Commemorative year 2019 in Weimar

In 2019, the city of Weimar commemorates two anniversaries. On August 11, 1919, the Weimar Constitution was passed here. In the same year, the Bauhaus movement was created on the initiative of the architect Walter Gropius. An interesting intersection of both events forms this plaque, which commemorates the 11th of August, 1919: It was designed…

Roman inscription in Trenčín

In the winter of 179/180, Marcus Valerius Maximianus and soldiers of the Roman Legio II Adiutrix camped in the Vah valley. They were on a campaign against the Quadi at this time. They left this inscription on a rock of the later Trenčín.

Kaisersaal in Erfurt

Today the Kaisersaal (Emperor’s Hall) serves as a venue for conferences and cultural events. In the past the place saw historic meetings like the Congress of Erfurt (1808) with Emperor Napoleon I and Tsar Alexander I as participants. Another important moment was the SPD congress in 1891 which formulated the Erfurt Program.

Johannes Lang House in Erfurt

Smithery at the Johannes Lang House (Johannes-Lang-Haus), named after an important Protestant reformer and companion of Martin Luther. Today the building houses a venue for events and conferences.

The reason for Erfurt’s wealth: Dyer’s Woad

At the shop ‘Erfurter Blau‘ (Erfurt Blue) I learned more about the history of the trade in Dyer’s Woad. The prosperity of Erfurt is largely owing to the fact that this city was a big trading place for woad also known as Isatis tinctoria.

The window of Willy Brandt in Erfurt

In 1970 West German politician Willy Brandt and East German politician Willi Stoph met in Erfurt. Willy Brandt stayed at Hotel Erfurter Hof in a room behind these windows. The first visit of a West German statesman in the GDR had a big impact into the memories of local people.

Grüne Tanne Inn in Jena

In this inn the first German student fraternity (Burschenschaft) was founded in 1815. This Burschenschaft is therefore also called Urburschenschaft. An interesting detail can you see in the flag on top of the edifice. It shows an upside-down version of the modern German flag.

Council building in Constance

In this building Pope Martin V was elected in the year 1417. This was a very important event during the Council of Constance (1414-1418). The name of this building still reminds on this event: Council Building (Konzilgebäude). [German]

Mobile baking oven in Constance

On my walk through the State Museum of Archaeology in Constance (Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg) I came across this interesting depiction. It shows a mobile baking oven which used to suppy the crowds with bread during the Council of Constance (1414-1418).

At the Stechbahn of Celle

At the ‘Stechbahn’ of Celle. The former jousting field of the city was placed here. Though the sculpture is a kind of advertisement for a local bank I love the idea to portray the former use of this place by lances.

Odd horseshoe in Celle

While walking through Celle I wondered what this horseshoe seen at the ‘Stechbahn‘ is indicating? Passersby told me it marks that place where Otto V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg died at a tournament. Hmm, I always thought horseshoes are a sign of fortune? Obviously not in that case. Otto V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Wikipedia)

Info boards at Dürnstein Castle

After climbing a steep trail up to Dürnstein Castle I came across a couple of information boards that told me some details about the life of Richard I of England also known as King Lionheart.