Modern Architecture in Düsseldorf-Derendorf

Last year, I went to see the new construction at the Hochschule Düsseldorf campus in Düsseldorf’s Derendorf borough, a traditionally industrial area.

This neighboring part of Derendorf used to be home to factories of defense contractor Rheinmetall, but has recently been revitalized with office  and residential buildings. While there was a lot of new construction, in many cases the old buildings have been integrated into the modern architecture.

Bürohaus 2 Klein

Bürohaus Klein

Wohnhaus Klein

Some buildings are quite unique such as this one decorated with antlers.

Das Gelbe Haus Klein

Geweihe Klein

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

My love of hiking and old cities was the reason I travelled to Heidelberg two years ago. And while Heidelberg’s old city is beautiful, it has nothing on Rothenburg ob der Tauber; this year’s getaway after a busy Maskerade week.

Rathausplatz (2)

After climbing 220 steps to the top of the town hall tower I got this beautiful view as the sun rose over the city.

Rothenburg vom Rathausturm aus

Same location from two different perspectives: looking down from the top of the town hall tower into the Tauber valley in the morning…

Blick von der Stadt runter ins Tal

…and looking up from the valley to the city later in the day.

Blick vom Tal hoch zur Stadt

One can only imagine what farmers must have felt like looking up to the imposing city on the hill as the came up from their farms in the valley.

Auf dem Weg vom Tal zur Stadt

The city building code is very strict about preserving its medieval atmosphere, so even modern brands use old-timey signage to fit in.

Tor Klein

My favorite spot in the city: the quiet garden behind the old monastery.

Klostergarten