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Steps at St. Philip's Church
The steps on the banks of the Karl Heine Canal are considered an absolute hotspot for relaxation and enjoyment during the hot season. In the west of Leipzig, not far from St. Philip's Church, the stone steps overlook the water. The hustle and bustle and noise of the city are far away, so the steps are the perfect place to soak up some warm sun rays. In the summer, a number of Leipzigers from the adjacent neighborhood gather here to enjoy hours of sunshine and conversation together, to picnic, or to watch the passing gondolas, canoes, and boats.
The entrance gate to the Ochsenzwinger is marked by the remains of the once mighty Ochsenbastei. This estimated a secondary exit from the city and consisted of two interconnected bastions, through which a gate allowed the passage and especially the cattle drive from the pastures (now the city park) and to the slaughterhouse located outside the city at the mouth of the Lunitz. In 1834, the bastion facing the Neisse River and the gate were demolished for traffic reasons.Today, the tower is a meeting place for the Interessengemeinschaft Denkmalpflege e.V. The garden opens after the staircase with the fountain terrace. This part of the Ochsenzwinger was created as a garden in baroque design between 1962 and 1963 according to the plans of the then garden director Henry Kraft and with the gratuitous help of the citizens of Görlitz within the framework of the National Reconstruction Program. The restoration, which was in keeping with the preservation order, was completed in 1999. Six fountain basins stand between the inner and outer city wall and form the creative center of the complex with inserted ornamental beds. The ornaments on the beds result from the planting of edelgamander and boxwood. The fountain terrace of the Ochsenzwinger is the only green space in Görlitz that was modeled on the Baroque style. From the adjacent square to the south and somewhat higher, one looks back over the fountain terrace to St. Peter's Church. A narrow staircase leads to the upper terrace. The open space, created in the 1960s, underwent a deliberate contemporary redesign in 2000. Spatially framed by a pergola along the south, east and north sides, the visitor is first offered a view of the magnificent courtyard facades of Kränzelstraße. An olive willow grows in the lowered area; together with the perennial bed surrounding it and the small lemon trees and decorative lilies that have been set up, it is intended to convey a southern flair. The design of the upper terrace was honored by the Association of German Landscape Architects in May 2001.The landscaped southern part of the garden adjoins the fountain terrace. Here, various woody plants and perennials alternate with lawns and seating areas. The striking columnar oaks and yews date from Henry Kraft's time. Towards the east, a view opens up to the striking facade of the Jacob Böhme House on the Polish bank. A few steps away is another fortified tower, the Swedish Ensign. Its name commemorates the Swedish Ensign Löst, who in 1641 unsuccessfully defended a neighboring tower, which was destroyed, against the imperial troops. Further on, you get to the exit Bergstraße, and via Jakob-Böhme Straße back to the city center.
Experience Caribbean flair at the Westphalian Sea
Uferlos - Strandbad Möhnesee-Wamel offers an oasis of relaxation and recreation on the picturesque Möhne Lake. Swimming in the clear water, sunbathing on the sandy beach and the view of the majestic mountains make this place a real jewel. The ride on the pedal boat or stand-up paddling on the lake is highly recommended and lets you explore nature from a completely different perspective. Children can let off steam on the playground or play beach volleyball, while parents relax in the beach chair. The beach bar offers refreshing drinks and tasty snacks, while live music creates a great atmosphere on weekends.
Hot source of relaxation
The Koch Fountain, once popular among residents and guests, is surrounded by a magnificent park. The water bubbles here crystal clear and refreshing from the spring, surrounded by historical architecture. It is reported that the water has an incomparable taste and even tingles like mineral water. The unique quality of the water has led many visitors to fill their bottles directly at the fountain. Located near the impressive K.u.K. statues, the fountain is a place to linger. Its tranquil atmosphere and the opportunity to enjoy the clear water make the Koch Fountain a special place that invigorates the senses and reflects the history of the city.
