It is not visible from the Wiener Ringstraße. Only those who enter the public park named Volksgarten suddenly find themselves facing a piece of Greek antiquity. Of course, it isn’t ancient. The Theseus Temple is a classicistic building from the years 1819/23. [German]
In the fairy tale garden of Ludwigsburg, this tower refers to Rapunzel’s Tower. The building is part of a small castle named Emichsburg, which saw its construction from 1798-1802. The garden is part of a Baroque park on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. [German]
Schwerin is the capital city (LANDESHAUPTSTADT) of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The manhole covers in Schwerin show the city arms in the version of 1991. The depicted knight represents Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe). The conspicuous flag in his hand is a gonfalon. [German]
This memorial plaque on the Favoritenstraße 12 in Vienna reminds passers-by of the Slovakian-born sculptor Arthur Fleischmann. The design is pretty clever. A piece of acrylic refers to the fact that the artist used this material in his works many times. [German]
St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel (Italian: San Daniele del Carso) was built in the 15th century as the burial vault of the Counts of Cobenzl. I especially like the church for the shape of its steeple. Štanjel also offers a beautiful garden named Ferrari Garden (Ferrarijev vrt).
The Saalburg is a reconstructed Roman fort in Hesse. Inside its walls, a museum tells about the life of the soldiers along the border. The castellum was a part of the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes. Today the remains of the Limes are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The quotes on the house walls of Weimar are a challenge for attentive walks. They inspire not only to look at gable ends 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? [German]
There is a splash of colour in the grey streets of the 3rd district of Vienna: the Kunsthaus Wien. The former furniture factory for Thonet chairs now houses a museum for Friedensreich Hundertwasser and shows photo exhibitions that attract attention.
The Gothic town hall in Stralsund dates back to 13th century. You find the landmark of the city on the Old Market Square. It is considered one of the most important secular buildings of North German Brick Gothic architecture.
On my urban walk through Naumburg (Saale), a monument with two sculptures attracts me. A young girl stands in front of an old man with a huge moustache. The man obviously represents Friedrich Nietzsche. [German]
Getting up to the hydroelectric plant at the Mooserboden, I took this exceptional funicular. It is generally known as Lärchwand Lift. The inclined lift transports large groups of people as well as busses.