MUNICH PHOTO JOURNAL AND PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

crossing5oceans.com | Published September 16th, 2021 | Last Updated September 16th, 2021

White pillars surrounding a beautifully ornate gold carriage with wooden wheels

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Munich is the most populous state in the Bavarian region and the third most populous in Germany. This incredible city is home to a one-of-a-kind science and technology museum, a palace larger than Versailles, beer gardens, an English Garden, the BMW museum, and so much more! Check out the photos below and take a walk through the lovely streets of Munich. You can find the complete guide to Germany here.


New Town Hall


The Neo-Gothic architecture of Neues Rathaus or New Town Hall is quite spectacular; it's adorned with highly detailed sculptures, carvings, overflowing flower boxes and an impressive 279-foot tower. For those who want to see the city from above but don't want to climb to the top, you can use the internal lift to get a bird's eye view of the land.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND LOCATION TIPS:

  • It can be difficult to get a photo of the entire facade of the New Town Hall. In the morning there are often delivery vans in the way and waiting until later in the day means there may be crowds of people. To get a bird's eye view of the building and capture the entire facade you can go to the top of St. Peter's church and take photos of the square beneath you.

  • A wide-angle lens will come in handy here to fit the full facade into the frame.

Gothic arches and details on a grey stone building with iron sculptures and pink flower boxes

The Neo-Gothic Facade of Munich's New Town Hall

Pink flower boxes between arches on a grey stone building

The Window Boxes are Overflowing with Pretty Pink Bulbs

The Quirky, and Interesting Details of New Town Hall

A bird's eye view of Munich's New Town Hall and the surrounding buildings.

Bird's Eye View of New Town Hall - Taken from St. Peter's Church


Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg is a beautiful attraction located just 15 minutes outside of downtown Munich. There's a lot to see on a visit to Nymphenburg; the palace is larger than even Versailles in France. On the grounds, visitors are treated to the opulent main building, four museums, including a carriage and sleigh museum, a natural history museum, and a park with canals, bridges, and four additional smaller palaces.


PHOTOGRAPHY TIP:

  • The main palace and the mini palaces have a fair amount of natural light coming in during visiting hours providing the day isn't overcast. If you find your photos are coming out too dark try these 3 options to let in more light:

  • Set your aperture around 5 which will not only give you a nice blurred background but it will also let in more light.

  • Increase your ISO. If you had a setting of 100 for shooting the grounds outside where it was bright you should increase it to adjust to the darker rooms indoors.

  • Decrease your shutter speed. If it was bright outside and your shutter speed was around 200 decrease it to 100 or less; this will keep the shutter open longer allowing more light to fall on the sensor.

A swan in a long pond with a white palace in the far distance.

View of Nymphenburg from the Palace Park

A grand white hall with frescos on the ceiling and walls with 4 large crystal chandeliers

The Rococo style of the Great Hall has Remained Untouched Since 1758

The Great Hall and Rooms Inside Amalienburg

Pagodenburg Ground Floor and Dutch Tiles Lining the Amalienburg Kitchen

A large round room with blue walls, gold details, large windows and a chandelier

Amalienburg Hall of Mirrors

A close up shot of a gold carriage with frescoed doors and white horses pulling it.

A Coach at Marstallmuseum - Museum of Carriages and Sleighs

Incredible Details at Marstallmuseum


Food in Munich

There are numerous locations around Munich to indulge in incredible German cuisine. You will be spoiled for choice around the city, from restaurants and cafes to food stalls and markets.


PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION TIP:

  • A great place to photograph food (and souvenirs) is at Viktualienmarkt, a wonderfully large market with140 stalls selling everything from wine to food and souvenirs.

A large block of cheese with smaller slices of of cheese in front and wine to the left

Cheese and Wine at Viktualienmarkt

Numerous pretzels stacked in a display case

A Brezel (or Pretzel) Widely Popular Across Germany

Different shapes of chocolates.  Some are bears, and some are of the Munich skyline

Chocolates from Viktualienmarkt

Decor and Cheese available at Viktualienmarkt


Deutsches Museum

Deutsches is an incredible scientific-technological museum that is the largest of its kind in the world. There are 8,000 exhibits and artifacts in all areas of science and technology, from electricity, computers, aerospace and railways to chemistry, astronomy, music and much more!


PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS:

  • Taking photos through glass - If you're taking pictures of objects through glass, there are a few tricks you can use to eliminate most if not all reflections that may appear. (1). Try using a polarizing filter and turn it until the reflections disappear. (2). Use a lens hood - You can put the lens hood squarely on the glass but you will only be able to shoot what is directly in front of you; if you want to shoot on an angle, use a rubber lens hood like this one that will allow you to seal out reflections while the camera is at an angle.

A stone building at the edge of a river with trees overhanging the water

Deutsches Museum Exterior Facade

Textile Machines at Deutsches Museum

The Telescope in the Eastern Dome

A domed glass walkway with a ramp.  The wall around it is painted in electric blue

The Entry to the Pharmaceutics Hall

Rocket and Space Exploration Displays

The Pharmacy and Marine Exhibitions


Hirmer Stammhauses

Wander past Fassade des Hirmer Stammhauses and maybe even do some shopping at the men's clothing store. Admire the pretty white facade with what seems like hundreds of windows adorned with flower boxes full of vibrant red flowers.


A white stuccoed facade with carved stone people around the windows with flower boxes.

Sculptures on the Facade of Hirmer Stammhauses

Himer Stammhauses Has Been Open to the Public Since 1918


Residenz

The largest city palace in Germany with ten courtyards, 130 rooms, riding stables, a church and its own theatre. Residenz was the official government seat of the Bavarian royals between 1508 and 1918. TIP: Make sure you visit the treasury; it is well laid out, and the objects on display are beautiful.


PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS:

  • Photos are allowed in the museum without flash. The lighting was adequate, but you may need to turn up your ISO in some rooms if you don't have a wide-aperture prime lens that takes good photos in low light. (See the other suggestions above for taking photos indoors in the Nymphenburg Palace section).

A large room with a rounded ceiling.  The entire ceiling is decorated with frescoes.

The Antiquarium was built from 1568 to 1571

A courtyard with a white stone building, a red roof and a fountain

The Octagonal Fountain Courtyard - Brunnenhof

Some of the Impressive Artifacts at the Treasury

Rooms and Halls in Munich Residenz

Other Locations Around Munich

A river with trees overhanging into the water and a stone bridge in the distance.

Changing Leaves on a Munich Canal

The tall steeple of St. Peter's with a clock on the side and an overview of the city

St. Peters Steeple from New Town Hall

The Old Town Hall (left) and the Isartor Gate (right)


Munich is a beautiful city with plenty to keep visitors of all ages happy. From palaces and beer gardens to museums and great food, you won't be disappointed with your time spent here, so start planning your trip to Bavaria's capital city today!


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