View over the red brick roofs
The Kalkberg in Lüneburg is more than just a mountain made of plaster. It is a witness to bygone eras, a natural paradise and a vantage point all in one. In the past, gypsum was mined here for the entire northern German region and a castle stood here until the 14th century, from which the principality of Lüneburg-Braunschweig was ruled. Today, the Kalkberg is a nature reserve and a place to take a deep breath. Here you can walk on a circular path through wet meadows and forests and discover rare plant species. The climb up the Kalkberg is easy and worth it just for the breathtaking view of Lüneburg's old town. Whether at sunrise or sunset, the sight is always fascinating. Visitors can experience history and nature at the same time here and learn how important the preservation of natural spaces is in our modern world.
Picnic on the island
A well-deserved meal for all those who come by SUP or rowboat is available at the kiosk on the 🏝️. With a fully packed carry bag, find your favorite spot off the beaten path and enjoy the delicious meal with a great view. From the north shore, it takes about two relaxing hours by SUP.
Historic walls & unique views
A cultural and historical jewel in Essen: The remains of the once magnificent complex offer an exciting insight into the medieval history of the region. From the viewing platform, visitors can admire the surrounding landscape and be transported back to times gone by. A tour of the ruins leads through winding corridors and past numerous interesting details, such as the coats of arms of the former castle owners. A visit at sunset is especially recommended, when the ruins are bathed in a magical light and offer a picturesque backdrop. An insider tip for all those who are looking for undiscovered treasures in the region.
Panoramic view of the Ruhr region
The Ruhrtal-Oefte viewpoint offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside and Essen. On a sunny day, you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the glistening waters of the Ruhr. The peaceful atmosphere invites you to relax and forget the stresses of everyday life for a while. The idyllic surroundings are perfect for a romantic walk or a picnic with friends or family. Feel the wind on your skin and listen to the soothing sound of the river. The viewpoint also offers a unique opportunity for photographers to take photos that capture the beauty of the landscape. Discover the best that Essen has to offer and experience an unforgettable day!
Blooming oasis in the city
The Karlsruhe Botanical Garden is a hidden gem that showcases the beauty and diversity of nature in the middle of the city. As part of the 2023 "Fire and Water" theme year, you can enter a world in which these elements are staged and unleashed in a fascinating way. The green oasis combines fire and water in a unique way and you can get to know different climate zones in the show houses. This garden offers an oasis of calm in the hectic city, where the beauty of nature can be experienced in harmony with the elements.
Industrial bathing fun
Simply unwind, cool off in the bright blue pool, or jump straight into the 60-meter pool and do your laps. The Werksschwimmbad is a symbol of structural change in the Ruhr region and a popular meeting place for people around Zollverein. And best of all, admission is free. The Werksschwimmbad is a truly unique swimming location in Germany. Created from two overseas containers welded together as part of the art project "Contemporary Art and Criticism" in 2001, the 12 x 5 meter pool offers a breathtaking view of the impressive industrial architecture of the former coking plant. Creative cuisine and drinks are provided by the café and restaurant "Die Kokerei". Particularly recommended is the ass bomb contest on August 5, in which the aim is to splash as much as possible when jumping into the cool water.
Romantic beauty in the countryside
The palace in the Great Garden invites you to take a romantic stroll. Along the Palais pond, you can admire the Baroque splendor of the pleasure palace, which was built in 1679. The lovingly designed gardens with their green cones and marble sculptures will take you back to the time of the electors. The palace can be explored from the inside on a guided tour. Enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of this historic site.
Above the treetops
All those who are looking for a very special view of Leipzig can enjoy it from the observation tower in the Rosental. Surrounded by the Leipzig floodplain forest, the green lung of the city, the observation tower offers a breathtaking view over treetops, parks and the skyline of Leipzig. The 20m-high tower is affectionately known as the "Wackelturm" by Leipzigers, as it sways back and forth on windy days. After a walk in the greenery and in good weather, the climb up the numerous steps is worth it and is rewarded with a new perspective and a wide view over Leipzig and the region. From here, many Leipzig sights can be spied. The lookout tower is somewhat hidden in the floodplain forest near the Marienweg and the sewage treatment plant at the Pathe
Golden views against a charming backdrop
Even in the fall, the breathtaking view from the Mühlenberg offers an impressive backdrop. Framed by golden leaves, a picturesque landscape stretches out before your eyes. The autumnal mood is enhanced by the rolling hills and tranquil atmosphere. A perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of nature. Let yourself be enchanted by the peace and serenity of this special place.