Results tagged “Churches” from Europe Honeymoon 2008

Dunno if should make this one day or three.. heh...  The start of the day seems like such a long time ago....

So we woke up in Heidelberg.  In fact we were woken up at 6am by a wakeup call or a prank call or a wrong number or something... needless to say I wasn't impressed.

Got ready then went out for across the river and around the old town, and had our breakfast out (in the end we should  have just had breakfast at the hotel, it probably would have worked out the same price).  We were going to go up to look around the schloss, but decided that we wanted to just go to Frankfurt.  So we packed up our stuff and checked out and made a detour up to see the Thingstatte and the old ruins there. 

Church of the Holy Spirit
Church of the Holy Spirit 

Synagogenplatz
Synagogenplatz is a memorial based on a synagogue that was burnt
down during the infamous Kristallnacht in 1938. It follows the original
layout of the synagogue (built in 1877). Paving stones indicate the
walls and twelve stone cubes show the location of the pews and stand
for the twelve tribes of Israel 

Alley in Heidelberg
Alley in Heidelberg - look how clean it is!

Heidelberg Rathaus
Heidelberg Rathaus 

Bridge gates
Bridge gates 

Stadt Heilbronn on the Neckar River
Stadt Heilbronn on the Neckar River 

Heidelberger Schloss from the Old Bridge
Heidelberger Schloss from the Old Bridge 

Heidelberger Schloss, Old Bridge and Neckar River
Heidelberger Schloss, Old Bridge and Neckar River 

Bridge monkey
Bridge monkey. There was a steady procession of tourists taking photos
of themselves with this thing... This one has been there since 1979 

View from our hotel room window
View from our hotel room window - one of the best we had!

Stu in the ruins of Stephanskloster
Stu in the ruins of Stephanskloster 

Lookout tower on Heiligenberg
Lookout tower on Heiligenberg 

View of old Heidelberg from the tower
View of old Heidelberg from the tower

Heidelberger Schloss
Heidelberger Schloss 

Stu up the tower
Stu up the tower

Ruins of Stephanskloster
Ruins of Stephanskloster 

Heidelberger Thingstätte
Heidelberger Thingstätte. Built by the Nazis for propaganda rallies,
wasn't very popular because it was often too cold 

56 rows could seat 20000 people
56 rows could seat 20000 people

Thingstätte stage area
Thingstätte stage area

And then back to Frankfurt.  Had good traffic the whole way so that took away some of our stress.  Found a car wash and petrol station near the city, so cleaned the car before heading into town.  Where things started getting messy.  We didn't know where the actual parking lot was for the rental car, and ended up going down a one way street at one point.  So Stu just stopped and I went in to the station to find out where to take it.  Twenty minutes of walking later.. hrmm.  Anyways, got the car returned without any dramas (that I know about heh).

Arrival back in Frankfurt am Main
Arrival back in Frankfurt am Main

We decided we didn't want to wander around Frankfurt city because we were hot and tired and carrying heavy bags, so thought we'd just go to the airport.  Except we got on the wrong train.  Oops.  So at the first stop had to turn around and come back.  Oops. 

Finally got on the right train and got to the airport very early.  Secured window seats, getting the last row on the first leg (the 777).  Then waited for a few hours.  Went and had some dinner at a very overpriced cafe.  Spent the rest of our euros at a very overpriced gift store.  Used some wireless internet over a very overpriced connection.  Airports seriously suck sometimes.  Waited some more before finally boarding our plane. 

Schöfferhofer Weizen beers at the airport
Schöfferhofer Weizen beers at the airport

It was late dusk by the time we took off, so no photos of Frankfurt or Germany.  The night was very short, and they got us to close the blinds so the sunrise at 2am wouldn't annoy people.  I think we flew further south this time, and more snow had had a chance to melt, so much of the countryside was a rather plain brown.  Not that I looked too often, as opening the window illuminated the entire back of the plane.  So not many photos there either.  Watched PS I love you, The Bucket List, Hits from the 80s, and most of The Firm (missed the end cause we were landing - doh!)

Plane sunset
This photo is looking out to the north of the plane. That light is coming
over the top of the world! 

Over Surgut, Russia
Over Surgut, Russia

Flying in over Japan
Flying in over Japan

Got into Narita at something like 7am Germany time. After having slept for maybe an hour all up.  Zombie-making.  Upgraded our seats on the second flight from being over the wing to a two-seater section up the back of the 747.  Went through security again at Narita.  Then hung around the airport.  Which is a much better place than Frankfurt which has next to nothing past security :(  Narita has shower rooms and day rooms.  We rented shower rooms for 500 yen each for thirty minutes.  Let us have a shower which made us feel a whole lot better.  Then went and had a drink.  And bought some sake and other things for Stu.  And used the free internet cafe.  And had some dinner.  And played some gin with the cards we just bought.  And had a ten minute massage in these way-cool massage chairs for 200 yen each.  We were in Narita for about four hours.

Narita airport!  Over half way home
Narita airport! Over half way home 

Air traffic control tower from the Yahoo! Internet Cafe
Air traffic control tower from the Yahoo! Internet Cafe

At 8:20pm Narita time we headed off again.  Watched Monsters Inc while we did dinner type stuff.  Then I was going to lie down in a spare four-seater row that noone was sitting in, but was too slow, someone else beat me too it :(:(:(  Sad-making.  So attempted to sleep sitting up.  Got maybe an hour or so.  Maybe two.  Gave up after a while and watched Charlie Wilson's War. 

Our JAL 747
Our JAL 747

Arrived in Sydney around 6:20am.  Stopped at the duty free place to pick up some grog, then through security.  Immigration was very quick (maybe 3-4 minutes waiting) and uneventful.  Picked up bags.  Then through customs, which was also quite quick (maybe five minutes).  We'd declared food and wood, but after x-raying our bags they weren't interested in seeing anything or even asking us what the stuff was.  Shrug :)  (And Border Security wasn't there filming - doh!! hehe)

Caught a taxi back to my parents' (cause last time we took the train and bus and it took an hour and a half, and were too tired for that sort of nonsense this time).  Got very sad as I drove past my house :(  Still miss Sydney :(  Arrived at my parents to pick up my car and a few other bits and pieces.  Then headed for home.  I felt fine for the first bit of the trip, but could feel my brain fading.  We played A-Z games (try to think of something starting with each letter of the alphabet in a variety of categories) to try and keep our brains awake.  But it wasn't working for me, so we stopped at Marulan to get some sugar and salt and Stu drove the rest of the way home. 

Fog over Lake George
Fog over Lake George

Dumped our bags and got straight into bed and was asleep in seconds.  Slept for a few hours, but forced myself to get up to try and prevent any problems sleeping tonight. 

