The Residenz, Munich

Sunday morning meant a search for coffee and breakfast.  I suppose that's one challenge in Europe...shops, cafes and restaurants open late on Sundays, if at all!  We did have some luck (and the best cup of coffee I've had in a long, long time!) and then decided it was a good day to take a tour of the Residenz.

It was, as it is named, the residence of the royal family, and although a lot of it was damaged or destroyed in WWII, it is now a museum open to the public.

The place is enormous, and the self-guided tour takes you through the maze of rooms, which is probably only a fraction of the building.

The Grotto...from a distance it's hard to tell, but the entire thing is made out of shells!

There is not a plain wall, ceiling or floor in the palace.  Every inch is extremely detailed and elaborate!

I take it back...there's a plain wall.

The above photo is of a flat ceiling, painted to look as if it is tiered and goes up and up.

One room leads to another which leads to another, pretty much as far as the eye can see!

Even the door hinges are decorated.

The audio tour is free, if you're into that kind of thing (I'm not).

If you've got some free time when you're in Munich, I definitely recommend a visit to the Residenz.  It would be the perfect escape from a rainy day.  Go in the morning as it's opening to avoid the crowds.

After a morning full of touring, a beer is a definite must!  We headed straight for the bigger Augustiner Beer Hall we had passed the night before.

Once we were finished with our late lunch, we started to make our way back through the Christmas Market stalls towards Marienplatz...of course we couldn't pass too many glühwein stands before getting one of our own!

Then dad and I left mom and Bryn in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Market for a little adventure...more on that tomorrow!

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