'Gate and Bisschofsburg of Wittstock.'
In the federal state of Brandenburg time seems to have stood still, even though it surrounds the hot and trendy capitol Berlin. Like here in Wittstock, with its almost complete town wall. The tower behind it belongs to the Bisschofsburg (Stronghold of the Bishop). In the Middle Ages not only counts and dukes, but also bishops strived for worldly power. They waged war, had enemies and needed fortified buildings to protect themselves. These days the castle has a far less dangerous destination being a regional museum. Photo Paul Smit.