Happy Travel Tuesday! Anyone busy writing finals? I've already finished two and have only one more yet to write. So no travelling for me right now but in 3 weeks I'm finally heading to Scandinavia again! The good thing about home exams is that you can write them in bed in winter and on the balcony in summer and you can take pauses to read and write blogposts in between. So that's what I'll be doing now.
Last week I shared the first day of my weekend in the Harz Mountains in Germany with you. Today I'll tell you a bit of our second day in the Harz and about traditions and the culture of that particular region. I'll also announce the themed prompt for next week's #TravelTuesday later on.
The Harz is situated in the middle of Northern Germany and was divided into a western and eastern part until the fall of the Iron Curtain. People in West Germany were able to visit the Harz Mountains prior to that while people in the East were not, as the DDR regime used the Harz Mountains as an observation space and military base. My parents visited the Harz in the 1980s and told me that it was really strange for them knowing that they have reached the end of their country and not being able to cross the border. My mum said the woods and mountains only increased this depressive feeling. Fortunately this times are over now and we could explore the area freely. We went to some spa towns like Bad Harzburg and Bad Grund and they were clearly developed to fulfill the needs of tourists aged 60+. We wondered whether we will ever like to visit these kind of places when we are over 60 but we doubted it ;)
Anyway these places had two things in common: witches and kitsch. As it was the weekend before walpurgis night, there were witches everywhere! They were up in the air, they sat on benches in the park and they were in front of hotels and restaurants. Apart from that, typical Harz architecture definitely looks like the buildings are inhabited by witches. There were these little witch's cottages everyhwhere with little towers and ornaments. Some of them were really cute while others looked somewhat strange.
the house of Robert Koch, a nobel price winner in the category of medicine
no idea why they advertised the Berlin Bär in the middle of the Harz ;)
Apart from the spa towns, we also visited the city of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, a mining and university town in the western Harz. We drove through the city on our way to the hotel one day prior and I noticed a beautiful blue building that I wanted to take some pictures of.
So the next day we stopped there and it turns out that the beautiful blue building was a church! I have never seen a church that beautiful and I'm kind of sad of being a catholic instead of a protestant. Protestants have nicer churches as you can see ;)
Of course we had to take some pictures in front of the church!
me and my mum
my mum and my dad
and well.....me ;)
The last stop on our way home was the clock museum in Bad Grund. It exhibits various forms of clocks and watches, old and very old. You probably think it was kitsch but it was actually really interesting. I have this wish to get a tattoo of the Big Ben clock, a black and grey traditional one, for a long time though the lack of money kept me from getting it so far.
Anyway there were many clocks and watches that I really loved in the museum and below you can only find a few of the most beautiful ones (yes a few, really! I took a hundred pictures....)
Apart from the exhibiton of clocks you could also get an insight into how tower or church clocks function.
So all in all it was a busy weekend but I really enjoyed it. I was glad to finally discover this part of Germany and although I can't imagine living there, it was a great visit and the woods and witch's cottages are really beautiful. I can only recommend visiting the Harz if you want to have a weekend without wifi and if you want to go hiking and exploring unique little museums!
Anyone loving clocks as much as I do?
This week I'd like to highlight The Bakers of Bakers Tell Stories and their post on the Washington Monument. I've heard of the monument before but didn't realize how amazing it is until I read this post. Apparently you can get to the top of the monument to enjoy a view of Washington from above which seems to be just stunning. Also I loved the pictures they took outside of the monument with the American flag and the sunset in the background. If I ever make it to Washington, I will definitely add a visit to the monument to my itinerary!
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