Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany (I)

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Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany (I)

The Wolfsburg Castle, with its ornamental gables and the onion tower which dates back in the 16th century, is one of the most magnificent architectural marvels of the Northern Germany. Inside the castle you will find: the City Gallery, the City Museum, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, the Heidersberger Institude, as well as the Teaching Workshop (regional teacher training). Keep reading to discover the museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany. All of them are worth a visit and this is your chance to find out more about their amazing history.

 

1. Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany: City Gallery

The City Gallery of Wolfsburg is an institution for contemporary art located in the opulent Renaissance structure of Castle Wolfsburg. Historical architecture and contemporary art create an exciting dialogue in the exhibit rooms. Since the art offers specific insights, alludes to alternatives and helps to understand the problems of our reality, which are becoming more and more complex, the City Gallery of Wolfsburg constitutes a forum from which impulses for the future emanate. A richly varied palette of events is available for all ages. Special focuses can be found in institution’s exhibitions under the motto “Young Art in an Ancient Castle”; the Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg “A Young City viewing Young Art”; printer’s workshop; cooperative projects with local artists; a collection with paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs and videos.

 

2. Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany: City Museum

“Living history” is the motto of the City Museum in the Castle of Wolfsburg. In the historical ambience of the coach houses, between the defensive walls and the Fachwerk, this museum presents the history of the castle, the region and the city, in hundreds of original exhibits, from the foundation pile of the Castel Wolfsburg to a complete hair salon from the 1950s. Listening stations provide music and testimonies from contemporary witnesses, while interactive media and films facilitate a very personal encounter with this special city. The City Museum is more than a historical museum; it uses imagination and entertainment to present a comprehensive portrait of the very special city of Wolfsburg. At the same time its exhibitions and castle tours provide information about the history of the Castle Wolfsburg, an architectural monument to the North German Renaissance.

 

Castles to Visit in Wolfsburg, Germany

The city of Wolfsburg was initially established in 1938, under the name of “Stadt des KdF-Wagens” for the Volkswagen plant and its production of the VW-Beetle. It was later renamed to “Wolfsburg” by the City Council Assembly, in 1945.

 

The city celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013.

 

In this article we’ll cover which castles to visit in Wofsburg, Germany, their amazing history and importance during the Middle Ages.

 

1. Castles to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany – Wolfsburg

The “Wolfsburg” with its ornamental gables and the onion tower which dates back in the 16th century, is one of the most magnificent architectural marvels of the Northern Germany. Inside the castle you will find: the City Gallery, the City Museum, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, the Heidersberger Institude, as well as the Teaching Workshop (regional teacher training).

A castle tour will walk you through the medieval chambers and teach you about the history of the 700 year-old architectural monument. Booking information about the tours and prices can be obtained from the City Museum.

 

2. Castles to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany – Neuhaus

The Castle Neuhaus is considered today one of the best preserved medieval moated castles in Northern Germany. Located in a beautiful natural landscape and partially surrounded by an enchanting pond, the historical moated castle Neuhaus lies in the immediate proximity to the city of Wolfsburg. Currently located in Castle Neuhaus are: Freundeskreis Burg Neuhaus e. V., Castle Museum, Newcastle Renaissance Dance Troup, art studies, a kindergarten, gymnasium, rooms for parties, meetings and annual events such as: Castle Sing (a singing event at the castle), Burgfest, a crafts market, activities put on by the local association of the Castle Museum. The documentation rooms in Castle Neuhaus are a branch location for the City Museum of Wolfsburg. Here are displayed documents and exhibits revealing the history of the castle and life in its times. Since August 2003, the Castle Museum has been managed by Freundeskreis Burg Neuhaus e.V.

 

3. Castles to visit in Wolfsburg, Germany – Fallersleben

Castle Fallersleben, within the heart of Fallersleben distirct, is located in the beautiful park next to St. Michael’s Church and was built during the 16th century. There were numerous farms associated with the U-shaped castle grounds back in the 18th century, such as the New Brewhouse, which has been well preserved till today and it is now an excellent example of rustic hospitality.

