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Fortress Marienberg (Wurzburg, Germany)


Castle Marionburg, Germany

Fortress Marienberg / Castle Marionburg
http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/objects/wu_fest.htm
* Festung Marienberg * Nr. 239 * 97082 Würzburg * Telephone (09 31) 3 55 17-50 *
Festung Marienberg is a humongous fortress along the Main river in Wurzburg, Germany. A fort since ancient times, it is one of the most prominent landmarks along the Main. Originally a Celtic settlement and shelter, the Marienkirche was built in 704 AD and by the 13th century was surrounded by its first fortifications. By 1492 the main castle was encircled by a medieval ring wall with the Scherenberg gate. In May of 1525 the Peasant’s War attempted unsuccessfully to sieze the castle – with 15,000 men failing. Their leader Florian Geyer went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in early June to procure the heavy guns needed to breach these walls while the leaderless peasant army camped around the castle and thereby outflaked by the bishop’s professional army. More than 8,000 were slaughtered or blinded. In 1600 Julius Echter rebuilt the fortress into a Renaissance palace. Continue reading Fortress Marienberg (Wurzburg, Germany)

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Wurzburg, Germany


Entering Wurzburg

Wurzburg, Germany
Wurzburg is a Franconia city in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the Main River approximately 120 kms from Frankfurt and Nuremberg by road and it is a center for culture, exports, trade, and commerce. It is the capital of the Regierungsbezirk Unterfranken. It is a German speaking city with the regional dialect as Franconian. The city itself is not included in the district of Wurzburg but is its administrative seat and holds a population of roughly 131,320 (2006 census). Wurzburg started as a Celtic fortification in 1000 BC where the Castle Marienberg now stands. As it was Christianized in 686 by Kilian, Colman, and Totnan; a group of Irish missionaries wanting to convert the area. First called Vurteburch in 704, the first diocese was founded by Saint Boniface in 742 who appointed Saint Burkhard as the first bishop of Wurzburg. The bishops created a duchy in the center of the city which extended throughout the 12th century to Eastern Franconia. Wurzburg became the seat of several Imperial diets, including the one of 1180, in which Henry the Lion was banned from the Empire and his duchy was handed over to Otto of Wittelsbach. [wikipedia] In 788, the first church was built and became the present Würzburg Cathedral and was later consecrated that same year by Charlemagne. It was converted to Romanesque style from 1040 to 1225. Wurzburg is also home to the infamous University: The University of Würzburg, which was founded in 1402 and re-founded in 1582.

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 12, Part B (4/6) – Wurzburg and Castle Marionburg, Return to Dusseldorf

Part B


View of Castle Marionburg from the bridge in Wurzburg

Monday, 6 April 2009
Wurzburg, Germany

The adventurers made it to Wurzburg. Wandering around the streets and exploring the artistic architecture, statues, and sights. The adventurers were in awe of what a beautiful city Wurzburg is. Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Vanssa, and Princess Brea crossed the bridge with all the statues to see how far a walk it would be to make it to the Castle on foot. Deciding against it, they opted for a scenic walk along the waterfront and over to the Tourist Information center. Soon thereafter, Lord Christian picked the group up in his motor-carriage and drove them up to the Castle. There they explored the still used interiors, walls, towers, and well. A key was held in the hand of a Saint and the other who may have held one, was missing the arm that would of held the missing key. Could this be the heavily sought after “Key?” to “Life”? Was the key in the hands of this other statue and cut off by someone who wanted “the sacred key of life”? Bedazzled and confused, the adventurers continued on as Sir Thomas Leaf believed a mighty Troll may have taken the Key to Belgium. Omens and prophecies said the key would be there. Being a reknown diviner – faith was planted to follow his intuition. After the castle, it was a couple hour drive to Dusseldorf. The party dropped by Sir Ingo the Great’s for some tea and cake, then Lady Vanessa lured Princess Breanna and Sir Thomas Leaf off for some Lebanese fast food. That evening they took it easy and settled down to a movie satisfied with their adventure.

 
The statues at Castle Marionburg, one holding a key, the other perhaps had the missing key

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Frog Fences and Frog Crossings ….


Frog fence along the highway between Ansbach and Wurzburg, Germany

Frog Fences
Germany is one of the few countries in the world that has become pro-active in protecting its frog populations. In areas heavily populated by frogs, fences are set up along the roads to prevent the little hoppers from getting flattened by cars. They are either re-directed to go through a tunnel underneath the roadway or are caught in the fences where it is rumored volunteers go collect them and move them across the roadway (I couldn’t find proof to that statement). There are even frog crossing warning signs in Bavaria. Apparently Vermont, in the United States also Incorporates Frog Fences along their highways. But not all of Bavaria is pro-active. A Bus driver is suspended for saving two toads crossing the road. Now I see where the video game “Frogger” comes from. Here’s a cute independent film called Frog Crossing (if embedding below doesn’t work).

