Walhalla, the paradise for the honoured
(photo taken from Cool Places to Stay )We date Saturday 21st May. I am in between an Erasmus reunion in the city of Regensburg and after having tasted a bit the nightlife of the city, we decide to go sightseeing. The programme states Walhalla. I do not know about you, but, for a person from the south like myself, this name reminds you more Arabic or Hindi scenery than German one. Obviously it proves how little I know about German history and mythology. I was, therefore, amazed to find out that Walhalla is nothing more than the paradise Valhalla from the Norse mythology. According to mythology half of the people who had died in a battle or a combat are lead to Valhalla who was ruled by god Odin, while the other half go to a field called Fólkvangr ruled by the goddess Freyja. But let's not concern ourselves with the latter. The point is that the Bavarian memorial a breath away from Regensburg has taken its name from this soldier paradise of the Norse mythology. The order for its construction was made by Crown Prince Judwig, who after his succession to the throne wanted to show his support for the unification of the German states. The memorial was built in the 19th century and specifically its construction took place in the years 1830-1842. The memorial is used as a hall to honour the distinguished people of the German language. Artists, politicians, scientists have taken place with their work in the halls of Walhalla and remain there to be honoured and admired for the rest of time.
But the Norse mythology was not the only thing that inspired the built of Walhalla. Its architecture by Leo von Klenze resembles the Greek temples as it was meant to be made in accordance to the Parthenon in Athens. Its final form manages not to be a pure copy from the famous Greek monument. So Greek art and Germanic mythology are combined together to create a hall of fame for the honoured. Pretty cool, right?
Standing on Walhalla's balcony and having to witness that view was definitely a gift from God.
Why to go?
There is nothing better than a high location combining history, culture and a magnificent view of nature wonders. Walhalla has it all… It represents an era of Germany that was getting closer together by unifying many of its states, it combines Greek and Germanic culture only by seeing it and hearing its name and it is truly beautiful to watch. Both the temple and its interior stand there in their greatness proving that inspiration can create things that leave people speechless and that they can be used in a most respectable manner. Because what is the best way to use such a monument if not for a memorial for those ones who deserve it. And last but certainly not least, the Danube. Oh dear that river is magnificent no matter where you find it. It truly never lets you down. No one should regret getting at this high spot. The view is truly one of a kind and it makes you think that everything is possible. Let me tell you that as a Greek seeing a Greek style temple in another country does not offend me. On the contrary, it proves to me how much influence the Greek culture had and still has into the world and makes me feel exceptionally proud of my country. (photo taken from Augenklick )