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Lebenszeit, Zeitzaehler, Gloria Friedmann, Platz am Elbbahnhof, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, fotoeins.com

Magdeburg: Elb(e) and flow of time

I feel every hour of every day more keenly, especially as some of my contemporaries have recently died far too early. As children, we all felt we were held back, against the sluggish crawl of time. Today, we’re holding on as hard as we can, engulfed within the surge of time. Is it better to give in to the flow, or is it better to stand and making turbulence in the tide?

Along the Elbe river promenade in the east German city of Magdeburg, a sculpture appears to keep track of time in a neighbourhood not far from the city’s Cathedral.

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Magdeburg morning, Hubbrücke, Elbe river, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Saxony Anhalt, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Magdeburg in morning light

Waiting for the clouds to part and the morning sun behind me to appear, I’m on the Hubbrücke lift bridge in the capital city of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The bridge was once used by trains before conversion to a pedestrian bridge, connecting both sides of the Elbe with residential areas and park spaces on Rotehorn-Werder island in the middle of the river. Dominating the Magdeburg city skyline are the Cathedral at left, the Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Art Museum at centre, and the Johanniskirche at right. Magdeburg is within easy (2 hour) reach from Berlin by train, and is the host city for Germany Travel Mart 2016.

Thanks to Magdeburg Marketing Kongress und Tourismus for providing access to services and facilities in the city, and to Hotel One for a warm welcome and a comfortable stay at Domplatz. I made the photograph on 3 December 2015 using the Canon EOS6D camera, EF 24-105 zoom lens, and the following settings: 1/1000s, f/10, ISO1000, 35mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7Jv.

The night watch in Dresden

After identifying a number of places to view Prague at night, Dresden is equally worthy to photograph after sundown. With its nickname “Florence on the Elbe” (Elbflorenz, Florenz an der Elbe) leading the way, I highlight these four places to photograph the city at night.

  1. Brühlsche Terrasse, or Brühl’s Terrace, known also as “The Balcony of Europe”
  2. Frauenkirche, at Neumarkt
  3. Semper Oper, at Theaterplatz
  4. North bank of the Elbe river, near Königsufer

All four locations are central, (mostly) within Dresden’s Altstadt, and accessible on foot, although you can also easily take the public transport (tram) to one of the following stops: Pirnaischer Platz, Altmarkt, Postplatz, Theaterplatz, or Neustädter Markt.


1.   Brühlsche Terrasse

Bruehlsche Terrasse, Bruehl's Terrace, Balcony of Europe, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

West view, from Brühlsche Terrasse (Brühl’s Terrace)

2.   Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche, Neumarkt, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Frauenkirche with Martin Luther memorial, Neumarkt

3.   Semper Oper

Semper Oper, Theaterplatz, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

Semper Oper from Theaterplatz; see also “Semper Oper: outside by day, inside at night”

4.   Elbufer

Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, fotoeins.com

View of the Altstadt, from the north bank of the Elbe river

All four locations are identified in the map below. With the EuroCity (EC) train running every two hours in daytime, Dresden can be reached non-stop from Berlin in about 2 hours 20 minutes and from Prague in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for the legend.

I made the photos above on 21 December 2012 and 22 April 2015. Thanks to Germany Tourism, Saxony Tourism, and Dresden Marketing for their support and hospitality. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-72c.

ugelbake, Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, Nationalpark Niedersaechsisches Wattenmeer, Wattenmeer, Wadden Sea, Cuxhaven, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Cuxhaven’s Kugelbake tower by Wadden Sea

This is where the mighty Elbe river empties to the North Sea. At the western shoreline of the river’s mouth stands the 30-metre high Kugelbake wood tower, marking the most northern point for the German state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and providing a navigation aid for ships sailing into the port of Hamburg. First built in the early part of the 18th-century, versions of the tower have seen big ocean waves, flooding, and the ravages of war. The present version of the Kugelbake, built in 1924, is the landmark and symbol for the city of Cuxhaven, next to the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As a part of my year-long RTW, I made the photo on 3 January 2013 with the Canon 450D (XSi), EF-S 18-55 IS II zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO400, and 32mm focal length (51mm full-frame). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5S8.

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Hamburg Elbtunnel: 100 years (2011)

The Elbtunnel in Hamburg, Germany marked its 100th year of service in 2011.

The first tunnel in Hamburg under the river Elbe opened for service to the public on the 7th of September 1911 after four years of construction. The Old Elbe Tunnel or St. Pauli (Alter) Elbtunnel carried pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, and vehicular traffic between St. Pauli/Altona on the north shore to the docks and Steininwerder shipyards on the south shore.

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Description & signage.

Unlike tunnels today, there were no “ramps” leading down to the tunnel; the way down to the tunnel was with stairs or an elevator (lift).

Today, the four lifts on each side of the tunnel continue to carry traffic from the surface to the tunnel 23.5 metres (77 feet) below. Motorized traffic can still use this tunnel but only within restricted hours, whereas pedestrians and bicyclists can freely use the tunnel 24 hours. But for all alike, there’s a nice half-kilometre jaunt (about a third of a mile) through this classic tunnel underneath the Elbe river.

1 carlift Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
4 carlifts Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

(One of) four car elevators or lifts.

Daytime Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
Nighttime Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Day & night.

Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Down in the Alter Elbtunnel.

North entrance building Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg
North entrance building Alter Elbtunnel Hamburg

Back up to ground level at the Nordeingang (North Entrance).

To handle the high volume of traffic through Hamburg, other crossings have been built to handle most of the capacity. A second three-bore six-lane tunnel was completed and opened in 1975 for the (Bundes)Autobahn 7 (A7, or Federal Highway 7) through the city. The New or Neuer Elbtunnel was further expanded in 2002 with a fourth-bore (two additional lanes) to account for ever-increasing traffic, especially because the A7 is an important “motorway spine” through Germany. From Hamburg, the A7 runs north to Flensburg at the German-Danish border, and south across the length of the country to Füssen at the German-Austrian border.

The Deutsche Welle online Media Center has a slide-show (in German) about the history of the Elbtunnel. Additional “then and now” photos of the Old Elbtunnel are also available (in German) on the Handelsblatt website and on hamburg.de.

I made the photos on 26 and 27 June 2011. This post was originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ww.

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