Roman fort Biriciana

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.

Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden

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.

Favorite Mansion

Favorite Mansion (Schloss Favorite) is a Baroque maison de plaisance and hunting lodge near the much bigger Ludwigburg Residential Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg).

Marienburg Castle near Pattensen

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.

Roman walls in 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.

Dragon bridge in Ljubljana

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).

Velenje Castle in Velenje

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.

Rotenturn Manor in Slovenj Gradec

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.

Abandoned building in Bratislava

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

Barfüsser Church in Erfurt

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.

City walls of Passau

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.

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg

Mirabell Palace (Schloss Mirabell) on the left side is especially known for its marble hall as wedding location. By the way Mirabell Gardens was also a set in the movie “Sound of Music”.  On the picture above one can see the hindquarters of the Winged Horse (Pegasus) where Maria and the children danced around.