Germany and German culture caught my attention a long time ago and became one of the most desirable countries to visit. After numerous problems encountered on the way to my dream, finally I succeeded! Finally! I’m going to Germany for three weeks! Thanks to my friends who have decided to get married and invited me to their place for engagement.
Overflowing with emotions, I tried to plan thoroughly my trip for be able to see all possible places possible with my modest budget. But it turned out even better than I could imagine.
The main place of my stay was Bonn – the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (1949 -1990).
My main attention was paid to a cultural program which included visiting countless number of museums, churches, walks along the river, parks, and of course included “cultureless” adventures.
Various museums were visited, the famous Bonn Beethoven Museum and the museum of Egyptian culture in the University of Bonn, archaeological, historical, national, and for me as an architect were the most interesting art and architectural museums. For the first time in my life I saw the originals of famous artists such as Picasso, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Malevich, Ernst Ludwig Kircher, Marc Chagall, Otto Dix etc.
Because of this “cultural injection” I was in paradise, and like a drug addict I searched actively for the next “dose of art ecstasy”.
Incidentally, with regard to drug addicts, there is in Germany a special Government programme for drug addicts with strict control and drug addicts get for free their optimum desirable drug dose. So everyone is happy: for the addicts there is no need to rob, kill for “a moment of happiness,” plus well controlled what they use and where, also HIV protection. Very clever position, isn`t it ?! 😉
But let`s come back to one of my favorite topics – art museums. Of course, I was inspired and excited. Some of the masterpieces by world – renowned genius was fascinating, but some of them was weird.
Simply I love this series of works 🙂
This work by Jasper Johns is best known for his painting Flag (1954-55), which he painted after having a dream of the American flag. But this installation looks like the execution of Tartars rather than art. So, I realised that prefer his works with flag.
Beethoven House and Square
Bonn Minster Church and sculpture in front of Bonn Minster
A particular interest for me was Government Buildings and I had the luck to visit all of them: Bundestag, UN building, World Conference Center, Deutsche Welle, and not governmental but quite famous – Post Tower, which is the headquarters of the logistic company Deutsche Post DHL. The Post Tower is a 162.5-metre, 41-storey office building in Bonn, Germany. It was designed by German-American architect Helmut Jahn and won the 2002 Silver Emporis Skyscraper Award.
I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with a huge number of solar panels and wind turbines that I saw there.It was the feeling that all power sector based on the Renewable Sources.
The love to renewables we can see even in museums, one of the examples was made by Isa Genzken, is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Berlin
In search of new adventures, I explored the cities closest to Bonn (Cologne, Koblets, Dusseldorf. We also went to Hamburg a major port in northern Germany.Moving on Bonn-Hamburgautobahn I hoped to see some German cities, towns, buildings, but unfortunately no. But the number of windmills impressed me. It was the feeling that time to time I was in a windmill forest.
Also I was pleased with the number of electric vehicles on Germany’s streets: BMW i3, Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen etc.
According to the NPE the market preparation phase has seen Germany move toward becoming a leading supplier of electric cars, with 17 vehicle models from its own domestic car makers. One of the reason for increasing number of electrovehicles is the increase of number charging stations, which are one of the big issues for electric transport (I`m not talking about new regulations on the sector).This is because they all operate on the basis of one of the two technologies. In the first case, as the power source battery used in the second – the hydrogen engine.
About Hamburg, I could write a lot, but I will mention only one of the unusual events for myself, which I have visited, this is Miss Kenya Germany 2016.
Beautiful girls introduced their culture, African music etc. The atmosphere was so inspiring that I joined and even succeeded (to my own surprise) in a hip hop battle afterwards! 🙂