A short trip to the town Luebeck situated at the Traver River, which is the second largest city in Schleswig-Holstein and the largest German port on the Baltic Sea. It was for several centuries the the main town ("Queen") for the Hanseatic League - the main trade rival during the Middle Ages was another important port, the town Stralsund (e.g. compare pictures of town halls in both towns). The first settlement around Luebeck was during the last Ice Age. The town was founded by Count of Schauenberg and Holstein Adolf II in 1143. The town was given a ruling council by emperor Barbarossa that survived into the 19th century, emperor Frederick II elevated the town to an Imperial Free City (Free City of Luebeck). Emperor Charles IV. named Lübeck one of the five "Glories of the Empire", a title shared with Venice, Rome, Pisa and Florence (in 1375).
The island Sylt which is well known for the distinct shape of its shoreline is situated in northern Germany (a part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein), surrounded with the Wadden Sea, a part of the North Sea. It belongs to the North Frisian Island (such as Amrum or Foehr). The main town on the island is Westerland, its area is 100 km^2. The northern end of Sylt (Ellenbogen) is the northernmost point in Germany. My photos are from Morsum (the easternmost city on the island) and from Sylt.
A short trip to the town Hamelin (Hameln) in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) which is famous for the folk tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The history of town Hamelin is intertwined with a monastery that was founded as early as 851 AD.
Finis coronat opus - The longtest trip taking over six hours (appr. 400 km by Metronom and DB trains in one way and total walked distance approx. 20 km) I have made during my stay at the G-A-University in Lower Saxony.... The first stop was Norddeich Mole (Norddiek) which is a part of the town Norddeich and a known spa city. The second stop was the town Emden (Amuthon, Embda, Emda, Embden) which has existed since 8th century (the exact fonding date = ?) which is the main city of the region East Frisia) and an important seaport in the northwest of Germany, on river Ems.
A short tour of the town Celle on the occasion of visiting in the sport centre. The first document mentioned Celle in 986 A.D. (Kellu). The town has the greatest number (about 480, some half-timber houses) of preserved buildings in the old town centre dating back to the 16th century in Germany. The ducal palace was built in 1530 (at the site of the former castle of the dukes of Saxony-Wittenberg) for the dukes of Brunswick-Lueneburg (1433-1705 A.D.), June 6, 2008.
A short tour of the town Hildesheim. It is located in the district of Hildesheim, about 25 km southeast of Hanover, in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). The town was the seat of the Bishopric of Hildesheim (815 A.D.) that ruled the citizens for four centuries; its two churches are now items of the UNESCO World Hereitage Site, May 1, 2008.
The third day of a three-day trip, we went on a half-day excursion to the island Ruegen (Jasmund National Park), Ruegen the Germany´s largest island (926 km^2) located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, May 18, 2008.
The second day of a tree-day trip - we went on an all-day excursion to the island Hiddensse; Hiddensee is a carefree island in the Baltic Sea, located west of the island Ruegen on the German coast (54° 33´ north longitude, 13° 07¨east), May 17, 2008.
The first day (and the evening of the second day) of a three-day trip to the northern part of Germany. Stralsund is a town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), situated at the southern coast of the Strelasund, May 16-17, 2008.
A rather short trip to Koeln (oppidum ubiorum founded by the Romans in the year 38 B.C. having the town status from the year 50 A.D., later known as Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium), the fourth largest city in Germany lying on the river Rhine, May 1, 2008. (Our trip started at 7 a.m. on Sunday and ended at 1 a.m. on Monday... )
A short visit of Paderborn which is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) and whose foundation dates back to 777. The city name is derived from the river Pader, which is the shortest river in German (only 4 km), originating in more than 200 springs near Paderborn Cathedral, where St. Liborius - Liborius of Le Mans (348-396) - found his well-earned last rest, April 13, 2008.
A short visit of a very nice small town Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), located on the Oker river (appr. 13 kilometres south of Brunswickwith). The town is the seat of the District of (Landkreis) Wolfenbüttel and of the bishop of the Protestant Lutheran State Church of Brunswick. April 4, 2008.
A very short trip to the very old town (825 years) Hannoversch Muenden in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) in Germany, located in the district of Göttingen at the confluence of the Fulda and Werra rivers which join to form of the river Weser, February 24, 2008.