Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wolkenkratzer- Festival 2013

The Wolkenkratzer-Festival is an irregular event in Frankfurt (Main) and took place in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2007 and 2013. Around 1.2 million people have visited the event 2013. During the festival numerous skyscrapers are open for the public and plenty of other events, like base jumping, parachute jumping, concerts and fireworks, happend in 2013.
We have visited four skyscrapers:

  • Skyper (Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP)
  • Tower 185 (PwC)
  • Trianon (Deka Bank)
  • Main Tower (HeLaBa)


Sarreguemines is a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. It was transferred to Germany in 1871, with the Treaty of Frankfurt following the Franco-Prussian War. From 1871 to 1918 it formed part of the German imperial province of Alsace-Lorraine and manufactured plush velvet, leather, porcelain, and earthenware, and was a chief depot for papier-mâché boxes, mostly used for snuffboxes. It was returned to France after World War I [source: Wikipedia].
Sarreguemines is famous for their old faience or faïence, where fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body was produced for decades. The old pottery is open for the public and the museum shows the different steps and the history of the pottery. The former factory buildings are a part of a roomy garden, which is affiliated to the Jardín pour la Paíx/Garden for Peace/Gärten ohne Grenzen.
The ceramic museum, near the town hall, houses a beautiful winter garden with colourful ceramic wall tiles.

Simserhof, France

The Simserhof is an ouvrage of the Maginot Line, located near the community of Sierstal in the French département of Moselle and faces the German frontier. During the Battle of France in 1940, Simserhof supported its neighboring fortifications with covering artillery fire, with partial success. The entire project ran from 1929 to 1938. By 1934 the central utility plant (usine) was in place, along with ammunition lifts and the internal railway. In 1938 the anti-tank obstacles were complete. Final costs were 118 million francs (equivalent to €30 million).