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Fotoeins’ Favourite 5 in Germany

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m apoplectic with rage if a person answers “Oktoberfest” as their first and only thought when asked what they think about Germany.

There’s nothing wrong with the raging keggers and oom-pa-pa at Oktoberfest or the beautiful city that is München. But there’s a lot more to Germany than Oktoberfest. Besides, there’s always the months-long Karneval on the Rhein …

As I’m very fond of the country and its people, I can be defensive when it comes to my “alternate” home that is the Deutschland. Yes, the people can be a little ornery, but break past their gruff orderly fastidious exteriors, and they are a lovely warm and generous people.

Sounds a lot like you and me, doesn’t it?

To encourage a different (and hopefully favourable) set of views about other parts of the country, here are five favourites while I’m in the big D:

I’m in Berlin to catch sunset’s silhouettes on Strasse des 17. Juni.

In Berlin, a ride on the upper-deck of either the 100 or 200 city-bus from Zoologischer Bahnhof will take passengers through many of the sightseeing and talking points of the German capital. As far as the Tiergarten park is concerned, many visitors will visit the Zoo, Brandenburg Gate, and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Some time to see the Gate and Column illuminated at night are also worthwhile, but I like my silhouettes, too. Click here for more.

Siegesaeule, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m in Hamburg to check what’s on store in the Speicherstadt.

Sitting adjacent to the river Elbe, Hamburg is a port-city with historical links to the Hanseatic shipping league. The Speicherstadt (Warehouse District) consists of 19th- and 20th-century brick warehouses, like proud markers of an island oasis on the river. If you’re interested in spices, the Spice Museum is where you can learn about how spices arrived and were traded within Europe. Today, harbour activities take place across the river on the southern banks of the Elbe in the Hafenstadt.

Speicherstadt, Hamburg, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m in Köln for my favourite Turkish food.

Grilled lamb combo plate at Mangal, Köln, Koeln, Cologne, Germany

An important thing I’ve learned from friends in Köln is the quality and variety of Turkish food. I’ve always tried to visit neighbourhoods where resident German-Turks go for their favourites. Whether it’s in Mülheim, Hansaring, Zülpicher Platz, or Ehrenfeld, it might be hard to pin down the best places to eat; my “Kölner Kiez” has got my kind of food. Placing in front of me a plate with Döner meat or grilled Lambspiess accompanied by rice and salad is always a good way to start; a serving of Künefe is always a great way to finish. Click here for more drooling.

Künefe, Kuenefe, Mangal, Köln, Koeln, Cologne, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m on the North Sea coast to gaze out into the open sea.

It’s easy to forget Germany has access to open seas which are a part of the nation’s history and Hanseatic traditions. About an hour north by train from Bremen, you arrive at the coastal town of Cuxhaven, which is a good place to start exploring the Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer). The area includes coastal mud flats, vital for conservation efforts of local wildlife. The site’s importance has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nationalpark Wattenmeer, Wadden Sea National Park, Cuxhaven, Germany, by fotoeins

I’m up top at Zugspitze for big mountains and big skies.

Although the tallest parts of the Alps are located in neighbouring countries, an altitude of 3000 metres (9700 feet) on the German side isn’t so bad. The ascent to Zugspitze is worth the trip on its own, whether it’s with the cogwheel railway from Partenkirchen or with the gondola up from Eibsee. At the summit, you can pass between Bavaria, Germany and Tirol, Austria with ease. If you squint your eyes on a clear day, you can see all the way to mountains at the Austria-Italy border. Click here for the ascent.

Zugspitze, Alps Germany, Austria, by fotoeins

I made all of the photos above in the D-land. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

Fotoeins’ Capture of Four Seasons

The seasons help mark the passage of time. While the extreme summer heat or the extreme winter cold may be at times irritating or even hazardous, there is always beauty to be found at any given time of year. is running “Capture the Seasons” (2012), and Erik Smith has kindly nominated me.


Altes Rathaus, Obere Bruecke, Geyerswoerthsteg, Bamberg, Germany

Altes Rathaus & Obere Brücke, from Geyerswörthsteg : Bamberg, Germany

I realize it’s spring when an explosion of colours lie in wait wherever I’m traveling. A beautiful set of flowers provided the perfect foreground to the Old Town Hall in Bamberg, Germany. It’s not enough that the Old Town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there are beautiful flowers present everywhere in town in springtime.


Goldbekkanal, on the way to Rondeelteich : Hamburg, Germany

A dog, its caretaker, & faithful dragon : Hamburg, Germany

I realize it’s summer when it’s time to hop on a boat to cool off. In Hamburg, you can take a cruise through the city canals and visit some of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in town. Then again, after watching this gentleman canoe down the Goldbekkanal, I believe that this man had a very “exclusive” insight to taking things easy in Hamburg.


