The Crown Princess Couple in Germany

— day 1

The Crown Princess Couple arrive at Munich Residenz. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

On Tuesday 24 May, The Crown Princess Couple visited Munich as part of their four day official visit to Germany.
The visit to Munich began with a round-table discussion at the German Academy of Science and Engineering on how cooperation between innovative Swedish companies and high-tech Bavarian companies can be strengthened.

The discussion was held at Munich Residenzexternal link, opens in new window, which was once a city palace for the Bavarian electoral princes and kings. Munich Residenz is Germany's largest town-centre palace.

The Crown Princess Couple then made their way to Buntkicktgutexternal link, opens in new window, a street football youth and integration project. The project was initially aimed at immigrant children who otherwise had no natural point of connection with German society. The football groups are mixed and all children are welcome, but most of the members are from an immigrant background. In 2007, Buntkicktgut won the German Football Association's Integration Award.

At Buntkicktgut, young people demonstrated their ball handling and breakdancing skills. The Crown Princess Couple watched a football match and spoke with the young people.
 
In the afternoon, The Crown Princess Couple visited Bavaria's Minister-President Horst Seehofer and his wife, Karin. Bavaria's State Minister of European and Federal Affairs Emilia Müller also attended the meeting.
 
There then followed a meeting with Munich's Deputy Mayor Christine Strobl at Munich City Hall on Marienplatz.
 
In the evening, a dinner was hosted by Bavaria's State Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Minister-President Martin Zeil. The dinner was held at Gasthof Aying, a traditional Bavarian inn.