Vintage View-Master: Germany (Nations of the World series), reel 2

View-Master's GermanyWelcome back, meine freunde! I hope you enjoyed the first part of our trip through 1960s Germany, courtesy my View-Master collection. Our journey continues on reel two, where we stop by beautiful Bavaria in southeast Germany.

One of the oldest states of Europe, Bavaria was established as a duchy in the mid first millennium. In the 17th century, the Duke of Bavaria became a Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire.

The Kingdom of Bavaria existed from 1806 to 1918, and Bavaria has since been a free state (republic). Modern Bavaria also includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia and Swabia. It is the largest German state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany.


#1 – Boys’ Band on Parade in Dinkelsbühl Festival

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Dinkelsbühl is currently home to Summer Breeze Open Air, a heavy metal music festival held in August. This year’s lineup features acts such as Decapitated, Hatebreed, Vomitory, and Rotting Christ.

#2 – Old Section of Munich

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#3 – St. Bartholomä Church on Beautiful Königssee

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A chapel was first built on the Königssee lake in 1134. The chapel you see here dates from the late 17th century.

#4 – Rottach-Egern on Tegernsee, Bavarian Alps

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Tegernsee lake is the center of a popular recreation area 50 kilometres (31 miles) southeast of Munich.

#5 – Wetterstein Peak from Garmisch

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#6 – Munchener House on 9,721-Foot Zugspitze

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The Zugspitze (“Ghost Peak”) is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany. Its peak is 2,962.06 meters (9,718.0 feet) above sea level.

#7 – Fairy-Tale Castle of Neuschwanstein

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This castle palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Construction began in 1869 and stopped (not completed) around 1892.

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