S: 2005 Germany & Czech Trip
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FC: GERMANY & CZECH REPUBLIC TRIP | MAY 2005 | Bamberg | Munich | Nuremberg | Prague | Karlovy Vary | Heidelberg | Frankfurt
1: May 16: Fly to Munich from NY May 17: Arrive in Munich to meet Clark & Christian May 18: Sightsee in Munich, Residenz Museum, top of Dom May 19: Day Trip to Bamberg & Nuremberg May 20: Overnight Bus Trip to Prague with Clark May 21: Explore Prague, Black Light Show May 22: Explore Prague, Cubism Museum, Jewish Museum May 23: Day Trip to Karlovy Vary May 24: Overnight Bus Trip back to Munich May 25: Munich, Rent Bikes and bike along the River May 26: Munich May 27: Munich May 28: Overnight trip to Frankfurt May 29: Visit Heidelberg, head back to Munich May 30: Fly back to NYC | ITINERARY | Germany & the Czech Republic Trip : May 2005 | After graduating college I decided to go visit Clark in Germany before starting work in the Real World! It was a great trip!
2: M U N I C H
3: Clark and I climbed the south tower of the Frauenkirche, "Cathedral of Our Dear Lady" to see a gorgeous view of the Marienplatz (Mary's Square) in Munich & beyond. The original design of the Cathedral called for pointed spires to top the towers but those were not built because of lack of money. Instead, the two domes were constructed during the Renaissance and have become a distinctive landmark of Munich. Many people say they resemble German Beer Steins.
4: The Munich Residenz is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs in the center of the city. The Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany. The first buildings at this site were erected in the year 1385.
5: The Hall of Antiquities was built in 1568-1571 for the antique collection of Albert V (1550-1579). It is the largest Renaissance hall north of the Alps.
6: Rubbing the lions outside of the Opera House for Good Luck! | Hitler once gave a speech here. There are two lions in this picture by the steps. They are basically identical except that one has its mouth open and the other has its mouth closed. The meaning behind this is that the lion with its mouth closed means you should never speak out against God, however the lion with its mouth open means that you can and should speak out against your leaders. It's a rather ironic place Hitler choose to speak. | Old Town Hall
7: Delicious Weiner Schnitzel for Dinner. | Munich Sister Cities!
8: BAMB E R G | We bought a Bayern Ticket which is valid all day within Bavaria. Our first stop was Bamberg which is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz. Bamberg is one of the few cities in Germany that was not destroyed by World War II bombings because of a nearby Artillery Factory that prevented planes from getting close.
9: Bamberg is known for its smoked Rauchbier, which we tried but did not enjoy. | Altes Rathaus (former city hall) in Bamberg.
11: Bamberg Open Air Market
12: The Bamberg Cathedral was founded in 1004 by the emperor Henry II. During the next two centuries it was burnt down twice. The building there now is a late Romanesque building. One of the famous carvings in the Cathedral is the Bamberg Horseman pictured above. During the cathedral’s history people have often made up stories about who he was. It is now thought that he was probably the 13th century Hungarian King Stephen I.. | The Bamberg Cathedral "Kaiserdom"
13: On our way to Nuremberg we had a little train mix up and ended up in the random, tiny town of Strullendorf for a few hours waiting for the next train to come pick us up!
14: N U R E M B E R G | The Frauenkirche "Church of Our Lady" is a church in Nuremberg, Germany. It is located next to the main market. It is an example of brick Gothic architecture and was built, between 1352 and 1362.
15: The Imperial Castle, Kaiserburg, was used between 1050 to 1571 by every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Most of Nuremberg, including the castle, was destroyed during WWII.
16: Clark and I ate some famous Nürnberger Rostbratwurst in a restaurant below the Castle. | Pretty view of the City from the Castle
17: The Hospital of the Holy Spirit. was founded in 1332, this was one of the largest hospitals during the Middle Ages. | Woolworth in Germany! | A very sleepy Clark on the train back to Munich after a long day of exploring in Bavaria
18: P R A G U E | Lost in Prague! | We took an overnight bus trip from Munich to the Czech Republic. We arrived in Prague in the wee morning hours. We were a little weary and got lost trying to find our hostel. We ended up walking down the side of a Prague highway!
19: Since our bus dropped us off so early we got to explore the city before the rest of the tourists woke up! Notice the empty streets! | Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of Europe during its 1,100 year existence
20: St. Charles Bridge | Church of Our Lady | Powder Tower | Old Town City Hall
21: View of the Castle | St. Nicholas Church | Wenceslas Square
23: St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square was completed in 1735. It is a Baroque style church, The interior design was inspired by the chapel of St. Louis-des-invalides in Paris. | While it was still morning, we climbed the tower of St. Nicolas Church to see a great view of Prague and the countryside. | Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is situated in the north-west part of the country on the Vltava river.
