Posts Tagged ‘east germany’

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Empty Towns

June 19, 2009

Halfway decent article & a not so awesome video about former East Germany. Still watchable nonetheless.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/world/europe/19germany.html

Reminds me of Görlitz.

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Görlitz

March 10, 2009
Baby monster thing

Baby monster thing

Old school

Old school

City center..?

City center..?

Sadly, another dead East German city. Feels like a ghost town.

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Fortress. Königstein.

February 25, 2009
Fortress on the hill

Fortress on the hill

Not far from the Sächsische Schweiz is the fortress Königstein. To get to the top of the mountain we took an old school bus for about 20 minutes. At the top there are a lot of tourist standing around for tours or waiting to buy tickets. They give you the option of taking a glass elevator made into the side of the mountain (for a fee) or the walking up. I chose to take the elevator – the cashier told me the view on the walk up is very nice – for some reason she convinced me by just saying that and we walked up.

Guarding a fortress might not be too bad

Guarding a fortress might not be too bad

The fortress used to be used as a state prison – and it’s pretty solid, so it was also where money and artwork from the Zwinger in Dresden were stored & protected.

I guess it’s a nice daytrip if you have a tourguide – because then they let you see this room that was used for receptions and royal occassions and there’s a table that rises from the kitchen below which is inside of a larger encircling table. Hard to explain, but interesting to see nonetheless.

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Radeberg!

February 20, 2009
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The unfiltered variety

This week we took the group to the Radeberger brewery in guess which city..Radeberg.

Radeberger boasts that their beer, a pilsner, is the first pils to be exclusively brewed in Germany. They exported for awhile, but stopped and they now focus on the German market.

I think Radeberger is a little too bitter – but on their tour they let you try their unfiltered pils which is only available at one restaurant in Radeberg and the brewery itself. The unfiltered isn’t as bitter, but isn’t as crystal clear as the filtered. I mention this because they pride themselves on the crystal clearness and flawlessness of their beer.

It's a beer disco!

It's a beer disco!

At the end of the tour you sit in a sterile white room that looks like it could be the operating room of choice for an anal serial killer. Even the beer assistant that pours everyone a sample wears a long black leather apron. That combined with the ever-present scowl make them look more like butchers. Creepy butchers.

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Back to the beer and the tour.

Our tour guide was Constanze. She’s about 40 with long blonde hair pulled up into a professional bun. Her front tooth is ‘pierced’ with a tiny diamond stud (for some reason a popular style/accessory in East Germany). She clearly fake bakes.  Constanze has been my tour guide the few times I’ve brought groups here. Her script never changes, she tells the same dead jokes to the hungover students. For example,  “Now I show you where we hide the beer from you.”.

Hard at work

Hard at work

The city Radeberg doesn’t have much to it except for the Radeberger brewery. The town feels like it revolves around Radeberger. The babies there are raised on unfiltered Radeberger.

Round & Round

Round & Round