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Freistaat Bayern, The Free State of Bavaria

Bavaria 2018: 100 years of statehood

Featured image: The blue and white diamonds (fusils) are a familiar Bavarian symbol, adopted in the late 13th-century by the Wittelsbach family who ruled Bavaria from 1180 to 1918.

As a product of the coastal and mountainous Canadian Southwest, I always feel the pull exerted by the Bavarian Alps regardless of where I am in Germany; it’s always been this way for the past 15 years. But there’s more to Bavaria than fairytale castles, Oktoberfest, and BMW, although they’re spot on for the Wurst (sausage). And frankly, there’s a ton more to Germany than Bavaria, but that’s one of many reasons for this entire blogsite after all.

Located in southeast Germany, Bavaria includes more than a half-dozen World Heritage Sites, the pre-Easter Fasching/Fastnacht festival, the sight of Audis on the Autobahn, over one thousand years of wine-making in Franconia, and violin-making since the late 17th-century, among many things to explore, eat, and experience.

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Fotoeins Friday: “Pillars of society” (Grainau)

In winter, there’s always skiing and snowboarding in the Bavarian Alps, but a look here suggests that a walk in the fresh air (with that scenery) can also work wonders. Just outside Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the footpath Hammersbacher Fußweg stretches west to Hammersbach and Grainau with the Waxenstein mountains towering in the background. The clouds coming in and out on this late-February afternoon bring the threat of snowfall.

I made this photo on 24 February 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/160-sec, f/16, ISO1000, 50mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Passauer Altstadt, Innstadt-Brauerei, Inn River, Passau, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany,, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Passau Old Town in golden light

13 December 2012.

Every place I visit for the first time is an introduction. That much is always self-evident, but Passau is another example to add to the list.

At the end of my year-long RTW, I’m in Germany and visiting friends in Munich. I hopped on a regional train to Passau for the day. Sitting at the junction of three rivers (Inn, Ilz, and the Danube), Passau lights up under late-autumn sunshine, with even more light reflected from ice forming in the water. It’s obvious I have to come back in summer.

More on Passau here and here.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 13 December 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/8, ISO400, 28mm focal length (45mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

Augsburg: Luther vs. Cajetan (1518), Confessions (1530)

Above: REVOCA! (Cajetan to Luther, 1518), Museum Lutherstiege.

With its founding date as “Augusta Vindelicorum” by the Roman Empire in 15 BC/BCE, Augsburg is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and has ties with Martin Luther and the Reformation which marks its 500th anniversary in 2017.

Months after making his 95 Theses known to church authorities and the public, Martin Luther was called to the free imperial city of Augsburg in 1518 by Cardinal and papal legate and representative Cajetan to answer charges of heresy, for challenging the morality of indulgences, and for questioning the supreme authority of the Pope. Cajetan urged Luther to recant or revoke his statements (“revoca!”), but Luther held firm and refused to obey Cajetan.

The following identify locations in Augsburg where Luther made his stand against Cajetan and the Catholic Church and where an important document describing key principles of the Reformation were unveiled and read in official capacity.

Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for the legend. All of the locations are easy to reach on foot or with public transit. Tram stops with the AVV transport authority are indicated as green circular icons. I’ve included a 2.5-kilometre path to catch all five locations.

Fuggerhäuser (Fugger houses)

Martin Luther verweigerte hier im Oktober 1518 gegenüber dem päpstlichen Legaten Cajetan den Widerruf seiner Thesen.

Here in October 1518 Luther refused to deny his Theses as demanded by Cajetan. The town palace, financed and constructed by the wealthy Fugger merchant-family, began in 1512 and completed in 1515.

Fuggerhaeuser, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Fuggerhäuser (Fugger houses)

Fuggerhaeuser, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Martin Luther at Fuggerhäuser

St.-Anna-Kirche (St. Anna Church)

Hier im Karmeliterkloster bei St. Anna wohnte Dr. Martin Luther vom 7. bis 20. Oktober 1518 während seiner Verhandlungen mit dem päpstlichen Legaten Cajetan.

Carmelite monks built this church in 1321 AD/CE. In 1518 between the 7th and 20th of October, Luther stayed in the Carmelite monastery at St. Anna’s church over the course of his meetings with papal legate Cajetan.

