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  • “Master of None” Season 2: Locations in Italy (incl. Wedding Scene)

    I wanted to find out if season 2 of the show had any measurable effect on the volume of tourist interest for the two Italian cities where some of the action takes place: Modena and Pienza. Additionally I decided to uncover the name and location of the villa where the wedding scene was shot, if only for those lovely gates!

  • Westerwinkel Castle – Ascheberg, Germany

    The Westerwinkel Castle is one of the earliest Baroque castles in Westphalia and was built in the middle of the 17th century. It is completely surrounded by a golf-club with the same name.

  • Schloss Nordkirchen – Versailles of Westphalia

    Schloss Nordkirchen is a palace situated in the town of Nordkirchen in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The schloss was largely built between 1703 and 1734 and is known as the “Versailles of Westphalia” since it is the largest of the fully or partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region.

  • LWL – Freilichtmuseum Hagen, Germany

    The Hagen Westphalian Open-Air Museum (German: LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen – Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Handwerk und Technik; English: “LWL Open-air Museum Hagen – Westphalian State Museum for Craft and Technics”) is a museum at Hagen in the southeastern Ruhr area, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

  • Hohensyburg Ruins, Germany

    The Sigiburg was a Saxon hillfort overlooking the River Ruhr near its confluence with the River Lenne. The ruins of the later Hohensyburg castle now stand on the site, which is in Syburg, a neighbourhood in the Hörde district of Dortmund. Archaeological evidence suggests the site was occupied in the Neolithic era.

  • Burg Altena – Märkischer Kreis, Germany

    Altena Castle (German: Burg Altena) is a Medieval hill castle in the town of Altena in North Rhine-Westphalia. Built on a spur of Klusenberg hill, the castle lies near the Lenne in the Märkischer Kreis. It is a short ~40 km drive from Dortmund.

  • ProWein 2017 at Messe, Düsseldorf

    ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair for wine and spirits, the largest industry meeting for professionals from viticulture, production, trade and gastronomy. Over 6,500 exhibitors from more than 60 nations – more than ever before – were presented at ProWein in Düsseldorf from 19 to 21 March 2017.

  • Westfalenpark Dortmund, Germany (2017)

    Westfalenpark is a large park in the Southern part of Dortmund. There is a mini train and a tall tower (Florianturn) with an observation deck. Westfalenpark houses the German Rosarium with over 3,000 kinds of roses, making it the third-largest collection in the world.

  • Town of Schwerte, District of Unna, Germany

    Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The total population is 46,700 people. Schwerte is a short 5-minute drive from Dortmund.

  • Moisburg Town, Lower Saxony – Germany (March 2017)

    Moisburg is a small town (population ~1.900) in Lower Saxony, Germany. It was first mentioned in ~1322. The closest big city is Hamburg, which is ~45km away. I was driving from Hamburg and stopped here for a coffee and a snack. Across the road I saw a lovely building, which I then discovered to be the local library (and city hall?).