Munich was such a delight to wander around. Though it is a city, it felt a lot more homely and welcoming than most. Our (admiringly gorgeous) German guide took us for a wander past fruit markets, churches, Christmas tree stalls and odd little lanes that played an important part in the city's history. Munich certainly turned on the charm for us. Bavaria felt very different to Berlin and the north. I could feel the history here much more keenly, and learnt a great deal too. Next time I want to explore more of the Black Forest area. Whizzing by on a train just wasn't enough!
Our walking tour (with the gorgeous tour guide, that one) took us into one of Munich's churches. This is the former church of Pope Benedict XVI. It is also home to the devil's footprint. According to local legend, the architect of the cathedral made a bargain with the devil in 1468. The deal was thus: the devil would provide the money for the cathedral, so long as the cathedral was a celebration of darkness, the cathedral would have no windows. When the building was complete, the architect led the devil inside and showed him his handiwork. Standing at the very front of the inside, it appears as if there are truly no windows in the cathedral due to the position of the columns. However this is a farce, and when the devil found out he stamped his foot so hard that it left its unusually (for the time) large imprint in the stone tile.
It is certainly an entertaining legend, and the cathedral itself is a sight to behold. There is just something about European churches that draws in people, even those who have very little interest in religion.
I had read a lot about the Christmas market in Munich before visiting. It was said to be the best one to visit, and it was very beautiful. However, Berlin's Christmas market won me over and I am declaring it the best. Well, out of the ones I visited. Munich's came a very close second. Situated in the main square, with a giant, glittering Christmas tree overlooking the array of wooden huts. It was here that we met up with our (gorgeous) German tour guide for the day. It was also here that I bought a bunch of gingerbread, because, well: Germany!
Hi! I'm Louise. I am a writer, photographer, traveler, book fanatic and blogger. I love to post about my adventures and the little things I do that make life fun.
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