S: Germany 2008
BC: Neuschwanstein Castle
FC: Germany 2008 | Rothenburg ob der Tauber | Heidelberg Castle
1: Munich Munchen
2: A Marian column was erected in it's centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Today the Marienplatz is dominated by the New City Hall on the north side. The Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall was inspired by these tournaments, and draws millions of tourists a year. At the east side, Munich's Old City Hall is located. It's a gothic council hall, ballroom and tower, which have been reconstructed. | Marienplatz is a central square in the city center of Munich, Germany. It has been the city's main square since 1158.
3: In the Middle Ages markets and tournaments were held in this city square. | Day 1 --Hop on/off bus tour around Munich
4: Schloss Nymphenburg (Splendid Summer Palace)
5: If Munich is the capital of the beer-drinking faith, this is where pilgrims come to pray. Hofbrauhaus is ilke a mini-Oktoberfest all year round.
6: A friendly drinking game...who can hold their beer stein up the longest.....
7: Olympic Park 1972 Summer Games | Where Mark Spitz won his 7 Gold Medals
8: Olympic Tower | BMW Museum
9: Munich Residenz | The Wittelbachs ruled Bavaria for over 700 years
10: The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and is today open to visitors for it's architecture and room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections. | The Munich Residenz is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs in the center of the city of Munich, Germany.
13: Day 2 --Dauchau | Entrance Gate "Arbeit macht frei" meaning "work will liberate".
14: The memorial includes four chapels for the various religions represented among the prisoners. | Memorial Sculptor
15: Dauchau served as a prototype and model for the other Nazi concentration camps. | The camp was in use from 1933-1960, intaking 206,206 prisoners and 31,951 deaths. | Typical cell for the privileged
16: Toilets for 2000 men | Security Measures | Waiting room...before the "showers"
18: Although Schloss Linderhof is much smaller than Versailles, it is evident that the palace of the French Sun-King Louis XIV (who was an idol for Ludwig) was its inspiration. Can you say flamboyant?!?!? | Day 3
19: The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague, then sweeping the region, they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play, now performed during the first year of each decade, | involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all residents of the village.
20: Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Contrary to common belief, Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds | Two hours from Munich, the enchanting old-world town of Füssen lies in the foot hills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world, the fabulous and ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle. This glorious folly was built in the 19th century by the famed "mad" King Ludwig II, a man intoxicated by mythology and who himself became a legend. The shimmering white towers of the castle among the clouds are instantly recognizable to many who haven't ever heard the name Neuschwanstein. It is the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle, and is famous the world over as the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle. | Oberammergau
21: Contrary to common belief, Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune | ...and extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds | Although Ludwig spent 17 years building Schloss Neuschwanstein...he lived in it only 172 days. | The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat
22: Replicating Versailles' "Hall of Mirrors"
23: Easter Sunday - Day 4
24: Driving conditions were not desirable! We had to go around ~ not through the Black Forest
25: Freiburg is a quaint city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In the extreme south-west of the country, it straddles the Dreisam river, at the foot of the Schlossberg. | The German Clock Museum is situated near the centre of the Black Forest town of Furtwangen in Schwarzwald, a historic centre of clockmaking.
27: The museum features permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of timekeeping. The museum is affiliated with the local technical college
29: Some interesting road signs...
30: Driving the autobahn.....speed limits????? | Day 5
33: The city is known for its ancient university and its medieval minster, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of a major wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany.
34: ~ Shopping and Yummy pastries in Germany....
36: At Baden-Baden, we took the cogwheel tram up to the top of Merkhur mountain, which felt like Everest.... | it was so COLD!!!! The snow on the ground was so light and fluffy, and tasted refreshing!
39: Triberg im Schwarzwald is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. | We were too cold after Merkur Mountain to hike to see the famous waterfalls...
41: We then left to see our Castle in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It was actually in a small town Colmberg, near Rothenburg. We wandered through the castle, and stayed up late drinking wine and talking with a couple from Virginia | The Gardens
43: Our Medieval Castle stay
44: The castle even had a church that is still used today
47: We drove to Rothenburg for dinner
48: ...and the Night Watchman's Tour, which although cold, very funny and interesting
49: Day 6 we left our castle to spend the day in the walled in city of Rothenburg, View from the top of the town hall tower
50: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
51: is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany, well known for ts well-preserved medieval old town | St. Peter and Paul is a Gothic church in the quarter of Detwang. The most important piece of artwork in the church is the crucifiction reredos by Tilman Riemenschneider. | In the Middle Ages, it was an Imperial Free City.
