Neuss in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, is located on the west bank of the Rhein river opposing Düsseldorf. It is known for its historic Roman sites, as well as the annual Neusser Bürger-Schützenfest, a fun fair. Neuss and Trier share the title of “Germany’s oldest city” – in 1984, Neuss celebrated its 2000 year anniversary since its founding in 16 BCE.

It was founded by the Romans in 16 BC as a military fortification. Legio XVI Gallica (“Gallic 16th Legion”) of the Roman army was stationed here in 43-70 AD. It was disbanded after surrendering during the Batavian rebellion. Later a civil settlement was founded in the area of today’s town center during the 1st century AD.


A pharmacy in Homburg

Homburg is a town in the Saarland, Southwestern Germany, near the French border. The medical department of the University of Saarland is situated here. The city is also home to the Karlsberg beer brewery. Major employers include the French Michelin Tires and the German Robert Bosch Electronics company. Hohenburg Castle, nowadays a ruin, stems from the 12th Century. In 1330 the village received the town rights.


Sagenhaft — Der Harz

Nature docu, auf Deutsch, 1 hour 30 mins.

The Harz is a Mittelgebirge that has the highest elevations in Northern Germany. Its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia. The name Harz derives from the Middle High German word Hardt or Hart (hill forest), Latinized as Hercynia. The Brocken is the highest summit in the Harz with an elevation of 1,141.1 m. The Wurmberg (971 m is the highest peak located entirely within the state of Lower Saxony.

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Heinsberg in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, is located near the border with the Netherlands, 30 km from Mönchengladbach. Two rivers flow through it, the Wurm and the Rur. Historical affiliations of Heinsberg through time:

Lordship of Heinsberg 1085–1484

Duchy of Jülich-Berg 1484–1794, part of:

United Duchies of Jülich-Cleves-Berg 1521–1614

Palatinate-Neuburg 1614–1685

Electoral Palatinate 1685–1794, part of:

Electorate of Bavaria 1777–1794

French Republic 1794–1804

French Empire 1804–1815

Kingdom of Prussia 1815–1871

German Empire 1871–1918

Weimar Republic 1918–1933

Nazi Germany 1933–1945

Allied-occupied Germany 1945–1949

West Germany 1949–1990

Germany 1990–present


Gengenbach in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany is a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest). It’s known for its traditional Alemanic “fasnacht”, (“Fasend”), a kind of historically influenced celebration of carnival, where tradition is followed, from wearing costumes with carved wooden masks to clapping with a “Ratsche” (a traditional-classic wooden “sound-producing” toy). Gengenbach has a a picturesque, traditional, medieval town centre (“Altstadt”). The town has the world’s biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 “windows” of an Advent calendar. The town also hosts a department of The Graduate School of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. The nearest cities are Offenburg, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, and Strasbourg/France.


Freilassing in Bayern, Southern Germany, until 1923 Salzburghofen is a town of some 16,000 inhabitants in the southeastern corner of Bavaria. It belongs to the “Regierungsbezirk” Oberbayern and the “Landkreis” (County) of Berchtesgadener Land. Freilassing can be seen as the biggest suburb of Salzburg, the famous Austrian city just on the other side of the border.