Königstein Fortress in Saxony

1 May 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Königstein Fortress © Fritz-Gerald Schröder

Königstein Fortress © Fritz-Gerald Schröder

Königstein Fortress, the “Saxon Bastille“, is a hilltop fortress near Dresden, in Saxon Switzerland, 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. The fortress, which for centuries was used as a state prison, is still intact and is now one of Saxony‘s foremost tourist attractions, with 700,000 visitors per year.   read more…

Barby on the Elbe

12 November 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Town hall © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town hall © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0

Barby is a town in the Salzlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt. It is situated on the left bank of the Elbe river, near the confluence with the Saale, approx. 25 km (16 mi) southeast of Magdeburg. Since an administrative reform of 1 January 2010 it comprises the former municipalities of the administrative community Elbe-Saale, except for Gnadau, that joined Barby in September 2010. The burgward of Barby was first mentioned in a 961 deed by German king Otto I. Since the 12th century, the area was enfeoffed to the Counts of Barby descending from nearby Arnstein, who achieved Imperial immediacy in 1497. Upon the extinction of the line in 1659, the County of Barby fell to the Duchy of Saxe-Weissenfels, ruled by a cadet branch of the electoral Saxon House of Wettin.   read more…

The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg

1 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, House of the Month

Elbphilharmonie model © MissyWegner/cc-by-3.0

Elbphilharmonie model © MissyWegner/cc-by-3.0

The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (nicknamed Elphi) is a concert hall under construction in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg. The concert hall is designed by Herzog & de Meuron on top of an old warehouse (Kaispeicher A). It will be the tallest inhabited building of Hamburg, with a final height of 110m.   read more…

The Dockland building in Hamburg

1 June 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, House of the Month

© Dennis Siebert/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Dennis Siebert/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Like a ship sits the six-story office building on a plot of land, 40 meters out over the river Elbe in Hamburg. It can only be reached by a large staircase on the land side, the board is open to the public, and has on top a nearly 500 square meter wide roof terrace with a good view over the harbor and the northern shoreline. It is also a popular photo opportunity due to its distinctive architecture. The roof terrace is not wheelchair and handicapped accessible because it has no publicly accessible lift.   read more…

The porcelain and wine city of Meissen

24 January 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Meissen seen from 'Juchhöh' in the nearby mountains 'Spaargebirge' © Olaf1541/cc-by-sa-3.0

Meissen seen from ‘Juchhöh’ in the nearby mountains ‘Spaargebirge’ © Olaf1541/cc-by-sa-3.0

Meissen is a town of approximately 30,000 about 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Dresden on both banks of the Elbe river in the Free State of Saxony. The Grosse Kreisstadt is the capital of the Meissen district.   read more…

The HafenCity in Hamburg

13 October 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

HafenCity model © MissyWegner - CC-BY-SA-3.0

HafenCity model © MissyWegner – CC-BY-SA-3.0

HafenCity is a quarter in the district of Hamburg-Mitte in Hamburg. It is located on the Elbe river island that was formerly called Kehrwieder and Wandrahm.   read more…

The Luther-City of Wittenberg

18 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, UNESCO World Heritage

Memorial plaque Wittenberg Old Town Market © OTFW

Memorial plaque Wittenberg Old Town Market © OTFW

Wittenberg, officially Lutherstadt Wittenberg, is a city in Saxony-Anhalt, on the river Elbe. It has a population of about 50,000.   read more…

Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt

14 May 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Hundertwasser house 'The Green Citadelle' © Doris Antony

Hundertwasser house ‘The Green Citadelle’ © Doris Antony

Magdeburg is the largest city and the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt. Magdeburg is situated on the Elbe River and was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe.   read more…

The North Sea spa town of Cuxhaven

10 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© cuxhaven.de

© cuxhaven.de

Cuxhaven is an independent town and seat of the Cuxhaven district, in Lower Saxony. It is situated on the shore of the North Sea at the mouth of the Elbe River. Cuxhaven has a footprint of 14 km (east-west) by 7 km (north-south). Especially its town quarters Duhnen, Döse and Sahlenburg are popular vacation spots on the North Sea and home to about 52,000 residents.   read more…

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