The weather was fantastic for our visit to the lovely town of Lübeck which is also called "City of the Seven Towers" and "Gateway to the North". The old centre with many buildings in the style of the North German Brick Gothic is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|Holstentor - the towns landmark|
We first went to Bremerhaven, where we wanted to visit the maritime museum and then continued to Cuxhaven, to get our first experience with the watt, the tidal flats between the mainland and the little islands in front of the North Sea coast.
|Sunset at Bremerhaven|
In 1774 a wool comber from Franeker in the Netherlands built a model of the solar system in his living room which is still the oldest functional and the largest mechanical orrery worldwide. Something we had to see!!
|Orrery from 1774 automatically displays the correct date until today|
As an important part of the Second World War, the battle of Arnhem symbolises the effort with which the Allies fought for the liberation of Europe from the Hitler regime. We went to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein near Arnhem to learn more about this part of the war.
|British Sherman Firefly Tank @ Arnhem|
On our second day in Flevoland we visited two former islands in the Ijseelmeer: Urk and Schokland. Both are now part of the new province. Urk still has its harbour, Schokland was already abandoned in 1859 and is now surrounded by meadows instead of rough sea.
|Parking for the night @ Lelystad|
We had reached Utrecht, where our son studies Global Sustainability Science. We were very happy to see him again and will travel together the next days. But we had also an anniversary: since 2 years we are now living in our caravan, travelling through Europa. A good reason to celebrate a little.