Germany

Germany

heute Deutschland

While watching the “heute-journal19.07.2017 (important part starts at 10 min, 30 seconds)Luck Duck Sheila came across this report in the ZDF (second german TV station, one of those stations Germans are forced to pay fees for) where the ZDF unveiled the new relation between Johann and a new chick and another less important story about the Große Koalition (alliance between the normaly hostile SPD socialists and the CDU/CSU christian conservatives). It showed Johann, on which Sheila just recently casted an eye on after Andrik was lost in China,  with a new girl. The innocent looking Johann (rumors have it he also has a peculiar relation with Frank), seems to have found somebody new in Berlin and was caught on camera in one of the investigative reports of the heute-journal. So the ducks have finally made it into the most serious news programs.

 

 

  

The outlook for that new relation however is grim as shown at the end of the report.

Landshut

 

Thousands of curious onlookers and paying spectators are watching the “Landshuter Hochzeit” (Wedding of Landshut). It reminds of the spectacular wedding of Wittelbacher 1475 Duke George the Rich and Hedwig Jagiellonica,  daughter of polish king Kasimir IV. Andreas. The bride also had to take a detour via Nuremberg (Nürnberg) to make it to Landshut. Many of the citizens of Landshut participate in the Renaissance Festival and dress up in fancy renaissance costumes to the delight of the spectators. There is a closed area with all kinds of spectacular shows and there are parades through the splendid streets of Lanshut. The festival takes place every 4 years only and draws in spectators from all over the world.

Visible on the other side of the Isar River: Church St. Martin and Castle Trausnitz.

The wedding party was attended by 10.000 guest and lasted several days, George the Rich must have been indeed very rich. The Wittelsbacher were not yet in the beer brewing business at that time. The wedding took place in the St. Marin church, today a big cathedral with the highest church tower world wide built with bricks, the highest church tower in Bavaria and many important sacral artpieces in it.
George steems from the Wittelsbacher Stephan, one of the six sons of Ludwig der Bayer. Two years after the death of Ludwig der Bayern Bavaria was shared among the six sons in the Treaty of Landsberg (Landsberger Vertrag). Stephan was cheated in the Goldenen Bulle (Nuremberg, Nürnberg) 1356 and did not get the position “elector” (Kurfürst) as promised in the house rules of the Wittelsbacher. Instead a cousin, Pfalzgraf am Rhein received that position.

 

The glas window Pictures were entered after WWII.

The right Picture shows the torture of the second holy patron of the church (Martinskirche) , the Holy Kastulos. Remarkable is the fact that the 3 torturers shown in the picture look like Hitler, Göring and Goebbels who all appear in the Award winning movie “Der Fuehrer’s Face

The right Picture shows the Landshuter Hochzeit (wedding)

Inside of Church St. Martin.

 At the front entrance the four evangelists Luke, Mark, Matthew and John.

Castle Trausnitz, founded 1204, hosts an excellent Museum about the history of the Wittelbacher and also offers a splendid view down on Landshut.

 

Paulaner Chimney Down

 

  

Hundreds of curious onlookers watched the blowing up of the Paulaner Beer Brewer Chimney at the Münchner Nockherberg.  (know from the “Derblecken” (roast). Paulaner beer is sold in three of the big beer tents on the “Wiesn” (Oktoberfest; Paulaner Festhalle Winzerer Fähndl with the striking yellow tower with the giant Maß, “Armbrustschützen-Festhalle” and “Käfer Wiesn-Schänke”. A event Sheila could not miss out on as no other duck here has documented the blowing up of buildings. I didn’t see any other ducks round. The event took place at 10:56 at July, 15’th, 2017. As far as Sheila can tell everything went fine, nobody was hurt. The eplosion sounded loud and deep after a warning signal and it took the chimney some moments to start breaking down.  Maybe thanks to the blessing of the Monk Franz of Paola (1416-1507) of the Paulaner monastic order. Paulaner is sponsor of the FC Bayern München and the beer is used for the “Weißbierdusche” (here another one)and played a role in the “Weißbierlüge” scandal. Funny thing was while driving home 10 minutes after the event the radio station BR Bayerischer Rundfunk ( one of the public stations Germans are forced to pay fees for) still said that the event would soon take place. And it was not the Paulaner Tower which was blown up as stated in the news. it was the Paulaner Chimney. The other Paulander Tower at the Nockherberg, part of the production plant was already braught down.  Donald Trump probably is right, it’s all fake media out there with the public sponsored radio in charge.

The chimney looking a little bit like a tower was built with brick Stones (here is a brick tower) and only view expolosives were needed to topple it.

 

40 y Rocky Horror

 

    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Early this morning Luck Duck Sheila and some friends attended the 40’th anniversery of the first night opening of classical movie  “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW” in the “Museum-Lichtspiele München” which lasts 40 hours with ongoing repeating performances for 40 hours. You can still join (until 25.06.2017 evening). It is just over the river from the “Deutsches Museum“.

Frank, Sheila and Johann disappeared during the show for a while and returned exhausted, I don’t know what happend.

 

   

There is a  special movie hall in this theatre just for this film for many years and it has many frequent customers coming together every weekend and having a party and meatloaf for dinner. Dancing, singing and joining the show is very wellcome and supported by the operater by “Join the Show” packets for 2 Eur.  You can bring you own equipment too, here are some of the basics:

rice,  paper bag, newspaper, water-pistol, rubber glove, toilet-paper, confetti, party-popper, party-hat, a bell, toast, cards and don’t forget your dancing shoes. It’s a good idea to train ahead and profoundly know the procedures.

Though Sheila insisted to bring and use her own stuff I baught the packet as a souvenir.

Sheila braught some friends too. The film and theater is mentioned in many travellers guides about Munich.

