27 February 2014
Sylvenstein Dam is an earthen embankment dam in the Isar valley, in the alpine part of Upper Bavaria, Germany which impounds the Sylvenstein Reservoi.Several hydropower plants were built in the tributary of the upper Isar river in the 1920s, for example at the Achensee and Lake Walchen Power Plant. Therefore, the river ran nearly dry during the dry season. This mainly affected the town of Bad Tölz. A reservoir was established to ensure a minimum level of water in the river. During the dry season a volumetric flow of 4 cubic metres per second is released to prevent the Isar from running dry. Additionally, the reservoir provides flood control for the Isar river between Bad Tölz and Munich.The dam is 44 metres high and has a length of 180 metres. It was built between 1954 and 1959. From 1959 on, the water was also used to drive a hydropower plant of 3.2 MW. The plant was upgraded in 2000 with new turbines to generate 3.8 MW.During the 2005 European floods, because the maximum capacity of the reservoir was reached, more water than normal had to be released into the Isar river, but the flooding would have been more severe if the Sylvenstein Dam had not been present.
17 February 2014
Schloss Schwetzingen, or Schwetzingen Castle is a palace in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Schwetzingen was the summer residence of the Electors Palatine Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore (of the House of Wittelsbach). It is situated in Schwetzingen, roughly equidistant from the electors’ seats at Heidelberg and Mannheim, and is most notable for its spacious and ornate gardens. Other than these exceptionally well preserved gardens and the castle proper, the compound also features the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen, the principal venue for the annual Schwetzingen Festival.
8 February 2014
The Burg Rheinstein is a castle near the town of Trechtingshausen in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.The castle was constructed in about 1316/1317. Rheinstein Castle was important for its strategic location. By 1344, the castle was in decline. By the time of the Palatine war of succession, the castle was very dilapidated. During the romantic period in the 19th century, Prince Frederick of Prussia (1794–1863) bought the castle and it was rebuilt.
2 February 2014
Königstein is a town in the Free State of Saxony in Germany. Königstein lies in the Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge District and has a population of 2,898 as of 2005. Near Königstein is the Festung Königstein fortress, the “Saxon Bastille”, is a hilltop fortress near Dresden, in Saxon Switzerland, Germany, above the town of Königstein on the left bank of the River Elbe. It is one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe and sits atop the table hill of the same name.
The 9.5 hectare rock plateau rises 240 metres above the Elbe and has over 50 buildings, some over 400 years old, that bear witness to the military and civilian life in the fortress. The rampart run of the fortress is 1,800 metres long with walls up to 42 metres high and steep sandstone faces. In the centre of the site is a 152.5 metre deep well, which is the deepest in Saxony and second deepest well in Europe.
15 January 2014
The upside down house located in Getorff, Germany is certainly not the first of its kind, but it is still an amazing attraction for the local zoo. Investor Dirk Oster commissioned carpenters Gerhard Mordhorst, Gesellse Splettstößer and Manfred Kolax to build the inverted house.
The house stands on a pointed roof and is reinforced by steel beams in the attic. It stands at a height of 23 feet and has an upside down bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom. Inside the house, every tiny detail has been set upside down including the fruit bowl, kitchen sink and even the sofas in the living room. A total of 50 different pieces were screwed to the floor-ceiling of the house. These pieces included a microwave, tables, beds and even pictures (these were screwed to the wall). The heaviest of these pieces was the 100-lb wardrobe, but it too was fixed to the roof of the structure (the floor of the house).The house has been open to the public since March 2010 and is inclined at a slight angle to challenge the viewer’s perspective.
7 December 2013
Dresden Castle or Royal Palace is one of the oldest buildings in Dresden. For almost 400 years, it has been the residence of the electors (1547–1806) and kings (1806–1918) of Saxony of the Albertine line of the House of Wettin. It is known for the different architectural styles employed, from Baroque to Neo-renaissance.The Hausmannsturm is the main tower of the Palace complex. From 1674 to 1676, it was expanded to a height of 100 meters according to plans by chief master builder Wolf Caspar Klengel.