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12 May 2022
Margarethenhuette Museum

Museum Margarethenhuette

The Museum Margarethenhuette is a museum that emerged from the former Margarethenhuette. The Margarethenhuette was a porcelain factory in the Sorbian municipality of Grossdubrau, Saxony, Germany, in which electrotechnical porcelain was manufactured. Until it closed in 1991, it was one of the most important electrical porcelain manufacturers of its time. The Margarethenhuette was founded in 1853 and produced porcelain for the electrical engineering industry for almost 150 years until it was closed. In times of crisis, household tableware and other […]

30 Oct 2020
Pueckler park in Bad Muskau

Pueckler park in Bad Muskau

The Pueckler park in Bad Muskau is one of the most famous parks in east Germany. The park situates in the town of Bad Muskau. A small town in Upper Lusatia locates at the river Neisse. The whole park consists of an English-style landscaped park. Moreover, it includes an old and new castle as well. The river Neisse divides the park into two parts. The name Pueckler Park is derived from its designer, builder and owner prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. Even though he […]

03 Jul 2012
Summertime in Graubuenden (Grisons)

Summertime in Graubuenden

After a long winter, everybody enjoys now the summertime in Graubuenden (Grisons). The canton Graubuenden with its capital Chur locates in east Switzerland and borders Austria, Lichtenstein and Italy. Well, the snow is molten and the mountains lost their white caps. The lush green alpine meadows dotted with beautiful flowers are everywhere around. All the stunning pass roads reopen again and can now be easily crossed. The lifts reopen as well and the mountain huts await their guests. It’s an […]

27 May 2012
Swiss canton Ticino (Tessin)

Ticino (Tessin) the suny side of the alps

Coming from the north, the door to the Swiss canton Ticino is Thusis. However, followed by the Via Mala gorge and the San Bernardino pass. So far the Northside of the Alps has a rougher climate. The vegetation isn’t so lush here. Ticino has much more diverse vegetation compared to Graubuenden. Temperatures are higher on average than on the north side. That’s why the south side is also called the sunny side of the Alps. In fact, Ticino borders east and […]

22 Mar 2012
The Principality of Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world. The little country locates in the heart of the East Alps. The country borders Switzerland and Austria only. The border to Switzerland is following the river Rhine in the south and west direction. Here the cantons Graubuenden and St. Gallen shaping  the border to Liechtenstein. In the east and north direction, the border to Austria follows the mountain ridge. There is no border control at the border. On […]

27 Jan 2012
Wintertime in snowy Thusis

Wintertime in snowy Thusis

It’s wintertime in snowy Thusis and in Switzerland as well. After the first snow arrived in Thusis the landscape changed its face dramatically. At this time the forests, the mountains and the villages are now covered with snow. The dominating colour now is white. All around the town the snow piles increase after snowing day by day. However, wintertime is a spectacular season in the Alps. Thusis locates in the Rhine valley. It is a small town around 25 km […]

16 Jan 2012
Winter trekking adventure in Arosa

Winter trekking in Arosa

Winter trekking in Arosa, I’m sure means a lot of fun. After the first snowing days the landscape changed into a beautiful winter outfit. Arosa is a small town located in the eastern Alps in Switzerland nearby Chur. The elevation is 1950 m. So far, the mountains around are much higher. The town belongs to the Swiss canton of Graubuenden. That area is not only a famous tourist centre in the wintertime but also in the summertime. I visit Arosa […]

29 Oct 2011
The golden autumn

The Golden autumn

The golden autumn is a very special time from October to November in the northern hemisphere. It’s the time when the trees change colour and then shed their leaves. What the golden autumn is in Europe, it’s the Indian summer in North America. While the nights are already cold, during the daytime the temperature is still warm. That makes something magical happen, It’s called the golden autumn. On the sloops of the eastern Alps valleys mostly growing Larch trees. Larch […]

15 Oct 2011
St. Moritz and the Engadine valley

The Engadine valley

The Engadine valley and the Rhine valley both are two important valleys in the Swiss Eastern Alps. Both valleys are important north-south connections. Since tourism raised in the whole area some of the cities became very famous. For instance St Moritz. The Engadine valley is a beautiful valley with lakes and alpine meadows. The Engadine valley borders in south Italy and in east Austria. So far, the area belongs to the Swiss canton Graubuenden.  Several stunning pass roads connect the […]