Very nice to be home.  Nice to be back at my puty with its massive screen.  Thanks to Natto-san for taking care of the house :) 

Haven't looked at my photos yet.  Haven't transferred any yet either.  Not sure how will get them online.  But I'll probably do a day at a time and insert the highlights into the existing blog entries.  And eventually get the whole lot onto conspiracy.  Hopefully it won't take two years to do like my USA photos did... ;)

This was all the crap that was in my suitcase and backpack (the 1/3 on the right was brought home new)
This was all the crap that was in my suitcase and backpack (the 1/3 on
the right was brought home new)


Update May 2010: I saw the last line of this blog entry a bit over a month ago, hence the frenzied effort to at least get some photos into this blog! So it was exactly two years! Sadly I'm nowhere near finished, but at least the blog is.
Had a very slow start today. Let Stu sleep in til about 8:30 heh :) Breakfast was one of the biggest so far. And lots of yummy bacon yayyy :) So we stocked up on breakfast so we could skip lunch.

So didn't get out the door til 11am. Whoops.

Crossing the Lech near Augsburg
Ha! We *did* go over this bridge earlier in the trip. Crossing the Lech
near Augsburg. 

Reichsstrasse, Donauwörth
Reichsstrasse, Donauwörth 

Schloss Harburg
Schloss Harburg

Our first stop was Nördlingen. We found a parking lot just outside the city wall with free parking (and unlimited cause it was Sunday) so stopped there and walked in through the gate. Where we found a staircase up to the city wall, which you can walk around!  Very cool. Walked along to the next tower and found a museum. In the tower. It was all in German, but Stu loved all the stuff on the Thirty Years War. So next we headed to the church right in the centre of town (the town is an almost perfect circle and only about a kilometre diameter).

Deininger Tor, Nördlingen
Deininger Tor, Nördlingen 

Stairway up to the wall
Stairway up to the wall 

Wall around Nördlingen
Wall around Nördlingen 

Löpsinger Tor from the wall
Löpsinger Tor from the wall 

30 years war battlefield in Löpsinger Tor
30 years war battlefield in Löpsinger Tor 

View towards Saint Georg's Church and the steeple Daniel from Löpsinger Tor
View towards Saint Georg's Church and the steeple "Daniel" from
Löpsinger Tor 

View back to Deininger Tor from Löpsinger Tor
View back to Deininger Tor from Löpsinger Tor 

Beautiful wood carvings in a store
Beautiful wood carvings in a store 

Saint Georg's Church in the centre of town
Saint Georg's Church in the centre of town 

Nördlingen Tanzhaus
Nördlingen Tanzhaus

Another church, another tower to climb :) (The tower is called "Daniel"). Stu didn't want to get all hot and sweaty, so I went up by myself. The view was fantastic, in fact the same view as filmed in the 70s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory heh :) Have to watch that when I get home too :) It was two euro for adults to go up, but you pay when you get to the top!  *and* there are toilets at the top of the tower!!  Weirdest thing ever :) (and there were free toilets *in* the city wall at various locations :) )

Bell in Daniel
Bell in Daniel 

Nördlingen from Daniel
Nördlingen from Daniel. That streetscape features in the movie
"Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" at the end of the movie
where they fly over a town 

Storks in their nest as seen from Daniel
Storks in their nest as seen from Daniel. See their webcam.

While up the tower I got a map of the town, so when I got back down we decided to follow the historic walking tour around. Saw tonnes of really cute old buildings. We really really liked Nördlingen (I think it might be pronounced Nerdlingen? :) ). It just had such a nice easy-going atmosphere. And it wasn't completely touristy. We loved it.

Saint Georg's Church and Daniel
Saint Georg's Church and "Daniel" 

Klösterle
Klösterle 

Stu on a bridge over the Eger stream
Stu on a bridge over the Eger stream 

Another view of the Eger stream
Another view of the Eger stream 

Crazy-crooked Gerberviertel
Crazy-crooked Gerberviertel 

Cute little car
Cute little car 

There were a few buildings that hadn't been maintained
There were a few buildings that hadn't been maintained. They had
no photographs signs on them heh. 

Reimlinger Tor
Reimlinger Tor

So our next stop was Dinkelsbühl (or as Stu dubbed it, Dingle-Dongleberg ;) ). We had more trouble finding parking here due to roadworks and road closures due to festivals etc. So that wasn't a great start. Ended up parking at the Krankenhaus (hospital - love that word heh). Walked into town via the lake outside which was very pretty, and then down into the main square of town. The buildings here have all been done up medieval-style and do look very cute, but this place was much much more touristy which came as a bit of a rude shock after the peacefulness of Nördlingen. We looked in the church and had an early dinner and then just left.

Dinkelsbühl
Dinkelsbühl 

Dr. Martin-Luther-Straße
Dr. Martin-Luther-Straße 

Saint George’s church
Saint George’s church

Interior of Saint George’s church
Interior of Saint George’s church 

Roof of Saint George’s church
Roof of Saint George’s church

Stu in Saint George’s church
Stu in Saint George’s church 

Beers in Dinkelsbühl
Beers in Dinkelsbühl 

Supposedly famous medieval building in Weinmarkt
Supposedly famous medieval building in Weinmarkt

We were going to go to Rothenburg but it was just getting too late, so just went straight to Heidelberg. Checked into our hotel, the went for a little walk around the old town, had some ice cream, and walked across the old bridge to the other side. As is tradition on this trip, stuff is covered in scaffolding. A third of the bridge and a quarter of the schloss :(:(  All a bit sad-making. Sat by the river for a while as it got darker before wandering back to the hotel.

Heidelberger Schloss from the old town square
Heidelberger Schloss from the old town square 

Heidelberger Schloss, Old Bridge and Neckar River
Heidelberger Schloss, Old Bridge and Neckar River 

Old Bridge over the Neckar River
Old Bridge over the Neckar River 

Church of the Holy Spirit and our hotel in front from the other side of the river
Church of the Holy Spirit and our hotel in front from the other side of the river

Better hotel, no better breakfast.. Doh!!

So got up and it was sunny!! Could see mountains and everything! Various webcams weren't quite so promising, but decided to head for the Alps just in case.

Swiss Alps over Bregenz over Bodensee
Swiss Alps over Bregenz over Bodensee

As we were driving out of Lindau, just through the suburban areas south of there, we went through a roundabout and Stu said welcome to Austria, and I'm like what? Where? There was just a boring sign (that I missed completely) to indicate a change in country! Bah! Wanted Stu to turn around so we could do it again heh.

