Europe, Germany, Western Germany

Aachen, Monschau, and around

No Comments 14 August 2010

Aachen, Monschau, and around

During a dash through western Germany, the Monkey stopped off in scenic towns including Aachen, Bitburg, and Monschau. Have a look at this jumble of photos from Der Affe’s Teutonic tour of 2002.


Autobahn, Germany
The Monkey crossing the border into Germany. Now he’s ready to fahr’n, fahr’n, fahr’n auf der autobahn. Der Affe is a big Kraftwerk fan. Despite its reputation, many sections of Germany’s autobahn do in fact have speed limits.

Aachen, Germany
The Monkey takes in the streets of Aachen. The city’s greatest historical figure was undoubtedly Charlemagne, the late 8th and early 9th Century king of the Franks (a confederation of Germanic tribes). Charlemagne consolidated his grip on much of Western Europe in a series of wars, creating a centralized state stretching from the Netherlands to Spain and from France to Austria and parts of Germany and Italy. He became the Holy Roman Emperor in 800. In 824, Charlemagne was buried in Aachen’s Cathedral, the bell tower of which is visible in the background.

Aachen, Germany
There’s more to Aachen than Charlemagne. Aachen is a pleasant city near the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, and there’s a lively multicultural air to the place. The Monkey also found this cluster of bold modern buildings, just near the old center, and decided to stop for a photograph.

Old houses, Monschau, Germany
The Monkey takes in the fairytale beauty of Monschau, in the North Rhine-Westphalia.

Monschau, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Another shot of the Monkey in Monschau. The ruins of one of the village’s hilltop fortresses are visible in the background.

Bitburger Brauerei, Bitburg, Germany
Bitte ein Bit! The Monkey visits Bitburg’s claim to fame, the Bitburger Brauerei. The brewery was founded in 1817, and is best known for its Bitburger Premium Pils.

Windfarm, Germany
When was the last time you stood on a hilltop and didn’t feel the wind blowing? These wind turbines generate electricity based on that constant wind. Germany is the world’s leading wind power nation, followed by Spain, then the United States. By the time this photo was taken in 2002, Europe already generated enough wind energy to power 16 million homes. The Monkey applauds the promulgation of such sustainable forms of energy.



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Germany

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Population:

82,369,552 (2008)

Land area:

349,223 sq. km.

Capital:

Berlin (pop: 3,471,418; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Germany ranked 20th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 3rd in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $35,270.36. Public debt accounts for 64.9 percent of total GDP, while 11 percent of Germans are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

German

Monkey's name:

Der Affe (dare off-uh)

Fun fact:

Germany leads the world in waste separation, with over 80 percent of paper and glass being recycled. Be careful which receptacle you put that candy wrapper in!



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