As I was exploring Munich from the view of a bicycle, I made many quick stops, U-turns and “Oh I gotta see this closer”- observations. Most likely I would have not been able to do if I would have been cruising the city from a sightseeing bus or in a car. I was more often in a local neighborhood than in the heart of the city with the bike.
First I was admiring an old red brick wall and as I approached to an opening, I noticed that it was a cemetery. I don´t know how many years it has been since the last visit. Many for sure. I was too curious to just leave. I had a little walk at the cemetery admiring all the old in peace and calm. Somehow the angel statues were so serene when standing there.
Next to a bridge crossing Gebsattelstrasse at Au district had the two most fascinating statues in Munich if you ask me:
A bear in town
As I was riding my bike downhill from Giesing towards the town, I noticed a giant bear statue high above. I simply had to get off my bike to go and see it closer. It felt almost like a real teddy strolling around town. There was graffiti on concrete and ivy surrounding the bear statue, most likely the reason why it looked so lost in the urban jungle.
I remember there was a brown bear called Bruno wondering somewhere in Bavarian forests around 10 years ago, I doubt it was him though?
Mermaid in Munich
As I was leaving the bear and walked to the other side of the bridge, my eye caught a mermaid wearing a scarf. This statue was carved into a wall, more like a fountain, a real eye-catcher.
If you know the story behind these statues by the bridge, I would love to hear it. I was trying to find information from internet, but so far was not able to find anything about these statues.
White Rose Pavement Memorial,
I had great difficulties to get into this attraction as I was coming from Marienplatz towards Ludwigstrasse and the University. It was a Sunday morning and there was only emptiness, but I managed to find the only spot where to get stuck with hundreds of people. They were joining a marathon that was starting at 8:00.
My efforts were worth while as I was pushing (walking) my bike through the busy street and trying to get to a calmer off street. I found White Rose Pavement and the law school easily, but it took many minutes to see the bronze pamphlets in the cobblestone pavement. I was all the time thinking that those were just the trash from Saturday night party! Very well camouflaged.
These leaflets are replicas from Sophia Scholl, from 1943. She was a member of White Rose rebels against nazis during the World War II. Now when the news are daily full of violence, it is inspiring to see something opposite from the history, Scholl siblings were practicing non-violent resistance.