A round-up of interesting sites and experiences from my visit to Europe in 2016.
1. Augarten – Vienna, Austria
The Augarten is a French Baroque-style park in Vienna. Originally part of the estate of the Austrian monarchy, it was opened to the public in 1775. During World War 2, the Germans constructed two massive flak towers for defence against Allied bombers. These concrete reinforced buildings still stand today, a stark reminder of that time.
Read The Garden – a short story about a German military commander preparing for an Allied attack.
2. Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, France
Père Lachaise is one of the largest and most beautiful cemeteries in Paris. Established by Napoleon in the 19th century, it is a calm and serene place with its cobbled paths lined with trees, magnificent mausoleums and crypts. Pére Lachaise is the final resting place of many famous personalities such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Frédéric Chopin.
Read about university student Jean-Pierre’s strange experience at Père Lachaise.
3. Felsenegg – Zürich, Switzerland
Located at a height of 800 metres, Felsenegg provides great views of Zürich city, the lake and Swiss Alps. It is reachable via a short train journey from Zürich to Adliswil followed by a scenic cable car ride. At the top, there is an easy trail that takes you along idyllic paths and lush green meadows – a glimpse of quintessential Switzerland. Enjoy beer and great food at the open-air Panorama Restaurant while taking in the breathtaking views!
4. Divoká Šárka – Prague, Czech Republic
Divoká Šárka is a nature reserve located on the outskirts of Prague. The reserve has a small lake and walking trails that take you along a gorge and stream through a forested area. It is a quiet place where one can escape from the busy streets of Prague city. The reserve is named after Divoká (“Wild”) Sarka, a legendary female warrior who led a rebellion against men.
5. Hofbräuhaus – Munich, Germany
The Hofbräuhaus is the most famous beer hall in the Bavarian capital city of Munich. Loud and noisy in the evenings, often with a traditional band playing, it serves a variety of Bavarian dishes and local brews. Originally built in 16th century, it was remodelled and opened to the public in the late 1800’s. Patrons of the Hofbräuhaus included Mozart, Lenin and… Hitler. The origins of the Nationalist Socialist movement often involved gatherings in beer halls such as this one across cities in Germany.
Walking tour guide Karen tells you more about this city in Das ist München.
Pictures taken with my Huawei Honor 7 mobile.