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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


15 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 !
4 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.
4 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 ;)
4 years ago.
Jean
Jean
Good for rabbit ! The bad history lies with the use people made of the place, not with the place itself.
4 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?!!!
4 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! :)
4 years ago.
Ms.Wisteria
Ms.Wisteria
Rabbit seems to show reverence but there's a little smile I see :)
4 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
Great composition!

Well Done!!
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Pond!!
4 years ago.
Costa & Stephie
Costa & Stephie
It is just us, or do the steps behind look like Rabbit's ears?
4 years ago.
Janano -
Janano -
Travelling again! Great shot
4 years ago.
LinaPina
LinaPina
I agree, take back the place from its Nazi past. Great to see Rabbit again!
4 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;))
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous shot! I love how well the rabbit's colors blend with those of the landscape!
4 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.
4 years ago.