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Hi all,

A couple of weeks ago a City Update Germany became available for MSFS. This update covered Bonn, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Dortmund, and Hannover and provided photogrammetry data for these cities. It was not advertised and so many users missed it. It is available at the Marketplace, there may be updates in the Content Manager.

We depart from Bonn-Hangelar (EDKB). The airport is home to some maintenance facilities, a Federal Police Helicopter Squadron, and some flight schools. It is the base for GA and business aircraft in the Cologne-Bonn region.

We head south for a couple of miles and then follow the river Rhine northbound. On the western side of the river is Bad Godesberg. Many embassies were situated here and it was a preferred place to live as long as Bonn was Germany’s capital city. A little bit less en vogue was the eastern side, but it was and is until today an attractive place to live and for visitors.

We follow the river further and pass the two main bridges and the city center of Bonn. It was jokingly said that Bonn was half the size of Chicago Cemetery but twice as dead…..

We pass the refineries of Köln Wesseling and reach the city of Cologne. Cologne is the largest city in Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the fourth-most populous city and one of the oldest in Germany. With 3.6 million people in the urban region and 1.1 million inhabitants within its city proper, Cologne is the largest city on the river Rhine.

The city's medieval Catholic Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), the third-tallest church and tallest cathedral in the world, constructed to house the Shrine of the Three Kings, is a globally recognized landmark and one of the most visited sights and pilgrimage destinations in Europe. The cityscape is further shaped by the Twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne, and Cologne is famous for Eau de Cologne, which has been produced in the city since 1709, and "cologne" has since come to be a generic term.

There are many institutions of higher education in the city, most notably the University of Cologne, one of Europe's oldest and largest universities, the Technical University of Cologne, Germany's largest university of applied sciences; and the German Sport University Cologne. It hosts three Max Planck science institutes and is a major research hub for the aerospace industry, with the German Aerospace Center and the European Astronaut Centre headquarters. It also has a significant chemical and automobile industry.

Cologne was founded and established in Germanic Ubii territory in the 1st century CE as the Roman Colonia Agrippina, hence its name. "Agrippina" was later dropped (except in Latin), and "Colonia" became the name of the city in its own right, which developed into modern German as Köln. "Cologne", the French version of the city's name, has become standard in English as well. During the Middle Ages, the city flourished as being located on one of the most important major trade routes between east and western Europe. Cologne was a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire and one of the major members of the trade union Hanseatic League. It was one of the largest European cities in medieval and renaissance times.


Cologne is a major cultural center for the Rhineland; it hosts more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculptures.

We follow the Rhine and reach Neuss Harbor, one of the busiest places in Duesseldorf. We turn right and reach Duesseldorf Harbor. The borough covers 3.85 km2 and is predominantly commercial and industrial, with a very small residential population. It had 212 residents in the year 2000, making it the Düsseldorf borough with the lowest population density.

The docks prospered for decades but lost much of their trade when Mannesmann closed its nearby pipe factory. As a result, the eastern part of the docks started to be redeveloped, attracting businesses in the service sector such as media, design, and fashion companies. One of the first new residents of the so-called Media Harbour was Westdeutscher Rundfunk with its current affairs TV and radio studios. Duesseldorf's local radio station Antenne Düsseldorf is also based in the harbor area. One of the largest cinemas in Düsseldorf is in the Hafen. The Landtag (State parliament) of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Rheinturm are situated right next to the harbor.

Within the Hafen district is the Neuer Zollhof an ensemble of three warped-looking buildings by architect Frank Gehry and other postmodernist buildings. There are also many restaurants, bars, and a few clubs, which make the Hafen a prominent lifestyle district.

We pass Duesseldorf International Airport (EDDL) until reaching Duisburg and then turn right to land at Essen (EDLE). It is a VFR-only airport and is easily recognizable for its round hangar in which Blimps are built.

We overfly Essen northbound and pass over the Zollverein Coalmine Industrial Complex. We head east and reach Dortmund. Founded around 882, Dortmund became an Imperial Free City. Throughout the 13th to 14th centuries, it was the "chief city" of the Rhine, Westphalia, and the Netherlands Circle of the Hanseatic League. During the Thirty Years' War, the city was destroyed and decreased in significance until the onset of industrialization. The city then became one of Germany's most important coal, steel and beer centers.

The region has adapted since the collapse of its century-long steel and coal industries and shifted to high-technology biomedical technology, microsystems technology, and also services. Dortmund was classified as a Node city in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow, ranked among the twelve innovation cities in European Union, and is the most sustainable and digital city in Germany. With its central station and airport, the third-busiest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund is an important transport junction, especially for the surrounding Ruhr area as well the Benelux countries, and with the largest canal port in Europe, it has a connection to important seaports on the North Sea.

Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture, and green spaces with spacious parks. This stands in stark contrast with nearly a hundred years of extensive coal mining and steel milling in the past. Borussia Dortmund is one of the most successful German football clubs.