The film Features Meat Loaf (role of “Eddi”) who is a well know collector of Rubber Ducks, playing the Saxophone in his short life appearance.  He also owns a celebrity Duck “Frankenfurter” (proudly Designed and Sculpted in the USA, Made in China).

Wikipedia says, that Meat Loaf’s music with his epic, long rock ballades refers to the music of German iconic composer Richard Wagner, a good friend of Wittelsbacher King Ludwig II. So to get some new wild Duck Links Sheila insisted to attend a opera performance of “Der Fliegende Holländer” (The Flying Dutchman)  created by Richard Wagner immediatly in the “Passionsspieltheater Oberammergau“.

And let me give you that advice: if you want to play the saxophone you have to put down the duckie. And since we of all the things are also enjoying Danny De Vito Dancing to this song, let me add this link to this masterpiece of technical engineering and movie highlight.

Yesterday  I also found this new Duck which is making bathtime a great time again and this original suitible song.

Dachau

Castle Dachau dates back to medieval times and the Counts of Dachau and was enlarged under Wittelsbacher Duke Wilhelm IV. and son Duke Albrecht V. 1546-1577 and was the prefered summer Residenz of the Wittelsbacher during these days.

View to the mountains and over the City of Munich (Allianz Arena, Olympiaturm)

 

 We finished with a cake (Buttermilk Berry) in the coffee shop in the Castle. They played very cool, relaxing modern chilling lounge music, perfect for a sunny day in a park.

After that we also visited the Dachau concentration camp where about 40.000 people where brutally murdered by the NAZIS and many more sent to other concentration camps to be murdered or to do forced labour there. Babarous medical experiments on humans have been committed here too. Johann Georg Elser who tried to assassinate Hitler 1939 in the Bürgerbräukeller was killed here too by the sore losers short before the camp was freed by the americans 1945.

Opera Munich, Staatsoper

Luck Duck Sheila joined the first presentation of the new film “GANZ GROSSE OPER” in the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. The Operahouse was turned into the biggest and nicest movie theater for that day. The film is about this Opera and the production of opera. Usually world class opera or music performed by highest ranking stars like Jonas Kaufmann who grew  up in Munich is played here almost every day in one of the highest ranking operahouses worldwide. Considering that, prices are very moderate. Sheila thought, the film was a bit boring  but still very interesting, with great Music, with some funny touch as well and will soon be shown in the movie theaters, a must see for every opera fan.

 Entrance to the Royal Box, reserved for state officials like Bavarian President Horst Seehofer these days.

The house also contains the special “Wittelsbacher Box” which is reserved for the “Wittelsbacher” familiy who founded, built and maintained the Opera. This is garantied by a state contract from 1919.

Sheila finished the event with a black forest cake in a coffee shop on her way home.

 

Ente im (vom) Lehel gone

Munich has many top restaurants. Once upon the time it also put up the Restaurant “Ente vom Lehel” (Duck of Lehel) in the Arabella Sheraton Hotel” in the Arabellapark. The Arabellapark hosts Munichs biggest density of high rise buildings, like the Hypo-Haus. It appears in this Music Video. The “Ente Vom Lehel” returned to Munich after it was in Wiesbaden for some years. Founder  Hans-Peter Wodarz born in Wiesbaden who started his career in the Hotel “Rose” in Wiesbaden, the “Bayerischer Hof” in Munich and at Star-Chef Eckhart Witzigmann (Tantris) opened his first own Restaurant “Ente im Lehel” 1975 in the quarter “Lehel” and moved it to Wiesbaden some years later as “Ente vom Lehel”. Than it came back to Munich as “Ente vom Lehel” in the Arabella Sheraton Hotel in the Arabellapark. It is no longer there though, it changed it’s name and operator. At least there is the Ducktail’s Bar  in the neighbourhood. Wodarz created the Restaurant and Dinner Show Tent Movement (Palazzo), “Pomp Duck and Circumstance” and also sold licences for Palazzo in time before the Dinner-Show Crisis. The only remaining operating Dinner Tent in Munich now is Schuhbecks Theatro.  Wodarz who said some years ago that he has brought 1.500.000 Ducks on german tables is a well known collector of Duck Art.

 Sheila in front of former “Ente im Lehel”.

Alter Peter, Munich

On another sunny day Sheila insisted to walk up on the tower of Munichs most iconic church, the “Alter Peter” (Old Pete) in the center of Munich, next to the Marienplatz and the Munich city hall.

On top of the “Münchner Rathaus” you find the “Münchner Kindl”, a iconic symbol of Munich which also joins the “Tachtenumzug” for the Munich Oktoberfest.

The “Münchner Kindl” appears in this music video.

To continue to take pictures of all sites in the mentioned video Sheila today climbed up on the tower of the “Alter Peter” the oldes documented church in Munich, which offers a splendid view over the inner city of Munich and also a good one of the Kindl on to of Munich’s city hall. The weather was great. “Der Alte Peter”, the “Hofbräuhaus“, the “Wiesn” Oktoberfest and the Müchner Kindl appear in the popular song, “Solang der alte Peter“, parts of which are still the jingle recognition song ot the “Bayerischer Rundunk” (radio, TV Broadcaster of Bavaria).

View to the “Frauenkirche” (abbey) and down to the Marienplatz.

Viktualienmarkt, München

Memorial of comedian “Karl Valentin” (appears in this music video)

The old, well known market place “Viktualienmarkt” of Munich, Bavaria (open since 1807) puts up many memorials of famous Bavarian celebreties. Like Karl Valentin (author of “Die alten Rittersleut“), Weiß Ferl (author of “Linie Acht“). We came here today on the day of “Blasmusik und Tracht“, brass music and bavarian dress “Lederhosen” and of course lots of beer.

