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    Nidderauen (Effolderbach) - u/c

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Apr 14, 2014

    This area is great for cycling, but very much off the beaten path. The Nidderauen is a wetland area that is home to many bird species. The "Auenweg" starts in Effolderbach (watch out for the cycling sign) and is the best way to explore the area. Along the path, a hut allows undisturbed birdwatching. In a large enclosed area, Heck Cattle and Konik Ponies keep the vegetation open by grazing, thus establishing an ideal habitat for all kinds of birds.

    Access to other parts of the Nidderauen: from the "Vulkanradweg".

    Either drive to Effolderbach, park here and hike the Auenpfad or travel by regional train from Frankfurt (ca. 1 h) to Glauburg-Stockheim and cycle from here to Effolderbach. Access to the Auenweg on the right, after passing the train tracks.

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    Future site of the European Central Bank

    by Nemorino Updated Feb 3, 2014

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    This is the former Großmarkthalle (wholesale produce market) on the site of the future headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB). I took this photo in 2004.

    They are planning a large complex of buildings, including three skyscrapers. The main market building, a huge historic building from the year 1928, will be preserved, renovated and incorporated into the new complex. Construction began in 2005 and the bank originally planned to move in to the new complex in 2009, but after various delays they are now hoping to have at least the first skyscraper finished in 2014.

    The ECB is now operating from rented offices in several buildings in downtown Frankfurt, particularly the Eurotower on Willy-Brandt-Platz, opposite the Frankfurt Opera.

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    Future site of the European Central Bank

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    Neanderthal-Museum Mettmann

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 13, 2013

    This museum - located between Düsseldorf and Wuppertal - is dedicated to the history of the Neanderthal humanoids, their looks, way of life, and cultural beliefs. The interactive exhibition gives a great insight into what life must have been like in prehistoric times. You can even have your photo taken as a Neanderthal man or woman in a photo booth where your face will be digitally morphed into Neanderthal features! The museum is built close to the archaeological site where the remains of their species have been found for the first time; he was named after the location (Neanderthal). A short hiking path connects several enclosures with animals that lived with the Neanderthal men, like Aurochs, European Bison and Wild Horses.

    Neanderthal Man
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    Manderscheid - Eifel

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Dec 13, 2013

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    The main feature of Manderscheid (Eifel/West Germany - near Daun) are two impressive castles, located opposite to each other - the "Manderscheider Burgen". The trailhead to the "Lieserpfad", one of the best hiking paths in Germany, starts here.

    Manderscheider Burgen

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    The 50th parallel

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 9, 2013

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    Shortly before the town of Lohr we cross the 50th parallel. There is a red line painted across the bicycle route at this point, with the number 50.

    Beside the bicycle route there is a large boulder with a plaque, set up by the local chapter of the Social Democratic Party, listing some of the places in the world that are on the 50th parallel. Lohr is listed first, of course, followed by Aschaffenburg, Wiltz (Luxembourg), Arnstein, the southern tip of England, Schesslitz, Winnipeg (Canada), Prague, Krakau (Poland), Charkov (Russia), Tenurtan (Kasachstan), Ulangom (Mongolia) and Sachalin.

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    Update: Kharkiv, the second largest city in the Ukraine, is also on the 50th parallel and claims to be the largest of all the cities on this parallel worldwide. VT member toonsarah has written a tip about the 50th parallel monument in Kharkiv.

    The 50th parallel
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    Hiking, Heidelberg and the Philosopher's Way

    by TomInGermany Written Mar 18, 2013

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    Heidelberg is one of the visited cities in Germany, but not many people go there to hike and that’s a pity since there is some great hiking trails just across the river and up behind the magnificent castle. Here is one hike that will get your blood pumping but also provide you some great views of the city and a chance to see some history, both ancient and fairly recent.

    We started our hike on a chilly February day in the town of Handschuhsheim located just north of Heidelberg and home to a little known castle called Tiefburg. (address: Steubenstrasse 78, 69121 Heidelberg). It wasn’t open for visitors on the day we were there but it was still a great starting point for the hike given the free parking along the residential streets nearby and some nice views of the exterior of the castle. From the castle, you want to head toward Heidelberg City by walking down Steubenstrasse which will merge into Route 3 which is called Handschuhsheimer Landstrasse at this point. Continue down Route 3 until you cross the Neckar River and enter the city.

    As you cross the bridge look up the river to see you next destination : the Alte Brücke or old bridge. Head to the bridge by walking along the river or heading into town and walking along the main pedestrian walkway called Hauptstrasse. When you cross back over the Neckar River on the Old Bridge look for a sign pointing to the Philosophen Weg (Philosopher’s Way) which was where some famous German poets used to walk and think on great matters. Can’t remember who they were but I’m sure they were famous.

