Posts from the ‘Photography’ category

Fotoeins Friday: Weimar, Bauhaus, and UNESCO

Erfurt: an instant walk back in time

Erfurt is located near the geographic centre of Germany, and is called the “Rome of Thuringia” for the number of church steeples in the city. Even if being in the middle depends on how borders, especially post-reunification borders, are defined, there are five towns vying for the title “Mittelpunkt Deutschlands” (Germany’s centre), depending upon the technique used to determine where the centre might be.

But Erfurt’s been at the “centre of action” for centuries, in the midst of the “Via Regia” (royal road) dating centuries back to the heyday of the Holy Roman Empire, traditional woad (blue-dye) production, the movement of trade and people along the east-west transeuropean highway, religious pilgrims back and forth and beyond to Santiago de Compostela, Martin Luther stopping by to give an update on the Reformation, and even, Bach’s parents getting married here in town.

It’s easy to overlook Erfurt, but giving this city a chance allows it to sneak up on you. The following Instagram shots provide reasons why you should embrace the sneaky bits.

The non-descript signs seem to follow me east-to-west in Erfurt: from Wenigemarkt across the Krämerbrücke to Benediktsplatz; to Fischmarkt, Marktstrasse, and onto Domplatz. The "Via Regia" (Royal Highway) represents one of the oldest and longest roads and trade routes linking western and eastern Europe. While origins go back to at least the 8th century, the "strata regia" got its first recorded mention in the 12th century. The Via Regia was a vital east-west trade route through the Holy Roman Empire, connecting Erfurt, a base for woad production, to the rest of Europe. Over time, historical and religious connections have helped define the road to a length of over 4000 km (2500 mi) across at least 8 present-day nations to places as far west as Santiago de Compostela in Spain; east to Wrocław and Kraków in Poland; and even out to Moskva. "Via Regia" became the Council of Europe's "European Culture Route" in 2005. Marktstrasse near Domplatz, Erfurt, Germany – 26 Apr 2015. #joingermantradition #erfurt #thueringen #thuringia #historicgermany #viaregia

A photo posted by Henry Lee (@fotoeins) on customI made the photos above 26 and 29 April 2015. I’m very grateful to Germany Tourism, Thüringen Tourismus, and the Erfurt Tourism and Marketing Board for supporting and providing access to places and activities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Fotoeins Friday: Morning light on Erfurt’s Merchants’ Bridge

Fotoeins Friday: “Sic transit gloria mundi” (Berlin Charlottenburg)

Celebrating Saxony’s culture: beer and Lusatian Sorbs

central Saxony, between Radebeul and Radeberg, Mittesachsen, Germany,


As part of the pre-conference tour for the GTM15 (Germany Travel Mart), I am exploring culture and traditions in the German state of Saxony. I wrote previously about exploring the bright side of Dresden, celebrating Saxony’s traditions (in milk, wine, and porcelain), and the following is about culture with beer and the Sorbian minority.

The people in Radeberg are right to be proud of their Brauerei (brewery). Even though my beer preference leans away from “pils”, the Radebeger Pilsener is smooth, a little bitter, but wholly refreshing, best served at a temperature between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius.

The Sorbian people have lived in this land called Lausitz (or Lusatia) for centuries, with people in this part of eastern Saxony, over to the east in Poland’s Silesia, and to the south in the Czech Republic’s Bohemia. Here in Görlitz, this crossing means a lot more than the Schengen agreement for people to move freely across borders without patrols or checks.

We’re having dinner in Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia) and in the town of Bischofswerda, we are also graced by the presence of the Sorbian National Ensemble with their music, song, and dance. As a Slavic language, Sorbian is recognized as an official language for the eponymous minority in eastern Germany. customI made all of the photos above on 24 April 2015. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism and Oberlausitz for supporting and providing the activities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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