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Abandoned building in Bratislava

Abandoned building in Bratislava, Slovakia

Love this abandoned building in Bratislava. The more you look at, the more you see. Some animals, a windmill, a faked staircase…

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Wall painting at the Hofgarten in Munich

Mural at the Hofgarten in Munich, Germany

This is one example of several wall paintings I saw in the arcades of the Munich Court Garden (Münchner Hofgarten). The paintings display episodes in the history of the House of Wittelsbach. I was especially impressed by the fact that these paintings are displayed in public. They are protected against wind and weather only by the arcades.

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Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing

Mural at the Slovenian Institute of hop research and brewing

A pretty narrative mural on the Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing (Inštitut za hmeljarstvo in pivovarstvo Slovenije) in Žalec. This institute is located next to the museum about hop-growing and brewing industry in Slovenia (Ekomuzej hmeljarstva in pivovarstva).

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Bratislava main railway station

Mural at the main railway station of Bratislava, Slovakia

Mural at the hall of the main railway station in Bratislava (Bratislava hlavná stanica). Love the small sputnik at the upper edge of this mural.

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“Altes Wettbüro” in Dresden

Mural on the restaurant "Altes Wettbüro" in Dresden

I discovered this faded mural on a classicistic building near the Albertplatz in Dresden. At the time of my visit, the house is being used as a restaurant under the name “Altes Wettbüro” (“Old Betting Office”).

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Procession of Princes

View of Procession of Princes in Augustusstrasse, Dresden

The Procession of Princes (Fürstenzug) is a 102-meter-long mural applied to 23,000 Meissen porcelain tiles. The mural displays portraits of 35 members of the House of Wettin, who were rulers of Saxony between 1127 and 1904.

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Quotes on Weimar houses

Quote by Jules Renard at a gable in Weimar

A challenge for attentive walks are the quotes on the house walls of  Weimar. They inspire not only to look on gables, but also to reflect. This quote from Jules Renard made me pensive: “If you know life, please give me its address” (Wenn Sie das Leben kennen, geben Sie mir doch bitte seine Anschrift). What exactly makes us think we know life?

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Mosaic created by Bresslern-Roth in Graz

Mosaic created by Norbertine Bresslern-Roth in Graz, Austria

This mosaic near the main railway station of Graz was created by Norbertine Bresslern-Roth (1891-1978). She is regarded as one of the most famous animal painters worldwide. Some of her works are displayed at the Neue Galerie in Graz.

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Old curacy in Žalec

Portal of the old curacy in Žalec, Slovenia

In the first moment I was surprised to see embrasures at this edifice of the former curacy but later I learned the Baroque building was erected on top of the walls of a former defence tower. The fresco above the richly ornamented portal depicts Saint Nicholas, to whom the nearby church is consecrated.

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Palais Toerring-Jettenbach

Mural at the Palais Toerring-Jettenbach in Munich, Germany This is one of numerous murals you can find in the columned hall of the Palais Toerring-Jettenbach in Munich. This building, also known as the Palais an der Oper, is located at the Max-Joseph-Platz next to the Munich Residence and to the Bavarian State Opera.

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Trompe l’oeil featuring oriel windows in Füssen

Trompe l’oeil featuring an oriel window in Füssen, Germany

The High Castle (Hohes Schloss) in Füssen is known for its walls decorated with a 15th-century Trompe l’oeil. Personally, I was impressed by a couple of ‘painted’ oriel windows which give the castle a surreal touch.

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Trompe l’oeil featuring a book

A trompe-l'œil featuring a book in Füssen, Germany

I did know Füssen is known for a lot of amazing Trompe-l’œils on the walls of the High Castle (Hohes Schloss). Though I was surprised to see in the streets of Füssen such an impressive Trompe-l’œil featuring a book. In this depiction, the three legs of the city arms are linked to the character traits diligent, honest and helpful (fleissig – ehrlich – hilfsbereit).