    The path is a pretty steep climb with lots of steps and switchbacks and contained on both sides with stone walls. There are several places to pull off the path to take some pictures and catch your breath. At the top of the climb, head to the left (back down the river). You are now on the Philosopher’s Way and on the “red line” trail. Continue down this path with its excellent views of Heidelberg until you see the “red line” trail head off to the left and up the hill. Stay on the “red line” trail all the way to the top of the mountain (maybe not a mountain but it is a very large hill). Along the way you will see a Turm (a tower) you can climb up, ruins of two abbeys (one with a tower you can climb up for an excellent view looking down on Heidelberg and one with a tower that lets you look down over the abbey ruins) and an amphitheater built in the 1930s.

    When you are done checking out the sites continue on the “red line” trail until you see the “upside down T” trail which you will want to take to the left (East), down the hill and back to your car. Stay on this trail all the way back into Handschuhsheim, to the castle and to your car.

    The entire route is a little over 7 miles with steep uphill assents, doable if you take your time and are in average shape. We stopped for lunch in Heidelberg at the brewery restaurant called Vetters but still completed the hike in under 4 hours. If you want to see the sites but don’t think you can make the hike there is parking at the top of the hill which is how many of the folks we saw walking around arrived at their destination.

    Tiefburg Castle Your destination The pathway towards Philosopher's Way The Old Bridge Abbey Ruins
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    Hiking, two Castles and a Mountion (big hill)

    by TomInGermany Written Mar 16, 2013

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    If you have read some of my other hikes in the Odenwald area you will have seen one called "Hiking, Odenwald and two castles." This hike covers the same two castles (Alsbach and Aerbach) but throws in the largest hill in the area (Melibokus) to get your heart rate going.

    Start at the parking lot at the top of the road leading to Alsbach castle (located above the town and Alsbach and only a couple of minutes off the A5 about 15 km south of Darmstadt. Head through the playground and follow the trail labeled with the #4 in a circle. Follow this trail until it intersects with the "V" trail which will head off toward the right and continues to head up the mountain. This trail will meet up with the "SJ2" trail which you will turn right on and continue to head up the mountain. The trails are not steep but they always seem to be heading up! The SJ2 trail will run you into a trail that is used for a number of different marked trails to include the "white horizontal line" trail. Jump on this trail and, once again, continue up until you his the top of Melibokus mountain. From this vantage point you will get an excellent view of the Rhine valley.

    After enjoying the vista and catching your breath, continue on the while line trail now gratefully heading downhill until you see the "6" trail heading to the left. Follow this down the hill until to intersects with the "7" trail and head left (south) toward Auerbach. You are now on the blue "B" trail which if you follow it to the left will take you all the way to Auerbach Schloss. Once you are done exploring the castle, head back the way you came on the Blue "B" trail all the way back to Alsbach Schloss.

    Total distance is seven miles: two to the top of the hill/mountain, two more to Auerbach Castle and then three more back to Alsbach. I did it in 2 hours and 20 minutes but didn't stop for the view or the castles. Suggest you add an extra hour to take in the sights.

    A winter scene Auerbach Castle (Schloss) So you don't get lost Alsbach Castle (Scloss)
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    Dortmund

    by solopes Updated Feb 19, 2013

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    No, it is not a must in Germany!

    However, Dortmund is my best know town in Germany, and I didn't dislike the several days I spent there. Shopping, the park, the surroundings, well... not much indeed, but, in Dortmund, they don't care much about tourists - working is the rule. I think!

    Dortmund - Germany Dortmund - Germany
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    Weinheim: towers and cemeteries

    by TomInGermany Written Dec 23, 2012

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    I love to get out of the house and into the woods especially if it is a new set of trails. After looking over my maps of the Odenwald area I decided to hike along the ridge line between Hemsbach and Weinheim. While the weather wasn't the greatest as least the rain stopped by the time I got to the parking lot and didn't start up until I was already back in my nice warm house. I had no idea what to expect on the route I choose since my maps didn't show any points of interest (except for some scenic overlook symbols). Therefore I was pleasantly surprised when I found the old Jewish cemetery, a group of people in old German outfits (from the Roman period) acting out some scene and a tower on the top of the ridge that gave me a great, if cloudy, view of the Rhine Valley and the beautiful valley on the east side of the ridge.

    A good place to start the hike is at the Am Mühlweg parking spot in the small town of Hemsbach which is right off the A5. From the parking lot you can either head up or down the valley on the “yellow circle” trail. I went up the valley and almost immediately came across an old cemetery on the side of wooded hillside. Upon closer inspection of the tombstones I saw that it was an old Jewish cemetery. From the cemetery I continued up the trail until it hit the “red line” trail and headed south (went right). Before I did this I walked north a couple of hundred feet to see a tower and some actors doing their thing (not sure what).

    One you are on the “red line” trail you are heading south and will come across a tower (Turm in German) that you can climb for fantastic views of the valleys on both sides of the ridge and a look at the next set of hills (above Weinheim) that have a tower and castle on them. From the tower you continue south on the “red line” trail down into Weinheim.

