Asam Church#14 in Best Things To Do in Munich
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Munich is full of hidden gems, and the Asam Church is no exception. Nestled between stores on the city's popular shopping street Sendlinger Strasse, this 18th-century church is an unexpected masterpiece.
Previous visitors said they were intrigued by the building's unique exterior while they were strolling by, so they decided to peek inside. What they found inside was a tiny church with enormous detail.
Extravagant is an understatement when it comes to describing the church's interior. The Asam brothers, who spent 13 years constructing the church, designed it in a Baroque style, which onlookers will recognize by the church's ornate detail and rich color. One brother was a skilled sculptor and the other a skilled painter, so the ceiling and walls are covered with frescoes and statues. The small, 12-pew church is full of deep reds and golds.
Lighting is also meaningful in the church. Sunlight streams in from behind the magnificent altar while the pews stay in the darkness. Although you may only stay in the church for a few minutes, it is sure to leave an impression on you for a long time to come, according to past visitors. Many felt Asam Church was so special because they did not mean to visit it, they simply stumbled upon it. Those who traveled to Munich's other religious sights, such as St. Peter's Church, said Asam Church was refreshing and different.
The Asam brothers lived in the house next to the church and even designed their quarters so they could see their church through the window at all times. They intended to use their church as means of personal worship to ensure their salvation, however, the city soon forced them to open it to the public.
Nowadays it's still open to the public, and it's free to go inside. Asam Church is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. but closed during services. If you would like to attend a service, you can do so Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at 5 p.m. or Sunday at 10 a.m. Since it's in the middle of the action on Sendlinger and just about a five-minute walk from the popular Marienplatz, it's an easy sightseeing stop. If you're walking from the Sendlinger Tor in the direction of the center, you'll pass Asam Church on your left.
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#1 English Garden (Englischer Garten)
This large public park, which reaches from the city center to the northeastern city limits, is one of Munich's must-dos. Named for the informal English style of rolling hills and open landscaping, the Englischer Garten contains several popular biergartens, a handful of eclectic monuments and a boating lake, among lots of jogging and biking paths.
Recent travelers mightily enjoyed their time here and recommend renting a bike or a rowboat to explore it. Many also commented on what a retreat it was from an otherwise city vacation. To spend a sunny day in the English Garden, hop off Tram 18 at one of the parkside stops. Admission is free.
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