Munich Pop History Day 2: As I understand the story, way back around the time that Munich was founded, the real Bavaria powerhouse was the city of Freising – which is currently a suburb of Munich located just North of the airport but was founded 500 years earlier. Freising grew into a city because it possessed the one bridge that crossed the Isar River, and thus controlled the salt trade coming from nearby Salzburg into Western Germany and France. When Henry the Lion founded Munich, he burnt the bridge at Freising in order to create a new market town in Munich, which was in his duchy. By charging a toll for passing, Henry built Munich into a viable city. Munich surrounded the monestary of Trappist monks, who built their parish at the present day site of Alte Peter, which is just beyond Marienplatz. The shift was a defining moment for Munich’s history, and the bridge stood near the present day Isartor Gate, which is the home of the Deutches Museum and the Volksbad (pictured here).