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Castles

Bratislava Castle in Slovakia

Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia

On a sunny spring day I took this photo of Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) on board of a hydrofoil craft cruising the Danube river. There are several companies passing the castle by boat. For the short distance between Vienna – Bratislava there is also a very modern boat, the Twin City Liner, available.

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Churches

St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel

St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel, Slovenia

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).

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Animals Horses

Lipizzaner in Lipica

Lipizzan horses in Lipica, Slovenia

At the Lipica stud farm, I watched a couple of Lipizzaner dashing around in the wild. Actually, the name of the horse breed originates from this Slovenian stud located near the border to Italy.

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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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City Walls Roman Empire

Roman walls in Ljubljana

Outside the roman wall of Ljubljana

The ancient Roman name of Ljubljana was Emona. Today one can still see some Roman elements in the city. E.g. this redesign of a part of the Roman town walls created by architect Jože Plečnik. The reconstruction of the walls is not really authentic but works as remarkable monument to the former presence of the Romans.

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Bridges Dragons

Dragon bridge in Ljubljana

Sculpture at the dragon bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia

This dragon was one of four I saw at the dragon bridge (Zmajski most) in Ljubljana. The bridge finished in the beginning of the 20th century shows some elements of the Viennese Secession. The dragons were produced in Vienna (Factory A. M. Beschorner).

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Castles Museums

Velenje Castle in Velenje

Velenje Castle in Velenje, Slovenia

Velenje Castle (Velenjski grad) is a well-preserved castle high over the Slovenian city Velenje. It offers an interesting museum inside. For example one can see the reconstruction of an old grocery shop and the remains of two mastodons.

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Castles

Rotenturn Manor in Slovenj Gradec

View through the gate of Rotenturn Manor

Rotenturn Manor (Dvorec Rotenturn) is located in the Slovenian city Slovenj Gradec. It is one of the most important venues for cultural events in the city.

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Murals

Abandoned building in Bratislava

Abandoned building in Bratislava, Slovakia

Love this abandoned building in Bratislava. The more you look at, the more you see. Some animals, a windmill, a faked staircase…