The city is rather small, but features an interesting combination of architectural styles: The small, sometimes dilapidated houses in the Old Town had a Mediterranean flair, almost like Rome.
My love of old cities had already taken me down to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Heidelberg, so I don’t know why I had never been to Ghent, which is a lot closer. However, while all of these places feature beautiful medieval architecture, Ghent feels the most vibrant. Unlike Rothenburg, which forbids any changes that alter the cities appearance, Ghent feels more alive as it also incorporates modern elements in beautiful symbioses. And it is build around several rivers and canals which – as you can probably tell from the number of photos – has its very own appeal.
The weather the first day wasn’t great, so all of that day’s pictures a bit gloomy.
I got a very early start on the second day and was rewarded by these beautiful sights during the blue hour.
On my way home, a final look back at the church towers that define Ghent’s skyline and are visible from almost anywhere in the city.
Getting up at two o’clock this morning wasn’t easy, but being able to see the sun rise over the Ruhr from the Tetrahedron in Bottrop was so worth it.
After Lübeck’s sights in part 1, this post is dedicated to the less splendid but no less interesting parts of town: signs of companies that have been in business for a long time; signs of companies that have been out of business for a long time. Starting with the now defunct Eden cinema that even has its own Wikipedia page.
Coming from the train station, you enter the city through Holstentor, its most iconic landmark.
Lübeck Cathedral with Mühlenteich.
The townhall below is particularly curious: it combines several different materials, colors and styles while also lacking a clear architectural focal point.
In general, I just fell in love with the historic crow-stepped gable town houses you find everywhere.
Model of the historic city center with Holstentor on the left, town hall in the center and the cathedral at the bottom:
The former headquarters of now defunct WestLB is quite an iconic building in downtown Düsseldorf.
As the building next to it was recently torn down, interesting perspectives of WestLB’s building’s otherwise hidden back-side opened up.