Munich Orientation and Munich Residence

Munich skyline

Munich, capital of Bavaria and Germany's 3rd-largest city (metro 6 million)

Munich's Olympic Park

Munich's Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Summer Olympics

Munich's Olympic Park

Olympic Park is still an integral part of the life of Munich (München)

Konigsplatz, Munich

Konigsplatz (Königsplatz), created at the command of Crown Prince Ludwig

Munich's Ludwigstrasse

Munich's Ludwigstrasse, Residence, Odeonsplatz, and Theatine Church (L-R)

Munich's National Theatre

Munich's opera house, the National Theatre

Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz is Munich's central square, dominated by the Rathaus (city hall).

Munich Residence

Munich Residence, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs

The Hall of Antiquities, Munich Residence

The Hall of Antiquities, largest Renaissance hall north of the Alps

Court Chapel, Munich Residence

The Court Chapel of the Munich Residence, added between 1612 and 1617

Ancestral Gallery, Munich Residence

The Ancestral Gallery, added between 1726 and 1731

Munich Residence Treasury

Royal regalia of Bavaria (1804) in the Munich Residence Treasury

Prague and Prague Castle

Charles Bridge, Prague

The Charles Bridge across the Vltava River, built over about 50 years from 1357.

Prague's Old Town Square

Prague's Old Town Square, dominated by the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

Interior of Tyn Church, Prague

Interior of Tyn Church, begun in the 14th century and completed in 1511

Prague's Astronomical Clock

The amazing Astronomical Clock on the Old Town City Hall, built from 1410 to 1490

Powder Gate, Prague

Powder Gate, guarding the gateway to Old Town, this rebuild begun in 1475

Prague Castle

The massive Prague Castle, the world's largest, really a city within a city

Prague Castle main gates

Prague Castle's main gates, with the 1614 Baroque Mattias Gate inside

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Prague Castle's St. Vitus Cathedral, most important place of worship in Bohemia

Czech Republic: Hluboka and Casky Krumlov

Hluboka Castle

Hluboka Castle, re-constructed during the 19th century in Romantic style

Hluboka Castle

An early Gothic castle was built on the Hluboka Castle site around 1250.

Cesky Krumlov

Construction of the  castle at Cesky Krumlov began in the late 13th century

Cesky Krumlov

The entire town of Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cesky Krumlov was built at a ford in the Vltava River, an important trade route

Krumlov Castle

Krumlov Castle, towering over the Vltava, is one of the largest in central Europe

Krumlov Castle

Krumlov Castle consists of 40 buildings and palaces around 5 castle courtyards

St. Vitus Church, Cesky Krumlov

St. Vitus is a Gothic church in the castle dating back to the 15th century

Vienna and its Schönbrunn Palace


Vienna's Hofburg Imperial Palace was the home of the Hapsburg dynasty

Austrian Parliament Building

The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna, built between 1874 and 1883

Vienna State Opera House

Vienna State Opera House, home of the world-famous State opera company

Vienna City Hall

Celebrations in front of Vienna's Rathaus (City Hall), built 1872 - 1883

t. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral in central Vienna, on the site of an 1147 parish church

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace evolved over centuries from a hunting lodge begin in 1696

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Queen Maria Theresa made Schönbrunn the imperial summer residence

Neptune Fountain, Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

The Neptune Fountain, one element of Maria Theresa's gardens and park plan

Schonbrunn Palace gardens

The 18th century gardens are used for current day concerts and celebrations

Gloriette, Schonbrunn Palace

The Gloriette crowns a 60m / 200 ft hill overlooking the Palace and Vienna

Tiergarten, Schonbrunn Palace

Maria Theresa's Tiergarten first opened in 1752, and is the world's oldest zoo.

Palm House pavilions, Schonbrunn

The Palm House pavilions with temperate and tropical sections, added in 1881-82

Austria: Salzburg and Innsbruck

Salzburg skyline

Salzburg has one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps.

Mirabell Palace, Salzburg

Mirabell Palace, built by a Prince Bishop in 1606 for his mistress

Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg

Mozart was born in a home on Getreidegasse and raised in Salzburg

Salzburg Cathedral

17th century baroque Salzburg Cathedral was the site of Mozart's baptism

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg, on Festungsberg hill, can now be reached by funicular.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

The fortress, begun in 1077, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Its hilltop location gave the fortress a view (and control) of a wide region.

Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

Hellbrunn Palace, built in 1613-19 by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg

Hellbrunn Palace trick fountains

Hellbrunn is famous for its extensive trick fountains and "watergames".

Innsbruck pedestrian district

Innsbruck's older pedestrian district, with the Alps in the background

Golden Roof, Innsbruck

The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) was built in 1500.

Golden Roof, Innsbruck

It consists of 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles.

St. Jakob Cathedral, Innsbruck

Interior of the St. Jakob Cathedral, converted from Gothic to Baroque 1717-24.

Landestheater, Innsbruck

The 1654 Landestheater was converted into Classical style between 1844 and 1846.

Tyrolean dinner show, Innsbruck

Traditional Tyrolean entertainment at an Innsbruck dinner show

Tyrolean landscape

The view at a rest stop between Innsbruck and Munich