Burgdorf Der seit 1433 mit Stadtrechten ausgestattete Ort Bietet das liebenswerte Bild einer behaglichen Kleinstadt. >Schmuckstueck< ist das 1643 anstelle einer mittlealterlichen Wasserburg erbaute Fachwerkschloss. Im Heimatmuseum in einer restaurierten Fachwerkbuergerhaus unter anderem eine der bedeutendsten Zinnfigureensammlungen in Deutschaland und eine Ausstellung zum Thema >Spargel< (geoffnet mittwoch und samstaganachmittags sowie sonnntagvormittage); kulinarisch kann man dieses Theme im Mai und Juni im >>Hotel am Foersterberg<< geniessen. Fruhjahr bis Herbst jeden 3. Samstag im Monat >Pferde- und Kleintiermarkt<. Touristisches >Kapital< ist die abwechlungreiche Landschat mit weiten Waeldern, Heide, urtuemlichen Mooren, Wiesen and Feldern. Deheiztes Freibad am Nassen Berge.

GermanyBurgdorfSt.Pankratius.jpg (39822 bytes)St. Pankratius in Burgdorf is the church where Johann Ludwig Dralle, #32 was christened. I have a paper from this church call 'Tauf-Urkunde' that shows his birth date as 25.3.1775 and his christening date as 28.3.1775. His parents are 'Buerger und Schuster Johann Friedrich Dralle und Anna Sophie Dorothea Konerding". The spelling of Ludwig's name is Ludewig with the 'e' in the center.

Die St.-Pankratius-Kirche, im klassizistischen Stil 1813 neu errichtet, verfügt über eine kostbare und klanglich hervorragende HANS-SCHERER-Barock-Orgel aus dem 16. Jahrhundert, die 1814 für die Kirche erworben werden konnte.

GermanyBremenCenterSepia.jpg (26229 bytes)This is an old view of the Bremen Altstadt in Bremen, Germany. The Rathaus is shown on the left. The 'Dom' straight ahead, and the old Borse on the right. The Borse building is not there anymore. This center is only a few steps away from the Schnoor quarter where some of my relatives lived.


GermanyBremenBuntentorsteinweg 110.jpg (28241 bytes)This is a picture of the house on Buntentorsteinweg 110 that Johann Heinrich Riethmueller #18 and/or Peter Herman Riethmueller Jr #36 lived and worked in. It is not known for sure if this is the exact building or not. One must always remember that many buildings were lost during World War II and that construction of many buildings didn't exactly conform to the original stature.


GermanyBremenSchnoorPast.jpg (28902 bytes)The old photo of early Marterburg 23/22 shows an old house that Johann Heinrich Saerbeck resided in. It is unknown if he was an owner or not.




GermanyBremenSchnoorPresent.jpg (29180 bytes)The newer photo shows an obvious reconstruction of a house on the same site as Marterburg 22. Today it has been renumbered to Schnoor 1. The house sits on the corner of Marterburg and Schnoor and is in a redeveloped area for artist and gift shops, small cafes and bars. It is quite the tourist attraction today. The street Schnoor is very narrow and is the center of what is called the 'Schnoor Viertel' (Schnoor Quarter).



What city was established as a royal seat by Charlemagne, is the source of Germany's shortest river, and has 200 underground springs? Paderborn (this is from an article by Carl Kuntze in German Life magazine)

Paderborn nestles in the Munster foothills and crests toward the Egge mountain slopes. The city derives its name from the Pader, Germany's shortest river, which surges for less than three miles before joining the Lippe in Schloss Neuhaus. The plateau is based in limestone, which is porous, bordered by the marl of the lowlands, which is impermeable. Fissures in the earth absorb not only all precipitation, but collect water from streams trickling down the western inclines of the Egge hills. These subterranean streams flow north until they are impeded by the layer of clay at the boundary of Paderborn, building up a pressure so great, they erupt to the surface in the center of town, forming over 200 brooks. Between 5,000 and 6,000 liters per second pour out of the ground, water that never freezes, even in the harshest winters, temperatures seldom dropping below 15 degrees centigrade, a factor that encouraged settlement. By adding "born" to the name of the river, the German word for source, the settlers identified their nascent hamlet, which predated Roman times. Access to water stimulated Paderborn's prosperity, and the spring water, which lacked the sulfurous odor normally associated with spas, made excellent beer, the brew favored by the inhabitants. Today, a beautifully landscaped park graces the center of town, and has an ambience of peace that contradicts its early history. For it was here that the restive Germanic warring tribes would germinate the seed that would become modern Germany.