S: GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC 2011
BC: DEPARTED | GERMANY | 28 AUG 2011
FC: GERMANY CZECH REPUBLIC 2011
1: NAUMBURG | GERMANY | ARRIVED 22 AUG 2011 | Naumburg is one of the most beautiful towns in central Germany. In the Middle Ages the cathedral town had its heyday as an important fair and trade centre. Today impressive old burgher houses, the town fortifications, the magnificent market square and the world-famous cathedral all bear witness to this rich and colorful history. The town is nestled in a charming cultural landscape which owes its unique character to terraced vineyards, castles and ruins still towering over the river valleys, recalling a time when the first German kings and emperors resided here.
2: I can't believe it!! I am finally going to a place I have dreamed of ever since I was a child...a land of Bach and Mendelssohn, Wagner and Goethe, Robert Schumann and Johann Bottger, Johann Balthasar Neumann. A unique cultural landscape exists in the very heart of Europe. East and West meet here. Europe is coming together here. Germany Here I Come!
8: LUTHERSTADT EISLEBEN Eisleben is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is famous as the hometown of Martin Luther, hence its official name is Lutherstadt Eisleben.
10: EISLEBEN | Saxony-Anhalt | 22-27 AUG 2011
13: Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia which lies in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. Located at the Main River, it is the capital of the Regierungsbezirk Lower Franconia. Würzburg Residenz: The vast complex on the eastern edge of the town was commissioned by two prince-bishops. Its construction between 1720 and 1744 was supervised by several architects, including Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt and Maximilian von Welsch. However, it is associated mainly with the name of Balthasar Neumann, the creator of its famous Baroque staircase. | WURZBURG
17: Würzburg Residenz
20: Ivankovitsers in | WURZBURG
21: Würzburg's Old Main Bridge (Alte Mainbrücke) was built 1473–1543 to replace the destroyed Romanesque bridge from 1133.
23: The Fortress Marienberg is the castle on a hill across the Old Main Bridge, overlooking the whole town area as well as the surrounding hills. Among Würzburg's many notable churches are the Kppele, a small Baroque/Rococo chapel by Balthasar Neumann on a hill opposite to the fortress and the Dom (Würzburg Cathedral). The Baroque Schnborn Chapel, a side-chapel of the cathedral has interior decoration made of (artificial) human bones and skulls.
24: BAMBERG | upper Franconia | 24 AUG 2011
25: BAMBERG Bamberg is a town located in Franconia, Germany. First mentioned in 902, Bamberg was a Bishopric for centuries. It was one of the only cities in Germany to have escaped the bombing in World War II, and thus retains almost all of its original architecture.The town of Bamberg itself boasts nine breweries and is the centre of the region's brewing industry, with some 300 breweries within a fifty-mile radius of the town. Nowhere else in the world is such a density of breweries found. Most of these breweries are very small, often only delivering to a handful of pubs.
28: VIERZEHNHEILIGEN | The baroque Wallfahrtsbasilika Vierzehnheiligen was built by the famous architect Balthasar Neumann and only a few years ago extensively renovated. Of 15 century until today seek pilgrims after Vierzehnheiligen, one of the famous shrines.
34: KARLOVY VARY In the heart of Europe, namely in Western Bohemia between the Kruné Mountains and Slavkovsky Forest, Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV coursed in the 14th century and his entourage discovered a thermal spring by accident. It did not take long, and the Emperor, inspired by his own experience, proclaimed the spring to have curative powers. As legend tells us, he had a town erected around the marvelous spring that has ever since thrived thanks to its numerous founts and received a great reputation far behind the border of our country.
39: The REICHSTAG the seat of the German Parliament, is one of Berlin's most historic landmarks. It is close to the Brandenburger Gate and before the unification, it was located right next to the Berlin Wall.
40: Farewell Germany... until next time....