In the Western part of Munich, in the district Obermenzing stands Blutenburg castle. This little castle, a former hunting lodge of the Bavarian dukes, is surrounded by the river Würm and by several ponds as well as by lush green meadows and tall trees. With its towers and the inner courtyard enclosed by solid walls, the former hunting lodge of the Bavarian dukes looks like a real “knight’s castle”.
The history of the castle was a little wild occasionally, particularly the love story around Herzog Albrecht III. and Agnes Bernauer is connected with the castle. The beautiful barber´s daughter was a lover and perhaps also the first wife of the Bavarian duke. The couple lived in Blutenburg castle. This relationship with a woman far below his station earned the duke a serious conflict with his father, who finally lost his patience and in 1435 gave the order to drown Agnes B. in the river Danube.
Today, everything is much more harmless and more enjoyable primarily for small and grown-up bookworms. Because here in the castle, the international childrens´ library (IJB), has its location and in addition has set up different reading museums, including the Michael Ende-museum, the James Krüss-tower and the Erich Kästner-cabinet. The IJB was founded in 1949 by the writer and journalist Jella Lepman. Her idea was to start a collection of childrens´ books and youth literature from all over the world and thus promote intercultural communication among children and adults alike. Nowadays, the library stocks more than half a million books in over 130 languages plus a collection of historical children´s books which contains about 60.000 copies. Which makes it the largest library in the world for youth literature.
One can borrow books in the IJB (Mondays to Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Or visit the Michael Ende-Museum (Wednesdays to Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.). In three low rooms first editions of Michael Ende´s work (among others Momo and Jim Knopf) are presented, but also parts of his own library, pipes and other personal items of the writer and besides many photos. The admission to the museums is free for children, for adults it is 1 euro.
In the inner courtyard of the castle, all kinds of events take place during the year. There is for example always a pottery market in autumn and from December 5th until December 8th the “Blutenburg Christmas nights” with a Christmas fair and concerts. An already traditional date is the “Lichterhäuschenbasteln” in the childrens´ library. Then, on dark November afternoons, childrens and parents are invited to make their own little lanterns (this year, the events take place on November 21st, November 28th and December 5th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Alternatively, you can simply take a walk from the Pasing train station to Blutenburg castle (approx. 30 minutes) and just have lunch or a coffee break in the comfortable castle tavern.