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The town of Neuenburg am Rhein sits on the banks of the Rhine in south west Germany, about half way between Freiburg and the Swiss city of Basel. With a population of less than 10,000, its small size today belies its historical significance as an important crossing point of the Rhine. Its strategic location on the river and as a border town was both boom and bust for the town. Once grand enough to support its own cathedral, the town's history is punctuated by disaster, both natural and man-made. Click any picture below to view larger versions ...
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The Klemmbach is a stream that rises in the mountains of the southern Black Forest in south west Germany, and flows west through the towns of Badenweiler, Müllheim, and Neuenburg before emptying into the Rhine. In Müllheim it gave rise to a thriving tannery industry that established itself along its course in the 18th and 19th centuries, with numerous tanneries and associated businesses springing up on its banks. As well as providing an important water resource in the tanning process itself, the Klemmbach was also used to drive mills and flush ...
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The Baden wine trail nestles amongst more than 160 picturesque kilometres (100 miles) along the western edge of the Black Forest. It leads through the most beautiful and significant wine-growing regions of Baden: Ortenau, Breisgau, Kaiserstuhl, Tuniberg, and Markgräflerland - and forms a kind of Viticultural Black Forest that reaches down to the Rhine plain. Baden Wine Trail Gallery The following images were taken on Ascension Day in May, when a long stretch of the Markgräflerland Wine Trail road between Staufen and Müllheim was closed to all...
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The Kurhaus is a venue located at the western end of the park, at the foot of the castle ruins in Badenweiler, a small town nestled in the western edge of the Black Forest in south west Germany. The foundation stone of the original Kurhaus was laid in 1851, and by 1853 the building was in use as a pump room and gathering place. That same year the building began to be used as a venue for concerts.       With increasing visitor numbers the demand for the thermal waters grew, and in 1863/4 the source was reviewed and the...
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First mentioned as a fortified complex ("Burg") in 1125 and used as a chapel, Bürgeln was built by local land-owner Lord Werner von Kaltenbach, who subsequently donated all his possessions to the St. Blasien Benedictine monastery. Under monastic control, Bürgeln became the seat of the St. Blasien Provost, the religious representative and church tax collector for the local area, including the convent at Sitzenkirch and the nearby communities of Obereggenen and Marzell. Schloss Bürgeln Gallery During the peasant's revolt of 1525 the castle wa...
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Not a perfect day for flying, but the local gliding club were having an open day. To be honest, I like my aircraft to come with engines, and at least four of them at that, preferably on each wing. But intrepid aviator that I am, and ignoring the fact that winch-launched gliding has always terrified me - it's just not natural to be catapulted into the sky - I had a go myself. Actually I was shamed into it by the 7-year old in our group who took to the air like he was born with wings and wanted to go straight back up as soon as he landed. And wh...
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Today is Ascension Day, "Christi Himmelfahrt" in German, and a public holiday. They closed a 14km (8.5 mile) stretch of wine-country road to motor traffic, and between 10:00 and 18:00 the greatest peril pedestrians faced was from speeding bicycles wreaking revenge for the fact that it is normally they that are the prey of speeding cars on these narrow winding roads at the foot of the Black Forest. The temporarily pedestrianised road runs between Staufen and Müllheim and, after an opening ceremony at the village of Laufen, almost half way bet...
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Müllheim is a small town in south west Germany, about half way between Freiburg and Basel in Switzerland. It sits at western edge of the Black Forest, where the mountains descend down to the Rhine plain, and the hills around the town have clear views across to the Vosges mountains in France. It is traditionally the centre of Markgräflerland, an area ruled by Margraves, equivalent to the English March Lords - nobility who, because they commanded territories on the borders of a realm, were granted greater autonomy and more military freedom than ...
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I was hoping to post a large gallery of Spring images, with blue skies and landscapes so colourful you could almost hear the birds singing just by looking at the pictures. There would be photos of green shoots and daffodil lined roads filled with convertible cars configured as nature intended them to be - roof down - and pick-your-own plots bursting with colour and crowded with people assembling DIY bouquets. But Spring came late this year and, it would seem, took one look around the joint, saw what the unusually long dark winter had done to t...
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There are a few variations on the German name for carnival, but here in the south west corner use of the largely Swiss-German name "Fasnacht" (or the alternate spelling of Fastnacht) and its Alemannish version Fasnet betrays the shared Alemannic heritage of the area. Elsewhere it is known "Fasching". Gallery (Click any image to enlarge and scroll through the gallery) Although carnival season actually begins each year at 11:11 a.m. on November 11th, the carnival parades mark the beginning of lent - the 40 days of fasting leading up to Easte...