  

Karl Valentin                                                                    Weiß Ferdl

  

Maypole (stolen again 2017) of the brewers of Munich to commemorat Wittelsbacher Duke Albrecht IV. who issued the “Münchner Reinheitsgebot” 1487 for beer, predecessor for the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot 1516 for Bavarian beer. (an even older Regulation in Munich dates back to 1447 from the city council).

Roider Jakl bavarian Folk-singer.

Cream-Puff-Pasture

As it is big enough for two People Dieter and I shared a Black Forest Cream-Puff in the “Windbeutelalm” (Cream-Puff alpine-pasture, also called “Almhütte”) and watched some of the wildlife in the pasture. They even got their own Maypole there.

 

We saw differnt kinds of wildlife.

 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The ski-jumping hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (in Partenkirchen) is lying at the Gudiberg (Gudi-mountain, in Partenkirchen) and puts  up the New-Years ski jumping event every year as part of the “Vierschanzentournee” , the pinnacle of the ski jumping season in Europe. It was also the site of the Olympic Games 1936, however on a much older construction at that time. It today is situated above the later built Olympic stadion which was built for the Olympic Games 1940 which were supposed to take place at the same spot but as Hitler had started WWII those Games were canceled. The building in the center however is the one, where Hitler opened the Games of 1936. Norway (Birger Ruud) as so many times later won the Gold Medal 1936. With the Olympic summer Games in Berlin 1936 and the ones in 1972 in Munich Germany hosted the Games 3 times. Dieter joined me on that hike up to a plattform in a height of  871 m almost at the top of the latest award winning construction IOC/IAKS Award in Gold, which was opened in 2007 only days before the Neujahrsspringen 2008 after austrian architects and companys achieved the almost impossible fast construction in less than a year.

  

The Gudiberg is also used for World Cup Slalom races. The Downhill Races (Kandahar) take place in the other part of the town, Garmisch.

 

Dieter in the Jury room and and the stairs (Himmelsleiter, stairway to heaven). The facility ist used for ski-jump in summer too and only accessible for visitors on special days.

 

Garmisch – Partenkirchen once again applied for the Olympic Games 2018 but failed as the Population did not want it.

 

 

On the Rathausplatz in Garmisch Partenkirchen (Partenkirchen) we saw this pretty locomotive, a cock wheel train before used on the tracks up to the Zugspitze mountain, Germanys highest mountain.

The local prison, nickname “Kaffee Loisach” close to the Loisach River is operatet by the prison in Landsberg. Partenkirchen was founded by the romans along the newer Via Reatia which superceded the older Via Augusta to Augsburg. Wittelsbacher King Ludwig II. stayed in town several times as he possessed a Castle high above the town in the lonely mountains, the “Königshaus Schachen”. Composer Richard Strauß lived in this town.

 

FCB Full Hand

Sheila and Dieter, Ulrichs brother had the luck to meet some of the champions of the FC Bayern Munich in the Audi Foto Shooter Box in the FCB Erlebniswelt in the Allianz Arena Munich today and to drive them to Munich Marienplatz to prepare the celebration of the 5’th championship in a row in the “Deutsche Bundesliga” 2017. Well done, thank you for all the thrill and good times.

 

 

1. May, Maypole Perlach

, Sheila the day before the erection of the Maypole

Since medieval times the erection of a Maypole is common in germanitic coutries but also practised in Skandinavia (here also common in midsummer) or in german communities in America. Some foreign partner cities also received them as a present from their german partners. (Domont France)

The Maypoles in Bavaria are normally erected by “Burschenvereine” (clubs of “not to old” unmarried men ) and erecting the Maypoles is the most important assignment of those clubs next to promoting local friendship (saludos amigos). Touching a Maypole if you are not a member of the club is forbidden and not adequate. A big and imporant tradition and second most important assignment of “Burschenvereine” in Bavaria is steeling the Maypole of other clubs before the erection and it is a big and serious issue to guard the tree ahead of the big event. Any attempt to steel the tree has to stop as soon as any of the members of the home team Burschenverein puts his hand on the tree. No fight ist allowed. If the tree is stolen than horable, serious negotiations have to start about the ransom money (in form of  beer and a “Brotzeit” (bavarian buffet) and it always ends in a big party (it seems as some clubs like it if their Maypole is stolen). In an outstanding event the Maypole on the Zugspitze was stolen 2004 presumed by the help of a helicopter by Austriens. The Zugspitze is Germanys highest mountain.

This years erection of the Maypole party in Perlach, (part of Munich) by the BURSCHENVEREIN PERLACH E.V.  is running right at the moment, the last salute shots to indicate the successfull procedure have been shot only minutes ago, the brass music is playing and now it’s time to celebrate. To be able to make it through the long nights of guarding the Maypole the Buschen have to be able to drink big amounts of beer. The BURSCHENVEREIN PERLACH successfully stole Maypoles the past years. Sheila has no information about this year.

Size of course also matters, the bigger the Maypole the better. Since seveal years and occasional accidents it is no longer allowed to erect Maypolse by muscle power in Munich (insurance is also an issue) so cranes are deployed these days which gives more time to celebrate. Normally there is a friendship between the local fire department and the Burschenvereinen as the young members may be members of both.

The evening before, boys and girls practising for the dance round the Maypole taking place the next day next to the still grounded Maypole already with live brass music (small combo)

At the picturesque town’ s place next to the brook, war memorial and local church. Another true picture book Bavaria.

Getting by the branches of one of the trees next to the rising Maypole took all the cleverness and experience of many years. Some of the motto pannels (of traditional craftmen) on the right side had to be attached after the Maypole was already standing. With the pannels already on the Maypole it would not have fitted through the branches.The Maypole is a real beauty and big, Sheila will try to get more informations soon. Update: according to this video it is more than 34 m high.

 

To celebrate the event, Sheila and I shared a “Weißbier” from “Ayinger”, another good local bavarian beer brewer in Aying. Phillip Lahm, bavarian soccer star playing for the FC Bayern Munich married in Aying 2010.

