Venice to Munich via Austria

Today we left our camp in Venice quite early to drive to Germany via Austria.

We drove along the Brenner Pass which is quite famous. It is a natural road to pass through the alps along the Italy/Austrian border.

For lunch we stopped at the Swarovski Factory and had a look through the museum. It was rather interesting and not at all what I had expected!

We arrived in Munich late in the afternoon but were delayed getting to our hotel as there had been an incident and the tunnels were closed which resulted in rather awful traffic!

The accommodation was very nice and in a relatively central location. We were dropped into the city by our driver and had a walking tour of the city which was
magnificent! We saw the old town hall and new town hall#, both very impressive.

Dinner was in the Hofbräuhaus* which is of historical significance, as Hitler held quite a few of his speeches in the beer hall here. A lot of people had pork knuckle and steins of beer. I enjoyed a pretzel, vegetable pie and apple strudel with wine!

 

The Austrian Alps

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

Swarovski factory/museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driving through Austria

 

Austrian Alps

 

Austria

 

North Italy

 

Austria

 

Austria

 

Austria

 

Austria

 

Austria

The New Town Hall is a town hall at the northern part of Marienplatz in MunichBavaria,Germany. It hosts the city government including the city council, offices of the mayors and part of the administration. In 1874 the municipality had left the Old Town Hall for its new domicile.  It was built between 1867 and 1908 by Georg von Hauberrisser in a Gothic Revival architecture style. It covers an area of 9159 m² having 400 rooms. The 100 meters long main facade towards the Marienplatz is richly decorated. It shows the Guelph Duke Henry the Lion, and almost the entire line of the Wittelsbach dynasty in Bavaria and is the largest princely cycle in a German town hall. The central monument in the center of the main facade between the two phases at Marienplatz above the guard house, is an equestrian statue of Prince Regent Luitpold. The bay of the tower contains statues of the first four Bavarian kings.

The main facade is placed toward the plaza, while the back side is adjacent to a small park (Marienhof). The basement is almost completely occupied by a large restaurant called Ratskeller. On the ground floor, some rooms are rented for small businesses. Also located in the ground floor is the major official tourist information.


*The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is a beer hall in the city center of Munich, Germany. The inn was originally built in 1589 byBavarian Duke Maximilian I. It was built as an extension of the original Hofbräu brewery, but for Weissbier (wheat beer). The general public was admitted only in 1828 by then king Ludwig I. The building was completely remodeled in 1897 byMax Littmann, when the brewery moved to the suburbs. In the bombing of WW II, everything but the ground floor (“Schwemme”) was destroyed; it took until 1958 to be rebuilt.

The restaurant comprises most of the mentioned inn, a ballroom as well as a beer garden. Its menu features Bavarian dishes such as roast porkpork knuckle, and sausages such as WeisswurstHelles is served in a Maß, along with wheat beer and wine. Though sometimes regarded as being “commercialized”, it is popular among locals as well as foreigners. During regular hours, traditional Bavarian music is played. The Hofbräuhaus song (Hofbräuhaus-Lied), composed in 1935 by Wilhelm ‘Wiga’ Gabriel, goes: “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus, oans, zwoa, g’suffa!” (“There’s a Hofbräuhaus in Munich—one, two, drunk!”).[1] The beer is provided by the brewery Staatliches Hofbräuhaus.

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