Emmerich Smola Music School
The Emmerich Smola music school of the city of Kaiserslautern is a public educational institution which offers practical and theoretical music courses for children, young people and adults.
The school is named after the German orchestra conductor Emmerich Smola, born 1922 in what is now the Czech Republic. Smola studied music in Prague and started his career as a double bass player. In 1948 he became director of the South-West-German radio orchestra in Kaiserslautern, where he remained for thirty-nine years until 1987.
In his long career as a conductor he has made more than fifteen thousand recordings, most of which are in the archives of the South-West-German Radio and are still aired regularly. (Which is why anyone who listens to classical music broadcasts in Germany has heard the name Smola over and over again.)
Second photo: In front of the music school.
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"Fine German Castles"
The town of Kaiserslautern had it's beginnings as a favorite fishing place for the King. He build a castle in the center of town and eventually built a number of small castles on the surrounding hills. I actually live in a suburb of Kaiserslautern, and can see one of the most interesting of these castles from two sides of my house.
Deeper in the woods behind my house is another castle. It is not on the map and not very many people know about it. I am kind of a fitness freak and found it quite accidentally, as I paused to catch my breath while running "berg auf". It has curious "ruines" carved into the living rock. quite interesting.
Due to the fact that there is no location called "Pirmasens" or "Ludwigswinkel" (suprise!) at VT, I have to use "Kaiserslautern" to introduce this beautiful area to you.
Rhineland-Palatinate is located in the South-West of Germany and is, in my opinion, one of the most wonderful areas in this country.
It is famous for it´s beautiful and huge forest (the biggest on Germany), for it´s many mostly ruined castles (approx 400) for it´s wine and for shoe industry.
..."somewhere in the midst of all this is the green border, the 172000 hectare "Park Naturel regional des Vosges" on the French side and the "Dahner Felsenland" (Dahn Cliff Country), the southernorth part of the "Naturpark Pfälzer Wald" in the Palatinate. In this stretch of land along the Palatine-Alsatian border, much of it located at vertiginous heights, lie numerous striking remnants of mighty castles and feudal forifications in close proximity toeach other.
All of them reflect a tightly intervowen Franco-German past and almost 1000 years of European history."
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"View to the Altdahn castle"
Triple castles, the largest fortifications in the Palatinate.
Dates back to 11th century. Typical Wasgau castle built on steep, free-standing cliffs, with romms, steps and corridors carved out of the rock. Remains of castle walls and a house.
"Way towards Lützelhardt"
"The castle again"
This castle near Lembach is mostly intact. Built in the 12th century, one of the largest castles inthe Vosges, erected on a steep sloping stone plate 370 meters high.
An ideal fortification 92 meters long and 8 meters wide. The rock-hewn rooms are impressive.
I´ll have better pics than this - hope to find them soon.
"View from this castle"
"Altdahn in Winter"
"Altdahn in Winter"
This castle is near Erlenbach. It´s restored.
And it "is the only occupied castle in the Palatinate. Impressive Wasgau castle, built in the 12th century, located high on a rock outcropping with a 104-meter-deep well. Additional wall from the 15th century.
Preserved: defensive tower, rooms carved out of tje cliff,passageways hewn in the rock face."
There are guided tours. It is absolutuely worth visiting!
"Original entrance of the castle"
"Viwe from Castle Berwartstein"
Castle ruin near Busenberg. Perched on two narrow, steep sandstone cliffs, this cliff castle belonged to the Lords von Drachenfels (1209 - 1344).
Destroyed in 1523. Still preserved: rock-hewn chambers (upper castle), tower building, remains of another tower
"View from Drachenfels"
A typical cliff castle, located near Obersteinbach.
Presumably built during the 12th century. Destroyed during the Thirty Year´s War. Parts of the curtain wall, the lower level of the cstle, the keep and the house remain.