Leopold-Franzens-Universität, Innsbruck

University of Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria.
The University of Innsbruck is western Austria's largest institution of higher education and research and serves as the home university for Tyrol, Vorarlberg, South Tyrol and Liechtenstein. The University of Innsbruck is one of Austria's oldest universities. Its history goes back to the year 1562, when a Jesuit secondary school was founded in Innsbruck. Emperor Leopold I established the university in 1669. Today 16 faculties offer more than 120 study programs.
Source text www.topuniversities.com
The main building of the University of Innsbruck, Christoph-Probst-Platz
University Library
Monument of Christoph Hermann Probst, Innrain Innsbruck
Christoph Hermann Probst (1918-1943) was a German student of medicine and a member of the White Rose (Weiße Rose) resistance group.
University of Innsbruck. The new university campus. GEIWI-Turm
Fot. Wojciech Gatz.

Mittenwald: Matthias Klotz und Geigenbaumuseum

The famous violin maker Matthias Klotz, was baptized on June 11, 1653 in Mittenwald´s St. Peter and Paul Catholic church, South Bavaria, Germany.

A bronze statue of Klotz, in tribute as a violin making of Mittenwald, stands in front of Mittenwald's landmark St. Peter and Paul's Church at the mouth of the narrow street leading to the Violin-Making Museum (Geigenbaumuseum).

Son of Urban Klotz (Vrbanus Cloz, 1627–1691), a tailor and his wife Sophia (?-1681). He died in Mittenwald at age 90 on August 16, 1743 as a highly respected man – in Mittenwald documents he was repeatedly described as a world renown lute and violin maker – and is buried in the cemetery of the St. Nikolaus Church.
The Geigen Museum, Mittenwald Ballenhausgasse 3
Mathias Klotz became interested in music and instruments at early childhood. At the age of 12 in the years 1672 - 1678 took apprenticeship with master Giovanni Railich (Johann Railich), an Italian lute maker at Bottega di Lautaro al Santo in Padua, Italy. In 1683 Klotz, a skilled lute and violin maker returned prosperous to Mittenwald and established his own workshop. Matthias Klotz did not really build his instruments according to the classical Italian style but rather made them similar to those of masters from Fussen (a town in Bavaria) and Swabian (Southern Germany). Certain elements of his violins reflect the style of the Tyrolean master luthier Jacob Stainer.
Geigenbaumuseum in Mittenwald, Bavaria
The museum, situated in a beautiful square near the parish church, pays tribute to one of the oldest industries of Mittenwald - making violins, of which even Mozart possessed an example!
Window of Geigenbaumuseum in Mittenwald, Bavaria
The rooms are well set out so that you can view these ancient and not-so-ancient string instruments from all angles; there is a room furnished like a workshop of 100 years ago. The best part was the old films that were shown, the oldest being from 1924. 
Source text: Wikipedia, www.tripadvisor.com

Mittenwald - Luftlmalerei

Mittenwald Bavaria: Lüftlmalerei - paintings in the air
The frescoes are known as luftlmalerei (literally, paintings in the air) and have their roots in the works of the Italian Renaissance masters, but in Mittenwald and the nearby Bavarian villages of Oberammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (also Tyrol), the style is patterned after the Baroque frescoes inside the churches of southern Germany.
House where Goethe lived. He came to Mittenwald in the year 1786. 
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Luftlmalerei Mittenwald Bavaria
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House facade with Typical Luftmalerei in Mittenwald Bavaria
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Nymphenburg Palace In Munich

The Nymphenburg Palace (German: Schloss Nymphenburg), is a Baroque palace in Munich, Bavaria, southern Germany. The palace is the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. Nymphenburg is one of the best examples in Europe of a synthesis of the arts.
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The palace was commissioned by the prince-electoral couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to the designs of the Italian architect Agostino Barelli in 1664 after the birth of their son Maximilian II Emanuel. The central pavilion was completed in 1675. As a building material served limestone from Kelheim. The castle was gradually expanded and transformed over the years.
Starting in 1701, Max Emanuel, the heir to Bavaria, a sovereign electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, undertook a systematic extension of the palace.
With the Treaty of Nymphenburg signed in July 1741, Charles Albert allied with France and Spain against Austria. Two of the latter's children were born here: Maria Antonia (future Electress of Saxony) in 1724 and Maria Anna Josepha (future Margravine of Baden-Baden) in 1734.