So took a very back-road scenic trip up into Lech in Austria. And it was soooo pretty :) Went over a couple of passes and Stu got to go out onto real-live snow :) He was very brave and did all the driving up and down scary mountain roads while I took loads of pictures.

Our hire car
Our hire car 

Little church in Bersbuch
Little church in Bersbuch 

Stu by the Bregenzer Ache river a kilometre north of Au in Austria
Stu by the Bregenzer Ache river a kilometre north of Au in Austria 

Elevated road just up from Schröcken
Elevated road just up from Schröcken. Stu looked at this and freaked out a little! 

View from our morning tea spot
View from our morning tea spot (you can see the elevated road below) 

Stu on the snow at Hochtannbergpass
Stu on the snow at Hochtannbergpass 

Widderstein from Hochtannbergpass
Widderstein from Hochtannbergpass 

Biberkopf from Hochtannbergpass
Biberkopf from Hochtannbergpass 

All the mountains around the roads and villages had these barricades to help prevent avalanches
All the mountains around the roads and villages had these barricades
to help prevent avalanches 

Biberkopf, coming into Warth
Biberkopf, coming into Warth 

Looking west down Arlbergpass
Looking west down Arlbergpass 

Biberkopf again, this time coming back into Warth from the south
Biberkopf again, this time coming back into Warth from the south 

Biberkoft and cute chalets just outside of Warth
Biberkoft and cute chalets just outside of Warth

Finally we headed for Füssen in Germany (this time I was keeping an eye out for the border sign, and it was a complete anti-climax. Boring!! :)


Church seemingly in the middle of the road in Hägerau.
In one town the church really was in the middle of the
road and there were dings in the corners from cars
hitting it!


Church in Stockach, coming down the Lech valley
Church in Stockach, coming down the Lech valley 

Germany border crossing sign
At least I was expecting the border crossing back into Germany!
Police waiting on the other side!


Checked into our hotel (right in the middle of town - even with onsite parking it was a little crazy), and then we headed out to suss out the castles for tomorrow.

I have wanted to see Neuschwanstein for a very long time (prolly twenty years or so) so finally seeing it was very exciting :) All the parking there is 4.50 euro in gated lots, but didn't want to pay that since we'd be there tomorrow again anyway. So drove off wondering what to do when the no stopping signs stopped and we noticed cars parked on the side of the road, so decided to join them. It was a bit of a hike back, but at least they didn't get our money twice!  Anyways, so got our info for tomorrow's visit.

Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein! 

Hohenschwangau
Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau
Hohenschwangau 

Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein 

Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein

So then back into town for Stu to recover for a bit, then went out for walk round Füssen. Took some photos of the schloss, then had beer followed by ice cream for dinner :)

Street in Füssen
Street in Füssen 

Hohes Schloss Füssen
Hohes Schloss Füssen

Hohes Schloss Füssen
Hohes Schloss Füssen 

Beer in Füssen
Beer in Füssen

Now have been sitting here waiting for it to get dark enough to go out and try and see some stars....
Ok so alternating our good and bad days now...

Breakfast was the lamest so far, especially considering the size of the hotel and the number of people there :(

So headed into the Black Forest, taking a slow scenic drive through tiny towns and windy roads.

Heading up the L106, approaching Bleichheim
Heading up the L106, approaching Bleichheim 

Corpus Christi celebrations in Bleichheim
Corpus Christi celebrations in Bleichheim (we had to go around the
block as the road in front of the church was blocked off) 

Kanone‎ Guesthouse in Haslach im Kinzigtal
Kanone‎ Guesthouse in Haslach im Kinzigtal 

Small street in Elzach
Small street in Elzach 

Roadside pull-outs
Roadside pull-outs were so rare that when we saw one we stopped.
This was a little stream next to the L109 about 5km south of Hinterprechtal


Our first major stop was in Triberg, first finding the world's biggest cuckoo clock (supposedly), a few kilometres north of town just after a road tunnel. Went into the shop inside.. Sooooo many cute cuckoo clocks!!  Want! But I know they'd be just plain annoying going off in the middle of the night.. And so expensive.. And a dust catcher... Sigh... Heh. We were there in time for the 1pm cuckoo of the big clock... It was a bit of an anti-climax.. Just one cu .. ckoo .. Heh

World's biggest cuckoo clock, Schonachbach just north of Triberg
World's biggest cuckoo clock, Schonachbach just
north of Triberg 

The back of the building.  1 Euro to make the little people come out and play Eidelweiss
The back of the building. 1 Euro to make the little people come out
and play Eidelweiss


So went back into town, found some parking, and went for a walk. Had some lunch, the wandered up to see the "famous" waterfall. (It started raining at this point too). Well they wanted 2.20 each to go see it and we're like wtf??? It's not even that good a waterfall!! Stoopid.

Beer in Triberg
Beer in Triberg 

Triberg Waterfalls
Triberg Waterfalls

So got back in the car and meandered to our next stop - Titisee ..! Couldn't stop giggling over that one, I'm sure Scotty would have giggled a lot too ;) Was a nice place, can imagine it getting *very* crowded in summer though. Had some Schwartzwalder kirshtorte, as you do when you're in the schwartzwald ;)

Teeny tiny little church in the village of Ödenbach
Teeny tiny little church in the village of Ödenbach 

Titisee (I didn't see any tities :) )
Titisee (I didn't see any tities :) ) 

Boats for hire by Titisee
Boats for hire by Titisee 

Promenade in Titisee
Promenade in Titisee 

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte at Bergsee Restaurant
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte at Bergsee Restaurant 

View from Bergsee terrace
View from Bergsee terrace

Tried to find a way up Hochfirst, but couldn't find the road, but did find a couple of ski jumps :)

Hochfirstschanze ski jump hill in Titisee-Neustadt
Hochfirstschanze ski jump hill in Titisee-Neustadt

So then we headed over to Lindau next to Lake Constance/Bodensee. Could see the shore of Austria, but no mountains.. Checked into the hotel then went for a walk into the old town on the island. Very pretty. Ate a late dinner by the harbour and looked at the lights and the reflections. So pretty.

Crossing the Danube near Pfohren
Crossing the Danube near Pfohren. I had to go look up what those
military signs meant too - they're NATO military bridge classification
signs, indicate the safe load-carrying capacity of the bridge for
military vehicles 

T-mobile airship near Birnau
T-mobile airship near Birnau

Bodensee and Klosterkirche Birnau
Bodensee and Klosterkirche Birnau 

Lindau Rathaus
Lindau Rathaus

Lindau Harbour
Lindau Harbour. This itself was pretty spectacular..

