If you travel down the Danube you will discover a Greek temple of marble, about 10 kilometers / 6 miles after Regensburg. Leo von Klenze based his design on the Parthenon of Athens, when he was commissioned to erect a hall of fame. The building got its name "Walhalla" from the home of the Germanic gods. 26 years after starting the work, King Ludwig I was able to declare on the 18th of October 1842, "May 'Walhalla' promote the strengthening and increase of the German mind! May the Germans, regardless of their tribe always feel that they have a common Fatherland". This notable hall today contains the busts of 126 significant personalities, who for the most part come from German speaking areas, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Otto von Guericke, Johann Gregor Mendel, Johannes Gutenberg, Jakob Fugger, August II of Saxony, Friedrich II of Prussia, Immanuel Kant, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, as well as Sophie Scholl and Ulrich von Hutten. In addition, there are 64 panels commemorating great personalities such as Hildegard von Bingen, Albertus Magnus, Roswitha from Gandersheim, Walther von der Vogelweide, Heinrich III, Hermann the Cheruscan, as well as Peter Henlein, and Gerhard, Master Builder of Cathedrals. Some visitors may note that many prominent persons are missing, for instance Friedrich List. However this does nothing to diminish this unusual memorial. A complete listing of those honored in the "Walhalla" Hall can be found on the Internet at http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walhalla.