Until 1760 the castle was surrounded by an approximately 5 meters deep moat and could only be accessed over two bridges. One bridge and a portion of the moat were reconstructed in 1998, based on archeological excavations. The west wing of the castle, painstakingly restored in 1990, has been well preserved to this very day. Here you will find the vault cellar, grey paintings from the Renaissance period and Baroque stucco ceilings.

 

Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany (I)

The Wolfsburg Castle, with its ornamental gables and the onion tower which dates back in the 16th century, is one of the most magnificent architectural marvels of the Northern Germany. Inside the castle you will find: the City Gallery, the City Museum, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, the Heidersberger Institude, as well as the Teaching Workshop (regional teacher training). Keep reading to discover the museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany. All of them are worth a visit and this is your chance to find out more about their amazing history.

 

1. Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany: City Gallery

The City Gallery of Wolfsburg is an institution for contemporary art located in the opulent Renaissance structure of Castle Wolfsburg. Historical architecture and contemporary art create an exciting dialogue in the exhibit rooms. Since the art offers specific insights, alludes to alternatives and helps to understand the problems of our reality, which are becoming more and more complex, the City Gallery of Wolfsburg constitutes a forum from which impulses for the future emanate. A richly varied palette of events is available for all ages. Special focuses can be found in institution’s exhibitions under the motto “Young Art in an Ancient Castle”; the Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg “A Young City viewing Young Art”; printer’s workshop; cooperative projects with local artists; a collection with paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs and videos.

 

2. Museums at the Wolfsburg Castle in Germany: City Museum

“Living history” is the motto of the City Museum in the Castle of Wolfsburg. In the historical ambience of the coach houses, between the defensive walls and the Fachwerk, this museum presents the history of the castle, the region and the city, in hundreds of original exhibits, from the foundation pile of the Castel Wolfsburg to a complete hair salon from the 1950s. Listening stations provide music and testimonies from contemporary witnesses, while interactive media and films facilitate a very personal encounter with this special city. The City Museum is more than a historical museum; it uses imagination and entertainment to present a comprehensive portrait of the very special city of Wolfsburg. At the same time its exhibitions and castle tours provide information about the history of the Castle Wolfsburg, an architectural monument to the North German Renaissance.

 

Best Shopping Centers in Berlin (II)

There are countless shopping areas in Berlin, Germany. Each district has at least one shopping center, which invites tourists to spend time and money.

 

In this articles series we will reveal the best shopping centers in Berlin, Germany.

 

There is a wide selection to choose from, including: Hackeschen Hofe in Mitte, the arcade on Potsdamer Platz and the Kurfurstendamm shopping strip in Charlottenburg, each of which with its own appeal. Besides the large shopping centers, there are also a lot of smaller streets ideal for shopping, such as Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg, for example. Here you will find fashion boutiques, second-hand stores and you may also be able to find exquisite gems from the past.

 

5. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: Trodel + Kunstmarkt (Markets)

A mixture of an antique market and an art market takes place weekly on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 5pm on Strabe des 17 Juni in Tiergarten.

 

6. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: Markt am Maybachufer (Markets)

Every Tuesday and Friday at midday, the “Turkish Market” – a kind of open-ai bazaar – takes place on the Maybacher Ufer. Eastern-style products as well as fruit, vegetables, (organic) cheese, antipasto, household goods and textiles are on offer and sold through the cries of the stall-holders. The market on Maybachufer can be reached with the U8 metro, alighting at the Schonleistrabe or Kottbusser Tor stops.

 

7. Best Shopping Center in Berlin: Wilmersdorfer Arcaden (Shopping Miles & Districts)

The Wilmersdorfer Arcaden is a mall with more than 120 shops on 4 levels.

 

8. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: Spandau Arcaden (Galleries & Malls)

At the Spandau Arcaden, visitors can go shopping and spend their free time. Fashion, jewellery, furniture, toiletries and electronics – shops selling items of all kinds are open here; in total, there are 125 shops on four floors. The food court is great for a tasty break from shopping. Those looking for a spot of physical activity can enjoy the lanes at the bowling alley. There are also options available for soothing the soul: visitors will be in good hands at the MeridianSpa.