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 12, Part A (4/6) – Lord Christian’s Farm, Leaving Ansbach

Part A


Leaving Christian’s Family’s Farm

Monday, 6 April 2009
Ansbach, Germany

Rustled up by Lord Christian the explorers got their gear together and departed the farm. Today was the road trip to Wurzburg and the Castle Marionburg to accomplish the quest for the sacred key. Sir Thomas Leaf having some revelations overnight is realizing insight about the key and to stop looking for it buried in crypts, tombs, dungeons, and ancient ruins. But that it may exist in more ethereal form in the beauty of aspirations of life. So the quest begins to change as they begin the search for the key above ground to discover the mystery it beholds. Perhaps there is a gatekeeper to a secret world where this mystery lieth.

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Club-Mate (Germany)



Club Mate
While in Ansbach had the privelege to try a friend’s favorite beverage called “Club Mate”. I don’t think its available in my part of the United States yet, but I look forward to its arrival. Club-Mate is a caffeinated carbonated Mate-extract beverage made by the Loscher Brewery near Münchsteinach, Germany and is apparently extremely popular in Germany-speaking Europe’s Hacker scene because of its high caffeine content. First well known in the Berlin club scene during the 90s as an alternative to the more expensive energy drinks like Red Bull. They made special drinks at the Clubs in Berlin called Vodka-Mate and Chunk (combination of Rum and Club-Mate). It was originally formulated by Geola beverages of Dietenhofen, Germany and marketed Club-Mate under the name Sekt-Bronte. High in Caffeine (20 mg per 100 ml) and low in sugar content compared to other beverages of the energy drink persuasion. It’s available in 0.33 and 0.5 liter bottles. As a special holiday brew called “Winter Edition” in December 2007, they made a limited-edition of the original formula mixed with cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, and citrus extract which was very popular. Due to is astringent flavor, low sugar content, high Catechin and Flavonoid contents it has an unusual acquired taste that the manufacturer won’t deny, in fact they made the drink motto: “Man gewöhnt sich daran” translates roughly as “One gets used to it!”. Club-Mate contains: Water, Inverted sugar syrup, Sugar, Mate Tea Extract, Citric Acid, Caffeine, Natural Flavors, Caramel Color, Carbonic Acid. Club-Mate is available throughout Germany and is growing in popularity and availability in Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands. Recently (2008) Club-Mate made a USA site called club-mate.us and was recently registered with announcements of its initial US availability at 2600 magazine’s The Last Hope conference in New York. [ more information: Wikipedia ].

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Ansbacher Markgrafengruft (Ansbach, Germany)


Cathedral, Ansbach, Germany

Ansbacher Markgrafengruft
Ansbach, Germany

Underneath the Gumbertuskirche is a crypt called the Grablege der Markgrafen or Ansbacher Markgrafengruft. Here some very important people are buried, with their caskets/coffins available for you to view during set hours with a custodian present to tell you the histories. The Solms-Laubach: Sophie (1594-1651) – spouse of Joachim Ernst (1583-1625) of Brandenburg-Ansbach; Sophia Margaretha (1634-1664) Oettingen – the 2nd spouse of Albrecht V [7]; Henriette Louise (1623-1650) – Württemberg, 1st spouse of Albrecht V [7]; The following of the Brandenburg-Ansbach: Albertina Louise (1646-1670), Sophia Elisabeth (1643-1643), Friedrich August (1685-1685), Charlotte Sophie (1679-1680), Albrecht Ernst (1659-1674), Johann Friedrich (1654-1686), Leopold Friedrich (1674-1676), Friedrich Karl (1715-1716), Eleonore Wilhelmine Charlotte (1714-1714), Carl Wilhelm Friedrich (1712-1757), Carl Friedrich August (1733-1737), Carl Albrecht (1675-1692), Wilhelm Friedrich (1686-1723), Sophia Amalia (1649-1649), Georg Friedrich (1678-1703), Louise Sophie (1652-1668), Albrecht V (1620-1667); The Baden Durlach Family: Johanna Elisabeth (1651-1680) – 1e spouse of Johann Friedrich [14]; The Wurrtemberg Dukes Family: Maximilian Emanuel (heart) (1694-1729), Christiane Charlotte (1694-1729) – spouse of Wilhelm Friedrich [4], ; The Kings of Prussia: Friederike Luise (1714-1784), ; The Saxe-Coburg-Gothal Family: Friederike Caroline (1735-1791). They ask for a Euro donation for the opening viewing, students are free. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Ansbach, Germany


