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Munich Architecture

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 27, 2017

Munich architecture is a very interesting mix of styles. This colourful glass wall (“B├╝hnenfenster,” an installation by Olafur Eliasson, of Narima glass, by Schott) is the back of the Bavarian State Opera’s rehearsal hall.

Rehearsal Hall of Bavarian State Opera

The Max Planck Society, a research center, has a very cool interlocking stone sculpture flanking its main entrance.

ax-Planck-Gesellschaft, Generalverwaltung, Munich

Across the the street from the Max Planck Society is the Bavarian State Chancery, which was destroyed during WWII and rebuilt in steel and glass. It’s so wide that I would have needed an extreme wide angle lens to photograph the entire building, so you’ll have to settle for the middle section.

Bayerische Staatskanzlei (Bavarian State Chancery), Munich

The New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) from the outside, below the tower. Our guide told us that the glockenspiel performance isn’t worth organizing your schedule around, but if you happen to be passing through Marienplatz just before 5 p.m., you might as well hang around for a few minutes to watch the mechanical jousting knights.

Neues Rathaus, Munich

Courtyard of the new city hall, in typical neo-Gothic style.


Highly decorated oriel windows in the courtyard of the new city hall.


Accordionist playing in what we would have assumed was a beer garden. Our guide told us that to be considered a beer garden (a place where you are welcome to bring your own food as long as you purchase the drinks), it has to be a permanent set-up. Since the tables and umbrellas are only out in good weather, apparently it’s not a true beer garden. The accordionist let out a yelp after each song so that people would notice and applaud.


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A High-Level View of Munich

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 26, 2017

Frauenkirche, or Church of the Virgin Mary, photographed from the Neues Rathaus tower.

Frauenkirche, from Neurathaus tower

I was in Munich last week, as a participant in Red Hat’s New Hire Orientation (EMEA) program. We spent two days watching presentations and were presented with our brand new red fedoras! Well, most of them got the hats. Those of us with very small heads will have to wait for our to be delivered.

On the second day, after the presentations, a number of us went back to Marienplatz in the old historic center of Munich to do some touristy things. These photos were taken from the tower of the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), which is accessible by elevator for 2.50 Euros.

St. Peter’s Church also has a tower with a magnificent view. You pay 3.00 Euros for the privilege of climbing 300 stairs to the top. It is a bit higher than the Neues Rathaus tower, however!

St. Peter's Church, Munich

View of the Alte Rathaus, which actually dates back to the 14th century, despite its “new” look.


Looking down into the Neues Rathaus courtyard.


Tower of the Theatine Church (aka the Yellow Church) on the left, with the Siegestor (Victory Arch) beyond.


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