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Old February 19th, 2009, 02:19 AM   #41
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Have a look at this awesome thread, mate!

You'll probably find something there. If not, it's still a great thread, isn't it?
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 06:45 PM   #42
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Wiesbaden and Heidelberg were significantly damaged, but spared complete annililation because the allies needed some infrastructure to house and maintain their occupational commanders.

Over 100 German cities of populations over 50,000 were bombed heavily, many with over 90% complete destruction, and very few, such as Regensburg, emerged from the war unscathed. What is unfortunate is that most of the damage ended up occuring during later 1944 and first four months of 1945 , well into the period that Germany was clearly doomed and going to be beaten. The massive destruction of very important architecture was justified as revenge, but after 65 years of reconsideration, the terror bombing was a tragic and misguided tactic that has never truly been mitigated.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 12:53 PM   #43
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Probably the Upper Palatinate.
Neumarkt i.d.Opf. had been largely destroyed - I think 90 % of the city center - on the 11th of April 1945. And also Schwandorf suffered a quite massive air strike on April 17 1945!

And of course Grafenwöhr - this city still lies today next to a training area - had been nearly completely destroyed also in April 1945.

But Regensburg, Amberg and Weiden did get off lightly.

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:21 PM   #44
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Amberg, Bavaria - aerial view over the historical Old town:


http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k1...mberg_Plan.jpg

Amberg - cutout of the old town


http://www.nuernbergluftbild.de/inde...=2&picture=156

on top in the middle you see the basilica St. Martin on the river Vils. St. Martin is the second largest church in the Upper Palatinate behind the cathedral in Regensburg and served as model for many churches in the Saxon mining area.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:26 PM   #45
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Amberg - Basilica St. Martin


http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin_(Amberg)

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:27 PM   #46
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Amberg Stadtbrille / city glasses

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Part of the city walls. The two bows reflect on the water of the river and that's why it's called the city glasses

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:31 PM   #47
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Amberg - city walls with view to pilgrimage church "Maria-Hilf"

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Quelle: Werbebröschüre "Oberpfälzer Jura" vom Tourismusverband Ostbayern

"Munich the most beautiful, Leipzig the richest, Amberg the most solid Prince-town" - Michael Schwaiger, Chronica Amberg 1564 -
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:37 PM   #48
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Amberg – pilgrimage church "Maria-Hilf"

building plans: Wolfgang Dientzenhofer
stucco works and high altar: Giovanni Battista Carlone
ceiling frescos: Cosmas Damian Asam


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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:46 PM   #49
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Amberg

rosegarden in the elector's arsenal


http://www.bayernbike.de/touren/ober.../DSC07515.html

view into the opposite direction towards the forecourt of the "castle"


http://www.bayernbike.de/touren/ober.../DSC07506.html
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 02:54 PM   #50
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Amberg - guildhall and market square

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Old November 30th, 2009, 02:32 PM   #51
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Basically I like visiting old style German cities that werent blown up (too badly) during the War and that werent systematically ruined by the commies. There arent many. Post pics of those that you know

Bamberg, Bavaria

Just beautiful, this is Europe, not the anonymous buildings of the corrupted modern age!

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Old November 30th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #52
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Basically I like visiting old style German cities that werent blown up (too badly) during the War and that werent systematically ruined by the commies. There arent many. Post pics of those that you know
There aren't many? Look at this. There are many ;-) But just mostly small cities.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...430&highlight=

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You have many more pictures if you click this link
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=857628

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What would be equally interesting is to know which of the heavily bombed German city did the best job at reconstruction.
I say Nuremberg and Münster
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:24 PM   #53
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Thanks But Nuremberg wont get my vote until they completely reconstruct the Pellerhaus (facade too) and the Toplerhaus

Edit: Nuremberg looked like a fairy-tale before the war

http://www.stadtbild-deutschland.de/...e/1/index.html
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Old November 30th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #54
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Beautiful sound, historical architechture, its a shame when you see the cold mass produced commie blocks and sometimes absurd "modern architechture" (not that all of it is bad) which has replaced it. The worst is all the museums, libraries, statues and sculptures etc lost, which had nothing to do with the war.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 04:15 PM   #55
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Additional info. On ww2 HH was 80% ruined, now is very very modern!!! Germ people are very hard workers and no matter how hard they payed after the ww2, they succed and recover after that, very good.!!
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Regarding good reconstructions jobs:
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I say Nuremberg and Münster
Freiburg as well. Munich could be included as one of the big guys.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #57
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Munich did most historical buildings quite well but generally still looks very modern.
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 12:34 AM   #58
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Has anybody ever done a thread on the town of Ravensburg? There are a few old photos from the early 1970s I saw over at wikimedia and I gotta tell you, that town seemed to be remarkably well preserved. I compared these photos with an old print by Merian from 1649 and most of the buildings in the old print still seem to be standing.
I have also looked at recent photos of the town, and sadly, the patination(Is this a correct word?) I saw in the photos had been lost to what may or may not have been an overzealous restoration. Still, all the buildings remain in their original form.
I have searched the forums here, still getting the hang of it, as this site has turned out to the most amazing repository of photos I have veer seen. But still havent found any photos on Ravensburg.
Yeeeah, my home town!

But in my opinion it's not as awesome as it could be, many eyesores were built in the historic centre during the 60s and 70s. And many "restaurations" were done rather carelessly, painting over the original structure etc.
As someone noted before, no city was spared the odd bomb or two, not even Red Cross refugee cities like Ravensburg.



(by courtesy of www.wcurrlin.de)

The 14th-century Rathaus.



(by courtesy of www.wcurrlin.de)

And the Untere Mang, the best preserved Fachwerkhaus in town, nowadays a pharmacy. Actually, the company that today is the biggest syringe producer worldwide started business here in the Middle Ages, and they still own this pharmacy.
I was trying to find some pictures of some eyesores, but I couldn't find any...

Lindau and Konstanz were already mentioned, they're gorgeous. On the German side of the Lake of Constance, I'd also add two smaller cities that are nearly completely preserved: Meersburg



(www.robertprice.co.uk)

and Überlingen.



(www.badische-seiten.de)

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Old January 23rd, 2010, 06:28 PM   #59
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I absolutely adore Meersburg! One of the most lovely places you could possibly imagine.
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And supposedly the oldest intact castle in Germany!
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