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Koblenz: 1st and 2nd Deutsches Eck (German Corner)

Above: West view to Deutsches Eck from Ehrenbreitstein. 2015 photo by Taxiarchos228 (Wladyslaw Sojka). I’ve added the following labels: (1) Seilbahn/Gondola, (2) St. Kastor Basilica, (3) Deutschherrenhaus, (4) first Deutsches Eck, (5) Memorial to German Unity (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial), (6) reclamation in the late 19th-century, (7) second Deutsches Eck.

Many will know, have seen, or have read about the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in the German city of Koblenz. The river city has plenty to provide: visitors wander into the vineyards to sip on crisp white wine from local grapes, vacation on long cabin-boats to enjoy the river scenery, or explore the surrounding Upper Rhine River Valley.

But Koblenz is also well known by virtue of its name after the junction where the rivers Moselle and Rhine meet. By the first-century AD/CE, the Romans had built for strategic protection a fort1 called “Castellum apud Confluentes“, Latin for “the castle at the confluence”. What most commonly acknowledge as the Deutsches Eck (German corner) is not the original location. Half concealed among the trees some 200 metres back near the Deutschherrenhaus is the first location of the Deutsches Eck.

What follows:

  • a map to the area and my photos from the present-day,
  • a short history of the “Deutsches Eck,” and
  • archival images from the mid-16th century to early 20th century.

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My Germany: 30 UNESCO WH Sites

Above: Cologne at dusk, 26 May 2016 (HL).

Every year UNESCO-Welterbetag (UNESCO World Heritage Day) in Germany is celebrated on the first Sunday in June. Out of the 46 inscribed sites in the country, I highlight the following 30 Germany UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) I’ve visited.

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Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal, Rhine river, Rhein, Moselle river, Mosel, Deutsches Eck, Koblenz, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Koblenz’s Deutsches Eck at night

Koblenz lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel rivers, which respectively are at the far-left and -right in the picture above. The present-day Deutsches Eck or “German Corner” includes the towering Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial (at centre in the picture above). Flags placed at the Deutsches Eck represent the Federal Republic of Germany, each of the 16 German federal states (Bundesländer), the European Union, and the United States of America (in place since late-2011). The monument and surroundings are a part of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Upper Rhine River Valley.

However, this city landmark is the second version of the Deutsches Eck, and that’s the subject for subsequent explanation.

Thanks to Koblenz Touristik and Romantic Germany for their advice and support. Koblenz is one of the cities in the Historic Highlights of Germany. I made the above photograph on 25 November 2015 with the Canon EOS6D, 24-105 zoom, and the settings: 1/10-sec, f/4, ISO25600, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7Kd.

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.

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