Welcome to the second country of the virtual world trip: the USA. The Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have planned a great round trip and present you the first of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...
Thanks to the virtual trip around the world, the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have no jet lag, even though they live so far apart and have "traveled" across many time zones :-) Let's get right to it...
Let's start in the north of the USA, at Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The highlight itself, the waterfall, starts as Minnehaha Creek. This Creek extends from Lake Minnetonka in the west and flows east for 22 miles (35 km) through several suburbs west of Minneapolis, and continuing through south Minneapolis. The watershed for the creek covers 181 square miles (470 km2). Along the creek is a 53-foot (16-meter) waterfall, Minnehaha Falls, which is situated 3/4 of a mile from where the stream empties into the Mississippi River.
Minnehaha Falls is geologically linked to Saint Anthony Falls, which is the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. Roughly 10,000 years ago, St. Anthony Falls several miles downstream on the Mississippi River at the confluence of the glacial River Warren (at present-day Ft. Snelling). Geologically, the area has a sandstone layer beneath a layer of limestone. Thus St. Anthony Falls receded, moving upstream at a rate of about 4 feet (1.2 m) per year. As St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River moved past Minnehaha Creek, a second falls was created, Minnehaha Falls, which also continued to move upstream to its present site in the park.
Due to extremely cold winter temperatures, the falls freeze, creating a dramatic cascade of ice that can last well into the spring. If there is a rain shortage in the autumn, the falls may virtually dry up. In the summer, especially in the rainy months of June and July, the flow can be surprisingly forceful.
More than 850,000 people visit Minnehaha Falls each year, and it continues to be the most photographed site in Minnesota. The surrounding parkland is also designated for encampments of people experiencing homelessness.
Just as water flows steadily upstream, Official FLAGSTACK volunteers make their way to the next destination.
Best regards and always dry feet
Your Team FLAGSTACK
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The Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are currently on their way to the USA in a virtual plane. They are very excited, because from Monday, 08.02.2021, they will virtually travel to 10 highlights in the USA, which have been exclusively recommended by a secret but trustworthy source...
You can accompany them every step of the way and, just like on the tour through Germany, you'll get nice reports about the sights. The first task for the badge "Virtual World Tour - Stop USA" is hidden in these short stories. You’ll find Friend Flags there, which you have to capture within the specified validity period to get the badge. So take care of opening the app fast enough - oh what twaddle, don't even close it at all :-)
Of course, there's a delicious, typical American recipe for you, so that you also get into the mood at home. In February we recommend the "Classic Cobb Salad"!
Please find the recipe here - but doh, there are still a few ingredients missing...
No problem, you'll find them on the FLAGSTACK map starting Monday! Look for lettuce, avocados, eggs, chicken, oil, salt, pepper and tomatoes on the map! Once you've collected all the missing ingredients, you'll get your reward badge!
Would you like to contribute to the cooking fun of the FLAGSTACK community? So organize some ingredients here in the virtual supermarket for the whole community to enjoy! Click & Buy here:
Start of the two campaigns for the virtual "World Tour - Stop USA" is on 08.02.2021 during the day. By and by you will receive the news with the sights and the Friend Flags. At the same time you can start to collect the ingredients on the map.
The end of the campaign for the virtual "World Tour - Stop USA" is 28.02.2021, 23:59, time zone FHQ/Europe/Berlin.
So cool that you get a typical American recipe just in time for the Superbowl. Why don't you try it on Sunday? May the best team of the season win - it will definitely be exciting...
If you think ingredients are still missing on the map, we recommend to visit the virtual FLAGSTACK supermarket! It is all available here!
Highly recommended is also this extremely delicious offer for you:
Are you more of a classic online shopper? Then visit the Flagshop here:
Have fun cooking, eating and snacking on these tasks ;-)
Your team FLAGSTACK
PS: If you have collected all the recipe badges of this world trip over time, you will also get a world trip delicacy badge!
