Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle in Schwangau, Germany

From the balcony of Neuschwanstein Castle, I got a fine view of the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle. Whereas Neuschwanstein is known as a dream castle built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Hohenschwangau was the castle of his parents and his childhood. Living there, he probably forged out plans for a palace of his own the first time.

Lutemaking industry in Füssen

Exhibition about lutes and violins in Füssen

For many years Füssen has been a centre of the lute- and violinmaking industry. In 1562, the lute maker of Füssen joined together to form the first European lute maker guild. Today one can visit an extensive exhibition about the production of lutes and violins at the municipal museum of Füssen (Museum der Stadt Füssen).

Christmas market of Coburg

Christmas market in Coburg, Germany

Renaissance facades and several corner oriels frame the Christmas market on the market square of Coburg. The oriels are known as Coburger Erker. Between the historic town hall and the former ducal chancery, visitors enjoy the Coburger Bratwurst. It is a sausage roasted over an open fire of pine cones. [German]

Manhole cover in Coburg

Manhole cover of Coburg, Germany

The manhole covers in Coburg show the city’s arms. They display the head of Saint Maurice, the patron of Coburg. According to legend, Saint Maurice died as leader of the Theban Legion, a martyr’s death in the 3rd century. In general this depiction of him is known as Coburger Mohr (Coburg Moor).  [German]

Riding Hall in Coburg

Horse's head at the riding hall in Coburg, Germany

The Coburg Riding Hall (Coburger Reiterhalle) is in the immediate vicinity of Ehrenburg Palace (Schloss Ehrenburg). It was built in 1852 according to the plans of master builder Georg Konrad Rothbart. Theodor Behrens created the sculptural horse’s head in the tondo directly above the pointed arch portal. [German]

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg

Ehrenburg Palace in Coburg, Germany

Ehrenburg palace (Schloss Ehrenburg) was the residential palace of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg until 1918. It was built in the 16th century from a Franciscan monastery. The present façade in the English Gothic Revival style is a work by Karl Friedrich Schinkel at the beginning of the 19th century. [German]

Coat of arms of Munich

Compilation of Munich city arms

This mural at the tower of the old town hall displays a compilation of seals and coat of arms related to Munich. The dates tell when each emblem was in use. The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) was the domicile of the municipality until 1874. Today it serves as a building for representative purposes for the city council in Munich.