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Old April 26th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #1
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Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Spain - Malyan´s Interrail travel through western Europe

During my Interrail travel I visited more than 20 cities in six countries. In this thread, I will present the pictures I took on the journey. Today, I will start with...

Konstanz, Germany

Konstanz, situated just in front of the swiss border, has a population of about 80,000 in the city and 120,000 with suburbs, making it the largest and probably most beautiful city at lake constance. Because it is so near to the swiss city of Kreuzlingen, Konstanz wasn´t bombed in WWII so that most of its medieval, renaissance and baroque old town has been preserved.



Train station:







14th century building in which the council of Konstanz took place in 1414:





































The cathedral´s facade, 15th century:













Interior of the cathedral, mostly 13th-15th century:









Mauritius rotunda, around 1250:







Medieval stained glass windows, 13th century:



Murals, 15th century:



Romanic crypt, 10th century:

























































View over lake constance to the alps:
































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Old April 26th, 2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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Beautiful city! Thanks for the tour and waiting to see more!
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Old April 26th, 2011, 11:59 PM   #3
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This is gonna be a great thread.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 01:13 PM   #4
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Today I will continue with...

Amiens, France

Amiens, a city with a population of 135,000 , is the capital of the region Picardie in northern France. It is famous for its magnificent 13th century cathedral, the largest building of gothich architecture at all. In the old town, many interesting historic buildings have been preserved.





































































































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Old April 29th, 2011, 07:41 PM   #5
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Next city:


Tübingen, Germany


The city has a population of 88,000 and is situated in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Tübingen is well known for its university, one of the oldest and most famous universities of Germany, making the city an intellectual centre - a kind of a German Oxford. The old town is preserved pretty well, most remarkable buildings are the late gothic city church and the city hall, both 15th century.





















































































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Old April 30th, 2011, 12:13 PM   #6
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Indeed very nice photos from those cities
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Old April 30th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #7
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Thank you.

Ok, second try:

Amiens, France

Amiens has a population of 135,000 and is the capital of the region Picardie in northern France. The city is mostly known for its magnificent 13th century cathedral, the largest building of gothic architecture in France. But also the rest of the city is very nice and its old town well preserved. The red brick architecture in Amiens reminded me somehow of English cities.

A very strange, but interesting concrete skyscraper in front of the train station:





















The cathedral, 13th century:



































15th century murals:





















A small late gothic church, 15th century:



























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Old April 30th, 2011, 10:09 PM   #8
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The skyscraper in Amiens looks really interesting. Thanks for your photo's.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 11:11 PM   #9
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I remember Amiens was a nice city when I visited it last time... 25 years ago or so...
Love to see it back. Keep them coming!
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Old April 30th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #10
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That is a very curious concrete skyscraper in Amiens. It looks quite similar to some of the higher rise buildings I saw in Le Havre built just after the war. Anyways, lovely pictures of both cities.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 11:47 PM   #11
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Wonderful pictures.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 05:43 AM   #12
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Amiens is really amazing.
there are some parts that look like Paris
and the catheral is quite similar to the Notre Dame in Paris too.
Oh I love gothics....nice job bro.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 01:08 PM   #13
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It looks quite similar to some of the higher rise buildings I saw in Le Havre built just after the war.
Yes, that´s true. In fact, the Amiens skyscraper reminded me much of the tower of St.Joseph in Le Havre (And a little bit of the Stalin era highrises at the Frankfurter Allee in Berlin).

Today, I continue with...

Zurich, Switzerland

With a population of around 400,000 in the city and ca. 1 million with suburbs, Zurich is by far the largest city of Switzerland and its cultural and economic center. I think Zurich may be one of Europe´s most beautiful cities both because of its architecture and the wonderful landscape that surrounds the city, especially lake Zurich. Zurich is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and so it seemed somehow unnatural clean to me, but judge by yourself.

Inside the central rail station:



































The early gothic Fraumünster church, mostly 13th century:









View to the romanesque Grossmünster church, mostly 12th century:







View to lake Zurich:

































The museum of fine arts:









An 18th century garden:

























Inside a baroque church, 17th century:











































































































































































































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Old May 3rd, 2011, 07:11 PM   #15
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Today:

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt is situated in the federal state of Hesse and Germany´s 5th largest city with a population of ca. 700,000 in the city and around 2 million with suburbs. It is Germany´s main financial centre, seat of the European Central Bank, has continental Europe´s 2nd largest airport and one of the most important rail stations in Central Europe.



































































































































































































































































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Old May 4th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #16
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Wow, your photo's of Frankfurt are amazing. I looks bigger than it is with a population of only 700000 people.
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Old May 4th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #17
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Zürich looks lovely, especially with the lake
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Old May 4th, 2011, 02:18 PM   #18
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I looks bigger than it is with a population of only 700000 people.
Well, the official figure is a bit misleading as Frankfurt has a very dense and very large urban area and is the centre of a densely populated region with many medium sized cities in only a few kilometers distance, like Wiesbaden (ca. 300,000), Mainz (ca.200,000), Darmstadt (ca. 140,000) and Offenbach (ca. 120,000).
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Old May 4th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #20
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Nice tour and pictures, especially Frankfurt.
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