Lindau Harbour
Then they turned the lights on! 

We had dinner here overlooking the harbour - beautiful!
We had dinner here overlooking the harbour - beautiful!

The harbour by night
The harbour by night

Bodensee by moonlight
Bodensee by moonlight

And then we caught a taxi back to the hotel, cause it was dark and a 3km walk heh..

Ok this day surpassed the other worst day of the trip by lots.

Started off ok. Breakfast was pretty boring, but we were the only ones there and it was so peaceful in the woods setting. Really liked that hotel.

Morning was ok too, we headed out on a "scenic route" in the general direction of Baden-Baden.  Copilot at one point sent us up a dead end street in a little town called Calw that finished in a parking station :/ doh!  So we stopped for a coffee there and listened to a dude playing the recorder brilliantly. Stu and I wish we could play half as well as him. It made the whole town/square feel very medieval.

Calw
Arrival in Calw. The parking station was just around that dead end corner on the right 

Crazy-crooked medieval buildings in Calw
Crazy-crooked medieval buildings in Calw 

Looking down the Nagold River from the parking station
Looking down the Nagold River from the parking station 

Calw is epic cute, visiting here was probably the highlight of the day
Calw is epic cute, visiting here was probably the highlight of the day

So kept going to Baden-Baden. This is where things fell apart. Couldn't find parking again. Followed a sign to a parking station and ended up in a hospital!? Only after we were nearly back out on the street did we see the actual entrance hiding off to the side, but it was too late then. Went round and round and eventually found another parking station. So went for a little walk through the town. Had lunch at a rather expensive hotel cafe and ate far too much (even with one of the cheaper options on the menu :/ ). Then went up to the ruins of the roman baths. It was only 2.50 each to go in, but there were signs saying no photography, so thought screw that and didn't go in. Took a couple of pictures through the outside glass window.

Schloss Eberstein from Obertsrot
Schloss Eberstein from Obertsrot 

Stiftskirche, Baden Baden
Stiftskirche, Baden Baden 

Neues Schloß from Marktplatz
Neues Schloß from Marktplatz 

Part of the Roman bath ruins
Part of the Roman bath ruins

Next we went to the tourist "information" office. Information is there in quotes because there wasn't any. Information that is. We wanted some info on highlights of the Black Forest as we didn't have internet last night to any of that sort of thing. But they didn't have a single thing. About the Black Forest. That they're on the doorstep of. Bumheads.

Lame..
Lame..

So it was like 2pm by this time, far later than we'd planned to be there. And we didn't have a plan for the afternoon. Well we had a plan but didn't think it would work. So we got stressed out (or I did mainly) and ended up doing nothing. At all. Just drove down the boring autobahn in the direction of Freiberg. Stopped at a roadside hotel near the Europa Park. This at about 4pm. And we didn't leave. Stu ended up doing some planning for the rest of our trip, as I'd given up hope of doing any of the things I wanted to do. That mainly being seeing some of the alps. Not helped by a weather forecast that says rain and clouds for the next several days.  All a bit depressing.

Around eight we went out to find some dinner at the local Shell diner. There is a Maccas, a Burger King, a Pizza Hut and what obviously used to be a KFC at this rest stop. The hotel is more like one of the big chain motels you get in America (except about four times the price). And the hallways and rooms are decorated with pictures of American motel signs. It all made me rather "homesick" for the very easy American driving holidays. Maybe next time... 
 
Maccas from our roadhouse motel room
Maccas from our roadhouse motel room

Ok so it had to be done. I mean we're in Salzburg after all, right?  And it's not like I haven't wanted to do it for, oh, the last twenty or so years since my grandparents did it..

That's right, we went on the Sound of Music tour... !!

So I'd read plenty of reviews and read enough negative ones to not get my hopes up too high. So in the end, it wasn't too bad and even Stu enjoyed it.

So the tour stars off in front of Mirabell Palace and winds around some of the city streets, pointing out things like the Museum of Modern Art up on the cliff where part of do-re-mi was filmed, past the Mozart bridge where they all run across and look down at the river, and Nonnburg abbey.  Then they took us to Leopoldskron which is where they wanted to film but ultimately only used the lake frontage there and used Schloss Frohnburg for the back (and also the front, which we did see from a distance on the way to Hellbrunn).  Hellbrunn is where the gazebo is currently located, it having been moved twice so tourists could see it better.

Looking towards Untersburg across the lake in front of Schloss Leopoldskron
Looking towards Untersburg across the lake in front of
Schloss Leopoldskron 

Schloss Leopoldskron with the fortress in the background
Schloss Leopoldskron with the fortress in the background. The lake
foreshore and gates in the movie were filmed here, but not the
building itself.


Those gates are were the kids fell in the lake
Those gates are were the kids fell in the lake 

Our tour bus at one of the stops
Our tour bus at one of the stops 

Schloss Hellbrunn from a distance
Schloss Hellbrunn from a distance (we're only here to see the gazebo
so didn't get any closer today) 

Us in front of the gazebo
Us in front of the gazebo. This was originally located
in the grounds of Schloss Leopoldskron, but was
moved because of constant trespassing by tourists


Then we headed out to the lake country, passing by Fuschl and stopping to have a quick run on the toboggan (I wonder how much of a kickback they get from that?!). The toboggan is just like the one at Jamberoo. And just like at Jamberoo you can get stuck behind bumheads that are too scared to go down fast. So that was very frustrating for three of us who got stuck behind this girl :(  And unlike Jamberoo we couldn't just go back up for another run, as we only had time for one run, and it was 4.30euro a go! :(

Me coming down the toboggan
Me coming down the toboggan

Next stop was St Gilgen to overlook the lake and get a peek up to where they started filming the do-re-mi scene and the cog train (didn't actually see these, just told they were there :( ).

St Gilgen and Wolfgangsee
St Gilgen and Wolfgangsee. There are two shots of this lake (one from
either end) in the opening sequences in the movie


Then onto Mondsee to see the church where they filmed wedding. We had an hour stop here, so thought that would give us time to get some lunch. Bad idea. The cafe took half an hour to serve us, so we had all of five minutes to try and scoff our food :( I *hate* trying to eat when I'm in a rush, so it was incredibly stressful, thinking we'd miss our bus :(:(

Collegiate Church at Mondsee
Collegiate Church at Mondsee. The wedding scenes in
the movie were filmed here 

Collegiate Church at Mondsee
Collegiate Church at Mondsee. Julie Andrews walked down this aisle! 

Nave of the church
Nave of the church 

Roof of the church - very pretty!!
Roof of the church - very pretty!! 

