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Burg Runkel in Runkel an der Lahn in the Limburg-Weilburg district of Hessen, Central Germany. The town’s first documentary mention was in 1159 in a document in which nobleman Siegfried von Runkel had his name appear as a witness. It is believed that he was the one who built the castle. The town still has old bridges and inns and is worth a visit if you enjoy medieval architecture.

The Natural Regions of Germany (3): The Central Uplands

South of the Northern German lowlands, there is a belt of mid-sized wooded mountain ranges separated by fertile valleys, which is commonly referred to as the “Mittelgebirge”. These mountains are of highly diverse origin, shaped in parts by tectonic, in parts by volcanic activity. Some of them are among the oldest mountain ranges worldwide and much older than the Alps. As diverse as they are by origin, they are by appearance and character.

The most prominent mountain range is the Harz, which abruptly rises from the Northern German plains. Its highest peak is the more than 1,100 m high Brocken (= “lump”), which raises above the tree line. A railway featuring the strongest German narrow gauge steam locomotives muscles tourist trains right to the top of the mountain. It is also an ancient mining area where silver and other ores were mined. The mines of Goslar are part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

The Weser Uplands are the north-western part of the Central German uplands, surrounding the valley of the river Weser. These lovely rolling hills are the origin of some of the famous fairy tales: Sababurg is said to be the castle of Sleeping Beauty, and the Trendelburg the tower of Rapunzel.

The Hessian parts of the Central German uplands are characterized by quaint towns nestled between the wooded rolling hills. Among the notable mountains is the Meißner, origin of the legend of Mother Hulda or Old Mother Frost who shakes her bed and out comes snow from heaven. The Vogelsberg is the largest volcanic formation of central Europe. Some of the valleys hold artificial water reservoirs such as the Edersee, paradise for water sports.

The Western part of the Central German uplands is made up by the Rhenish Slate Mountains, divided into Eifel, Westerwald, Hunsrück, and Taunus. The Eifel is a geologically young volcanic area, which still shows signs of activity. The four parts are divided by the rivers Mosel, Lahn, and Rhine. The spectacular Middle Rhine Valley lined with romantic castle ruins is a top tourist destination.

The South-East is made up of the Thuringian and Franconian Forests and the Ore Mountains. In the latter area, ore was mined since the prehistoric bronze age. More recently, uranium was mined there, contributing to most of the Russian nuclear arsenal during the cold war. These mountains continue into the Czech Republic. Winter sports and hiking tourism are prevalent here. The Ore Mountains are known for skilled craftsmanship producing wooden toys and folk art, including the classical nutcrackers.

let the only sound be the overflow (NightAngel Mermaid !AU)

Length: 1/? (1,052 words)

Summary: In 1906, Warren Worthington lll is desperate to got out from underneath his father and his business, and aspires to become a marine biologist with enough published works to keep him  rich and far away from his Father. Whilst on an observance trip near a river in Southwest Germany, he’s confronted with his answer (and his possible downfall) in the form of a fish-boy that calls itself Kurt. 

 Warren becomes a mess. 

Rating: T (for future chapters)

Notes: Alright! My first series in this fandom, i’m sorry it took me so long. But I’ve been wanting to do this for a minute - I’ve never done Mermaid AU before so please bear with me. Also, this is an epistolary, meaning it’s written like a series of letters and diary entires from Warren. Just a warning this is only the first one, please acknowledge it’s pure exposition!

 (p.s. for the next week or so I’ll be going on hiatus, but requests are forever open and i’ll try to fill them once its over))


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Bahnhof in Giessen, Hessen, Central Germany. Giessen, aka Gießen, has a population of roughly 78,000, 24,000 of whom are university students.  It’s located 50 km north of Frankfurt am Main. Its name first appeared as Giezzen in 1197. The local river is the Lahn, which divides the town in 2 parts. Giessen came into being as a moated castle in 1152, built by Count Wilhelm von Gleiberg, although the history of today’s suburb “Wieseck” dates back to 775. The town became part of Hessen-Marburg in 1567, then Hessen-Darmstadt in 1604. The university was founded in 1607. Giessen was included within the Grand Duchy of Hesse, created in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars. After WW1, it was part of the People’s State of Hesse. During WW2, heavy bombing destroyed about 75% of it, including most of its historic buildings. It became part of the modern state of Hessen after the war.

Wetzlar in Hessen, Central Germany, is a former Free Imperial City, owing much of its fame to being the seat of the Reichskammergericht (Imperial Supreme Court) of the Holy Roman Empire. It straddles the river Lahn and lies on the German Timber-Frame Road on the north edge of the Taunus mountain range. It’s known for its old town and its medieval cathedral. Notable features include the Eisenmarkt and the steep gradients and tightly packed street layout of a medieval town. The sandstone cathedral of St. Mary was commenced in the 12th century as a Romanesque building. In the later Middle Ages the construction was continued in Gothic style. The church was never finished, as one steeple still remains uncompleted. The cathedral suffered heavy damage in WW2 from aerial bombing, but was restored in the 1950s.

Die Burg Katz in St. Goarshausen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. St. Goarshausen is located in the Rhein-Lahn-Kreis on the eastern shore of the Rhein within the Nassau Nature Park and the Rhine Gorge UNESCO world heritage site. It was historically part of the Duchy of Nassau. It’s ~30 km south of Koblenz, above all, famous for the Lorelei rock. The local economy is based on wine making and tourism; the railway station connects it with Wiesbaden, Frankfurt/Main, and Koblenz. There are 2 castles, Burg Katz (Castle Cat) and Burg Maus (Castle Mouse). :) Burg Katz is not open for visitors, but there’s a good view over the town from Burg Maus, also visible are the ruins of Burg Rheinfels on the other side of the Rhein. On the 3rd weekend in September, there’s the Rhein in Flammen event, spectacular large firework displays from Burg Katz, Burg Rheinfels, and from the middle of the Rhein.

Die Burg Lahneck is a medieval 13th-century fortress located in Lahnstein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. It stands on a steep rock salient above the confluence of the Lahn river with the Rhein, opposite Castle Stolzenfels. It was built in 1226 by the Archbishop of Mainz Siegfried III to protect his territory at the mouth of the Lahn, where the town of Oberlahnstein and a silver mine had come into his possession. 

Limburg an der Lahn in Hessen, Central Germany lies between the Taunus and the Westerwald on the river Lahn. The nearest major cities are Wetzlar, Gießen, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, and Koblenz. In about 800 AD, the first castle buildings arose on the Limburg crags. In 1150, a wooden bridge was built across the Lahn. The long-distance road from Cologne to Frankfurt/Main subsequently ran through Limburg.

Limburg an der Lahn, Hessen, Central Germany. The town lies in a basin within the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge, surrounded by the low ranges of the Taunus and Westerwald. Owing to the favorable soil and climate, this is one of Hessen’s richest agricultural regions and has been of great importance to transport since the Middle Ages. Around 800AD, the first castle buildings arose on the Limburg crags, designed for the protection of a fort over the river Lahn. In the following decades, the town developed under the castle’s protection. Limburg was first mentioned in documents in 910. The nearest major cities are Wetzlar, Gießen, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, and Koblenz.