    As you arrive in the town you should see blue and yellow B trail markings. You have your choice of routes to take back to your car. Both trails head back up to Hemsbach so if you want some hills follow the “yellow B” trail up into the hills and along some one-lane roads that pass through some vineyards. Once the “yellow B” trail meets back up with the “blue B” trail you can head off on the “blue B” trail when it separates with the “yellow B” trail and heads back up into the hills. The trails will merge back together before you arrive back at Hemsbach. To return to your car, you just need to find the “yellow circle” trail and head up the valley to your car.

    The hike was approximately 8.5 miles and took me under three hours to complete it. There were a number of hills but they were not too steep. The path at times was covered with wet leaves which made the descents slippery at times. However, despite all the rain we are getting the paths were in good shape and worst part was the parking lot which was all churned up by forestry equipment. I plan on doing this hike again in the spring when everything is in bloom.

    Am Mühlweg parking lot, Hemsbach Germany

    The tower Jewish Cemetery Actors acting Entrance to the tower A view from the tower
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    Hiking, Dinkelsbühl and 16 Defensive Towers

    by TomInGermany Written Oct 7, 2012

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    Looking for a nice walk that isn’t very demanding and includes 16 defensive towers every couple of minutes? If so, suggest you head to Dinkelsbühl and walk the city’s 2.5km long defensive walls which contain four intact gates and a total of 16 towers almost all of them built in different styles. To get the most from the walk I suggest you stop at the local tourist office and pick up their town map which contains a suggested walking trail and will give you information on the various buildings you will be walking by. For an excellent view of your walk I suggest you climb St. George’s bell tower click hereand when you are done stop at Wieb’s Brauhaus for a glass of beer brewed by a female brewmaster (click here).

    contact information is the tourist office in the town.

    One of the towers One of the houses in the town one of 16 towers two of 16 More towers!
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    In the Allgäu areas and a link to PNG!

    by ullfri49 Updated Sep 30, 2012

    In the south of Germany in Bavaria are nice landcapes-
    - the Alpen mountains
    - the border to Austria
    - the green valleys with the cows and the concert of cow bells
    - the mountain seas and so much to see.
    Here a little view of the crossway in the area Allgäu near Wertach at mountain "Sorgschrofen".

    - and there is the link to PNG!- only one day in the year (like a Stargate )
    to the PNG - Meeting the "Painim Wantok". For travellers with special interest to "PNG",
    to the far away pacific island Papua Niugini!
    So got interest, please find more in the internet side www.wantok.info of Mr. Michael!

    Bavaria: Crossway in the Allg��u, near Wertach
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    Otto von Guericke in Magdeburg

    by ullfri49 Updated Sep 30, 2012

    This little view to Magdeburg is only a little remark- -

    To mention town Magdeburg would not complete without recommending the great Otto von Guericke, in the past difficult time around 1640 and later.

    Otto von Guericke studied at Holland the University in Leiden and had much done for the town. He became long time Ratsherr (councillor) and got later the honour to be one of the well known "Buergermeister" (mayor) of Magdeburg that time.

    In scientific and university world he was in this time well known with the "Experimenta Nova (ut vocantor) Magdeburgica de VACUO SPATIO" - so his book, published 1672 in Amsterdam and discussed in the univerity world in this time.

    The Royal Society in London in Dezember 1672 ordered his book as the Philosophical Transactions Nr. 88 (November 1672) and even a remark by Robert Hooke about the electricity experiments in a letter to Hoyle shows.

    The Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg is now named by him....
    If for further interest,
    see more about Otto-von-Guericke in the homepage of the Otto-von-Guericke-Gesellschaft.

    At the photo see the Johanniskirche- inside is with others, the tomb of Otto von Guericke. And near of this a monument, dedicated to him with fountains and pictures and him sitting with the the "Magdeburger Halbkugeln"(his well known vacuum experiment). The monument is situated near of the Johanniskirche, north of the house of Mayor (das Rathaus).

    Skyline Magdeburg,at right seen the Johanniskirche
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    Wittumspalais

    by globetrott Written Sep 16, 2012

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    Wittumspalais is the name of the residence of duchess Anna Amalia, that she had bought in 1775 after the Weimarer Schloss had burned down.
    She lived there untill her death in 1807. The building was built from 1767 till 1769 by Jakob Friedrich von Fritsch, a Minister in Weimar.
    Wittumspalais is open for tourists:
    April - October: daily except Mondays: 10.00am - 06.00pm
    November - March: daily except Mondays: 10.00am - 04.00pm

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    the backdoor of the Schloss

    by globetrott Written Sep 16, 2012

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    This is one of the backdoors of the Weimarer Schloss and I think it is really worth to take a closer look at it. On the total you might need at least a whole afternoon in order to explore all of the most important sights of Weimar.

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    Hofapotheke

    by globetrott Written Sep 16, 2012

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    Hofapotheke - that is the pharmacy that delivered to the royal court - is another interesting sight on Marktplatz, the main square of Weimar. This building and obviously also the pharmacy are dating back to the year 1567. Take a look at the great bay-window and the sandstone-frames of the windows and doors.
    In my other pictures: a lot of celebrities used to visit Weimar or lived there.

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