My Pictures of Germany 1

Our WYD 2005 Tour begins with Southern Germany (and a little bit of Austria): Munich, Altotting, and Salzburg.

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Welcome to Munich (this is a Soccer Stadium where we stopped to stretch our legs.)
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The Olympic Park, dominated by the 289 meter television and radio tower, including a rotating restaurant.
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Built for the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the site was waste ground on the edge of the city where most of the rubble from the war damaged city was transported, allowing the creation of a sculpture landscape, covered with grass and planted with hundreds of trees.
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The Olympic park also provides an extensive view of the city (and on a good day mountains can be seen in the background 70 km away).
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The Cathedral of Munich
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Josh and Eric, two students I traveled with from St. Mary parish in Ashland, NE.
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Frs. Kurz and Coulter, with Munich in the background.
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The famous Baroque complex of Nymphenburg, a summer residence and ravishing gardens began in 1664. It included a canal system with a variety of water features including intricate pumping mechanisms.
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Michaelskirche: St. Michael's Church in the heart of Munich, this is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps, built by Jesuits between 1597 and 1644. After terrible damage during WW2, it has been magnificently restored.
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Marienplatz: Marian Plaza, named for the gold statue of Mary (by Hubert Gerhard) in the center, erected in 1638. The square is famed for this neo-Gothic Town Hall (Rathaus) behind it, whose mechanical clock, or Glockenspiel, plays 3 times every day.
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Gathering in front of the Rathaus, built 1867-1908, which not only houses the world famous Glockenspiel, but also the Ratskeller Restaurant.
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In the Ratskeller Restaurant (in the basement of the town hall).
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Welcome to the Altotting Marian Shrine, known as the "Lourdes of Germany".
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A procession goes by as our tour guide explains the city, a pilgrimage site for over 500 years.
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Fr. Coulter in front of the octagonal chapel, constructed of native stone in 680 AD.
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Our Lady of Altotting, carved of lime wood in 1330, and blackened by age (and candles). In 1489 a drowned child returned to life through Mary intercession before this image.
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The Basilica of St. Anne, near the monastery of St. Conrad. (Pope John Paul II visited in 1980.)
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Inside the Basilica. St. Conrad (1818-1894) was a Capuchin porter for more than 40 years.
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High altar of the basilica. I celebrated Mass at the main altar, not this one.
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Welcome to Salzburg, Austria since the 8th century seat of an important archbishopric, the leading ecclesiastics of the German-speaking world. (And princes of the Holy Roman Empire after 1278.)
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The Mirabell Gardens. Salzburg is also famous for being the site of the filming of "The Sound of Music"
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And Salzburg is also the home of Mozart (that's Holy Trinity Church, not his home!)
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The Salzach River
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A bishop of Salzburg, perhaps St. Virgil
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A church belltower
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The Salzburg Cathedral, consecrated to St. Ruper and St. Virgil.
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The last picture now zoomed closer: while the crown is on the facade of the Church, it appears suspend by angels above the statue of Mary in the piazza.
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Facade of the Cathedral, not the statues at the bottom, Sts. Peter and Paul in the middle, and Sts. Ruper and Virgil on the outsides.
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Saying good-bye to Salzburg. Factoid: since 1920 the morality play Everyman has been performed annually in the Cathedral square (during the Salzburg Festival).

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