So, here is a round-up of everything to do in Hamburg. The only thing we didn’t find is cheesecake that’s worth writing about… I guess we will have to go again
If you can manage to time it right and get to Hamburg for the Hafenfest you are in for a treat. It’s the biggest port festival in the world and the boats even dance ballet. Yes, you read that correctly, the boats dance together. You have to see it to believe it. You might even come across the Titanic!
This is a preview of Travel Germany: Hamburg in a Weekend.
I’m just going to tell you how it was. This week, we rented a car with three friends from Berlin and went on a little holiday adventure to the Harz. Stories about this stunning part of Germany will follow soon, but on our journey we needed a pit-stop. Basically, I needed a wee. Ahem.
A sign said Magdeburg City was just ahead, so we left the Autobahn and headed into what can only be described as a super ugly town. All the buildings were cement-grey blocks, no trees aligned the streets and there was building work all over the place.
This is a preview of Travel in Germany: How Long to Spend in Magdeburg?.
We only had very little time so we rushed into the museum and ran around all the floors. If you are properly into art, then I’m sure you would love it. But we were rushed for time and there was mulled wine to be had! So, if you are fan of the little angels, then pop into this place quickly and see them. If you are a general lover of art, you can easily spend a couple of hours here. Otherwise, I guess (and don’t hate me for saying this please, but…) it’s just an art gallery. Instead of paying a huge price to go inside, I would wander around the outside and see grounds, as they are free and pretty magnificent.
This is a preview of A Trip to Dresden: The Angels.
When you think about summer vacation and water sports in Germany, you probably think about the North Sea, or the Baltic Sea.
Sailing in Brandenburg (dpa)
But there’s a wealth of water sports right at the outskirts of Berlin: there are 3,000 lakes to swim in and lots of ways to explore Brandenburg’s waterways by boat – even with an old sailing yacht.
Our last day in Berlin, we took my husband’s mom to the Eastside Gallery. She’s an artist, so we figured she’d love the murals painted on old sections of the Berlin Wall. It’s another way Berliners have turned ugly history into something positive.
Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern
During the Cold War, people in West Berlin drew graffiti on their side of the wall, and when the wall came down, artists joined together to create an international memorial for freedom by painting murals on remaining parts of the wall. The Eastside Gallery is one of the world’s largest open air galleries, but it’s had its share of problems. Just this year a developer for luxury apartments destroyed part of the wall to begin construction despite protests, and every year the wall is further damaged by weather and vandalism.
This is a preview of Take a Look: Berlin’s Eastside Gallery.
Blick auf Corvey von der Weser aus (c) Kulturkreis Höxter-Corvey gGmbH Sigurd Elert
Corvey has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and to celebrate we have some lovely pictures of the castle and Westwerk to share with you. As we reported last week, “The committee stated that the Carolingian westwork and the Civitas Corvey from the Early Middle Ages stood testimony to the abbey’s extraordinary universal value. The westwork in Höxter, in North Rhine-Westphalia, is the only surviving example from Carolingian days and combines quite exceptionally Carolingian architecture with models from Classical Antiquity to create a veritable artwork, the committee found. Moreover, the imperial abbey was an intellectual, religious and political centre in France at the time, and played a decisive role in Europe. The Benedictine monastery was founded in 822 by the ruling Carolingian dynasty. The monastery, along with its school and library, was one of the key institutions teaching Christian culture in the Middle Ages. The westwork was built between 873 and 885 and decisively shaped Occidental architecture. To this day, the mythological figures that reference Classical Antiquity remain a special feature–the fathers of the Church integrated the images into the Christian world view.”
This is a preview of Words on Wednesday (And Pictures): Corvey.