Sunday in Munich – Pastries and Church

We began our Sunday with a quick trip to one of Germany’s oldest and most well known bakeries, Rischart. The place is quite large, so it was difficult to not get overwhelmed. Choosing just one thing – a piece of bread, a slice of cake or a pastry was an almost impossible task!

We decided on a few Danish pastries and a raspberry torta. Though the Danishes were quite good, the torta was underwhelming due to the fact that the cake portion was dry.

Cheese Danish, Coffee and Copenhagen

Raspberry Torta

Right outside were market stalls selling the most beautiful fresh fruit. These were wonderful, perfectly ripe and exploding with sweetness.

After our simple yet sinful breakfast, we were off to church. It was a Sunday after all and there truly was much to be grateful for. Though I actually am of German origin, I didn’t feel connected to the locals until I was praying amongst them inside these remarkable structures.

Our first stop was the Asam Church or Asamkirche, which was truly a sight to behold. It seemed as though every inch of this structure was intricately designed. The combination of the gold finish against the stained marble walls and ornate sculptures was quite gaudy for my taste but it was interesting to see nonetheless. The ceiling was magnificent, a fresco by Cosmas Damian Asam entitle “Life of Saint Nepomuk.”

Asamkirche during Sunday Mass

A closer look at some of their statues

After, we went to Frauenkirche, which had a completely different interior style. Donning bare walls, this Church was elegant and stunning. The high ceilings were accented with clean arch structures and simple chandeliers. A single crucifix hung above the altar, and the only sense of color within the structure came from the glorious stained glass windows. This church truly invited you to sit in silent prayer.

The long, beautiful aisle of Frauenkirche

Stunning stained glass windows of Frauenkirche

 

Café Rischart – Marienplatz 18, 80331 München, Germany

Asamkirche – Sendlinger Str. 32, 80331 München, Germany

Frauenkirche – Frauenpl. 12, 80331 München, Germany

 

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