Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

Germany

I attended the 2007 German Perl Workshop to give a couple of talks. After that, I took a week's holiday in Germany. It was my first visit there, but I'd love to go again.

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Munich

Munich was the location of the German Perl Workshop. It's a pretty large and sprawling city, but the public transport is great and it's packed with things to do. Just wondering around the center and seeing some of the architecture is nice, and the modern art museum is pretty good too, if you're into that kind of thing. And yes, the beer is excellent. Be sure to try wheat beer.

Yup, that's a whole litre of tasty beer. Mmmm...
Yup, that's a whole litre of tasty beer. Mmmm...
Looking along a tramline riddled street
Looking along a tramline riddled street
The court
The court
An interesting arch
An interesting arch
By St Michael's church
By St Michael's church
A weird wood sculpture
A weird wood sculpture
Curious green buildings
Curious green buildings
One of the many magnificent churches in Munich
One of the many magnificent churches in Munich
Another weird sculpture by the church
Another weird sculpture by the church
Yet another old building
Yet another old building
Statues - I'm not sure what of
Statues - I'm not sure what of
I guess this is another church, probably Orthodox
I guess this is another church, probably Orthodox
Looking down a street with the church in the distance
Looking down a street with the church in the distance
Metal man
Metal man
In a square near to the town hall
In a square near to the town hall
The town hall
The town hall
The top of the town hall
The top of the town hall
Yet another nice looking church
Yet another nice looking church
Looking accross yet another square
Looking accross yet another square

Füssen and Schloss Neuschwanstein

The Neuschwanstein castle was built by King Ludwig of Bavaria, and we intended to be his own fairlytale residence. In the end, it was never finished before his untimely and mysterious death. The builiding of the castle was sympomatic of Ludwig's spending, which sucked up much of Bavaria's wealth and in the end led to it becoming part of Germany.

Construction work against a mountain backdrop
Construction work against a mountain backdrop
A lake along the way
A lake along the way
Just outside the station
Just outside the station
The main stree through Füssen
The main stree through Füssen
Leaving Füssen
Leaving Füssen
A dammed river near Füssen
A dammed river near Füssen
A cross hanging from a tree
A cross hanging from a tree
A farmhouse along the way
A farmhouse along the way
Passing through a village
Passing through a village
First distant glimpse of Neuschwanstein
First distant glimpse of Neuschwanstein
Snow can still be seen
Snow can still be seen
Another castle in the distance
Another castle in the distance
Fields and craggy rocks
Fields and craggy rocks
Nearby farm, distant castle
Nearby farm, distant castle
Neuschwanstein from the bottom of the hill
Neuschwanstein from the bottom of the hill
The other castle
The other castle
Walking up to Neuschwanstein
Walking up to Neuschwanstein
A small stream where I stopped for a break on the way up
A small stream where I stopped for a break on the way up
Many balconies
Many balconies
Looking up at the castle
Looking up at the castle
Impressive
Impressive
Me by the castle
Me by the castle
Another one of me, this time on a wall by the castle
Another one of me, this time on a wall by the castle
The entrance
The entrance
A view from the castle
A view from the castle
One of the towers
One of the towers
Mountains near to the castle
Mountains near to the castle
On the inside
On the inside
Inside again, on a balcony
Inside again, on a balcony
From the balcony again
From the balcony again
The clouds clear momentarily...
The clouds clear momentarily...
...but once we're inside, they come back.
...but once we're inside, they come back.
The Mary bridge
The Mary bridge
The lake in the distance, through the snowstorm
The lake in the distance, through the snowstorm
The snowstorm clouds the view
The snowstorm clouds the view
Another castle in the distance
Another castle in the distance
The castle from the bridge
The castle from the bridge
In portrait
In portrait
A similar view
A similar view
The gorge beneath the bridge
The gorge beneath the bridge
Looking down
Looking down
More of the lake to the left of the castle
More of the lake to the left of the castle
Me by the castle
Me by the castle
Myself and Nigel
Myself and Nigel
Looking down the other side
Looking down the other side
Many people on the bridge
Many people on the bridge
The other castle, seen on the way down from Neuschwanstein
The other castle, seen on the way down from Neuschwanstein
A partly dry riverbed
A partly dry riverbed
Another street in Füssen
Another street in Füssen
The church
The church
Quaint buildings
Quaint buildings
Weird photo from the journey back
Weird photo from the journey back
A similar one
A similar one
Sunset
Sunset

Nuremberg

Nuremberg is a city in the north of Bavaria, and was my last stop in this part of Germany before heading north to Berlin. It was a very plesant city, though it looks a lot older than it really is due to post-war reconstruction. It is also home to the DB museum (the German Railway Museum), which I greatly enjoyed in the afternoon. The evening was the highlight though: I was hosted by a lovely German family who invited me into their home to enjoy German culture and food.