Beer we had while stressing over how long our lunch was taking to arrive
Beer we had while stressing over how long our lunch was taking to arrive

Anyways. So then back on the autobahn to Salzburg. They played part of a dvd on the filming of the movie which showed a lot of clips and where they were filmed - very useful!

So there quite a few Americans (some loud, talkative ones as well as some nice (and quiet) ones), and some Australians too. The tour guide was a nutter, but kinda funny in a lame way heh. So was all good fun. Nobody sang though :( It was also good to get out and see the countryside as that's a bit hard to do when you don't have a car. There were still a few things I'd like to get back to have a closer look. But they very nicely gave us a detailed booklet on the filming locations which was very useful for the afternoon.

Anyways so they dropped us off outside Mirabell Palace, where there were several locations for the shooting do-re-mi. So spent a good while wandering around there. Then we wandered into the old town and went up the lift to the Museum of Modern Art (which took us a while to find as it wasn't really obvious (to our tired eyes anyway)) which had some great views of the city. Stu got a coffee there too while I figured out our plan of attack for the afternoon.

Pegasus fountain in Mirabell Palace Gardens
Pegasus fountain in Mirabell Palace Gardens. The scene was filmed
from a balcony directly above where this picture was taken from


Do-re-mi Kazza
Yeah yeah ;) I saw someone else had done this on the internet so
thought I would too :) Looking down the "do-re-mi" steps across the
gardens and up to the fortress in the distance 

Mirabell Palace and gardens
Mirabell Palace and gardens 

Mirabell Gardens and fortress
Mirabell Gardens and fortress 

These girls were on their own Sound of Music reenactment tour :)
These girls were on their own Sound of Music reenactment tour :) 

Statues at the southern end of the gardens
Statues at the southern end of the gardens. That tourist stand on the
right wasn't there in the movie ;) 

For some reason this amused me :)
For some reason this amused me :)

Hedge arcade (this was actually filmed in the other direction)
Hedge arcade (this was actually filmed in the other direction) 

Stone dwarf statue in Mirabell Gardens
This kids skip past this and pat this dude on the head. The statues have
been moved from their location by the river because of frequent flooding 

Blick vom Mönchsberg
Blick vom Mönchsberg - Terrace above the old town where they did
part of Do-Re-Mi


So the plan of attack was to go back down and go to all the places in the old town where they filmed scenes. This took several hours, heh. Wore poor Stu out in the process.. Oops.. Was a bit bummed that we couldn't see inside the Felsenreitschule (where they filmed the concert at the end) because you could only get in on a tour that runs once a day.

I thought this single geranium in a window was kinda cool
I thought this single geranium in a window was kinda cool 

Horse wash
Horse wash (also featured in the movie, but from the other side of the
street so you could see the whole thing) 

Cool tunnel through the mountain
Cool tunnel through the mountain 

Side wall of the Felsenreitschule
We found this at random trying to find a way up to the
back of Felsenreitschule to see if we could see down
into it (you can't because it's covered).. 

Salzburg
.. and found ourselves on the terrace where Maria starts singing "I Have
Confidence" straight after leaving the abbey (which is actually a decent
distance away!)


Interior of St Peter's Church
Interior of St Peter's Church 

Cemetery of St Peter's Church
Cemetery of St Peter's Church. This location inspired the scene near the
end of the movie, but was not filmed here (it was filmed in a sound studio) 

Cemetery of St Peter's Church
Cemetery of St Peter's Church 

Back to the cathedral, this time to get a shot in the right direction of the arches that Maria walks through in the movie
Back to the cathedral, this time to get a shot in the
right direction of the arches that Maria walks through
in the movie 

Horse fountain in Residenzplatz
And to get some photos of the horse fountain in Residenzplatz 

The movie shot didn't quite work here :)
The movie shot didn't quite work here :) 

Me walking into the gates at Nonnberg Abbey
Me walking into the gates at Nonnberg Abbey 

Interior courtyard of Nonnberg Abbey
Interior courtyard of Nonnberg Abbey 

Stu at the end of the Mozart Bridge with the fortress in the background
Stu at the end of the Mozart Bridge with the fortress in the background

And then finally back to the hotel to crash for a bit. Went out for "dinner" - again of dessert, as we'd eaten so much the rest of the day..
Urghh another crap night sleep :(  Woke up to go to the loo and couldn't get comfortable or back to sleep for ages :(

So did the breakfast thing, checked out, and headed to the station (via some postcard stands) to get to the Westbahnhof for our train to Salzburg.

That loco was moving! Apparently this is banned in Australia for being too dangerous
That loco was moving! Apparently this is banned in Australia for being
too dangerous


We thought as we pulled out that we'd get the compartment to ourselves, but some Canadians had been booted out of "business" first class so came to sit with us. Oh well. But they were nice enough. Rosemary and Camille I think their names were.

So the train trip was very pretty. The area just outside Vienna was very picturesque. And seeing snow on the alps was very cool. So three hours later we arrived in Salzburg.

Our carriage was at the back of the train so we could see out the back window
Our carriage was at the back of the train so we could see out the
back window 

Church in Irrsdorf
Church in Irrsdorf

We didn't see too much on the walk from the station to the hotel, just the hill on the west side of town. Checked into our hotel which is the nicest so far (and the "nicest" price too heh). And wireless internet yayyyy!! ;)

So dumped our bags and went to find some lunch. Found a cafe on the way towards the old town, which was very nice but a bit on the pricey side.. Oops..

Beer in Salzburg
Beer in Salzburg

Kept walking down and finally saw the hill with the fortress on top which dominates the landscape. Because it was vaguely sunny, I wanted to go up to it (in case it rained for the rest of our stay here). We got ourselves a Salzburg Card which was also fairly pricey (37e each for 72 hours) but gives us free admission to most stuff in the city and free travel on the electric buses. We also had a bit of a wander through the old town, and went in the cathedral. And then we took the funicular up to the fortress. We ran into Rosemary and Camille who were already on board. And up we went!  Very cool, and *very* steep.

Kapitelplatz and Kapitelschwemme with Hohensalzburg Fortress on the top of the hill
Kapitelplatz and Kapitelschwemme with Hohensalzburg Fortress on the
top of the hill 

Gold ball monument in Kapitelplatz
Gold ball monument in Kapitelplatz 

Salzburg Cathedral (big surprise - scaffolding!)
Salzburg Cathedral (big surprise - scaffolding!) 

