Commandantenhus 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.

Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir

The fortress of Kamerlengo (Tvrđava Kamerlengo) was built by the Venetians in the 15th century as an extension of existing structures. The old town of Trogir has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.

Church of Sveti Nikola in Nin

The church of Sveti Nikola was built in the 11th century. During the Ottoman Wars the dome of the church has been converted into a crenelated tower. Situated on top of a small hill this church offers a remarkable view for visitors of Nin.

Roman forum in Zadar

During Roman period Zadar was known as Iader or Colonia Iulia Iader. The remnants of the Roman forum are near the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, where one can see a collection of ancient Roman pieces.

Frauenkirche in Munich

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.

Silent Night Museum in Hallein

In August 2006, I went to the Silent Night Museum (Stille-Nacht-Museum) in Hallein. It primarily deals with Franz Xaver Gruber who is considered the composer of the famous Christmas carol Silent Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht).

Piber Castle in Köflach

Piber Castle (Schloss Piber) is a palace in the Austrian state of Styria. It stands next to the Federal Stud Piber. The stud breeds the famous Lipizzan stallions who are performing at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Roman street in Szombathely

In the archaeological zone of the Hungarian town of Szombathely, there are remains of the ancient street paving. The Roman name of this place was Colonia Claudia Savaria. A remarkable sight is the Iseum Savariense. This is a reconstruction of a Roman temple.

Sepulchral chapel in Karlsruhe

This gargoyle seen at the sepulchral chapel of the Grand Duke of Baden (Großherzogliche Grabkapelle) reminded me of a scene of the movie ‘Alien’.

Bratislava Castle in 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.

St Daniel’s Church in Štanjel

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).

Lipizzaner in Lipica

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.