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A trip to Munich

Part 3: Flowers and ancient trees

The next morning we got up early, had breakfast and took the subway to the main railway station, which was very crowded. But we were lucky as we found another tourist information office right next to the station, and met a really nice man working there who gave us advise about places to visit, and it was there that we arranged the daytrip for the next day, that would take us outside of Munich, to the famous castle Neuschwanstein.

After this short visit to the tourist information we walked through the streets as far as the "Alter Botanischer Garten" (old botanic garden), a nice park, founded almost two centuries ago in the city centre, between the main railway station and the Karlsplatz.

The atmosphere of this garden was relaxed and peaceful. We had a walk inside the park and enjoyed the chirping of its birds surrounded by flowers and ancient trees.

Our next stop was in Karolinen Platz, where we found "the Obelisk", a huge monument, 29 meters high, sponsored by crown prince Ludwig to honour the 30.000 Bavarian soldiers who died in Russia during the Napoleon war.

Then, we continued our walk through the streets of beautiful old and not so old and spent our day walking here and there while visiting the old churches that crossed our path: Theatrinenkirche, Frauenkirche, Michaelskirche, Peterskirche and Ludwigskirche.

The two of them I liked most were Frauenkirche and Peterskirche.

Why Frauenkirche?... well, I've never seen a church like this. The distinctive two domes of this gothic cathedral are one of the landmarks of this Bavarian city and served as a model for many of Bavaria's towers.

But what makes this church so interesting to me is not just its appearance but its legend as well. Inside the church, on the floor, you can find a big mark: "the footprint of the devil".

According to legend, the architect of this church (Jörg von Halsbach), promised to the devil that he could attain the difficult job of design this church in a way that he could not see a window from the inside of it. In return, the devil would help him build it. After he completed the building, the architect led the devil to the middle of the church from where you could not see a single window, although natural light comes from outside. It is said that the devil stamped his foot with so much rage that his footprint was visible in the stone floor.

Picture Poem: A walk in the park

Part 4:
Thousands and thousands of red roofs

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