Archive for the Handschuhsheim Category

Green sensation

Posted in Handschuhsheim, politics, university on March 28, 2011 by D.B.

Yesterday’s federal state election produced nothing but a sensation. Christian Democrats remain the biggest parliamentary faction but are ousted from power they held in Baden-Württemberg for 58 uninterrupted years. Winfried Kretschmann is going to be the first Green prime minister any German state ever had. His party finished second place ahead of the Social Democrats for the first time in history. LibDems are reduced to tears and just remain in parliament (at 5,3 percent).

Of course, the terrible nuclear catstrophe has played a major role in voter mobilisation and in Green swing. So, two anti-nuclear parties suddenly find themselves in charge of EnBW and its four nuclear power plants after the now former government bought a majority share at the death. Funny new world.

It’s going to be exciting to see what the historic result means in terms of education policies, tuition fees, Stuttgart’s underground train station “S21”, and so on and on.

Plus the southwestern landslide is likely to cause a major shake-up even in the German national government in Berlin after they’ve lost one of their strongholds.

Today’s picture shows the tram tracks in front of DKFZ (German Centre of Cancer Research) near Handschuhsheim.


Good morning

Posted in Handschuhsheim, transport, winter on December 16, 2010 by D.B.

Oh well that’s nice, isn’t it? “Good morning” and a smiley before you head off for work…

It would have been even nicer to save the owner some time and wipe all the snow from the windows… 😉

On top

Posted in forest, Handschuhsheim on June 12, 2010 by D.B.

Taken on the top of one of the towers of St Michael’s.

Shadows ahead

Posted in forest, Handschuhsheim on June 11, 2010 by D.B.

The same spot, moments later.

Catch me if you can

Posted in architecture, church, forest, Handschuhsheim on June 10, 2010 by D.B.

The ruins of St Michael’s make for a wonderful adventure playground. Just before watching this boy and his friends play tag, we found ourselves climbing all the wall stumps ourselves and thinking ‘we’d never allow our kids to do this…’

Work on the monastery started in 1023 on the site of a former Celtic settlement, then Roman temple. Thhe first inhabitants were Benedictine monks, followed by the Cistercian order and finally, in 1265, Premonstratensians from Allerheiligen in the Black Forest. This is where the name Heiligenberg actually derives from – it’s not been known as a ‘holy mountain’ since ancient times as some stories want you to belive.

The church fell apart in the early 1500s (the last monks were stricken by the crumbling bell tower). It was transferred to the university, which turned it into a quarry for other buildings.

Heiligenberg week: St Michael’s monastery

Posted in architecture, forest, Handschuhsheim on June 9, 2010 by D.B.

Lichen slowly taking over the ruins of St Michael’s monastery on the highest peak. More on the place’s history tomorrow.

Heiligenberg: Thingstätte

Posted in architecture, Handschuhsheim on June 8, 2010 by D.B.

More on the history of this place in this post, and an alternative view here.