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Cologne (3rd day)

28 Mai


The Cologne Zoological Garden features over 7,000 animals of more than 700 species on more than 20 hectares. It is one of the oldest zoos in Germany; today it is internationally renowned with an attached aquarium and invertebrate exhibit and it has an emphasis on primates such as bonobos and lemurs, and is active in preservational breeding of animals that are in danger of becoming extinct.

Climbing Hall (KletterFABRIK Köln-Ehrenfeld), Zoo Cologne (Kölner Zoo), Kölner Dom, Central Station

Cologne (1st day)

28 Mai


The chocolate-fountain is located in the Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum) – and it is in a good condition.
I have never heard of the Chocolate museum before Cologne 06.07. And I don’t know exactly how it qualifies as a place to visit on our first day. Suddenly it became an issue, not least because of the reputation of this fountain as emblematic for Cologne.
Furthermore there is not much to say about Cologne. For visitors of Germany this city is a must. Cologne is something special. With nearly 1 million inhabitants Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. And it’s one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 30 BCE.

For me unforgettable is the old Stollwerck factory (Stollwerck-Fabrik) in the southern part of the city (‚Südstadt‘), with its strange graffitis, a style which I have never seen before (and after) – Cologne Graffiti of the 1980’s. Legendary the concerts of Dunkelziffer (with Helmut Krachten, Damo Suzuki, Dominik von Senger, Helmut Zerlett u.a.) in the so-called ‚Maschinenhalle‚ (engine room). In the year 2005, as we run the Art-Showroom Edixxa in Wiesbaden, we still preferred the music of Dunkelziffer, Phantomband, Dominik von Senger and the Stollwerck-Samplers. The strolls through the Südstadt Cologne in the late 1980’s were the first impressive strolling experiences, got lost but lost in contemplation. The Stollwerck fabrique was also location for some (but few) scenes in Peter Keglevic‘ film „Der Bulle und das Mädchen“, 1985 (with Jürgen Prochnow and Annette von Klier).
I have got two small books about Cologne Graffiti and the Stollwerck factory:

  • Jentsch, T. & V. Ridt (1985): Cologne Graffiti. Harenberg, Dortmund.
  • Davul Deformance. Ausstellungskatalog Hingstmartin, Marcus Krips, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Klaus Winterfeld, Adem Yilmaz. Köln.
  • I would be very grateful, if someone could help me with more sources of information and pictures. There are some pictures and infos at and You can see paintings by Markus Krips here (see also the KritzKratz-Institute). Informations about Klaus Winterfeld here. But there should be more…

    Further keywords:
    Central Station, Köln-Ehrenfeld, Neumarkt, Heumarkt, River Rhine, Am Leystapel, Rheinauhafen, Rheinauhalbinsel, Leystapelwerft, Buttermarkt, Rote-Funken-Plätzchen, Alter Markt

    Strolling and Climate Change

    23 Mai

    Usually, I avoid using the car. I am scared off by stop-and-go-traffic, by hyperactive pushing and pressing motorists, by tantalizing long-lasting quests for parking-place. Notwithstanding using the car could be convenient, I prefer the public transport facilities. I am virtually certain, that taking the car waste my time, because I am detained from reading the newspapers, from going over my notes and so on. Once, the car was a good place to hear music and motoring was a charming opportunity to listen to music. But obviously most people in the meantime are equipped with I-Pods and other players, so this insular effect of the car has gone by. It is a relic of pre-digital times. Apart from a few execeptions, the cannonade of motoring Hip-Hop and Techno pilgrims, the car ceased to be a hifi-studio or concert hall. Poor Car-Hifi-Business in the dusk.

    Rather, I want to convey, that I never seized the idea of contributing to the mitigation of climate change, whereas sitting in the interurban train reading the newspaper (sometimes an article about the climate change).
    Quite recently the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has published the Summary of Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change) (WG III) . This SPM is part of the IPCC’s Forth Assessment Report on Climate Change. On page 13 of the SPM (WG III) we find a table, informing about the key mitigation technologies and practices by sector. It specifies energy supply, transport, buildings, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste. The authors declaim that a key mitigation technology and practice currently commercially available in the sector transport is, beside more fuel efficient vehicles and so on, the non-motorised transport (cycling, walking). –> Peace of conscience (and anyway not moneyed enough to buy a car :-)).

