Fall in the Munich area is gorgeous. One of my favorite experiences was walking through the park around Schleissheim – a complex of summer palaces that belonged to the Wittelsbach dynasty. It was such a relaxing day. The weather was perfect. It wasn’t too crowded and the air had that crisp feeling that lets you know you’re in the middle of fall.
Honestly, fall is one of the best times to visit Bavaria. The leaves are turning and it makes it difficult to take a picture that isn’t gorgeous. If you want to go to Oktoberfest, it’s in full swing at the end of September. Or, if you miss it and go just after its over? You’ll find yourself almost completely alone at many of the tourist attractions. And in many of the cities and towns, the Christmas markets are making their first appearances, but they aren’t overwhelmed with holiday tourists yet either. Oh, and you can get great deals on airfare and hotels since its shoulder season.
The architecture and gardens are stunning.
The detail work on this door was impressive.
And there were lots of little patches of grass and benches where you could just sit down and absorb the atmosphere.
We actually went to visit the Flugwerft (“Flight Shipyard”) Museum. The large field nearby had been used by the German Air Force during the First World War. A memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the town of Oberschleissheim.
Then after the disarmament of Germany post-WWI, it was used secretly to train pilots in the 1930s. Unfortunately, this also made the palace and the town a target for bombing. After the end of WWII, the US Army also used it for awhile taking over the airfield and buildings. This makes the museum’s collections history pretty varied and much of the exhibition was also in English.
There’s also this restoration hangar where you can watch as the technicians work on the assembly and conservation of the planes.
But see those trees in the background? As much as I love museums they were seriously distracting.
I couldn’t get over the leaves.
And then with the palace adding its own bit into the mix… Story book scenery like this:
I didn’t want to leave.
I also had one of the best meals of the trip at a restaurant here – including the most delicious carrot salad, which I’ve made my own version of here. Seriously, if you haven’t planned for a quick jaunt out to Schleissheim, you should definitely make time for it in your trip. It’s beautiful and relaxing.
For more information on Schleissheim, visit their website here: http://www.schloesser-schleissheim.de/englisch/schleissheim/index.htm
For more information on the Flugwerft, visit their website here: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/flugwerft/information/
Do you have a favorite place for scenery in Bavaria? Favorite season?