The Gothic town hall in Stralsund dates back to 13th century. You find the landmark of the city on the Old Market Square. It is considered one of the most important secular buildings of North German Brick Gothic architecture.
On my urban walk through Naumburg (Saale), a monument with two sculptures attracts me. A young girl stands in front of an old man with a huge moustache. The man obviously represents Friedrich Nietzsche.
To climb up to the hydroelectric plant at the Mooserboden, I took this exceptional funicular. It is generally known as Lärchwand Lift. The inclined lift transports large groups of people as well as busses.
The templar museum at Lockenhaus Castle (Austria) presents the history of the Knights Templar. Besides that, it tells about Austrian places related to this military order.
A famous son of Salzburg is not only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but also the poet Georg Trakl. You see boards with his poems scattered all over the city.
The Goethe garden house is a building in the Ilmpark of Weimar. It was Goethe’s home and workplace until he moved to the Frauenplan in June 1782. Here he wrote the famous ballad of the Erlkönig and the poem To the Moon.
The geese girl fountain (Gänsemädchenbrunnen) displays a girl with three geese. Its creator was the Czech sculptor Antonín Pavel Wagner. The fowls refer to the first site of the fountain which was the former poultry market of the city.
Salzburg is a very traditional city. Even though you see a lot of contemporary art in the streets. E.g. the’Gherkins’ created by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. I like this piece of public art as the pickles seem to have some personality.
On 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.
It is not visible from the Wiener Ringstraße. Only those who enter the public park named Volksgarten suddenly find themselves facing a piece of Greek antiquity. Of course, it isn’t ancient. The Theseus Temple is a classicistic building from the years 1819/23.
The Wild Man Fountain (Wilder-Mann-Brunnen) exists since the beginning of the 17th century. His water basins helped to keep the fish fresh on different fish markets in Salzburg. Today the fountain stands near the Furtwänglerpark opposite the Great Festival Hall.
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.