Burg (bei Magdeburg) - Wolfsburg (Hannover included)
Withered land Not far after having negotiated the lock we passed the impressive Magdeburg-aqueduct at kilometre 322 – counting down this time. The level of water...
Low Elbe – Withered land
...in the river Elbe is not all that impressive, though we’ve seen fully laden cargo boats going onto or coming off the river. The adjacent land is dehydrated – yellow all over.
A huge improvement
crossing The left picture clarifies the enormous improvement, achieved by building the red-coloured locks and the canal-bridge. Before the Wende (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaceful_Revolution) ships travelling from west to east had to descend the Schiffshebewerk Rothensee, cruise downstream on the river Elbe, again descend the Schleuse Niegripp (hence the enormous height difference with the, new, Schleuse Hohenwarte) and end up in the Elbe-Havel Canal.
Aerial view of the crossing
And the other way around, of course, when travelling east-west. The building of the red coloured state-of-the-art works ended in 2003. The right picture gives a good impression of the entire area. Number 1 is the Schleuse Rothensee (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schleuse_Rothensee), 2 the Schiffshebewerk Rothensee, 3 the Kanalbrücke Magdeburg, 4 the Schleuse Hohenwarthe and 5 the Schleuse Niegripp. We were moored in the short arm, leading to 2, the Schiffshebewerk Rothensee.
The movable tank is 85 meters (283 feet) long and 12,2 metres (over 40 feet) wide. The tank is able to overcome a difference of 16 meters (53 feet), though the river Elbe-level can be...
...18 meters (60 feet) lower - in which case there is (was) no other solution than to bide one’s time. A great view is offered after climbing the watchtower of the Schleuse Rothensee.
One of the first things the guide brought to our attention was Hannover’s opera building. That never fails to attract our interest indeed. It is supposed to be one of the oldest of Germany, popular with performers at the time because the opera-company paid them all year...
...around instead of just during the period of their performances. The second building was such a striking one that we pictured it instantly from the bus. After doing some rechearch today, Sunday the 29th of July, we have to admit that we have not the faintest idea what it is. Sorry!
Pouring rain on biker
It was our plan to visit the Herrenhäuser Gärten (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herrenhausen_Gardens), ‘one of the most distinguished baroque formal gardens of Europe’. Alas, just after we left the bus, a sudden thunderstorm struck. Fiercly...
Wedding couple on the run
...too! The only thing we could do was hide from the storm, the dust and sand that was whirling around and the rain. Even a wedding couple (perhaps dressed like this because of a photo shoot) was looking for a safe place to hide.
To begin with: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Hanover. The university is named after Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz (1646 – 1716) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottfried_Wilhelm_Leibniz) only since 2006, on the 360th anniversary of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's birth. He was excellent in binary numbering. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary_number. It’s too difficult to explain here – assuming that we...
...understand it in the first place! The Neues Rathaus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Town_Hall_(Hanover) was opened on July 20, 1913 by Emperor Wilhelm II. The total building sum was only 10 million Marks – nowadays an unimaginable amount of money for a castle-like building like this. During WWII the building was heavily damaged because of American bomb raids, but there it stands again, in its full splendour – inside and out.
Tineke en Ad
Over herkenbaar gesproken!! Leuk om terug te zien allemaal. En het zwemwater?? We kunnen het nog steeds niet laten om af en toe een duikje te nemen!! Wat een prachtige foto's, kan ik nog van leren..
Diny & Simon
Commentaar: altijd leuk/welkom. Zwemmen maar even afgezworen, gedwongen helaas door de (veronderstelde) blauwalg. Dank je voor 't compliment!
Wilde je waarschuwen voor de blauwalg, maar heb je zelf gelukkig ontdekt. Ondanks “saaie” kanaal maakten jullie er weer een interessante week van. Goede vaart!
Diny & Simon
D'r zijn er nog zat die er gewoon induiken. Zelfs een zwembad, gecreeerd in een voormalige VW-kolenhaven, is 'normaal' geopend. We proberen te genieten - het is wél heet! Nog steeds.