Results tagged “Church” from Europe Honeymoon 2008

It was raining when I woke up :(

And then I checked the Untersberg webcam and got very sad. So went back to bed for a while.

In fact had a very slow morning, sleeping in and not getting out the door until 11am.

Stu wanted to go to the Mozart mass in the cathedral, so we did that. Then had coffee/hot chocolate in a cafe afterwards. It was a great hot chocolate - not too hot!

Attending mass at the University Church
Attending mass at the University Church 

Front of the University Church
Front of the University Church

Meandered around the old town for a bit trying to find somewhere open to have lunch (pretty much everything shuts on Sunday in Austria). Eventually found a place where I had a ghoulash soup and Stu some pasta with ham and cheese.

Went down to the bus stop with the thought of maybe going up Untersberg in the hopes that we'd get a break in the clouds, but the clouds seemed to be getting *lower*, and regular checks of the webcam showed no letup.

So we decided just to go to Hellbrunn instead. Our Salzburg cards covered entry to the "trick fountains" tour, which was just starting as we arrived (you have to go on the tour). But it was totally overcrowded and couldn't understand a word the guide said, even when he was speaking in English. So after not being able to hear about the first couple of things and not able to see either for the crowds of people I was pretty grumpy with the whole place. Barely took any photos. Only a couple of things stood out - the kilo metal "crown" that sat atop a jet of water and could be raised and lowered with just the pressure of the water, and a big mechanical model of a townscape with figures that moved by the flow of water. It would have been nice to spend more time looking at that one, as it was very detailed and there was all sorts of stuff going on in the scene.

Trick fountains at Hellbrunn
Trick fountains at Hellbrunn. Apparently Archbishop Markus Sittikus
used to set off the fountains under his guests' seats while they were
eating and drinking to make them think they'd wet themselves. 

Water-operated theatre
Water-operated theatre - all the characters there were moving - it was
very cool 

The 1kg cone sitting atop a jet of water
The 1kg cone sitting atop a jet of water


I really wouldn't recommend the tour to anyone, it's just not that good. That is, it could have been a lot better if the operators weren't so money-grabbing and ran much smaller groups, and got guides who could actually speak properly (maybe separate German/English tours??)
Anyways, wandered around the gardens for a little while afterwards, and had another look at the Sound of Music gazebo, sans crowds.

Sturgeon in one of the ponds
Sturgeon in one of the ponds

Pond at Schloss Hellbrunn
Pond at Schloss Hellbrunn 

Schloss Hellbrunn
Schloss Hellbrunn

More checks of Untersberg showed no real improvement, so we started walking back to Schloss Frohnburg for a better look at the building that we only whizzed by at a distance from on the tour bus. So that was extremelly cool being able to see the building up close, and then walking around the back to see it too. Very exciting :)

Unicyclist on Hellbrunner Allee
Unicyclist on Hellbrunner Allee 

The cause of my depression for the day - a cloud-topped Untersberg
The cause of my depression for the day - a cloud-topped Untersberg 

Schloss Frohnburg!!!
This on the other hand was one of the highlights of the trip - getting to
see Schloss Frohnburg up close! This is the actual building filmed in
The Sound of Music 

Stu by the gates of Schloss Frohnburg
Stu by the gates of Schloss Frohnburg 

And this is the rear of Schloss Frohnburg
And this is the rear of Schloss Frohnburg

Bussed it back into town. Stu went and had a sauna while I did internetty things.

Headed out to dinner, going to Spicy Spices, an Indian vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Was ok, the thing I had was a little warm for my taste, and serving sizes fairly small, but was ok.

Untersberg still in clouds... :(
Woke up early but got back to sleep again, getting up around 7.

View from our hotel room window
View from our hotel room window. Stu liked the use of space for
gardens and trees 

ICE train as seen from our hotel room window
ICE train as seen from our hotel room window

After breakfast we headed up to the cathedral (via coffee at Starbucks) to go to the 10am mass. My first ever Catholic mass. In German .. heh.

Finial - at the same scale as the finials on the cathedral towers
Finial - at the same scale as the finials on the
cathedral towers 

Street artists outside the cathedral
Street artists outside the cathedral

After mass we meandered down the Rhine to the Chocolate Museum. Where we watched chocolate being made and even got to eat some.. Yummmm!!