And when you have achieved this and the above mentioned world trip badge, then as a bonus there is a complete diligence sticker ;-)
The new month of February offers you new possibilities according to the idea "variety @ home"...
Here at FHQ, for example, it's snowing! So we’ll soon be out in the garden building a snowman :-)
If you want a little change from video conferencing and series nights, FLAGSTACKs Corona Survival Kit 02.21 is made for you!
You get a great deal on favorite products from the FLAGSTACK Store:
3x Jumper Flag Plus (worth 6.99€ each)
2x Happy Holidays Options (worth 2.99€ each)
3x Personal Happy Hour Plus (worth €2.50 each)
3x Treasure Flag 2.0 (worth 4.99€ each)
Plus a big extra: you get a personal 50% discount voucher for the web store https://www.flagstack.net/shop !
And as a heartfelt thank you, there is also a badge attached to this Corona Survival Kit 02.21!
With the Corona Survival Kit 02.21 - also known affectionately as CSK 02.21 - you can play FLAGSTACK at your home without endangering yourself or others unnecessarily and still comply with the regionally different Corona regulations. You can stay in touch with people worldwide who share the same hobby with FLAGSTACK as you do.
This offer has a total value of more than 50€ - and you get this fun for 25€! As you can see, with the CSK 02.21 you get an "all-round worry-free home" FLAGSTACK package for lots of good mood!
Where can I get the CSK 02.21? With a one click here on this link to the fan store
FLAGSTACK is a virtual game with a currently virtual community, but all this as real fun for days at home!
With the Corona Survival Kit 02.21 let's look forward to the time when we can meet again at events, master Night Trails or Jump & Run Hotspots together and discover new regions with LABs and COBS or POIs... Until then, we just play with the Corona-compliant game items :-)
Stay safe and hopeful!
Your team FLAGSTACK
On Sunday we didn't tell you all the secrets - we have something else prepared for you ;-)
The biggest change starting in February 2021 gets a part of FLAGSTACK that has somehow always been below the radar. It's in the game, but it's also not really integrated because it's quite different.
You guessed it. We're writing about the Treasure Flag. The only flag that can be deployed on site as a Data Matrix code and can be captured via scanner.
Why are there relatively few of them on the map? Of course, FLAGSTACK is a mainly virtual game, and that's really good :-)
Nevertheless, it's nice to find something in "real" places every now and then... That's why we're waking up the Treasure Flag from its hibernation in February and making it more attractive!
How? In a way that makes it worth your while to walk around with open eyes to find this treasure: we change the points and the distance rules for deploying this flag!
As of 01.02.2021 (during the day) there will be the Treasure Flag 2.0 with the following features!
Deploy points: 100
Capture Points: 80 - 600
Capture On Points: 40 - 100
Distance to own flags: 99 m
Distance to other flags: 15 m
All previous "old" Treasure Flags will be upgraded accordingly for Capture and Capture On points and distance rules*: there will only be Treasure Flag 2.0 (this applies to old as well as new Treasure Flags). To make it easier for you to find these true treasures on the map, their design will also change into a treasure chest until further notice...
Want to get right to deploying those treasure chests? No problem: https://www.flagstack.net/shop
The area in Brunswick (DE) will look really cool - there is a real Treasure Flag Trail along the water. A visit to the area is even more worthwhile now with the new points! So when times allow traveling responsibly again.... Then it will be also a Treasure Flag 2.0 Trail
Until then, stay healthy, best regards
Your Team FLAGSTACK
* Points are not recalculated for Treasure Flags already laid out!
For February we have prepared some cool stuff for you. Today it's time to let you in on the plans....
The month of February is automatically linked to a special campaign for Valentine's Day at FLAGSTACK. Also this year you can look forward to a small task for a big badge :-)
Of course the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers continue their world trip. Right now they are doing laundry so that their suitcases can be freshly packed. After their flight (yep, Corona-conform in the virtual airplane) they will be on their round trip through the USA starting on 08.02.2021. They are really looking forward to the 10 highlights - they are already quite tingly and excited. The 10 sights in Germany were already mega interesting, and the USA is so big and varied - they were told...
