Going back to Munich city centre from BMW Welt was genuinely easy and fast by train. And having accomplished the only item, i.e. BMW excursion, in our Day 2 itinerary, we were set to embrace anything that the Altstadt (Old Town) has to offer at twilight.
We instinctively decided to go to a Christmas market. Our hotel concierge mentioned the previous day that Munich has a few but her favourite was the one at Residenz in Odeonsplatz and so that was where our furry boots headed…
We got off at Odeonsplatz train station but before we could reach the Christmas market, we were distracted by the imposing bright yellow-coloured church which turned out to be the Theatine Church of St Kajetan (or St Kajetan-Theatinerkirche in German).
Theatinerkirche is a Catholic church originally built in the 17th century. It was commissioned by Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to give thanks for the birth of her son, Prince Max Emanuel, the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian throne. The prince later became known as Prince-elector Maximilian II.
I have only been to a few in Europe but this was the first time that I had seen a church with all-white interiors that was far from simple. I mean look at those massive columns and intricate works on the walls and ceiling.
Many Bavarian royalties were buried in the crypt of Theatinerkirch and it would have been a good educational experience for the boys to explore that part of the church but they had been itching to go to the Christmas market already and press their lips on the warm mugs of kinderpunsch (alcohol-free hot punch).
Our experience in Munich’s traditional Christmas markets is up in the next blog post. 🙂
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Here are the other posts on our Bavarian and Austrian holiday:
- Munich: Start of our family’s tales from last winter
- Munich: Viktualienmarkt Biergarten
- Munich: BMW Museum and BMW Welt
- Munich: Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall