Am Sylvenstein-Stausee in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany

Am Sylvenstein-Stausee in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany

Summer rain in Schöneck, Hessen, Central Germany

Summer rain in Schöneck, Hessen, Central Germany

Idstein is located in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis near Darmstadt…

Idstein is located in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis near Darmstadt in Hessen, Central Germany. Due to its well preserved historical Altstadt (old town), it’s part of the Deutsche Fachwerkstraße (German Timber-Frame Road), connecting towns with beautiful Fachwerk buildings. Idstein had its first documentary mention in 1102 and was granted market rights in 1287 by King Rudolph of Habsburg. Besides the Hexenturm and the old Nassau castle, another sight is the town’s oldest preserved house, which was originally built in 1410.

Rathaus (city hall), Hannover, Northern Germany

Rathaus (city hall), Hannover, Northern Germany

Happy Halloween, from Germany with love :)

Happy Halloween, from Germany with love 🙂

Herbst in Marburg, Hessen, Central Germany

Herbst in Marburg, Hessen, Central Germany

Butcher shop sign in Spalt, Bavaria, Southern Germany. Spalt is…

Butcher shop sign in Spalt, Bavaria, Southern Germany. Spalt is situated 20 km from Schwabach, and it’s famous for the growing of hops. It has 2 museums: the Hops and Beer Museum, and a fire station museum. The end of August is celebrated by the annual Hopfenzupferfest, during which a girl is crowned the “Hops Queen.” Every 2 years, the Funsport Challenge Madmud is held here. Planetenweg (Planet Path): In 2000, a 1:1 billion scale model of the solar system was constructed between Spalt and the neighbouring Georgensgmünd. The model begins with a globe representing the sun behind Georgensgmünd’s town hall. A 7 km bike path leads through Rezat valley towards Spalt, where Pluto (now considered a dwarf planet) is represented at the train station. Each planet model has a display board with facts about the planet. Spalt is also known for its beer. Throughout the area, it’s nearly impossible to find any brand of beer other than “Spalter”. The town has a saying about its beer in local dialect: “In Spalt, in Spalt, dou wern di Leit gor alt; sie kenna nix dafier, dös macht ös goute Bier” (In Spalt, in Spalt, people grow very old; they can’t help it, it’s due to the good beer.) Spalt lies the middle of one of Germany’s hops cultivation zones, having grown hops since the Middle Ages in 1341.