Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and Cologne’s Folklore

Heinzelmännchenbrunnen © Travel Signposts

A Cologne Folklore about the Heinzelmännchen Gnomes: On our afternoon stop in Cologne we walked to the old market square to check out our favourite fountain, the large “Heinzelmännchenbrunnen” (Heinzelmännchen fountain) in front of the Früh brewery. Built in 1899 by Edmund Renard and his son Heinrich, the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen commemorates the Heinzelmännchen and the tailor’s […]

Twelve Apostles Altar at St. Jakobs Kirche – Rothenburg

Twelve Apostles Altar - St. Jakobs

The High Altar at Rothenburg’s Main Church: Referred to as the Twelve Apostles Altar, the High Altar at St. Jakobs Lutheran Church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is regarded as one of the finest high altars in Germany. St. Jakobs Kirche was built between 1371 and 1464 and the High Altar was completed in 1466.  […]

Leipzig's Thomaskirche Is Where Bach's Tomb Lies

Thomaskirche - Leipzip

The Church with the Tomb of Johann Sebastian Bach: Leipzig’s Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church) is famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as the choirmaster from 1723. Here too is the resting place of the master composer.  Although Bach’s remains were originally buried at Johanneskirche, his tomb now lies in the Nave of […]

Munich’s Famous Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus am Platzl, Munich

The Hofbrauhaus – A Popular Beer Hall and Tourist Attraction: The Hofbrauhaus am Platzl has a reputation of being one of Munich’s most popular beer halls and a great tourist attraction. It was based on this reputation that we were seduced into joining in an evening dinner here, even though we expected that the mostly […]

Schloss Charlottenburg – Berlin’s Largest Royal Palace

Schloss-Charlottenburg - Courtesy GNTB

Schloss Charlottenburg – Berlin’s largest royal palace of the Hohenzollern Dynasty: If listening to Baroque and classical music in a majestic royal palace pulls at your chords, then Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin’s largest royal palace, must be one of the magnificent venues to do this. Music at Charlottenburg The Berliner Residenz Orchester chamber orchestra performs a […]

The Cutest Devil in Lübeck

St Mary's Church Devil, Lubeck

The Legend of the Lübeck Devil and St. Mary’s Church The medieval town of Lübeck has many tales and legends and one that is popularly told to most visitors is that of the cute little devil, sitting on a stone outside Marienkirche (St. Mary’s Church). About Lübeck’s Devil at St. Mary’s As the legend goes, […]

Oktoberfest 2012 – Traditional Oktoberfest Beer Tents

Schottenhamel Oktoberfest Tent

Some Traditional Beer Tents at Munich Oktoberfest: There are many beer tents at Oktoberfest, each one offering visitors to the world’s most famous beer festival a particular experience, taste sensation, and of course beer. To check out the scene at some of the traditional Oktoberfest beer tents, we pay a visit to a few of […]

Schleißheim Palaces – Munich

Schloss Schleißheim - Munich

A complex of Three Palaces: Schloss Schleißheim is a complex of three palaces set in a grand Baroque park in the village of Oberschleißheim in the northern edge of Munich. The Old Schloss Schleissheim began as a country house and hermitage built by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria. From an early stage, the Duke renounced […]

Munich Residenz – the Largest City Palace in Germany

Munich Residenz

Munich Residenz was the seat of Bavarian Dukes, Electors and Kings: The Munich Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany. It served as the seat of government and the residence of Bavarian dukes, electors and kings for 410 years, from 1508 to 1918. What began as a small moated castle in 1385 at the […]