Hi! Today, I ascended the “Tippelsberg”, a hill in my hometown Bochum, Germany. On its summit, you can overlook almost the whole Ruhr area, even though the mountain is only 150 meters above sea level and approximately 50 meters above the surrounding area. The weather was awesome, but also quite windy. The air was fresh and lively. I often go there to learn, read or relax. I enjoy the Tippelsberg’s naturalness; to me, it’s a sanctuary and also a natural reserve which is (sadly) surrounded by the grey ocean of the Ruhr area’s industry and housing complexes. There is some cool flora and also occasionally some awesome birds of prey. Enjoy the impressions.
Despite the windiness I finally got to take a nice snapshot of this one and…
I really like the outlook. This is the North/East view. On the horizon, you can even see the spur of the “Teutoburger Wald” which is almost 100km away from that point. To me, this is totally unbelievable, as this place is not that high.
The West view. As I took this picture, I really got thoughtful. Again, the hill’s height is only 50 meters. You can oversee Bochum, Herne, Wanne-Eickel, Gelsenkirchen, Oberhausen, Essen and counting. On the horizon, you can almost see the border between Germany and the Netherlands. To me, this is kind of weird. It makes me realize how screwed our perception of the ratios of our world really is. From the cradle, we get told how big the world, a country or a single town is; and how small we are in this context. If we want to travel from A to B, we instantly think of hour-long journeys by plane, train, ship, bus or car and the impossibility of reaching anything by foot or bike; that’s total bullsh*t. See, you can overlook a huge part of the biggest state of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, from a spot which is merely 50 meters high. Way to rethink the scale.
I hope you enjoyed the sights.