The Nerobergbahn was built in 1888 as a funicular railway driven by water counterbalancing and is still operated with this technology. It connects the Nerotal Valley with the Neroberg Hill, a lookout high over Wiesbaden.
The Saalburg in Hesse is part of the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes which is also known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the reconstructed structures of a typical Roman fort, a museum tells about the life of the soldiers along the border.
The edifice was built as a theatre by architect Wilhelm Vernukken in the years 1603/1606. The commissioner was Landgraf Moritz, who named the Ottoneum after his son Otto. Today, a natural history museum is housed here. Well-known collection pieces are a Xylotheque and the Ratzenberger Herbarium.
In several German railway stations, there are model railway layouts where children (and their parents) can play with after putting in a 1 Euro coin. The layouts are pretty large and offer a lot of interesting details. Do you know similar layouts in your city and would you spend a Euro for having such fun?
As you know I love to stroll around railway stations while waiting for the next connection. So I do at airports as well. At Frankfurt on Main Airport I came across this Cadillac Sedan (1956) which is an advertisement for two German museums about technology.
Fun as well as thought provoking advertising seen at Frankfurt on Main Airport. Literally translated the text says: “You have to read in order to stay on top”
Another interesting venue of the dOCUMENTA (13) I visited today: The Grimm Brothers Museum (Brüder-Grimm-Museum) housed at the Palais Bellevue.in Kassel.
I started my walk along the venues of the dOCUMENTA (13) at the Fridericianum. The building constructed in 1779 was one of the first houses built for the purpose of a public museum.
Fun detail seen in Kassel: A figure standing on top of a sphere inside a church tower. Its a sculpture created by the artist Stephan Balkenhol. The traffic lights are not art, I was just standing at a pedestrian crossing and there was no time for a better position.
Photo of a sundial seen at the tower of the Fridericianum in Kassel.
After World War II a large part of Kassel was rebuilt in the style of the 50ties. So if you are interested in the architecture of this period a walk through Kassel is a good way to learn more about it.
Odd detail seen on top of a hotel near Kassel Central Station: A diving platform! The explanation for this strange combination: It’s an artwork.