For a long time, the palace was the favourite summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. King Max I Joseph died there in 1825, and his great-grandson King Ludwig II was born there in 1845. In 1863 the only meeting between Ludwig and Otto von Bismarck was held in Nymphenburg, who remained connected to him in a lifelong friendship.
Nymphenburg Palace In Munich
Today, Nymphenburg is open to the public, but also continues to be a home and chancery for the head of the house of Wittelsbach, currently Franz, Duke of Bavaria. To Jacobites, who trace the line of legitimate British monarchy down through the legal heirs of James II of England, the head of the house of Wittelsbach is the legitimate heir of the Stuart claims to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; this claim is not being actively pursued.
The palace and its park were some of the main filming locations of Alain Resnais's 1961 movie Last Year at Marienbad. Also Ludwig, a 1972 film directed by Italian director Luchino Visconti about the life and death of King Ludwig II, was partly filmed in Nymphenburg. The Dressage Facility for the equestrian events of the 1972 Summer Olympics was created in the Nymphenburg park.
The palace serves also as headquarters of the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes.
Source text: Wikipedia (shortcut).
Fot. Elisabeth Fazel

Schloss Linderhof und König Ludwig II.

Linderhof Palace, King Ludwig's of Bavaria favorite castle. The Linderhof Palace in southwest Bavaria Germany near Ettal Abbey. 
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It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria Germany and the only one which he lived to see completed.
Linderhof Palace, Munich
The history of Linderhof castle – the name comes from a mighty weeping-willow, Linde in German, which is in the park for centuries – certainly since the fifteenth century, when its presence was remarked in the Graswang valley, in the south of Bavaria near the Austrian border. 
Linderhof Palace. Garden fountain.
It happened to be in a farm belonging to the nearby Benedictine Abbey of Ettal. In the Nineteenth Century King Maximilian II turned it into a hunting lodge and in 1869 his son Ludwig II bought the land around it in view of building a “royal villa”.
Sculpture In Fountain Linderhof Palace Bavaria
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Ludwig did not intend to build a luxurious ‘home’ where distinguished guests could be welcomed, but merely a place of refuge for himself on the model of Versailles’ Petit Trianon, which was the refuge, ‘lieu of divertissement’ and relaxation of Queen Marie Antoinette. After the plans of architect Georg Dollmann were approved, the work began immediately and was completed by 1879. That same architect also built the castle of Herrenchiemsee.
Moroccan House Linderhof Palace
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In 1880 the beautiful garden surrounding the small castle with its perfect geometrical lines took shape, the fountains, the imposing statues and two pavillions of eastern taste, purchased at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867 and in 1878: The Moorish Kiosk (Maurischer Kiosk) with its striking peafoul throne and the Moroccan house (Marokkanisches Haus) sold by the Bavarian government when Ludwig’s death occurred in 1886, has been purchased again and returned to the park in 1998.
Linderhof Palace. Sculpture in palace garden

Nor is this the end of surprises! In Venus’ grotto (Venusgrotte), inspired by Capri’s ‘Grotta Azzurra’, Ludwig loved to spend hours on end dreaming and thinking, lulled by the water in a small shell- like boat which can still be admired. The display of lights, supplied by the first power plant in the world (1878), adds magic to the place. Here, a scene of Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, Ludwig’s favourite composer, is re-inacted. The Hunding's Hut (Hundinghütte) is the setting of the first act of the Valkyrie.
Linderhof Palace hermitage
Linderhof Palace interior
Source text and more: www.tuttobaviera.it
Fot. Elżbieta Fazel

Wellnesshotel Schloss Kranzbach Bayern

Kranzbach Castle near Klais Bavaria Germany near the Austrian Tyrol border.
Built in 1913 and inspired by the arts and craft movement, this castle was supposed to be the residence of the English Lady Mary Porter. She had commissioned the castle while studying in Leipzig. Due to WWI she never saw her finalized castle. At this time, Mary Portman was studying music in Leipzig, Germany, practicing with her own Stradivari violin. 

Detmar Blow and Ferdinand Billerey, two well-known English architects who felt inspired by the English "Arts and Crafts" movement, provided the drawings for the Kranzbach manor. It is the only building of this kind in Germany.
Soon called the "English Castle" by the local people, the property's typical gables - looking like stairways - remind one of Scottish or Irish country houses built of natural stone. A private concert hall and a grass surface tennis court were Mary Portman's special request. But all of her personal plans to construct a congenial place for herself and her culturally sophisticated friends were destroyed by the outbreak of World War I. 
In 1929, a team from the film studios "Deutsche Universal Film", arrived. Director Wilhelm Dieterle used the Kranzbach scenery for his movie "Das Schweigen im Walde", based on the famous novel by Ludwig Ganghofer.
Today the castle serves as a hotel. Since it is located less than a kilometer away from Elmau Palace, the site of the 41st G7 Summit in Juni 2015.
Source text: www.daskranzbach.de
Photos: Elisabeth Fazel.

Telfs in grüner Farbe. Frühlings 2015

Telfs in green colors. Spring 2015. Tyrol, Austria.
Emat Kapelle, Telfs
Amazons in Telfs, Tyrol, Austria
Telfs from west
Telfs, Franciscan monastery
Telfs in the colors of springs