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Rabbit at the Thing

Rabbit at the Thing
This rather pleasant looking grassy amphitheatre has an unpleasant past: on the Heiligenberg (Holy Mountain) above Heidelberg, the 'Thingstätte' was designed and built between 1934-35 by Albert Speer for Nazi rallies and cultish celebrations. It fell out of favour not many years after it was first built, and nowadays has been reclaimed as a site for concerts and theatres.

The acoustics are very good; from the very top row you can hear someone singing unamplified, even talking in a normal voice, down on the stage area.

At first it felt a bit inappropriate taking photos of Rabbit at somewhere with such a horrid past; and then after a while it felt quite appropriate indeed to rob the place of its former pomp and subvert it, in our own little way....

michael / nureinmoment /, Brian, RQ 01012015, Alison and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


16 comments - The latest ones
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
Fogetting the past, it must be great to listen to a concerto up there....or we could here rabbit singing an opera part !
3 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
Thanks, Nylonbleu. Yes, it would be interesting to hear a concert there, and to see it full of life and happiness. It's quite an eerie place when there's no one there, it makes you wonder about its past.
3 years ago.
pillarboxcottage
pillarboxcottage
Its history sends shivers down my spine, but I love your final paragraph ... well done, Rabbit!

It reminds me of visiting the amphitheatre at Epidaurus in Greece on our honeymoon, where, famously, tour guides have their groups scattered in the stands and show them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at centre stage.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
blokkadeleider
blokkadeleider
Lovely image.

Ah, the brownies. They never comprehended our beautiful Germanic heritage anyway.
Something as beautiful and democratic as a Thingstätte. But then, if they had understood they wouldn't have built it ;)
3 years ago.
Jean
Jean
Good for rabbit ! The bad history lies with the use people made of the place, not with the place itself.
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Speer was an architect before becoming Armaments Minister so you can see how he was able to make a good job of this. Rabbit is about to give a concert?!!!
3 years ago.
Janet Brien
Janet Brien
Oh, dear Bun, how sweet you are!! I do love you ever soooooo, your adorable little mug popping up in the most unlikely places! :D

GREAT shot, and I couldn't agree more: have Bun show up in places like this, to take away the horrible aspects and make them happy again! :)
3 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
Rabbit seems to show reverence but there's a little smile I see :)
3 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Great composition!

Well Done!!
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Pond!!
3 years ago.
Costa & Stephie
Costa & Stephie
It is just us, or do the steps behind look like Rabbit's ears?
3 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Travelling again! Great shot
3 years ago.
LinaPina
LinaPina
I agree, take back the place from its Nazi past. Great to see Rabbit again!
3 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Oh, think of all the cool concerts happining there now!! Rabbit just got a whole different vibe from this rather nice looking place...with great acoustics;))
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous shot! I love how well the rabbit's colors blend with those of the landscape!
3 years ago.
Alison
Alison
A suitable place to allow Rabbit to show off his vocal talents and bring a light to this beautiful looking place, clearing the dark past away.
3 years ago.