15-day trip to Germany
15-day trip to Germany visiting Fussen, Schwangau, Neuschwanstein Castle (Castle or Ludwig), Sanctuary “in der Wies”, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Aachen, the Rhine Valley, Rock of Lorelay, Koblenz, Pfalz Castle, San Marco Castle, Heidelberg, Donaneschingen, Donauquelle, Source of the Danube, Hechingen, Hohenzollern Castle, Ulm, Lindau.
We entered in Bavaria coming from Austria.
The small town of Fussen welcomed us with beautiful decorated houses.
Neuschwanstein Castle (also known as Castle of Ludwig)
We reached Schwangau to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, the best known of the castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as Castle of Ludwig.
It is very scenic, many halls are dedicated to scenes taken from the operas of Richard Wagner.
Shrine “in der Wies” (in the meadow)
In the middle of the green plains, we met the famous shrine ” in der Wies” (in the meadow). It is a building in Bavarian rococo, painted in white and yellow, which collects statues, frescoes and coloured stuccoes.
Before entering the old town of Nuremberg (Nurnberg) we walked all the way around the walls, very well preserved and unique example in Germany. The fortress (Burg) overlooks the city, crossed by the river Pegnitz. Along the main road of the city, Konigstrasse, we visited the beautiful churches of St. Sebald and St.Lorenz and admired the beautiful characteristic houses.
Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main)
Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main) welcomed us with the beauty of the monuments of its historical center; in particular Romerberg, the main square, St. Nicholas Church, the City Hall (Romer), the Cathedral, the Stock Exchange and several characteristic houses.
Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main), the market and the skyscrapers
Wandering around we visited a market that offers local products, we also got to see some curious aspects of the city.
There are numerous modern skyscrapers; some of them have a particular symbolic interest because they host the activities of the European organizations.
In the city of Cologne (Koln), destroyed during the Second World War , we could admire the magnificent Cathedral, the typical houses on the banks of the Rhine river and the typical German beer gardens. The several visited churches are the reconstruction of the original ones, destroyed by bombing in World War II.
Aachen (Bad Aachen)
Aachen (Bad Aachen), in addition to the characteristic City Hall, has got a beautiful Cathedral (Munster) in which many beautiful works of art are collected. I also mention the tomb of Otto III, the pulpit and the Persephone sarcophagus.
Germany: Rhine Valley, Koblenz, Pfalzgrafenstein castle, Saint Marc castle, Lorelay (“fairy rock”)
The route along the river Rhine is spectacula. In Koblenz (Koblenz), at the confluence with the Moselle River, it is beautiful the Deutscheseck (German Corner). Going on there are several castles: Pfalzgrafenstein Castle, Saint Marc Castle and the famous Lorelay (Fairy rock ) from which we could enjoy great views of the Rhine Valley.
Heidelberg and Donauschingen (birthplace of Donauschingen house)
Heidelberg, a famous cultural and thermal center, is characterized by rich monuments and is dominated by the Castle with its magnificent inner courtyard. We were not allowed to visit it.
Donaueschingen is the place where the princely Furstenberg family found its origin.
In the gardens of the park a roundabout marks the source of the Danube river which begins to flow as a small stream.
The position of Hohenzollern Castle is spectacular. It is interesting the visit to its nice rooms (Queen’s Chamber) and huge halls (the Hall of the King). In the beautiful Chapel of Christ there are the tombs of Frederick William and his son Frederick II the Great.
Ulm displays a Cathedral (Munster) of particular beauty.
It is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture which is surpassed in beauty only by the Cologne Cathedral. Nearby there is the Markplatz, a beautiful square overlooked by the City Hall, which contains with important paintings. The Fishermen District (Fischerviertel) is worthy of a visit.
Lindau on the Lake Costance
We ended our trip to Germany visiting Lindau. This charming medieval town, situated on an island of Lake Constance, is characterized by well-preserved old houses with painted facades.