Kaiser Wilhelm II statue in Heinrich-Böll-Platz
Kaiser Wilhelm II statue in Heinrich-Böll-Platz 

Hohenzollernbrücke
Hohenzollernbrücke 

Pegel clock
Pegel clock 

Altstadt and Great St Martin on the banks of the Rhine
Altstadt and Great St Martin on the banks of the Rhine 

Severinsbrücke
Severinsbrücke 

Malakoff Turm next to the Chocolate Museum
Malakoff Turm next to the Chocolate Museum 

Chocolate Museum!
Chocolate Museum! 

Chocolate display in the chocolate museum
Chocolate display in the chocolate museum.
There was one for white, milk and dark chocolate 

Interior of the chocolate museum
Interior of the chocolate museum 

Golden chocolate fountain
Golden chocolate fountain. The lady was dipping wafers
into the molten chocolate and handing them out - so yummy!! 

Toblerone wrapping machine!
Toblerone wrapping machine! 

They make and package Lindt rectangles in the museum
They make and package Lindt rectangles in the museum 

You can watch these little balls being made, and then buy one at the end for a euro
You can watch these little balls being made, and then buy one at the end for a euro 

The Milka cow
The Milka cow

Our feet were killing us by this stage so sat down at a cafe outside for potato and beer (stu)/apple fizzy stuff (me).

We stocked up on all different flavours of Lindt balls
We stocked up on all different flavours of Lindt balls

Next was another Dave stalking mission - to go see the Watertower Hotel, which was very impressive.

Hotel im Wasserturm - Water Tower Hotel
Hotel im Wasserturm - Water Tower Hotel

Then I got totally bummed out because the two stores I wanted to go to on Hohe Strasse (Lego and electronics store) were both closed cause it was Sunday :(:(:(

Hohe Straße
Hohe Straße 

Meister Bock!
Meister Bock! Although we walked past this several times, we never
actually got anything from here


Came back to the hotel to crash for a bit and use the internet before heading out to dinner. We walked to Osho's Place which this time really was a vegetarian restaurant and actually had people in it heh. Stu rather enjoyed it, and we drank lots of beer too :)

Ganser Kölsch
Ganser Kölsch 

Osho's Place - very nice vegeterian cafe
Osho's Place - very nice vegeterian cafe

And finally back here to crash. 9:30pm at night and the sun has only just barely set. Gotta love being this far from the equator... Unless you're trying to get some sleep that is ;)

On the way back into town and the western face of the cathedral is nicely lit
On the way back into town and the western face of the
cathedral is nicely lit 

Cologne Cathedral in the setting sun
Cologne Cathedral in the setting sun 

You could see the cathedral and Hauptbahnhof from our hotel room - if you hung all the way out!
You could see the cathedral and Hauptbahnhof from our hotel room - if
you hung all the way out!


So we've really rather enjoyed our couple days here in Cologne. Tomorrow we get on an ICE train for Berlin...

Unlikely to have net access at the place we're staying in in Berlin...
Well I woke up at 4am this morning. Got up for an hour to fiddle with photos. Then went back to bed and actually managed to get a couple more hours sleep!

Breakfast at this hotel was pretty varied, although Stu still struggled to find enough to eat. Wireless access is only downstairs, so Stu and I fought over the laptop while we had breakfast :)

Our first mission of the day was to go explore the cathedral. Thanks to Dave I knew you could go up it, so dragged Stu up after me :) Got annoyed at the meshing they had all around the top which made it difficult for me to take photos. After we came back down we wandered all around inside, until we got booted out for a service heh.

First look at the interior of the Cologne Cathedral
First look at the interior of the Cologne Cathedral
We didn't look around much, as we went straight up the tower 

The steps going up the tower are very worn down from age
The steps going up the tower are very worn down from age 

Part way up the tower
Part way up the tower 

At the top of the belfry, there is a metal staircase to go the rest of the way
At the top of the belfry, there is a metal staircase to go
the rest of the way 

