AUGUST 2019 – The majestic white castle of Weissenfels, Germany, overlooks the town center. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com
The story behind the image
Eastern Germany had been a blank spot on my travel map for a long time, and I can’t really say why.
In 2019, however, we set out to spend two weeks on the (half) island of Usedom in the North-West corner of Germany. It’s quite a distance between Usedom and Munich, so we decided for a stop-over for a night in Weissenfels which sits approximately in the middle of the route. (And yes, this was the real reason for picking Weissenfels.)
Even 30 years after the despite the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, one can see the traces of the communist regime everywhere. There were entire streets with houses damaged beyond repair, left alone to rot away (because the money is missing to do the renovation, and the demand for appartments is pretty limited, too.)
On our way to the majestic white castle of Weissenfels, Germany, that overlooks the town center we crossed the central market place. And we were stunned. Most of the surrounding houses had been renovated and looked beautiful, there were small shops and a few restaurants. It was a weird feeling to be in such a beautiful place when just one block away many houses were falling apart.
The walk up to the castle, by the way, is well worth it, and you’ll be able to enjoy splendid views across the town.
The high resolution image
|Capture Date & Time||21-AUG-2019, 16:19|
|Camera||Samsung Galaxy S5 neo (SM-G903F)|
|Exposure||1/1100 sec at f/1.9|
|Digital Image Source Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Format||JPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB|
|Edited Image Dimensions||4581 x 2592 Pixels|
|Copyright||© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com|