St.-Anna-Kirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Martin Luther at St. Anna church

Martin Luther, Museum Lutherstiege, St.-Anna-Kirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Museum Lutherstiege, inside St. Anna church

St.-Anna-Kirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

St. Anna church, in afternoon light

Domportal (Cathedral gate)

Martin Luther’s Widerspruch gegen die Eröffnung des Ketzerprozesses in Rom wurde im Oktober 1518 am Domportal angeschlagen.

The cathedral was built on the foundations of a medieval church going back to the end of the 10th-century AD/CE. After the debate between Luther and Cajetan resulted in an unsatisfactory conclusion for either side, Luther posted at the cathedral’s portal a notice of dissent opposing Rome’s heresy trial against him.

Augsburger Dom, Cathedral, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Augsburger Dom (Augsburg Cathedral)

Augsburger Dom, Cathedral, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Martin Luther at Augsburg Cathedral

Fürstbischöfliche Residenz (Prince-Bishop’s Residence)

“Hier stand vor dem die bischöfliche Pfalz in deren Kapitelsaal am 25. Juni 1530 die CONFESSIO AUGUSTANA verkündet wurde.”

Only the tower (as seen below) remains from the original episcopal palace at the centre of power and rule for the Bishopric of Augsburg which had been present since the Middle Ages. In May 1530, an imperial parliament (Diet) convened in Augsburg, and on June 25, the episcopal Palatinate proclaimed the Augsburg Confessions here in their primary chamber. The Augsburg Confessions are considered statements of faith for the Lutheran church, and an important historical document of the Reformation. The late-Baroque style building now houses government offices for the administrative district of Schwaben, one of seven districts in the German federal state of Bavaria.

Residenz, Fronhof, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

The tower is all that remains of the former bishop’s residence. The colours of Bavaria, Germany, and the European Union now fly outside.

Residenz, Fronhof, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

“Confessio Augustana” Gedenktafel (memorial plaque): “Hier stand vor dem die bischöfliche Pfalz in deren Kapitelsaal am 25. Juni 1530 die CONFESSIO AUGUSTANA verkündet wurde.” Picture made and generously provided by Kristen Strejc.

Galluskirche (St. Gallus church)

Martin Luther soll an dieser Stelle durch eine Pforte in der Nacht zum 21. Oktober 1518 heimlich die Stadt verlassen haben.

A church in some form has been present at this location since the 10th-century AD/CE. With arrest charges looming after refusing to surrender in debates with Cajetan in 1518, Luther escaped the city through a portal or gate in the city walls at this location on the night of October 21. Or so goes the legend, with the appearance of an additional plaque of “Da hinab!” or “down there (through the gate)!”

Galluskirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Galluskirche (St. Gallus church)

Galluskirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

Martin Luther at Galluskirche

Galluskirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany,

The legend of “Da hinab!”

Thanks to Augsburg Tourism for their support, Kristen Strejc for her time on the guided city tour, and to Hotel Am Alten Park for their hospitality. I’m also grateful to the staff at the Fugger und Welser Erlebnismuseum for pointing the way to Galluskirche. With the exception of one photo by Kristen Strejc, I made the remaining photos between 10 and 12 March 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on as
Oberstdorf, Oberbayern, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Allgaeu Alps, Alps, Germany,

Sunday night auf Deutsch in Oberstdorf

Why multiple languages rock my world

With fewer than ten-thousand inhabitants, Oberstdorf in southern Bavaria is as its German name suggests: an “upper village” tucked in the Allgäu Alps near the German-Austrian border. Yet, the town feels busy and full with skiiers, snowboarders, and winter hikers.

It’s Sunday night and I’m on the hunt for “schnitzel and spätzle.” With my eye already on a place, I arrive at 630pm to a full house. I don’t have a reservation (which is dumb in a small town), but a table of four is available (which is fortunate). The server offers me the table, with the condition I’ll be sharing the table if two people want places. “Alles klar,” I reply.

I order a standard half-litre Weizen beer, along with the required schnitzel-and-spätzle platter. An elderly couple is offered two places at my table; they take one glance in my direction, and they’re gone. The server wears a puzzled look, and I can only shrug. A second couple arrives ten minutes later, and as they approach my table with curiosity, I tell them “die Plätze sind noch frei” (the places are available). They express their thanks, and take their seats across from me. Those last five German words set a positive tone for the rest of the evening.

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