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Inner District

1st district of Vienna (= Inner District) - the heart of Vienna.

sunny 28 °C

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You r wrong if you think you know it, it's never done.

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House on Wipplinger Str - one which is just against the Altes Rathaus ( Altes Rathaus = The Old Cityhall)

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This is Hohe Brucke (bruke = bridge). Ah, what a beautiful bridge! I know this area very well - it is in Mediveal part of Vienna, not far from my favorite church Maria am Gestade. But I discovered it just couple of days ago!

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Am Hof is quite important square - the largest in the inner city of Vienna. History of the square goes back to the Roman era, when a garrison was built here. Then castle, built in 12th century and used as a residence of the dukes of Austria until 1220. Here is gothhic church under baroque facade (Kirche am Hof), Marian Column, with a statue of the Virgin Mary and figures of a lion, a serpent, a dragon and a basilisk (representing a fight against war, heresy, hunger and the Plague). Am Hof square is home for fire brigade (also novadays) & fire-brigade museum.

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Parking carriage in somebody's private courtyard.

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Unusual triangle flowerbed.

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Fabrik of Imperial Linen - official supplier of linen to Imperial Family.

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Sign of chimney sweep & vertical cloud.
BTW, meeting with with a chimney sweep should bring you luck!

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This is very special.
The Ferstel Passage (also known as Freyung Passage), is an upscale arcade built by the Austrian architect Heinrich von Ferstel in 1860. It connects Freyung Str. with Herrengasse, coming at Herrengasse nearby to famous Cafe Central. Passage leads into small glass-covered courtyard of Ferstel Palace, with fontain in the center. Here is a Donaunixen (Danube waternymph), who holds a fish in her hand. Ferstel Palace was built for the Austro-Hungarian National Bank. Unlike other buildings of this time, the palace was named after the 27 years old architect, and not after the owners.

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Three next photos (below) are taken in inner yard of Altes Rathaus (The Old City Hall). Here is Fontain of Andromeda, one of hidden jems of 1st district. Greek story says about brave Perseus who came to save Andromeda from evil animal. BTW, it happen in Jaffa (South Tel Aviv), historical stone is still there. I did couple of paintings of this place.

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The second photo is a fragment: it's between Andromeda & dracoon - a while before arriving of Perseus.

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But what the hell is this baroque angel is doing?

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Click on the photo below - to see it large.
It's interesting one: plants near the doors are common, but tomatos are not really usual decoration - at least not in the city center.
:-)

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Another interesting object is a Turkish cannonball from 1683!
(In Am Hof Square). Currently building is into the renovation and cannonball is hidden under building construction)

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And finally, oh, those girls...
:-)

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Posted by vanessa 17:00 Archived in Austria Tagged churches buildings vienna austria museum door window wien inner doors_and_windows churche 1th_district Comments (0)

Munich - day 1

Walking through

semi-overcast 23 °C

Here is MUNICH - capital city of Bavaria, Germany.
We arrived yesterday night. It was rainy and German part of the road took too long.

HOSTEL MEININGER
Big hostel which takes whole 4 (or 5?) floors of building, settled against long line of factories at another side of the street.
Hostel is busy like a train station, people come -people go, always full in lobby (BTW, good WiFi connection! Andre could even work from there!). We slept in dormit for 16 persons, separated to two sleeping areas with 2 bathrooms attached to the room. It was relatively clean and quet, far from being perfect, but acceptable for 3 nights of sleep there.

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Another side of the street

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In the lobby.

Breakfast was not included, but they have there nice full equiped kitchen for self-cooking. I have seen Japanee frying chicken there! Other guests were happy with cornflacks and instant soups, maximum with cooking of pasta. What ever. Kitchen was really nice. Old elevator worked hard, getting tired to weekend - at Saturday it just stopped work and we used steps up and down to our 4th floor. Not a big deal as we both could climb steps. What was not nice surprise - at second day of our stay there we found our beds "taken" by someones else. There were two girls who for what ever reason decided that beds are free (? our staff was there). After some negotiation we took our beds back - having a right of being there first.

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The greatest benefit of this hostel was its location. It sitts in walking distance to the center and 1/2 of this walking distance - to the train station.

KARLSPLATZ
Karlsplatz in rainy morning.
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Gates of Karl (Karlstor) - view from karlsplatz.

NEUHAUSER STREET
Neuhauserstrasse begins from Karl's Tour, leaving back Karlsplatz with its fontains. Street is busy with tourists, who come there to combine sightseeing (a lot to see really!) with bubling shopping. I don't think I have seen so intensive shopping in any other place.
(>>> photos of shopping)

FRAUENCKIRHEN (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady)
The red-brick church that peeps from behind of the flagged building of Hirmer on the next photo is famous 2-head Frauenkirche (= Cathedral of Our Dear Lady). It's Munich landmark and is considered a symbol of the Bavarian State Capital. Actually, it's the cathedral of the Archbishop of Munich. The church towers are widely visible because of local height limits. The city administration prohibits buildings with a height exceeding 109 metres (358 ft) in the city center—within the middle ring.

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Building, where Kaufingerstraße becomes Neuhauser Straße right in front of Frauenkirche, decorated with flags and flowerboxes, belongs to Hirmer - a German men's clothier. It's not a famous building, but it has very interesting sculptures - you may see few of them on photos below.

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Then loooooovely fontain Brunnenbuberl am Karlstor Muenchen at Neuhauser 20 created in 1895 by Matthias Gasteiger.

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Sculpture near Museum of Hunting and Fishing (Deutsches Jagd und Fischereimuseum) at Neuhauser Strasse 2.

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Richard-Strauss-Brunnen - the bronze column of the 6m/20ft-high fountain is decorated with scenes from Strauss's opera "Salome". Column, staying in front of the Alte Akademie on Neuhauserstrasse, is created by the sculptor Hans Wimmer in 1962. And it makes a fitting memorial to the greatest Munich-born composer.
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MARIENPLATZ
Marienplatz (3 next photos) is a large open square (Our Lady's Square). It is a central square in the city center of Munich, Germany since 12th cent. There are Marian column, Old and New City Halls, Glockenspiel and numerous beautiful buildings all around.

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Neues Rathaus (New Town hall) is facing Marienplatz. It was built in 19th cent in neo-gothic style. Its not too much to say about the building except its (big!) size. But decorations (sculpture and decorative elements) are outstanding!

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ST JOHANN NEPOMUK CHURCH
Baroque Catolic Church of St Johann Nepomuk, better known as the Asam Church, was built from 1733 to 1746 by the brothers Egid Quirin Asam and Cosmas Damian Asam as their private church. It is framed by the Asamhaus (Asam House) on the left and the Priest's House on the right.

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Astonising Asam House is at left of church.

Church is overdecorated - both: at narror fasade and inside as well, it's just overloaded from its head to toes, pardon, from ceiling to floor. Church was built after brother's Asam wishes with no any influence of anyone's else, it supposed to be for private use only. Due to resistance of the citizens, the brothers were forced to make the church accessible to the public.

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Soon after the St Nepmuk street comes to city gate.

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And more photos of Munich...
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ORAG HOUSE
Kitch! Definately kitch! But beautiful, isnt it?
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Posted by vanessa 12:41 Archived in Germany Tagged beer hostel backpacking munich bavaria baroque churche Comments (0)

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