Even before going on today’s adventure I was convinced: It’s so much fun being a Tourist in your own City.
Yet I have learned that experience got its own ways, or, in other words: It wasn’t just fun, it was even better!!
It’s been a late September Day, very warm, golden sunlight and I decided to try out the muchly admired City Tour bus which passes by at Burg Frankenberg near my place. So, off on the upper deck, appreciating that the nice bus Driver opened the Roof and I was in for 2 and a half hours of sightseeing of an area of about 10 kilometres altogether. If you have such things in your hometown and haven’t tried it out – I can recommend to pencil in a date for this and go ahead. And – don’t forget your camera. Here are today’s impressions of my hometown, Aachen, Germany, with bits of information or rather subjective comments on the places or Events.
On my way to the bus stop – autumn is saying hello and I feel ready to face the Beauty of leaves
At the bus stop – the schedule and information about the tour and fees
Drinking out of a camera-objective-styled thermo Cup caused a certain bewilderment, especially with the guy next to me who introduced himself (or rather his character) by asking me if I am at all able to handle such a camera 🙂
Elisenbrunnen = Elisen-fountain, nice architecture combined with smelly Sulfur water coming out of wells. Not everyone’s Cup of tea. Behind Elisenbrunnen lies the ancient part of the City with pretty cobblestone streets and lots of Cafés and stores.
At Elisenbrunnen, too. The upper deck of the bus offered a special perspective
Passerby blurry Impression of my neighbourhood
Ludwig Forum, a former umbrella factory, now Hosting important pieces of Modern Art. A good place to go actually, yet the neighbourhood isn’t my favourite…
Tivoli, the Soccer Stadium and home of Alemannia Aachen.
Aachen is famous for their horse riding tournaments, world wide even. CHIO is the name of the game. There are rumours in Aachen that it always rains during the CHIO week. As it often rains anyway it’s hard to prove 😉
This is a very new bridge next to the Stadium for horse riding and Soccer. It’s the northern entry/Exit of the City.
Ha! Spotted a van. It’s a good day when I spot vans 🙂
Lots of houses in Aachen have this kind of beautiful statues
Europaplatz – Europe square. A huge roundabout, framed by the flags of many European countries. Aachen gives an Award for extraordinary success in european dialogue each year called The Karlspreis, “Karl’s Award”, named after the Emperor Karl der Große
Blurry but colourful view into Pontstraße, heart of the Student quarter, Café next to Café
This lizard looking building is a rather new helicopter landing spot at the (incredibly ugly) University Hospital Aachen. I don’t find it pretty but I am very fascinated of its architecture again and again…
Seriously, can you believe THIS is a Hospital? A renowned one, even!
On the way up the narrow curves towards the Three-Country-Spot “Dreilaendereck”, where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet. It’s the first time I haven’t gone up here by bike. Imagine the calories you burn going there by bicycle. But you’ll be rewarded with sodas and icecream at the top 🙂
Information about the Dreilaendereck and the fun Labyrinth (with surprise fountains in it)
Platform up at the Dreilaendereck. There will be one more platform to Show and for all of you who are afraid of heights, too, you should know that this is the easy one. Not that I went up there… goodness no.
Probably a very good Point to look out to three countries at one climb – but I will never know. 🙂
This Beauty looked at me in the park near the bus stop where I stopped by after the bus tour.
Home – my favourite square – where Saturday markets delight my heart as well as Saint Martin bonfires …
Thank you very much for staying and looking at all the photos. I sure hope that you might feel inspired to do something like this, too. It’s worth the time spend, especially if you find a good Balance between taking photos with eyes and heart and with your camera. One comment on the Headline of this post. The perspective was so Special as I sat way up on the sunny deck. Like this:
I sat on the right top seat in the front. Prime photographer seat as the busdriver expressed 🙂