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Stiftskirche

Stiftskirche

Stiftskirche – Photo credit: Stiftskirche

The Stiftskirche is a church in the heart of Stuttgart, amidst the many shops along the Königstraße, the old castle (altes Schloß) and market square (Marktplatz) and town hall (Rathaus). It rises up amongst the urban setting and is the main and oldest Evangelical-Lutheran church in the city.

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Monastic: The last Autumn Wedding

Kloster Lorch

Kloster Lorch

Ok, so the couple were obviously not monks, but the setting was a Monastery, set high up on a hill in Lorch.

The couple was also my sister-in-law and her husband who were already officially married, but, as is common in Germany they also married in a church, or in this case, a monastery.

Lorch is in Schwäbisch Gmünd, kind of in the middle of nowhere, but that’s what makes it so spectacular. From atop the hill, the view is beautiful and unobstructed and the monastery grounds are lovely. There is an animal enclosure as well as a herb garden and inside the buildings there is a museum, mural and a Refectory.

Inside the church

Inside the church

With such a perfect setting, the day could only run smoothly. The rain stayed away, the sun shone and we partied through the night. I can only hope that we find our own special and beautiful location when the time comes!

The Refectory, all decked out

The Refectory, all decked out

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Gothic

*I thought I had posted this last week but to my surprise I have found it as a draft so please excuse the delay and enjoy!

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A hot and sunny Tuesday was spent in Cologne, a city that I have wanted to visit for quite some time because of the gigantic and wondersome Kölner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral, a catholic church that was built in French Gothic style. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and apparently Germany’s most visited landmark and stepping inside, I could see why.

Cologne Cathedral - looming, but beautiful giant

Cologne Cathedral – looming, but beautiful giant

Throngs of tourists from all over the world were sitting and standing in awe of the high ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. It is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and if you are planning on heading to this area, it is a must see.

Something else that is amazing with many of the landmarks in Europe is that they are easy to find. The Arc de Triomphe looms over you as you exit a train station in Paris, and just like that, the Kölner Dom stands proudly, beckoning you towards it once you step outside of the Cologne station. It’s striking how easy it is to come across such amazing constructions, but it definitely does not take away from how amazing they are. I could have stood inside the cathedral the whole day.

Right near the cathedral is also the main shopping area of Cologne, something like the Königstraße in Stuttgart, a large pedestrian shopping zone.

A short walk from the city centre, there is a large park leading to Westbahnhof (West Station) and it was on this walk that I realised how pedestrian-friendly a city can be.

I am definitely looking forward to visiting Cologne again, especially because I found out a little late that this is where the famous mouse (Maus) is from and I need to visit the local shop! I’m slowly catching up on my German childhood and the mouse plays a vital role with her Sunday program where children are taught about how things are made. Great stuff if you ever happen to be in Germany on a Sunday morning at 11.30am!