Ansbach, Germany

Ansbach, Germany
www.ansbach.de
Ansbach or Anspach is a town of roughly 40,512 people in the Bavarian state of Germany (census 2004). It was originally called Onolzbach. It serves as the capital of the administrative region of Middle Franconia. 25 miles southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles north of Munich, Ansbach has been an important center for Franconia and Bavaria. It resides on the Frankische Rezat, a tributary of the Main river. Ansbach started out as a Benedictine monastery in 748 by Gumbertus (a Franconian noble) who was later canonized. Centuries later, the monastery and its adjoining village called Onolzbach populated into the town that is now “Ansbach” (1221 AD). The counts of Oettigen ruled there until the Hohenzollern burgraves of Nuremberg took over in 1331 making the seat of their dynasty there until they acquired the Margraviate of Brandenburg in 1415. With the death of Frederick I (Elector of Brandenburg) in 1440, the Franconian cadet branch of the family was not politically united with the main Brandenburg line remaining independent as “Brandenburg-Ansbach”. Continue reading Ansbach, Germany

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The Ansbach Residence (Ansbach, Germany)


Ansbach Residence, Ansbach, Germany

Ansbach Residence, Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany
* Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung Ansbach * Promenade 27 · 91522 Ansbach * Tel. (09 81) 95 38 39 -0 · Fax (09 81) 95 38 39 -40 * sgvansbach@bsv.bayern.de *
RESIDENCE AND COURT GARDEN OF THE MARGRAVES OF ANSBACH
OPENING TIMES OF THE RESIDENCE: April – September: 9am – 6pm; October – March: 10am – 4pm; Closed Mondays. The palace can only be visited by participating in a guided tour. Tours (ca. 50 minutes) take place every hour until 5pm in the summer and until 3pm in the winter.
The Residence of the Margraves of Ansbach were under reconstruction and revitalization while we visited, so unfortunately couldn’t take a very good look at the exterior of this palace since the scaffolding was blocking the view. We did however take the 50-minute guided tour into the interior, no photographs were permitted, and the guided tour was in German. Luckily I had the pleasure of a best friend accompanying me and giving me the translations, as well as a english guide i could read while touring. Great history and phenomenal art within. I was quite impressed. According to the brochure: “The Residence of Ansbach originated as a medieval complex. The large Gothic Hall with its ribbed vault, in which the largest collection of faience and porcelain from the former Ansbach Manufactory is now on display, was built in around 1400. The medieval complex was redesigned as a modern residence between 1705 and 1730.
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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 11, Part C (4/5) – Lord Christian’s Farm, Ansbach, the Palace …

Part C


Keys in the mural decoration

Sunday, 5 April 2009
Ansbach, Germany

From the Veste Lichtenau, the weary travellers headed over to Ansbach. It was quickly discovered that “Sir Christian” was indeed not just a knightly “Sir” but rather a “Lord” as we soon met his family and their estate. A new family member recently born joined the clan … the cutest ever four-ling. After greetings and a little nap … the travellers headed to the legendary roaming grounds of Kaspar Hauser. Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Vanessa parted from exhausted Princess Brea and Lord Christian after a nice tea-cap at Lord Christians’ favorite cafe to have a uniquely German drink called club-Mate that is popular amongst German hackers; and went to the Palace for a tour of the royal interior and furnishings. Afterwards, a tour of dead in the basement of the local cathedral, in search for the sacred key. More clues were revealed, in the epitaphs/seals/ and murals revealing directions to the key they seek.


Emblem seal with keys

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Veste Lichtenau (Castle Lichtenau)

Veste Lichtenau (Castle Lichtenau)
Staatsarchiv Nürnberg * Von-Heydeck-Strasse 3 * 91586 Lichtenau * Tel. 09827/92790
Along the Castle road, down in Bavaria, lies an impressive fortress that now holds the state archives of Nurnberg. This is “Veste Lichtenau”. Massive walls with formidable towers, this fortress served as the model for the Nuremberg Castle and reminds us that times were not peaceful in this area of old. This fortress existed between 1406-1806 (four hundred years of operation) protecting the small market towns that were owned by the free imperial city of Nuremberg. Afterwards, it held the cities history to this day. The feuds between the margraves of Ansbach and the Town Council of the free imperial city of Nuremberg were abundant, and eventually destroyed this fortress and market in 1229 and 1552. Afterwards it was rebuilt. The complex was built from 1558 to 1630 and was not substantially changed in the following years and the moat and enclosing walls are prominent and well preserved to this day. The bastions project outwards and are located at the corners of the polygon: the bear, the stag, the virgin battery, the dragon battery and the bell battery. A branch office of the State Archive of Nuremberg has been housed in Lichtenau Fortress for over 20 years. Because of this, it is only possible to view the castle complex by prior arrangement with the State Archive of Nuremberg, branch office Lichtenau. The exterior of the castle is fully accessible during the day. The “Castle Festival” takes place on the first weekend in July each year.