Interior of Salzburg Cathedral
Interior of Salzburg Cathedral 

Roof of Salzburg Cathedral
Roof of Salzburg Cathedral

Roof of Salzburg Cathedral
Roof of Salzburg Cathedral

Going up the funicular to the fortress
Going up the funicular to the fortress

So the view at the top was spectacular. We came out on the northern side so could see all the main area of the city. Then we went inside the fortress to explore. And this is the coolest place ever to explore. Little rooms and nooks and crannies. Half the fun was in looking inside a doorway to see what was there. Hardly any of it was blocked off. Behind one door (in one of the chapels) we found Rosemary and Camille again heh.

View over Salzburg from the fortress
View over Salzburg from the fortress 

Stu inspecting a wooden cannon in the fortress
Stu inspecting a wooden cannon in the fortress 

Some of the oldest part of the fortress - the Romanesque Fortress Chapel, <br />
discovered by archaeologists in 1994
Some of the oldest part of the fortress - the Romanesque Fortress Chapel, discovered by archaeologists in 1994 

View of the Cathedral and old town from the fortress
View of the Cathedral and old town from the fortress 

Interior of St George's chapel
Interior of St George's chapel. We never would have found this had we
not looked at a closed door and wondered what was behind it!


On the southern side you get a wonderful view of the alps, which was exceedingly cool. It was a bit hazy so my photos won't be great but anyways...

Looking over Nonnberg abbey to Gaisberg
Looking over Nonnberg abbey to Gaisberg

Interior walls of the fortress
Interior walls of the fortress 

View out to Untersberg
View out to Untersberg 

Interior walls of the fortress
Interior walls of the fortress

Went in another door and an audio tour was about to start, so went along on that to see more rooms and go up a tower with 360 views!

Salzburg Fortress
Salzburg Fortress 

Salzburg Fortress
Salzburg Fortress

Mechanical organ in the fortress
Mechanical organ in the fortress that ran over the city
telling people what time to go to bed, and waking people
in the morning


On the way out saw something else so went to look at that and it turned out to be a whole other exhibition. Even heard/saw the dinner concert musicians practising.

Practising for the Mozart dinner/concert later in the evening
Practising for the Mozart dinner/concert later in the evening 

Spectacular chamber heater
Spectacular chamber heater

We were about to go down again when Stu looked at the menu at one of the cafes and saw the dessert dish (Salzburger Nockerl) that a colleague of his had told us to have, so we went in. We had a glass of wine while gazing at the alps, and the dessert was amazing.. Huge!! Heh. (We didn't actually have dinner since we had lunch so late and wouldn't have fitted the dessert in anyway had we had dinner first :) )

Enjoying a nice wine overlooking Untersberg
Enjoying a nice wine overlooking Untersberg (I thought wine would
go better with dessert than beer!) 

Salzburger Nockerl!
Salzburger Nockerl!

So finally we caught the funicular back down the hill and wandered back to our hotel.  Thoroughly enjoyed the fortress.  It was just so fun and it wasn't crowded and they weren't anal about not taking photos etc (although a couple of things would have been an extra admission fee had we not had the cards).  Spent probably over three hours up there, which was totally worth it, and one of my best days of the holiday so far.
After a not-so-great night's sleep (temperature issues - the doonas make it "all or nothing"), woke up at 7am.

Went down for breakfast, which was ok, but much less variety than other places and no hot dishes :(

So then we began our walking tour of Vienna. Saw lots of buildings, a few churches, a palace or two, government buildings etc. Was a bit sad I didn't get to see the lipazzaner horses at the Spanish Riding school cause they were closing up for the day. We also popped into the Schmetterling Haus - butterflies!  Although I was expecting more than there actually were. One did land on Stu and seemed to find him rather tasty... :)

Hofburg Palace
Hofburg Palace 

Peterskirche
Peterskirche 

Albertina
Albertina 

Vienna Opera House
Vienna Opera House 

Exterior of the Schmetterlinghaus
Exterior of the Schmetterlinghaus 

Moth in the Schmetterlinghaus
Moth in the Schmetterlinghaus 

Interior of the Schmetterlinghaus
Interior of the Schmetterlinghaus 

Butterflies in the Schmetterlinghaus
Butterflies in the Schmetterlinghaus 

Butterfly in the Schmetterlinghaus
Butterfly in the Schmetterlinghaus 

This butterfly wanted to be Stu's friend
This butterfly wanted to be Stu's friend 

Butterflies in the Schmetterlinghaus
Butterflies in the Schmetterlinghaus 

South-eastern face of Hofburg Imperial Palace
South-eastern face of Hofburg Imperial Palace 

Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum 

MuseumsQuartier
MuseumsQuartier 

Hofburg Imperial Palace
Hofburg Imperial Palace 

Austrian Parliament
Austrian Parliament 

Burgtheater
Burgtheater 

Concert setup in front of the Rathaus (Town Hall)
Concert setup in front of the Rathaus (Town Hall) 

Rathaus (Town Hall)
Rathaus (Town Hall) 

I loved all the flowers decorating all the balconies and windows
I loved all the flowers decorating all the balconies and windows 

Schottenkirche
Schottenkirche 

Amazing selection of sweets in a shop on Graben
Amazing selection of sweets in a shop on Graben 

We quite liked this Just Married box near our hotel on Seilergasse
We quite liked this "Just Married" box near our hotel on Seilergasse

We went to another cafe near the cathedral for lunch (Chattanooga). I had some chicken satay sticks and Stu had Berner wurst - like cheese kranskies wrapped in bacon - yummm :)

Beers at Chattanooga near the cathedral
Beers at Chattanooga near the cathedral

Then it was a mission to find a laundromat. The hotel dude had given us the address of one so we went and found that, although it appears to be closing at the end of the month. The prices were scary - 7 euro just for the wash, plus powder and drying.. :(

Came back and then headed out again for a walk on Donauislen. Stu had a specific destination in mind, but we couldn't actually find it, so it just ended up being a very long (but not unpleasant) walk.

Donauinsel station - right in the middle of Reichsbrücke over the Danube
Donauinsel station - right in the middle of Reichsbrücke over the Danube 

The Blue Danube - railway bridge south of Südosttangente
The Blue Danube - railway bridge south of Südosttangente

Back again to recover before heading out for dinner. Back to Sparky's again as they have free wireless, so took the laptop along to book Salzburg accommodation. Then back to Cafe Mozart for dessert, as they also have free wireless :)

Was gonna was me hair tonight too.. But couldn't be stuffed...

I slept in til 7am today! Woot! Altho Stu woke up feeling nauseus which wasn't very pleasant for him :(

Went down for a big breakfast (also not included with the room tariff - talk about a tight-ass hotel...)

