Twin Beech Travels

As I went through my ever-growing hangar of MSFS planes I came across an old favourite - the Beechcraft Model 18 “Twin Beech”. So I decided to take her out for a flight. I hope you will enjoy this trip as well as any upcoming ones (if there are any).

Berlin, Potsdam & Northern Brandenburg.

At sunrise we took off from Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (1). This shot was taken after turning east above the acess road, yet before reaching the Airgate.

Crossing the state border we entered the German capital of Berlin (2) from the southeast. Following Spree River we visited the city center, although this picture was taken a bit earlier and further to the east near the Ostbahnhof (eastern station).

We left the city state of Berlin at Grunewald (lit. “green forest”) and followed Havel River towards Potsdam (3), the state capital of Brandenburg.

  1. Turning northwest again we passed several small towns like Ketzin, Nauen and Kyritz as well as large tracts of farmland and forests (4, near Pritzwalk) before ending our flight in Heiligengrabe at the state border to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Mecklenburg & Schleswig-Holstein.

It is the next morning and thanks to me rediscovering my love for this old plane I decided to continue on my way! This one was taken above Freyenstein (1) after taking off from Heiligengrabe.

On the western shore of Lake Schwerin we came across Schwerin (2) itself, the state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

This beautiful city is Lübeck (3). It sits almost directly on the border between Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Pushing onwards we came to Kiel (4), Schleswig-Holstein’s state capital on the Kieler Börde, a large river estuary on the western shores of the Baltic Sea.

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Hamburg, Bremen & Lower Saxony.

Another day, another flight: This time we took off from the small airfield in Neumünster (1), following Highway A7 south.

The first state capital of today: The city (and city state) of Hamburg (2) on Elbe River, photographed from above Hamburg-Ottensen.

The last of the German city states that we visit on our trip is Bremen (3) on Weser River. A notable sight in this shot is the Mercedes-Benz-Werk in the lower left corner.

Before landing at EDDV and finishing our tour through Northwestern Germany we made a quick detour south to visit Hannover (4), the state capital of Niedersachsen (or Lower Saxony).

The Saxon States.

Today’s trip will be all about visiting the three “Saxon” states: Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony itself. Moving east we passed Braunschweig and its rural surroundings (1).

This is Magdeburg (2), the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt (Ger.: “Sachsen-Anhalt”) on Elbe River. Fun fact - this is the closest we get to our original starting point near Berlin.

Following Elbe River south we passed Torgau (3) near the border between Saxony and Brandenburg.

Finally we reached Dresden (4), the state capital of Saxony (Ger.: “Sachsen”) and easternmost state capital in all of Germany.

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Thuringia & Northern Hesse.

Leaving Dresden we passed Moritzburg with its eponymous Castle Moritzburg (1).

Entering Thuringia we crossed the Saale River at Jena (2), my former home and university town.

Erfurt (3), the state capital of Thuringia and therefore our last state capital within the borders of the former GDR.

The city of Kassel (4) on Fulda River.

North Rhine-Westphalia.

Leaving Hesse, we crossed the Ruhr RIver (1) near Assinghausen in the Rothaargebirge (lit.: “Red Hair Mountains”).

Entering the densely populated “heart” of Western Germany we reached Düsseldorf (2), the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia (Ger.: “Nordrhein-Westfalen”).

Following the Rhine River south we passed Cologne (3, Ger.: “Köln”) before landing near Bonn.