I suggest you scroll into the google satellite picture and check out more of the American Alternative Facts. In fact there is only one Maypole and not two like indicated on the google picture.

The Burschenverein Oberpframmern tried to steel the Perlacher Maypole this year 2017 at 4 a clock in the night but the attentive, still sober enough crew of the Perlacher in their well equiped “Wachhütten” (guards hut) could prefent the attempt.

 The hut was equipped with flipper machines, drinks and food supply and Pay-TV to make it through the long nights of guarding. There is also some sort of tourism, travelling fr0m guard hut to guard hut and have a drink or too with the local Burschen, the drinks which are also provided for the visitors. A sacrilege however was committed by a overmotivated women club which smeered some paint on the tree but the crime was documented on camera and the culprits caught. They had to pay for the damage.

And here are some more pictures of the now beautifully standing Maypole in Perlach.

In another striking event another important Maypole in Munich was stolen 2017, the iconic Maypole on the Viktualienplatz 36 m high with the panel of the Wittelsbacher Herzog Albrecht IV. This amazing coup was accomplished by an alliance ot the Burschenvereine Ismaning, Neufinsing and Unterföhring, each of them of course having their own Maypoles which are renewed normally every 5 years or so.

Maypole in Ismaning

and Unterföhring, Sheila sitting on the back wings of a helicopter right in the town center of Unterföhring were a local fare took place today and where the helicopter was shown. Sheila insisted to make a stop. The helicopter was   n o t    used to steel the treee on the Viktualienmarkt 2017.

 

Red vs. Blue Razorbacks / Hogs

Today a historical football game took place, the first match of the Red against the Blue Razorback in the German Zweite Bundesliga (second league). A event Sheila could not miss. So we drove to Fürstenfeldbruck west of Munich and startet the sportive day with a big american burger and frensh fries and some cake of course. Then we enjoyed the exiting game of the Fursty Razorbacks vs. the Ravensburg Razorbacks which made the game complicated to watch because you never knew whose first down it always was. Sheila is a fan of the Red Fursty Razorbacks and wanted to kick and throw the old pig skin but we had to learn that it is to big for her. The weather was great, cool but sunny. Though Germans prever to watch soccer, football has become more popular the past years since the Superbowl is also broadcasted on German TV now.

Canards Jets Aviators Rockets

As Sheila next to being a passionate traveller also has a lot of interest in technical stuff she visited the “Flugwerft Schleißheim” at Oberschleißheim north of Munich. (next to the Wittelsbacher castle complex of Schleißheim)

Sheila was able to look at and walk through a fascinating Dornier Do 31 E-3, 1967 a vertical-start aircraft like the contemporary “Osprey“.

  

The Do 31 E-3   left and attached to the ceiling the Solair 1, the solar driven plane based on the the glider “Canard 2 FL from Switzerland, a “Duck Airplane” built by Hans Farner. It was not very successfull after the constructor died in a crash with it and the planes were taken out out of the market.

Sheila also learned about the mayby first motorized flight by German “Gustav Weißkopf” (Gustave Whitehead, he changed his name after moving to the USA) which was in many newspapers 1901 and had several wittnesses, two years before the famous Wright Brothers performed their first motorized flight 1903. The brothers Wilbur and Orville are said to have been visiting Whithead and having got some of their ideas from Whitehead. The Smithsonian Institute in Washington had to sign a paper that they would never say, the Wright Brothers did not perform the first flight in order to get the plane of the brothers for their exhibition hall. That document does still exist and the fact that it does tells it’s own story.

Weißkopf was a clever selfmade constructor who worked as a capenter and on a sailship before but not a clever business man. It doesn’t matter if  you don’t know shit from shinola, as long as you know how to promote shit as shinola.

The Flugwert Schleißheim Museum ist Part of the “Deutsches Museum” in Munich. The Deutsches Museum built a replica of Weißkopf’s plane using Whiteheads plans, to test if it would fly, and yes, indeed it did. They did use modern material though and a modern engine.

Sheila had the chance to visit Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hill in North Carolina 2011 and see the spot where the Wright Brothers performed their first flight. And she also visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 2011 where you can see a lot of german achievements in air and space technology. American stuff of course too.

In the Museum in the Flugwert Schleißheim Sheila also learned about the glider plane pioneer “Otto Lilienthal” who is commemorated with a bust in the museum as well as Willy Messerschmid,

   

who built the first usable jet fight planes. Some of his jets can be seen in the Museum. Sheila of course had to use the chance to climb on the pilots seat in one of the fight jets which was a popular past time for the visiting kids. I renounced as it looked quite small.

Check out this hero braving a swarm of Messerschmid fight jets in WWII getting in a mess. . The director did not focus much on propper german in that movie nore on math. (Nickel, Pfennig)

His plane M163 (left) only wing plane also had astonishing stealth abilities. The propeller in the front served to produce electricity. The reach was very limited though. And another Me Jet on the right. The jet engines were developed parallel by Hans von Ohain (Germany) and Frank Whittle (officer in the royal airforce). Hans von Ohain however was the first one to make it fly as he could entuse investor Hinkel whereas Whittle had problems so find Support in the brittish armee hierachy at the beginning.

The jets at that time had been produced close to Augsburg, later partly in “Ringeltaube” at Kaufering close to Landsberg and in “Duck and Cerusit” in Oberammergau and other underground places after the “U-Verlagerung” 1944.

