Category Archives: Engineering and Travel

Civil engineering and historical sites

Engineering series 7: Rhine-Main-Danube Canal


Apart from hiking, cycling is one of my favorite activities during weekends or short vacations.

Bike tours alongside the (Rhine-)Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) 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 city center of Bamberg, I need about three and a half hours with my mountain bike.


Engineering series 6: Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Dictatorship in Romania
  3. Palace of the Parliament
  4. Epilogue

1. 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 significance of the historic events that had occurred in the then called Eastern Bloc (Ostblock) a few years ago.

One after another communist one-party …

Engineering series 5: Astronomical clocks in Prague and Münster

Table of contents

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

1. 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 certainly visit the Old Town Square in the city center with its scores of splendid and centuries old buildings.

At the southwestern corner of the Old Town Square one will find a particularly …