June 25, 2009

Goethe and Commerzbank Tower

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and according to George Eliot, "Germany's greatest man of letters… and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, humanism and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.

Commerzbank Tower is a skyscraper located in the city centre of Frankfurt, Germany. After it was completed in 1997 it ranked as the tallest building in Europe until 2005 when it was surpassed by the Triumph-Palace in Moscow. The tower is only two metres taller than the MesseTurm which is also located in Frankfurt. The MesseTurm was the tallest building in Europe before the construction of the Commerzbank Tower.
With a height of 259 metres (850 ft), 56 stories, it provides 121,000 m² (1.3 million square feet) of office space for the Commerzbank headquarters, including winter gardens and natural lighting and air circulation. The signal light on top of the tower gives the tower a total height of 300.1 metres (985 ft).

June 15, 2009

Hey what are you doing there?

We can meet at Zoo Duisburg, come and see me.

May 25, 2009

Breakdancing at 73 years !!!

Me too I want to do this at his age :).

May 20, 2009

Dare to dream - Faith, Freedom, Love, Justice

[Picture taken near London Eye]

Guess.. who's next?

May 12, 2009

Flying from Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north-eastern end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The nickname is often also used to refer to the clock and the clock tower. This is the world's largest four-faced, chiming clock and the third largest free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrates its 150th birthday in 2009.

May 11, 2009

Cannabis coffee shop

Under the drug policy of the Netherlands, cannabis products and other substances are tolerated and allowed inside licensed coffee shops, as well as cannabis and hashish paraphernelia like pipes, bongs, and rolling papers. Aside from selling cannabis products and paraphernelia, the majority of coffeeshops also serve drinks and food. Alcohol, however, is not allowed, nor are hard drugs. The idea of coffeeshops was introduced in the 1970s for the explicit purpose of keeping hard- and softdrugs separated.

In the Netherlands, 105 of the 443 municipalities have at least one coffeeshop. Many at the borders sell mostly to foreigners (mostly from Belgium, Germany and France), who can also buy marijuana in their own countries, but prefer the higher product quality of Dutch coffeeshops.

May 6, 2009

700,000 bicycles in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture. Most main streets have bike paths. Bike racks are ubiquitous throughout the city. There are about 700,000 bicycles in the city. Each year, about 80,000 of them are stolen and 25,000 end up in the canals.

May 5, 2009

London Eye

The London Eye (also known as the Millennium Wheel), at a height of 135 metres (443 ft), is the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe, and has become the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, visited by over three million people in one year. At the time it was erected it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, until it was surpassed by the Star of Nanchang (160 m) in May 2006, and then the Singapore Flyer (165 m) on 11 February 2008. However, it is still described by its operators as "the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel" (because the entire structure is supported by an A-frame on one side only).

The London Eye is located at the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, United Kingdom, between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The site is adjacent to that of the former Dome of Discovery, which was built for the Festival of Britain in 1951.

April 15, 2009

The Internet Symphony

This is not a photo, I know.. but I found it very interesting.

April 14, 2009

Money at 120m height

CentrO is part of a large commercial development in Oberhausen, Germany, called the "Neue Mitte" or "new center". A large steel production plant used to occupy the site until the late 1980s. Besides the CentrO shopping mall the area today houses attractions such as a children's theme park and a water-lined boulevard with restaurants and pubs. Planet Hollywood briefly occupied a space in the mall before the company went bankrupt and abruptly closed many stores, including the one in CentrO. The mall was based on Meadowhall, a large shopping centre in Sheffield, England (both malls had the same developer). It is often claimed that CentrO is the largest shopping mall on the continent, but at approximately 70,000 m², it is not even the largest in the region. CentrO is however notable because it signifies the transformation of Oberhausen from an industry-based to a services-based economy and has become a role model for other German cities.

April 9, 2009


The Oberhausen gasometer, the largest disc-type gas holder in Europe, is an industrial monument located in Oberhausen, Germany. It was constructed between 1927 and 1929. Today it is an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage and serves as an exhibition hall.

April 7, 2009

A tonne of paper at WAZ

The WAZ-Mediengruppe (WAZ-Mediagroup) is Germanys third largest newspaper and magazine publisher with a total of over 500 publications in nine countries. Besides Germany these are Hungaria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Rumania, Serbia and Macedonia. It also owns parts of Austrian Kronen Zeitung and Kurier. It is privately held by the founders families and is headquartered in Essen.

April 2, 2009

Sun and Steel

March 24, 2009

A windmill in the Museum of the Traditional Folk Civilization

A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind. It is designed to convert the energy of the wind into more useful forms using rotating blades or sails. The term also refers to the structure it is commonly built on. In much of Europe, windmills served originally to grind grain, though later applications included pumping water and, more recently, generation of electricity. Recent electricity-generating versions are referred to as wind turbines.

This one can be found at the Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization.

March 22, 2009

Milka cow

Milka is Kraft Foods' best-selling brand of milk chocolate. It is sold in bar form, in holiday shapes, and in a variety of specialty forms. It was created in 1901 in Switzerland, by chocolatier Philippe Suchard as his first milk chocolate variety.

The brand has a well-known symbol, the "Milka Cow", which is a lilac colored Simmental cow (see also Purple cow) sporting a bell around her neck, usually shown in an Alpine meadow.

Now this well-known symbol has an nice LCD around her neck exposed at Schokoladenmuseum from Köln.


Jaffa is an ancient port city believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Is located south of Tel Aviv, Israel on the Mediterranean Sea. Today it is part of the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality.

March 20, 2009

Town hall

Before choosing Notre-Dame de Paris, Napoleon I had considered for a time having his Imperial coronation take place in Aachen.
Annualy here is celebrated International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen) which is one of the most prestigious European prizes. It has been awarded once a year since 1950 by the German city of Aachen to people who contributed to the ideals upon which it has been founded. It commemorates Charlemagne, ruler of the Frankish Empire and founder of what became the Holy Roman Empire, who resided and is buried at Aachen. Traditionally the award is given to the recipient on the Ascension holiday in a ceremony in the town hall of Aachen.

March 18, 2009

Three-Country Point

The Vaalserberg is also noted for being the location where the borders of three countries intersect, giving its summit the name of Drielandenpunt ("Three-Country Point") in Dutch, or Dreiländereck ("Three-Country Corner") in German, or Trois Frontières ("Three Borders") in French.The touching countries are the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Between 1830 and 1919 it even was a Vierlandenpunt or "Four-Country Point"; see Moresnet for the now missing fourth one.

March 17, 2009


Duisburg, Germany

March 11, 2009

Lego giraffe

Duisburg, Germany

Climbing to the sky

Duisburg, Germany

March 10, 2009


Düsseldorf, Germany

March 7, 2009

Schloss Benrath park

Schloss Benrath park

Caraiman Peak

Caraiman Peak

March 5, 2009

Aachen Cathedral

March 3, 2009

Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane

The garden identified as Gethsemane is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives, in the Kidron Valley. Overlooking the garden is the Church of All Nations, also known as the Church of the Agony, built on the site of a church destroyed by the Sassanids in 614, and a Crusader church destroyed in 1219. Nearby is the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene with its golden, onion-shaped domes (Byzantine/Russian style), built by Russian Tsar Alexander III in memory of his mother.

Church of All Nations

Church of All Nations

The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest

"Eyes in the Sky"

Eyes in the Sky


Rhine Germany

Telecommunication tower

Telecommunication tower Düsseldorf, Germany

March 2, 2009

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral Köln, Germany

North Rhine - Westphalia

North Rhine - Westphalia