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Old August 16th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #41
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Heidelberg Panoramas. I had looked at lots of pictures of Heidelberg on this forum before and for some reason it never really appealed to me. However I went anyway and I have to say it really blew me away. I might go as far to say that it is my favorite urban area in Germany that I have visited so far. The old town is really stunning and also in a great location in a valley with steep sides. It's also a perfect day trip from Frankfurt as it takes just 2hrs on the slower cheaper trains!

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Heidelberg Panorama by barnyz, on Flickr

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Old August 16th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #42
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Great pictures of Heidelberg - a place I've long wanted to visit. The alchemists had a laboratory here, which is now open to the public in the form of a small museum.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #43
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Like!!! Especially those shots from top of the Heiliggeistkirche!

Hope you don't mind me posting a pano which I took a few days ago at Dilsberg (some km away from Heidelberg, behind the mountain in the middle):

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Old August 18th, 2012, 10:48 PM   #44
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Great pictures of Heidelberg - a place I've long wanted to visit. The alchemists had a laboratory here, which is now open to the public in the form of a small museum.
thanks, yep its worth visiting although I did not go to the small museum you mentioned. I am likely to go back a few times as I have some friends coming over and they really want to visit Heidelberg so if I see the musuem I might pop in

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Like!!! Especially those shots from top of the Heiliggeistkirche!

Hope you don't mind me posting a pano which I took a few days ago at Dilsberg (some km away from Heidelberg, behind the mountain in the middle):

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thanks. Dont mind you posting the pic as its a great pic although it means I now want to visit there was well. My list of places to go is now turning into a short novel
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Old August 29th, 2012, 08:10 PM   #45
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Some more normal sized Heidelberg pics

The lovely Kornmarkt with the huge castle in the background
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Heidelberg Kornmarkt by barnyz, on Flickr

Interior of the gothic Church of the Holy Spirit. You can climb the tower for some amazing views but I dont recommend the tight spiral staircase for tall people
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Heidelberg, Church of the Holy Spirit interior by barnyz, on Flickr

and the view from the top
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View from the hill on the other side of the river
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More pics from the grounds of the castle
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Old August 29th, 2012, 08:27 PM   #46
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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, this is a small spa town about 15-20 mins from Frankfurt and forms part of the larger urban area. It's a nice quick and easy half day trip from Frankfurt on either the S or U bahn

First up the view from the top of the Schlossturm. If you carefully check the bigger version of these pics on flickr you can clearly see the skyline of Frankfurt in the back ground
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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe panorama by barnyz, on Flickr

You can pay 1 euro for the key to the Schlossturm. When I went up there was no one else there and I had the whole tower and views to myself. One of the best euro's I ever spent. FF skyline clearly visible on the right
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The Schlossturm from the ground
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Another view of the Schlossturm from the nearby park
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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe Panorama by barnyz, on Flickr

and again but reflected from the lake
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Bad Homburg's biggest church
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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Church of the Redeemer by barnyz, on Flickr

The interior was quite stunning even though it's not very old
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Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Church of the Redeemer interior by barnyz, on Flickr

Bad Homburg is full of interesting little areas, most like this tower are fairly new, clearly in the last century there was a desire to make the town more idyllic and it clearly worked
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 12:31 PM   #47
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Taking advantage of German rails Hesse ticket the next place I visited was Marburg which is a very picture perfect old town surrounding a castle on a hill. It has all the ingredients of a perfect German town

View from the river with the castle overlooking the town
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Marburg castle by barnyz, on Flickr

Closer view of the castle. The castle contains an interesting musuem full of historical objects and well worth a visit. There is also a nice biergarten near the castle where you can get good beer and food while looking out over Marburg
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Marburg castle by barnyz, on Flickr

The old town is once of the nicest Ive seen so far in Germany although it was very crowded when I visited
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Marburg panorama by barnyz, on Flickr

The main square
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Marburg also has one of the earliest and best examples of gothic church architecture in Germany in St Elisabeth's church
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Marburg St. Elisabeth's Church by barnyz, on Flickr

The amazing gothic nave with its typically Germany hall church style with it's double height arcade and no triforium or clerestory. Very diffierent to similar sized gothic churches in England or France but equally stunning
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 03:11 PM   #48
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Beautiful!
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 03:25 PM   #49
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I liked Würzburg very much!
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 04:30 PM   #50
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Thanks for the many beautifull pictures. You visited many nice cities.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 12:56 AM   #51
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Frankfurt seems like a good place for shopping and has some nice shopping centers. This one on the main street called the Zeil has a wierd glass tube going through it

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I was in Frankfurt a few years ago, just a couple of weeks after this mall opened. It was raining heavily and the glass roof was leaking like a sieve. The staff had placed buckets all over the place to catch the dripping water. I'm not sure if they fixed it or if it still leaks when it rains.

