Orientation weeks

The first couple of weeks here in Neu-Ulm have been great and filled with great opportunities to get into the German culture and daily life. So far we have had the excursion around the city of Ulm and last sunday ( 29.9.) we went to Munich for a guided tour + a visit to Oktoberfest!  If you're interested to see the full schedule of our orientation weeks, check the attachment at the end of this post with name "orientierungswochen.pdf".

Munich/München city tour

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New Town Hall of Munich

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Rathaus-Glockenspiel in the New Town Hall

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is probably the most popular sight to see in Munich by tourists. Every single day, the Glockenspiel plays two stories from the 16th centuries. The play itself is amusing to watch, but the incredible thing to think about is that this play has been going on for over hundred years now! That's what I call sustainable design.

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3-dimensional map of Munich

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Munich Frauenkirche ("Cathedral of Our Dear Lady")

This church felt more comfortable to visit than the other catholic churches that I have been to so far. This is most likely because of the bright atmosphere and lesser amount of overwhelming details to the eye. For me, it feels somewhat difficult to relax inside a building with tons of history and artistic masterpieces.

The Pope Benedict XVI (2005-2013) served as archbishop in this church before his time in Vatican. We were told that the Pope had a special agreement with the local brewery of Augustiner Bräu to deliver its beer to Vatican so the Pope could keep enjoying it during his meals. The beer tastes great (I tried), but unfortunately it isn't exported much outside Germany.

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Devil's footprint inside the church

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Maximilian I Joseph, first king of Bavaria

Maximilian I Joseph was the first king of Bavaria, the south eastern region of Germany. Since then the rulers had been dukes, but he was able to turn his region into a kingdom through a marriage and army arrangement with Napoleon Bonaparte. The successor of Maximilian I was called Ludgiw I and the reason you're interested to know this is the fact that the very first Oktoberfest was actually the wedding of Ludwig I!

Oktoberfest!

The first Oktoberfest was actually the marriage of king Ludwig I of Bavaria and the feast was so great and lots of fun that the citizen wanted to re-enact it again and again. Even when the king himself didn't approve of it. From then on the happening has grown a lot in size and has become a 16-day long celebration with loads of beer and food being consumed every year and there are a lot of amusement park features for the whole family too.

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Inside the Paulaner beer tent

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1 litre Maß (Bavarian language for mug of beer) of Paulaner and a traditional prezel

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One of the variating male outfits with the traditional Lederhosen

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Small portion of the festival area

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Inside the Augustiner Bräu hall

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1 litre Maß of Augustiner!

Coming up

Tomorrow in Sunday we're going to visit the Lake Constance and the upcoming week will be the last one before our studies really start in the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences. More about this in the next post!

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