Sunday, 10 January 2016

cover from Germany

Yesterday I got not only seven postcards but also a cover from Germany.

Cottage Pink (issued 04-12-2014)

Inside were five postcards.
The first card shows Common Seals. The Common Seal is an animal from the group of the true seals. During the 19th and 20th century there were many campaigns to eradicate the common seals, because they were considered to be a food competitor. But today it is protected. The card was printed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety in 2006, when the Common Seal was the Animal of the Year.

The second shows various views of Kelheim. Kelheim is a town in the German State of Bavaria. It is especially known for the Hall of Liberation (upper picture), that was built between 1842 and 1863 at the behest of King Ludwig I to commemorate the victory in the War of Liberation against Napoleon.

The third shows shows various views of Bodenwerder. Bodenwerder is a small town in the German State of Lower Saxony. It is known as birthplace and residence of Freiherr Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen, the man who inspired the stories of Baron Munchausen. Baron Munchausen is also known as Baron of the Lies, due to his many tall tales. In Bodenwerder there are a museum (lower left corner) and a fountain (lower right corner) about Baron Munchausen.

Another card from the cover shows the Königstein Fortress. The Königstein Fortress is a hilltop fortifications in Saxon Switzerland in the German State of Saxony. It was once used as state prison. It is one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe and a popular tourist destination in Saxony.

The last card shows the castle of Altenburg. Altenburg is a town in the German State of Thuringia and is known as the place were the card game Skat was developed in 1810. The castle houses since 1923 a museum about playing cards. The town is the seat of the ASS Altenburger, the leader in the German playing cards market.

Thank You very much Svenja!

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