Month: May 2018

By Scott

Hochkirch

Hochkirch is the town where Scott’s Great, Great Grandfather, Michael Wenke and family lived. Michael Wenke and his wife Agnes were baptised and married in rural Saxony before migrating to Australia in 1850s. Pastor Thomas kindly gave his time to go through the old records dating back to 1777 and was able to add three…

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Dresden

Dresden is the second largest city on the River Elbe after Hamburg in the state of Saxony. The city centre was heavily bombed and essentially destroyed in February 1945. The city still bears many wounds from the bombing raids of 1945, but it has undergone significant reconstruction. Dresden has some 13 000 listed cultural monuments and…

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Nuremburg

As we head east again across Germany, Nuremburg was high on our list due to the historical significance of this city. Nuremberg held great significance during the Nazi Germany era. Because of the city’s relevance to the Holy Roman Empire and its position in the centre of Germany, the Nazi Party chose the city to be…

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Strasbourg

Our trip to Strasbourg wasn’t originally planned but it was cheaper for us to pick up our second car in France rather than in Germany. Also our good friend Joe Vanzella who is a pilot for Cathay Pacific, had a 72 hour layover in Paris, so planned to catch up with us. The relaxing 2…

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt was planned as a two day stop over to get to Strasburg, France to pick up the car. So we decided to break up the trip and stay in Frankfurt. After coming from Berlin, Frankfurt was disappointing. We found out that our train from Frankfurt to Strasburg was cancelled due to striking in France….

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