Palaces, Castles, and Churches – Oh My!

Sights of Southern Germany


Located in Thingstaette, built during the Third Reich as part of the Nazi program of promoting culture the arts. It is still in excellent condition today and on the first of May every year students celebrate the coming of summer with a bonfire on the stage.


Valhalla located near Regensburg, Germany on the Danube River was built by King Luwdwig the first in 1807 as a tribute to the great minds of Germany. It holds the busts of many important German scientists, philosophers, and leaders.

Klosterhoff 1


Michaels Kloster or Monastery. First built in 870 with a following addition in 1030 A.D. Is located in the hills above Heidelberg, Germany. It has been vacant since the 1500’s. The tablet reads “First site built in 870. Conversion to Roman Catholic in 1030. Gothic aspects built in the 1300’s. Monastery abandoned in 1500.”

Konig Ludwig 2 Konigsee

The Herrenchiemsee Palace built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is one of three and though the grounds are beautiful the inside remains unfinished. Construction was lasted between 1878-1885 with a total cost reaching 250 Million dollars.

Munich Rathaus

The Munich Rathaus is located on Marienplatz in the city center. Famous for its fully functioning glockenspiel that plays at 5 p.m. between March and October and lasts 15 minutes. It recounts a royal marriage as well as showing a joust.

Regensburg Kirchturm

The towers of St. Peter’s Church located in Regensburg, Germany built in the gothic style with construction beginning in 1260 but not being finished until the 19th century.

Heidelberg Schloss

The Heidelberg Castle is rated as one of the best in Germany. Located in Baden-Wurttemburg it was first built around 1300 A.D.

Heiligegeist Kirche

The Heilige Geist Kirche (Church of the Holy Ghost) located in Heidelberg’s main square. It has been both a Catholic and Protestant church in its time and still hosts Sermons and Mass on a regular basis.

Church Munich

The view of Frauenkirche from Peterskirche in Munich, Germany. Built in 1494 it is considered one of the major symbols of the city along with the Rathaus visible in the lower right hand corner.

Photos courtesy of Elden Winkelman.


Elden Winkelman is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying Foreign Language (German) & International Economics. Elden participated in a academic year-long Exchange program in Heidelberg, Germany in 2014-2015.