. It is also a place that Hitler and the Nazis used as a center for its 'Program.' The Englisher Garden is a very famous place. It is a park larger than Central Park in New York, it has a few lakes, some animals, great running, fantastic trails, surfing, and even naked sun worshipers (although it was too cold for that)

Deutches Museum
I have been to many museums, but the Deutches Museum was colassal. There was everything science and technology. The biggest thrill for me was the aviation exhibit. I am sure that Kevin was very bored in it with me, I was like a 4 year old.

Dachau Concentration Camp
Kevin and I were both very interested in visiting a Nazi Concentration Camp. We picked a great one. Dachau was the 'model' concentration camp. They did testing of building design, death design, and work design. The goal was to work people to death. There were 200,000 processed through the camp, and around 32,000 were killed. There were several recreated buildings including the barracks, but several buildings remained including the incinerator, maintenace building, and the bunker. We took a tour that highlighted huge amounts of information about the history of the longest running concentration camp, how it was liberated, what happened to the SS and SA, and what has changed on the grounds. It was a remarkable place, and I learned a lot, but it wasn't the same 'powerful' feeling I have heard others having. There were bits where I realized how many people died there, and amazed by the fact they kept 2000 in a barrack designed for 200. It was one of the most memorable experiences I have had.

Kevin loves BMW, so we had to check out the museum and Weck. It was a bit disappointing because it was just a huge showroom. I did snap a couple of pictures.

Olympic Park
The famous and infamous Olympic Park was a great area. They have turned it into a fantastic civic area. We checked out the Swimming Pool and large area where concerts are now happening. There was also a great hill to hike up and see fantastic views of the city. What a great spot!

This was Kevin's first stay in a hostel, and I think he loved it. We made a short video about it.


Chad said...

Looks like a GREAT trip! Thanks for sharing!

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