This manhole cover near Friedenstein Castle (Schloss Friedenstein) shows the coat of arms of Thuringia. The inscription promotes the foundation Thüringer Schlösser und Gärten. This organisation is responsible for about 30 castles, monasteries and parks.
You find this sundial in a yard of St Peter’s Archabbey (Erzabtei St. Peter) in Salzburg. While looking at this fresco, two questions arise: Who is the bearded man, and what do the keys mean? The answer lies in the history of the abbey.
At the Saxon Museum of Industry (Sächsische Industriemuseum) in Chemnitz, you see this fireless steam locomotive. Industrial facilities where no open fire was allowed used this kind of locomotive.
The capital city (LANDESHAUPTSTADT) of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is SCHWERIN. The manhole covers in Schwerin show the city arms in the version of 1991. The depicted knight represents Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe).
Even though Graz is an Austrian city, several parts look pretty Italian. An example of this impression is the Mausoleum of Ferdinand II. Its architect was the Italian Giovanni Pietro de Pomis.
Polish artist Igor Mitoraj created this sculpture named Centurione I in 1987. It stands near the Old Town Hall on the Lower Bridge in Bamberg. In the background, you see Michelsberg Abbey.
Ludwig van Beethoven stayed in Baden bei Wien several times. For example, he composed parts of his famous 9th symphony in this house. Today, this building accommodates a museum with the name Beethovenhaus Baden.
In Austria, White Baroque Donkeys are called Österreichisch-Ungarischer Weißer Barockesel. You find them in the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel. They are a special breed dating back to the monarchy when white animals were en vogue.
Nordkirchen Castle (Schloss Nordkirchen) is the largest palace with a moat in the region of Westphalia. The present palace, also known as “Versailles of Westphalia”, dates back to the 18th century.
The painting on the Goliath House (Goliathhaus) in Regensburg illustrates the legend of David and Goliath. The mural was created by Melchior Bocksberger in the year 1573.
Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras) offers a chamber of art and curiosities. In this museum, you see a portrait of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, who is supposed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’.
Veliki Tabor Castle (Grad Veliki Tabor) on a sunny spring day. The oldest part of this castle is a five-cornered tower which dates back to the 12th century. The Croatian painter Oton Iveković owned the building from 1927 to 1935.