And then we hit the streets of Dresden for a general wander about the place. Was all very nice. Except I had to go to the loo after a while and got frustrated cause there aren't any toilets in Germany. There are so few that they could all be printed on the tourist map of the entire city!!! But even with the map I still couldn't find one :( After some more wandering we did eventually find one. Now Stu had told me that while you have to pay for toilets, they are clean and well kept. Well this is the first one that I lowered myself to pay for and it was crap!! It didn't even have a seat, just small plastic runners that only covered part of the cold metal bowl :( Not happy Jan!


I like to call this artwork Ten Cranes
I like to call this artwork "Ten Cranes" 

A variation on the Berlin stop/go lights - a girl!
A variation on the Berlin stop/go lights - a girl! 

A variation on the Berlin stop/go lights - a girl!
A variation on the Berlin stop/go lights - a girl! 

Excavations outside Kreuzkirche
Excavations outside Kreuzkirche 

Kreuzkirche
Kreuzkirche, showing the blackening from the firebombing during the war 

Frauenkirche
Frauenkirche. This church was almost completely demolished during the war, then rebuilt mostly from original stone and reopened in 2005 (Google Earth shows the whole thing surrounded in a construction building). We might have gone inside but there was some youth festival on and too many people making too much noise. 

Statue of Martin Luther outside Frauenkirche
Statue of Martin Luther outside Frauenkirche 

A piece of the original dome of the Frauenkirche
A piece of the original dome of the Frauenkirche 

The blackened part is one of the two larger sections of the church that remained after the bombing.  They rebuilt the church around it.
The blackened part is one of the two larger sections of the church that
remained after the bombing. They rebuilt the church around it. 

Academy of Fine Arts
Academy of Fine Arts 

Dome of the Academy of Fine Arts
Dome of the Academy of Fine Arts 

All we need now is Donatello to complete the set..
All we need now is Donatello to complete the set.. 

Augustusbrücke, on the site of the oldest bridge in Dresden
Augustusbrücke, on the site of the oldest bridge in Dresden 

Stallhof and Hofkirche
Stallhof and Hofkirche 

This toilet was not worth 25c!!
This toilet was not worth 25c!! 

Semperoper (Opera House)
Semperoper (Opera House) 

Fountain and Zwinger Gardens
Fountain and Zwinger Gardens

Courtyard of Zwinger Palace
Courtyard of Zwinger Palace 

Zwinger Palace
Zwinger Palace

Staatsschauspiel theatre
Staatsschauspiel theatre

So continued wandering back to the hotel, checked out, and headed up to the station. Got our ticket in advance for Prague to Vienna so don't have to worry about that here. Now as I mentioned yesterday we were meant to have two middles on a table set of seats, but when we got on the people there had taken the two forward-facing seats, so I was all "sweet, I get a window" - backwards :) It's almost tradition now to be going backwards heh. We were even on the right side of the train to get a good view of the Elbe River as we travelled alongside it.


Training down (up) the Elbe River
Training down (up) the Elbe River 

Part of the Bastei Bridge in the Bastei rocks near Oberrathen
Part of the Bastei Bridge in the Bastei rocks near Oberrathen

Crossed the Czech border at some unknown point, stopping a bit inside the border for a staff change. But we never did get asked for our passports - how boring!! Was hoping to get another stamp in my passport heh.


Every time a small river joins a larger one, you get a cute little village.  In this case Hřensko, on the confluence of Kamenice and Labe (Elbe) rivers
Every time a small river joins a larger one, you get a cute little village.
In this case Hřensko, on the confluence of Kamenice and Labe (Elbe) rivers


Something broke half way through the trip on the Czech side of the border and we just sat there. For an hour :( The train got very hot and stuffy too :(  But we got moving eventually and arrived in Prague an hour late. But we didn't arrive in the station we thought we were going to arrive in, so had to figure out where we were and how to get to our hotel. Took us a while to figure it out, but made it in the end.


Bridges in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Bridges in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic 

Hrad Střekov just south of Ústí nad Labem
Hrad Střekov just south of Ústí nad Labem 

Locks near Lovosice
Locks near Lovosice 

Dancing House, nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in Prague
Dancing House, nickname given to the Nationale-
Nederlanden building in Prague


The hotel is quite nice, free wireless and included breakfast, and our first bed with a single mattress - a king sized one at that! We can be newlyweds properly now ;)


King sized bed in our hotel
King sized bed in our hotel

Went for a walk to Lehká Hlava (Clear Head) vegetarian restaurant, which was very good, we both enjoyed it.


Pilsner Urquell at Lehká Hlava
Pilsner Urquell at Lehká Hlava 

Lehká Hlava (Clear Head)
Lehká Hlava (Clear Head). Many restaurants aren't
big on making themselves known in Europe 

Prague Castle over the Vltava River
Prague Castle over the Vltava River 

Stu at sunset
Stu at sunset

And then back here to use the internet and star gaze out our attic windows :)

Well it wouldn't be normal if I didn't wake up at 6am right..? Hrmm :)

Not that we got ready any earlier, in fact we had a very slow morning and didn't get out the door til after 11!

View from our apartment on Rheinsbergerstrasse
View from our apartment on Rheinsbergerstrasse

Our first stop was the remainder of the wall at Bernauer Strasse, and the viewing platform there. Was kicking myself that we didn't go up the Fernsehturm today, as the weather was perfect for it - not a cloud in the sky.  I could have gone back I suppose, but it would have been another 9 euro :/

New Chapel of Reconciliation, built on the location of the old church
New Chapel of Reconciliation, built on the location of the old church 

One of the three bells they recovered before demolishing the church
One of the three bells they recovered before demolishing the church 

Site of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse
Site of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse

Remnant of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse
Remnant of the Berlin Wall at Bernauerstrasse

Next we trained it to Potsdamer Platz to have a look at all the newish shops/buildings there. We stopped for lunch at a sushi place, which had an interesting variety of (mostly deep fried) dishes to choose from. Was very good, but they soured my mood about the place when they told me off for drinking from my bottle of tap water :(  Bumheads. You can't *get* tap water in this country, so it's all very frustrating :(

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz 

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz

Went up and had a look through the Sony store, then was going to look at the Lego place, but they wanted 14.50 *each* so decided to give that a miss. Lego is such a money-grabbing company, that it rates up there in evilness with Disney and eBay for how much I hate it (but can't escape).

Einstein at Legoland Berlin
Einstein at Legoland Berlin 

Potsdamer Platz station
Potsdamer Platz station

So that was all very average, so went up to the Starbucks next to the Brandenburg Gate so Stu could get an iced coffee, then we walked down to the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe. It was brilliant!  It's a few thousand concrete blocks stacked in a grid taking up a whole city block. The middle section dips down and the blocks there are quite tall so you can walk amongst it all. It's kind of maze-like, even though it's not a maze at all. And it's incredibly photogenic! Took lots of photos there.