52: 85% of the buildings still standing were completed by 1410
53: Rothenburg has appeared in several films, notably fantasies. It was the inspiration for the village in the 1940 Walt Disney movie Pinocchio.
55: The Criminal Museum (Kriminalmuseum) is the most important German legal museum and gives an insight into judicial punishment over the last 1000 years. Exhibits include instruments of torture, shrew's fiddles, scold's bridles, medieval legal texts and guidance on witch trials.
57: The Heidelberg castle is a mix of styles from Gothic to Renaissance. Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398–1410) erected the first building in the inner courtyard as a royal residence. The building was divided into a ground floor made of stone and framework for upper levels. | In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Prince Electors added two palace buildings and turned the fortress into a castle. | unique parking lot with grass | Day 7 | Heidelberg is one of the most warmest regions of Germany
58: The castle and it's garden were destroyed several times during the 30 Years' War and the Palatine War of Succession. | The Moat was only filled with water during attempted sieges, otherwise, used as a zoo for exotic animals.
59: Schloss Heidelberg
60: Although the interior is in Gothic style, the King's Hall was not built until 1934
62: we learned that technically a "burg" is a castle.... and a "scloss" is a palace | Largest wine barrel in the world. It holds 55,000 gallons of wine. | Tribute to a man who guarded the barrel for over 30 years. It was said he always drank wine with those who came to get wine and water never touched his lips. Upon drinking a glass of water, he died.
65: Drove to Frankfurt for a quick flight to Berlin | Breakfast in Berlin - Day 8
66: Urban Art ~ Graffiti
67: 3rd Reich Walking tour of Berlin followed by a Hidden Berlin walking tour | Potsdamer Platz - returning Berlin as Capital resulted in the largest construction effort to have been undertaken in modern history - with Potsdamer Platz at its core, this represents the future; German technology and corporate ambitions entering a new millennium - there's nowhere quite like it.
68: Reichstag - The Reichstag building is a historical edifice constructed to house the Reichstag, parliament of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894...riddled with the bullet holes from the last battle in Europe and now crowned with Lord Fosters glass dome - a beacon of kind guiding the course of the new Capital Republic. Throughout the Cold War the West German Parliament congregated here each year symbolically...a gesture that if Germany were re-unified it would once again serve as the parliament, it does now. | Berlin Cathedral
69: Traffic signals left over from East Berlin | Our tour guide gave a lot of interesting history of the 3rd Reich and families separated by the Berlin Wall | Urban Art
70: The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 4.7 acres site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide and vary in height from 8 in to 15 ft 9 in. According to Eisenman's project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.Building began on April 1, 2003 and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public on May 12 of the same year. It is located one block south of the Brandenburg Gate, in the Friedrichstadt neighborhood. The cost of construction was approximately 25 million.
71: The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, | which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period. | Irony...there is now a fence in front of the wall to protect it. | East Side Berlin Wall | No Man's Land | West Side Berlin Wall
72: associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on | In 1989, a radical series of political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, | 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990. | Travis in East Berlin & Karen in West Berlin
73: Unexploded bomb | Reconcilliation Statue and Reconcilliation Church near the Berlin Wall
74: Brandenburg Gate - follow in the footsteps of Napolean, Bismarck, the German Kaisers, the Nazis and Allied forces as the struggle for European and world power shifted between east and west. Having stood alone in the Death Strip for 28 years, it now symbolizes the rebirth of the re-unified metropolis | CharlieCheckpoint Charlie in Berlin This was the guard station at the entrance to the American zone when Berlin was divided by the Berlin wall. Now it is a favorite place for tourists to take photographs. | The Russian checkpoint station has not been preserved.
75: Open air gallery | Documentation of the SS and Gestapo displayed on the site of it's former headquarters.
76: The building served as a royal guard house until the end of World War I and the fall of the German monarchy in 1918. | In 1931 the architect Heinrich Tessenow was commissioned by the state government of Prussia to redesign the building as a memorial for the German war dead. | He converted the interior into a memorial hall with an oculus (circular skylight). The Neue Wache was then known as the "Memorial for the Fallen of the War." | The interior of the Neue Wache, showing the Kthe Kollwitz sculpture Mother with her Dead Son and the oculus, which exposes the sculpture to the elements. The building was heavily damaged by bombing and artillery during the last months of World War II.
77: These pipes can be seen all over Berlin. They carry water pumped from the excavation construction sites. Berlin is literally built on a bog. That is how it got it's name. It is a derivative from a Scottish word meaning bog.