Carl's Trip to Germany, Austria and Hungary - February 2008

My First Space-A Excursion

      My first try at Space-A travel was Charleston AFB SC but didn't pan out. After 2 days waiting, I drove to the Washington DC area and parked in BWI long term parking. I was able to get out on the Patriot Express charter to Ramstein AB Germany. I arrived at Ramstein about 3 days after leaveing home. I started my train travels the next day at Kaiserslautern and in the space of three weeks I visited Dresden, Berlin, Salzburg, Budapest, Berchtesgaden, Stuttgart (Esslinger), and Frankfurt. I was able to get a ride back to Ramstein where I had to wait 6 days for a return flight. I finally made it home 32 days after leaving.


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AMC Counters at BWI Airport


Ramstein PAX Terminal
 (USAF Photo)

Ramstein Billeting Office - Bldg 305


Kaiserslautern Hbf (Main RR Station)
 This is where my train journeys began.

ICE Train in Frankfurt Hbf
 Deutsche Bahn Intercontinental Express Train


Fulda Bahnhof
 Connection station on way to Dresden.

Castle on the Hillside near Erfurt


Village (unknown) as Seen from Train

Dresden Hauptbahnhof


ibis Hotels Dresden
 Three ibis Hotels web in a row. Build in later East German years.

Pragerstr. in Dresden
 The main shopping street in old Dresden.


Dresden Catholic Church

Dresden Frauenkirche
 Church of Our Lady Lutheran (Wiki).


Dresden Frauenkirche
 Dark bricks are original bricks reused during restoration.

Dresden Frauenkirche
 Dark bricks are original bricks reused during restoration.


Dresden Frauenkirchen Inside View

Dresden Frauenkirche Inside Dome


Dresden New Market Area (Neumarkt)
 Dresden Panorama webcam

Construction in Dresden
 Note how barrier is painted to look like the building beneath.


Paris Look Out!
 Although not beside a river, here's Dresden's equivalent pay toilet.

Dresden Rathaus (City Hall)


Dresden Semperoper (Opera House)
 Their web page

Zwinger Palace
 Commissioned by Agustus the Strong in 1710 (Wiki)


Zwinger Courtyard

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Main Railway Station)
 The busiest in Europe with 1100 trains every day. Main web page


Berlin Hauptbahnhof Main Level

Berlin Hauptbahnhof Lower Level


Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Subway Store Near Checkpoint Charlie
 They're everywhere.


Reichstag - German Parliment Building
 The Reichstag is the home of the modern German parliment, the Bundestag.

Brandenburg Gate Looking West
 More about the gate.


Brandenburg Gate, Looking East toward Unter den Linden

Palast der Republik
 This is building that once housed the former East German (DDR) Parliment. Now being demolished for the re-building of the Stadtschloss (Berlin City Palace)


On DB ICE Train to München (Munich)

St. Sebastion Church - Salzburg
 Taken from near my hotel, Goldener Krone


Bad Durrnberg Austria
 Looking up hillside in the town near Salzwerks.

View of Alps from Bad Durrnberg


Bad Durrnberg Lettenbühel strasse

Hallein Altstadt


Salzach River in Hallein AT

Slide Inside Salt Mine
 Web site.


History Wall in Salzwerks

Hillside near Salzwerks


Keleti Railroad Station
 Keleti palyaudvar in Hungarian

Keleti Railroad Station
 Keleti palyaudvar in Hungarian


Budapest Labyrinth Bunkers
 Located in the Var district. See web.

Bunker in Budapest Labyrinth


Hungarian Parliment Building
 See web pages

Hungarian Parliment - Main Staircase


Parliment - Statues in North Lounge

Hungarian Parliment - Lodge


Dan & Edward at Hotel Kempinski Brunch
 Kempinski web site

Hotel Kempinski Sunday Brunch
 Kempinski web site


Game Restaurant in Budapest Suburb

Szabadsag tér (Liberty Square)
 Anti-soviet Protesters (tent) by Soviet Monument.


US Embassy in Budapest
 Located off Szabadsg ter.

Magyar Televizio Building
 Main buiilding for Hungarian TV.


Szent Istvan Bazilika
 St. Stephen's Basilica

House of Terror - Budapest
 Communist seat of intelligence until 1989. See web


Hungarian Transportation Museum in Budapest
 Their web site in Hungarian.

Transportation Museum in Budapest
 Közlekedési Muzeum (Wiki)


Jack in Front of Transportation Museum

Budapest Synagogue
 2nd largest in the world. See Wiki article


Parliment View from Window
 This is the view of Pest from bedroom of Kútvölgyi utca 66/D

Garage Entrance for Kútvölgyi utca 66/D
 House is directly up the hill.


Strange House on Kútvölgyi utca
 This unused house is located a few hundred meters up from # 66.

Berchtesgaden Market Area
 Gasthof Goldener Bär (Golden bear) on left. Nice restaurant inside.


Berchtesgaden Market Square

Berchtesgaden Market Easter Goods


Berchtesgaden Bahnhof
 Taken from Maximilianstrasse

Berchtesgaden Maximilianstrasse
 Taken from foot path between Bahnhof and upper Berchtesgaden.


Bertesgaden Cemetary

Alps Around Berchtesgaden


Bunkers in Obersalzberg
 Intended for final command center. See more

Central Shaft in Obersalzberg Bunker Complex
 Intended to be the central connecting point for all bunkers, but never completed.


Obersalzberg Looking into Valley by Berchtesgaden
 Taken from near former site of USRC Gen Walker Hotel (Platterhof).

Snow Scene near Obersalzberg Documentation Center


Parking Lot Where Gen. Walker Hotel Once Stood
 More info from Third Reich in Ruins web pages

Street in Esslinger Old Town (Altstadt)


Esslinger Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall)
 Forms the center of Marktplatz in the Altstadt (old city).

Carl, Paul & Jürgen at Ristorante Boccaccio
 Schloßstr. 126, Frankfurt


Anke and Karin
 Taken at Ristorante Boccaccio where Jerry works.

Paul, Jerry and Carl
 Taken at Anke & Paul's apartment in Frankfurt.


Frankfurt Römer (City Hall)
 Kroatian demonstration this morning in the Römerberg (city hall square).

Caffe Gelateria LaPerla
 Located in Frankfurt's Römerberg.


Anke & Paul

Bridge Tower in Worms am Rhein


Mannheim Strohmarkt
 Market area on Plankenstr. Water tower (Wasserturm) in background.

Square in Town of Rampstein


Ramstein Lodging Building 304

Berlin Wall Section on Rampstein AB


Rampstein PAX Terminal

Rampstein AB Parking Apron


Inside Rampstein PAX Terminal

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