Without a guide today, I walked from the apartment on Lindwurmstrebe to Marienplatz via Sendlinger Tor – a very interesting pedestrian walkway with many upmarket shops. On arrival in Marienplatz I could immediately see that today is the day for the Christmas Tree to be erected and covered with lights. As Christmas markets have been high on our Agenda it was good to witness the very beginning of preparations in this city.
The Glockenspiel was part of the second construction phase (1908) and is certainly a popular tourist attraction. Every day at 11:00 and 12:00 two stories from the 16th century are enacted with 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures – a display lasting 12 to 15 minutes.
Many visits to Churches today:
St. Johann Nepomuk Kirche built 1733-1746
St. Michael’s, a Jesuit Church, built between 1583 and 1597, is the largest Renaissance church North of the Alps. Ignoring the protests of citizens, 87 houses on the best location were pulled down. The building is 78.2 m long, 20.3 m wide and 28.2m high with a barrel vaulted roof. It was severely damaged during WW2 causing need for much restoration.
MM and I met at lunch time and enjoyed a meal in the Ratskeller and I was able to show her some places previously discovered. We had coffee later in the afternoon and went back to inspect the lighting progress on the Christmas Tree before walking back to the apartment in a temperature of 3 degrees – perhaps another layer needed tomorrow!