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St. Michael Kirche – Munich, Germany

Everyone knows that winter is the time when most of Europe renovate their buildings… We walked by St Michael Kirche a few times before we actually realised that it was a church that we could visit… The whole facade was hidden behind a protective temporary facade!!! 🙂 **

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Neues Rathaus – Munich, Germany

Munich is such a vibrant city… captivating, with lots to see and do!!! & if you’re there around the Christmas season, you can’t go a day without taking a stroll through the many Christmas markets…

My favourite market was the one at the Neues Rathaus (or New Town Hall)… This gothic style building just pops up out of nowhere and leaves you in total awe!!! Impressive is an understatement!!! … & if you happen to see this building for the first time just as the Rathaus-Glockenspiel does its traditional dance… You’ll never forget!!! 🙂 **

Neues Rathaus

Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)

While the Glock did its 'thing' - I couldn't resist taking a photo of the tourists...

While the Glock did its ‘thing’ – I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the tourists…

River OVER a river!!! – – – Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany – – –

Water Bridge in Germany.   What a feat!!!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long . . . now this is engineering!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg , near Berlin.
The photo was taken on the day of inauguration . . .To those who appreciate engineering projects, here’s a puzzle for you armchair engineers . . ..  and physicists: Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of  the water!

Why?  A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.

The Elbe-Havel and Mittelland canals had previously met near Magdeburg but on opposite sides of the Elbe. Ships moving between the two had to make a 12-kilometer detour, descending from the Mittelland Canal through the Rothensee boat lift into the Elbe, then sailing downstream on the river, before entering the Elbe-Havel Canal through Niegripp lock. Low water levels in the Elbe often prevented fully laden canal barges from making this crossing, requiring time-consuming off-loading of cargo.

Construction of the water link was started as early as in the 1930s but due to the World War 2 and subsequent division of Germany the work remained suspended till 1997. The aqueduct was finally completed and opened to the public in 2003.

So, I definitely want to visit Germany now!! Got to love engineering!! 😀 **