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Blautopf, Blaubeuren, Blau river, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday um Ulm herum: Blautopf Blaubeuren

In Ulm, um Ulm, und um Ulm herum

That’s a well-known “Zungenbrecher” (literally, “tongue breaker” or tongue-twister) which translates as “In (the city of) Ulm, around Ulm, and round about Ulm”.

Ulm is located in southern Germany in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. In the nearby town of Blaubeuren, there is the URMU or Urgeschichtliches Museum with important local archaeological finds highlighting prehistoric human civilization. There is also an unusual deep lake called Blautopf whose waters rise from the deep and appear very blue. The Blautopf is also the source of the Blau river which flows through Ulm’s Fischerviertel (Fisherman’s Quarter) before converging with the Danube.

Blaubeuren is a short 15-minute trip with a regional train from Ulm. From the Blaubeuren train station, there’s a 1.7 kilometre (1.1 mile) walk northeast to the Blautopf. There is also (limited) bus service between “Blaubeuren, Bahnhof” and “Blaubeuren, Museum.”

I made the photo above on 26 September 2017 with a Canon 6D mark1, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/125-sec, f/11, ISO1000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-dBS.

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

4 weeks DE, 11 UNESCO WHS, 3000 km DB (spring 2017)

Above: Foggy dawn over Lake Constance, 23 Sep 2017 (HL).

For over fifteen years, I’ve traveled with German Rail throughout the the country. I was always passing through the centre of the country; thanks to InterCity Express trains on journeys between Frankfurt and Berlin, I’d seen stops with names “Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe”, “Hildesheim”, and “Hannover”; and I’d wondered what there was to see in these places. I finally decided to stop and find out for myself.

I wrote about my return to Germany to explore the country’s central corridor from Lake Constance to Hannover. I covered about 3000 kilometres by train with a German Rail Pass. Over 4 weeks from mid-September to mid-October, I visited for the first time 11 of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS):

  1. Alfeld, Fagus factory
  2. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates, Gartenstadt Falkenberg
  3. Blaubeuren, Ice Age caves
  4. Goslar, Rammelsberg ore mines
  5. Hildesheim, St. Mary’s & St. Michael’s
  6. Höxter, Corvey Abbey
  7. Kassel, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  8. Lorsch Abbey
  9. Reichenau Island
  10. Unteruhldingen, Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  11. Würzburg Residence.

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