This photo shows the Charles Bridge in Prague, with the guard tower on the side of the historic old town. It’s the old, traditional way to get from the royal side of the city to the civil old town. Most photos from Prague are taken from exactly the opposite site of the river. The place from which I took this photo however is rarely visited by tourists. A missed opportunity, just like most photographers pack up their stuff as soon as the blue hour finished – but why?
It’s an incredible feeling to see the Dresden Frauenkirche virtually glowing at night. The church that for such long time served as a reminder on the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War. The Frauenkirche was completely destroyed and the dark stones that you see in the wall were taken from its ruins.
You won’t have many opportunities to see a saltwater lake more than hundred meters underground. In the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow you have that possibility, but only for short time. It’s just that the guided tour doesn’t give you much time to have a look on the lake. The lights are turned on only when a group is present, apart from that the lake lies in almost total darkness.
The Bode Museum on the Museum Island in Berlin is in my opinion one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Whenever I’m there it fascinates me, especially at night when the lights of the windows shine bright in the darkness. The round front makes it unique and well worth seeing again and again. Even though the Museum Island in Berlin was heavily affected by the war, the Bode Museum withstood it relatively good.
The Old Town Hall is for me the most remarkable building in Bamberg. It was built in the 15th century in the middle of the Regnitz River and for a long time marked the border between the clerical, bishop-led Bamberg and the civil town center. Not affected by the war it was solely the river that damaged the town hall several times.
The Melanchthonhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg is one of numerous world heritage sites in the region. Philipp Melanchthon lived and worked in this townhouse in the 16th century. You can see Melanchthon as a reformer of the education system in the same way as you see Martin Luther as a reformer of the church.
St. Mary’s Basilica on the Main Market Square in Kraków is one of the town’s famous landmarks. Extraordinary are the two unequal towers, the higher one is 81m high, the other one is 12m smaller. According to an ancient legend, the towers were built by two brothers – each worked on one tower.
After the Frauenkirche was totally destroyed in the Second World War, the GDR regime decided to keep the ruins as a memorial. Finally, in 1994 Dresden begun to rebuild the church for more than 10 years. The interior of the Dresden Frauenkirche is very different from what I know of other churches. Much lighter, very friendly and kept in pastel colors. That results in a great contrast of the colors to the golden altarpiece and organ.
The Berlin Cathedral, biggest church of the city and part of the unique museum island, is one thing you immediately notice when you see a skyline photo of Berlin. The dome strikes the eye whenever you stand on a rooftop in the eastern part of Berlin.
Those who take only one day to visit Venice will regret it in the evening. Not even just because the city is worth it to spend more time in it. That’s for sure. But no, you will walk all day long. Obviously you can’t just hop on a tram or bus; instead you rely entirely on your legs and feet. Oh, and I bet you will get lost!