The Flugwerft Schleißheim still has a operating airfield for private planes. It is the oldest still operating airport in Germany. Sheila also learned that Porsche had been producing sports planes for a while and a Porsche Plane is exhibited in the Museum. And we did see a plane start form the airfield which looked like the Porsche plane in the Museum. (the 4 pixles in the upper middle of the picture, Sheila was too slow to do her hair and pose in front of the starting plane)

Before WWII and before the Museum was established, the Flugwerft Schleißheim served as Royal (Wittelsbacher) Airfield (the oldest still operating airfield in Germany). At the moment there is a exhibition in the Museum about famous painter “Paul Klee” (who together with Kandinsky founded the “Blaue Reiter in Café Luitpold who was lucky as the Wittelsbacher royal family was always promoting art, and after the death of  painter Franz Marc in WWI, Verdun France and other popular painters from Munich did not want to loose another art star. So crown prince Rupprecht, son of Ludwig III. (“Millibauer”) helped that Paul did not have to fight in the front lines but instead could do his military service in the save base far away from the front lines.

Not far away is another former airfield “Oberwiesenfeld” (1906) on a former military barracks area which today is also covered by the Olympiapark Munich.

  The museum also displays rocket technic and offers the chance to start a rocket in a 5 m. high tube with the help of compressed air. Sheila of course had to inflate the pressure tank and make the rocket fly.

Pionier Otto Lilienthal is also commemorated with a street name in the town of Ottobrunn next to Munich, close to the AIRBUS and EADS companies in Ottobrunn.

  in an eerie neighborhood with many cameras, antennas and mysterious buildings. If you are lucky you can see helicopters perform stunts above the neighboring fields, causing a lot of noise.

Messerschmid airospace merged with Bölkow Blom and became MBB after WWII and later EADS.

To accomplish the day of the Aviators Sheila had a excellent  “Route 66 Dinner Buffet at the” Hilton at the Munich Airport at the Charles Lindbergh restaurant. (next to the bar where they have the Volkswagen Doppelpass TV Sport Show every Sunday about the Bundesliga.

 

Bürgerbräukeller

Short after the start of WW II Georg Elser, a carpenter who had also been working in the watch industry producing cases for the watches,  tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler  at the 8.11.1939 and several other heads of the N.S.D.A.P in the “Bürgerbräukeller” in Munich, a place where striking speeches of Nazi heads had been held. Another big beer palace in Munich like the Hofbräuhaus at that time. Hitlers “Marsch auf die Feldherrnhalle” started here.

The Bürgerbräukeller no longer exists, the remains were torn down in the 1970’s and now there are a new built hotel and business building at that place. Elser is commemorated with a memorial plate on the compound and a exhibition window on the outside of the administration and library building of the “Gasteig”, a multifunctional building with a concert hall.

Hitler was lucky that day, as he left earlier after a speech than expected. Georg Elser was arrested, mistreated, tortured but did not receive a formal trial. He was braught to the NAZI Concentration Camp Dachau

where he stayed until 20 days before the camp was freed by the Americans. He was shot/murdered by the sore losers at the 9. April 1945 in Dachau without a formal lawsuit. In the cells in the KZ Dachau where he was bared, information panels have been set up.

 The Gasteig Concert hall near the former Bürgerbräukeller.

April 1926 Dr. Goebbels, after having been invited by  Adolf Hitler held a striking 2 1/2 hour speech in the Bürgerbräukeller. He received a lot of applause and a hug of Hitler who had tears in his eyes. Goebbels was reprimanded soon later though by Hitler as he again could not stop to promote his socialistic ideas.

Dr. Goebbels, decendig from a catholic middle class family from the Rheinland with contacts to intellectual Jews after years of a busy student live (Philologi, Germanistic, History 1919-20 also in Munich) in relative poverty, and with depressive periods graduated 1921 as a Dr. Phil. During his student live and  even after his graduation he was always lacking money which probably also caused him to loose his beloved girlfriend. It took some years working in different jobs (also in a bank and as a writer) during the inflation time until he finally got on his feet and made a carreer in the NAZI familiy in western Germany as he turned out to be a brilliant speaker. At the start he did not like the NAZIS as he wrote 1921: “Seh ich nur ein Hakenkreuz, krieg ich schon zum Kacken Reiz” (if I see a swastika, I have to poop)

Here are some swastica examples, visible in Munich. The symbol is not an exclusive NAZI Symbol, quite abundant in Asia too as a Symbol of the sun.

It was not Hitlers concept, to harm the industry much or the old noble society. Propaganda was more important for the means than boring intellectual discussions. A lesson, which more intellectual Dr. Goebbels still had to learn. So the Dr. posponed those ideas and indulged in the advantages of a live under the by Goebbels adored and considered “divine” star Hitler.

Dr. Goebbels nickname “Der Bock von Babelsberg” (the buck/stallion of Babelsberg) who used his position as propaganda minister to get in touch with many young and beautiful actresses (his toys) as he had a lot of influence on the german film industy. Goebbels himselve appeares in the Disney cartoon “Der Fuehrer’s Face” as the man who playes the trombone, a kind of extra long, shining trumpet. While poor Donald has to work 48′ hour shifts in his nightmare. (this man has too)

Olympiapark Munich

As we did not get to see the “Olympiaturm” in the Olympiapark in Munich from below outside due to the thickest fog and smog Sheila ever encountered on New Years Eve, we decided to go there again on a sunny day and shoot some pictures in the park and of the tower. We enjoyed I nice sunset on the sunny, chilly day.

The Olympiaturm appears in this music video.

  

As I planed to walk up on the ” Großer Schuttberg” (huge pile / hill of debris in the park; made of debris from WWII and trash) I had the idea to cut the way short and to walk over the frozen “Olympiasee” (Olympic Lake). I ignored that wasn’t wearing adequate shoes and I did not get further than 2 meters until I found out I had no grip at all. So I returned to the save shore on extrem tottery legs making a complete fool out of myselve being asked if I would require help.

