Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ratskeller & the Munich Monk

There are Ratskellers all through Germany, traditional cellars below the town hall that serve inexpensive local fare. Munich has one of the best. The restaurant seems to go on forever, yet feels quite small as it is a an intricate link of rooms, hidden nooks and intimate booths. At the entry to the Ratskeller courtyard is this image of the Munchner Kindl (child) and the Munich coat of arms. The symbol dates back to the 13th century, but has evolved dramatically – often taking the form of a young boy or even a woman. Likewise, what the monk is carrying changes as well – anything from a bible to a radish to a beer mug. The Munchner Kindl is said to the inspiration for the munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. Not sure that is true, but I certainly see a resemblance.

1 comment:

Chuck Pefley said...

Lovely! These symbols are so meaningful and their ornateness makes each one unique. Thanks for the possible tie in to the Land of OZ. Who knows ... maybe it is true -:)