Posts Tagged With: Lower Saxony

Eurasian Lynx

When we visited Germany in October last year we took a day trip to the Wisentgehege in Springe. It’s over 90 hectars of medows and ancient forest with over 100 animal species, some of which are endangered. It’s a fabulous place and the ancient forest that you walk through includes a section with various different deer species that, if they wanted to, would be able to come right up to you.

One of the first animals you come across are the Eurasian Lynx, which are sometimes hard to spot (as they can be shy), but thankfully, they were rather social when we visited.

Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx

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The staircase

It is no secret to those of you that have followed me for a while that I love the New Town Hall in my hometown of Hannover in Germany. The building, inside and out, is just majestic. One of the great features are the spiral staircases, which are actually elliptical in shape. I love to photograph them whenever I am back there.

Staircase in the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in Hannover, Germany

Staircase in the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in Hannover, Germany

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Palace Rooms

A few photos of some of the amazing rooms of the Bückeburg Palace.

The Ball Room ceiling

The Ball Room ceiling

The Yellow Room

The Yellow Room

Stately room in Bückeburg Palace.

Stately room in Bückeburg Palace.

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Another castle shot

I couldn’t resist sharing another shot of Bückeburg castle. It is not a castle that is all that famous, although I think that needs to change as it is a beautiful palace.

Bückeburg Palace (Schloss), Lower Saxony, Germany

Bückeburg Palace (Schloss), Lower Saxony, Germany

 

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Cafe at the castle

This beautiful cafe is in the former Bückeburg palace kitchens. If you are visiting the palace I urge you to go and try their cakes, and they make a mean hot chocolate!

Cafe at the Palace of Bückeburg

Cafe at the Palace of Bückeburg

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More street views

I love the art on the side of this house.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Architecture

Cee’s Challenge this Tuesday is architecture. I love taking photos of buildings, new or old, I am not biased, I like them all as long as they hold my interest.

Hannover's old town

Hannover’s old town

The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater buildings in London, UK.

The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater buildings in London, UK.

Marienburg Castle just outside of Hannover, Germany.

Marienburg Castle just outside of Hannover, Germany.

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Week 50 – Home

“Home is where the heart is”, the saying goes, and although I agree with this sentiment, I used to adapt it to “Home is where my furniture is”. Let me explain.

My husband served in the british military for the majority of our married life, and although we didn’t move as much as some families, we did have quite a number of different “homes”. So, for us, home was wherever the army moved our furniture next. Once he left the army we made our civilian home in a small town in Alberta, Canada, but for me, my true home will always be Hannover in Lower Saxony, Germany. I did not grew up in Hannover, but very close to it. Hannover always felt like home, it is only 30 minutes from where I grew up and most of my teenage years were spent in that city. In fact, our first military home was in Hannover, right next to a park that separated us from the zoo.

As you know, I like to include some historical facts in most of my posts, and this one will be no different, as I introduce you to the fabulous capital city of Lower Saxony.

Hannover (yes, it’s properly spelled with two “n’s” – one of my many pet hates when I see it spelled with only one “n”!) was founded in medieval times on the south bank of the river Leine. Back then it was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen that became a fairly large town in the 13th century thanks to its position at a natural crossroads. It’s position on the upper navigable reaches of the river Leine helped it to grow by increasing trade. The 14th century saw the main churches of Hannover being built, as well as the city wall complete with three city gates. The Marktkirche (Church on the Marketplace) is the main Lutheran church in Hannover, and together with the nearby old town hall is considered the southernmost example of the north german brick gothic architectural style. The church is a hall church (as seen in the collage) and above the nave and the two aisles rises a monumental saddleback roof, which together with the naves, was destroyed in an air raid in 1943 and restored in 1952. The high western tower was a symbol for the power and the wealth of the citizens of the town in the 14th century and is still one of the highest towers in Lower Saxony and a landmark of the city.

For 200 years Hannover was a royal residence, which is still very much felt all around the city with its royal palaces, castles and gardens. The House of Hannover ruled, amongst others, the Kingdom of Great Britain. It succeeded the House of Stuart as monarchs of Great Britain and Ireland in 1714 and held that office until the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

One of my favourite places is the new town hall (pictured also in the collage). Although it looks fairly old, the new town hall was only built in 1913. The building contains a very unique elevator (apparently the only one like this in Europe) within its dome. It follows the shape of the dome up to an observation platform (almost 100 meters high) at an angle of 17 degree in the 50 meter shaft. Most of the pictures in the collage were taken from that vantage point back in 2006 on one of our visits to my parents.

The other thing I love about the city is its red line, which is literally a painted red line taking you past 36 landmarks. It’s a great way to explore the town, its history and great buildings. It is 4.2 km long, starts at the tourist information center and ends at the Ernst August Platz (Square) in front of the central train station.

Modern day Hannover is renowned for being the world’s largest exhibition center and its many trade fairs, over 60 international and national exhibitions take place every year. The city is also known for its annual Marksmen festival (Schuetzenfest), which is also the largest in the world, and is a combination of traditional marksmen parades, shooting competitions, fun fair (with the largest transportable ferris wheel in the world) and all the other things that make this event a pull for almost 2 million people each year. This particular annual event goes back all the way to 1529!

Can you tell that I love this city? Why move away then, I can hear you all shout. Well, the world is a big place and I want to see as much of it as I can, and even our current home town of Okotoks will not remain our lasting home, as we are already planning where to go next once our daughter has started (and possibly finished) university.

The world is your lobster, as a very good boss of mine once said.

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