Living Apart Together

South Tyrol was part of Austria until 1918, but this German-speaking territory was occupied in November 1918 and subsequently annexed by Italy in 1919. The Italian name for this region is Alte Adigo, named after the river Adigo, Etsch in German. The forced Italianization started with the rise of fascism in 1922. Nowadays, only a … Read more » “Living Apart Together”

One Century De Stijl

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the magazine De Stijl. Place of birth was Laren, a small town in the Dutch province Noord-Holland, date of birth (the first official announcement): 25 November 1917. De Stijl became an icon of modernity throughout Europe and the world . Its timing and place, amidst a destructive … Read more » “One Century De Stijl”

A Romantic Bavarian Road

Starting in Würzburg (watched over by the Marienberg fortress and the Baroque Prince Bishops residence by Balthasar Neumann) and ending in Flüssen (2000 years of history and art), the Bavarian Romantic Road´s long distance walking trail covers a distance of almost 500 kilometers. The Road opens up a wealth of European history, art and culture. … Read more » “A Romantic Bavarian Road”

The Fuggerei in Augsburg

Statue of Jakob Fugger, The Fuggerei, Augsburg. Photo: TES.

The Fuggerei in Augsburg (Germany/Bayern) is one of the oldest social settlements in the world. It was founded and financed by the banker Jakob Fugger (1459-1525) for needy and poor citizens in 1521. The Fuggerei is inhabited by 150 persons in 140 apartments in 67 buildings nowadays and is still a social settlement, financed through an … Read more » “The Fuggerei in Augsburg”

Reformation and Renaissance

Renaissance and Reformation, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Photo:

The turmoils and the ideas of reformation emerged early among inhabitants of Rothenburg and the Tauber valley in the south of Gemany. The aftermath of the Peasants’ War in 1525 delayed the introduction of Martin Luther’s doctrine till 1544, but the intensity of the Reformation was very strong afterwards. Influential iconoclasts, such as Andreas Karlstadt, … Read more » “Reformation and Renaissance”