Old Synagogue in Erfurt

Old synagogue (11th century) of Erfurt, Germany

The Old Synagogue in Erfurt is considered the oldest synagogue in Central Europe that has been preserved up to its roof. Some parts of it date back to the 11th century. Its cellar houses the famous Erfurt Treasure found near the synagogue.

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Fun traffic sign in Hallstatt

Fun traffic sign in Hallstatt, Austria

Beware of the dashing garçon! I saw this – probably unofficial – traffic sign in Hallstatt next to the famous Hallstatt Lake. It makes people aware of waitstaff crossing the street. A local restaurant and its open-air seating area occupy different sides of the lane.

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“Alte Post” in Dornbirn

Inn sign at the "Alte Post" in Dornbirn

Trara, die Post ist da!” This line of a German children’s song came to my mind when I saw this inn sign at the “Alte Post” in Dornbirn. The sign showed a postilion. The depiction probably referred to an earlier use of the building as a coaching inn.

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Villa Haar in Weimar

Villa Haar in Weimar

Promenaders reach Villa Haar via a long outside staircase that connects the building with the Ilmpark. Trees provide shade during the ascent, revealing a neo-Renaissance style villa. The stairwell surprises with romantic wall paintings. [German]

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Sundial in Kufstein

Sundial in Kufstein, Tyrol

This pic portrays a sundial in Kufstein, a city in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It saw its completion in 1733, followed by renovations in 1881 and 1990. I am surprised that this sundial in the Austrian mountains depicts a big sailing ship in the background. [German]

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Annenturm in Althofen

Annenturm in Althofen

Althofen is considered one of the oldest still inhabited mountain settlements in Austria. Besides that, there are still remains from the former town fortification. For example, the Annenturm. This tower saw its completion in 1307.

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