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The Stasi Museum in Berlin, Germany

The Stasimuseum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS). On 7 November 1990, it opened the Research Centre and Memorial at Normannenstrasse with an exhibition titled “Against the Sleep of Reason”. House 1, later named the Stasi Museum, has been open to the public ever since. The museum...

The Rhine port of Kehl

The Rhine port of Kehl is located right in the centre of Europe, in the immediate vicinity of the Alsatian metropolis Strasbourg. Right here at the river Rhine – at the point of intersection of the most important transport routes for the exchange of goods within Europe. The Rhin port of Kehl is also a preferential industrial location in the...

Some photos of Delft in the Netherlands

Delft is known for its historic town centre with canals, Delft Blue pottery, the Delft University of Technology, painter Johannes Vermeer and scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and its association with the royal House of Orange-Nassau. Historical buildings and other sights of interest include: Oude Kerk (Old Church). Buried here: Piet Hein, Johannes Vermeer, Anthony van Leeuwenhoek. Nieuwe Kerk (New Church),...

Gengenbach: Advent Calendar

“Come to Gengenbach at Christmas to see an Advent calendar that is larger than life. Every evening at 6pm, another of the brightly lit windows of the neo-classical town hall is opened. Behind each one is a picture by a famous artist, such as Otmar Alt, Marc Chagall and this year Andy Warhol. This magical ritual is accompanied by...

The Galeries Lafayette in Berlin

After seemingly endless demolition, building, excavation and cleanup work, the Galeries Lafayette put the first spot of color to the old and new shopping mile Friedrichsstrasse. The light, elegant glass temple designed by architect Jean Nouvel, so very different from the usual Berlin block construction, has become a major public attraction. Galeries Lafayette in Berlin is a branch of the...

Wannsee, famous and infamous…

Wannsee is a locality in the southwestern Berlin borough of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Germany. It is the westernmost locality of Berlin. In the quarter there are two lakes, the larger Großer Wannsee (Greater Wannsee) and the Kleiner Wannsee (Little Wannsee), are located on the River Havel and are separated only by the Wannsee Bridge. At the western rim of the Wannsee locality...

Bashcharshiya in Sarajevo

Baščaršija (Bashcharshiya) is the heart of old Sarajevo. The word Baščaršija derives from Turkish language. The word "baš" which is "baş" in Turkish means "primary", "main", "capital" and "čaršija" which is "çarşı" in Turkish means "bazaar" or "market". Baščaršija was built in 16th century. Before the arrival of the Ottomans in the largest settlement on Sarajevo field was the village...

Galaxidi in Greece

The existence of  Galaxidi dates since 1393 BC. In the 3rd century B.C. Galaxidi became a nautical center and made alliances with other cities. Old texts found in Galaxidi talk about the nautical city with the marine history and heritage of the passion for the sea which until today remains a characteristic of all people of Galaxidi. Rigas Fereos' charta (map) in 1797 presents the name of Oianthi and  Pentayi for today's Galaxidi. The historian Constantine...

Some pictures of Evia Island in Greece

Evia has been inhabited since pre historic times. Its most important settlement early became today’s Chalkida, since it was the closest to the mainland and had natural resources of copper, making the city a trading center of great importance. The island’s name means “rich in cattle”. Evia is mentioned by some as Greece in miniature. With 900 km of coastline, Evia has...

Sanssouci Palace – Berlin

“A crown is just a hat that lets the rain in. These words spoken by Frederick the Great demonstrate modesty. It was without any pomp and circumstance, yet with discipline, that the king steered the course of Prussia in the 18th century. His wishes were those of a simple man: to be without a care, sans souci. And so...

Some photos of Sarajevo

Sarajevo is capital city of (the state of) Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is its administrative, economic, cultural, educational (university) and sport center. The city of Sarajevo is unit of local self-governance, which consists of four city municipalities: Old City, Center, New City and New Sarajevo. Sarajevo is situated in the area of Sarajevo plain, which is surrounded by mountains Bjelasnica...

Kinderdijk, The windmills

In the beautiful wetlands around Dordrecht, you will find the windmills of Kinderdijk. Nineteen beautiful windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods. Today, they symbolise Dutch water management, and in 1997 they were declared to be UNESCO World Heritage. The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the low-lying lands of...

Prague views

Prague’s views are breathtaking 365 days a year. Although the Czech capital is nicknamed “the city of a hundred spires”, in fact it is decorated with nearly a thousand towers and spires. "You can admire the ancient heart of the city from the observation deck of the tower of Old Town Hall, and discover the charm of the Lesser Town roofs from the tower of...

One day in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, World Port World City, is a city you have to experience for yourself. "It is a young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating heart. The city keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline every time you visit and presenting new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you. Its ever-changing...

Old mineralogical factory in Lavrion, Greece

The history of Lavrion mines, lost to the depths of the time, is directly connected with the history of Greece. Lavrion took its name after the Greek word “lavra” which means narrow passage or tunnel describing the characteristics of mining galleries. The first underground excavations began around 3000 BC establishing Lavrion mines as the oldest in Europe. However, the...

DDR Museum in Berlin

The DDR Museum is Berlin's interactive museum and one of the most-visited attractions in the German capital. History comes dynamically alive as the visitor is given a first-hand introduction to life in the first Socialist state on German soil. See, touch, feel and experience the actual conditions of a long-defunct system. Unique artefacts, futuristic technology and a prize-winning design...

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