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Old May 4th, 2011, 06:34 PM   #21
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Beautiful places and pictures!!!!!
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Old May 5th, 2011, 12:26 AM   #22
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Wow great pictures, especially Frankfurt it looks amazing! I hope you enjoyed your travel.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:15 AM   #23
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Well, Frankfurt itself is a small town compared to other german cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or even Cologne.
As a foreign tourist you should probably better visit Berlin, Hamburg or Munich in the first place.
But for living Frankfurt is just great: good infrastructure, well working employment market, not as expensive as Munich or Zurich, Rhine-Main area (Wiesbaden ist also a very nice city 40 km west of Frankfurt)
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Old May 5th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #24
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Thanks for the comments!

Today, I´ll stay in Germany with...

Speyer, Germany

Speyer is a small town with a population of 50,000 in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate near the French border. In the middle ages, it was one of the largest and most important cities in Central Europe, but after the troops of Louis XIV. had destroyed the city in 1689, it became an unimportant provincial town.
Speyer is famous for its romanesque 11th century cathedral, since the destruction of the abbey of Cluny in the French revolution the largest preserved building of romanesque architecture at all. It was built by the emperors of the Salier dynasty, which are buried in the cathedral´s crypt.





















One of Germany´s oldest preserved residential buildings, 11th century:



















Ruins of a 14th century house:











The cathedral - mostly 11th and early 12th century, the western facade was built in the 1850s after the original medieval facade had been damaged in 1689 and later demolished:



The western facade:





Interior of the cathedral:









Tower of the medieval city fortifications, 13th century:



The oldest part of the cathedral, around 1030:











Rhine river:











18th century bishop´s palace:











Gothic church, 13th century:









The neogothic Gedächtniskirche, around 1900:

























Gothic chapel, around 1500:









13th century church tower with baroque additions:





16th century sculpture:

















View to the Altpörtel, a city gate built in the 13th century with 16th century additions:



View to St.Joseph, around 1910:











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Old May 6th, 2011, 04:03 PM   #25
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Paris, France

I don´t think that Paris - capital of France and second largest city of the European Union with a population population of 11 million in the urabn area - needs a further introduction, so I will start with the pictures:









Gothic church, 13th century:



Centre George Pompidou:



Tower of a destroyed late gothich church:





St. Etienne du Mont, around 1600:



Pantheon, around 1790:



In Parc Luxembourg:





Centre Pompidou again:



Val de Grace, 17th century:









Cemetery Pere Lachaise:







































The basilica of St. Denis, 12th and 13th centuries, of extraordinary importance for art history because of its choir ambulatory, where in 1140 gothic architecture appears for the first time:













Grave of Catherine of Medici:



Grave of Louis XVI.:



The heart of Louis XVII., the poor boy who died in 1795 at the age of ten after his parents´ execution:

































































































Arch of Louis XIV., 17th century:

































St. Germain l´Auxerrois, mostly 15th century:



The Louvre, mostly 17th and 19th centuries:

























Cathedral Notre Dame, 12th century:















St. Germain de Pres, 11th-13th centuries:













St.Sulpice, 17th century:























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Old May 6th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #26
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Thank you for the beautiful pictures!

Don't get me wrong. Paris is really a beautiful city...but sometimes when I see pictures of it I think Paris is really grey! Isn't it?

I have to go there and check this out!
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Old May 6th, 2011, 04:43 PM   #27
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Well, it is true that the density of Paris is so extreme and there are so few parks in the inner city that I really felt a bit depressed already after five days. Without doubt, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, but I don´t know whethr I would like to live there for a longer time. And you must keep in mind that the beautiful, elegant Haussmann-Paris can only be found in the relatively small core of the urban area, the municipality of Paris with around 2 million people. The eastern and northern suburbs of Paris look much more horrible than everything I have seen in any other western European city - the revolts of 2005 are really not surprising when you see what these areas look like. I have seen there camps of hundreds of homeless roma in tents under the bridges around the peripherique, an infrastructure in terrible condition, etc. I have to admit that the eastern parts of the urban area of Paris reminded me very much of the poor neighbourhoods I have seen in southeastern European cities like Budapest, Sofia or even Sarajevo. The contrast between the inner parts of Paris and its suburbs is really incredible.
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Old May 7th, 2011, 08:25 PM   #28
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Thanks a lot, it's a fantastic series.
Did you also take photos from the train?
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Old May 7th, 2011, 09:30 PM   #29
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fantastic thread! loved every city you showed!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:53 PM   #30
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fantastic thread! loved every city you showed!
Thank you!

