To escape all the drunk people and Carnival itself Gülsah and I took the two bikes of Gülsah´s flatmate and headed towards the Lousberg, a hill quite famous in
Aachen. The Lousberg is 264m high and lies north of the old city center. In the young Stone age this Lousberg served as a source for flint stones, which in turn were used for axes. Over time this place has been covered by the sea several times, this is why there used to be a limestone layer of about 6m, which was used by the Romans to build spa resorts etc.
So this hill has always been important in some way to the poeple living around it. In the early 19th century some inhabitants started to plant trees all around the Lousberg to create a retreat area where one could talk walks in peace and silence (thanks for that). Today you´ll find forests up here and a vast field area surrounding the Lousberg – at least to the north site of it (that´s where the pictures were taken..)
Today the park is still owned and employed by a club, not by the city. I have to say they´ve built some really nice stuff around here, for example these hammocks. The view from here is awesome. Far into the fields.. We saw a lot of different birds of prey, that were hunting here in these open spaces. I am sure, we´ll come back here quite frequently ..
Today the Lousberg not only functions as a retreat area for many German, Belgium and Holland people, but it´s also an area where wildlife can prosper again. The university of Aachen has found out that you find five different types of bats here, many birds and other insects. Where we don´t interfere too much, nature can be more less what she is destined to be: untouched..
Tom is a marine biologist, photographer, and filmmaker specializing in conservation imagery and film. His scientific background is a strong asset in creating appealing imagery, articles, and short films. Tom has won several awards and nominations with his images and films, such as the German Prize for Science Photography in 2016/2017. Tom’s images and articles have been published in international magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, Welt am Sonntag, Diver, Tauchen, In-flight magazines, Bild der Wissenschaften and more. In 2017 he launched www.tomvierus.com for a wider portfolio and business requests.
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