Best Private Island Getaways (I)

For many travelers, their idea of a perfect vacation is a secluded spot away from the rest of the world. These vacationers prefer to be close to nature, isolation and utter relaxation. If this kind of destination appeals to you, we've picked out the best private island gateways. The following islands all have one thing in common: peace and quiet.

 

1. Best Private Island Getaways: Easter Island — Chile

Easter Island is over 2,000 miles from the nearest population center, (Tahiti and Chile), making it one of the most isolated places on Earth. A volcanic rock in the South Pacific — it is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. How they were moved across the island remains a mystery. The early settlers called the island ''Te Pita O Te Henua" (Navel of The World). Today, the land, people and language are all referred to locally as Rapa Nui. The islanders developed the only written language in Oceania, but the meaning of the script has been lost. Today, the island is part of Chile and its lengthy runway doubles as an emergency landing strip for the space shuttle. But the moai remain part of the landscape, so, walking around the island is like touring a living, open-air museum. You can walk to the major sites in three or four days, or cover even more ground by horseback or four-wheel-drive.

 

2. Best Private Island Getaways:  The Hallig Islands in the Wadden Sea — Germany

Germany's Hallig Islands are picturesquely dotted among the North Frisian Islands off the North Sea coast and offer walks on the mudflats in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. Flooding is one of the features that distinguishes Hallig Islands from other islands. During these periods of submersion, only the island's warfts are visible — man-made hills upon which the houses of Hooge's inhabitants can be seen jutting out of the water. The Hallig Island of Oland is a true gem, as it is also home to a wide variety of water birds and waders. The coastal landscape features vast expanses of salt marshes and the natural beauty of the area is enhanced by the blooming purple sea lavender. Walks on the mudflats demonstrate the rich diversity of the region's water birds and waders, and the constantly changing salt marsh landscape makes the Hallig Islands a truly magical place.

 

Tourist Attractions in Hamburg, Germany (I)

The history of Hamburg as a fortified trade and episcopal city stretches back to the 9th century AD. Economic growth ensured that the look of the city constantly changed, and today it is characterized by the last remaining Baroque buildings on Deichstrasse, the magnificent town hall, the Neoclassical stock exchange as well as the red bricks of the Speicherstadt warehouse district and the massive old Kontorhaus office buildings. As an international harbor, media centre, cultural stronghold and sporting city, Hamburg offers a wealth of experiences unequalled in Germany. In this article we will review some of the most important tourist attractions in Hamburg, Germany. Around 270,000 tourists arrive in the “free and Hanseatic city” every day to experience this historically rich, yet future oriented metropolis on the Elbe and Alster rivers.

 

1. Tourist Attractions in Hamburg, Germany: Alster (River)

The look of Hamburg is formed to a large extent by the River Alster. The river has been dammed to form two artificial lakes, the Aussenalster and the Binnenalster. The Lombardsbrucke and Kennedybrucke bridges separate the two lakes. Together, the Aussenalster and Binnenalster lakes cover an area of around 180 hectares (the Aussenalster approximately 160 and the Binnenalster approximately 20). They are a paradise for sailors, rowers or paddleboat fans.

You can enjoy an extended walk around the Alster and take a break in one of the many cafes or restaurants.

 

2. Tourist Attractions in Hamburg, Germany: Heinrich Hertz Turm (Other)

The Heinrich Hertz Turm, also simply called the TV Tower or, in reference to St. Michaelis Church, the Tele-Michel, is one of the icons of Hamburg. At 279.8m, it is the tallest structure in the city and it was constructed from 1965 to 1968.

It was named after the Hamburg-born physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz.

Unfortunately, the tower is no longer open to visitors, due (among other things) to high levels of asbestos.

 

3. Tourist Attractions in Hamburg, Germany: Chilehaus (Building)

The Chilehaus (Chile House) was designed by the architect F. Hoger and built within 2 years (1922 – 1924). It was commissioned by the shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman, who had made his fortune through trade relationships with Chile.

