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Coat of arms

Commandantenhus Stralsund

Coat of arms on the Commandantenhus in Stralsund

The Commandantenhus was built as the administrative seat of the Swedish garrison commander in the years 1748-1751. Together with other historical buildings, it adorns the Alte Markt (Old Market Square) of Stralsund. A striking allusion to its former function is the large coat of arms in its gable field.

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Churches

Frauenkirche in Munich

Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany

The Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), also known as Münchner Dom, is the largest church in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria. I took this view after climbing up the tower of another church called St. Peter.

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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’.

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Roman Empire

Roman fort Biriciana

Roman fort Biriciana in Weißenburg, Germany

Reconstruction of an ancient gate on the grounds of the former Roman fort Biriciana in the Bavarian city of Weißenburg. The fort was the garrison of the Ala I Hispanorum Auriana.

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Railways

Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden

Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden, Germany

The Nerobergbahn was built in 1888 as a funicular railway driven by water counterbalancing and is still operated with this technology. It connects the Nerotal Valley with the Neroberg Hill, a lookout high over Wiesbaden.

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Castles

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).

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Castles

Marienburg Castle near Pattensen

Marienburg Castle near Pattensen, Germany

On a very cold winter day, I took a guided tour through this fairy-tale castle 20 km south of Hanover named Marienburg. The Gothic revival castle was built between 1858 and 1867 as a birthday present by King George V of Hanover to his wife, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg.

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Churches

Barfüsser Church in Erfurt

Barfüsser Church in Erfurt, Germany

During a stay at an IBIS hotel in Erfurt I had a very special view from my room: The ruins of the Barfüsserkirche, a church named after an order of the Franciscan (‘Barfüsser‘), which had been destroyed in 1944.

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City Walls

City walls of Passau

City walls of Passau, Germany

The city walls of Passau are still to see in some parts. This part is located near a street named Sterkgäßchen in the Innstadt. The Innstadt is a quarter of Passau, situated between the Inn river and the Austrian border.

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Palaces

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.

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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.

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Accommodations Hotels Palaces

Bensberg Palace

Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

Bensberg Palace (Schloss Bensberg) was designed by Italian Baroque architect Matteo Alberti in the beginning of the 18th century. Today the former hunting lodge for the Counts Palatine of the Rhine houses a 5-Star Grand hotel.