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The area of translation is just so vast, there is always a new topic. Recently I had the topic of tourism. Very interesting. And, as a bilingual translator, I always notice the literal translations of some of the place names or attractions that I am translating. So let me take you on a brief trip or curiously named places, and a few others, in Germany. Don’t forget to take your tooth brush!
Devils, Romans and Gherkins in Germany
So did you know that you can travel to Switzerland while you are in Germany? Yes, I hear you say, it is right next door. No, I mean right in Germany. In the very Southeast, not too far from Dresden, you can visit Saxonian Switzerland, die Sächsische Schweiz. Well, it wouldn’t be the same, would it, you say? Oh yes dear, it is very impressive and great for hiking. Have a look yourself.
Or would you rather have a seat on the King’s chair itself? Yes, fancy that? That’s what I thought. Well, head to the largest German island, coincidentally with the highest number of hours of sunshine in the whole of Germany, Rügen Island in the North. Visit the Königsstuhl, 118 metres (387 feet) high above the sea on top of the chalk cliffs, before sunbathing on the white sands of Glowe and jumping into the Baltic Sea.
Or how about a date with the devil? Yes, more your cup of tea? Okay. Well, he was said to have ridden on a barrel in the infamous Auerbachs Keller restaurant in Leipzig, fittingly in the cellars. Johann Wolfgang Goethe was so fascinated by this that he wrote a whole scene about it in his classic Faust plays. If you would like more witchcraft, then head to the Brocken in the Harz Mountains where the witches come out to celebrate Walpurgisnacht on 30 April. Still not enough folklore? You can also travel along the Fairy Tale Street, the Deutsche Märchenstrasse. Yes, it is a tourist route on the theme of the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales, combining various landmarks. It runs from Hanau in Central Germany to Bremen in the North and is 600 kilometres (370 miles) long.
Or how about a spree? Shopping spree, yes. No, I actually meant a boating trip along the Berlin river Spree. At some points it was dividing East and West Berlin during the Cold War and also passes the Reichstag, the German Parliament. Further upstream an absolute gem is the Spreewald, an area without streets but only canals that are navigated with punting boats and it serves lots and lots of different kind of delicious pickled gherkins. Sounds very weird, you say? Yes, but it is absolutely beautiful in the summer. I know, because I have been several times.
Or why not visit the Roman? What, Romans in contemporary Germany? No, the famous Römer Town Hall in Frankfurt, dating back to 1405. But make sure that you don’t go to the wrong Frankfurt, there are two, this is the one near the Main river, the other on at the river Oder is located in the far east of the country, at the border to Poland.
So what did you think? Nice? Well, then we can do this again in the future, I think. To unearth more curiosities.
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