April 12, 2012

The River Isar 2/2

As promised, in this post I am going to tell you about the second part of my favorite walk along the river Isar in Munich (also see part 1). 

Today we are walking south from our starting point which is Zweibrückestrasse- Ludwigsbrücke . A few meters after the bridge, walking down the Steinsdorfstrasse, on your left you can see the Museum Island (Museum Insel) with its main attraction: the Deutsches Museum. The Deutsches Museum is a “must see” in Munich, a museum of science and technology (also see It is culture time) that ranks pretty high in the science Museums ranking in Europe. It will take you a day to make the most of it (they have a bar/cafeteria and an outdoor area in summer so you stop and relax for a coffee or lunch. 

The Boschbrücke comes next, it connects the left bank of the Isar to the Museum Island. At the start of the bridge it is very common to find large groups of high school students getting off coaches and heading to school visit to the museum. 

The Boschbrücke is named after Johan Baptist Bosch. This Bosch has nothing to do with your dishwasher or any other home appliances that you might have at home. There are a few Bosch men/women in the German history but this bridge was built in the memory of the head of Munich´s public engineering between 1919 and 1932. Johan Baptist Bosch was involved and partially responsible for the construction of the Deutsches Museum and so he was granted with a bridge after his name.

A few meters forward in the opposite side of the bridge in the Erhardtstrasse, a group of flags announce the entrance to the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO was set up in 1977 when Munich was chosen as its seat. Its main role is to seek patent protection in 40 European countries.

Moving forward the Corneliusbridge crosses the Isar over the end part of the Museum Island and leads to the left bank of the Isar. According to German online sources, the bridge was built at the beginning of the 20th century and it was named after:

a)Peter von Cornelius a 19th century German painter from Düsseldorf that amongst other things was the director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and painted some of the frescoes of the Glyptothek (Roman and Greek art Museum in Munich).


b)Peter Cornelius (nephew of the above Cornelius) and not painter but music composer.

I also have to add that the Cornelius Bridge is a continuation of the Corneliusstrasse that might be known to you if you have visited the charming Gärtnerplatz (if not, do so, you will love it!). Also by the bridge there is a small street stall that opens from Monday till Sunday, where you can buy the newspaper and a coffee, amongst other things. Interesting is that there is a sign that reads: coffee for free with every purchase (from 6am until 10am).

Keep moving down the Erhardtstrasse until the next bridge: Reichenbachbrücke, which crosses the Isar just where the Frühlingsanlage starts. The bridge is named after Georg Friedrich von Reichenbach, a 19th century German engineer and inventor of scientific instruments. The Frühlingsanlage is a green area along the river Isar, very popular in summer thanks to its vegetation, beaches and sidewalks for jogging.

Walking forward south you will find the Wittelsbachbrücke, also built in the 19th century and impressive thanks to its statue of Otto von Wittelsbach, duke of Bavaria in the 12th century and called the Redhead. Along the bridge you can find a chain of padlocks at the handrail of the bridge. These are not for securing the bikes. Look closer: every padlock has usually a name or an initial, a heart and a second name or initial. Do you guess what they are for? … “Elementary my dear Watson”.

And this is the end of my walk along the Isar. 

Which are you favorite city walks in Munich?

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