Coat of Arms Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale)

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale), Germany

This manhole cover in Halle (Saale) displays the coat of arms of the city. The city arms of Halle consist of a moon between two stars of different size. The colour of these symbols is red, the ground is silver.

Museums Traditions

Lance for water jousting in Halle (Saale)

Lance for water jousting in Halle (Saale), Germany

This showcase at the Hallors and Saline Museum in Halle (Saale) displays the costume of a Hallor with its typical 18 buttons and a lance. Such lances are still in use for the traditional  water joustings one can experience e.g. during the lantern festival of Halle (Hallesches Laternenfest).


Cruise vessel ‘Fröhliche Dörte’ (1888)

Cruise vessel 'Fröhliche Dörte' (1888) on the river Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

This cruise vessel named ‘MS Fröhliche Dörte’ was built in 1888. Today it is run by the Saale-Unstrut Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH and drives up and down the river Unstrut between Freyburg and Naumburg.


Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut)

Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut), GermanyNeuenburg Castle (Schloss Neuenburg) located in the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut houses among others a wine museum. This photo was taken while enjoying a boat trip on the river Unstrut.


Wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt

Vineyards in the Saale-Unstrut region of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

While travelling through the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut one can see a lot of steep terraces with centuries-old dry walls and romantic vineyard cottages. The region is open for many kinds of movement: Hiking, cycling and even canoeing.


Wine barrel at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg

Wine cask for 120,000 l at the Rotkäppchen vinery in Freyburg (Unstrut), Germany

In the historic sparkling wine cellars of the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg (Unstrut) there is a huge wine cask for the cuvée. The barrel was built in 1897 and has a capacity of 120,000 litres.


Cork oak at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg

Cork oak at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg (Unstrut), GermanyIn the splendid staircase well of the administration building a piece of cork oak (quercus suber) is displayed. So people joining a guided tour through the historic sparkling wine cellars of the Rotkäppchen winery get an impression from which tree the sparkling wine corks are made.

Castles Public Art

Huge music stands at Querfurt Castle

One of three huge music stands at Querfurt Castle in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Three music stands (Notenständer) with a height of four metres remind me that Querfurt Castle (Burg Querfurt) houses a music school. Artist Ingo Güttler created these music stands that play music and form a sound installation. During festivals, the music stands will be removed.


The Unstrut Viaduct in Saxony-Anhalt

Unstrut Railway Viaduct crossing the spacious Unstrut Valley in Saxony-Anhalt, GermanyWhile travelling from Naumburg (Saale) to the visitor centre of the Nebra Sky Disk by bus, I got this view of the new built Unstrut Viaduct. It crosses the spacious Unstrut Valley. With a length of 2,688 m, it is considered the second longest railway bridge in Germany.


Handrail at the cathedral of Naumburg (Saale)

Detail of a handrail in the Naumburg Cathedral in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

Inside the Naumburg Cathedral (13th century) in Naumburg (Saale) there are fascinating as well as fun details to see at some handrails. The handrails are decorated with persons, animals and mythical creatures. Some of them made me think the way to heaven is probably arduous.


Sculpture of Uta of Naumburg in Naumburg (Saale)

Uta of Naumburg at Naumburg Cathedral in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

This sculpture is one of twelve donor portraits located in the west choir of Naumburg Cathedral. Due of the beauty of the depicted lady it is the most famous one of the twelve. The name of the lady was Uta von Ballenstedt, but in general people just call the sculpture Uta of Naumburg.


Monument to Friedrich Nietzsche in Naumburg (Saale)

Monument to Friedrich Nietzsche in Naumburg (Saale), Germany

This monument to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is located at a square named Holzmarkt (Timber market) in Naumburg (Saale). After the death of his father in 1849, Friedrich Nietzsche lived in this city from 1850 to 1856. His former home is now a museum dedicted to his life and work.