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Warning: If you have a dog who has issues with fireworks, thunder, or gun shots, do not play with the sound on.

The structure to my right is the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall).   Throughout the structure, sculptures depict the various kings and dukes that have led Bavaria through its long history. It was bombed during the Second World War, so the structure has been pockmarked by shrapnel. That tree with with the Christmas lights is a live fir or spruce tree.

It was very cold and very tightly crowded. Grmans and Italians were singing and dancing behind me. Champagne and beer were being consumed all around.

The fireworks were fairly close in to the crowd, and it got very smoky after a while.

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One of the most notable features in Munich is the Mariensäule. It is located in the Marienplatz not very far from the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall).

The gold statue of Mary (Maria) dates to 1590 and was originally displayed in the Frauenkirche, the main cathedral in Munich.

Munich was occupied by the Lutheran Swedes during the Thirty Years’ War. When Swedish occupation ended in 1638, the golden statue was placed on a column in the city square.  Marian columns are fairly common in Roman Catholic countries, but this was the first one erected north of the Alps.

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