Aachen Cathedral

7 October 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

© CEphoto - Uwe Aranas/cc-by-sa-3.0

© CEphoto – Uwe Aranas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Aachen Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen,Germany, and the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aachen. One of the oldest cathedrals in Europe, it was constructed by order of the emperor Charlemagne, who was buried there in 814. From 936 to 1531, the Palatine Chapel saw the coronation of thirty-one German kings and twelve queens. The church has been the mother church of the Diocese of Aachen since 1802. In 1978, Aachen Cathedral was one of the first 12 items to be listed on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.   read more…

Oil Mountain in Wuppertal

10 April 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Ölberg Panorama © Carsten Hahn/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Ölberg Panorama © Carsten Hahn/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Ölberg is the local place name for a residential district of the Wuppertal district Elberfeld, which forms the southern half of the Elberfeld Nordstadt. The name goes back to the fact that even in the 1920s in this quarter mainly occupied by workers – in contrast to the immediately west subsequent bourgeois Brill quarter – many houses were not connected to the public grid and the apartments were mainly illuminated with oil or kerosene lamps were.   read more…

Dyck Castle in Aldenhoven

11 December 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

© Wandernder Weltreisender/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Wandernder Weltreisender/cc-by-sa-3.0

The castle Dyck is one of the most important moated castles of the Rhineland. The complex consists of a stronghold and two baileys, which are surrounded by a moat. The castle has a triple ditch system. The manor house, which dates from 1636 to 1663, is accessed via this and an outer and an inner bailey. The four-winged castle, which is delimited by corner towers, surrounds an almost square courtyard. The castle was furnished with old, exquisite furniture and had a handsome collection of hunting weapons. The buildings go back to the state after the destruction in the Thirty Years’ War.   read more…

Museum Mile in Bonn

21 September 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

Museum of Modern Art © Hans Weingartz/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Museum of Modern Art © Hans Weingartz/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

The Museum Mile is an ensemble of five museums in the “Federal City” of Bonn. The term was coined in the mid-1990s, when over a course of a few years several museum buildings were created south of Bonn Centre, which includes five museums on a length of about 3 km along the Bundesstraße 9. Since 1995, the Bonn Museum Mile Festival takes place annually, during which all five museums offer a variety of events for one weekend.   read more…

The university city of Siegen in North Rhine-Westphalia

6 April 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Upper City © Bob Ionescu

Upper City © Bob Ionescu

Siegen is a city in the south Westphalian part of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located in the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein in the Arnsberg region. The university town is the district seat, and is ranked as a “higher centre” in the South Westphalian urban agglomeration.   read more…

Remscheid in the Bergisches Land

17 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Haus Cleff - Typical regional architecture style © Björn Janc

Haus Cleff – Typical regional architecture style © Björn Janc

Remscheid is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is, after Wuppertal and Solingen, the third largest municipality in Bergisches Land, being located on the northern edge of the region, on south side of the Ruhr area. The population was 113,935 in 2007.   read more…

The spa town of Aachen

25 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Aachen Theatre © Martin Möller

Aachen Theatre © Martin Möller

Aachen, also known in English by its French name Aix-la-Chapelle, has historically been a spa town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Aachen was a favoured residence of Charlemagne, and the place of coronation of the Kings of Germany. Geographically, Aachen is the westernmost town of Germany, located along its borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, 65 km (40 mi) west of Cologne. RWTH Aachen University, one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence, is located in the city. Aachen’s predominant economic focus is on science, engineering, information technology and related sectors. For innovation, Aachen is currently ranked 8th among cities in Germany.   read more…

Warburg in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia

8 April 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Warburg Panorama © Tuxyso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Warburg Panorama © Tuxyso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Warburg is a town in eastern North Rhine-Westphalia on the river Diemel near the three-state point shared by Hessen, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. It is in Höxter district and Detmold region. Warburg is the center in the Warburger Börde. The main town, consisting of the Old Town (Altstadt) and the New Town (Neustadt) and bearing the same name as the whole town, is a hill town.   read more…

Kalkar on the Lower Rhine

5 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com - Maarten Takens/cc-by-sa-2.0

Boetzelaer Castle © flickr.com – 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…

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