In April of 2012 I had gone to Bavaria with my school for about 9 days on an exchange program. Each student stayed with a host family and went to a few classes in their school, though most of the time was spent out visiting places. My host family lived in a small town called Simbach (pop. 3800), about 130 km from Munich.
I don't know the significance of that statue either. I always like looking at statues everywhere, though lots of times I don't know the significance.
Now to the cities, one we visited was Landshut, just about 70-80 km from Munich.
Trausnitz Castle is a medieval castle, home of the Wittelsbach dynasty, which served as their ducal residence for Lower Bavaria from 1255–1503, and later as the seat of the hereditary rulers of the whole of Bavaria. The castle was founded in 1204 by Duke Ludwig I.
(I know my photos aren't great- but this is one of my first trips with my then-new camera).
There was a nice museum upstairs, with artifacts from around the world, but photography wasn't allowed.
The exit from the castle led directly into the Old Town.
Below is the main drag of the Old Town, with the Church of St Martin, the tallest church in Bavaria and the tallest brick building and church, and 2nd tallest brick structure in the world.
Simbach is also in between the town where (Panzer) Pope Benedikt was born and the Upper Austrian town called Braunau am Inn (Simbach is Simbach am Inn) where a particular nasty fellow named Adolf was born.
Needless to say, my friend has nothing in common with either of those individuals... He's a very interesting fellow, though I can't say more as it is such a small town...
Indeed htmb- I did get the chance to notice the differences and similarities in the educational styles of my school and the one in Germany. In the German school, one thing was a greater focus on aesthetics and design- for example they used state of the art furniture, extra cooling in rooms with more computers and which faced more sun; besides students were allowed to paint on the walls (which were well done) and other small things- such as in the chemistry classroom, there was a big periodic table made on the wall.
Below is the Passau Cathedral (St Stephen's Cathedral).
A Baroque church built in 1688, the cathedral has the largest church organ in the world.
The entire church, including the interior, was done by Italian architects and designers.
The church organ:
It was nice to see all this as the only church in Italy I went inside was the Pantheon in Rome. That, and the Vatican Museums, are the only Italian art I've seen in Italy so I only had limited experience in how opulent it can be.
A look around Domplatz (Cathedral Square)
Below is Ludwigstrasse, the one of the main streets in town, with lots of shops and restaurants.
This is all interesting, Ansh, but I confess it doesn't make me want to go there. It's all so spick and span. Not that I like dirt or papers blowing around but it's just too tidy.
As an aside, I'm not sure that the Pantheon in Rome is a typical Italian church. It was built by the Romans and was eventually made into a church after several centuries. It is stilll used as a church, but seems more like a place to bury famous Italians. It certainly doesn't feel "churchy". The baroque art in the church you show is a perfect example of the Counter-Reformation when the Catholic Church went all out in decoration to counter the Protestant Reformation. Perhaps you saw the same kind of art in Vienna?
Hi bjd, indeed I agree with you regarding the Pantheon, though I did like the art there (which I believe is Renaissance?). Of course, I just have to go back to Rome whenever I can. Didn't visit any museum in Vienna so didn't see such art there.
I guess as an Indian I enjoy spic and span places for a change, but I understand your point.
My host family went often to a bakery in the nearby town of Reisebach to buy bread and confectionery. The first time I visited I left my camera behind but luckily they went again a few days later so I got some pictures.
And a few random pictures, taken just around in Bavaria.
Now, moving on to the Alps:
We were taking a boat over the lake Chiemsee to the palace of Herrenchiemsee.
Looking back at the town, I think it's called Priem am Chiemsee.
The island of Herreninsel, home to Herrenchiemsee.
Modeled on Versailles, the palace was built by Ludwig II. It certainly reminded me of Versailles, and is similarly opulent, maybe more so.
Yes, those German towns are extremely clean and tidy (of course very large cities like Berlin are different), wonder if they are in a tidy competition with the Netherlands and Switzerland. The architecture is similar to northeastern Italy, but there we think of those parts of Italy as being very Austrian.