Old World Images of Germany

Romantic Germany: My 1999 Collection of new images

The 12 Images of Germany are organized into 3 groupings.

Germany 1   Germany 2   Germany 3

This latest series features images from the prettiest scenery of the south and south-west parts of Germany--Bavaria, the Rhine, and Moselle areas--All picturesque in the old German manner.

Enjoy a profusion of the half-timbering (Fachwerk) that is a German speciality, some of it dating back to medieval times.

Germany 1

"Banks of the Neckar"
This scene is in Tubingen, with a population of 78,000, of whom 30,000 are students and teaching staff, in one of Europe's most famous university cities.

The charming banks of the Neckar, overhung with weeping-willows, and the leafy promenade beside it, the Platanenalle, are crowded in summer with students, debating, flirting, strolling, sitting in the sun--and here also they go drifting in punts.

"Charming Hotel"
A Bavaria hotel dating to 1781

"Berg Eltz"
One of Germany's finest castles, medieval Eltz is lost in the woods and hills close to Moselkern which is near Cochem on the Moselle river. Eltz is not set by the river, but lies secluded at the top of a narrow thickly wooded valley--a defensive position chosen by the lords of Eltz when they built it in the 12th to 17th centuries.

"Flower Box Beauty"
Window detail in wonderful Rothenburg

Germany 2

"Half-timber Treasure"
Bernkastel-Kues (pop 7,500) is a picturesque old wine-producing town famous for its excellent Rieslings. All around the tiny market square are delightful Renaissance coloured houses; down an alley beside the Rathaus, is the SPITZGIEBELHAUS (1583), an intriguingly narrow half-timbered gabled
building in an odd shape.

"Roses and Straw Bears"
Found at the market, a delightful mix of colour and texture.

"Garden Stairway"
This village of 5,000 has many nice painted houses. Oberammergau is set on a pastoral plateau below the forested foothills of the Ammergau Alps. Its Passion play, enacted every ten years (next in 2000), results from a vow that the villagers made when they were narrowly spared from a plague epidemic in the region in 1633.

Some 100 performances are given from May to September, attracting audiences of over half a million; the play lasts all day, with a break for lunch, and involves a cast of over 1,000, all of them local villagers.

"Gute Quelle"
Gute Quelle is down in Beilstein, a tiny fortified village of narrow alleys and old "Fachwerk" houses, crouching below the stark ruins of a castle.

Germany 3

"Golden Lane"
This early morning street scene is in Rothenburg Ob DerTauber (pop. 12.500). Not only the best-known town on the Romantische Strasse, but one of the two or three most-visited small villages in Germany. It survives today as the best example of a 16th-century town, tightly enclosed within its ramparts--"a fairy-tale city".

"Bavarian Church"
This little church in the meadow is near Fussen (pop. 15,000). Fussen is an attractive old mountain town with a fine setting in a gorge of the river Lech, just upstream by the Austrian border.

"By-Gone Ride"
This old bicycle is permanently parked by one of Fussen's restaurants and serves as a flower box. Fussen is an attractive old mountain town with a castle that was once the summer home of the bishops of Augsburg.

"Love Birds"
This romantic Inn is a fine example of the painted buildings throughout Bavaria.

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The 12 Images of Germany are organized into 3 groupings.

Germany 1   Germany 2   Germany 3

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