A large tower just over the road from the station
A large tower just over the road from the station
Looking into the old town
Looking into the old town
Along the city wall
Along the city wall
Looking over a drawbridge
Looking over a drawbridge
Walking through the town
Walking through the town
The first of many churches I found in the old town
The first of many churches I found in the old town
A nice square
A nice square
Looking along the river
Looking along the river
In the market
In the market
A strange monument
A strange monument
Another angle on the market
Another angle on the market
Another church, with a smoking building in front
Another church, with a smoking building in front
Looking down the street that leads to the castle
Looking down the street that leads to the castle
A first glance at the castle
A first glance at the castle
View from the castle court
View from the castle court
Another view from the castle court
Another view from the castle court
Inside the castle
Inside the castle
A view from the top of the tower
A view from the top of the tower
Looking over the city
Looking over the city
The castle tower nearby
The castle tower nearby
Many red roofs...
Many red roofs...
...with spires puncutring the skyline.
...with spires puncutring the skyline.
Tall, thin buildings
Tall, thin buildings
Part of the castle
Part of the castle
The castle entrance
The castle entrance
Green roofs of nearby churches
Green roofs of nearby churches
Walking back down from the castle
Walking back down from the castle
More nice architecture
More nice architecture
The railway station
The railway station

Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze

The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, so naturally I was keen to go up it. Unfortunately, despite the day starting with only slightly cloudy skies in Munich, over by the mountain conditions were somewhat worse! On the top of the mountain the visibility was close to zero, and it was snowing! About half way down, I discovered a beautiful frozen mountain lake, which more than made up for the lack of views right at the top.

On the train there
On the train there
The mountain train
The mountain train
In the valley
In the valley
A curious looking church
A curious looking church
The driver's view as we climbed
The driver's view as we climbed
Trees caked in snow
Trees caked in snow
A view of some distant but clouded hills
A view of some distant but clouded hills
Another view down into the mist
Another view down into the mist
On the top - little visibility, but someone was skiing!
On the top - little visibility, but someone was skiing!
The viewing terrace, minus the view
The viewing terrace, minus the view
You could still see the famous cross though
You could still see the famous cross though
The building at the peak
The building at the peak
A nice view from the cable car down
A nice view from the cable car down
A similar view, but more to the left
A similar view, but more to the left
Looking at where the cable car had come from
Looking at where the cable car had come from
On the shores of the frozen lake
On the shores of the frozen lake
Really smooth!
Really smooth!
All the places along the lake were closed
All the places along the lake were closed
Ice by the lake...
Ice by the lake...
...you had to be careful not to slip!
...you had to be careful not to slip!
A little inlet, frozen over
A little inlet, frozen over
People tossed stones onto the ice, but they didn't go through
People tossed stones onto the ice, but they didn't go through
A hotel near the lake
A hotel near the lake
The clouds broke for a few moments
The clouds broke for a few moments
Lots of people weren't into throwing stones
Lots of people weren't into throwing stones
Another less cloudy shot
Another less cloudy shot
Looking further round
Looking further round
One of me by the lake
One of me by the lake
Lots of slippery ice
Lots of slippery ice
A view on the walk around
A view on the walk around
The path through the lakeside forest - free of snow
The path through the lakeside forest - free of snow
A tree's roots are exposed
A tree's roots are exposed
Snowy rocks by the lakeside
Snowy rocks by the lakeside
A tiny lake by the main one
A tiny lake by the main one
Pretty...
Pretty...
...really pretty.
...really pretty.
The tiny lake through the trees
The tiny lake through the trees
On the shores again
On the shores again

Looking at the mountains
Looking at the mountains
Another shot of the small lake on the way back
Another shot of the small lake on the way back
Snow lines the path
Snow lines the path
The mountains
The mountains
On the way down
On the way down
Back at the bottom
Back at the bottom
The train waits for its next trip
The train waits for its next trip
The main station of the town
The main station of the town
My train home arrives
My train home arrives
Leaving the mountains behind
Leaving the mountains behind
A nice church I saw on the way
A nice church I saw on the way

Berlin

I visited Berlin on a gloomy day, and found many parts of the city could match the gloom of the weather pretty well. I came away with an impression of a city that in places had been wonderfully reconstructed, but in others was still waiting to be "done up". There are some sights worth seeing though - the Holocaust memorial is really curious to walk through, and on a clearer day the views from the TV tower would have been better. They were still pretty good as it was.

