Sunday, April 23, 2017

Impressions from the Hessenpark Open-Air Museum

Here are some impressions from the open-air museum Hessenpark, which showcases e.g. more than 100 half-timbered buildings from the land of Hesse.

These images were taken during Easter time, so this is the "Osterbrunnen" at the market square. An Easter Well or Easter Fountain is a German tradition of decorating public wells or fountains with Easter eggs for Easter.

Easter Well / Osterbrunnen
The next image shows a post mill, which is the earliest type of European windmills. The whole body of the mill is mounted on a single vertical post, around which it can be turned to bring the sails into the wind. They occur more frequently in Germany since the beginning of the fifteenth century and were normally used for grinding of grain.
Post Mill / Bockwindmühle
And here is a beautiful old half-timbered house with ornaments on its facade.

Half-timbered House
There are a many more houses from the different parts of Hesse, which were dismantled at the original location and are rebuilt or will be reconstructed in the Hessenpark.
Half-timbered House

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town, a destination for tourists from around the world. It is part of the popular Romantic Road through southern Germany.

View to the "Plönlein"

Market square

A street leading to the market square

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Impressions of a Bremen Visit

Here are some impressions from a recent visit of Bremen / Germany.

The Am Wall Windmill 

The Bremen Roland

The Town Musicians of Bremen

The Shipper's House

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Rhinefalls near Schaffhausen

Here are some impressions from the Rhinefalls (German: "Rheinfall"). They belong to the largest waterfalls in Europe and are located on the High Rhine near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. They are 150 m wide and 23 m high and a typical summer water flow is about 600 m^3/s.

Rocks in the middle of the falls ("Rheinfallfelsen") with a lot of spume.

Standing directly above the thunderous water of the Rhinefalls.

Photographing the falls can become a wet affair.

Visitors are arriving at the Rheinfallfelsen rocks to go up to the outlook point.

View from Castle Laufen to Schlössli Wörth and the water basin behind the falls.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Impressions from the Airshow Soest 2016

Here are some impressions from the airshow:

P-51D Mustang - "Louisiana Kid"

The shiny yellow nose of the "Louisiana Kid"

Formation flight of the Italian PioneerTeam

Smoke check of a PioneerTeam aircraft

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nature Photo Challenge

In June I participated in a nature photo challenge. Here are the seven images that I posted and I hope you also enjoy these flower and animal captures:

Echinacea ("Sonnenhut", purple coneflower) with two butterflies on it ("Kleiner Fuchs", small tortoiseshell).

Two eagle-owls ("Uhu", Bubo bubo) 

Echinacea ("Sonnenhut", coneflower) in the evening sunlight.

Interior of a poppy flower

Common peony, in German known as "Gemeine Pfingstrose" or e.g. "Bauernpfingstrose" or "Gartenpfingstrose".

Penguin portrait in the zoo.

 Little sparrow with its fluffed feathers

Thursday, May 26, 2016


The Rolandsbogen is the remaining part of the former Castle Rolandseck whose ruin collapsed after an earthquake in 1673 so that only this one castle window was left. In the 19th century it became a highlight of the so-called Rhine romanticism.

The impressive view through this window shows the Siebengebirge uplands, e.g. the Drachenfels and Petersberg hills, on the other side of the Rhine.

In 1839 also the Rolandsbogen collapsed, so the poet Ferdinand Freiligrath collected donations for rebuilding it and the leading architect of the cathedral at Cologne Ernst Friedrich Zwirner made the technical plans so it could be be rebuilt in the following year.

The painter Andreas Achenbach created in 1834 a painting of the Rolandsbogen:

Here are three impressions from my recent visit: