After a few days in Prague it was back to Germany for a few days in Munich. Once again, I was blown away by how nice Germany is. I really really enjoyed it. But instead of just talking about it, I’m going to just cut right to the pictures.
Marianplatz, got to love the large pedestrian streets
Inside one of the churches
Came across this really cool marketplace
Loved how colourful it was
Although this was slightly more my thing 🙂
I've never seen stuff arranged like this before
The place was massive
A painting I liked
I liked the inside of the museum
Inside another museum
I just really like this picture
Inside the castle
Inside the castle
He has a hall of beauties. Paintings of women he slept with....while married. To make it up to his wife he threw a huge party. With horse racing and everything. It became an annual event. Eventually the horse racing was discontinued but the party remained and slowly became what is now......Octoberfest!
So after the Museum I was walking around heading to the park when I stumbled upon this
Surfers! In the Park!
Weird and cool hehe
The next day I took a day trip to Dachau. The first ever concentration camp. Where everyone was trained at in order to work the other camps.
The main gate
People use to be hung up and tortured from these walls
Very gruesome. They would tie their hands behind their back. Then yank them up. Breaking their arms, shoulders, etc. And leave them like that as a warning before sending them back to work....with broken arms. Working them to death.
This was actually never used. It was merely for show when foreign diplomats or whatnot would come visit. Originally the international community liked the compound and was impressed. This was b/c it was shown as prison with strict order, very clean, and how ppl were learnign to be honest law abiding ppl. The torture and other practises were hidden.
If you managed to get past the guard towers, and the electried fence, and the moat, you'd land in the surrounding compound which was a military base. If you got through that and over another wall, you'd then have officers at most street corners asking for your papers. And if you got caught...not only you but you're entire group that you lived with would be punished.
Gas Chamber. This was disguised as a shower room so ppl never knew what was about to happen. The Nazi's became so proficient they would send in pellts through slots which would then release the gas. Later they would suck the gas out and reform the pellts so it could be reused. And the clothes of the dead ppl would also be reused.
It was a very sad place. You go there and you see whats happened. And its not just a dirty compound and toture. You learn about how it was an entire system in place. An entire government and global business that took part in it. Hugo Boss, BMW, Mercedes, so many other companies were involved and working with the Nazi’s. And so many members of the international community as well. A lot of the senior SS men also got away in the end. Not simply escaping in Germany but hired and sought out by other countries for their skills. Including but not limited to major roles within the CIA as well as one of the top heads of NASA. Crazy eh?
The next day I went to a more pleasant place. The castle that inspired the Disney Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle, made by Ludwig II (grandson of Ludwig)
Lake near the castle, I forget the name, but to the right of this is Swan Lake
The Castle again
Swan Lake is the one on the right
Inside the castle
What an awesome view!
Ludwig II was such a recluse he would never want to see people. He had very few friends. In some of his castles he built his dinner table so that it could be lowered to the kitchen. Dinner could be placed and then it would be raised to him so he didn't have to see anyone. He was thought to be Bi. He was known as the fairy king for some of his weird habits like going horse back riding at 2am. He loved making castles, just for the sake of building them. He never intended them to be used and actually wanted them all destroyed upon his death.
I really just love his view
For more pics my facebook album can be seen HERE
Next stop, Vienna!
Oh another interesting thing. Just think. Hitler almost went to art school instead but was rejected 3 times. He then took a job as a messenger boy in the war. A position where people usually die in months if not weeks. He got hurt but survived. He was then assigned to spy on a group. That group was the Nazi’s which he started to like, joined, and then lead. He lead 1 revolt when the Nazi’s tried to take power by force but it was foiled. During this his personal bodyguard took not 1, not 2, not 3 but 11! bullets for him. In another plot where Hitler was blackmailing some politicians someone mistakenly let them go and he almost committed suicide then. And of course there are the countless attempts on his life. Just think if any of them had succeeded….