The Marienplatz is on the town square area. It is famous for its clock with moving figures
drinking beer and having a party. Large crowds gather on the hour to see this show.
The figures are located in the green section of the tower at the 5th floor level.
The clock figures are visible in this photo.
One of the most famous tourist traps in Munich is the Hofbrauhaus. When you see pictures of German Fraus bringing armloads of beer mugs to thirsty crowds at Oktoberfest, this is the place.
Now, they have some competition. Notice the Hard Rock Café just across the street! Old meets the new.
Inside the Hofbrauhaus, a live Polka Band adds atmosphere.
Of course, they took a beer break about every 15 minutes.
Enjoying a Hofbrauhaus beer with Jeff and Jim, a couple of friends from the states.
After all that beer, we decided to walk it off by climbing the tower of St Peter’s Church.
Up the narrow staircase in the tower of St Peter’s Church.
A nice view of the Frauenkirche from the tower of St. Peter’s Church.
Many say the two towers of the church were designed to resemble beer mugs.
How appropriate for Munich, home of Oktoberfest.
After enjoying the view from atop St. Peter’s Church, we went inside
to enjoy the magnificent sanctuary.
The Market Square at Munich. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Munich Market Square. “Kartoffel” – potatoes.
The Germans take their potatoes seriously, as you can see by the variety for sale at this vendor.
OK, Spencer, I’ll buy you a Nintendo!!
This guy was at the seafood vendor’s tent.
The Munich Market Square and Maypole.
The Europeans are somewhat less inhibited in their advertisements.
The Deutches Museum highlights many technological areas of development from printing presses to space travel, with automobiles,
airplanes, ships, computers, clocks – anything mechanical – thrown in.
The main foyer of the Deutches Museum features ships and planes.
Some early planes featured in the Deutches Museum, including a replica of the
Wright brothers plane and a German Fokker triplane from WW I.
A close-up of the German Fokker triplane from WW I.
A Messerschmitt Me-163 (top), the only rocket-powered fighter in WW II.
On the floor is the Messerschmitt Me-262, the world’s first jet powered fighter.
1898 Benz Velo. The first car in the world to be produced in series.
1200 were built from 1894-1901.
An early BMW sports car.
1938 Adler Diplomat. I originally thought this was a steam-powered vehicle, but was corrected by a very nice gentleman named Matthias.
He sent me the link to the following site about the interesting science of creating gas vapors from burning wood. Thanks, Matthias!
Fuel shortages during WWII prompted searches for alternative fuels in England, Germany, Scandinavia and many other countries. One of the most unusual solutions involved the modification of vehicles for use with wood, charcoal, or coal. Typical modifications included A) a gas generator; B) a gas reservoir; and C) carburetor modifications and additional plumbing to convey, filter, and meter the gas into the engine. The gas generator was an airtight vessel into which was introduced a charge of wood, charcoal, or anthracite coal. Heat was applied to the fuel either internally or externally to initiate a self-sustaining gasification of the fuel in an oxygen deprived environment. The resulting "woodgas" was piped to the reservoir, or in the case of small engines, directly to the engine carburetor. Wood-gas modified vehicles were therefore technically a "dual fuel" vehicle in that a self-sustaining gasification of the wood charcoal, or coal required another fuel to start the process.
1922 Rumpler Tropfenwagen
This was an aerodynamic design unmatched for 65 years by a production automobile.
The drag coefficient was .28, a number matched today by cars like the Audi A6 and the Corvette.
The top speed was 68 mph, quite impressive for 1922.
What self-respecting German car museum would not have a few VWs?
Of course, there was a Beetle, but there was also this beautiful Karmann-Ghia.
Here’s an opportunity to see the insides of a large V-10 truck engine at work.
There’s even a section devoted to automotive safety.
Here is one BMW you could probably buy for a slight discount.
Besides cars and planes, there are also lots of other displays at the Munich Technical Museum.
Here are a couple of examples of early typesetting machines.
Before leaving Munich to go back to the hotel,
we caught once last view of the Marienplatz at night.
Another scene in Munich at night.