The architecture of the Chilehaus is slender and unconventional. The outstanding feature of the building is the outer façade modeled after the bow of a ship.

Places to see in Frankfurt, Germany (I)

The old imperial city of Frankfurt am Main has, during its long history, always been the setting for important events. German emperors were crowned in Frankfurt Cathedral for centuries and the first democratic election of the German National Assembly was held in St. Paul’s Church in 1848. After World War II, Frankfurt initially seemed like a promising candidate for becoming the capital of the newly founded Federal Republic, however it had to relinquish this title to Bonn. Although the city thus lost its political influence, it compensated for this through its financial power. There are many amazing places to see in Frankfurt, Germany. Over 400 German and foreign banks can be found here today, and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the fourth largest exchange in the world after New York, London and Tokyo. The imposing towers made out of steel and glass bear witness to the economic importance of the city on the Main.

 

1. Places to see in Frankfurt, Germany: Romerplatz (Square)

Visitors to this square will find themselves transported to centuries past thanks to the medieval appearance of eleven timber-framed houses. They are in fact modern reconstructions, as the original buildings were almost completely destroyed during World War II. The emperor’s ballroom in the old town hall is particularly worth seeing. It was here that the former German monarchs were chosen and crowned. 52 portraits of various rulers point to the particular importance of this location.

 

2. Places to see in Frankfurt, Germany: Hauptwache (Building)

Built in 1730, this building served for a long time as a police station and prison. There were cells for petty criminals in the roof, while the cellar was reserved for real felons. The gallows and the stocks can be found in front of the building. Nowadays the prisoners are long gone but there is a highly recommendable café serving hearty Frankfurt specialties, as well as various cakes.

 

3. Places to see in Frankfurt, Germany: Banking District (District)

This is the place that numerous banks demonstrate their power and wealth by building imposing skyscrapers. Particularly worth seeing are the towers of the Dresdner Bank, the Commerzbank, the Deutsche Bank and the Hessische Landesbank. From the viewing platform of the 200-metre-high main tower you can see as far as the Taunus Mountains on a clear day.

 

Best Shopping Centers in Berlin (I)

There are countless shopping centers in Berlin. Each district has at least one shopping center, inviting guests to while away some time. There is a wide selection to choose from, including Hackeschen Hofe in Mitte, the arcade on Potsdamer Platz and the Kurfurstendamm shopping strip in Charlottenburg, each of which has its own charm. As well as the large shopping centers, there are also a lot of smaller streets ideal for shopping, such as Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg, for example. Here you will find fashion boutiques and second hand shops and may also be able to pick up gems from the past.

 

1. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: KaDeWe – Kaufhaus des Westens (Galleries & Malls)

At around 60,000 square meters, KaDeWe is the largest department store in Europe. Over its 7 floors one will find everything that they need, or also don’t need for that matter. From the top floor where the restaurant is, one has a magnificent view over Berlin.

 

2. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: Arkaden am Potsdamer Platz (Shopping Miles & Districts)

This shopping center at Potsdamer Platz which has, among other things, outlets of well known clothing brands, is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 10pm. Be it fashion, accessories, beauty or food, one will find everything that the heart desires in the over 130 stores on three levels.

 

3. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: Hackeschen Hofe (Shopping Miles & Districts)

A visit to the Hackeschen Hofe is worth if not just for its typical courtyard architecture and old Berlin flair. In addition to the offices, apartments, restaurants and the cabaret theatre one can find numerous trendy boutiques and designer stores around the eight courtyards.

 

4. Best Shopping Centers in Berlin: Kurfurstendamm / Tauentzienstrabe (Shopping Miles & Districts)

Kurfurstendamm is one of the most important shopping areas in Berlin, and one can best find their way there from Zoo station or Wittenbergplatz. In addition to the faouns Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), you can find countless fashion stores with all different kinds of labels, as well as shoe stores and bookshops. The famous Café Kranzler also has its home here.