The sky darkens near the end of the day
The sky darkens near the end of the day
The TV tower points up to the moon
The TV tower points up to the moon
Looking at one of the many museums
Looking at one of the many museums
The Brandenburg gate
The Brandenburg gate
After walking through the gate
After walking through the gate
At the German "parliament" building
At the German "parliament" building
A church tower near to the TV tower
A church tower near to the TV tower
The city viewed from the TV tower
The city viewed from the TV tower
Thousands of buildings
Thousands of buildings
Looking towards the river...
Looking towards the river...
...and further around.
...and further around.
Notice the smoking factory in the distance
Notice the smoking factory in the distance
Railways in the foreground
Railways in the foreground
The tower from below
The tower from below
An ICE passes through a station
An ICE passes through a station
One of the S-Bahn trains
One of the S-Bahn trains

Hannover

This is the most pretty of the places that I visited in the north of Germany. The weather was beautiful, and the views accross the lake to the new town hall are stunning. Apparently you can go up in a lift for views over the city there too, though I didn't get chance to do this. A great excuse to go back again!

The main station
The main station
The opera house, I think
The opera house, I think
One of the many streets in the town center
One of the many streets in the town center
The market church (because it's in the market square)
The market church (because it's in the market square)
A rather reflective glass building
A rather reflective glass building
The opera house
The opera house
A church that got bombed in the war
A church that got bombed in the war
The church tower
The church tower
Looking from inside the tower
Looking from inside the tower
The new town hall
The new town hall
The lake in front of the new town hall
The lake in front of the new town hall
Lots of ducks
Lots of ducks
Walking around the lake
Walking around the lake
The hall accross the lake
The hall accross the lake
The same in portrait
The same in portrait
Almost directly accross from the new town hall
Almost directly accross from the new town hall
Wonderful reflection!
Wonderful reflection!
Another smaller pond
Another smaller pond
Reflections near and far
Reflections near and far
Looking accross the lake to another large building
Looking accross the lake to another large building
Along the river
Along the river
Another one of the river
Another one of the river
The river does a kind of "T" thing...
The river does a kind of "T" thing...
...it appears to be dammed here.
...it appears to be dammed here.
Looking back
Looking back
A curious castle by the river
A curious castle by the river
Castle and a distant church
Castle and a distant church
Quaint old buildings
Quaint old buildings
A church in the distance
A church in the distance

Cologne

I stopped off at Cologne on my way from Hannover to Arnhem. I had a few hours there, in which I needed to find lunch - a pretty easy task as there's loads of places. I spent way too long in Saturn, which had a huge music selection, but then forced myself to leave and went to enjoy some of the sights of the city. The Rhine is a really big river and took quite some time to cross - the reason that I nearly missed the train I'd planned to catch to Arnhem! It was worth the final dash, though.

A church right next to the train station
A church right next to the train station
Another church further away
Another church further away
The cathedral
The cathedral
It's *really* big
It's *really* big
Looking out over the river Rhine
Looking out over the river Rhine
Trains cross the railway bridge
Trains cross the railway bridge
Colourful buildings dwarfed by the chathedral
Colourful buildings dwarfed by the chathedral
Along the river side
Along the river side

A view from a bridge
A view from a bridge
Looking further down the river
Looking further down the river
The cathedral up close
The cathedral up close
Looking from one bridge to another
Looking from one bridge to another
A more distant shot...
A more distant shot...
...this time with both bridges in.
...this time with both bridges in.
Over the other side of the bridge...
Over the other side of the bridge...
...a moody sky.
...a moody sky.
A fork in the river
A fork in the river
Houses and boats
Houses and boats
A closer shot of the fork
A closer shot of the fork
A random statue
A random statue

Thanks!

A lot of people made the difference between my time in Germany being good and being amazing. I'm sure I'll miss someone off the list, but thanks to: Jeurgen Christoffel for inviting me to the German Perl Workshop and helping me with arrangements in Munich, every person at the conference that I encountered in whatever way, Richard Lippman and his wonderful family for providing me with a great evening's dinner and entertainment and a place to sleep for the night - it was a real privilege to stay with a German family, Detlev Hauschildt for taking the time to show me around many exciting places in Berlin, Sven Neuhaus and Wolfgang for inviting me to speak at the first meeting of Hannover.pm and Sven for inviting me to stay in Hannover for the evening with his family. It was a great time - thanks!


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