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Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode February 24th 2019

Auch die 18. Woche meines derzeitigen Projektes ist erfolgreich, aber auch ereignislos zu Ende gegangen. Wie so oft fühle ich mich gelangweilt und unterfordert. Aber das hat ja noch nie jemanden interessiert. Es wäre so schön, wenn die Unternehmen regelmäßig Intelligenztests mit ihren Mitarbeitern machen und diese anhand der Ergebnisse einsetzen würden. Aber man verteilt die anspruchsvollen Positionen lieber anhand von dubiosen Wischiwaschi-Kriterien. Die Highlights der letzten 7 Tage waren das schöne Spiel des FC Bayern in Liverpool und am Sonntag ein Ausflug nach Wernigerode. Vor 21 Jahren hatte ich schon mal von meinem Praktikumsort in Wolfsburg einen Abstecher dorthin gemacht und bin dann mit der Bahn auf den Brocken hinauf gefahren. Dabei kann ich mich noch erinnern, dass sich ein paar Ossis darüber mockiert haben, dass ich im dortigen Café kurz mit meinem brandneuen Handy ... read more
Gadenstedtsches Haus.
Blick auf dasd Schloss.
Schloss Wernigerode.

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode March 11th 2018

My first conference trip for my new employer took me to the small city of Wernigerode, located in the uplands of Harz in the north-eastern part of Germany. The city is just a few kilometres from the mountain Brocken, the tallest mountain in the region (1,141 m). Thus, it is located in a very scenic and mountainous landscape, and it is a really pretty little place. The historic city centre – the city was first mentioned in the year 1121 – dates from the middle ages and has a lot of beautifully decorated semi-timbered houses of all colours and sizes (the town is called “the colourful city”). For example, town hall has a lot of elaborate wooden carvings. Moreover, there is the “tiniest house” dating from the 18th century. It is just below three metres wide ... read more
Wernigerode Castle
Town Hall
City Wall

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode June 12th 2017

Special trip today. A ride on the pretty famous steam railway of the Harz mountains. All the way from Wertingerode to Brucken at the top of the highest mountain in Northern Germany. Not terribly high, only 1100m or so but an exhilarating trip when on a traditional German steam train. Bob had seen details and also watched a Michael Portillo documentary about it so it became his focal point in planning this trip. Up quite early as our train was booked for 9.40 and both Tomtom and Google Maps refused to find us the route to the front of the station. Of course we couldn’t find it again today and ended up on the wrong side of the tracks ( ! ) as we did yesterday when we booked the tickets. We wanted to get there ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode June 12th 2017

Special trip today. A ride on the pretty famous steam railway of the Harz mountains. All the way from Wertingerode to Brucken at the top of the highest mountain in Northern Germany. Not terribly high, only 1100m or so but an exhilarating trip when on a traditional German steam train. Bob had seen details and also watched a Michael Portillo documentary about it so it became his focal point in planning this trip. Up quite early as our train was booked for 9.40 and both Tomtom and Google Maps refused to find us the route to the front of the station. Of course we couldn’t find it again today and ended up on the wrong side of the tracks ( ! ) as we did yesterday when we booked the tickets. We wanted to get there ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode June 11th 2017

Short drive today from one town / one campsite to another. We didn’t rush to leave but still arrived at our campsite, Alte Waldmuhle in Wertingerode by 11am. Weather glorious Reason for visiting this town is to take a ride on the Harz mountain steam railway. Kisbee was excited to be taking another trip so soon and we drove into town and eventually found the station, for some reason not where the Tomtom or Google maps seemed to think it should be. We booked our tickets for tomorrow to go to the top of the mountain, Brocken, and back ..€41 each but sure it will be worth it. We had a wander round the station as one of the steam trains was in. This is a regular scheduled timetable which goes all round the mountains. Our ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode July 20th 2013

Competition day 2 - started the morning with our folk song set, which went extremely well. We then changed quickly, and wandered out into the plaza by the conference centre to do a bit of rehearsing of El Hambo on the off chance that we were going be in the Grand Prix competition. As we were rehearsing on the stairs, a small group of Chinese children came over, curious, and EM showed them the score and had them follow along. They loved it. At one point we asked them to sing... But the problem was that they didn't speak English, so they had to run for a translator. Once they did, though, and our request was passed on, they sang for us, and it was lovely. In return we sang "Tell My Ma" and then the ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode July 19th 2013

20:13 Not a lot to say today. It was our first day of competition, so we spent two hours rehearsing in the morning, then headed into the centre of town for our first class - sacred music. The class was in the church of Saint Sylvester, which is from the 1600s, and has an absolutely lovely acoustic. We sang three pieces - Laus Trium Puerorum, Laudi alla Vergine Maria, and the MacIntyre Ave Maria. Heather was pleased with our performance, so I think we might have a fighting chance there. Our class this evening was in the conference centre (which, surprisingly, also has a decent acoustic. Obviously not as beautifully echo-y as the church, but still able to hear everyone and such), and it was the... Whatever... Class. Not sure what the binding theme was, but ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode July 18th 2013

11h00 Crashed hard last night, but got 8 hours uninterrupted sleep, which was lovely. I still don't feel entirely with it, but am currently thinking that might have more to do with lack of caffeine than with sleep deprivation for the first time so far this trip, so yay! So, yes, the hotel is set at the base of a bunch of ski jumps, and apparently used to be the home base for the local ski club. As a result, our after-breakfast rehearsal was held outdoors in the spectator stands, our voices echoing lovely-ly through the hills. BR joked that we should start singing "The Hills Are Alive". Wrong country, but, you know. To Be Sung On The Water is still freaking us out - not because it's the hardest piece, but just because we haven't ... read more

Europe » Germany » Saxony-Anhalt » Wernigerode August 14th 2008

Northern Germany was brilliant, we stopped off in Hamelin for a feed of Turkish, and saw the Glockenspiel. Story must be true because no rats anywhere. The Harz was really interesting, the home of Witches and Goblins and aparently frequented by the Devil, too. We took the Brockenbahn to the Brocken (thw hghest point in the former DDR, and site of this cool retro-futuristic radio surveillance station). Well worth the trip. First night under canvas, too...and brilliant swimming pool complex at the site.... read more
Mmm, lunch
Rattenfaenger Statue
Rattenfaenger




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