And then I went the long way round the lake and finally up the mountain. The mountain is high enough that they even for some years performed Slalom World Cup races there but with the global warming the risk to have to cancel thoses races has become too big. There is even an “Alpine Pasture Hut” “Olympialm” up there, a good place to fill up before f.e. going to a “Rolling Stones” concert in the “Olympiastadium” or a “Tote Hosen” concert in the “Olympiahalle” (multifunctional hall) or sports events. If you want to save money you can get a little bit of the music from the distance for free while being up there during the concerts.

The “BMW Welt” is just next door to the park across the big ring street “Mittlerer Ring”.

 

 

Schuhbeck’s Platzl

Sorcerer Alfons Schuhbeck who must be working 48′ hour shifts operates more and more businesses at the “Platzl” next door to the “Hofbräuhaus” and other places in Munich. You might see him in front of his cooking school unloading heavy packages out of his car while he is life on TV in one of his many cooking series which are also popular in many other countries while he at the same time is heating  “Weißwürste” in Kitzbühl Austria in the “Stanglwirt” after the Hahnenkamm skiing event like a goast behind Arni Schwarzenegger and preparing the dinner for the “Theatro” mirror tent in the suburb Riem while being on tour with the FC Bayern on their champions league away matches or at home in the Allianz Arena while writing books while he at the same time rides on a TEE train preparing lunch. If you want to eat at Schuhbeck’s and have a small budget I suggest you buy yourselve a ice cream comp in Schuhbecks ice cream parlor.  There is a wide range of restaurants where you can enjoy Schuhbecks excellent food. If you are lucky you might see him passing by lightning fast.

Last time then I had the chance to visit the Südtiroler Stuben I enjoyed the great meal  and good wines b u t   I was missing the legendary Schuhbecks Desert Plate which was a dissappointment. Everything else was fabulous and yes, I found me another desert which was just as good.

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After having been here several times Sheila had to visit the worlds most iconic, most known Inn, the legendary “Hofbräuhaus“. A true Beer Palace. Sheila met this young couple (Mari  and Michi) and had a jolly good time with them. Schunkeling to the bavarian oompah band music, and enjoying a spoonfull of great bavarian HB beer was once again a great experience.

We also shared a typical “Bayerische Schweinshaxn” (pork leg)

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The Hofbräuhaus is situated at the center of the old town of Munich at the “Platzl” (small place) with lots of souvenir shops and the Hard Rock Cafe next door. The old Wittelsbacher Residence ain’t far away. The Hofbräuhaus was founded 1589 by bancrupt Wittelsbacher Duke Wilhelm V. to provide brown beer for the royal household. 1602 noble Sigmund von Degenberg died without male successors who had the exclusive right to brew white beer north of the Danube river. The widdow of Sigmund  asked for the protection of Wilhelm’s son, Kurfürst Maximilian I. who used the chance to seize  or inherrit that privelege (given by former Wittelsbacher Duke Wilhelm IV. ), so it returned into the hands of the Wittelsbacher. Maximilian recovered the bavarian state finances by founding many breweries like the Weißbräu in Kehlheim and brewing beer on big scale or turning the HB into a brewery not only for the court’s household. In some years 50 % of the courts income was generated by beer. Since 1608 white and brown beer are produced here at the Platzl. In the year 1828 King Ludwig I. issued the right, that breweries are also allowed to sell and pour beer directly to customers. No food though but the customers were able to bring their own food to the Beer Gardens. 1896 the brewery was moved to Haidhausen to the Hofbräukeller (very popular among the Nazis too) by Wittelsbacher Prinzregent Luitpold to have more available space for customers in the Hofbräuhaus. Today the Hofbräuhaus is owned by the city of Munich and provides for some good refenues for the city. It has been copied many times, I red that there is one in Las Vagas, Cleveland, Chicago, USA, there might be a Hofbräuhaus in your home town too. Exports go all around the world.

 

 Peculiarity of the Hofbräuhaus are the beer mug safes which frequent boozer can rent to keep their personal beer mugs. You will also have to clean them by yourselve, there is a sink next to them. There are many “Stammtische” (reseved tables for frequent customers) in the Inn and a long waiting list to get one or one of the safes. It is not only a tourist trap, still very popular for the locals.

1920 Hitler’s N.S.D.A.P was founded in the house and the programm of the party was announced. Hitler knew well, that loud, easy propaganda was much more effective, more seductive and better than long controvercial discussions about the respective matter. (Mensch, der hat a Gosch’n, den kummt ma  braucha Anton Drexler, 1919 about Hitler, he has got the voice, he is our man)

Hitler’s voice appears in the award winning Disney cartoon “Der Fuehrer’s Face” as the man who get’s tomatos in The Fuehrer’s Face at the end of the cartoon. It is not clear who built the high rise chimmneys of the production plants in the background. Good thing, that Hitler never got to finish the atomic bomb. It would be a dangerous world if a immoral populistic leader would use seductive propaganda, built his own retail of beer wherever he wants and at the same time has the power to destroy the world. Propaganda coup of Hitler also was the big construction project of building the Autobahns and letting the Jews pay for it. Another big and popular Beer Palace of that time was the “Bürgerbräukeller“.

The Hofbräuhaus was a popular place for political agitation, a must see for some leaders these days. And if you do not like critical media another wall like a Great Firewall (like in China) might help to prefent nasty search phrases such as “Big Yellow Duck” , “today” or “tonight”. Great nations of course need to be protected against Big Yellow Ducks, and small once too.

There is also a very popular drinking song about the Hofbräuhaus, “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus“, oans zwoa gsuffa. American Presidents visited too, such as Ulysses Grant, J.F. K might have had informations about the theft of beer mugs from the Hofbräuhaus. (but mayby thats a Russian Hoax),  Vladimir Lenin and his wife liked it here and Mozart too.