24: Since the 1980's this wall has been dedicated to John Lennon. It is a symbol of love & peace. | A delicious Czech meal. consisting of potato dumplings and goulash
25: Prague is known for its Black Light Theater so we decided to go see a show for our first evening in Prague. It was quite an experience.... | Wo kommst du her?
26: Old Jewish Cemetery
27: The Old – New Synagogue is the oldest European synagogue still serving its purpose and one of the oldest ones in the world. It was built in the 13 th century. | Saint Wenceslas Monument | The Cubism Museum | Pinkas Synagogue
28: Kroger products in a locked display case in a Prague Grocery Store. Can you say random? | Our Hostel! | KFC in Prague! | Liquor & Bread, dinner of champions.... | "I wear my sunglasses at night..." | Our room at the Hostel.
29: We found a perfect bench near the John Lennon wall to watch the sunset over Prague and enjoy some cocktails.
30: K A R L O V Y V A R Y | We took a day trip from Prague to visit Karlovy Vary, a spa city situated approximately 80 miles west of Prague. The city was founded in 1370 and is famous for its hot springs. Once we found the perfect drinking vessels we made it a point to try the water from the popular springs, eat the wafers, and breathe in the water at the Respirium. | Our new drinking cups.
31: Respirium, where you sit around and breathe in the healing powers of the hot springs. | Clark eating a spa waferr. | We were about 60 years younger than the average KV tourist.
32: In the 19th century, Karlovy Vary became a popular tourist destination, especially for international celebrities visiting for spa treatments.
33: Although there was not much to do besides enjoy the hot springs, Karlovy was a really beautiful, clean, relaxing city and we enjoyed our short time there.
34: BACK IN | P R A G U E | Changing of the guards in front of the Castle.
35: St. Vitus Cathedral is located within the Prague Castle complex. The South Tower of the Cathedral was completed centuries after the rest of the Gothic church,, and was completed in a Baroque style instead. In all, it took nearly six centuries to complete., the final phase of construction ended during the period between 1873 and 1929.
36: This wooden church was moved here from the Ukraine. We hiked up Petrin Hill to find it, and got lost several times. | This wall was a public works project to help feed the poor during the famine. It is called the Hunger wall.
37: Houses in Prague were not given address numbers until 1770. Before that, homes were known by symbols that hung above their doorway. These are 9 of the most popular that still exist. I made Clark walk up and down the hills surrounding Prague to find these.
38: The Loreto | Views from the Castle | Our last meal in Prague, at a Chinese restaurant.
39: Killing time waiting for our ovennight bus back to Munich. | Prague Trolley!
40: MUNICH | BACK IN | The Chinese Tower & Beer Garden were modeled after the "Great Pagoda" in the Royal Botanic Gardens in London | The English Garden | Christian in front of his University | Surfing in the English Garden. | The Munich Old State Building was bombed during war and rebuilt with glass.
41: A beautiful day of biking along the river with Christian, Clark & Dominick.
42: Out for drinks in Munich after a long day touring the city on our bicycles! | P R O S T !
43: They really do still wear Lederhosen! | Biking in the City! | Out for beer & sausage. | Biking like the locals..
44: F RANKFURT | A delicious, authentic Spanish meal in Germany! | Mmmmm, Paella! | Random Dragon Boat Races on the Main River. | Our hotel for the night. | We had a long, hot train ride to Frankfurt for the night.
45: Roman Ruins in Frankfurt. | Lady Justice | Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the largest financial centre in continental Europe. | City Hall Square | The Tram
47: Heidelberg is a picturesque town located on the River Neckar which leads to the Rhine. We really enjoyed the views from the Castle of the rolling hills and surrounding towns. | Heidelberg is one of the warmest areas in Germany. There some plants atypical to the central-European climate that flourish in Heidelberg.
48: The Heidelberg Tun located in the Castle cellar is a wine vat with a capacity of 58,124 gallons. This barrel was constructed in 1751 from 130 oak tree trunks, it is 8.5 meters across and 7 meters high with a dance floor on top | View of the castle from the marketplace below. | Interior Courtyard of the Castle. | Catholic Jesuitenkirche
49: A typical side street in the Old Town | After touring the castle and exploring Old Town we caught a train back to Munich. This was my last full day in Germany before flying back to the States.
50: Das Ende!