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After each clue you can read up about some facts and stories of the area you have just visited. Or just skip straight to the next clue below this:
Clue 1 Facts & Stories
(You can also find these at the end)
The Old Town closed down its major streets for the 1972 Olympics to pedestrians only and they have remained that way ever since.
When King Gustav of Sweden invaded Bavaria during the 30 year war, he threatened to burn and sack the city but agreed to leave in peace under the condition that the citizens surrender 600,000 barrels of Hofbrauhaus beer.
Munich is home to the BMW World Headquarters and it even has its own zip code. The acronym BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH, which roughly translates to the Bavarian Engine Works Company. The name harks back to the company's origin in the German state of Bavaria.
Beer is actually considered a food in Bavaria.
The 500-year-old Beer Purity Law still in effect today in Germany. It was decreed on April 23, 1516, by Munich’s Duke Wilhelm, protecting the country’s beer drinkers from contaminants, chemicals and any other additives that unsavoury merchants might have thought of adding. It is still in effect today and dictates how beer is officially made in Bavaria.
Surfing the Eisbach River
Surfers started riding the Eisbach River wave, in the early 1970s. Initially, they had a leash tied to the bridge to hold onto, but that was forbidden for being too dangerous.
Since 2010 surfing has been officially permitted on the river.A new sign next to the wave warns that "Due to the forceful current, the wave is suitable for skilled and experienced surfers only." In previous years there has been an issue between the authorities, who threatened to demolish the wave, and a group of wave supporters who organised activities and a website to save the wave, including an online petition to leave the wave intact.
Being a standing wave, it can be surfed for as long as one's balance holds, and in busy times a queue of surfers forms on the bank.
Below: Tony Hawk surfing in Munich during the 2013 X-Games.
Exit the photo mode by clicking on the arrow in the top left corner.
Re-align your view to north by click once on the compass in the corner.
Notice at this point the river disappears under the city.
Using all the features available to you on Google Earth find the point where it re-joins the main river. To help you the river re-joins at this point:
From this point follow the street leading westwards and scan up the street which is the first right off of this (not the street by the river).
On this street locate the building which has 4 windows in the roof each of which is raised above the roof. Tip - do this using the spin and zoom feature on Google Earth.
You will notice that the windows on the façade of this building all have different shapes above them, some are flat, some are curved and some are pointed.
How many windows have pointed tops?
Before starting this clue double the number from the answer to the previous step and insert it in the blank space in the 4th bullet point down.
Follow this street to where it joins the large street to its north. This street is one of the city's four royal avenues, taking its name from King Maximillian II of Bavaria (1848 - 1864). Today it has the distinction of the highest retail rents in Germany.
Turn west bound on this street.
Take the street which is ________ streets on the left.
Follow this street until it finishes in a square.
What is the name of this square?
Click into 3D mode by clicking once on the 3D icon.
Explore this square and answer the following question.
In the picture below one of the buildings in the square has been edited so part of its architecture has been removed, what has been removed?We are looking for a 5 letter 1 word answer.
The correct answer will reveal a piece of information - keep a note of this.
Just to the north west of this square is a large church with 2 spires. This landmark is famous in Munich for its views (the alps can be seen from its south tower which is open to the public).
Keeping in 3D mode spin your view so you are looking directly through the towers like so:
Look through the towers in the direction revealed in the previous clue.
Spot something which can be described as:
a nation or territory considered as an organised political community under one government.
of a country in...
Europe who shares land borders with Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands.
a carved or cast figure of a person or animal, especially one that is life-size or larger.
Move over to this landmark.
Click into 2D mode (click once on the compass).
Align your view to north (click once on the compass icon).
Click into street view mode (click once on the man icon).
Set your height to approximately 600m.
Look for the blue circle shown here above the marker:
Click on this blue circle to bring you into a photo.
You should now be in the photo as shown below (if you aren't the re-do the previous steps until you are).
This photo shows the set up for Oktoberfest, each of the tents are huge temporary beer halls constructed by different brewing companies. 6 of these tents have been numbered 1 - 6 in German. Find the tent you are interested in by answering the question below.
The photo also has a great panoramic view of Munich, scan the city for the Bayern Munich Stadium, how many buildings are in front of it obstructing your view of it? Tip - use the landmarks you have visited on your way through the city to help you locate it and you will need to zoom in to see it! DO NOT USE THE COMPASS- in this photo it points in the wrong direction!
Locate the beer tent of the same number (be careful the numbers are not in order if you need to translate do so on the internet).
Some of the features around the festival are in place all year round, some' like the tents' are only hard standings for most the year.
Study the photo before exiting it and moving your view to the identified tent / area where the tent should be. Tip - after exiting the photo realign your view to north by clicking once on the compass.
With your view over the position where the beer tent is during the festival set your height to roughly 700m.
Click into street view mode.
Click on the blue circle which is on the west side of this block as shown below (if you can't see the correct blue circles try zooming in and out again until they appear):
This will bring you into a photo, once inside check you are in the right photo - there is the words 'Anstich Boxe' written on the southern wall of the tent (you will need to spin around the photo and zoom in to see it).
Did you know the Anstich Boxe is where the festival starts?
Translated as the Tapping Box this is where on the first day at noon the Lord Mayor of Munich pierces the first keg of Beer. He then hands over the first glass of beer to the Bavarian Prime Minister whilst loudly saying"O'zapft is!" the literal meaning being"it has been tapped," but the real meaning is "party time!".
Look around the room from this photo and find these colours in sequence. What colours are in the 3 blank spaces?
Tip - once you spot where these are notice the rules the sequence follows (e.g. the slant of the colours) and that the shades of colour have been disregarded and is just called by what colour it looks like.
Blue, white, blue
Blue, white, blue
Blue, white, black
Black, yellow, green
Blue, white, brown
Black, _____, blue
_____, grey, red
black, grey, green
_____, white, black
Use these 3 words as the password to access the next clue - put them in order and with a space between.
Stuck? Try re-reading the question carefully picking up the key points.
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