Continuing a virtual tour around Bavaria, here are spots in Munich where characters in my novel, Bavarian Beauty, visit. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be included in a random drawing for 5 winners who will receive a coupon code to get this ebook for free at Smashwords. Only for readers at least 18 years old, and you have until September 30.
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The Marienplatz is the city square, which includes the New City Hall — and that has the Glockenspiel in the tower. This chimes daily and puts on two shows, one on the top and one on the bottom, with colorful characters.
The top half “tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine.” I like that this celebrates a wedding, just as Oktoberfest does.
The bottom half is the coopers’ dance: “According to myth, 1517 was a year of plague in Munich. The coopers are said to have danced through the streets to “bring fresh vitality to fearful dispositions.” The coopers remained loyal to the duke, and their dance came to symbolize perseverance and loyalty to authority through difficult times.” Both quotes are from Wikipedia.
This beer hall was founded in 1589 by Duke Wilhelm V, as the brewery for the Royal Residence — which was just around the corner, so the royals wouldn’t have to go far to get their bier on. Nor did Mozart, who lived around the block from the beer hall, and he “claimed to have written the opera Idomeneo after several visits to the Hofbräuhaus fortified him for the task.” (Quote from Wiki.) So the place is inspirational! Today, there are franchises of this beer hall around the world: Las Vegas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Marriott International in Dubai, Seoul, and more.
The “English Garden” sounds to me like Munich’s Central Park in New York City. Or maybe Central Park is the English Garden of NYC, since Munich’s large public park came first (1789, compared to Central Park’s 1857). The English Garden is huge, covering 910 acres, and includes fields, woods, streams, a Japanisches Teehaus (Japanese teahouse), a Chinesischer Turm (Chinese tower), biergarten, and more. A water pumping system in a stream even creates waves for surfers to enjoy. Yes, you can surf in Munich.