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Halle – Riebeckplatz (in its 2008 version...)

The entire area has been bulldozed, creating a new lower level where tram rolls now. The high road with the blue grating always existed, though the pillars were reworked as you can see in this picture. The traffic mess that existed for the previous 20+ years — where tram and road traffic were on the (now) mid-level — is finally gone.
[de] Die gesamte Fläche wurde ausgebaggert, und eine neue Tiefebene wurde geschaffen, wo nun die Straßenbahn rollt. Die Hochstraße mit der blauen Seitenlackierung bestand schon immer, jedoch wurden die Pfeiler neu eingesetzt. Das Verkehrschaos, das in den letzten 20+ Jahren herrschte — wo Straßenbahn und Autoverkehr auf dem (heutigen) mittlerem Level waren — ist endlich passé.


Station “Riebeckplatz” (north and west tracks)


Halle – Franckestraße

Local time: 11:36. Distance ahead: 1.70 km


(Obere) Franckestraße, Station “Am Leipziger Turm” und rundrum.



The East German traffic mannekin is omnipresent. Most new traffic lights have it (again).
[de] Das ostdeutsche Ampelmännchen ist allgegenwärtig. Die meisten neuen Ampeln haben es (wieder).



Franckeplatz



Station “Franckeplatz”





Station “Glauchaer Platz”



A rare Wartburg car is driving by! (front row, right)
[de] Seltenes Wartburg-Auto (vorne rechts).


Halle – Zentrum

Local time: 12:00. Distance ahead: 1.80 km


Viele Brücken.



Rund ums mdr-Sendehaus.



Specialty: The Kirnitzschtalbahn waggon!
[de] Besonderheit: der Kirnitzsch-talbahn-Waggon.



Hallmarkt (Salt market), Göbelbrunnen and Marienkirche (Western towers)



Marienkirche (Eastern towers), unfortunately under repairs



Market


Halle-Kröllwitz

Local time: 12:58. Distance ahead: 2.65 km.


Burg Giebichenstein



Von der Giebichensteinbrücke aus.



Station “Talstraße”





Again, the nostalgic traffic light (including bicycle)





Station “Kröllwitz”
A station, complete with turning loop in the midst of nowhere. Well, it is supposed to be a park&ride station, but it seems more like a parking space and, well, station for access to the nearby forest, in which one can now do shorter walks, should one exhaust oneself prematurely.
[de] Haltestelle, komplett mit Wendeschleife, praktisch mitten im Nirgendwo. Soll ein Park&Ride-Platz sein, aber das ganze dient wohl eher als Parkplatz und eben Haltestelle zur nahegelegenen Heide, in der man nun kürzere Runden drehen kann, falls man sich vorzeitig erschöpft hat.



An Imbissbude colored like the tram.
[de] Imbussbude lackiert wie die Straßenbahn.


Halle – Rabeninsel/Pulverweide(n) and Südpark

Local time: 13:55. Distance ahead: 7.0 km




Full view of Brennnessel / Nettle (Urtica dioica)





Macro view of Klebekraut / Galium aparine



Macro view of a Weinbergschnecke / Helix pomatia



Südpark


Halle-Neustadt

Local time: 15:56. Distance ahead: 5.92 km


Bruchsee





Tatra T4D-C, refurbished 3rd generation (introduced around 2007)





“Am Kleinen Teich”



Bulldozed between fall 2007 and May 2008





The typical garden-within-4-blocks





Way up to the “Indianerberg”



“Indianerberg” – reason for its name is a playground on top (not seen here – I did not bother to go that way)



Fahrradständer – mal Ostdeutsch



This is how the original non-refurbished blocks look like



These lucky dudes have WiMAX-based Internet



(Alte) Einkaufspassage Neustadt



Am Gastronom



For the elders



“Taubenbrunnen”, it is even in operation today!



The buildings' concrete already collapses by itself (“quick” concrete only holds for 40-50 years; this was built in the 1960s)



Entrance to the “Tunnelbahnhof” (subterranean station)



View from the station southwards and northwards. Built like an air raid shelter.



“Morgens halb 10 in Deutschland...”


More places

Local time: 17:16. Distance ahead: 0.83 km


Tatra T3/T4D tramcar at Riebeckplatz station



Still lots of construction here



Don't know what to call your street names? Just prepend “verlängerte” (enlonged) and...



Hubertusplatz, “Heide” station


Merseburg, 2008-05-04

Local time: 10:54. Distance ahead: 6.14 km


Near the Northern Gardens. No 10 years ago this was all farm land. [de] Bei den Gärten (am Stadion). Vor nicht mal 10 Jahren war das alles noch Farmland.





Burgenlandbahn



Traces of history



Macro view of a <i>Pyrrhocoris apterus</i> (de: Gemeine Feuerwanze, en: Firebug)



Seems like it got too hot for this one



Spring (Quelle) at Stadtpark Merseburg – still water though



It really starts to flow here



Remnants of a train bridge (no other rails anywhere near) – this bridge is stray for as long as 1987





So this is the proof this track was abandoned long ago





Once upon a time, a DDR Konsumladen was located here (up to perhaps 1994?) / Lindenstraße



This tower also exists since at least mid-1980s, but I still do not know its original purpose




Merseburg – “Transience” (“Vergänglichkeit”)

Local time: 12:20. Distance ahead: 2.11 km


Alberichstraße (built circa 1920) – removed in late 2007



A bit of green here and there



You still see the street lamps



This is what the walls were made of



This is also an original ~1925s wall





Thomas-Münzer-Park



Klobikauer Straße


Merseburg – Gotthardsteich

Local time: 12:59. Distance ahead: 1.27 km


Westside Gotthardsteich



Relaxing ducks and swans



Westside Gotthardsteich, full view; funny bridge construction



Eastside Gotthardsteich



Chinese restaurant “Dynastie” – recommended


Merseburg – Zentrum

Local time: 13:56. Distance ahead: 0.73 km




This place was commonly called “Hölle” (Hell) and I seem to remember even the station had this name – until they later changed it to “Marienstraße”. (As of 2011: it's just “Zentrum” now.)