This manhole cover in the streets of Erfurt shows the emblem of the city. The emblem looks similar to the Wheel of Mainz. As a matter of fact Erfurt has been linked to the Electorate of Mainz for many years. [German]
View of Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) taken from the staircase of the Ducal Museum of Gotha. The early Baroque palace was built in the mid-17th century by Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha. It is notable for hosting the Ekhof-Theater, which is still featuring the original Baroque machinery for changing the scenery.
This manhole cover in Gotha shows the coat of arms of the German state of Thuringia and mentions the Stiftung Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten, a foundation promoting the castles and gardens of Thuringia.
Puch bei Weiz is generally known as a center of apple production in the Austrian state of Styria. An interesting detail: This Roman tombstone immured next to the parish church of Puch shows a lady holding an apple.
This sundial at the parish church of Puch bei Weiz shows St Oswald with a raven in his hand. The church is dedicated to St Oswald who was King of Northumbria in the years 634-642.
From a tower named Hornturm located nearly on top of the mountain settlement Althofen you have this great view of the nearby mountain ranges. The big tower in this picture is named Annenturm and was part of the former town fortifications. Althofen is one of the oldest still inhabited mountain settlements in Austria.
The museum tells about the life and achievements of Carl Auer von Welsbach who formed the Treibacher Chemische Werke GesmbH near this place. He is particularly well known for his work on rare earth elements, the gas mantle and for the development of the metal filament light bulb.
An ÖBB BR 4746 ‘Cityjet’ is leaving the railway station Bruck an der Mur heading to Graz. This train is a brand-new one which was established in the Austrian rail network on December 13th, 2015.
I love the architecture of this footbridge which is located next to the railway station of Voitsberg. The bridge spans the tracks of the railroad between the Styrian places Graz and Köflach. The railroad is used by the GKB Railways (Graz-Köflacher-Bahn und Busbetrieb).
Renaissance fresco dated with 1577 seen at a building in the old part of Melk.