Lots of train travel this year. Vienna:
As there were two holidays last week, I decided to get out of town to take a short vacation in Heimbach (Eifel) for some hiking. The Eifel is only two hours away by train, but you feel so much closer to nature around all the forests and lakes.
More reservoirs downstream from the Rur dam.
The Art Nouveau hydro-electric power plant in Heimbach.
More pictures from the last full day of my Obereggenen vacation: sunset in the vines above Obereggenen.
Since I was a kid, my family has been going to the village of Obereggenen near Schliengen in the black forest for fall vacation. So for the 30th anniversary of our first vacation, we all spent the weekend there again.
As my tour of Meyer Werft wasn’t until the afternoon, I had a few hours in Papenburg to walk along the canals and take in the beautiful scenery of this quaint little town.
Last Saturday I attended the CIM Lingen conference (again). Since I already was in the region, I figured why not add one more day to the trip and visit the Meyer Werft shipyards in nearby Papenburg as well.
The World Dream docked outside the huge Dockhalle 2 factory building as the ship is being prepped for its maiden voyage later this year.
Most of the tour at Meyer Werft was spent in the visitors center, watching video of their 220+ year history and looking at model of some of the 700+ ships they built in this time.
One of the ships with the most interesting history is the Graf Goetzen. Built in 1913 at the shipyard in Papenburg for the German Empire, it was immediately disassembled after it was finished and its parts shipped in boxes to Africa. After brief use as a naval vessel and being sunk, it was raised years later, renovated and continues to be operated on Lake Tanganyika to this day.
But the highlight came at the end of the two-hour tour: a peek into the two factory buildings Dockhalle 1 and Dockhalle 2.
Pictured above is the smaller Dockhalle 1 where they built parts for final assembly in Dockhalle 2. The latter is so large, that it is impossible to fully take it in through the small window in the visitors area.
Interesting detail: one of the cranes in Dockhalle 1 was actually made in East Germany (“Deutsche Demokratische Republik”). Apparently, the East German buyers of one of the ships built by Meyer did not have enough hard currency to pay for it and delivered equipment to make up the difference.
The company logo, then and now.