Wiblingen Monastery Kloster Wiblingen Wiblingen Abbey Wiblingen Convent

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Wiblingen, founded in 1093, underwent the same fate as all other medieval monasteries in Germany, when it was radically remodeled in the 18th century. The result was an architectural ensemble of impressive dimensions in the baroque style. The abbey church, completed in 1781, is a rare example in Upper Swabia of neoclassical interior design, seeking […]

The Weimar Palace

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The Palace of in Weimar, sometimes called the Residenzschloss ( “Palace Residence” or “Dukes Residence”) and sometimes the Stadtschloss (“City Palace”), was once the principal residence of the Ernestine line of the House of Wettin in their Thuringian territories, or to put it another way, was the seat of the Dukes of Saxe-Weimar.  The palace’s construction underwent a turbulent history […]

Johannisburg Palace

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Schloss Johannisburg Castle – Aschaffenburg The palace in Aschaffenburg, built from 1605 to 1614 in red sandstone by a master mason from Strasbourg, Georg Ridinger, is one of Germany’s grandest Renaissance palace complexes. Until 1803 it served as a second official residence for the Archbishops and Electors of Mainz. It was named Johannisburg after John […]

Alpirsbach Monastery

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Nestling in the valley of the Kinzig River, deep in the northern Black Forest, is Alpirsbach.  The center of this little town is an imposing arrangement of red sandstone buildings, the mason’s testimony to bygone eras.  These walls tell the story of great medieval piety, the political and social upheaval of the Reformation, when the […]