Heaven On Earth

Heaven On Earth | © Jens Stachowitz |

It a bicycle ride of about one hour from my home where the people from Waltrop enjoy what they have: A little harbour at the Dortmund-Ems Canal and a place to sit and relax.

Estació del Nord

Estacio del Nord | © Jens Stachowitz |

The North Station (Spanish: Estación del Norte, Valencian: Estació del Nord) is the major railway station in Valencia, Spain. It is located in the city centre next to the Plaza de Toros de Valencia, the city’s bullring, and 200m from the town hall.

The building is one of the main works of the Valencian Art Nouveau and was declared Good of Cultural Heritage in 1987.

Museu de les Ciències

Museu de les Ciències | Architect: Sebastiao Calatrava | © Jens Stachowitz

The Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe is an interactive science museum. The diversity of interactive exhibitions and the numerous outreach activities that have been carried out at the Museum have culminated in an important success among the public, which has undoubtedly responded warmly to the proposal to disseminate science and technology through fun and entertainment, but without renouncing the minimum scientific rigor necessary when addressing the topics covered.

The building designed by Sebastiao Calatrava resembles the skeleton of a whale. – In the background you see the Pont de l’Assut de l’Or and the L’Àgora, both are designed by Sebastiao Calatrava too.


The Hemispheric | Architect: Sebastiao Calatrava | © Jens Stachowitz |

Sebastiao Calatrava conceived the building as an oversized human eye – the Eye of Wisdom, intended to symbolize the audiovisual experience of visitors watching the performances. The 100-meter-long oval roof houses a 3D IMAX theater and the surrounding Carl Sagan Perimeter Ring, named in honor of the American physicist.

Palau De Les Arts

Palau De Les Arts | Architect: Santiago Calatrava | © Jens Stachowitz

Millions of tiles reflect the light that shines on the surface of this sculpture that is an opera house. It is dedicated to Queen Sophia of Spain. Sebastiao Calatrava created a large ensemble that is an investment in Valencia’s reputation as a city of arts and science.

Marina Rünthe in Bergkamen

Marina Rünthe in Bergkamen © Jens Stachowitz

The Marina Rünthe is a marina on the Datteln-Hamm Canal in Bergkamen. The port was built in 1939 as a loading port for the Werne colliery. After the mine was closed, Klöckner Bergbau Königsborn-Werne AG continued to use the port as a works port, handling hard coal, building materials, grain and mineral oils. In 1995, the conversion for the leisure area took place and the area was prepared as a marina.

Tetraeder in Bottrop

Tetraeder in Bottrop on top of the heap Beckstraße

The Tetraeder is one of many landmarks the Ruhr Area has built to signal their industrial past and its trust into its structural change. We walked up very early in the morning during the summer solstice to catch the sunrise. Fortunately this moment was fare more beautiful than the sunset itself. After the sunset we hat a very early breakfast atop the artificial hill made of tailings form the nearby coal mines.

Miner´s lamp in Moers

Miner’s lamp (Geleucht) at the heap Rheinpreußen in Moers © Jens Stachowitz

To honor the may miners in the Ruhr Area and to spend a little comfort after the mining industry has gone this landmark was set up in Moers on top of the heap Rheinpreussen, what is the name of the former nearby coal mine. A lamp like this was constructed in a way that prevents an explosion which occurs when methane was set free. In modern days electric light were used.

Industry at the river Rhine

Coking plant Schwelgern at the river Rhine @ Jens Stachowitz

There still is heavy industry in the Ruhr Area and part of that ist this coking plant that supplies the nearby blast furnances. This photograph was taken from the other side of the river Rhine in oder to picture the whole very large plant and the beautiful reflections of the lights at the blue hour.