Let's look forward together, where exactly their journey will take them and what they will see... Everywhere there's gossip and a rumor mill - we've heard that something very special is going to happen, but - phew - better not reveal anything before it's ready to say...
And yes, there is of course again a delicious typical recipe for which you will find ingredients on the map. This fun also starts on 08.02.2021.
Take care and stay healthy…
Your Team FLAGSTACK
Welcome to the virtual world trip on the first stop: Germany. The local Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers - thwe16, CacheKidsCB and asp_fan_cb to be exact - present you the final of the 10 highlights of sights…
From Magdeburg, the trip continues north to Hamburg. There you can visit the whole world in the Miniatur Wunderland...
Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg is the largest model railway in the world as per the Guinness Book of Records. It is located in the historic Speicherstadt and is operated by Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg GmbH. The 1499-square-meter site has a total of 15715 meters of track (as of August 2019) in 1:87 scale, on which approx. 1040 digitally controlled trains run.
Following the start of construction in December 2000, the first three sections (Knuffingen, Central Germany and Austria) went into operation on 16 August 2001. Since then, new sections have been added.
With the completion of the Hamburg and German Coast section in November 2002, the Wunderland became the largest model railroad in Europe.
Expansions in December 2003 with the USA theme and July 2005 with Scandinavia followed.
On 10 September 2015, the founders and operators (twin brothers) Gerrit and Frederik Braun set the missing piece of track between the Swiss section and a new Italian section. This extended the track length from 13000 to 15400 meters. This was recorded by a Guinness judge, who subsequently presented the certificate for the newly established world record.
The 190-square-meter Bella Italia section was opened on 28 September 2016 after four years of construction involving 180,000 man-hours and costs of around four million euros.
The Monaco / Provence section, which is due to start construction in August 2019, will add a further 315 meters.
The total length of currently 15715 meters corresponds to 1367.21 kilometers in original size, so this is now also the largest model railway layout in the world across all scales.
Further planned are South America, Central America and the Caribbean, and Asia.
Special features include a simulated daily routine in which twilight, night and day repeat every 15 minutes. This includes an automatic lighting control system that switches the more than 300,000 lamps to suit the time of day. Visitors can control processes on the plant using around 200 pushbuttons. These so-called push-button actions are a highlight for many visitors. For example, a mine train starts, wind turbines turn, the next goal falls in the Volkspark stadium, a space shuttle takes off, a helicopter takes off or Pinocchio's nose starts to grow. A button even allows visitors to watch the simulated production of a small bar of chocolate in a factory and taste the real product for themselves.
There is also a jet gas station there that displays the real current gasoline prices of its role model in Hamburg's Amsinckstraße.
On 5 December 2012, the ten millionth visitor came to Miniatur Wunderland, and on 2 December 2016, the fifteen millionth. Around three quarters of the visitors come from Germany, the remaining quarter from abroad, mainly from Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, England, the USA and China.
Did you enjoy the round trip through Germany? Then take a rest, as the second stop of the virtual world tour will soon lure you to the USA!
And be sure to try the recommended recipe of the Hamburg Pannfisch, the ingredients were in large numbers on the map :-)
We say goodbye and look forward to 10 exciting highlights in the USA!
Your Team FLAGSTACK
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Source of the photos: Press kit MiWuLa
Welcome to the virtual world trip on the first stop: Germany. The local Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers - thwe16, CacheKidsCB and asp_fan_cb to be exact - present you the ninth of the 10 highlights of sights…
Green is not only the Spreewald or the famous gherkins, no - we will also find some green at our next stop in Magdeburg...
The Green Citadel is a building in Magdeburg designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Completed in 2005, it was the last project Hundertwasser worked on before he passed away.
