4 tribes: Old Bavarians, Franconians, Swabians & Palatinate

bayern neu schwanstein 1The lowest point in Bavaria with 100 m is the water level of the Main in Kahl am Main (Lower Franconia), the highest at the summit of the Zugspitze (2962 m), the highest German mountain in the Wetterstein Mountains. All 30 of Germany's highest mountain peaks are in the Bavarian Alps, concentrated in the Wetterstein Mountains, in the Berchtesgaden Alps and the Allgäu Alps. The highest Bavarian peaks in the Berchtesgaden Alps are the Watzmann (2713 m) and in the Allgäu Alps the Hochfrottspitze (2649 m).

Already in 555 AD the older Bavarian tribal duchy was documented, which became part of the Franconian domain under the Merovingians. Under the Carolingians, a Bavarian kingship emerged for the first time, which they either ruled as kings or sub-kings, or appointed governors.

The Easter fountain in the Steigerwald in Franconia

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The Easter fountain in the Steigerwald in Franconia

Despite the never-ending winter in the Balkans, Austria and Germany, some important dates and planning made it necessary to start the journey from Antalya back to Kitzingen.

Würzburg Christmas market and meeting with Nevfel Cumart

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Würzburg Christmas market and meeting with Nevfel Cumart

As part of his “Creative Writing Workshops” activities, Nevfel Cumart had spent a few days in the Ruhr area and so we arranged to meet at Würzburg Central Station for a short discussion about continuing our joint activities with regard to further book presentations.

Short visit to the Bamberg Christmas market

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Short visit to the Bamberg Christmas market

Our last visit to the historic old town on the occasion of the Bamberg city festival was a few months ago and so we wanted to take advantage of the advanced Advent season to also take a look at the traditional Bamberg Christmas market, which had its origins in the mid-19th century.

Kitzingen lights up - Christmas village in the city centre

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Kitzingen lights up - Christmas village in the city centre

As darkness fell, Brita invited us to follow her to the Christmas market in Kitzingen. In addition to the usual delicacies with mulled wine, bratwurst and freshly baked goods, the special motto of the event, which only takes place on the third Advent: Kitzingen shines!

Jump from the Stone Bridge in Regensburg

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Jump from the Stone Bridge in Regensburg

As if they weren't already wet enough, the group of canoeists from the Danube, who we could watch docking directly at Regensburg's most famous sausage stand.

Encounter on the Naab - living Roman history

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Encounter on the Naab - living Roman history

As part of our project "Comprehension and Cultural Journey along Roman Roads" we came to Regensburg (Castra Regina) again to support the further preparation of the "1st German-Turkish Literature and Encounter Festival Regensburg".

Lets go to German Fastnacht Museum in Kitzingen

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Lets go to German Fastnacht Museum in Kitzingen

We also wanted to use the visit to the exhibition of the best press photos in Kitzingen to visit the Carnival Museum, which only opened in November 2013 in the new building in the Main Franconian city, after all it is the official museum of the German Carnival Association.

The Jewish Cemetery in Rödelsee on Schwanberg

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The Jewish Cemetery in Rödelsee on Schwanberg

During a visit to Kitzingen during the past year we had also driven up the nearby Schwanberg to take some photos of the vines and the surrounding countryside.

Aschaffenburg - city tour an Johannisburg Castle

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Aschaffenburg - city tour an Johannisburg Castle

The invitation from the Aschaffenburg Court Library and Amnesty International to read poems by the poet Nevfel Cumart, who lives in Bamberg, brought us to Schloss Johannisburg in Aschaffenburg.

Devil's Cave near Pottenstein in Franconian Switzerland

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The Devil's Cave near Pottenstein

During our exploratory trip through Franconian Switzerland, we also came to the village of Pottenstein, which is best known for its stalactite cave with the somewhat eerie name "Devil's Cave".

Marktheidenfeld - founding place of BUND

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Marktheidenfeld - founding place of BUND

Two appointments prompted us to travel to Marktheidenfeld, the town where the German Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation was founded in 1975.

Hiking Botanical Garden Augsburg

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Hiking Botanical Garden Augsburg

colourful environment for "Engelstaedter's Rock meets Classic"

We had followed the invitation of a local bank, who had once again invited to an evening concert, this evening it was "Engelstaedter's Rock meets Classic", in the botanical garden of Augsburg in glorious sunshine.

Diving at Friedberger quarry pond near Augsburg

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Diving at Friedberger quarry pond near Augsburg

For some time now, our friend Georg has been an enthusiastic scuba diver, who practices this hobby with great enthusiasm and a lot of willingness to learn and practice.

From Sachs-Rallye-Franken to the Sachs Franken Classic

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From Sachs-Rallye-Franken to the Sachs Franken Classic

The motorsport history of the German Rally Championship goes back to the 1950s. The course of the rallies at the beginning of the events differed significantly from what happened in the 1970s and 1980s.

Grenzlos Festival also inspires the very young audience

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Grenzlos Festival also inspires the very young audience

Today, Sunday, the day on the site of the Grenzlos Festival begins early in the morning with a political morning pint, where each of the Augsburg parties is given their own table where they can meet their guests, to discuss and exchange.

Red point climbing in Franconian Switzerland

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Red point climbing in Franconian Switzerland

During our tour through Franconian Switzerland, we drove in the Wiesenttal along the scenic country road towards Ebermannstadt, which also led along a steep rock face. Here we noticed a few climbers who, because of their colorful clothing, stood out clearly from the grey, weathered rock faces.

Tüchersfeld in Franconian Switzerland

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Tüchersfeld in Franconian Switzerland

A so-called bridging day (between a public holiday and a weekend) enabled us to take a short get-to-know-you trip to Franconian Switzerland, where we also wanted to meet up with a long-standing business partner from Halle, almost halfway.

Visiting the Christmas market in Friedberg

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Visiting the Christmas market in Friedberg

Together with Lydia and Georg, who still had some errands to do in Augsburg, we used the time in downtown Augsburg coming from Diedorf to take a leisurely Christmas stroll through the center.

Two days a year - Christmas Market in Iphofen

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Two days a year - Christmas Market in Iphofen

Once again we were guest at Brita, so, after a short over fly of the press releases, we decided to use the Saturday afternoons to go to Iphofen to the opening of the Christmas market.

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