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When Twilight Breaks – Tour of Munich, Part 2

When Twilight Breaks Photo Tour of Munich, Part 2

To celebrate the release of When Twilight Breaks, I’m conducting a virtual photo tour of locations in the story. Since COVID-19 led to the cancelation of my research trip to Germany, this is a virtual photo tour, with photos from my family’s 2007 trip, photos donated by friends, and stock photos.

Because it’s virtual, I have virtual travel buddies! These buddies participated in the book’s preorder campaign and donated their personal photos. My lovely daughter, Anna Sundin, came up with the idea of virtual travel buddies AND she Photoshopped all the pictures! I think I’ll keep her.

Don’t forget to enter the When Twilight Breaks Release Day Giveaway—I’m giving away a few items related to the story.

Also, please return for more photos!

Tour of Munich, Part 1

Tour of Munich, Part 3

Tour of Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Tour of Munich, Part 2

Today I’ll show photos from some of Peter Lang and Evelyn Brand’s favorite places in Munich.

University of Munich

We first meet graduate student Peter Lang at the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), where he’s teaching and conducting research for his PhD in German. It was an honor to set the story at this university, because my grandfather studied there in 1935-36 for his junior year abroad—which inspired this novel—and he was instrumental in reinstating the Junior Year in Munich program after the war.

The University of Munich, viewed from the Siegestor (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

The University of Munich, viewed from the Siegestor (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

 

The University of Munich with travel buddy Debbie Pruss (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Wikiolo, February 2017)

The University of Munich with travel buddy Debbie Pruss (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Wikiolo, February 2017)

Fountain at the University of Munich with travel buddy Laura Nagelkirk (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Rufus46, August 2015)

Fountain at the University of Munich with travel buddy Laura Nagelkirk (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Rufus46, August 2015)

 

Atrium in the University of Munich (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Kt80, March 2010)

Atrium in the University of Munich (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Kt80, March 2010)

The university is famous for the White Rose, a group of courageous students and professors who published anti-Nazi leaflets in 1942-43 (my novel is set in 1938, well before this). Many members of the White Rose, including brother and sister leaders Hans and Sophie Scholl, paid with their lives. They were caught scattering leaflets in the atrium pictured above. Below is a memorial to the White Rose at the university.

White Rose Memorial at the University of Munich (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Andreas Bohnenstengel, August 2015)

White Rose Memorial at the University of Munich (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Andreas Bohnenstengel, August 2015)

Siegestor

Close to the university stands the Siegestor, or Victory Gate, which is pictured on the cover of When Twilight Breaks. The Siegestor was destroyed during World War II, then rebuilt. The front was rebuilt as before, with the inscription “Dem Bayerischen Heeren” (To the Bavarian Heroes). The back was rebuilt with a bare edifice and the inscription “Dem Sieg geweiht, vom Krieg zerstört, zum Frieden mahnend.” (Dedicated to victory, destroyed by war, urging peace).

Siegestor, Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Katie Lindsey (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

Siegestor, Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Katie Lindsey (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

 

Siegestor, Munich, Germany, showing inscription on front (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

Siegestor, Munich, Germany, showing inscription on front (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

Siegestor, Munich, Germany, showing inscription on rear (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

Siegestor, Munich, Germany, showing inscription on rear (Photo courtesy of Morgan Tarpley Smith)

Gärtnerplatz

Many scenes in When Twilight Breaks take place on the Gärtnerplatz, a colorful little square which is home to (fictional) Herr Gold’s café.

Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Anna Ryan (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Andreas Praefcke, April 2008)

Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Anna Ryan (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Andreas Praefcke, April 2008)

Bavarian State Theater on the Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Lisa Hudson (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Burkhard Mücke, June 2018)

Bavarian State Theater on the Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Lisa Hudson (Photo via Wikimedia Commons, author: Burkhard Mücke, June 2018)

Viktualienmarkt

In the novel, Peter and Evelyn often go shopping in the Viktualienmarkt, the famous open-air market.

Looking down on the Viktualienmarkt from the tower of St. Peterskirche (Photo courtesy of Stephen Sundin, July 2007)

Looking down on the Viktualienmarkt from the tower of St. Peterskirche (Photo courtesy of Stephen Sundin, July 2007)

Viktualienmarkt with St. Peterskirche in the background, with travel buddy Debbie Troxell (Photo courtesy of Jill Oishi Reichner)

Viktualienmarkt with St. Peterskirche in the background, with travel buddy Debbie Troxell (Photo courtesy of Jill Oishi Reichner)

Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Allyson Wieland (Photo courtesy of Jill Oishi Reichner)

Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Allyson Wieland (Photo courtesy of Jill Oishi Reichner)

Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Janet Brantley (Photo courtesy of Pauline Trummel)

Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany, with travel buddy Janet Brantley (Photo courtesy of Pauline Trummel)

Don’t forget to enter the When Twilight Breaks Release Day Giveaway, and come back tomorrow for more photos of Munich!

4 Responses to “When Twilight Breaks – Tour of Munich, Part 2”

  1. Lisa Hudson

    Sarah,

    I am loving being able to participate with you in your Virtual Tour of Munich! Our photo was in front of the Bavarian State Theater. In reality, I have actually been to Munich & seen that!! It is so special that I was included in a photo that was a “blast from my past”!

  2. Janet Brantley

    I love open air markets. The smells, the sights, the sounds! Is that radishes behind us? I’ll have to purchase some for a salad later. Thanks for taking me along on your tour of Munich. I’ve never been to that city, and who knows now if I ever will? So, thanks again, Sarah! Looking forward to the new book.