Night of the Museums
Like many other European Cities, Ingolstadt has started to hold an evening which opens the city up to cultural pursuits - The Night of the Museums.
The event has established itself as an indispensable part of the cultural calendar, providing a relaxed atmosphere for the City's museusm to show their variety in an unusual light.
Audi museum mobile
I admit that I am no car freak. Not at all. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the museum mobile, especially the part with the pre-war cars. Those big old carriages like the green one look simply gorgeous!
The cars are presented with some background about the times they were built and used in. So they can be viewed with some historical interest. We had a guided tour which was excellent.
The permanent exhibition begins on the top floor with the oldest cars. The second floor shows the deelopment since World War II. The ground floor is used for temporary exhibitions - they had a presentation of car colours at that time, quite fascinating.
The story of Audi begins in Zwickau when the engineer August Horch founded his company in 1904. "Horch" soon became a renowned brand of luxury cars. After some troubles Horch was kicked out of his own company and founded another. Since the brand name was already taken, he simply translated his name into Latin: Horch ("Listen") became Audi.
The new museum is part of the Audi Forum in the factory grounds. Seeing the factory requires a different tour, though.
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Herzogskasten - The "Duke Box"?!?
"Herzogskasten" can be translated, tongue-in-cheek, as "Duke Box". This building is the residential house of the 13th century castle in Ingolstadt. Here the Dukes of Bavaria stayed during their occasional visits to Ingolstadt before the construction of the new castle.
Later on it served as grain storage and as the city's cash office (which explains the name: "Kasten" is the box the money was put into, and further on a word for the whole administration of said money box and its content). Nowadays it hosts the public library.
The building is a plain rectangular block. Its only ornaments are the stepped gables on both sides. The small oriel on the western side is the choir of the palace chapel.
King Kong Conquers the Fortress...
On the opposite bank of the big Danube river they built even more fortifications. King Kong could hot over the river but humans cannot, so they had to protect their bridge.
The plan shows how far the fortress extends.
Nowadays these buildings look peaceful. They are surrounded by a nice park, and walking along the river bank is pleasant.
I am glad there are no cannons in those holes any more.
This thing is named Tower Triva but it is neither a tower now is it trivial.
Hm. Must investigate this.
Gimme a minute to transform into King Kong, and I'll climb on top of that thing.
Nice view from up here. I see the whole panorama of the old town beyond the river.
Imagine... There was a man passing on his bike together with his son. He saw Mommy holding me up for the photo and said, "He cannot fly, he cannot fly."
I wonder why human males always have to make dumb comments when they don't understand things. Must be some kind of genetic defect.
Wait till he meets King Kong.
This circle has been put up on the river bank. Must be some kind of art work.
Far behind we see the towers of the castle on the opposite bank.