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Bill's Trip to Germany and Austria

Pictures from Bill Cornwell's Summer 2008 trip to Germany and Austria.

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    A welcome to the center of Munich--This is Karlsplatz, which leads to the city center via pedstrian-only Neuhauserstasse.
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    This is the bell tower of Munich City Hall on the main square, Marienplatz. Three times daily, chimes ring in this tower and characters facing the square move.
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    This is the interior of the world's greatest beer hall, the Hofbrauhaus of Munchen!
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    A site of both triumph and tragedy--the grounds of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
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    A treat for car lovers everywhere--world headquarters of BMW in Munich, across the highway from the Olympic Park.
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    This is how a large and heavily used European train station looks. This is the main station or Hauptbahnhof in Munich, where I took a train to Salzburg, Austria.
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    These are the towers of Munich's cathedral, the Church of Our Lady, formerly the home church of the current Pope Benedict when he was Munich's archbishop.
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    I can't believe I drank the whole thing---This is me about halfway through a Dunkel Masse--a big dark beer--at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.
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    In true Bavarian fashion, there was a band playing "oom-pah" favorites at the Hofbrauhaus
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    This is another view of Munich's pedestrian and shopping stretch, Neuhaserstrasse. No Cars!
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    There are lots of Mickey D's in Munich, but you notice on the right that they've tried to upgrade their image by offering a separate coffee and ice cream shop.
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    We've now moved onto lovely Salzburg, Austria. This is another pedestrian-only street, Linzergasse, which has lots of shops and restaurants and leads down to the Salzach River which divides the new and old sections of Salzburg.
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    This is the first of some shots for you "Sound of Music" fans. This is the lane near Hellbrun Palace outside of Salzburg, the spot where they filmed Julie Andews skipping down the way and singing "I Have Confidence".
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    This is the favorite mountain of the real Maria Von Trapp--the Untersberg. Apparently, Maria was a "tomboy" and enjoyed hiking on this mountain, even while she was training as a nun.
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    You are seeing Leopoldskron Palace, which was the movie "home" of the Von Trapp family. It is located just outside of Salzburg. It was one of two homes where exterior shots were made for the movie--the other was Hellbrunn Palace.
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    This is the nave of the beautiful parish church of St. Michael's in Mondsee, about 20 miles east of Salzburg. This is where the marriage scene was filmed between Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in "The Sound of Music".
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    This is a world-famous historic site in Salzburg--Wolfgang Mozart was born and spent his early years on the 4th floor of this building in Salzburg's Old City. It was a small space and Wolfgang's nursery was actually a storage room. A humble beginning for a world-renowened genius!
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    After Mozart became famous and the family's fortunes improved, they moved across the Salzach River into the second floor of this large building, known as the Dancing Master's Hall. Besides doing concerts in a large room here, Wolfgang's father, Leopold, had a piano showroom.
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    This is a statue of Mozart in the Old City Salzburg squre known as Mozartplatz, near several historic buildings including the city cathedral and the palace of the city's rulers under the Holy Roman Empire--Prince Archbishops.
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    Here is a beautiful garden near Mozart's home in Salzburg's new section--the Mirabell Garden. This was part of a summer palace complex for the Prince Archbishops.
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    We move to our final stop of the tour--Vienna. You are looking at the front of the grand summer home of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Schonbrunn Palace, which features a massive rear garden and even a zoo. This palace was built during the reign of Maria Theresa in the 18th Century. She was the mother of Marie Antoinette.
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    You can see the massive size of the garden in the back of Schonbrunn Palace in this picture. At the top of the hill is a decorative touch known as the "Gloriette" colonnade.
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    A world-famous site for Opera fans world wide! This is the entrance to the Staatsoper or the Opera House, one of the world's great venues for this technical difficult genre of music.
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    As in Munich and Salzburg, there is a pedestrian-only street in Vienna. It is called Kartnerstrasse and is filled with stores and food stands called "Wurstels" where you can buy a Weinerwurst, a tasty sausage and a cold beer and enjoy a fresh-air lunch.
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    This is the plaza and massive bell tower to Vienna's massive cathedral, St. Stephen, of which parts were built in the mid-12th Century. The cathedral is massive inside and filled with many individual chapels.