Papenburg, Emsland

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.


1636 Haus in Papenburg

Hauptkanal Papenburg


Bockwindmühle Papenburg Totale


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

Pictures from Wangerooge

Coming home from work on Friday of last week, I decided I needed to get out of the city for the weekend. Destination: Wangerooge, an island in the North Sea.

Überweg Klein

The weather wasn’t ideal on Saturday, but it was nonetheless the best travel experience I’ve had in a long time. And on Sunday, shortly before heading home, the sky cleared up creating these perfect vistas.

Düne (1)

Möwe über Düne



You just don’t get to see sunsets like this in the city.

Sonnenuntergang (3)

Sonnenuntergang (4)

Sonnenuntergang (2)


I woke up early on Sunday and thus got to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.

Sonnenaufgang (1)

Sonnenaufgang (2)

Going home

Seals in the distance (poor quality, because I had to shoot through the ferry window).


One last look back to Wangerooge before it was time to take the train back home.

Aus der Ferne

CEU Campus Tour

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.

CEU Soros Quote

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.

CEU Staircase (1)

CEU Staircase (2)

CEU Library

CEU Atrium


CEU Hallway (1)

There are little study areas with computer screens around every corner.

CEU Hallway (2)

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.

CEU Rooftop (1)


Back in Budapest after 10 Years

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.


Szechenyi Fürdö

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.

Nepliget (2)

Nepliget (1)

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.

Kerepesi ut (2)

Kerepesi ut (1)

And the M3 metro line still features its original trains, signage and depressing color scheme.

M3 Metro Line

Pictures from Vienna Part 2: Modern Architecture

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.

Vienna International Center


Or the area of new construction around Central Station.


Wohnhaus am Bahnhof

A great example of combining old and new architecture is modern mumok situated among the old buildings of the Museumsquartier.