Michaelertor in Vienna

Michaelertor in ViennaOn your walks through the historic district, you will almost inevitably pass through it: the Michaelertor in Vienna. The baroque portal frames the shortest path from the Heldenplatz to the expensive shopping streets near the Wiener Graben.

Fountains Monuments

Wild Man Fountain in Salzburg

Figure on top of the Wild Man Fountain

The Wild Man Fountain (Wilder-Mann-Brunnen) has existed since the beginning of the 17th century on different fish markets in Salzburg. Its water basins helped to keep the fish fresh. The fountain got its name from the statue on top of it. The sculpture symbolizes male power and the bond with nature.

Railviews Railway Stations Railways

Diesel railcar ÖBB 5144

Diesel rail car ÖBB 5144 in Semmering, Austria

A hike over the Semmering Pass regularly ends for me in front of the railcar ÖBB 5144. This piece dating from 1951 stands on a museum track next to the building of the Semmering station. Unfortunately, it is inaccessible. So you can only enjoy the interior by a peek through its windows.

Coat of arms

Commandantenhus Stralsund

Coat of arms on the Commandantenhus in Stralsund

The Commandantenhus was built as the administrative seat of the Swedish garrison commander in the years 1748-1751. Together with other historical buildings, it adorns the Alte Markt (Old Market Square) of Stralsund. A striking allusion to its former function is the large coat of arms in its gable field.

Castles World Heritage Sites

Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir

Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir, Croatia

The fortress of Kamerlengo (Tvrđava Kamerlengo) was built by the Venetians in the 15th century as an extension of existing structures. The old town of Trogir has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.


Church of Sveti Nikola in Nin

Church of Sveti Nikola in Nin, Croatia

The church of Sveti Nikola was built in the 11th century. During the Ottoman Wars the dome of the church has been converted into a crenelated tower. Situated on top of a small hill this church offers a remarkable view for visitors of Nin.

Roman Empire

Roman forum in Zadar

Roman forum in Zadar, Croatia

During Roman period Zadar was known as Iader or Colonia Iulia Iader. The remnants of the Roman forum are near the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, where one can see a collection of ancient Roman pieces.


Frauenkirche in Munich

Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany

The Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), also known as Münchner Dom, is the largest church in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria. I took this view after climbing up the tower of another church called St. Peter.


Silent Night Museum in Hallein

Silent NIght Museum in Hallein

In August 2006, I went to the Silent Night Museum (Stille-Nacht-Museum) in Hallein. It primarily deals with Franz Xaver Gruber who is considered the composer of the famous Christmas carol Silent Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht).


Piber Castle in Köflach

Piber Castle in Köflach, Austria

Piber Castle (Schloss Piber) is a palace in the Austrian state of Styria. It is located next to the Federal Stud Piber which is known for breeding the famous Lipizzan stallions who are performing at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Roman Empire

Roman street in Szombathely

Roman street in Savaria (Szombathely)

In the archaeological zone of the Hungarian town of Szombathely, there are remains of the ancient street paving. The Roman name of this place was Colonia Claudia Savaria. A remarkable sight is the Iseum Savariense. This is a reconstruction of a Roman temple.

Churches Sculptures

Sepulchral chapel in Karlsruhe

Gargoyle at a chapel in Karlsruhe, Germany

This gargoyle seen at the sepulchral chapel of the Grand Duke of Baden (Großherzogliche Grabkapelle) reminded me of a scene of the movie ‘Alien’.