Göring’s Game Gone

After many years of being exhibited in the “Jagd- und Fischereimuseum” “Odin” and “Matador” disappeared 2014. The Trophys and Victims of “Hermann Göring’s” (1893 born in Rosenheim,  † 1946 in Nuremberg “Nürnberg“) hunting adventures  were diplayed at the prominent entrance stairs in the museum, together with the name of the successfull hunter Göring. I still was able to see that maybe 25 years ago. Some years ago the plate with the name of Göring was taken away and now, since 2014 Odin and Matador disappeard in some dark storeroom. The tropy to the right is somebody else’s. They were straight ahead behind Sheila, left and right of the central bow.

Göring participated in the “Hitlerputsch” (Marsch auf die Feldhernnhalle 1923) was among the highest ranking Nazi leaders, president of the “Reichstag”  and a leading war criminal who received capital punishment in the “Nürnberger Prozess” after WW II. He was also an aviator and chief of the “Luftwaffe” and a notorious art collector (stealing or compelling the art from the Jewish victims) receiving huge funds from Adolf Hitler. He carried the foul name “Hermann Meier” after he said he should be called that if any allied airplane should enter German airspace. In April 1945 he tried to overpower Adolf Hitler but failed and was arrested. But it didn’t matter any longer as Hitler committed suizide soon later.

He was also a passionate hunter and he during his rule also issued many hunting laws in Germany which are still effective today. It’s also known that he was a drug addict and he had a tongue for fancy uniforms.  He could steal himselve away from being hung after the capital sentence by taking poison.

Famous Quote of him: “Wenigstens 12 Jahre anständig gelebt” (at least I had a good live for 12 years 1933-1945). Hermann Göring appears in the famous, award winnig Disney film “Der Fuehrer’s Face” (planned original title was Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” but the title song was very successful, so the name was changed), voted 1994 #22 of the greatest cartoon movies of all the times. Göring is playing the Piccolo in the oom-pah band bugging poor Donald. 

Göring and vegetarian Hitler both supported the aryan animal protection movement and Hitler could not understand Görings passion for hunting.  Hitlers german shepherd’s dog “Blondie” however was poisened in the Führerbunker 1945 and died together with Adolf and Eva. The animals thanked Göring for his affaction with a propper salut.

181 Happy NY

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Sheila celebrated the New Years Eve in Munichs highest restaurant, “Restaurant 181“. The restaurant revolves round the Munich TV Tower and offers a splendid view over Munich and has 230 seats. It is situated almost on top of the Munich “Olympiaturm”, a TV tower which was built in time to participate at the Olympic Games 1972 in Munich. The decision to built the tower was made even before it became clear that Munich would get the games. Sheila enjoyed the excellent live music and world class food which finished with a desert including dehydrated chocolate mousse.

This part of Munich were covered with thick ground fog and later smog from the intense fireworks but the restaurant overtowered the fog by some 50 m. That provided for a great look on the top of the fog being illuninated by the rockets from below. Only view rockets found their way through and over the fog. But many were visible in the southern parts in the distance. Unfortuately the open air platfoms of the tower were not accessible during the event and I could not use my tripods as I planed to get some nice shots with Sheila and firework in the background.

The “Olympiaturm” stands in the Munich “Olympiapark” and is a total of 291 m high.

The same thick ground fog sadly caused major, bad car accidents that night with casualties on Autobahn Nr. 7.

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Sheila on the table waiting for the Amuse Bouche and in front of the closed doors through which you would normally attend the open viewing plattforms

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and in a small exhibition room, one story above the restaurant.

The souvenir shop also offers a small selection of rubber ducks.

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Sheila had been on many famous high rise buildings before, such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, CN tower Canada, World Trade Center New York (in the old days) … and also high situated building and always enjoys that a lot.

Luck Sheila wishes all of you Good Luck, Pease, Fortune and Health and a Happy New Year.

Dallmayr, Munich

 

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Sheila at the Purveyor to the Royal Household, Dallmayr

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Alois Dallmayr KG, founded 1700 is the biggest shop for delicassies in all of Europe and as Sheila says the best. It has almost 3 million visitors every year and is a important coffee producer as well. Sheila is specially fond of all the great chocolates they produce. They also provide fine wines from all over the world and all kinds of goodies. The nostalgic interior of the huge shop in the center of Munich with the always neatly dressed (in blue) staff is just like in the TV adds. It is again completely a family run business after some parts were possessed by Nestlé for a while. They are present in many European countries and also in the United Arab Emirates. Many tourist from there visit Munich these days.

And they still carry the title “Purveyor of the Royal Houshold” which makes sence as they since 1700 have always been neigbours of the Wittelsbacher Residenz in the center of Munich and delivered to the Dukes and Kings.

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The square/park where this pictures were taken is no longer accessible as it now serves as starting spot for Munichs newest gigantic construction projekt, the second central tube for urban trains. (Zweite Stammstrecke) which starts with a party at the 05. and 06. April 2017.

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Next to a wonderful calender filled with tempting chocolate (it was hard to only eat one per day) for the pre chrismess time I found us a nice wine which I had to buy. A blend of red wine from Sonoma County, 2012 of the Duckhorn Wine Company, “Decoy”. After the fine blackberry and blueberry bouquet wellcomed my nose the ascid and oak barrel flavors attacked maybe a bit too powerfull (maybe I should have let it breathe a bit longer but Sheila could not resist the Decoy) it ends in a balanced and sustainable, very fine aftertaste. It appeared myseriouly violet in the glass, almost black on the bottom

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Kaisheim Abbey

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Kaisheim Abbey once ruled 136 square kilometers in Swabia, Germany and was like a independent state until to the secularisation 1802. It is situated about 40 km north of Augsburg. It was founded by count Henry II. of Lechsgemünd 1142. The church was dedicated by a Bishop from Augsburg 1183. After the seularisation 1803 under later king Maximilian I. of Bavaria it was turned into a prison and is still used as one. The church however is accessible and a impressive building. Famous inmate of the prison was Räuber Kneißl when he (and other familiy mebers) did his first time in prison here for theft and poaching and the prison is mentioned in the Räuber Kneißl Lied (song). Räuber Kneißl was later arrested after the “Kneißl Battle” and executed on the Guillotine in Augsburg after killing two police officers.

