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Sundials

Sundial in Merano

Sundial in Merano, Italy

While I walked through Merano in Italy, I came across this sundial. I was impressed how many elements and codes are compiled in this depiction. For example one can see the motto of Friedrich III. (AEIOU) as well as a skull with an hour glass on top of it.

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Railways

Frecciargento high speed train

High speed train Frecciargento in Bolzano

The Frecciargento (top speed 160 mph) belongs together with the Frecciarossa (190 mph) and the Frecciabianca (160 mph) to the group of Italian high-speed trains. The train depicted above is waiting in the central station of Bolzano for the exit towards Rome.

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Coat of arms

Emblem of the Habsburgs in Merano

Emblem of the Habsburgs in Merano, Italy

The emblem of the Habsburgs designed as a colourful mosaic seen at a bridge in Merano.

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Railway Stations Sculptures

Statue at the railway station of Bolzano

Statue at the railway station of Bolzano

A statue at the railway station of Bolzano. Reminds me of movies like ‘Metropolis’ by Fritz Lang.

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Architecture Sculptures

Peculiar architecture in Bolzano

Peculiar architexture next to the railway station

The first impression of Bolzano after leaving my train was this building right opposite the station hall. I love especially the idea to put a sculpture of a lizard as add-on.

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Monuments Sisi

Monument to Sisi in Merano

Monument of Sisi in Merano, Italy

In a park of Merano I came across a monument to Empress Elisabeth of Austria who was a very important guest in Merano. It happens to be I met her twice on this day. My trip ended in Vienna where I saw another monument at the railway station Wien Westbahnhof.

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Lanes

Laubengasse in Merano

Laubengasse in Merano, Italy

At the end of my visit in Merano I walked down the famous Laubengasse which is known as a lane with one of the longest arcades in the world. Which fine streets with arcades do you know?

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Christmas

Face of Santa Claus made of moss

Face of Santa Claus made of moss

The face of Santa Claus made of kinds of mosses found at the Christmas market of Merano.

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Railways

The train that not accepted my InterRail pass

Christmas train in Merano, Italy

It was in Merano where I finally came across a train that didn’t accept my InterRail pass! 🙂

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Castles Railviews

Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano

Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano, Italy

Photo of Sigmundskron Castle taken on a train trip from Bolzano to Meran. It was first mentioned as Formicaria in 945. Around 1473 Duke Sigmund the Wealthy converted it into a fortress and changed its name to Sigmundskron. Today it houses a part of the Messner Mountain Museum.

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Fortresses Railviews

Fort Franzensfeste in Fortezza

Franzensfeste in Fortezza, Italy

On a local train to Bolzano I passed the former Austrian fort Franzensfeste which is still dominating the rail hub in Fortezza.

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Castles

Lebenberg Castle in Tscherms

Lebenberg Castle in Tscherms, ItalyLebenberg Castle (Castel Monteleone) is a 13th-century castle in Tscherms, a place in the region of Merano. During a guided tour one can experience a fully furnished castle with a Rococo style hall of mirrors and a three-floors high chapel of the 14th century. [German]