Getting cultured.

While it would have been fun, we opted not to spend our entire day in and out of Munich beer houses. With the rain still somewhat iffy, we headed back to the Residenz complex, to explore the former residence of the Wittelsbach rulers. I’ll leave it up to you all to read the wiki history about it, but to summarize: it was pretty grand.

Most of the structure and the furniture was damaged in one way or another during the war, and so while much of the pieces are historical, they may not originally be from this complex. Nonetheless, it was fun to get inspiration for house decor…

And waltz a bit in the fabulously empty ballroom…

By the time we’d reached the end, we’d pretty much had our fill of classical decor. I think we saw 190-some rooms, and once you’d started wandering, the only way out was by going forward. Everything was just one long hallway, with rooms branching off one side (so much for the privacy of these people years ago–you had to walk through each room to get to the next). And in an attempt to be helpful (or confusing?) periodically there would be a red arrow directing you one way or another, but in some cases the arrow was indicating something you must not miss, and in others, it was showing you the way out. After three hours of furniture, I wasn’t too excited by the “don’t miss” arrows…it definitely felt like we were trapped in a maze! But all in all, a pretty interesting museum. Just be sure to have lunch and a break first!

We ended our evening at a fabulous tapas place in the Schwabing neighborhood, with some lovely Spanish dishes and some fantastic sangria. We have certainly been enjoying the German food, but it was nice to have a bit of a change. A quick trip on the U-bahn to the main train station and a two-hour ride home with plenty of drunk teenagers and we were back in Ulm by midnight. Not too shabby of a Saturday…

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