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Elephant rock on the island of Grande Berlenga at sunset; Portugal

Berlengas Elephant | Portugal

We spotted this “elephant” while on our way back from Berlengas Island to Peniche, Portugal. Although we were traveling by speedboat at a dizzying pace

Al Zubarah Fort in Qatar with Qatari man

Al Zubarah Fort | Qatar

Al Zubarah Fort is located in the ancient city of Al Zubara, whose history is closely linked to pearl fishing in this area of Qatar.

Historical town Trogir in Croatia

Trogir history | Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, an ancient town is located in a close distance to Split. It has reach a history of belonging to different empires. Today a Croatian the town attracts tourists from different parts of the world.

The Urbino Cathedral (Urbino Duomo) in Italy

The Urbino Cathedral | Urbino, Italy

When you visit the Urbino old town, it may seem like a travel back in time. If you look on the buildings and ignore modern outfits of people passing by, the posters, café umbrellas, you can feel like a time traveller visiting on a summer’s day, that is 500 years ago. This is the impression one could have, especially when you visit the square in front of the Urbino Cathedral.

Photo of Urbino, medieval town in Italy

Summer | Urbino, Italy

Urbino in Marche region in Italy, is one of the hidden gems for history lovers. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and now belongs to one of my favourite Italian towns. The old town is known for many medieval ensembles and occupying the remains of the independent Renaissance culture. Today it is recognized as a student town.

Ferrara latem, renesansowe miasto we Włoszech.

Summer | Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara was one of the first cities in Italy that was built using specific architectural plans, intent for use to make fully functional and visually appealing. Ferrara, together with the Po Delta River belongs to the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. I just had to see the real “modern” renaissance city that became a UNESCO sight!

Belem Tower in Lisbon on an evening, Portugal.

Belem Tower | Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower was built in the 16th century from limestone as part of a defense system on Tagus River and was a built as a ceremonial gate of Lisbon. This, however, is not the only reason why this tower is so famous and why it remains a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Belem Tower is a symbol of the Portuguese maritime travels during the Age of Discoveries.

Mosigkau palace in Dessau (Germany) with surrounding gardens and clouds

Mosigkau Palace | Dessau, Germany

Mosigkau palace was finished as a rococo mansion in 1757. The paelac and the garden which surrounds it are part of a union of eight manors and gardens along the river Elbe called the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. As part of this union, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage since the year 2000.

Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 16th century is lit up by the light of the early morning.

Rector’s Palace | Dubrovnik, Croatia

Daria fell in love with the facade of the building, which skilfully unites the architectural styles of the Gothic, Baroque and the Renaissance era. I used the deserted streets of Dubrovnik in the early morning hours to capture the Rector’s Palace in a way it might have been resting peacefully on the shiny pavement back in its days in the 16th century.

Berlin Cathedral at Night under the Moonlight

Moonlight | Berlin, Germany

An important lesson in photography: The best camera is the one you have with you. The day before the “Supermoon”, I wanted to scout some location where I could take the best photos of said supermoon with Berliner background. I had found my position near the Oranienburger Strasse, and was satisfied. Therefore we just sat by the water, enjoying the view on the Berlin Cathedral with the moon just above it. Fortunately, Daria mentioned so often how beautiful the scene was, that I unpacked my equipment and took this one photo.

Greenwich University and Canary Wharf Skyline in London, England

University of Greenwich | London, England

You have certainly all heard of Greenwich. Usually in the context of the zero meridian or the time zones. But only few have actually visited Greenwich – it’s not really on the list of things to do on a weekend trip to London.

Prague Castle and Charles Bridge by Night

My favourite Spot | Prague, Czech Republic

This is not the first photo of this point which I will show you. And it certainly won’t be the last. What can I say, I simply love this place in Prague. This unique view of the Castle and the Charles Bridge that leads you to the other side of the Vltava River. And in addition, the quiet zone in the otherwise rough water, that makes all the lights look twice as nice.

Semperoper Opera House in Dresden exterior

Semperoper | Dresden, Germany

The Semperoper is probably the most famous opera house in Germany. The reason however, is quite different as one might expect: The Radeberger Group – Germany’s largest brewery group – uses the Opera House for many years in the background of the advertisements for the Radeberger beer. Even if I try to resist any advertising as much as possible, I must admit that it immediately came to my mind as I stood there.

Prague Panorama of the Golden Vltava River

A Golden Day in the Golden City | Prague, Czech Republic

My alarm went off at 3:30am, because before the sunrise I wanted to photograph the empty alleys. But when I arrived at the main entrance to Prague Castle, I was surprised when I saw it closed. Somehow I had assumed you could enter the castle yard at any time – yep, apparently not. Well, I started running the castle hill back down, through the streets of Malá Strana and then at the vineyards up again to the Prague Castle. No way that I would miss this moment of the rising sun!

Church of Peace interior in Świdnica, Poland

Church of Peace – Pulpit | Świdnica, Poland

Built in one year completely from wood, the Church of Peace is a result of the fight between Catholicism and evangelists in the 17th century. Its interior is unbelievable beautiful, everything is made from wood and yet it is so colorful and huge. When you’re inside you don’t know where to look first, it has capacity for 5.500 people.

London Eye, view on the Palace of Westminster

London Eye – The View

The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and the third highest in the world. Built for the Millennium celebration, the operation was planned only for 5 years. It was unsure if this will be continued, but after the great success of this idea, they decided to keep operating the London Eye.

Prague Royal Way with Old Town and Castle

Royal Way | Prague, Czech Republic

The path from the Republic Square up to the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle is known as the royal way of Prague. For centuries this was the way that had to be taken by the Bohemian kings to be crowned in St. Vitus Cathedral. Since in 1836 the last king was crowned in Bohemia, nowadays the Royal Way is just a tourist attraction – but one well worth seeing!

Dresden Golden Alley in the Old Town

Through the Golden Alleys | Dresden, Germany

On the way back from the Frauenkirche to the opera I had already everything what I wanted captured on memory card and could slow down – until I turned around. Then I saw the dome of the Frauenkirche shine over the golden alleys of Dresden. So just one last photo before running back to the train station…

Cologne Cathedral and Skyline at Sunset

Cologne Skyline | Germany

When we visited my old school friend in Bonn, it was clear that we had to make a detour to Cologne. The pedestrian zone was much too crowded so that we quickly left the center of the city. After a long walk by smaller streets we eventually reached the river Rhine again. And well, what can I say. We only had one day, but I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful sky at sunset.

Charles Bridge Tower in Prague (Karlův most in Praha)

Little Old Town | Prague, Czech Republic

This photo shows the Charles Bridge in Prague, with the guard tower on the side of the historic old town. It’s the old, traditional way to get from the royal side of the city to the civil old town. Most photos from Prague are taken from exactly the opposite site of the river. The place from which I took this photo however is rarely visited by tourists. A missed opportunity, just like most photographers pack up their stuff as soon as the blue hour finished – but why?

Dresden Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche | Dresden, Germany

It’s an incredible feeling to see the Dresden Frauenkirche virtually glowing at night. The church that for such long time served as a reminder on the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War. The Frauenkirche was completely destroyed and the dark stones that you see in the wall were taken from its ruins.

Bode Museum in Berlin with lights on

Bode Museum | Berlin, Germany

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.

Bamberg Old Town Hall with deep blue sky

Old Town Hall | Bamberg, Germany

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.

Lutherstadt Wittenberg Melanchthonhaus

Melanchthonhaus | Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany

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.