Even though I spent the majority of my time in Paderborn yesterday at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, I did have time to see some of Paderborn’s beautiful old town.
I also walked the majority of the length of the river Pader, which isn’t difficult given it’s the shortest river in Germany,as this sign explained.
When I was in Budapest for our 10-year MBA reunion, a classmate had organized a tour of the brand-new CEU campus. As you enter on Nador utca 15, you’re greeted by this quote from George Soros.
The entire new campus so beautiful, functional and full of well-designed details, it kind of makes you want to go back to university again.
There are little study areas with computer screens around every corner.
Even the benches on the roof have power outlets, so you can sit there with your laptop and get work done. Though I doubt, people would want to work there, when the can instead enjoy the sun and a view of all of Budapest’s architectural highlights.
I graduated from Central European University (CEU) in 2007, so for the ten-year reunion, I added a 36 hour visit to the city at the end of my Vienna trip.
A lot has improved in the city. Gone are the Soviet-era buses and metros cars on the M2 metro line I took to class every day.
Instead trains and stations have been upgraded and squares such Kossuth tér and Deák Ferenc tér are looking great.
Outside the city center, however, it’s a different story. Városliget (above) is well maintained, full of people and no place to sit down. Népliget (below) is full of benches nobody wants to sit on and looks like it had been untouched since the 1980s.
Same along Kerepesi út where the CEU dormitory is. Sure, they installed some new benches there, but overall the area was almost unchanged since I had last seen it 10 years ago.
And the M3 metro line still features its original trains, signage and depressing color scheme.
Even though its beautiful old architecture is the highlight of every Vienna trip, the city features amazing examples of modern architecture as well. At Vienna International Center, for instance.
Or the area of new construction around Central Station.
A great example of combining old and new architecture is modern mumok situated among the old buildings of the Museumsquartier.
Vienna was the latest destination on my Capitals of Europe list.
This city is so amazingly beautiful. It’s impossible to walk around and not be impressed by grand architecture everywhere you turn; with one exception, see end of this post. Particularly on the ring streets that opened up for development in 1865 after city fortifications there had been demolished.
My favorite place was the quiet park behind Palais Liechtenstein.
Even though other parks such as Volksgarten were pretty great, too.
Beach-feeling along Donaukanal on this hot summer day as cafés had put out beach chairs.
Standing out from all the grand buildings is this house on Liechtensteiner Straße that dares to be ugly.
Today’s photo excursion took me few kilometers outside of Düsseldorf to Schloss Dyck, one the most beautiful water castles in this part of Germany.
The castle is surrounded by beautifully landscaped parks and patches of forest.
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.