Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Sweetheart's Visit...Stuttgart & Munich

I was fortunate enough to have my significant other visit me while in Germany for 4 days. We tried to make the most of if even though the weather was quite ghastly.

Photos were taken from the weekend of April 4th.

Welcome to Stuttgart...

Welcome to Munich or München...

Rathaus-Glockenspiel (Apparently one of the most famous if not the most famous Glockenspiel in the world)
it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the bemusement of mass crowds of tourists and locals. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lothringen. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white). The Bavarian knight wins every time of course. This is then followed by the bottom half and second story: Schäfflerstanz (the coopers' dance). In the 16th century a particularly bad period of the plague hit town and everyone went into hiding. The first people to dare go back onto the streets were barrel makers who performed a big dance to show that it was okay to come out again. The Duke of Bavaria was so happy about this that he actually ordered them to re-enact this every seven years, a custom which continues to this day. The whole show lasts somewhere between 12 and 15 minutes long depending on which tune it plays that day.
Kathleen and I were bored after the first 2 minutes and were amazed at how entranced people were with this silly event. Undoubtedly a showstopper in the 16th century...Not so much now. Very cool architecture though. Gothic and scary.

Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan

Residenz Museum (simply amazing)

Peterskirche - Church of St. Peter

Frauenkirche - Cathedral Church of Our Lady (Landmark of the city)

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