Again, plans changed, and after we realized everything of interest is closed in Karlovy Vary on Mondays, we came up with an alternate plan: Ingolstadt! Chris has been wanting to go to the Audi museum ever since we moved here and an indoor activity sounded mighty nice to escape the cold. But then we started looking at all the things there are to see in Ingolstadt, including a walk through the city, we decided to make a day out of it. We left the house around 8:30am and got to a parking garage just before 10am. Fox is such a good brother and was holding Jane while we set the stroller up so she wouldn't get hit by a car. I think this is the first time he's hugged her of his own free will! And I caught it on camera!
A little bit about Ingolstadt: it's is a city in the Free State of Bavaria, in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is located along the banks of the River Danube, in the center of Bavaria. As of March 31st 2011 Ingolstadt had 125,407 citizens. It is part of the Munich Metropolitan Area which has a total population of more than 5 million. The Illuminati, a Bavarian secret society, was founded in Ingolstadt in the late 18th century. Ingolstadt is a setting in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, where the scientist Victor Frankenstein creates his monster. It is the site of the headquarters of the German automobile manufacturer Audi, defense aircraft manufacturer Cassidian Air Systems (formerly EADS DS), and electronic stores Media Markt and Saturn. Ingolstadt Central Station has been connected to Nuremberg by a high-speed rail link since May 2006. Covering an urban area of 51.49 square miles Ingolstadt is geographically Bavaria's fourth-largest city after Munich, Nuremberg, and Augsburg. Ingolstadt was first mentioned in a document of Charlemagne on 6 February 806 as "Ingoldes stat", the place of Ingold. Circa 1250, Ingolstadt was granted city status. Originally a fortress city, Ingolstadt is enclosed by a medieval defensive wall. The Bavarian Fortress (1537–1930) now holds the Museum of the Bavarian Army.
We walked around the New Town Hall and found a mini replica of the city. On the way back to the car we passed this again and enjoyed pointing out things we saw.
Not the prettiest of days (think cold, rain, wind), but I sure do love how the fog photographs!
Modern Art. Chris wanted to stand in it like the Vitruvian Man, but he couldn't catch his balance! And then I framed the New Castle with the ring.
I spy the New Castle!
I love the color, all the details, and the fact that it's the head of a lion so the bomb comes out of its mouth, etc.
The Carraraplatz - the square named after Ingolstadt's Italian twintown.
Look at the angels decorating this building - neat! Janey found a stick and was running through the trees with it.
Jane loved her schnitzel.
We walked along Ludwigstrasse. My favorite street in town because of all the colored buildings!
We found the Ickstatt House - the residential home of the professor and reformer Johann Adam Baron von Ickstatt (1702-1776). It has the tallest Baroque facade in southern Germany.
Then we walked down the street to the Cathedral to Our Dear and Beautiful Lady or Cathedral of Notre Dame. Not to be confused with the Notre Dame in Paris :)
Beautiful inside and out.
We walked through the Cross Gate and then through the Taschenturm Tower (used to be one of the minor gates in the Town Wall) and back into town.
The front side of the museum from the internet:
We passed the old University which has something to do with Frankenstein but Chris will have to come in and edit cuz I can't remember.