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…

Glückstadt on the Elbe

21 December 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Inner Harbour © Nightflyer/cc-by-sa-3.0

Inner Harbour © Nightflyer/cc-by-sa-3.0

Glückstadt is a town in the Steinburg district of Schleswig-Holstein. It is located on the right bank of the Lower Elbe at the confluence of the small Rhin river, about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of Altona. Glückstadt is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.   read more…

Neuengamme in the Vierlanden

13 May 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

© Pincerno/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

© Pincerno/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

Neuengamme is a quarter of Hamburg, located in the Bergedorf borough, near the river Dove Elbe (a tributary of the river Elbe). In this rural quarter, part of the Vierlanden,consisting of the villages Curslack, Kirchwerder, Neuengamme and Altengamme, the population is at 3,500. Neuengamme is located in the southeastern part of Hamburg. In 2007 the quarter had a total area of 18.6 km².   read more…

Altes Land, the largest contiguous fruit-producing region in Central Europe

28 September 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg

Steinkirchen © Christoph Matthias Siebenborn/cc-by-sa-3.0

Steinkirchen © Christoph Matthias Siebenborn/cc-by-sa-3.0

Altes Land is an area of reclaimed marshland straddling parts of Lower Saxony and Hamburg. The region is situated downstream from Hamburg on the southwestern riverside of the Elbe around the towns of Stade, Buxtehude, Jork and Lühe. In Hamburg it includes the quarters of Neuenfelde, Cranz, Francop and Finkenwerder.   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 Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm (English Grounds of Wörlitz) in Saxony-Anhalt

27 October 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Wörlitz - Rock island Stein and Villa Hamilton © Matthias Seifert

Wörlitz – Rock island Stein and Villa Hamilton © Matthias Seifert

The DessauWörlitz Garden Realm, also known as the English Grounds of Wörlitz, is one of the first and largest English parks in Germany and continental Europe. It was created in the late 18th century under the regency of Duke Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau (1740-1817), returning from a Grand Tour to Italy, the Netherlands, England, France and Switzerland he had undertaken together with his friend architect Friedrich Wilhelm von Erdmannsdorff. Both strongly influenced by the ideals of The Enlightenment, they aimed to overcome the formal garden concept of the Baroque era in favour of a naturalistic landscape as they had seen at Stourhead Gardens and Ermenonville. Today the cultural landscape of Dessau-Wörlitz encompasses an area of 142 km2 (55 sq mi) within the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.   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…

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