Good photos though. Mainz is also worth a visit. I loved the Römisches Theater railway station, which is beside some old Roman ruins.
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Old September 3rd, 2012, 06:15 PM   #52
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and of course don´t forget the world famous marburg virus disease and my flatmate, who's from marburg - but less known and less or more harmless...
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Old September 5th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #53
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I liked Würzburg very much!
it's a lovely city, i will visit again next year when the cathedral is open again

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Thanks for the many beautifull pictures. You visited many nice cities.
thanks, I have visited a few more that I need to upload and plan to visit many more!!!

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I was in Frankfurt a few years ago, just a couple of weeks after this mall opened. It was raining heavily and the glass roof was leaking like a sieve. The staff had placed buckets all over the place to catch the dripping water. I'm not sure if they fixed it or if it still leaks when it rains.

Good photos though. Mainz is also worth a visit. I loved the Römisches Theater railway station, which is beside some old Roman ruins.
It was raining the other day and the roof appeared to be leak free, I guess they solved the problem at some point

Mainz was the second place I visited mostly to see the cathedral, the picures are on page 1 and 2 I think. It's another place I will visit again as so much stuff was either closed or under scaffolding. I caught the train back from the Romisches Theater, pretty awesome place imo

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and of course don´t forget the world famous marburg virus disease and my flatmate, who's from marburg - but less known and less or more harmless...
well luckily I didn't catch any diseases in Marburg but I will make a note to wear a gas mask next time I go, hopefully the locals wont think im too strange!!!
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Old September 5th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #54
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Next up is Wetzlar (there has been a recent thread on this one which has superior photographs to mine which is worth looking into) which is also in Hesse. It's on the River Lahn which has enough towns and castles on it to last an entire summer of exploring...

The old bridge with the cathedral in the background
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Wetzlar, old bridge by barnyz, on Flickr

The cathedral is very interesting because it's partly finished with one tower only a stump. The original older facade is still more or less complete and stands behind the unfinished construction and shows excatly how medieval buildings were changed and adapted gradually over the centuries
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Wetzlar cathedral by barnyz, on Flickr

The city is also renowned for its excellent and varied timber framed buildings of which there are many
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Weilburg: Just 20 mins on the train further down the River Lahn from Wetzlar is the small town of Weilburg. The town is on a hill and is dominated by a huge palace complex

The curving facade of the newer baroque wing of the palace from the garden
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The interior can only be seen as part of a guided tour and you are not allowed to take photos inside, however there is nothing to stop someone on the outside pressing their camera agianst the nice smooth glass and taking a picture of the inside from the outside
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Weilburg Schloss interior by barnyz, on Flickr
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The older parts of the palace date from the Renaissance and are amongst the largest and best preserved buildings from that peroid in Germany (in fact I think its the first time Ive seen a palace in Germany that wasn't mostly baroque in style)
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Old September 12th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #56
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Lovely updates, thanks.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 09:14 PM   #57
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Kassel is just a couple of hours from Frankfurt on the slow cheapo trains. Overall the town is a slighty depressing due to the large number of cheap modern buildings in the city center built to replace what was destroyed in WW2. Hopefully one day they will start to restore some parts

The Orangerie is a superb baroque palace in the city center
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Kassel Orangerie by barnyz, on Flickr

Panorama of the Orangerie (click for bigger version on flickr as always)
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The church of St Martin with its wierd looking modern tower tops
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Kassel is most famous for its massive landscaped park which contains many wonderful monuments and buildings to explore. It also has a few massive buildings such as the NeoClassical Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
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Kassel, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe panorama by barnyz, on Flickr

Close up on the main palace in Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
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The massive Hercules monument (sadly covered in scaffolding), it's hard to get a sense of the huge scale from the photo so my advice is to go visit yourself
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Kassel Hercules monument, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe by barnyz, on Flickr

Also in the park is this folly castle, it's quite small but looks authentic until you get up close
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Old September 12th, 2012, 11:30 PM   #58
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Heidelberg looks great!!!!!!
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Old September 13th, 2012, 11:22 PM   #59
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There are dozens of interesting places in Germany, and not just big cities but also a whole lot of small, beautiful towns (they often have a nice authentic Altstadt), and great nature.

What is your 'top ten' from the places you've visited until now?
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Old September 15th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #60
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I like those panoramic views of Heidelberg
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