Category Archives: Engineering

Engineering series 9: Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Introduction

In the early nineties we had a family from Romania as neighbors, very nice people of German descent who had recently emigrated to Southern Germany to settle in the periphery of Munich where I was growing up.

At that time I was old enough to grasp (at least vaguely) the importance of the historic events that had occurred in the then called Eastern Bloc (Ostblock) a few years ago.

One after another communist one-party state collapsed as a consequence of the upheavals initiated by a discontent general …

Engineering series 8: Astronomical clocks in Prague and Münster

Prague, September 2019

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Astrolabium
  3. Astronomical clock in Münster
  4. Astronomical clock in Prague
  5. Summary

Introduction

For plenty of reasons, Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and if you had the pleasure to spend a few days in the capital of the Czech Republic (aka Czechia) for a sightseeing tour you would probably visit the Old Town Square in the city center with its scores of splendid and ancient buildings.

At the southwestern corner of the square one particularly noteworthy complex of …

Engineering series 7: Rhine-Main-Danube Canal

Introduction

Besides hiking, biking is one of my favourite activities during weekends or short vacations.

Bike tours alongside the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (Nürnberg) and Bamberg belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.

There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg to the town center of Bamberg, I need about three and a half hours with my mountain bike.

Short overview

The Rhine-Main-Danube Canal …