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
Enjoy a profusion of the half-timbering (Fachwerk) that is a German speciality,
some of it dating back to medieval times.
"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.
A Bavaria hotel dating to 1781
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
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.
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 is down in Beilstein, a tiny fortified village of narrow alleys and old
"Fachwerk" houses, crouching below the stark ruins of a castle.
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".
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
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.
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