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Inside of the impressive church in gothical stile.

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The komplex also hosts the Bavarian Museum of Punishment but we could not visit it as we came in to late. (Bayerisches Strafvollzugsmuseum)

 

Landsberg am Lech

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The picturesque mediaeval town of Landsberg am Lech ist situated 55 km west of Munich and 35 km south of Augsburg.

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Sheila in the “Hexenviertel” (witches quarter) and on the “Schlossberg”. (the castle was turned down about 1800).

The name Hexenviertel steems from a red heired femal painter  who lived and painted in the romantic street in the 19’th century.

The mediaeval walls (germans have always been good in building walls) are well preserved and impresive sites with many historic buildings. WWII did not cause much damage in the city though it became part of the campain U-Verlagerung 1944 to produce fight jets Messerschmitt Me 262 in underground bunkers in nearby Kaufering. Like the project “Ente” (Duck) it carried the name of a animal, “Ringeltaube” (ring dove, wood pigeon). Kaufering was also called cold crematory for the harsh, inhuman conditions in the Konzentration camp.

There are several intersting churches in the town (“Heilig -Kreuz” high up over the old townwich are worth a visit. Though the town does not seem to focus a lot on tourism. (as I heard locals talk)

 

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Heilig Kreuz-Kirche” above the city

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1315 the city was burned down in a war between Wittelsbacher Ludwig der Bayer and Fredrich dem Schönen (Friedrich the beautiful) Salt and trade on the Lech made the city wealthy. Pious Wittelsbacher Duke Ernst (who killed his son’s wife Agnes Bernauer) 1437 founded the institution of the “Junferngeld”. Money which would be collected from the citizens of Landshut and given to two poor virgin girls in Landsberg to allow them to marry. Sheila found those statues which might be connected with that tradition and joined the dance.

Landsberg am Lech is situated along the Lech river and also on the hitoric Salt Street from Bad Reichenhall to Augsburg and was a important city for the Wittelsbacher.

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The old Witch Tower (not in the Hexenviertel) and a modern mill close the the Lech River.

Sheila also visited the well known prison “Justizvollzugsanstalt Landsberg” which had many well known inmates. Having to do time in Landsberg never prevented striking carreers or kept you from filling big halls with enthusiastic fans and followers.

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Sheila in front of the prison and next to a warrent of apprihension of a suspicous cat who might have escaped.

Graf (count) Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley did time here after he assassinated Bavarian Ministerpresident Kurt Eisner 1919 in front of “Hotel Bayerischer Hof” in Munich. (quote from the national orientated, antisemitc count with connection to the Thule-Gesellschaft: “Eisner ist Bolschewist, er ist Jude, er ist kein Deutscher, er fühlt nicht deutsch, untergräbt jedes vaterländische Denken und Fühlen, ist ein Landesverräter”). The count was given capital punishment but he was amnestied soon later and his punishment changed into honorable fortress imprisionment in Landsberg. He could spent his time here in relative liberty. The amnesty caused a lot of unrest in Munich, also among the students. Professor Soziologist Max Weber, who though appearing as wittness in the trial and testifying to the advantage of the count, later stated that he should be executed. This caused unrest among the nationalistc student connections in Munich. Count Arco was released on probation 1924 and completely amnestied 1927 by German Empire Ministerpresident Paul von Hindenburg 1927. He was later arrested again by the Nazis as he said something unsuitable, ambiguous about Hitler but was released soon due to the support of Wittelsbacher Crown Prince. Having the right family connections or Amigos always helps in Bavaria. Räuber Kneißl was not so lucky. The Nazis though kept an eye on the Count. Count Arco auf Valley died in a car accident while pulling by a horse driven carridge crashing into a car of the US army 1945.  Count Arco auf Valley was also arrested in cell 70 in Stadelheim, Munich.

The family of the Counts of Valley, with their seat at Arco at the lake Garda in Italy (today, Southern Tirol) is related to the Wittelsbacher Dynasty (1125 Count Otto von Dachau Scheyern-Wittelsbach was the first to use the name of the old castle Valley). They are also present in Munich in the Arco-Palais.  They, like the Wittelsbacher, since 1730 brew (brown) beer with the agreement of Kurfürst Maximilian.

Adolf Hitler did time here in Landsberg (after being arrested in cell 70 in Stadelheim, Munich before as well for breach of the piece) and wrote big parts of his book “Mein Kampf” here. Next to Munich and Nuremberg (Nürnberg) Landberg is the third central city / place for Nationalsozialism.

Latest prominent inmate was Uli Hoeneß, recently released and (Nov 2016) new elected old and new president of famous soccer club FC Bayern München. There was some unrest as the hall where the main event took place was not big enough for all the interested members of the club and they had to use another tent near by with TV broadcast. Not all could see Uli live. He was elected with 97 %, a result Hitler was always dreaming of.

The prison in Landsberg is also known as US war criminal prison Nr. 1 and also death penalties against war criminals had been excecuted here. Some prisoners even came in 1947 as far as from Shanghai where they received imprionment penalties in the Shanghai war criminal cases

The prison Landsberg also manages the prison in Garmisch Partenkirchen which is called “Kaffee Loisach” by the locals for it’s nice location along the Loisach river in the mountain Olympic City (1936) Garmisch Partenkirchen. There is a real Kaffee Loisach too, so be carefull if you are invited.

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I found this piece of art on the castle mountain next to a school and thought, I should scare Sheila a bit:

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