Spielzeugmuseum (toy museum)
Most of the interesting places to visit in Munich are in and around Marienplatz. The toy museum is located right beside the Rathaus of Munich. It’s a five-storey tower whose four floors are filled with various old toys and some replicas.
A strange thing happened while we were visiting the museum. The fire alarm went off and the sound became unbearable. There was some problem at the Rathaus. Since all the alarm systems were interlinked, the alarm went off in the museum building, too. The lady at the counter complained that she had to sit through the sound and to top it off, she was subbing for someone else. We were the last people to use the lift before it got locked down because of the alarms.
St. Peter’s Church and a view of Munich
St. Peter’s Church is located right in front of the Rathaus. The church was air-raided during the Second World War and was reconstructed by the Bavarians. I found the interior paintings, the sculptures and the high alter very fascinating. I spent a lot of time running through their details and admiring them.
The ninety-one metre high tower of the church offers great view of Munich. It is accessible from the outside for a small fee.
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
We roamed around Marienplatz and had a light lunch before heading off towards Dachau. We had to put our heads together to navigate the ticketing and zoning system of Munich as Dachau is outside the Munich Inner Zone.
We had about one-and-a-half hours to visit the site. (It closes at 5:00 PM.) It was not enough but I managed to read through the twelve or thirteen chapters of information, publications and photographs displayed in the museum. I always thought that the jews were the ones who were major victims at these camps. However, I got to know that they were the majority during the early days. As years progressed, the camps were filled with other ethnicities and political prisoners—in short, whoever opposed the Nazi party.
It was Partho’s second visit. He had mentioned that he was upset the last time. The museum is a disturbing place. In fact, it was mentioned outside that children below twelve years should not enter.
Here is a map of the place.