12 November 2013
Heidelberg is a city in south-west Germany. The fifth-largest city in the State of Baden-Württemberg, Heidelberg is part of the densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. In 2011, over 149,000 people lived in the city. Heidelberg lies on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald.
A former residence of the Electorate of the Palatinate, Heidelberg is the location of Heidelberg University, well known far beyond Germany’s borders. Heidelberg is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape, including Heidelberg Castle and the baroque style Old Town.
5 November 2013
Hamburg is located on the Southern point of the Jutland Peninsula, directly between Continental Europe to its south and Scandinavia to its north. The North Sea is west and the Baltic Sea is northeast of Hamburg. Hamburg is located on the River Elbe at its confluence with the Alster and Bille. The city centre is situated around the Binnenalster (“Inner Alster”) and Außenalster (“Outer Alster”) both of which were originally formed by damming up the River Alster to create lakes. The island of Neuwerk and two small neighbouring islands Scharhörn and Nigehörn, located in the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park, are also part of Hamburg.
2 November 2013
The Free State of Bavaria is a state of Germany, located in the southeast. With an area of 70,548 square kilometres it is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria is Germany’s second most populous state , with 12.5 million inhabitants, more than any of the three sovereign nations on its borders. Bavaria’s capital and largest city is Munich, the third largest city in Germany.
One of the oldest states of Europe, it was established as a duchy in the mid first millennium. In the 17th century, the Duke of Bavaria became a Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. The Kingdom of Bavaria existed from 1806 to 1918, and Bavaria has since been a free state (republic). Modern Bavaria also includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia, Upper Palatinate and Swabia.
30 October 2013
Breisach (formerly Altbreisach) is a town with approximately 16,500 inhabitants, situated along the Rhine in the Rhine Valley, in the district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, about halfway between Freiburg and Colmar — 20 kilometres away from each — and about 60 kilometres north of Basel near the Kaiserstuhl. A bridge leads over the Rhine to Neuf-Brisach, Alsace.
Its name is Celtic and means breakwater. The root Breis can also be found in the French word briser meaning to break. The hill, on which Breisach came into existence was — at least when there was a flood — in the middle of the Rhine until the Rhine was straightened by the engineer Johann Gottfried Tulla in the 19th century, thus breaking its surge.
16 October 2013
A new concept hostel has opened doors in Bonn, Germany. Located inside a former storage facility, the BaseCamp Young Hostel Bonn is a concept that lies between a campsite and a hostel. All the ‘rooms’ of the hotel are spiced-up camping trailers and other retro vehicles.Altogether the hostel accommodates 120 beds across 15 caravans, two night sleepers and two Airstreams. Rates for a bed in the BaseCamp Hostel range from €54 up to €76. The hotel, an idea of the German hotelier Michael Schloesser, opened doors in August, but will not have to close during the winter. The concept is a good way to re-use vacant warehouses like these and offer guests a remarkable experience. The trailers, airstreams and caravans are all classic models that definitely remind many of the holiday experiences of their childhood.
The various rooms are arranged in a circle and set up like a typical campground. To create a real camping vibe, the trailers all have a theme-based visual style and corresponding names such as Flower Power, Space Shuttle, Drag Queen, Safari and Nautilus. Chairs and tables can be found outside most of the rooms, like at a typical campsite. Contrary to most ‘real’ camping places, Wi-Fi is available.
21 September 2013
Albstadt is a city in the district of Zollernalbkreis in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located on the Swabian Alb mountains, about halfway between Stuttgart and Lake Constance. Albstadt is the largest city in the district. Albstadt belongs also the Raichberg hill, on which there is the Raichberg Transmitter and observation tower.
21 August 2013
The Partnach Gorge which is about 2.305 feet in length and its walls rise to 263 feet was declared a natural monument in 1912. It is just amazing and will cast its spell on you with its wild waterfalls, water rapids and tranquil water basins. A fascinating perspective view offers the iron bridge with its height of around 225 feet.
The most common, breathtaking and more comfortable track through the gorge runs right next to the water. There you really can touch water.
11 August 2013
Parsberg is a municipality in the district of Neumarkt in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 23 km southeast of Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, and 33 km northwest of Regensburg, directly on Autobahn 3, which is the main route from Nuremberg to Regensburg (and then on into Austria). It was formerly the seat of the Counts of Parsberg, whose coat of arms is now used by the city.Parsberg Castle and museum (the museum is only open on Sundays or by appointment). Parsberg also has a beautiful medieval church. The city of Lupburg and the U.S. Army installation at Hohenfels are nearby, as is the lovely Altmuhl River valley. In addition to these, numerous castles and ruins are in the area.
24 July 2013
Satzvey Castle is a medieval fortress with water barriers. Its history began in the 12th century. The first stone buildings were erected in the late 14th century. After the next 100 years it was strengthened, and massive entrance gate appeared. In 1747, the castle was inherited by Karl Otto von Gymnich, representative of the noble family of the Rhine. During the war, the castle was severely damaged and subsequently rebuilt by Countess Adelina Metternich von Gymnich. A descendant of the ancient family, Franz Joseph Count Bayssel von Gymnich, lives in the castle nowadays.
A popular magazine for lovers of luxury included the castle in a list of seven most beautiful private estates in Germany. Most of its buildings are open for the public and private events.Since 1981 different performances for children and adults have been regularly held in the castle and nearby: Christmas market, knightly tournaments, concerts, medieval detective shows, cooking shows, Easter Bazaar, St. Patrick’s Day, summer theater with Peter Pan, so the main stream of tourists comes here on schedule. Funds from these activities are used to maintain the castle in good condition. The owners have no financial assistance from the state.We arrived in the morning and nobody was there. So we freely entered the castle through the gate and watched the courtyard. Come early and you will be able to make such a wonderful picture.
21 July 2013
Esslingen am Neckar is a city in the Stuttgart Region of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany, capital of the District of Esslingen as well as the largest city in the district.
It is located on the Neckar River, about 14 km southeast of Stuttgart city centre.Esslingen was first mentioned in 777 as Ezelinga in the last will of Abbot Fulrad from Saint-Denis (near Paris), the chaplain of Pippin and Charlemagne. He bequeathed the church sixth cell upon the river Neckar to his monastery, Saint-Denis. He also brought the bones of Saint Vitalis to Esslingen, which made it a destination for pilgrims and led to its growth.
Around 800 Esslingen became a market town, its market rights being certified in 866. In 949–953 it was a possession of Liudolf, Duke of Swabia. Esslingen received city rights in 1229 under Emperor Frederick II. During the same period the still extant Neckar bridge was built, making Esslingen a major centre for trade on the route between Italy, Switzerland, and northern Germany. Taxes provided by the bridge and market led to further growth of the town, as did the export of the highly regarded wines from the region.
The period between the 13th century and 16th century saw many conflicts between the Free Imperial City and the Counts of Württemberg (later Duchy of Württemberg). About half the population lost their lives in the Thirty Years War between 1618 and 1648 through famine or epidemics. Esslingen lost its independence as an Imperial city in 1803, becoming part of the Duchy of Württemberg.