Heckmannhoefe, Berlin, Germany

Gathered on a bench in Heckmannhöfe : Berlin, Germany

I realize it’s autumn/fall when deciduous trees change colours, and the annual cycle continues with leaves falling onto the ground. While walking within the interior courtyards of the Heckmannhöfe in Berlin, I found three giant leaves on the ground and placed them on the bench. The brightly coloured leaves, the brown earthy colour of the bench, and the red-brown bricks on the ground formed a wonderfully representative image of the season.


Pariser Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany

Christmas Eve at Brandenburg Gate : Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany

I realize it’s winter when Christmas lights are out, and the sights, smells, and sounds of the Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets) in Germany are in full swing. On Christmas Eve 2010 in Berlin, I made my way to a quiet Brandenburg Gate in heavy snowfall and gusty winds. The Christmas tree-lights and the streaks of blowing snow combined to make a great winter picture.

To continue this thread, I’d like to nominate the following people:

•   Debbie of European Travelista
•   Catalin & Maria of 2away
•   Oneika the Traveler
•   Nancie M of Budget Travelers Sandbox
•   Aleah of Solitary Wanderer

I made the four photos above between 2008 and 2010. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at

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Hamburg, Germany in June

Fri(day) Fotos Festive theme

As announced a few days ago, today’s Friday-photos theme is “festive”:

Christmas market, Old Town Square, Prague
Christmas market at Old Town Square : Prague, Czech Republic – 4 December 2008.

Kripperlmarkt, Muenchen Munich
Crib or Manger Market : Munich, Germany – 1 December 2010.

Weihnachtsmarkt, Roemerberg, Frankfurt am Main
Christmas market at Römerberg : Frankfurt am Main, Germany – 18 December 2010.

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt Rathausmarkt
Christmas market at Rathausmarkt : Hamburg, Germany – 21 December 2010.

Unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte
Unter den Linden (near U/S Brandenburger Tor) : Berlin, Germany – 24 December 2010.

Brandenburger Tor, Pariser Platz, Berlin
Pariser Platz, near Brandenburg Gate : Berlin, Germany – 24 December 2010.

I hope you enjoyed the photos above, as much as I enjoyed making them! More blog posts about Christmas can be found here.

This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

Good eats in Germany

“Essen und Trinken in Deutschland”

CAUTION: The photos you are about to see may cause unstoppable drooling. If you get the case of the noms, I claim full responsibility.

Over a two-week interval in early-fall 2011, I went up and down the length of Germany. I started in Frankfurt, a short hop to Köln, north to Hamburg, back to Frankfurt, east to München, south to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and finally, back to Frankfurt.

That was about 1900 km (1200 mi) of traveling on the train, but there was some food in between …

Wiener Schnitzel, RheinZeit, Köln, Koeln, Cologne

Foreground: Wiener veal-schnitzel with fries, lemon slices, capers, sardines. Background: Flammkuche with feta, green chiles, olives, onion : RheinZeit, Köln – 29 September 2011.

Döner Oruc Köln Koeln Cologne

Döner sandwich with cilanto, onion, red hot peppercorns; Ayran yogurt-drink : Oruc, Köln – 29 September 2011.

Mangal Köln Koeln Cologne

Lunch starter, thin bread with spicy red dip, sour cream with carrot, sour cream with cucumber : Mangal, Köln – 30 September 2011.

Mangal Köln Koeln Cologne

Lunch main, grilled lamb over wood/coal grill : Mangal, Köln – 30 September 2011.

Künefe Kuenefe Mangal Köln Koeln Cologne

Künefe, baked dessert with angel hair, cheese-center, cream and walnuts on top, all on thin layer of honey : Mangal, Köln – 30 September 2011.

Currywurst Edelcurry Hamburg

Currywurst (spicy), fries, Fritz-Kola : Edelcurry, Hamburg – 1 October 2011.

Hamsi Meral's Imbiss Frankfurt am Main

Hamsi (Sardellen) fried-fish sandwich, fresh lemonade : Meral’s Imbiss (döner boat on the river Main), Frankfurt am Main – 3 October 2011.

Jägerbraten with Spätzle, Jaegerbraten with Spaetzle, Gasthof Werdenfelser-Hof, Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany

Jägerbraten (hunter’s style roast pork in mushroom sauce) with homemade Spätzle : Gasthof Werdenfelser-Hof, Partenkirchen – 8 October 2011.

Even with this small sample, I do think food throughout Germany can be colourful and tasty, and can offer variety outside of the traditional “meat and starch” fare. Now and again, I do want the latter; the final photo above is evidence of that!

Upon posting, I found this post on Käsespätzle; please go read Laurel’s post, and tell her how fantastic that photograph of Käsespätzle looks.

For your interest, here’s where I described my travel plans and my rail itinerary with a RailEurope pass:

I made the eight photos above between 29 September and 8 October 2011. This post is published originally on Fotoeins Fotopress (

No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein (


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