Wiesenberger, France

Just a short hour and a half drive from Wiesbaden, Germany, and you’ll find yourself in a new et of surroundings: France! Although the signs looked about the same, the language was certainly different. A rainy day for travel, but a beautiful city to visit. Wiesenberger, France.

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Karlsruhe, Germany

After spending some time in the wonderful shops and stores in the downtown area, you can mosey through the streets to see the wonderful, large Karlsruhe Palace. Built in 1715 and now the seat of the two highest courts in Germany (Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice), the courtyard is extremely popular for tourists as well as members living in the community. It has been speculated that the overall layout of Karlsruhe was a model for Washington D.C., as both cities have a center from which the street radiate outward. A very interesting layout, indeed, for you can see the palace from all of the main streets by the market square.

You can enjoy a nice, quick ride on the city’s cable car public transport system, or you can mosey along with all the busy street-walkers and enjoy the fresh air. The city is really easy to navigate through and there are so many wonderful things to see. One interesting thing to me was the tiles outside the apartment buildings that serve as memorials for Jews who perished in the war. A very cold death that took them, and a very cold, yet heart-warming memorial to serve as a reminder of their fate.

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Biebrich Schloss

Formerly the baroque residence of the Princes and later Dukes of Nassau on the banks of the Rhine in the Wiesbaden, this schloss (or castle) is a beautiful site to visit! In the winter, the halls are often filled with guests from all over Germany who wish to celebrate events in elegance. In the spring and summer, you will find crowds of tourists grazing in the grass beyond the courtyard, and often a small concert in the grassy area to the east of the castle. Generous to bicyclists and walkers, this is a wonderful meeting place for families and friends.

Mainz, Germany

Just down the road from Wiesbaden sits a factory-based city, Mainz, Germany. Home of the Mainzer Dome and the Gutenburg Museum, this city welcomes thousands of visitors year-round. The Dom features a mixture of Romanesque and Baroque architecture, resulting in a beautiful view from the Marktplatz (Market Square). Enjoy!

The Mainzer Dom

The Gutenberg Museum

Rudesheim, Germany

What a beautiful city! Just a short 25 minute drive from Wiesbaden, the beauty here will astound you. Situated on either side of the Rhine River, you can experience a busy café with amazing cakes, treats, coffee, and cappuccino, or gaze upon the vast vineyards that fill the hills and look over the city. In the Spring and Summer you can take a cable car ride up over the city. We did not get to experience this, but I would love to come back and do that one day! We visited the Niederwald Monument and the Abbey Church of St. Hildegard. Both of these sites are worth your time! Here are some pictures:

Gazing upon the city of Rudesheim.

Gazing upon the city of Rudesheim.

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More gazing upon the city... what an amazing view!

More gazing upon the city… what an amazing view!

 

This monument, built by German Emperor Wilhelm I, serves as a memorial for the unity of Germany after the European wars in the 19th century.

This monument, built by German Emperor Wilhelm I, serves as a memorial for the unity of Germany after the European wars in the 19th century.

 

Germania holds the recovered crown of the emperor in the right hand and in the left the Imperial Sword.

Germania holds the recovered crown of the emperor in the right hand and in the left the Imperial Sword.

 

Built from 1900-1908 in the Romanesque style of the ancient basilicas. Unlike any church I have EVER seen! Beautiful!

Built from 1900-1908 in the Romanesque style of the ancient basilicas. Unlike any church I have EVER seen! Beautiful!

 

Inside the church.... amazing.

Inside the church…. amazing.

 

Just inside the doors of the church, to the right of the pews. Inspiring. Amazing.

Just inside the doors of the church, to the right of the pews. Inspiring. Amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidelberg, Germany

Hallo (Hello) from Heidelberg, Germany!

The drive into this wonderful city is absolutely gorgeous. With the Universitat Heidelberg near the city’s historical downtown, there are lots of students moseying around in the streets, giving it a sense of livelihood. On the way to the Heidelberg Schloss (Castle), you must drive alongside the Neckar River. This city is certainly photo-friendly with amazing scenery and beautiful buildings stretching far into the clouds! A must-see for ANY traveler. If you are visiting Germany, you mustn’t skip Heidelberg!

In the courtyard of the Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle).

In the courtyard of the Heidelberger Schloss (Heidelberg Castle).

From the courtyard of the Castle. What a beautiful view!

From the courtyard of the Castle. What a beautiful view!

Spectacular view of the castle!

Spectacular view of the castle!

Getting a little closer!

Getting a little closer!

Wow! What an amazing view!

Wow! What an amazing view!

Wiesbaden, Germany

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog! I will be posting lots of pictures and reviews for various cities throughout Germany and surrounding countries during my four month stay here in this beautiful country. I look forward to the experiences ahead and I am very excited to share them all through the beauty of photography! Stay tuned :) 

 

Protestant Church on the main square in downtown Wiesbaden, Germany

Protestant Church on the main square in downtown Wiesbaden, Germany