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Meersburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Meersburg on Lake Constance

With vineyards on gentle slopes and grand castle and fortress structures over the shores of Lake Constance, Meersburg appears to materialize out of the autumn fog as the 30-minute ferry from Konstanz arrives in the early morning hour. The sun rises higher in the sky and the fog eventually dissipates in the warmth. That’s when the town really gets to show off: boats of all sizes on the lake, cars pouring off multiple ferries, people on streets outside with ice cream and in cafes and bars flowing with coffee, beer, and wine.

Meersburg is also listed on the Deutsche Fachwerkstrasse (German Half-Timber Framework Road). I made the photo above on 23 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 58mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bM2.

Pfahlbaumuseum, Pile Dwellings, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Unteruhldingen, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, UNESCO, World Heritage, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Prehistoric Lake Dwellings on the Bodensee

Prehistoric houses with piles, poles, or stilts next to lakes and rivers around the Alps dating as early as 5000 BCE are found in over 100 locations across six countries. 15 locations are in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, of which one is at Unteruhldingen. As a sign of universal human heritage, UNESCO inscribed the discovery sites of pile dwellings in all six countries as a single World Heritage Site in 2011. The countries include Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, and Switzerland. The picture here is a present-day reconstruction at Unteruhldingen’s Pfahlbau (Pile Dwellings) Museum dedicated to the discovery site nearby that is under water and closed to the public.

I made the photo above on 23 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/16, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bLQ.

St. Peter and Paul, Reichenau, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com, UNESCO, World Heritage

Fotoeins Friday: St. Peter & Paul Church, Reichenau

The city of Konstanz is located in southwest Germany on the shores of Lake Constance within sight and ferry to neighbouring Austria and Switzerland. With Südbaden bus 7372 from Konstanz, Reichenau Island is an easy daytrip getaway to beautiful lush and tranquil surroundings. One of the most important historical locations on the island is the Saint Peter and Paul Church. As one of the oldest churches on the island, the original church was built and inaugurated in 799 AD/CE shortly after Bishop Egino’s arrival from Verona. The present-day church was built in the 11th-century at the same location after the original was demolished. In 2000, UNESCO inscribed Reichenau Island as World Heritage Site.

I made the photo above on 22 September 2017 with a Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/16, ISO500, and 105mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bM8.

Säntis, Imperia, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Säntis, Imperia, Bodensee, Konstanz

On the final full day of (northern) summer, late-afternoon light gets the people of Konstanz out to the shores of Lake Constance. The promenade on Seestrasse on the north side of the city is filling up with people walking by or bicycling. A young couple is all up on the public display of affection, while an older couple holds hands and look out into the lake. I’ve set the picture facing south, and with the zoom lens, I’ve aligned in the foreground the Imperia statue in Konstanz harbour underneath the Säntis mountain in Switzerland in the background.

I made the picture in late-afternoon light on 21 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/14, ISO1000, and 300mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bKV.

Before Bauhaus: Alfeld Fagus Factory, UNESCO WHS

Before Germany’s Bauhaus found its first footing in Weimar, there was the Fagus-Werk in Alfeld.

The Fagus factory building is looked upon as the first building in the world for the modern architectural age, and is the predecessor to the elegant 1926 Bauhaus headquarters building in Dessau. Fagus company founder Karl Benscheidt commissioned architect and future Bauhaus founder, Walter Gropius, to create and build a shoe-making factory as an artistic project. Gropius and his collaborator Adolf Meyer stuck with working floor-plans by architect Eduard Werner, and set their sights on new exterior and interior designs. Completed in 1911, the factory’s office building set a new standard for 20th-century industrial architecture with steel and glass construction and tall unsupported windows at the corners of the building.

“Fagus” is Latin for “beech tree”, and shoemaking began with shoe lasts or moulds constructed from beech wood, which were sold and distributed around the world to other companies for the productions of shoes. In the 1920s, Benscheidt developed the turning precision-lathe speeding up production, prompting growth and expansion and elevating the company to world’s top producer of shoe lasts. Today, the building is still a working factory: Fagus creates plastic lasts milled by automated machinery to precise specifications for specific designs by shoe companies. Also on-site is GreCon which produces systems for fire-detection and fire-extinguishing in industrial settings. The Fagus factory building was recognized as “unique living monument” and inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site (Welterbe) in 2011.

With a population of over 20-thousand people, Alfeld is located in the German federal state of Lower Saxony. The town’s reach by train is 30-minutes from Hannover or 40-minutes from Göttingen, after which is a short 5- to 10-minute walk from Alfeld(Leine)1 train station to the entrance of the Fagus/GreCon complex. Visitors can walk around the working factory site, stop at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, sit in the neighbouring café for coffee or tea, and visit the museum dedicated to the building’s origins, the building’s century-long history of shoe-making, and a general history of footwear.

Walter Gropius and others would move to Weimar to establish a centre of art, design, thought, and attitude for Bauhaus in 1919, eight years after inauguration of the Fagus-Werk.

Die Baukunst soll ein Spiegel des Lebens und der Zeit sein. (Architecture should be a mirror to life and its time.) – Walter Gropius.

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