The university city of Heidelberg

5 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Heidelberg © - whobee

Heidelberg © – whobee

Heidelberg is a city in south-west Germany. The fifth-largest city in the State of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart, Mannheim, Karlsruhe and Freiburg im Breisgau, Heidelberg is part of the densely-populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. In 2009, over 145,000 people lived in the city. Heidelberg lies on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald.   read more…

Kehl on the Rhine

25 March 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Kehl © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0

Kehl © Uwe Barghaan/cc-by-3.0

Kehl is a town in southwestern Germany in the Ortenaukreis, Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the river Rhine, directly opposite the French city of Strasbourg. In 1338 the first permanent bridge between Kehl and Strasbourg was completed. In 1678 the city was taken over by France, as it was considered to be part of the defence system of Strasbourg. Hence the village was transformed into a fortress in 1683 by the French architect Vauban.   read more…

Kalkar on the Lower Rhine

5 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Boetzelaer Castle © - Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0

Boetzelaer Castle © – Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0

Kalkar is a municipality in the district of Kleve, in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located near the Rhine, approx. 10 km south-east of Cleves. The most famous building of Kalkar is its church St. Nicolai, which has one of the most significant sacral inventory from the late Middle Ages in Europe.   read more…

Boppard in the upper Middle Rhine Valley

2 March 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

Rhine Panorama © Moguntiner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rhine Panorama © Moguntiner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Boppard is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district in Rhineland-Palatinate, lying in the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also a state-recognized tourism resort and is a winegrowing centre.   read more…

The Greater Region Luxembourg, Lorraine, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Wallonia

16 October 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Union, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  5 minutes

Großregion map © Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes

Großregion map © Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes

The Greater Region is the area of Saarland, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Wallonia, the French Community of Belgium and the German-speaking Community of Belgium. It is not identical with the SaarLorLux Euregio, being in the same territory.   read more…

Bonn on the Rhine

4 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Sunrise on a Winter day © Matthias Zepper

Sunrise on a Winter day © Matthias Zepper

Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany. Located in the Cologne/Bonn Region, about 25 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999. Starting in 1998, many national government institutions were moved from Bonn to Berlin. Both houses of the German national parliament, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, were moved along with the Chancellery and the residence of the President of Germany.   read more…

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