The house is located in the city center in the immediate vicinity of the Cathedral Square and the State Parliament. On the site of today's Green Citadel stood the Nikolai Church until its demolition in 1959. In the 1970s, a prefabricated residential building followed on the brownfield site. Rolf Opitz, the then chairman of the 1954 Housing Cooperative of the City of Magdeburg, had the idea to contact Hundertwasser in 1995. He proposed to redesign the prefabricated building in the Hundertwasser style, something the artist had already managed to do with other buildings. Hundertwasser agreed, but later a new building was erected because of the greater scope for design. The usable floor space is 11,300 m². On the first floor there are several stores, a café and a restaurant. Among other things, the original building model is located here in the "Information in the Green Citadel". The building houses the theater, an ART hotel and the "FriedensReich" day care center. On the upper floors of the building there are 55 apartments as well as surgeries and offices.
Exciting features of this house, which nobody would have guessed:
The Green Citadel encloses two courtyards, in the larger one there is a fountain. From none of the windows you can see two windows with the same shape. The name of the building has its basis in the grass-covered roof. In addition, there is a large number of trees on, in and around the building. Some were planted on the roof, and others take root on the exterior walls of the apartments. These "tree tenants" are in the care of the respective tenants and are maintained by them. After completion, the external condition of the house should not be interfered with, if possible. As the trees grow and the exterior paint fades, it should change and give the feeling of a structure aging. Tenants have window rights; they are allowed - as far as their arms and brushes go - to design the facade around their windows. Several of the building's railings symbolically incorporate some of the tools that the craftsmen actually worked with.
And then in Magdeburg there is the Cathedral of Magdeburg St. Mauritius and Catherine - in short: the Magdeburg Cathedral.
The cathedral is the first cathedral designed in Gothic style from the beginning and the earliest completed Gothic cathedral on German territory. It was built from 1207 or 1209 as the cathedral of the archbishopric of Magdeburg and consecrated in 1363. After the war and severe damage, the cathedral was reopened in 1955 thanks to restoration.
With its towering pair of spires, Magdeburg Cathedral is visible far beyond the city limits. It can also be seen from the Brocken mountain when visibility is good.
We have almost reached the destination of the trip. Please read us again at the next and therefore last stop in Germany.
Your Team FLAGSTACK
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Welcome to the virtual world trip on the first stop: Germany. The local Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers - thwe16, CacheKidsCB and asp_fan_cb to be exact - present you the eighth of the 10 highlights of sights…
From Dresden, the journey continues to Brandenburg in the Spreewald.
The Spreewald is an extensive lowland area and a historic cultural landscape in the southeast of the state of Brandenburg. The main feature is the natural river branching of the Spree, which was significantly expanded by created canals. As a floodplain and moor landscape, it has supraregional significance for nature conservation and is protected as a biosphere reserve. The many natural rivers and man-made canals have a total length of over 970 kilometers. Around 18,000 animal and plant species exist in the Spreewald biosphere reserve. In 1991, the Spreewald received UNESCO recognition as a biosphere reserve. Already 830 species of butterflies, 113 mussels and snails and 18 amphibians and reptiles have been recorded. 48 dragonfly species, 36 fish species, 45 mammal species and 138 breeding bird species have been counted so far.
There are a few regional features in the settlements / towns:
The Spreewald is known throughout Germany as a tourist destination and for the production of natural organic products, especially the Spreewald gherkin.
Boat trips of the Spreewaldtouristik take place from Luebbenau, Luebben, Schlepzig, Straupitz, Burg, Lehde, Raddusch and Neu Zauche, among others. Around the year 1950, 400,000 passengers were counted. By the mid-1980s, this figure had risen to a record of around three million passengers a year, and as of 2018 it stands at around just under one million.
And it really does exist: The Spreewald Gherkin Cycle Route leads over 260 km through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald past picturesque rivers and romantic villages as well as numerous sights, cucumber fields and cucumber pickling plants.
So much nature - so many gherkins.
We leave for today with green greetings
Your Team FLAGSTACK
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Welcome to the virtual world trip on the first stop: Germany. The local Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers - thwe16, CacheKidsCB and asp_fan_cb to be exact - present you the seventh of the 10 highlights of sights…
We continue flipping through the pages, leave the Anna Amalia Library and move on to Dresden to the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady).
