April 12, 2012

The River Isar 2/2

As promised, in this post I am going to tell you about the second part of my favorite walk along the river Isar in Munich (also see part 1). 


Today we are walking south from our starting point which is Zweibrückestrasse- Ludwigsbrücke . A few meters after the bridge, walking down the Steinsdorfstrasse, on your left you can see the Museum Island (Museum Insel) with its main attraction: the Deutsches Museum. The Deutsches Museum is a “must see” in Munich, a museum of science and technology (also see It is culture time) that ranks pretty high in the science Museums ranking in Europe. It will take you a day to make the most of it (they have a bar/cafeteria and an outdoor area in summer so you stop and relax for a coffee or lunch. 



The Boschbrücke comes next, it connects the left bank of the Isar to the Museum Island. At the start of the bridge it is very common to find large groups of high school students getting off coaches and heading to school visit to the museum. 



The Boschbrücke is named after Johan Baptist Bosch. This Bosch has nothing to do with your dishwasher or any other home appliances that you might have at home. There are a few Bosch men/women in the German history but this bridge was built in the memory of the head of Munich´s public engineering between 1919 and 1932. Johan Baptist Bosch was involved and partially responsible for the construction of the Deutsches Museum and so he was granted with a bridge after his name.


A few meters forward in the opposite side of the bridge in the Erhardtstrasse, a group of flags announce the entrance to the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO was set up in 1977 when Munich was chosen as its seat. Its main role is to seek patent protection in 40 European countries.


Moving forward the Corneliusbridge crosses the Isar over the end part of the Museum Island and leads to the left bank of the Isar. According to German online sources, the bridge was built at the beginning of the 20th century and it was named after:

a)Peter von Cornelius a 19th century German painter from Düsseldorf that amongst other things was the director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and painted some of the frescoes of the Glyptothek (Roman and Greek art Museum in Munich).

OR

b)Peter Cornelius (nephew of the above Cornelius) and not painter but music composer.


I also have to add that the Cornelius Bridge is a continuation of the Corneliusstrasse that might be known to you if you have visited the charming Gärtnerplatz (if not, do so, you will love it!). Also by the bridge there is a small street stall that opens from Monday till Sunday, where you can buy the newspaper and a coffee, amongst other things. Interesting is that there is a sign that reads: coffee for free with every purchase (from 6am until 10am).



Keep moving down the Erhardtstrasse until the next bridge: Reichenbachbrücke, which crosses the Isar just where the Frühlingsanlage starts. The bridge is named after Georg Friedrich von Reichenbach, a 19th century German engineer and inventor of scientific instruments. The Frühlingsanlage is a green area along the river Isar, very popular in summer thanks to its vegetation, beaches and sidewalks for jogging.

Walking forward south you will find the Wittelsbachbrücke, also built in the 19th century and impressive thanks to its statue of Otto von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria in the 12th century and called the Redhead. Along the bridge you can find a chain of padlocks at the handrail of the bridge. These are not for securing the bikes. Look closer: every padlock has usually a name or an initial, a heart and a second name or initial. Do you guess what they are for? … “Elementary my dear Watson”.



And this is the end of my walk along the Isar. 

Which are you favorite city walks in Munich?

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April 4, 2012

The River Isar 1/2


One of my favorite walks in Munich is along the river Isar. The Isar flows from the Alps through Austria and a part of Bayern (including Munich) until it reaches the Danube.



Last week I decided to dedicate a post about the charm of the Isar, its bridges and how the spring and the summer in Munich pivot around it. I will divide the walk tour in two parts. For both, the starting point is Zweibrückestrasse- Ludwigsbrücke, which is easily accessible after a five minutes’ walk from the S-Bahn station Isartor (and ten from Marienplatz).







North from the starting point, you leave the Deutsches Museum behind (also see It is culture time). Crossing the Zweibrückestrasse- Ludwickbrücke and going down the stairs at the bridge, you reach the north side of the first Isar Island: the Museum Island (Museum Insel). The statue and fountain “Argentorato” is protected every year with wood planks against the winter frosts. The fountain is a representation of Rhenus, the River God (Vater-Rhein-Brunnen).




Moving forward there is a children´s play outdoor area and a few sidewalks where it is common to see people jogging or walking the dog. The Mariannenbrücke connects the east river bank with the Prater Island (the second Isar Island) where the Alpines Museum is located (also see It is culture time). 



The Mariannenbrücke was built in the 19th century and named after Maria Anna von Sachsen, wife of the King Maximilian II, who also has a bridge after his name a few minutes’ walk north. From this bridge, there is a beautiful view of the evangelical Lutheran Church of St Lucas, which according to Wikipedia is “the only almost perfectly preserved Lutheran parish church of the historical Munich”.



At the back entrance of the Alpines Museum, the city has recently built a wooden staircase to ease the access to the Isar bank, where it is usual to see students laying on towels and reading; parents playing with their kids; people having a small sandwich picnic and even sunbathing in summer.


North from the Prater Insel, you find the Maximilianbrücke that crosses the Isar and leads to the Maximilianeum. The bridge is named after one the 19th century kings of Baviera (Joseph Maximilian II, husband of the above Maria Anna). The Maximilianeum is a palatial building house of the Maximilianeum Foundation and the Bavarian State Parliament (Landtag). The Foundation was created in the 19th century and provides university scholarships for gifted Bavarian students.


Further north, in the Maximilian park, where Prinzregentenstrasse crosses the Isar, the Angel of Peace (Friedesengel) raises as a reminder of the years of peace after the Franco-German war in 1870. The monument, the fountain and the column with the statue of the angel of peace are also worth a visit. The monument also has an observation deck. Prinzregentenstrasse is one of the four royal avenues of Munich. The House of Art (Haus der Kunst) and the popular and exquisite night club P1 are located in this street.

It takes about 60 minutes by foot to reach the Angel of peace from my starting point, my walk usually ends here and here it is where I say goodbye today, but if you keep walking, you will find the Max Joseph Bridge, named after the King Maximilian I that links the east bank of the Isar with the Munich park Englisher Garten, a few minutes south from the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm), a 25 meter structure that resembles a pagoda of a Chinese Emperor.

And as I said, that is all from today, next time: south of the Isar. But in the meantime: which are your favorite walks in Munich?

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