Germany, Vintage Images circa 1900 Calendar (2018 calendar)
Germany in 1900 looks not unlike a postcard: fashionably dressed people walk past the Palas Hotel in Berlin, horse-drawn carriages await passengers at Fährhaus St. Pauli in Hamburg, changing booths dot the beach in Holstein, and village fields look carefully tended at a mountain village in Saxony. Germany, Vintage Images circa 1900 is only missing the beer. Herzlich willkommen!
Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 calendar opens to 13.75 by 20.5 inches.
Places featured in Germany, Vintage Images circa 1900 include:
The tracks of the Höllentalbahn snake through the Höllental valley in the southern Black Forest region of Baden-Wurttemberg. Passing through beautiful scenery on its 46-mile (74.7km) route, the line ascends from an altitude of 912 feet (278m) at Freiburg to 2,904 feet (885m) at Hintezarten. In some sections, the track rises at a 5.5 percent gradient, making it the steepest ascent in Germany.
Traffic on the bridge? Thank you, we will walk. This bridge crossing the River Isar in München (Munich) invites perambulators to and from the Germany’s third largest city at a time when cars were rare. The Romans liked building bridges here, in order to collect the tolls, but theirs were wooden and not so attractive.
In the center of Berlin, Potsdamer Platz is the location where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. From an intersection of country roads, in the 19th century the square became one of the busiest in Europe. Destroyed during World War II, then divided by the Berlin Wall until German reunification in 1990, Potsdamer Platz is now a busy crossroads again.
In the foreground rowboats may be traversing the Spoykanal, a link to the Rhine River, in Cleves, near the Dutch border, in northwestern Germany. Rising in the background is Schwanenburg Castle, home to the dukes of Cleves. The castle tower, the Schwantenuturm, is linked with the legend of the Knight of the Swan, which inspired Richard Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin.”
The Temple of Flora in Wörlitz Park is part of the Wörlitz-Dessau Garden Kingdom. Designed on principals of the Enlightenment, the temple was built in 1797 to honor the Greek goddess of flowers. The building was modeled after the Temple of Clitumnus in Spoleto, Italy, and was used to host musical performances. The park is now on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
Still rural and agrarian today, Nassau’s historic roots reach back to an estate owned by the Bishopric of Worms in 915. Count Dudo-Heinrich built Nassau Castle in this part of southwestern Germany in about 1100 and began calling himself the Count of Nassau. The name as adopted as the sovereign state of Duchy of Nassau and the Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau.
In the 19th century Hamburg was, as it is now, an important transportation hub, although many more travelers then arrived by ship and ferry. Along the River Elbe in the St. Pauli district in 1871 the city built a transportation center, St. Pauli Fährhaus, adjacent to the quay. The street trolley line passed the Fährhaus, and later the subway system opened a station there. Eventually, the port of Hamburg installed a series of floating quays, Landungsbrücken, to permit larger ships to dock. St. Pauli Fährhaus closed in 1955.
The swimming beach on Borkum was dotted with changing cabanas in 1900, though the temperature of the North Sea might have discouraged long stays in the water. Borkum is an East Frisian Island that is actually due north of the Dutch province of Groningen. Tourists began to visit Borkum in 1834 and revived the economy of the island.
The harbor in Bremen has been an active center of trade for more than a millennium. Shipwrights crafted the unique cog ship there and it evolved into a successful sea-going square-rigged vessel employed by traders of Hanseatic League. The first German steam ship was built in Bremen in 1817. The Norddeutcher-Lloyd shipping company began there in 1857. Most important, perhaps, is that Bremen is the home of Beck’s Brewery, founded in Bremen in 1837.
Occupying a valley in the Zittau Mountains of Saxony, Oybin is a kurot, or spa town, located near the border with the Czech Republic. The ruins of a medieval monastery atop Mount Oybin attracted 19th century Romantic painters, like Caspar David Friedrich. A narrow gauge railway connects Oybin to the city of Zittau.
The German port town of Warnemünde opens to the Baltic Sea. Only a small fishing village for centuries, it was purchased by the city of Rostock, and in the 19th century, Warnemünde’s long sandy beaches began to attract tourists. Today it is one of the world’s busiest ports of call for cruise ships.
One of Germany’s most recognized castles, Neuschwanstein in Upper Bavaria was built for King Ludwig II in 1869. The design was intended to recall a castle from the Middle Ages. The design has been imitated around the world, most notably as Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, and it has appeared in many motion pictures. It is now listed has a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Operated by the state of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein is visited by more than a million tourists every year.