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Straubing part 2

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  Let's continue the nice visit of Straubing . I wrote about the landmarks and a few churches in the last post and assume you have a fond impression of the town.  In this post, I would like to show you more appealing shots of the town, the river, Herzogschloß  (Ducal Palace), St. Peter cemetery and Gäubodenmuseum . Right at the town centre stand numerous colourful buildings. Restaurants, cafe and key brand shops are the major occupants at the ground floor. The combined beautiful scenes made us linger here and there.  We left the town centre for the St. Peter Cemetery which is around 2 kilometres away. The Gothic St. Peter church stands mighty and proudly.  It is the oldest church in Straubing. The art is very different from the extravagant form of the baroque churches. Frescoes dot the ground and upper floors of the church. Skeletons often appear as the key figures in the paintings. It would be lovely if someone would explain all those stories behind the paintings. Fabulous art

Straubing

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Straubing is an old Bavarian ducal town. It is situated in Gäuboden (flat and fertile soil) on the River Danube between Regensburg and Passau .   The royal seat of the House of Wittelsbach in Straubing reached its heyday during the era of the Duchy of Straubing-Holland from 1353-1425. Straubing remained important for a few centuries but faded since the beginning of the last century. Nevertheless, Straubing's beauty continues to charm her visitors. The centre is composed with pastel-colour buildings of different periods. The pedestrian square is dominated by the Gothic Stadtturm (city tower) (1316). It traps everyone's sight. The richly gabled Rathaus (townhall) stands quietly and humbly next to it. The city tower in Straubing was built as a watch and fire tower. It is located in the middle of the town square, a 600 meters long street market. One side is the Ludwigsplatz and the side Theresienplatz. The tower also functioned for custom purpose. It levied duties on the pa

Ansbach

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After a nice half day in Marktbreit , we headed further to Ansbach . Can you guess what the first thing my friend's mother, Berta, was looking after?  Toilet? No!  Boutique? No!  Supermarket? No!   It's German cream cheesecake at the Orangerie . The nice afternoon tea break provided energy for the next hours to visit the elegant town, well known for Franconian Rococo . Ansbach is the commercial and administrative centre for the Middle Franconia region. One of its magnetic attributes is the colourful assortment of townhouses and noble houses. The enticing old town is dotted with modern sculptures. It adds fun to the administrative centre. Apart from art, Ansbach also has dedication to music. The Bachwoche Ansbach ( Ansbach Bach Week ) is a biennial music festival in Ansbach, dedicated to the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach , held since 1947.  The most notable and important historical building in Ansbach is the  Palace of the Margraves  (1713–32), with a fine park. The