The German City Phoenix


In 1771/72, Frederick the Great (1712-1786), King of Prussia, had the Barberini Palace built on the bank of the Havel River. Along with the St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) and the Old Town Hall (Alter Rathaus).Tthese buildings formed the center of Potsdam for many years. The architects Carl von Gontard (1731-1791) and George Christian Unger (1743-1799) … Read more » “The German City Phoenix”

The Callenberger Retabel United


The Grassi Museum in Leipzig counts among the most significant of its type in Europe and stands out for a completely new permanent exhibition, “From Ancient times to Historism”. It is a call to a journey covering over 3,000 years of the history of art, in the Roman Hall, the Piranesi Gallery and the Treasure Chamber. The second … Read more » “The Callenberger Retabel United”

The finest Roman fort in Germany


The ancient Roman city Bodobrica, nowadays Boppard, has the finest preserved Roman fortification in Germany. The citadel was built in the second half of the 4th century and was meant to defend the left bank of the Rhine against invasions by German tribes. These tribes had driven the Roman army out of the right bank … Read more » “The finest Roman fort in Germany”

Rebel Without a Cause Gaston


Gaston is the main character in a Belgium comic created in the French language by André Franquin (1924-1997) in 1957. Gaston Lagaffe (Gaston Blunder) symbolizes and forecasts to a certain extent the roaring sixties. Gaston worked  at the office of the publisher of the comic and the story line follows the daily activities of Gaston … Read more » “Rebel Without a Cause Gaston”

The Bicycle Moves On


Two centuries have passed since the invention of the Draisine, the first bike, developed by Freiherr Karl von Drais (1785-1851). The first try-out was on 12 June 1817 in Mannheim (Germany). The aristocrat wanted to move without expensive horses and his design was the first milestone of bicycle development such as the historic velocipede, folding … Read more » “The Bicycle Moves On”