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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 been this way over the past 18 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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Martin Luther, Museum Lutherstiege, St.-Anna-Kirche, Augsburg, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

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

Above/featured: 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.

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Fellhorn, Allgaeu Alps, Oberbayern, Fellhornbahn, Bavaria, Germany, Kanzelwand, Kanzelwandbahn, Mittelberg, Vorarlberg, Austria, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: straddling the Germany-Austria border

The Fellhornbahn lower terminus or station is located south of Oberstdorf in (Upper Bavaria) Germany, and with two stages of the cable car, I arrive at the Fellhorn mountain station at a height of about 2000 metres (6562 feet) above sea level. After stepping out of the station and walking a few metres into the snow, I have both feet on the Germany-Austria border. I look southwest to the neighbouring mountain-station on Kanzelwand which is only 1.6 km (1 mile) distant and is inside the Austrian border. In winter only skiers can cut across to access both mountains, but the snow merely hides the countless trails throughout the entire region on both sides of the border, including a “border” trail along the ridge connecting the two mountains. The presence of many skiers and snowboarders is evident with snake-like patterns in the background snow.

Germany
G1: Obere-Geren-Piste, from the Fellhorn mountain station (from lower-right)
G2: Möse chair-lift
G3: Zweiländer chair-lift

Austria
A1: Kanzelwandbahn cable-car mountain station, 1.6 km (1 mi) line-of-sight
A2: Zwerenalpe chair-lift
A3: Grosser Widderstein, 2533 metres (8310 feet)
A4: Elferkopf, 2387 metres (7831 feet)


I made the photo above on 8 March 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/1000s, f/22, ISO1000, and 65mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9sL.

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