The Bode Museum on the Museum Island in Berlin is in my opinion one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Whenever I’m there it fascinates me, especially at night when the lights of the windows shine bright in the darkness. The round front makes it unique and well worth seeing again and again. Even though the Museum Island in Berlin was heavily affected by the war, the Bode Museum withstood it relatively good.
The Commerzbank Tower, built in 1997, was for a few years the highest skyscraper in all Europe and until 2012 the highest of the European Union. With its 257m height (300m including the antenna) and with the strong yellow illumination, the tower is not to oversee all day and night. As I was lucky enough to stand on the Main Tower right next to the office of the Commerzbank, I could capture the tower together with the old town of Frankfurt – even though the old town down there seems so tiny little.
The Old Town Hall is for me the most remarkable building in Bamberg. It was built in the 15th century in the middle of the Regnitz River and for a long time marked the border between the clerical, bishop-led Bamberg and the civil town center. Not affected by the war it was solely the river that damaged the town hall several times.
The Melanchthonhaus in Lutherstadt Wittenberg is one of numerous world heritage sites in the region. Philipp Melanchthon lived and worked in this townhouse in the 16th century. You can see Melanchthon as a reformer of the education system in the same way as you see Martin Luther as a reformer of the church.
When in June 2011 I finally bought the Canon 500D, I obviously immediately went to Lake Tegel, 5 minutes from my home. It was pretty late already around 10pm but there was still the last light on the horizon. It was more a tryout of the new camera than a planned shooting but nevertheless: If the light is right, there is not much to do wrong. In all years that passed since then, I rarely saw a sky quite like that again at Lake Tegel.
Bratislava is famous for its castle and the fact that you can see it from almost everywhere in the city. This photo was taken at the Hurban Square (Hurbanovo námestie) which kind of worked as a hub for us during our stay. As the weather wasn’t our best friend, the solution could only be “Blue-Hour-Photography”.
It was around the time when Jesus Christ was born when the Romans first settled in the area around what is called today Bratislava. There they built a military camp of strategic importance to secure the trade routes. But why do you find statues of speared roman soldiers on the gates to the Bratislava Castle?
Now the third, and my favorite, part of the series Brandenburg Gate / Festival of Lights. Bringing all the famous landscapes together and displaying them on the Brandenburg gate in such a colorful way – great job, whoever came up with that idea!
The second part of my series Brandenburg Gate / Festival of Lights shows Berlin’s famous landmark in a cloud cover. This is a beautiful display in my opinion as the blue and cloudy sky is a good contrast to the colour of the sandstone.
During the yearly Festival of Lights in Berlin it is not so easy to find a good spot. The composition should be appealing, not too many people should cross the photo and it would better be something which wasn’t photographed a thousand times before. Well, I’m certainly not the first in Berlin who takes a shot of the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) together with the sign for the Pariser Platz. But that evening I liked that combination so much that I shot a complete series of the illuminations from there.