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Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica

N 5214.669', E 854.317'
2012-04-08
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There is a small town in Germany with a non-German name Porta Westfalica. It is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia land. Those who went by any train from Hannover to West Germany or from West Germany to Hannover pass this town. The ICE and IC trains don't stop here, but regional trains do. The place is very beautiful and in any case you can see it from the window.

The town's name translates from Latin as "Gate to Westphalia". At this point the Wesel river divides a mountain range into two parts, forming a real "gate" that is visible from far away. Here's an interesting old postcard depicting the place.

Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak


Yuriy Buriak

The main landmark is a huge monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal) on the hill. Actually it's the main attraction of this town.

Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica
Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica
Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica
Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica Yuriy Buriak


Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica
Monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I in Porta Westfalica Yuriy Buriak

There's a road up to the monument and many trails in the forest. In the forest you can find an enormous amount of small animals. If you stop and look closely, everything around will be moving. Especially a lot of mice. I have no idea why they chose this place.

Yuriy Buriak

Observation deck near the monument offers great views. There is a hiking trail that starts near the monument and goes to the top of the mountain range. Nice pics can also be made from the bridge over the Wesel.

Wesel river
Wesel river Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: You can get there easily by train from both the North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony lands. Since the town is on the border of the two lands, both regional tickets are valid.

Tags, Germany: monument, mountains, observation deck, river

Tags, all countries: monument, mountains, observation deck, river
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