… time I got the hell outta this dodgy town, and recharge for a few weeks …
Earlier this spring, I clinched my 17th consecutive year of setting foot inside Germany with a mostly Bavarian itinerary where I got some more Luther learnin’ done. But as the calendar switches from late-summer into autumn, I’ve been thinking about how I’m writing and photographing the country, whether I’m covering as much of her varied cities, towns, and regions as much as I can, and whether I’ve been covering a sufficient number of her World Heritage Sites.
Below is a map of my coverage of Germany thus far. Places I’ve already visited are shown as stars, and the country’s five largest cities* are shown as red stars. Despite a lot of traveling across the country over the years, there are still clear gaps to fill, particularly the corners, the centre, and the coastline.
On this upcoming trip, I’ve decided to examine more closely the country’s middle corridor, from the Bodensee in the south to Hannover in Lower Saxony. Some places I’ll explore for the first time are indicated as blue dots in the map below.
I’ve got a lot of learning to do with a schedule packed solid with history and culture, including the following:
- Alfeld: Fagus factory building, by Walter Gropius
- Berlin: the capital’s annual Festival of Lights
- Blaubeuren: Ice Age Art and Caves in the Swabian Alps
- Göttingen: final spots for Born, Gauss, Hilbert, Planck, Schwarzschild, Weber, von Laue, etc.
- Goslar: one thousand years of mining at Rammelsberg
- Hannover: life of Leibniz who created notations for differential- and integral-calculus
- Heidelberg: Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie
- Hildesheim: St Mary’s and St Michael’s
- Höxter: Schloss Corvey
- Kassel: Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, in time for the Wasserspiel
- Reichenau: Monastic Island
- Unteruhldingen: Prehistoric Pile Dwellings near the Alps
In a subsequent post, I will describe why I’ve purchased another German Rail Pass to simplify my travel across the country, and how I expect the pass will save me over 600 dollars.
* By increasing population, Germany’s 5 largest cities are Frankfurt, Köln, München, Hamburg, and Berlin.
I made the top (featured) image on 20 October 2012 at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport during the city’s Festival of Lights. This post appears on fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-axG.