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Since 1932 mad, crazy people have attached planks of wood (or these days planks of high tech carbon fibre) to their feet in order to ski for a very short distance in a straight line down a ramp on the side of a hill in the German Black Forest town of Titisee-Neustadt. After some 100m of this rather boring version of downhill skiing, by which time the skier is approaching speeds of 100km per hour (over 60mph), the ramp all of a sudden is not there. This is the point at which the 'skiing' becomes 'flying', and things get very exciting indeed. ...
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Karlsruhe Palace is located in the heart of the modern city of Karlsruhe. It was built in 1715 by Charles William (Karl Wilhelm) III, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, when he relocated the capitol of the Margraviate from nearby Durlach. Said to have been dreamed up as he rested during a hunt - Karlsruhe translates literally to 'Charles repose' - the impressive palace building, and specifically its tower, is at the centre of a fan shaped layout, with 32 streets radiating outwards like spokes from a wheel. In 1785 a cupola was added to the tower, and v...
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Assuming his fingers can take the cold, Alamanicus will be adding more pictures to this gallery as the winter progresses. If you would like to get notifications when new images are added, you can 'Like' Alamanicus' Facebook page, or follow him on Google+ or Twitter. Click on any image below to scroll through the gallery...
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The best preserved Roman spa north of the alps, the Badenweiler Roman Bath ruins ("Badenweiler Römische Badruine" in German), known at the time as Aqua Villae, were first constructed in the 1st century A.D., not long after the area was first conquered by the Romans. The original building, consisting of two pools fed by the natural warm springs, was subsequently expanded to include a reception area, changing facilities, sauna, two cold pools, and stone terraces. The facility would have been visited by serving Roman legionnaires and veterans who ...
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Müllheim is a small market town of approximately 12,000 people, located on the B3 road between Freiburg to the north and Basel to the south. The Black Forest rises to the east, and to the west the Rhine plain extends towards the French Vosges Mountains. The town itself can trace its roots back to 758 A.D. when the area was part of the Frankish empire, but remains of a 1st/2nd century A.D. Roman villa have been found where St Martins church now stands. Müllheim was first allowed to hold a market in 1698, and in 1810 the Grand Duke of Baden gr...
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Alamanicus is having a short break from history this week with a trip to the Hochblauen ("High Blue"), a peak in the southern Black Forest. The Hochblauen is a short drive south east from Müllheim/Badenweiler, and accessible entirely by road (including by bus from Kandern). It rises nearly 700m (c.2300ft) above the Rhine plain, and 1165m (3822ft) above sea level, and is popular with hikers, mountain-bikers, and parascenders. The peak offers fantastic views of the Black Forest, the Rhine plain with glimpses of the Rhine winding through like a si...
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Rötteln Castle is one of the most imposing castles in south west Germany and is today, after Hochberg and Hohenbaden, the third largest ruin in Baden. It's position on the southern edge of the Black Forest close to the Rhine, above the Wiese valley (near the modern town of Lörrach), and its extensive fortifications made it one of the most significant castles in south west Germany. Although first mentioned in 1259, the castle was probably first built long before then. It was the seat of the Lords of Rötteln (who first appear in the historical re...
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Sausenberg Castle today is a modest ruin, barely sign-posted, gradually being reclaimed by the trees at the western edge of the Black Forest, near the modern day town of Kandern. In its day, however, Sausenberg was the seat of the Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg, a near 200 year dynasty out of the House of Baden that accumulated most of the land of the south western corner of Germany, that today is called Markgräflerland (Margrave's Land). The Castle of Sausenberg The first record of Sausenberg is dated to 1120, when the 668m (c. 2200ft) peak...
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It was at Lake Lucerne, around the turn of the 14th century, in a small lakeside meadow framed by the Alps, that the Old Swiss Confederacy - the infant Switzerland - was born. A loose alliance of three rural german-speaking communities (cantons) that shared the Lake Lucerne shoreline, the Confederacy soon grew to eight cantons, and by 1513 the eight had become thirteen. An Alemannic Parentage Until the beginning of the 5th century, this land was part of the Roman empire, whose fortifed border lay far to the north, along the lines of the Danub...
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Hochburg (literally: Citadel) is the second largest castle in the Baden region of south west Germany. Also known as Hachberg after its 11th century founder, Dietrich von Hachberg, the castle soon came into the possession of the Margraves of Baden who dominated the south west corner of Germany from the late 11th century. The Rise and Fall of Baden-Hachberg When Margrave Hermann IV died at Antioch in 1190 during the Third Crusade, the Margraviate was split amongst his two sons. Whilst Hermann V continued the main line of succession based at the...
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