Starbucks coffee and cake at the Brandenburg Gate
Starbucks coffee and cake at the Brandenburg Gate 

Poppies at the Brandenburg Gate
Poppies at the Brandenburg Gate 

Horses and Carriages at the Brandenburg Gate
Horses and Carriages at the Brandenburg Gate 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The irony of this place is the company that produced the chemical that
makes the concrete graffiti-proof is the same company that made the
gas that killed the Jews during the war.... 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 

Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 

Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Stu in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Reichstag over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate over the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate over the Memorial to the Murdered
Jews of Europe 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Hopped on a train over to Alexander Platz, stopping for a beer before going to the Media Markt there. It's kinda like the electronics section of Harvey Norman except like five times the size - in this case four stories of electronic goodness. They didn't have any Eee PC batteries (or any Eee PC stuff for that matter), but we did pick up an 8gb Sony usb memory stick for 25 euro. And Stu got a little micro SD-usb dongle for 8 euro.

Berliner Pilsner under the Fernsehturm
Berliner Pilsner under the Fernsehturm 

World Clock under the Fernsehturm
World Clock under the Fernsehturm 

Stu next to the 69999 Euro TV
Stu next to the 69999 Euro TV

So then we wandered back to our apartment, but just as we were arriving, we got a call from the owner/manager asking why we hadn't left yet, and we were all "but we booked five nights".. But it turns out we only booked four, the last day being the checkout day.. Oops! :(  So we had like half an hour to not only pack up all our stuff, but also find another hotel at short notice.. Very stressful. But luckily Stu did find one, within walking distance even, so we plodded over, and it thankfully has interent, as we were planning on spending our last evening quietly doing research for our upcoming days of travel. Not that we really did that much, as it took us a while to calm down, and then we went out for dinner (to Der Imbiss again) and by the time we got back it was after 9:30.

Anyways, should have a bit of time in the morning...
Well my day began at 5:50 when Stu's phone buzzed. So of course I was instantly awake. And it was bright and sunny outside so I was all "let's go!!". Heh. So were out the door pretty early.

Wandered along the site of the Berlin wall at Bernauer Strasse and even got to see a chunk of it they've left up. But didn't get to go up the viewing platform as the building it was attached to didn't open until 10am.

Photo of the Reconciliation Church, that was sealed off in No Man's Land until 1985
Photo of the Reconciliation Church, that was sealed off in No Man's Land
until 1985 

Sadly the Church was demolished in 1985, just four years before the wall came down :(
Sadly the Church was demolished in 1985, just four
years before the wall came down :( 

Stu standing by one of the last remnants of the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse
Stu standing by one of the last remnants of the Berlin Wall at Bernauer Strasse

Hopped on a train into the city and when we came out saw the Brandenburg Gate!  

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate! 

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate 

Closeup of the chariot on the Brandenburg Gate
Closeup of the chariot on the Brandenburg Gate

So took a bunch of photos of that, then went around to the Reichstag. It was about a 30 minute wait to get in, even at 9:00. They had their metal detectors turned up to full sensitivity, so the whole process of getting through security took forever because they had to hand-wand most everyone (somehow my belt buckle didn't set it off so I didn't get frisked heh). The info they had around the base of the dome was interesting. Came across a few rude Germans though that blocked the info boards. I was tempted to take photos of their behaviour because they showed no consideration whatsoever for anyone else, even when I was making it blatantly obvious that I couldn't see because of them. Bumheads. Then we wound our way up the dome, which is pretty impressive, but not really good for taking photos from.

Walking up to the Reichstag
Walking up to the Reichstag 

Entrance to the Reichstag
Entrance to the Reichstag 

Brandenburg Gate from the top of the Reichstag
Brandenburg Gate from the top of the Reichstag 

Glass dome on top of the Reichstag
Glass dome on top of the Reichstag 

These mirrors reflect light into the interior of the building
These mirrors reflect light into the interior of the building 

Double helix for getting to the top of the dome
Double helix for getting to the top of the dome 

Glass panels in the roof of the building
Glass panels in the roof of the building 

I can't help it, they were very photogenic
I can't help it, they were very photogenic 

The very top of the dome
The very top of the dome

After we came back down we meandered west through the Tiergarten, which was a very pleasant walk. Ended up at the Victory Column - another thing to climb! Altho this cost 2.50 each to do so. Back down again and a much more frustrating walk through the Tiergarten trying to find something Stu remembered from last time he was here. So we both ended up tired and frustrated, me more so. Took a while to get going again, after being in the Tiergarten for four hours :/

When we came out, the queue was well over an hour long
When we came out, the queue was well over an hour long 

Carillon in the Tiergarten
Carillon in the Tiergarten 

The Berlin-Tiergarten
The Berlin-Tiergarten 

The Victory Column
The Victory Column

View back to the Reichstag, Fernsehturm and Brandenburg Gate from the Victory Column
View back to the Reichstag, Fernsehturm and Brandenburg Gate from
the Victory Column 

Can you tell Stu was really excited about being dragged up another tower? :)
Can you tell Stu was really excited about being dragged up another tower? :) 

The Berlin-Tiergarten
The Berlin-Tiergarten

Took a train to where Stu stayed last time he was here, then had a look at the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church. The souvenir vendors are really out in force there!  Bought myself a post card that may or may not have a piece of the Berlin wall included heh.

We were amused by this Erotik Museum
We were amused by this "Erotik Museum" 

The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church
The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church 

They're restoring the mosaics on the interior of the church
They're restoring the mosaics on the interior of the church 

The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church
The Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church

Then hopped on a bus to have a look at the Schloss Charlottenburg, the biggest palace in Berlin. Just walked around it, didn't go in. Then bussed it back again.

Schloss Charlottenburg
Schloss Charlottenburg 

Schloss Charlottenburg
Schloss Charlottenburg

Was getting late in the afternoon, so better lighting for the Victory Column and the Reichstag, and the back of the Brandenburg Gate.

The Victory Column
The Victory Column 

Top of the Victory Column
Top of the Victory Column 

The Reichstag in the afternoon sun
The Reichstag in the afternoon sun 

Brandenburg Gate - from the western side
Brandenburg Gate - from the western side 

Fernsehturm through the Brandenburg Gate
Fernsehturm through the Brandenburg Gate 

Dave-stalking continues with one of the
Dave-stalking continues with one of the "Bears of Berlin" (I never saw
the one he photographed)


Then headed for home. Very much exhausted. Didn't even get dinner. Just had the remains of last night's dinner.

Not sure how we're going to be able to deal with tomorrow...