Malmedy

Rue Jules Steinbach, Malmedy

In 2018, Malmedy is going to celebrate 1370 years of its foundation, which began in 648 with the building of a Benedictine monastery. In fact, of a double-monastery – that of Malmunderio/Malmedy and Stabelaco/Stavelot. The Frankish King Sigebert III, ruler of Austrasia and next to the last Merovingian king, granted part of his property in the Ardennes to the Aquitanian Abbot Remacle with the commission to build a monastery in the heart of the forest.

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Gerolstein

Evangelical Church of the Redeemer, Gerolstein, mosaic

Nowadays Gerolstein is famous for its mineral springs and its bottled mineral water. It is the biggest mineral water exporter in Germany.

The name ‘Gerolstein’ appeared first in connection with the Löwenburg Castle in 1115. The castle was erected by a certain Gerhard von Blankenheim, and that’s why it was also called Gerhardstein. It is assumed that the name Gerolstein derived from Gerhardstein.

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Burg Reuland

Burg Reuland

And speaking of knights (and I’m going to mention them quite often because we are in Western Europe), there is one little village in Eastern (German-speaking) Belgium carrying the name of the local noble family that had ruled the area until 1321 AD and whose most prominent member was the Knight Dietrich of Reuland.

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Vianden

Vianden

“Vianden” derives from the Gallic word “vien”, which means “rocky”. That little town with less than 2000 inhabitants is in the warmer months so flooded with tourists or with just taking a walk neighbors from the neighboring Germany and Belgium, that people can hardly pass each other on the narrow pavements and would wonder in which densely populated city they have arrived.

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Château de Jehay/Jehay Castle

Jehay Castle

Too many historical facts in the previous publication, so let’s have a break with one representative of my greatest passion – the castles. I like the Belgian castles in particular because they exhale such a specific tang of refinement. Besides, photography is allowed inside (at least in the ones visited by me so far), unlike the castles in Germany (again, it’s about the visited ones so far, with only one exception). Yet Jehay Castle is closed for reconstruction. And this is very unfortunate, as the castle is described as exceptionally rich and beautiful. So, we have to wait until its reopening.

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Aachener Dom/Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral, Shrine of Charlemagne

When I think of Aachen, the first thing that always comes to my mind is the phrase „old capital city“. Еven before I’ve read something about it. Apparently, the collective unconscious has played its part in that case.

The interesting history here began a bit later than in Trier, namely, when Pepin the Short, king of the Franks and father of Charlemagne, (more…)

Trier – part I

Electoral Palace, Trier

My journey didn’t begin with Trier, but I want to begin my blog with it because this is my favorite town in Germany. Not only because of its ancient history and its beauty, but also because of its atmosphere. If it is true that the inhabitants of every one of the 16 federal states in Germany differ from one another, then the residents of Rhineland-Palatinate may turn out to be very pleasant people…

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