Donnie checking the map of the university grounds.

Bayreuth is the home of one of my nephews and his family. Therefore, after spending a few days with my sister-in-law in Amberg, where I took almost no street pictures, my next stop was Bayreuth to visit Donnie and his family.

From Wikipedia: Bayreuth is a sizeable town in northern Bavaria, Germany, on the Red Main river in a valley between the Franconian and the Fichtelgebirge Mountains.  The town's roots date back to 1194. Today it is the capital of Upper Franconia and has a population of 72,576 (2009). It is world-famous for its annual Bayreuth Festival, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. (

Bayreuth Training facility

Donnie is an architect and works for the state of Bavaria. Currently, he oversees the renovation of or building of municipal buildings, including office buildings and schools in and around Bayreuth. So, one of the first things we went to see was a building he and his team had designed and built for the Bayreuth and surrounding area police: a training facility. This building can be used to train officers how to search homes and apartments, inspect cars, negotiate with terrorists or hostage takers, etc. Very interesting and yet a very plain looking building from outside.

The grooved sidewalk strip is for blind people and where it juts out indicates to them where there is a street crossing light!

We walked around the expansive city from its downtown city streets through the city park and the grounds of the Residenz - formerly home to Markgravine Wilhelmine, the favorite sister of Frederick the Great - and the house where Richard Wagner had lived. We encountered groups of students, who, like those in Regensburg, we're going through their first semester initiation ritual. It was a Sunday so the streets were relatively quiet, though one saw the typical gathering of friends and families enjoying their traditional Sunday afternoon coffee and "Kuchen" in the cafés. And, since it was still warm enough on this chilly October day, they sat outside.

We also walked around the large university campus, where Donnie's office is also responsible for building projects. 

My shots in the Bayreuth streets were more of things than people since it was a Sunday afternoon and all but restaurants and cafés were closed.