Straubing part 2

 

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 extends from paintings to sculptures. Two examples of the church are shown below as reference. The graveyard is also filled with beautiful sculptures.




Straubing's attractions are not limited to churches, art and architecture. Residents love the river. They could be spot in different parts of the picturesque river. Rafting / boating and sunbathing are the typical sports played by the locals.


At the end of our leisure walk along the river, the Herzogschloß (Ducal Palace) came into sight. It was the Bavarian residence of the Dukes of Bavaria-Straubing , who also resided in The Hague as Counts of Holland , Zeeland and Hainaut. Now, it serves as the tax and health authorities offices and also houses the city library and city archive. The Agnes Bernauer Festival is held in the inner courtyard every four years.


Nice time always passed quickly. It came to our last program of the day - visit of the Gäubodenmuseum, one of Germany's most important repositories of Roman treasure. Displays include imposing armour and masks for both soldiers and horses. A section of the museum display paintings and photos of Straubing in the old days. They are sweetly presented and leave an adorable impressions to the visitors.



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