This is a place in the middle of Munich where you can get an idea about how crazy and unreal it can all be in this city. Stand still in the middle of the small bridge and take a few minutes. Below you runs a river as clear, as small and as strictly protected as the ones in the nearby Alps. Pebble islands all over change with every high tide – islands for everybody who wants to swim, take a sunbath, sit, talk or dream. If you have sharp eyes, look out for the beaver family that’s been living and building in the banks in recent years.
I don’t know of any major city in the world that has a similar place of unspoilt water-landscape in it’s very heart. Up the river swims the Deutsches Museum, the biggest technical Museum in the world, proudly telling you the story of the victories of industrialisation. The Alpine Museum, testimonial of the civilisation of the Alps for tourism and transport, is only a few steps away.
Once built to hold one of the first electricity cables leading from the nearby Muffathalle (where water turbines are still running today) to the city (where public lighting in theatres, opera and streets was urgently needed) now it is like a pier that is leading into a crazy scenario of unreal city-center coexistence: industry and civilisation stored away in museums and pure nature at the forefront.