White cliffs on Rügen, Germany

Rügen is Germany’s largest island. It is connected to the mainland by road and railway via the Rügen Bridge and Causeway. The island is known for its characteristic white chalk cliffs. Thanks to Artur for this one.

Here is a map postcard I received a few years ago.

White cliffs on Rügen, Germany

White cliffs on Rügen, Germany [rev]

Speicherstadt, Hamburg

The Speicherstadt in Hamburg is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stando on timber-pile foundations. The district was built from 1883 to 1927 as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2015.

Speicherstadt, Hamburg

Saarland, Germany

Saarland, Germany

Saarland is one of Germany’s sixteen federal states, the smallest in size, excluding the city-states of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg. It has a population of 1 million and its capital is Saarbrücken. Saarland is the result of the a regulation of the treaty of Versailles and was created in 1919. But during the Interwar period it was disputed between France and Germany. After WWII it came under French occupation as the Saar Protectorate. In 1955 it had the opportunity to become an independent entity, but a plebiscite rejected such plan. On October 27, 1956 the Saar Treaty declared that Saarland should be allowed to join the Federal Republic of Germany. Thanks to Annette.

Saarland Location on Google Maps

Views from Saarland, Germany