Mulling over Munich
City Scenes: Munich
Munich, though sprawling, is surprisingly easy to explore. X Games skateboarding judge Neal Hendrix took advantage of the U-Bahn and his own two feet to travel the city and frame up some memorable moments in between competitions this week. Here he's captured the Feldherrnhalle, or Field Marshal's Hall, which sits on the Odeonsplatz. Commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1841, the building is a symbol of the bravery and honor of the Bavarian Army.
Even the under-construction areas of Munich look cool. The wall on the left is a fake faade to hide a building being renovated.
Rules Of The Road
You can go as fast as you want on the Autobahn, but speed through a pedestrian zone on your bike in the city and this cop is going to give you the red paddle.
Pedi-cabs are a common sight in pretty much any city with hordes of tired tourists, but here in Munich you can choose which mode of transport you like best. Tiki themes, AstroTurf-covered carts -- even dinghies you can captain.
Skate legend, X Games judge, Red Bull Phenom ambassador and Bubbles lover: Steve Caballero paid homage to Michael Jackson's beloved, bizarre pet at the Munich memorial adjacent to the singer's.
The upshot to being jet-lagged is being wide awake at sunrise, when the city's at its quietest. A fellow early riser makes his way to make some music for passersby.
Munich In Miniature
Munich's mighty simple to take in when it's cast at a tiny scale. The city, founded in 1158, measures out to 120 square miles in area and is home to 1.4 million residents. More than four times that many people strolled the streets as tourists last year.
The Eisbach River has been the go-to urban surf break for Munich locals for more than 30 years. Its name translates essentially to "ice stream," and that's no joke: Surfing here necessitates a thick wetsuit year round, and it's not uncommon to see booties preventing numb toes as well.
The Sound Of Munich
No German photo collection is complete without a shot of the traditional lederhosen-clad accordion player. This gent was squeezing the bellows for the crowd gathered to watch the hourly animation of the Glockenspiel clocktower in the center of Marienplatz.
Our Dear Lady
The Frauenkirche ("Cathedral of Our Dear Lady") is both an active place of worship and a Bavarian landmark. The towers were completed in 1488; the southern can be climbed to the top by anyone looking to earn a unique panoramic view of the city.
Du Hast Mich
Punk's not dead in Munich. From hipsters bringing back traditional leather and suspenders to the global tight jeans and horn-rimmed glasses trend, style here is as diverse as the Continent itself -- up to and including the anti-establishment set.