Japanese garden Leverkusen

Japanese garden in Leverkusen, Germany

The Japanese garden of Leverkusen founded by Carl Duisberg is a 15,000 qm area open for public. It is located near the BayKomm, an exhibition hall where one can learn about the products made by Bayer AG. So the area offers a combination of learning about latest developments in chemistry and relaxing in old structures of nature.


Godesburg Castle

Godesburg Castle in Bad Godesberg, Germany

Godesburg Castle (Godesburg) is placed on a hill in Bad Godesberg, a part of Bonn. It was built in 13th century and was destroyed following a siege in 1583 at the start of the Cologne War. Today it houses a restaurant and is known as fine lookout.

Castles Railviews

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub, Germany

On a train journey along the Rhine Valley from Mainz to Koblenz I took this photo of Burg Pfalzgrafenstein. The building situated on a tiny island served as toll station until 1866.

Gardens Palaces Renaissance

Neuhaus Palace in Paderborn

Garden side of Schloss Neuhaus, Paderborn

In Paderborn I visited a palace in the style of Weser Renaissance named Schloss Neuhaus. In 1994 a garden festival took place on the grounds of the palace (Schlosspark) so I had a nice walk along beautiful plantings which were still there.


Wall painting at the Hofgarten in Munich

Mural at the Hofgarten in Munich, Germany

This is one example of several wall paintings I saw in the arcades of the Munich Court Garden (Münchner Hofgarten). The paintings display episodes in the history of the House of Wittelsbach. I was especially impressed by the fact that these paintings are displayed in public. They are protected against wind and weather only by the arcades.


Michelsberg Abbey in Bamberg

Michelsberg Abbey in Bamberg, Germany

Photo of Michelsberg Abbey in Bamberg taken from the grounds of the New Residence (Neue Residenz).

Roman Empire

Remains of Roman fort Divitia in Cologne

Remains of the Roman fort Divitia, Germany

In Köln (Cologne) there are still remains of a strong Roman fort to see. Actually the name of the district Köln-Deutz is deriving from the name of this fort called Divitia. During Roman times this fort guarded the big Rhine bridge connecting the Germanic side of the river with the Roman town Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium.

Roman Empire

Roman sewer in Cologne

Roman sewer tunnel in Cologne, Germany

Below the ‘Spanische Bau’ in Cologne there are the remains of the former Roman Praetorium. Right next to this there is also the entrance to a Roman sewer which is still accessible.

Roman Empire

Roman street in Cologne

Roman street in Cologne, Germany

Near the Roman Museum in Cologne one can see this reconstruction of an ancient street. In Cologne it is generally known as ‘Hafenstrasse’ though it isn’t really leading to a port. It isn’t an exact reconstruction of the former street either but the basalt stones are from Roman times at least.

City Walls Roman Empire

The ancient town wall of Cologne

Map of the Roman town wall of Cologne, Germany

Near the museum of local history in Cologne I discovered this map located in the pavement. For me it was an interesting way to learn about the route of the former Roman town wall.

Roman Empire Ruins

Ancient Roman theatre in Mainz

Ancient Roman theatre next to a railway station in Mainz, Germany

The ruins of an ancient Roman theater next to the tracks of the railway station ‘Mainz Römisches Theater‘ (former ‘Mainz Süd‘).

Castles Museums

Moyland Castle in Bedburg-Hau

Schloss Moyland in Bedburg-Hau, Germany

View of the main entrance of Moyland Palace (Schloss Moyland) where I visited an exhibition about the German artist Joseph Beuys.