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Location Shoot, Bavaria (Part 4)

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I arrive back in Munich in the early evening and it’s still snowing, although to a lesser degree. The next step is to navigate my way through the commuters and onto the local train to my hotel. Once there, I meet Claudia Mitchell from the Bayern tourism office and we head out for something to eat, which is where Munich really has a multitude of things to offer. Preferring to sample traditional cuisine, we trudge through the slush to the Brenner Grill, which considering it’s the middle of the week is absolutely buzzing. Although the restaurant is reasonably upmarket, there’s no air of snootiness that you get from some places back home in the UK. Here, diners range from business professionals through to families and it’s a great way to round off the day. The food’s not bad either.

the Brenner Grill, which considering it’s the middle of the week is absolutely buzzing

The Brenner Grill, which considering it’s the middle of the week is absolutely buzzing

The next day

Thursday morning brings with it clear skies and a slow thaw, which means Munich requires a swift once over. Luckily for me, Tanya Olszak from the tourist office has hooked me up with an affable chap called Andreas who will drive me around the city and give me the lowdown on the facts, figures and sights to see. With time being too tight to take a comprehensive tour of the city, I start a preference to see some modern museums and I’m also keen to get along to BMW World. So we head over there first and it’s just across the way from the site of the 1972 Munich Olympus site. Andreas points out that you can now climb the roof of the huge stadium, which no doubt provides you with another great vantage point for photos, just as long as you’ve got a reasonable head for heights.

I’m more interested in BMW World though, which is a must-see if you have any interest in cars and/or engineering. Not only that – the location is at the heart of the company headquarters and the buildings themselves here also make for perfect picture taking opportunities. As with any scenario where you’re taking photographs of buildings or locations owned by other people, it’s worth bearing in mind that you may need permission. In fact, even with the right permits in place we run into just this scenario later on in the day when a stony-faced official barks ‘Verboten’ as I frame up for a shot of the Damian Hirst creation on the wall in front of me. Meanwhile, BMW Worlds is a great experience though with loads to look at – you could easily spend a whole day here and more besides. There are also tours of the production line too, although Andreas also suggests Wolfsburg where they make VW’s is an amazing place if you like industrial architecture and old buildings.

There is fantastic architecture to be found at the world headquarters of BMW

There is fantastic architecture to be found at the world headquarters of BMW

Having had my fill of all things BMW, we jump back in the car, eventually find our way out of the underground car park and then head back into the city in order to do the museums on our list. First up is the Pinakothek der Moderne, which encompasses four different museums inside one building representing modern and contemporary art. There’s some really great stuff inside this place and if you like looking at the design of furniture and how, for example, computers have evolved down the years then you’ll be in here for hours. The next stop is Museum Brandhorst, which is home to over 700 works by seminal artists of the 20th and 21st century, including Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. However, be warned, you won’t be allowed to take any photos inside here even if you have your papers in order, just as we did. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating building, both inside and out.

Museum Brandhorst

After the whistle-stop tour with Andreas there’s just enough time to munch my way through a bowl of traditional Bavarian sausages along with a pretzel or two before heading back to the airport for my flight back home. If you’re got a few days spare and want to do something a little bit different and take photos of everything from stunning mountain landscapes through to fabulous old buildings then, take my word for it, Bavaria has all of that and a whole lot more besides. Better still, it’s just a couple of hours away on the plane. So, what are you waiting for?

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