Sunday, May 30, 2004

I can’t leave Germany without mentioning Munich. From the train station I walked down to Odeonsplatz (a square) where in 1923 the young Adolf Hitler staged the notorious Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler and his Nazi comrades marched down Residenzstrasse . . .

Residenzstrasse (Resident Street)

to the Feldhernhalle, a building fronting on the Odeonsplatz. Here the police opened fire on the marchers. Hitler was arrested and sent to prison, where he wrote Mein Kampf. The rest is history. Now on Odeonsplatz there is a San Francisco Coffee Company coffee bar so you can have a latte while pondering these historical events.

Residenzstrasse, where it debouches onto Odeonsplatz. The Feldhernhalle is on the right. This is where the police opened fire on Hitler and the nascent Nazis.