22nd day

In Bavaria there is a large number of churches and monasteries. Today we visited the Andechs Monastery – the Holy Mountain of Bavaria, which is an important spiritual, cultural and economic centre.

Monks live in the monastery, and there is a beautiful baroque church, a famous brewery for the Andechs beer, as well as a small herb garden in which many medicinal plants are planted.

Not far from the Andechs monastery is the Ameersee, where we took a boat trip. It was so beautiful to be in the surroundings of the lake before the Alps with the many green forests.

23rd day

Today we went on an excursion to the old city of Augsburg. We met with relatives of Hans-Werner, who gave us a lot of information about this city.

First we visited the city hall of Augsburg, which was heavily destroyed during the war. Then the inhabitants of the city collected money to restore the building. What surprised us the most was the Golden Hall, which looks very magnificent.

Augsburg is also home to the Fuggerei – the oldest social settlement in the world. This settlement was built by the famous German entrepreneur Jacob Fugger in the 16th century. Up to now, poor people live there, who get a comfortable apartment for 80 cents a year. But for that they have to go to the catholic church every day and pray (the church is on the Fuggerei premises).

In the evening we visited some shops in the city center and did some shopping.

24th day

At the beginning of our trip to Munich the weather was not very good: It rained very heavily and we decided to visit the German Natural Science Museum first. This museum is incredibly large, and one can say that it is a temple of science. Here you can find everything – from a submarine to a replica of a human cell enlarged 350,000 times to an atomic model and a space probe.

Fortunately the weather was better later, and we took the walk through the center of Munich, looked at the city from above from the tower of the Frauenkirche and recovered later with a glass of wine in the English Garden next to the Munich Residence.

25th day

Since childhood we have all known the symbol of Disney films – Neuschwanstein Castle, which we visited today. The incredible beauty, mysterious history of the castle, and the alpine environment … All this creates a unique and special atmosphere.

This castle was built by King Ludwig II. According to his wishes, all the walls of the castle are decorated with motifs from Wagner’s operas, and the swan is the symbol of Neuschwanstein. All rooms in the castle look magnificent! Some facilities in the castle are surprisingly modern, e.g. a telephone and a very generously equipped kitchen.

This castle evokes so many feelings that they cannot be described.

On this day we also visited the Wieskirche, which is one of the most famous catholic baroque churches in Bavaria and contains beautiful pictures and frescos.

26th day

Today we spent the last day in Bavaria and had the opportunity to visit the well-known behavioural psychotherapist – Erika Kurtenbach – in Munich. This meeting was very exciting and important for us because Mrs. Kurtenbach is a very interesting woman who told us a lot about her work. She uses different methods for her very different patients and also works together with Mariele Gessmann in the field of tapping acupuncture.

On the way back we were able to see the beautiful Bavarian landscapes, which are very diverse – the hills change very quickly to the flat country and vice versa.

27th day

Today we got to know a new psychotherapeutic procedure called Urschrei. This form of psychotherapy was developed by the American psychologist Arthur Janov and represents a novel psychotherapeutic treatment method in Russia. With the help of this method the person can free his blocked energies by screaming.

In the evening we saw together with Hans-Werner the film about the world-famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven, from which we learned a lot about his life and work. His tragic fate was portrayed very impressively – a person who creates beautiful music but cannot hear it. The love story of Beethoven was also expressed very emotionally.

28th day

Today we got to know a new psychotherapeutic procedure called Urschrei. This form of psychotherapy was developed by the American psychologist Arthur Janov and represents a novel psychotherapeutic treatment method in Russia. With the help of this method the person can free his blocked energies by screaming.

In the evening we saw together with Hans-Werner the film about the world-famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven, from which we learned a lot about his life and work. His tragic fate was portrayed very impressively – a person who creates beautiful music but cannot hear it. The love story of Beethoven was also expressed very emotionally.

29th day

The school system in Germany has many special peculiarities, e.g. there are different types of schools which students can choose according to their abilities. Today we visited one of these schools – the Gymnasium in the city of Straelen. We got to know this institution with the help of Heike Hossbach, who has been the head of this grammar school since this year. It is a municipal institution, but it is not a typical school, because this grammar school is very rich and has everything that promotes the favourable teaching process. So there is a modern library, a large auditorium and even a room for rest. There are many beneficial conditions for the development of creativity, e.g. beautiful rooms for music and art.

In the afternoon we went for a walk through Straelen and got to know many sights. The peculiarity of this city is the European Translators College, where translators from all over the world come to work together.

30th day

During our stay in Germany we visited the old people’s nursing home in Kleve. Today we had the opportunity to visit a nursing home for the elderly in order to have a better idea about the system of care for the elderly.

This facility is located in Dremmen and is supplied by the Catholic Church. Here, the conditions are ideal for the elderly to feel at home. There are single and double rooms, a large garden, a bright chapel. More than 80 people live in this facility, and the atmosphere of understanding and love prevails everywhere.

31st day

The history of the country can best be understood through songs and poetry. Thus the German musician Frank Baier created a lot of songs about the Ruhr area, and with the help of these songs he succeeded 25 years ago to preserve a historically important part of Duisburg – Rheinpreußensiedlung. The houses were to be demolished. But there was a strike at the city hall where Frank and his friends sang these songs. Just today we got to know this interesting person. Frank Baier is not only a talented musician, but also the author of the books about the Ruhr area.

After the meeting we visited the Museum Burg Linn, where we learned a lot about German history. The castle is situated in a picturesque area and was built in the 12th century. When we were in this place, we had the feeling to be in the Middle Ages.