Munich. Images of beer halls easily come to mind—packed with men in their lederhosen (this outfit to those not familiar). Each one has a bier stein in hand filled with their favored golden brew. Rows and rows of wooden tables are covered with trays (not just plates) of meat and wurst. And fluttering about in the sea of white shirts and leather breeches are beautiful women clad in their dirndl—blouse, bodice, skirt, and apron accentuating their sensual curves as they magically hold twelve beer mugs against their bosoms. As the host city of Oktoberfest—an event that 6 million people from all over the globe attend every year—it is no surprise that Munich is naturally associated with the biggest beer festival in the world. I, on the other hand, had a very different image of Munich. Instead of busy beer halls, my Munich has grand ballrooms in beautiful palaces. Instead of throngs of men guzzling down beer, I picture my Munich with a quiet, introverted king staring out from his winter garden atop the Bavarian Alps. Instead of booming drinking songs ringing in the streets, my Munich is filled with music from a string quartet playing Bach in Karlsplatz.
My Munich has castles and palaces, gardens and fountains, treasures and jewels, music and art.
We spent three days in Bavaria which was about enough time to convince me that it could possibly be the most romantic place in Europe. You’ll read about it in the upcoming ‘My Munich’ series here in the blog but let me start with a bit of a teaser. These photos are from The Treasury of Münchner Residenz where we spent Day 2 of our trip. It’s a former royal residence that has been turned to a museum for Bavaria’s royal collections. These are my favourites from the thousands of pieces on display. May these photos whisk you away to a dinner ball, an intimate concert, or even just afternoon tea, with the Kings and Queens of Bavaria.