A church for women only? No, it has nothing to do with the name... The original name of the Dresden Frauenkirche was "Unserer Lieben Frauen" (Our Lady), referring to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The name, shortened over time to "Frauenkirche," was retained even after the Reformation, although the Protestant Church does not practice the veneration of Mary. Churches of Our Lady can be found in over 100 German cities, such as Meissen, Munich, Nuremberg or Bremen. There are also many churches, chapels and monastery churches with this name abroad, for example in Belgium or France ("Notre Dame"), in Norway ("Vår Frue kirke"), Denmark ("Vor Frue Kirke"), Italy ("Nostra Signora"), Canada ("Basilica of Our Lady") and even in Haiti ("Cathédrale Notre-Dame").
The Frauenkirche Dresden looks back on a thousand-year history. The various predecessor churches were already dedicated to the Mother of God and bore the name Frauenkirche. In the 18th century, George Baehr's famous domed building was erected, which dominated Dresden's cityscape for two hundred years. Just before the end of the Second World War, the church was destroyed. Its ruins remained as a memorial in the heart of the city.
A full 60 years had to pass before the Frauenkirche could once again open its doors to the people in its full baroque beauty. The first efforts at reconstruction had already been made in the last months of the war. However, since the reconstruction of a church was not a priority in the GDR, the conditions were not in place until after the political turnaround. Over a period of 11 years, the church was rebuilt piece by piece - true to George Baehr's specifications and using historical materials as far as possible.
By the way, the church has a height of 91.23 m, the dome has a height of 24.00 m. Overall, it is one of the largest sandstone buildings in the world.
Today, the church is open to Dresdeners and tourists alike as a "city church"; it does not have its own parish. The Frauenkirche can be visited daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but with regular restrictions during events and concert rehearsals.
Due to the destruction fate and the successful reconstruction, the Dresden Frauenkirche has become a landmark for tolerance and peace worldwide.
With such a kind thought, we say goodbye for today.
See you soon…
Your team FLAGSTACK
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Welcome to the virtual world trip on the first stop: Germany. The local Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers - thwe16, CacheKidsCB and asp_fan_cb to be exact - present you the sixth of the 10 highlights of sights…
From Kassel's fairy tale world, we move on to the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Thuringia:
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library has been one of the most famous libraries in Germany since the 18th century. It owes its fame to its princely benefactors Wilhelm Ernst, Anna Amalia and Carl August as well as to its librarians, among whom Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was the most important. Since 1998, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the "Classical Weimar" ensemble.
The Duke's Library was founded in 1691, when Duke Wilhelm Ernst made his collected 1,400 books available to the public. In the following thirty years, its collection increased to 11,000 books.
Until 1766, the library was housed in the Residence Palace. It then moved to the Green Palace.
Goethe led it to become one of the most important libraries in Germany at that time, and the book collection developed to 80,000 books during his tenure.
In May 2002, an expansion project began to create a library center for Weimar with two stacks for 1.4 million books. The project, which cost 23 million euros, was completed in February 2005.
At the beginning of September 2004, there was a fire on the second floor of the Rococo Hall - fortunately, about 28,000 books were saved. One of them was the first complete edition of Luther's translation of the Bible from 1534. Unfortunately, 50,000 books and 35 paintings from the 16th-18th centuries were completely lost, and many more were damaged by fire and extinguishing water.
The research library has a collection of about 1 million books. The Herzogin-Anna-Amalia-library preserves texts from the 9th to the 21st century as evidence of cultural history and sources of research, indexes them according to formal and content-related aspects and makes them available for use. The focus is on the collections on cultural and literary history around 1800.
If your interest in historical literature leads you to Weimar and you are interested in a tour, please note that the number of visitors to the Rococo Hall is limited for conservation reasons and tours are only possible at fixed times.
Your team FLAGSTACK
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