“Es ist nicht wichtig, ob der Mensch vom Affen abstammt; viel wichtiger ist, daß er nicht…

“Es ist nicht wichtig, ob der Mensch vom Affen abstammt; viel wichtiger ist, daß er nicht wieder dorthin zurückkehrt.”

Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883), deutscher Komponist

Leipzig is the largest city in the state of Sachsen, Eastern…

Leipzig is the largest city in the state of Sachsen, Eastern Germany. With a population of 570,087 (843,619 in the larger urban zone), it’s Germany’s 10th-most populous city, located 160 km southwest of Berlin. Leipzig has been a trade city since at least the time of the Holy Roman Empire. It sits at the intersection of the Via Regia and Via Imperii, 2 important medieval trade routes. It was once a major European center of learning and culture in fields such as music and publishing, and became a major urban center within the DDR (former East Germany) after WW2.

Leipzig played a significant role in instigating the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, through events which took place in and around St. Nicholas Church. Since the Reunification, it has undergone significant change with the restoration of some historical buildings, the demolition of others, and the development of a modern transport infrastructure. The local opera is one of the most prominent opera houses in Germany; the zoo is one of the most modern in Europe. Outside of Leipzig the Neuseenland district forms a huge lake area for recreation.

Ludwig II (2012, HD, auf Deutsch w/Spanish subtitles, 2 hrs 22…

Ludwig II (2012, HD, auf Deutsch w/Spanish subtitles, 2 hrs 22 mins)

Dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavariain the 1800′s, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate support of Richard Wagner and his music. From his political commitment to his obsessive construction of extravagant palaces and his gradual withdrawal into a lonely dream world.”

History of the Origins of Schloss NeuschwansteinLudwig II, King…

History of the Origins of Schloss Neuschwanstein

Ludwig II, King of Bavaria since 1864, addressed the following lines to the man he so greatly admired, famous German classical composer Richard Wagner:

“It is my intention to rebuild the old castle ruin of Hohenschwangau near the Pöllat Gorge in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles, and I must confess to you that I am looking forward very much to living there one day (in 3 years); there will be several cosy, habitable guest rooms with a splendid view of the noble Säuling, the mountains of Tyrol and far across the plain; you know the revered guest I would like to accommodate there; the location is one of the most beautiful to be found, holy and unapproachable, a worthy temple for the divine friend who has brought salvation and true blessing to the world. It will also remind you of “Tannhäuser” (Singers’ Hall with a view of the castle in the background), “Lohengrin’” (castle courtyard, open corridor, path to the chapel); this castle will be in every way more beautiful and habitable than Hohenschwangau further down, which is desecrated every year by the prose of my mother; they will take revenge, the desecrated gods, and come to live with Us on the lofty heights, breathing the air of heaven.”

Almost all the aspects of Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein are mentioned here. What is not mentioned, however, is the political reason for building: in 1866 Bavaria, allied with Austria, had lost a war against the expanding Prussia. Bavaria was forced to accept a “defensive and offensive alliance”, which removed the king’s right to dispose over his army in case of war. From 1866, therefore, Ludwig II was no longer a sovereign ruler. This limitation was the biggest misfortune of his life. In 1867 he began planning his own kingdom, in the form of his castles and palaces, where he could be a real king. Read more/official website.

Favorite German Words

Die Götterdämmerung = “twilight of the gods”. Die Götter = the gods, plural. Die Dämmerung = twilight, dawn, dusk, also haziness, nebulousness. Also the title of an opera belonging to “Der Ring des Nibelungen” by German classical composer Richard Wagner; by erroneously translating Old Norse ragnarǫk ‎(fate of the gods), misconstrued as ragnarøkkr ‎(twilight of the gods). In Germanic mythology, the Götterdämmerung is the myth of the destruction of the gods in a final battle with the forces of evil, aka the apocalypse. Otherwise, it can be any cataclysmic event, a downfall or momentous, apocalyptic event, especially of a regime or an institution. Read more about the Wagner opera.

Die Semperoper in Dresden, Sachsen, Eastern Germany is the opera…

Die Semperoper in Dresden, Sachsen, Eastern Germany is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper (Saxon State Opera), the concert hall of the Staatskapelle (Saxon State Orchestra), and it’s home to the Semperoper ballet. The building is located near the Elbe River in Dresden’s historic center. It was built in 1841 and rebuilt after a fire in 1869. It has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Read more.

Mein Mann, ein Mörder (2013, Crime Drama, auf Deutsch, 1 hr 28…

Mein Mann, ein Mörder (2013, Crime Drama, auf Deutsch, 1 hr 28 mins)

“Minette weiß, dass ihr Mann Paul sie betrügt. Sie weiß auch, dass er mit Nora in Prag weilt, obwohl er ihr eine “Dienstreise” nach Frankfurt vorgegaukelt hat. Zur Rede gestellt, schwört Paul ein Ende der Affäre. Da wird Minette von einem Unbekannten kontaktiert: Arie behauptet, seine Freundin Nora sei nicht aus Prag zurückgekehrt. Hat Paul die Geliebte umgebracht?”