    For me more intriguing is the question, if you can help protecting the climate by strolling. – Surely not, because strolling is not primarily purposive, like getting from A to B. Strolling does not belong to the normal course of life – the clock-dominated periods of time you have to be mobile, duly at a certain place, and never forget to run errands. Strolling is a leisure-time pursuit. Hence the authors of the SPM (WG III) does not mean, we should harvest time, decelerate, in order to stroll and, by the way, mitigate the climate change. They want us to think about the car, its efficiency, about the exigency of using it, about the possibilities to leave it.
    In the SPM (WG III) we find another table (p 30) with selected sectoral policies, measures and instruments that have shown to be environmentally effective in the respective sector. For transport the authors register the influence mobility needs through land use regulations and infrastructure planning and the investment in attractive public transport facilities and non-motorised forms of transport.

    And it is just this aspect to which strolling in conjunction with a scientific rationale can contribute. Why? Because strolling offers a bottom-up cartographic perspective, a direct nearness to mobility patterns of everyday life, Strolling affords experiences about distances, hindrances, constraints, spatial beats and rhythms. Systematic strolling (I would like to call this activity spaceflaneuring) can fertilize urban, regional and transport planning.

    Kaiserslautern (Rhineland-Palatinate)

    21 Mai

    Fisch in Kaiserlslautern

    The official emblem of the city Kaiserslautern displays a fish, a pike. Once before the river Lauter was overbuilt, it flew through the city and the people used the clean water to dispose fishponds. Because the fishponds were dried up, the visitors now could wonder about the fish in the emblem. But before they have the opportunity to have a look at the emblem, they are confronted with very cute colourful fish-sculptures. Eyecatching and astonishing. Not too many of them, few scattered on several places in the urban area, e.g. on traffic islands, on roofs and, as a matter of course, in the lobby of the town hall.

    In the year of 2001 Kaiserlsautern celebrated an anniversary: 725 years ago the city recieved its town charter. The citizens, school classes, business people, companies, clubs designed 242 fish sculptures for a project called „Fishing for Fantasy„. The blank was created by the artists Gernot Rumpf and Karl Seiter.

    If anybody know how many of these fishes can be found?


    14 Mai

    Botanischer Garten, Erlangen

    This is the outer wall of the greenhouse from the Botanical Garden. Definitely, the botanical garden is worth an extensive visit. For me it was the highlight.

    Erlangen is a German city in Middle Franconia. Since 1974 it has more than 100.000 inhabitants. Together with Nürnberg and Fürth it constitutes a city network, which is one of the 23 high level centres in Bavaria. Together with its hinterland this city network is one of the 11 metropolitan regions in Germany.
    Erlangen is today dominated by its university and the numerous branch offices of the Siemens AG, as well as a large Institute of the Fraunhofer Society. An event still influencing the city is the settlement of Huguenots after the withdrawal of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. After a four-year French occupation, it finally became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria, together with the Bayreuth prinicipality. While being part of the Bayreuth county, the first French Huguenot refugees arrived in Erlangen in 1686. The Bayreuth count Christian Ernst built a „new town“ (Neustadt) for them. In 1706, the old town (just below the site of the annual Bergkirchweih) was almost completely destroyed by a fire, but soon rebuilt. In 1812, the old and new towns were finally merged into one.

    Keywords: Bismarckstraße, Lorlebergplatz, Friedrich-Alexander-University, University Hospital, Schlossgarten (palace garden), Marktplatz, Schlossplatz, Hauptstraße (pedestrian zone), Rathausplatz (town hall), Martin-Luther-Platz, Nördliche Stadtmauerstraße (remnants of the old city wall), Botanical Garden

    Logo der Stadt Erlangen
    This emblem of Erlangen symbolizes the ground plan of the baroque city. The missing quadrat stands for frankness.

    May Day

    1 Mai


    May Day refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations – in Germany ‚Tag der Arbeit‚. That means, because you don’t have to work that day, you could stay at home, watch television and drink beer the whole day. It’s not allowed to work hard. But, because May Day is not a Sunday, it’s not our custom to watch television the whole day. Thus, it is recommended to go out for a walk (perhaps through the vineyards of the RieslingCity Nierstein – the so called Three-Tower-Tour). Perhaps you wonder, why so many people walk through this monotonous winegrowing-monocultures, even though they are so familiar with these looks. Arriving at the first tower, what a surprise, there is a lot of fuss. You can drink beer and wine. Puuh, the people behind the counter are working hard.

    The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian Europe, as in the Celtic celebration of Beltane, and the Walpurgis Night of the Germanic countries.