View from the tower
View from the tower 

Stonework at the tip of the tower
Stonework at the tip of the tower 

View east from Cologne Cathedral
View east from Cologne Cathedral 

Cologne Cathedral from the south tower
Cologne Cathedral from the south tower 

View southeast from the cathedral
View southeast from the cathedral 

Me behind the very frustrating meshing
Me behind the very frustrating meshing 

Minoritenkirche from Cologne Cathedral
Minoritenkirche from Cologne Cathedral 

Fernsehturm Colonius - TV tower northwest of the cathedral
Fernsehturm Colonius - TV tower northwest of the cathedral 

St. Andreas - one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne
St. Andreas - one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne 

Graffitists at the cathedral
They don't even try to keep the graffiti off the cathedral tower, and these
girls were making me sad by adding more 

Top of the belfry.  On our way back down now
Top of the belfry. On our way back down now. 

Southern walkway in the cathedral
Southern walkway in the cathedral 

Stained glass window
Stained glass window 

Pillars and statues
Pillars and statues 

Ceiling of the cathedral
Ceiling of the cathedral 

Pillars in the cross of the cathedral
Pillars in the cross of the cathedral 

The floor in some parts had some beautiful mosaics
The floor in some parts had some beautiful mosaics 

Eastern end of the cathedral
Eastern end of the cathedral 

Eastern end of the cathedral
Eastern end of the cathedral 

Pixelated stained glass window
I first saw this in a postcard and thought it was a computer rendering of a stained-glass window.
But in fact it's a recent (2007) work by Gerhard Richter


Got Stu some lunch (I still wasn't hungry after breakfast) before joining an English-speaking walking tour. The tour was a little slow in terms of not really covering much ground, but did get some useful trivia about some things (like apparently the reason the cathedral survived WWII relatively unscathed was because the allies used the spires as navigational markers and so didn't destroy it).

Kölner Dom from outside Kölner Philharmonie‎
Kölner Dom from outside Kölner Philharmonie‎ 

Railway bridge over the Rhine.  This bridge was destroyed during the war
Railway bridge over the Rhine. This bridge was destroyed during the war 

Gross St. Martin - one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne
Gross St. Martin - one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne 

Waterfront Altstadt (old city)
Waterfront Altstadt (old city) 

Space Invader - Corner of Heumarkt and Salzgasse
Space Invader - Corner of Heumarkt and Salzgasse 

The walking tour guide with the Tünnes und Schäl statues, to the south-west of Gross St Martin
The walking tour guide with the Tünnes und Schäl statues, to the
south-west of Gross St Martin 

Kallendresser - statue of a dude mooning the town hall across the street in Alter Markt
Kallendresser - statue of a dude mooning the town hall across the
street in Alter Markt 

Köln Rathaus (Cologne City Hall)
Köln Rathaus (Cologne City Hall) 

Köln Rathaus (Cologne City Hall)
Köln Rathaus (Cologne City Hall) 

Old ruins they're excavating in the plaza outside the Rathaus
Old ruins they're excavating in the plaza outside the Rathaus 

Farina fragrance museum - museum of a fragrance factory that used to make Eau de Cologne
Farina fragrance museum - museum of a fragrance factory that used to
make Eau de Cologne


After the tour we stopped at the Keule cafe to have some Gaffel Kölsch and some sausage/potato/sauerkraut - yumm! Then meandered back to the hotel.

Gaffer Kölsch at a place we found off Heumarkt
Gaffer Kölsch at a place we found off Heumarkt

The next mission was to find a laundromat. These, like public toilets, are practically non-existent :( There is *one* listed in the local yellow pages close to the city, so we piled our stuff into our bags and headed over there. On the way we walked past one that was open, so put our stuff in there. And then went for a walk to find the other one.. which was closed!  Good thing we found the other one!

St. Pantaleon - one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne
St. Pantaleon - one of the twelve Romanesque churches
of Cologne, near the laundromat we found


After getting all the washing done, we thought we'd try the vegetarian restaurant we found in the phone book that was near the laundromat - Babylon Cafe.  Even though the signs on the front said vegetarian/vegan, it wasn't really vegatarian except for some parts of the menu, and most definitely *not* vegan. Poor Stu really couldn't have anything on the menu, but in the end got a greek salad (with a *lot* of cheese) and I got an auflauf which was yummy and quite large considering the price. Anyway, the staff were lovely and were trying to interpret the menu for us, but not recommended for vegans!!

So then it was back here to crash.