Train Travel

Lots of train travel this year. Vienna:

U-Bahnhof Donauinsel


M3 Metro Line


Gare de Viry - Chatillon


Pictures from Paris Part 2

Two years after part 1, here are pictures from another visit to Savigny-sur-Orge for a guest performance at the beautifully located Lycée Jean-Baptiste Corot.

Lycee J. B. Corot


Karrusell in der Abenddämmerung (2)

Avenue Montaigne

…day in Paris. Love the beautiful Lutetian limestone in Paris’ buildings.

Häuser im Sonnenlicht


Hiking in Heimbach (Eifel)

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.

Burg Hengebach

Burg Hengebach mit Brücke

The landscape is dominated by various reservoirs and dams, most notably the Rur dam. Below the view from the Hirschley atop the Kermeter onto the Rur lake.

Hirschley Panorama


More reservoirs downstream from the Rur dam.

Stauanlage Heimbach


The Art Nouveau hydro-electric power plant in Heimbach.


Tour of Meyer Werft, Papenburg

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.

World of Dream Detail

The World Dream docked outside the huge Dockhalle 2 factory building as the ship is being prepped for its maiden voyage later this year.

World of Dream Totale

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.

Graf Goetzen

But the highlight came at the end of the two-hour tour: a peek into the two factory buildings Dockhalle 1 and Dockhalle 2.

Meyer Werft Kleine Halle

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.

Kran aus der DDR

The company logo, then and now.

Meyer Werft Logo Alt

Meyer Werft Logo Neu