Botanischer Garten, Nymphenburg and Blutenburg castle

A small travel around some of popular sight seeing in Munich in a rare sunny day. Start from home to Blutenburg castle, Botanical Garden and Nymphenburg castle where I was 3 years ago.

Blutenburg castleastle
The Blutenburg castle is located in the west of Munich, in the district Obermenzing. The castle was first mentioned in 1432. Under Albrecht III. ,who used the castle as a hunting lodge, the fortress emerged with defensive walls, the gate tower and the farm buildings. With his son, Duke Sigismund, in 1497, he built important late gothic castle chapel. After a complete renovation, there is now the International Youth Library (IJB) in the castle. In April 1945, a death march of Dachau concentration camp inmates took place at the castle. Today there is a monument of the sculptor Hubertus von Pilgrim for remembering of the victims. The Blutenburg castle and Green Forest are the only medieval castles available in Munich.

Nymphenburg castle
The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. Five generations of Wittelsbach rulers were involved in the construction of this stately ensemble, which houses several outstanding collections. With its lavishly decorated interior and the famous “Gallery of Beauties” commissioned by Ludwig I, the palace is one of Munich’s favorite attractions. Among the highlights are the former bedroom of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.

Nymphenburg was originally Ferdinand Maria’s present to his wife Henriette Adelaide on the birth of his heir, in 1675. This was the beginning of a splendid baroque creation. The same heir, Maximilian Emanuel, commissioned the construction of symmetrical buildings, that were connected to the central section by galleries. From 1715 on, fired by their monarch’s enthusiasm, the craftsmen, hired for the most part from France or Flanders, worked wonders in the expansion of Nymphenburg and the building of Schleißheim Palace.

While you’re there, be sure not to miss the Marstallmuseum and the Porcelain Museum, the Museum Mensch und Natur and the Botanical Garden.

The landscaped park with its venerable trees, myriad waterways and secluded pavilions is an ideal place to go exploring.

Botanical Garden
Covering an area of 220,000 m² (almost 55 acres) the Munich Botanical Garden in the borough of Nymphenburg is one of the most important botanical gardens of the world and is visited by over 400,000 visitors every year. It is home of approximately 14,000 plants.

Take a botanical journey to the hot and humid regions, visit the evergreen mountain forests of the more temperate tropical regions, or explore the hot and arid deserts within the 4,500 m² (approx. 1.1 acres) of our Glasshouse Complex. The large arboretum and the order beds will give you an idea of the family relationships of plants and their ecological needs – whereas in the large Ornamental Courtyard you will find many ideas for your own garden. Or you may just want to go for a stroll: Walk straight across from the Botanical Garden to the Nymphenburg Palace Gardens and the Museum of Man and Nature (Museum Mensch und Natur) which is located in its grounds.

However, the Botanical Garden serves other purposes as well: Together with
the Alpine Garden on the Schachen
(1,860 m) it provides an invaluable basis for research. It is also a base for
training and further education for gardening and landscaping trainees, amongst
others, as well as students of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. Last but not least it serves to
preserve rare European plant and bee species.

Whether you are interested in botany or just visiting to relax in a
tranquil and beautiful surrounding – we hope that your visit will be
enjoyable.

Source
http://www.muenchen.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/orte/130945.html
http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/sights/castles/nymphenburg-palace.html
http://www.botmuc.de/en/

Trip to Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz

In Easter holidays I made a small trip to “Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz” to visit my friends there. We are playing an online game together and I would like to meet them to chat about our lives or something about this game. They are working in small asia restaurant there. Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz is the capital of the Neumarkt district in the administrative region of the Upper Palatinate, in Bavaria, Germany. With a population of about 40,000, Neumarkt is the seat of various projects, and acts as the economic and cultural center of the western Upper Palatinate, along with Nürnberg, Ingolstadt, and Regensburg (Wikipedia).

My friends warned me that Neumarkt is pretty small but I didn’t believe them. There must be something to see. Therefore I took an early train to have more time to visit this town. They picked me up at the train station, we made a small talk, took some photos and I started my trip around Neumarkt. However it’s a pretty small town, it takes me only about an hour and little more to take a look of all sightseeings of this town. Nothing special there, some churchs, museum… At the day when I came to this town, the museum was not opened therefore I could not enter and see what there are in this museum. Below is the map of Neumarkt with some important locations, you can see there is a “spine” street goes through Neumarkt. Go along this street, then turn left or right, you can visit all of sightseeings.
Neumarkt in der Oberpflaz

It was a beautiful sunny day therefore I decided to buy Döner Kebap ( an art of turkish bread with lamb meat), one beer and enjoyed my lunch at a garden. Go green and relax myself. After lunch I finished my round trip, see my friends again, chatted for a little time and I left Neumarkt with a hot fried Peking duck as a gift from them. ^_^ . It’s delicious.

It’s pity that Neumarkt is not big enough to stay longer. However at least I go out of Munich, go green and relax myself. There some photos I would like to share in slide show below. Hope you’ll like it.