Category: Locations

My Square Kilometer Front Yard

Well, actually it is only 0.85 square kilometres. And to be 100% honest: It is not really my front yard. But living close to the Olympiapark in Munich will give you the feeling of having a gigantic front yard. And this generates a number of possibilities for photographers: Sundowners, architecture, people, sports, concerts, …. But it also has the potential to change your perspective (literally!) and your pace. Let me explain.

Over At The Park
Over At The Park

When it comes to parks in Munich, people often only talk about the English Garden. There is a special feeling when you are living in a city with “a park” – a certain “Lebensgefühl”. The English Garden often is referred to when it comes to explaining this feeling in Munich. The term “Schickeria” might be the one I am looking for. Google it. Or maybe even see Metallica play the famous song by the Spider Murphy Gang when they were playing in Munich. Or check out the original version. But there is another park in Munich that stands for a different feeling when living here, more practical, more down to earth and less “Schickeria”: The Olympiapark.

New Year Sunset
New Year Sunset

Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy the English Garden a lot. But the Olympiapark has many attractions that are not necessarily the people that see and want to be seen. You can already spot many of the highlights of the park, at least for photographers, on the first picture: The Olympic Tower, the Olympic Lake, the Hockey Stadium and of course the Olympic Stadium with its famous roof. The history of the park is obviously closely related to the Olympic Summer Games in Munich in 1972. The games have been called a turning point in “the Making of modern Germany” and hence, they describe a very different Lebensgefühl, a new beginning driven by engineering and hard work. Very German character traits.

O Two 'N' Roof
O Two ‘N’ Roof

And they all come together in this park, starting with a long public discussion about the price of the famous roof (see e.g. this interview with the architect Behnisch in “Der Spiegel” in 1973) down to the over-engineering of that very same roof due to the lack of official reference tables for the required strength of the roof. They basically took the absolute worst case from the official tables and doubled more or less all the numbers. To find out more about that (I am no expert on this!) you should take the “roof climb” tour at the stadium and listen carefully to the guide explaining the architecture of the roof.

Park Lake Tower
Park Lake Tower

And then there are all the various events! The different areas of the park are packed with events from concerts, open air cinema to fairs. And there is the Summer Tollwood and many other events. The image below shows a shot from the top of the Olympic Tower and literally hundreds of people doing yoga outdoors. Right in front of the Olympic Stadium.

Yoga & Stadium
Yoga & Stadium

The next shot below shows an impression of a fair in front of the Olympic Stadium with the lake in front. What you can not see in this shot are the hundreds of people sitting every evening at the Olympic Hill (Olympiaberg) when the weather is good enough to watch the sunset or to listen to a concert happening at the Stadium. For free.

Olympic Lake Spectacle
Olympic Lake Spectacle

So, for photographers the Olympiapark in Munich is a great location. And at the same time it emphasises the two beating hearts of the city they happen to be in: The luxurious, wealthy and elegant Schickeria-heart in and around the English Garden and the pragmatic, modern and down to earth-heart that may very well have its center at the Olympiapark in Munich.
Enjoy!

More impressions:

Witnesses...
Witnesses…
Birds In The Sky
Birds In The Sky
Lebensgefühl in Munich
Lebensgefühl in Munich
Roof And Sunset
Roof And Sunset

…and even more photos!

More Waterfalls, anyone?

Water Falling At Josefstal
Water Falling At Josefstal

After visiting Plitvice lakes (see this post) I was excited to take more shots like the ones in that post. I was wondering if it would be possible to go chasing waterfalls from home and find locations that are reachable (by car) within a day trip from Munich. And there are quite a few. I haven’t visited them all just yet – but maybe there will be a follow-up post at some point. But lets start with a waterfall that is really easily reached from Munich…

Josefstal Waterfall:
This waterfall seen above & below is rather small and located near Schliersee (roughly 1h drive from Munich). It is very near to a parking lot also used by hikers, so you should be up early. The water of the small river in the foreground is not very deep, hence, it is possible to get right into the middle of the stream for a centred shot. This is probably also one of the more interesting perspectives – so a pro-tip: Bring the right footwear. And this location is also reachable with public transport but more hiking is required. But I was off for a good start on my quest and I found some more waterfall locations online. The chase continued.

Josefstal Fallen Tree
Josefstal Fallen Tree

Kuhflucht Waterfall
The Kuhflucht (translates to something like “cow escaping”) waterfall seen below is located near the little town Farchant, close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Also roughly an hour drive from Munich, this waterfall is also easy to reach with perfect hiking trails around the fall and nice benches next to the fall for taking a break from hiking or shooting. In 3 bigger (and some smaller) steps the water descents roughly 270 meters. Given that, it provides multiple perspectives for shots. And you don’t have to get your feet wet, but you could for even more perspectives. This place is also reachable by train but would involve a longer train ride & more hiking.

Kuhflucht Stream
Kuhflucht Stream
Kuhflucht Fall
Kuhflucht Fall

The Tatzlwurm Waterfall
The last waterfall for this chase was the Tatzlwurm. There is a big fall located very near to a small hotel & restaurant (2min walk) and a smaller one (pictured below) that is located more beautifully in the woods but requires a little more hiking (15-20min) west of the hotel/restaurant. Both falls are easily reachable, the trails are well prepared and you can have something to eat before and/or afterwards or even stay overnight in the 4-star hotel. The place itself is not so easily reachable by train (and bus), unfortunately, so I would definitely suggest to come by car.

Tiny Tatzlwurm
Tiny Tatzlwurm

That’s all for now – Enjoy!