In the 16 years that I’ve lived here, I’ve really come to love my adopted city. Its a lot smaller than Chicago (where I come from) and that took some getting used to. But once I wrapped my tongue around the language and started to feel more at home, I could step back and appreciate Munich for its beauty, cleanliness and style. I don’t know why I’ve never written about Munich before, but I’ve decided to change that trend starting with today’s post on the Schrannenhalle.
Way back when King Maximillian II reigned, his gentile ears where offended by the screaming of the corn traders in the square in front of the city hall. So to the rescue came engineer Franz Karl Muffat who designed what was at the time, a technical wonder made of steel and glass. The new location for the grain traders was to be next to Viktualianmarkt an open air farmer’s market that’s still around.
Back in 1853 when it was completed, the 430 meter long building was considered avant-garde. It was only used for about 20 years before it was destroyed by fire. It was rediscovered accidentally by architect and city historian Volker Hütsche in 1978.
Since I’ve been here, its gone through a couple metamorphoses with my favorite being the one I visited yesterday. The original skeleton of the building houses very chi-chi gourmet stands from some of the Munich’s finest restaurants and purveyors. Everywhere you look mouthwatering delicacies are beautifully showcased along with wine and spirits from around Bavaria and neighboring regions. But that’s only half the fun. The interior design is really spectacular with tons of vintage chairs and industrial fixtures. Its definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Munich. If not, enjoy my virtual tour.
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