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Here are details about the cities of this country where I have visited and had the best times. Your experiences may be different. But then you can put your favorite cities on your web site. These are the places I want to share with you.


Wiesbaden’s special attraction was discovered as early as 2000 years ago, when the Romans found springs that carried hot thermal water to the surface. Between 1200 and 1243 the Dukes of Nassau set up a number of castles and fortresses. In 1866 the new Prussian rulers supported the development of the city. Wiesbaden’s magnificent buildings emerged from both world wars almost unscathed. More


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Its founding is attributed to the Guelph Duke, Henry of the Lions, who was appointed Duke of Bavaria in 1156. On the site where Munich stands, now a town of approximately 1,4 million inhabitants, there existed at this time only a small settlement and a Benedictine monastery. A few kilometres afar, the salt road that was the route the salt traders used to transport their goods, wound past. This white gold was carried to Augsburg and further inland from the salt mines in Bad Reichenhall and Hallein. Along this route it was necessary to cross the river Isar. The only possibility was a bridge, which was subject to tolling and lay in the territory of the Bishop of Freising.

In order to reap the benefits of this toll system, Duke Henry demanded in 1158 that the old bridge near Oberföhring (today a part of the city of Munich) be destroyed and that a new bridge over the Isar be built on the site of the present Ludwigsbrücke. In the same year Emperor Frederick Barbarossa officially opened this new trade passage. The market and traditional currency of Freising was transferred to the area. Munichen that was later to be Munich was born! The town Apud Munichen derived its name from the then existing monastery: Bei den Mönchen (amongst the monks). At the site of this monastery today Munich’s oldest parish church. More



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Since I lived in this little town south of Homburg (Saar) it is certainly on my list as favorite places. I can recall walking through this place and listening to the church bells which vibrated every building in town. Although my memories are vivid, and I have revisited it many times since I lived there, I still like to think I will return to see it again. Let me show you around.

Zweibrucken, a town of Germany, in the Palatinate, on the Schwarzbach, and on the railway between Germersheim and Saarbrucken. Pop. (1905) 14,711. The town was the capital of the former duchy of Zweibriicken, and the Alexander-Kirche contains the tombs of the dukes. The ducal castle is now occupied by the chief court of the Palatinate. There is a fine Gothic Catholic church. Weaving and brewing and the manufacture of machinery, chicory, cigars, malt, boots, furniture and soap are the chief industries.

Zweibriicken (" two bridges ") is the Latin Bipontinum; it appears in early documents also as Geminus Pans, and was called by the French Deux-Ponts. The independent territory was at first a countship, the counts being descended from Henry I., youngest son of Simon I., count of Saarbriicken (d. 1180). This line became extinct on the death of Count Eberhard (1393), who in 1385 had sold half his territory to the count palatine of the Rhine, and held the other half as his feudatory. Louis (d. 1489), son of Stephen, count palatine of Zimmern-Veldenz, founded the line of the dukes of Zweibriicken, which became extinct in 1731, when the duchy passed to the Birkenfeld branch, whence it came under the sway of Bavaria in 1799. At the peace of Luneville Zweibriicken was ceded to France; on its reunion with Germany in 1814 the greater part of the territory was given to Bavaria, the remainder to Oldenburg and Prussia. At the ducal printing office at Zweibriicken the fine edition of the classics known as the Bipontine Editions was published (1799 sqq.).



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