Monday, October 17, 2011

GERMANY - July 2011

Here are the photos from my July trip to the beautiful country of Germany.
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Trip 1: Southwestern Germany Black Forest region

Exploration of towns not far from my friends’ home in Schwegenheim (Germerscheim, Heidleberg, Stuttgart), south past vineyards to Alsace region of France (overnight in Strasbourg), south and east through Black Forest region to Triberg where I bought a cuckoo clock (iconic symbol of Black Forest).

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Trip 2: Southern Germany to Munich – Alpine region

Leaving the Black Forest and proceeding eastward through the alpine topography of southern Germany to Lindau (located on an island in Lake Constance where I enjoyed a delicious paella dinner), then northeast to Munich which greeted us with a gay “Christopher Street Parade.”

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Trip 3: Schloss Neuschwanstein

Trip to the most famous romantic medieval castle that was planned by King Ludwig with the help of a stage designer rather than an architect

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Trip 4: Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This town is a charming well-preserved gem from the middle ages.

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Trip 5: Western Germany – Rhine River Valley

Cruise on Rhine River from Rüdesheim to Boppard with castles galore.

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Trip 6: Speyer

Ancient imperial city of towers on the Rhine. (68 town-gates and 38 churches and chapels)

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Trip 7: Berlin and Potsdam

Berlin is in northeast Germany and only 12 miles from Poland. Potsdam is southwest of Berlin and is the former Prussian royal seat shaped largely by King Frederick the Great.

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