Apart from sightseeing and people-watching, one of my favourite past times is to wander around the non-tourist trail parts of a city. And when we were in Munich last year, it was no different. We spent one morning at BMW World, which is way more interesting than it sounds (and I'll share more from there in a future post) and wanted to spend the afternoon outside, so we took the train from the Olympiapark towards Bogenhausen which our guidebook told us was "a charming place full of lovely mansions of the wealthy."
Well if you're going to look around part of the city that's off the beaten track, it might as well be one of the fancier parts. As we emerged from the station, it was already looking promising...
As much as I would have liked to stop, I was also keen to see more of Bogenhausen. As i looked up, I knew it was the right decision, just look:
How could you not want to explore an area with statues like this on the roof. I love how they look to be surveying the area, and watching what's going on below them.
We peeked through iron railings at the large houses behind them, marvelling at the arches, the lamps and the ironwork at the windows and the balconies.
There were gates and wide leafy avenues.
There were smaller details too, the iron rose among the lusciously coloured rosebush, and mosaic pillars.
And everywhere, there were bikes.
There really was something for everyone.
As we wandered some more, aimlessly it must be said and soon found ourselves in this square. Using it to get our bearings we turned right and headed back towards the river and our hotel.
So quite a wander, with lots to see. Do you head off to other parts of cities when you visit them, or is it just me?