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’.


Favorite Mansion

Schloss Favorite in Ludwigsburg, Germany

Favorite Mansion (Schloss Favorite) is a Baroque maison de plaisance and hunting lodge near the much bigger Ludwigburg Residential Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg).


Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Baden-Württemberg

The Residential Palace of Ludwigsburg (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg) is one of the largest Baroque complexes among the castles of Baden-Württemberg. A park behind the palace shows scenes from well-known children’s fairy tales with elaborate buildings.

Castles Towers

Emichsburg in Ludwigsburg

Emichsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany

At the fairy-tale garden of Ludwigsburg this tower is portraying Rapunzel’s Tower. The garden is part of a Baroque park on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. The tower itself is part of a small castle named Emichsburg, which was built in 1798-1802.

Myths Railways

Seehas Railway in Constance

Seehas Railway in front of the council building

The Seehas Railway is a rail link between Konstanz and Engen. The name doesn’t derive from the existing fish ‘Seehase‘ (lumpsucker), but from a fabulous creature supposed to live in the western part of Lake Constance. People there believe the ‘Seehas’ is a hybrid of a rabbit and a fish.


Monument to Eberhard I

Monument to Eberhard I, Duke of Württemberg

Eberhard I (1445-1496) is considered the first Duke of Württemberg. In numerous publications, he is also referred to as Eberhard im Bart (Eberhard the Bearded). This equestrian statue made of bronze stands in the courtyard of the Altes Schloss (Old Palace) in Stuttgart. Today, the castle serves as the location of the Landesmuseum Württemberg.


Dompropstei in Constance

Former Dompropstei in ConstanceOn my way from the Imperia statue  to the Rhine Gate Tower (Rheintorturm), I notice a striking red facade. Around 1300 the St. Konrad Hospital was built in this place, which integrated an existing chapel. The hospital later changed into the Dompropstei of Constance.

Abbeys Sundials

Sundial on Reichenau Abbey

Sundial on Reichenau Island, Germany

This sundial is located on a wall of Reichenau Abbey on Reichenau Island. It shows not only the motto ‘Pray and Work’ (ora et labora) but also Saint Pirmin, the founder of Reichenau Abbey. The two snakes refer to the fact that he is considered to be a patron against snake bites.


Dual-gauge railway in Karlsruhe

Dual-gauge railway in Karlsruhe, Germany

An interesting detail in the streets of Karlsruhe: The remains of a former dual-gauge railway which used three rails.

Industrial Heritage Museums

Gottlieb Daimler Memorial

View of the gardenhouse

This greenhouse owned by Gottlieb Daimler housed that workshop and testing station where Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach used to work for their latest inventions.

Manhole Covers Promotions

Manhole cover in Mannheim

Manhole cover in Mannheim, Germany

Clever! On this manhole cover, an International Museum of Buttons (Knopf & Knopf Museum) is being advertised. This is located together with a brasserie and a hotel in a former railway station building in Warthausen. The building is located directly on the Öchsle Railway, a heritage railway from Warthausen to Ochsenhausen.

Neo-Gothic Railway Stations Towers

Railway station of Constance

Railway station of Constance, Germany

The train station of Constance (Konstanz) was built in 1863. The architecture consists of a mixture of neo-Gothic and Renaissance. The tower is modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. [German]