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Angus A Fitziron
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« on: April 29, 2009, 01:57:09 pm »

Hi, the memsahib and I will be holidaying on the Rhine this year, so can anybody suggest items of interest to one with steam punk leanings please? Of particular interest would be airships (!) markets and architecture, but pretty much anything else SP would also be welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009, 06:47:42 am »

Where on the Rhine will you be? At the very south of Germany, the Bodensee, there is of course Friedrichshafen, where you can still book Zeppelin flights. Then you will enter the "clockwork-area" of Germany at the Black Forest. More interesting than those ridiculous "Kuckucksuhren" are for example the grammophones. There were many Grammophone factories in the "Schwarzwald", with names like Perpetuum, Ebner, which later fusioned to the well known company "Dual". The best museum is a bit off the Rhine, not even in the black forest, but in Schwaben, in Bad Urach.  More to the north it becomes more Dieselpunk: Stuttgart is of course still well known for German cars. Maybe worth to visit is Karlsruhe, an artifical town with a street system and important buildings made by rules of free masonry, like Washington D.C. but of course much smaller :-)

then you will reach Rhineland Palatine (Rheinland Pfalz), well known for it's whine and for the many castles. All tourists will stop of course on the other side of the Rhine in Rüdesheim (which is in Hessen), no idea why. It does not deserve it. Koblenz or Trier are much more interesting. After that you will reach Cologne. A nice town for shopping and museums, but not from the steampunk point of view. On the way to Düsseldorf you will see at the Rhine the big factories of Bayer Leverkusen, which looks very much like a steampunk dystopia. Enjoy the "Altstadt" in Düsseldorf with a good dark beer, it's called "Alt". After that comes Duisburg, which is indeed more steampunk. An industrial town, with a very big and interesting harbour. Go to Duisburg-Ruhrort and visit the "Oscar Huber", an old paddle-steamer, now museum. More in the north is the "Industriepark Nord", and old steel-factory, now an "industrial park" with events.


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Angus A Fitziron
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2009, 09:47:49 am »

....... Zeppelin flights, oh joy, oh bliss, oh poop poop....... Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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