Cultural History

Externsteine

Fascinating rock formation of one of the most remarkable natural and cultural monuments in Europe, medieval sacral site and popular excursion destination - these are the Externsteine in the heart of Lippe, also called Stonehenge of Germany.   The mountain range...

Margrave Leopold I.

Leopold I. (Liutpold), called the Illustrious, was born around 940. He was count in the Bavarian Danube delta and appears already in the 960s as a loyal follower of Emperor Otto I and later of his son Otto II.   The Duke of Bavaria, Henry II, "the Quarrelsome,"...

Puccini – Tosca and Tuscany

In 1858, Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, the once independent republic in northwestern Tuscany. In the traditionally Catholic, bourgeois and elegant city surrounded by olive tree hills and a city wall, Puccini reinvents opera and its stories. The onset of...

Marriage between Maximilian of Habsburg and Mary of Burgundy

19 August 1477: Marriage between Maximilian of Habsburg and Mary of Burgundy The young Duchess of Brugund, Maria, was in great demand. For the Duchy of Burgundy (which included the Burgundian Netherlands) was a rich country and she was the sole heir.   The...
The Cappuccino

The Cappuccino

At the beginning of the 16th century, there was unrest within the Franciscan Order. Many friars saw the great ideal of...

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

The stories surrounding the so-called ghost ships are almost as old as seafaring itself. Which should not come as a...

Gripsholm Castle

Gripsholm Castle

Around 1380, the Swedish Imperial Councillor and landowner Bo Jonsson, a member of the Grip family, who had acquired a...

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University of Durham

University of Durham

In addition to the world-famous universities of Oxford and Cambridge, there is a third institution in England, much...

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The bedroom in Arles

The bedroom in Arles

"The Bedroom in Arles" (or "Vincent's Bedroom") is the title of three oil paintings and two drawings by the Dutch...

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Storming the Bastille

Storming the Bastille

In the summer of 1789 all of Paris was in turmoil. Although the people had been rumbling about for a long time, the...

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The Pharisee

The Pharisee

High in the north, where the land seems to sink into the sea, where people in their coarsely knitted sweaters trudge...

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Bean counter

Bean counter

A bean counter is the term used to describe a person who has driven precision in all his actions to the point of...

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The Ore Mountain

The Ore Mountain

In the north of Styria lies one of the economically most important regions in Austria. This is the area around the...

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Victory Sign

Victory Sign

Forefinger and middle finger raised, the remaining fingers pressed into the hand. Today this sign is used all over the...

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Till Eulenspiegel

Till Eulenspiegel

He is probably the most famous Jester in European cultural history and is still the symbol of the funny mocker. But if...

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