Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany

MAY 2006 – The traditional Maibaum (May Tree) marks the center of the Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Germany. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here’s another true icon of Munich in Germany: The traditional Maibaum (May Tree) that marks the center of the Viktualienmarkt, a food market that sells the finest foods from the region and from around the world. It also features a beer garden.

The Maibaum is a gift by six large Munich breweries to the people of Munich. It is not only a popular photo opportunity but a perfect meeting point as well that can be reached by public transport easily.

The tree had 13 plates in total mounted to it in 2006. Here’s what they mean (from bottom to top):

  • The colors of Munich (yellow-black) and Bavaria (white-blue), and icons for the Münchner Kindl (Munich Child) and the ingredients of Bavarian beer
  • A carriage with a trailer (left) full of Bavarian beer (right) from the six breweries (Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten)
  • The Oktoberfest with fun rides (left) and drinks and food (right)
  • The traditional Schäffler Dancers (left) with their Kasperl puppet (right)
  • Folk musicians play (left) and the folks dance to the music (right)
  • A sales lady of a booth at the market (left) and hosts of the nearby beer garden (right)
  • The Holy Bonifaz (left) and the Holy Florian (right) who protect the brewers of Munich

I like the extreme angle and the deep blue sky. And a bit of copyspace for those wanting to place copy on the image. Nice.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time01-MAY-2006, 14:45
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/500 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3328 x 4992 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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