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I couldn’t wait for the day to get started.  I had a lot planned for myself today.  I was meeting a group for a Free Munich Walking Tour.  We met at the main train station, which was very convenient for me and we walked to Marienplatz in the city centre where the tour actually begun.

Our first stop was in Marienplatz to watch the Glockenspiel go off and be assigned to our tour guide.  My guide was Liz and she was the perfect combination of information and humour.  LOVED HER!!

A little history of the Glockenspeil for you…
Every day Munich’s central Marienplatz square is crammed with people with eyes to the sky watching one of the city’s most loved oddities, the Glockenspiel.  The clock was added to the tower of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) the year the building was completed in 1907.  A few times a day the Glockenspiel replays a royal wedding, jousting tournament and dance.  It lasts about 15 minutes and concludes with the golden bird up the top emerging and chirping three times.

2nd: Hofbräuhaus (the world’s most famous beer hall)  We didn’t actually go into the beer hall at this time, but she gave us some history of how it all started.  For example, what the ditch in front was for, what the cement pedestal outside the front door was for, the reason why they didn’t need to worry about a women’s toilet, and many other facts.

3rd: Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) This will forever and always be the tallest building in Munich.  These towers are often used as the visual recognition for Munich, their logo so to speak.  There were several stories that went along with this church.  It is said that all romance stories like Romeo & Juliet came from this church, where the original tragic love story began.  During the war, this church helped to hide Jewish belongings in the basement.  But the most famous story is that of the Devil’s Footprint.

Devil’s Footstep

Much of the interior was destroyed during WWII. An attraction that survived is the Teufelsschritt, or Devil’s Footstep, at the entrance. This is a black mark resembling a footprint, which according to legend was where the devil stood when he curiously regarded and ridiculed the ‘windowless’ church that Halsbach had built.

In another version of the legend, the devil made a deal with the builder to finance construction of the church on the condition that it contain no windows. The clever builder, however, tricked the devil by positioning columns so that the windows were not visible from the spot where the devil stood in the foyer. When the devil discovered that he had been tricked, he could not enter the already consecrated church. The devil could only stand in the foyer and stomp his foot furiously, which left the dark footprint that remains visible in the church’s entrance today.  (As you can see in my image below…the footprint looks curiously like a shoe with a hook…LOL)

There were many of other stops along the way for this tour and we delivered so much information it was amazing.

  • Viktualienmarkt (famous outdoor market)
  • Royal Residence
  • New Town Hall
  • Old Town Hall
  • National Theater
  • The Real Origins of Oktoberfest
  • Church of St. Peter
  • History of Beer Gardens
  • Memorial to the German Resistance
  • The Feldhernhalle (Memorial to Bavarian Generals)
  • Theatinerkirche
  • St. Jakobsplatz

After this tour, I had literally already walked most of Munich’s inner city.  I decided to grab some fruit from a stand and head back to the hotel for a quick nap before my evening tour…The Ghost Tour began.  Plus it was SOOO hot, I needed to get out of the sun for a bit.

The Ghost Tour

I signed up for this “After Dark: Ghost Tour” with Radius Tours.  My guide was Jared Wheatley. This was a lot of fun, because they took us around some old historical spots where creepy things once happened.

Tour Description: Witches, ghouls, and the supernatural
No city gets to be 850 years old without accumulating its share of gruesome tales. When the sun goes down and shadows dim the timeworn streets of Munich, it’s possible to feel this restless past come alive. We’ll walk you through the dark side of the city. Your spectral guide will lead you through the haunted streets of the medieval old town, and tell you the secret stories of the city:

The executioner’s bloody sword was never idle: tyranny, bigotry and simple misfortune kept it at work. Winding ancient alleyways, old haunted cemeteries, bloodstained cobbled streets – we’ll light your way through the gloom, and let the ghosts of Munich speak from the grave.

I highly recommend this tour.

The picture below on the left is Asam’s Church (Asamkirche) and on the right Sendlinger Tor.  Both have some gruesome history.  Look it up…

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