Munich: Day 3

After a late night of cramped viewing of the Alabama-Georgia game on phones and laptops, a fully sleepy and mostly cranky crew (except for one student and one faculty member with Alabama allegiances) met for a leisurely hostel breakfast.  Much sustenance would be required for one of Mr Hornor’s famous Munich marches: ten miles and thousands of years would be covered by the end of the day!

Tracing our now well-traveled steps through the city center, we arrived again at the Marienplatz, where our walking tour through historical Munich began in full.

The Odeonplatz, with Mr Hornor helping students navigate Bavarian history from the Napoleonic Wars to World War II:

A short walk away was the Konigsplatz, with its imposing Propylaen and paired museums of Greek and Roman art.

The Propylaen:

We toured the amazing collection of the Antikensammlungen: Greek pottery of all types, described in loving and awed detail by Mr Hornor.

A selection from the collection:

More walking in an unseasonably mild Munich took us to the Alte Pinakothek and its unequaled collection of old masters: Titian, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Murillo, Botticelli, Raphael, Brueghel and many others. Given the scale of the collection, Mr Hornor concentrated, though, on a handful of works by, especially, Durer, El Greco, and Rubens.

Mr Hornor and the Portable AP Art History:

One more stop before lunch: Sophie Scholl Platz, in the heart of the university district, dedicated to the memory of Sophie Scholl, a teenage student and anti-war dissident during World War II, executed for speaking out against the war.

Our students, no younger than she, near her memorial:

Lunch in a local university cafe refreshed everyone for more walking: this time we strolled with locals and their dogs through the massive English Gardens, nearly 1000 acres of fields, streams, trails and trees in the heart of Munich.

The Gardens with a folly in the distance:

Back in the city center, we visited the outdoor Viktuallenmarkt as the sun began to set. Here, rows of stalls sold only olives, or honey, or cheese, or bread, or produce, or almost any food one could wish for.

The maypole in the center of the market:

Lengthening shadows as we wound our way home:


  1. Diana Treadway

    Speaking of the Maypole, do the students know it was stolen this year and what the ransom for the return was per tradition?

  2. Diana Treadway

    Speaking of the Maypole, do the students know that it was stolen this year and what the ransom was for its safe return?

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