Till Eulenspiegel is the protagonist of a Germ…

Till Eulenspiegel is the protagonist of a German chapbook from 1515 (a first edition of circa 1510/12 is preserved fragmentarily) with a possible background in earlier Middle Low German folklore.

Eulenspiegel is a native of Braunschweig (Brunswick) whose picaresque career takes him to many places throughout the Holy Roman Empire. He plays practical jokes on his contemporaries, especially scatological in nature, exposing vices at every turn. His life is set in the first half of the 14th century, and the final chapters of the chapbook describe his death from the plague of 1350. His name translates to “owl mirror”, and the frontispiece of the 1515 chapbook, as well as his alleged tombstone in Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein, display the name in rebus writing, by an owl and a hand mirror. Retellings of the Eulenspiegel tradition have been published in modern literature, since the later 19th century. Notably, The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak by Charles De Coster (1867) transfers the character to the context of the Protestant Reformation and the Dutch Revolt. The Ulenspiegel (modern Dutch: Tijl Uilenspiegel) from this novel became a symbol of Flemish independence. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_Eulenspiegel

Aurich in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northe…

Aurich in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany. Its beginnings as a town date back to the 13th century, when „Aurechove“ was first mentioned in a document. In 1517, it was rebuilt after an attack and the town center was established — it is still in place today. In 1539, Aurich was made the county capital. Ostfriesland (East Frisia) was inherited by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1744. After the Prussian Army was defeated, Aurich became part of the Kingdom of Holland in 1808. In 1810, the Kingdom of Holland was annexed by France and Aurich was made the capital of the department Ems-Oriental of the French Empire. After Napoleon was defeated in 1814, it passed to the Kingdom of Hannover in 1815, then was annexed by Prussia in 1866 and made part of the Province of Hannover. After WW2, it became part of the new state of Lower Saxony and this is what it has been since.

Cuxhaven is a seaside resort in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony),…

Cuxhaven is a seaside resort in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, located on the mouth of the river Elbe on the North Sea coast. Until 1937, it was part of Hamburg; in a reorganization, 2 other towns that were part of Prussia were given to Hamburg in exchange for Cuxhaven. With 55,000 citizens, it’s a small town, which can boast 3 million overnight stays a year, making it one of Germany’s most popular seaside resorts. Between 1945 and 1964, about 500 rockets were launched nearby, the best known being three V2 rockets during “Operation Backfire”, in order to demonstrate to Allied forces the technique of the “wonder weapon” in 1945. The only thing remembering rocketry today is a trough near the way from Arensch to Sahlenburg. Cuxhaven is a quiet place. If you’re looking for action and parties, it’s not the right destination. If you’re looking for a quiet city by the sea, it’s a good choice. This is the area of the North Sea where the water recedes to extreme degrees during low tide. It’s one of the main reasons why people visit. You can take walks, look at crabs, build castles from sand and mud or ride horse-drawn buggies to the island of Neuwerk as the water recedes.

Im Wald in Bad Pyrmont. Bad Pyrmont is a spa town near Hameln in…

Im Wald in Bad Pyrmont. Bad Pyrmont is a spa town near Hameln in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, on the River Emmer, near the Weser. It’s a popular spa resort that gained its reputation as a fashionable place for princely vacations in the 17th and 18th centuries. The town is also the center of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Germany. Bad Pyrmonter mineral water is bottled here.

Sonnenuntergang am Steinhuder Meer. Das Steinhuder Meer is a…

Sonnenuntergang am Steinhuder Meer. Das Steinhuder Meer is a large lake in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, located 30 km northwest of the state capital Hannover. It has an area of 30 square km, making it the largest lake of northwestern Germany, but it is very shallow, with an average depth of only 1.35 m and a max depth of less than 3 m. It lies within a region known as the Hanoverian Moor Geest. The lake has 2 islands: Wilhelmstein off Hagenburg was built in the 1700s and first served as a military fortress and military school, then a state prison. Die Badeinsel Steinhude was built in 1975 and has a sandy beach which is popular with summer guests. It’s accessible via an 80m pedestrian bridge from Steinhude.

Lüneburg is a historic town on the River Ilmenau, surrounded by…

Lüneburg is a historic town on the River Ilmenau, surrounded by the Lüneburger Heide (Lüneburg Heath) in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany. The town lies 50 km southeast of Hamburg and was part of the Hanseatic League. Archaeological finds show that the area was known to Neanderthal hunters and Bronze Age settlers. The town may have been that referred to as Leuphana by Ptolemy; it was officially founded in 956.