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.
Some buildings are quite unique such as this one decorated with antlers.
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.
After climbing 220 steps to the top of the town hall tower I got this beautiful view as the sun rose over the city.
Same location from two different perspectives: looking down from the top of the town hall tower into the Tauber valley in the morning…
…and looking up from the valley to the city later in the day.
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.
The city building code is very strict about preserving its medieval atmosphere, so even modern brands use old-timey signage to fit in.
My favorite spot in the city: the quiet garden behind the old monastery.