Der Reichenturm in Bautzen, Sachsen, Eastern Germany
Oldenburg in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Northern Germany, is situated between Bremen (Germany) and Groningen (Netherlands); it’s part of the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region of 2.37 million people. It’s also the place of origin of the House of Oldenburg. Before the end of the German Empire (1918), it was the administrative center and residence of the monarchs of Oldenburg. Archaeological finds point to a settlement dating back as far the 8th century.
Bensheim is a town in the Bergstraße district of Hessen, Central Germany. It lies at the edge of the Odenwald mountains and has an open view over the Rhein plain. Similar to other places along the Bergstraße, it is known for its particularly mild and sunny climate with roughly 2,000 sunshine hours per year and Germany’s earliest onset of spring. Under the Odenwald’s protection, subtropical figs, kiwifruit, almonds, and peaches thrive here, giving the Bergstraße its nickname of the „Germany’s Riviera”. Bensheim has grown out of a village that had its first documentary mention in the 8th century. In the 14th century, it was granted town rights. In 1945, much of the Old Town was destroyed by incendiary bombs, but has since been rebuilt.
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.
Iserlohn is a city in the Märkischer Kreis of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany. It’s the largest city in the Sauerland, a hilly region. The Pancratius church aka Bauernkirche was founded in 985; the first document mentioning the town dates to 1150. In 1237, it received municipal rights.
The Zeil is a shopping street in downtown Frankfurt, Central Germany. The name, which dates back to the 14th century, is derived from the German word Zeile = “row” and originally referred to a row of houses. Since the end of the 19th century it has been one of the most famous and busiest shopping streets in Germany. Before WW2, it was also known for its grand buildings, but most of them were destroyed in the war and not rebuilt. The western part is a pedestrian zone between 2 plazas, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache. These serve as intersections for subway, trams and buses. The eastern part of the Zeil, called “New Zeil”, connects Konstablerwache with the Friedberger Anlage.