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Churches

Barfüsser Church in Erfurt

Barfüsser Church in Erfurt, Germany

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.

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City Walls

City walls of Passau

City walls of Passau, Germany

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.

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Gardens Palaces Sound of Music

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg

Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, AustriaMirabell 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.

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Palaces

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Baden-Württemberg

The Residential Palace of Ludwigsburg (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg) is one of the largest Baroque complexes among the castles of Baden-Württemberg. A park behind the palace shows scenes from well-known children’s fairy tales with elaborate buildings.

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Castles Towers

Emichsburg in Ludwigsburg

Emichsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany

At the fairy-tale garden of Ludwigsburg this tower is portraying Rapunzel’s Tower. The garden is part of a Baroque park on the grounds of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. The tower itself is part of a small castle named Emichsburg, which was built in 1798-1802.

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Museums Palaces

Lower Belvedere Palace

Front view of the Lower Belvedere

Lower Belvedere Palace (Unteres Belvedere) and Upper Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere) constitute an ensemble near Vienna Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). Both palaces are venues of a museum and gallery named Belvedere. Next to the Lower Belvedere one also can visit art exhibitions in the former Orangery and the Palace Stables of the ensemble.

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Accommodations Hotels Palaces

Bensberg Palace

Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

Bensberg Palace (Schloss Bensberg) was designed by Italian Baroque architect Matteo Alberti in the beginning of the 18th century. Today the former hunting lodge for the Counts Palatine of the Rhine houses a 5-Star Grand hotel.

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Gardens

Japanese garden Leverkusen

Japanese garden in Leverkusen, Germany

The Japanese garden of Leverkusen founded by Carl Duisberg is a 15,000 qm area open for public. It is located near the BayKomm, an exhibition hall where one can learn about the products made by Bayer AG. So the area offers a combination of learning about latest developments in chemistry and relaxing in old structures of nature.

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Castles

Godesburg Castle

Godesburg Castle in Bad Godesberg, Germany

Godesburg Castle (Godesburg) is placed on a hill in Bad Godesberg, a part of Bonn. It was built in 13th century and was destroyed following a siege in 1583 at the start of the Cologne War. Today it houses a restaurant and is known as fine lookout.

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Castles Railviews

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub, Germany

On a train journey along the Rhine Valley from Mainz to Koblenz I took this photo of Burg Pfalzgrafenstein. The building situated on a tiny island served as toll station until 1866.

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Gardens Palaces Renaissance

Neuhaus Palace in Paderborn

Garden side of Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn

In Paderborn I visited a palace in the style of Weser Renaissance named Schloss Neuhaus. In 1994 a garden festival took place on the grounds of the palace (Schlosspark) so I had a nice walk along beautiful plantings which were still there.

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Murals

Wall painting at the Hofgarten in Munich

Mural at the Hofgarten in Munich, Germany

This is one example of several wall paintings I saw in the arcades of the Munich Court Garden (Münchner Hofgarten). The paintings display episodes in the history of the House of Wittelsbach. I was especially impressed by the fact that these paintings are displayed in public. They are protected against wind and weather only by the arcades.