Veste Lichtenau, Germany

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Lichtenau, Germany


Lichtenau, Germany

Lichtenau, Bavaria, Germany
A small village/town of roughly 3,780 population just off the infamous “Castle Road” theme route of Southern Germany. Its a small market town in the district of Ansbach, Mittelfranken, Bavaria, Germany. 390 meters above Sea Level with an Area of 41.39 km² (16 sq mi). Very traditional little town, it is also home to the “Veste Lichtenau” (castle) which now houses the Nuremberg Archives.
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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 11, Part B (4/5) – ‘Palmbosch’n’, Lichtenau and Castles

Part B

Sunday, 5 April 2009
Nürnberg, Germany

The adventurers had a chance to sleep in a little bit … up and out by 11:00 am. The crew met with the gamer group out on the back patio and it was decided that before parting ways, breakfast at a local cafe waa in order. Packing up their luggage and a short drive into town, hanging out at a cafe for chocolate croissants and breakfast goodies. After social calls, the parties went their separate ways … Sir Thomas Leaf, Sir Christian, Lady Vanessa of the Rhine, and Princess Brea headed off to Christian’s hometown of Ansbach. It was a few hour drive … but allowed for a quick road stop at a Castle along the way. Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Vanessa took a walk around the castle to bask in its glory. No signs of keys, though. Home of the Nuremberg Archives.

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Nürnberg, Germany

Nuremberg is located on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. It is in the heart of the Franconia / Bavaria state of Germany. It is Franconia’s largest city and is located 170 km’s north of Munich. In 2006, it’s population was 500,132. It is located 302 meters above sea level. Nuremberg saw great expansion from 1050-1571 because it was located on one of the key trade routes for the region and thereby was referred to as the “unofficial capital” of the Holy Roman Emperor as often royal meetings took place at the Nuremberg Castle. In 1219 it became a Imperial Free City under Emperor Frederick II and was popular as one of the two great trade centers on the route from Italy to Northern Europe. 1298 saw a horrible massacre (one of several in the Rintfleisch Massacres) of the Jewish population as they were accused of having desecrated the host with a hidden agenda to combine the northern and southern parts of the city which were divided by the Pegnitz River – and since the Jews settled there, this was one of the means the city had of getting rid of them. The area is now the City Market, Frauenkirche, and the City Hall (Rathaus). From the 15th-16th centuries, the German Renaissance flowered in this center. Then in 1525, the Protestant Reformation took influence in the area, and in 1532 the religious Peace of Nuremberg was signed here. The Thirty Year’s War did its damage in 1632 and declined thereafter until recovery in the 19th century as it grew into an industrial center. Because of the bankruptcy after the war, Nuremberg was given to Bavaria who took over the debts and guaranteed amortization. Eventually Nazi Germany landed here. Because of its former relevance to the Holy Roman Empire, the Nazi Party chose the city to be the location for the huge Nazi Party conventions – the Nuremberg Rallies that were held from 1927-1938. When Hitler rose to power in 1933, the rallies became huge state propaganda events and Nuremberg became a center of Nazi ideals. It was here that Hitler ordered the Reichstag to convene at Nuremberg to pass anti-Semitic Law to revoke German citizenship for all Jews. Today there still remains many examples of Nazi architecture. With WWII, Nuremberg became the headquarters of Wehrkreis (military district) XIII and an important site for the production of airplanes, submarines, and tanks. Continue reading Nürnberg, Germany

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Lady of the Rhine, Sect 2: Chapter 10, Part B – Nürnberg: Graveyards, Gamers, and Drinking

Part B

Saturday, 4 April 2009
Nürnberg, Germany

From the Nibulengenmuseum, a brief hike back to Lady Vanessa’s motor-carriage, with a pit stop at at the fish stop and bakery for some travel munchies, the adventurers were on their way to Nürnberg to meet up with Lady Vanessa’s and Sir Christian’s gathering of friends who periodically meet up in a regional city to network on a online RPG game in German they all play together. A few hours later and the delvers arrived in Nürnberg ….

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