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Thanks a lot, it's a fantastic series.
Did you also take photos from the train?
Well, I used about 80 different trains, so I think it would have been a bit boring if I had taken pictures of all of them - but in the first picture of the next tour you can see at least the train I used to travel from Cologne to Liege ;-).

Liege, Belgium

Liege is an industrial city in eastern Belgium with a population of ca. 200,000 in the city and around 600,000 with suburbs. It has a rough charme which I really liked very much - perhaps more than the sometimes sterile beauty of classical tourist destinations.

Santiago Calatrava´s breathtaking new train station Liege-Guillemins:





























































The late gothic church of St.Jacques, mostly 15th and 16th centuries:





















































The cathedral, 13th-15th centuries:



































































































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Old May 11th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #31
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Thanks. But I meant more from the train window, on the way. Liège is one of my favourite Belgian cities, too. Station Liège Palais is right in the city centre, Liège-Guillemins, the main station, is a little on the outskirts of the urban core. Any photos from the river banks?
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Old May 11th, 2011, 04:56 PM   #32
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Unfortunately not. I wanted to go there but didn´t have enough time. For a city with a population of only 200,000 in the municipality, Liege is really surprisingly large.

Neckarsteinach, Germany

Neckarsteinach is a cute little town at the river Neckar in a valley of the Odenwald forest a few kilometres east of Heidelberg. The beauty of its landscape already fascinated Mark Twain who wrote about it in his book "A tramp abroad". Its beautiful historic center and the four medieval castles in its surrounding make it an interesting destination for a little excursion when you´re already in the region.





















Mittelburg castle, 11th century:















Schwalbennest castle, 13th century:

















View to the medieval castle town of Dilsberg:







Late gothic church, around 1490:



















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Old May 12th, 2011, 03:35 PM   #33
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A statue with a submachine gun, never seen that before. Some sort of resistance statue I presume.

Looks like a nice trip, looking forward to the rest.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #34
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Neckarsteinach is really cute!
Have you also been in Dilsberg or Heidelberg?
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Old May 12th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #35
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Neckarsteinach is really cute!
Have you also been in Dilsberg or Heidelberg?
As relatives of mine are living near Heidelberg, I have been to Heidelberg very often, but this time I didn´t take pictures of it because I didn´t want to use the travel days of my Interrail pass for visits of cities I already know very well.

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A statue with a submachine gun, never seen that before. Some sort of resistance statue I presume.
Probably. It reminded me a bit of the soviet victory monuments that have been erected after 1945.
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Old May 12th, 2011, 06:04 PM   #36
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Lyon, France

Lyon is the capital of the region Rhones-Alpes and France´s 3rd largest city with a population of ca. 500,000 in the city and around 1.3 million with suburbs. The city was really a great surprise to me as I had expected a nice, but not extraordinarily beautiful town. Now I think that Lyon is one of Europe´s most beautiful cities at all - I perhaps liked it even better than Paris.









70s architecture around the train station Part Dieu:























Parc tete d´or, Lyon´s largest and most beautiful park:












Romanesque church St.Martin, mostly 12th/13th centuries:



Late gothich church:































































The late gothic church St.Nizier, mostly 15th and early 16th centuries:




























The romanesque church St. Paul, 12th/13th centuries, with gothic additions:






Renaissance facades in the old town:











Interior of the late gothic cathedral, 13th-15th centuries:
























View to the neogothic church Notre Dame de Fourviere, 19th century:






The late gothich church St. Bonaventure, 14th/15th centuries:













































Ruins of the roman theatre, 1st/2nd centuries:





























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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #37
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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg - which is an own federal state - is Germany´s 2nd largest city with a population of 1.8 million in the city and 2.6 million with suburbs and the largest city of the European Union which is not the capital of a member state. It is also Germany´s largest and the European Union´s 2nd largest international port after Rotterdam which gives it a pretty international feeling. As the metropolis of northern Germany, Hamburg already has a Scandinavian atmosphere in its cityscape.
As I took the pictures on a sunday, the city may look a bit empty on them.





































































































































































































































































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Old May 13th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #38
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Lyon looks really beautiful!
Hamburg too...especially the HafenCity! It's such an amazing quarter! The architecture is just unbelievable plus they didn't forget to create parks and to plant trees.
Thanks again for sharing your Europe trip with us!
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Old May 14th, 2011, 12:02 AM   #39
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Very nice pictures!
Lyon is indeed a beautiful, charming city, still rather unknown to most tourists, especially compared to other French hot-spots.
Hamburg is amazing as well, although it's the third largest port of Europe; Antwerp is still bigger.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #40
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Hamburg looks absolutely lovely. With the stunning mix of modern and (nordic) old architecture. And with al this canals it gets a maritime athmosphere. Hamburg is one of my favorite cities.
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