We land at Dortmund Airport (EDLW). We continue east and make a quick stop at Arnsberg (EDLA) before continuing towards Paderborn (EDLP). Paderborn was founded as a bishopric by Charlemagne in 795, although its official history began in 777 when Charlemagne built a castle near the Pader springs. In 799 Pope Leo III fled his enemies in Rome and reached Paderborn, where he met Charlemagne and stayed there for three months. It was during this time that it was decided that Charlemagne would be crowned emperor. Charlemagne reinstated Leo in Rome in 800 and was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Leo in return.

After the city was reconstructed in the 1940s and 1950s, Paderborn became a major industrial seat in Westphalia. The British Army retained a significant presence in the area until 2020 when British units were relocated back to the United Kingdom. Only a small training and enabling staff remain at Paderborn to facilitate temporary deployments to use the Sennelager Training Area. Paderborn is also home to Aerosoft.

We head northeast and overfly the Externsteine, a distinctive sandstone rock formation. It is consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. The stones were used as the site of a hermitage in the Middle Ages, and by at least the high medieval period were the site of a Christian chapel. The Externsteine relief is a medieval depiction of the Descent from the Cross. It remains controversial whether the site was already used for Christian worship in the 8th to early 10th centuries.

The next POI is the Hermannsdenkmal. The monument was constructed between 1838 and 1875 to commemorate the Cherusci war chief Arminius (in German, Hermann) and his victory over Rome at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD. When the statue was built, its location was believed to be near the original battle site, although experts now consider it more likely that the battle took place near Kalkriese, about 100 km to the northwest.

Our next landing is in Detmold (EDLJ). Now we head north and pass through the Porta Westfalica and reach Bückeburg. The Porta Westfalica, also known as the Westphalian Gap, is a gorge and water gap where the Weser river breaks through the passage between the mountain chains of the Wiehen Hills in the west and the Weser Hills (part of the Weser Uplands) in the east.

Bückeburg is a former British garrison town and had a number of British residents until recently. Most of the British residents worked at the British Military Hospital (BMH) in Rinteln, or in the local English Prince Rupert School, also in Rinteln. The number of British military residents in Bückeburg decreased significantly in the late 1990s when BMH Rinteln closed down, however, the staff of Prince Rupert School was still based in Bückeburg until the closure of the school in July 2014. There is an interesting Helicopter Museum in Bückeburg.

We land at Bückeburg Army Airfield (ETHB). With the foundation of the Bundeswehr in 1955, a decision was made that every branch of the Bundeswehr should have its own helicopter units, operating within the framework of the tasks designated to each branch of the armed forces. Thus, the German Army Aviation Corps was founded. The first training school, of this newly established branch of the German Army, the School of Army Aviation, was established in 1959 in Mendig but moved to its current location in Bückeburg in January 1960 and has been there ever since.

Bückeburg Air Base is used by the German Army's School of Army Aviation as one of the bases for the practical instruction of its flying and non-flying personnel. Basic flying training of helicopter pilots of other components of the German Armed Forces also takes place at Bückeburg Air Base.

Apart from the actual flight training, modern high-end flight simulators are extensively used during the training of future military helicopter pilots.

Approximately 70 helicopters are permanently based at the airfield, 30 of which are used on a daily base for training. Initial training begins with the Eurocopter EC 135. During the second stage, prospective pilots are then instructed in flying the Bölkow Bo 105, medium transport helicopters NH-90, and Sikorsky CH-53G/GS.

We continue east and overfly Castle Marienburg. It was built between 1851 and 1866 as a birthday present of King George V to his wife. Today it houses a museum, and offices, and can be booked for events.

We turn north and reach Hannover, the capital state of Lower Saxony. The city is a major crossing point of railway lines and motorways, connecting European main lines in both the east-west (Berlin–Ruhr area/Düsseldorf/Cologne) and north-south (Hamburg–Frankfurt/Stuttgart/Munich) directions. Hannover Airport lies north of the city, in Langenhagen, and is Germany's ninth-busiest airport. The Hanover Fairground, owing to numerous extensions, especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. Hannover hosts annual commercial trade fairs such as the Hannover Fair and up to 2018 the CeBIT. The IAA Commercial Vehicles show takes place every two years. It is the world's leading trade show for transport, logistics, and mobility.

We pass over Castle Herrenhausen and its famous Gardens.

The next landing is at  Hodenhagen (EDVH), a GA airfield. It is owned and operated by the local aero club.

Our destination today is Uelzen (EDVU). Uelzen was a member of the Hanseatic League and is today a transport hub as it is conveniently situated at the east-west and north-east axis in Germany. 


Flightplans are here.


The flight has 270 miles and seven landings. Many airplanes will be suitable like the C-172, the Piper Arrow, or the DA40. Also, the Pipistrel would be a good choice. Cruising with about 120 kias is sufficient. I will be in the Piper Arrow III, please fly what you like.

Additional Scenery

All airports are in the default simulator. The add-ons below are recommended:

Dortmund: www.bahrometrix.de/downloads/dortmund-als-komplettumsetzung/ Note: this download has three parts, the airport, the city, and another airfield. I suggest installing the airport EDLW only.

Essen: http://www.bahrometrix.de/downloads/flughafen-essen-muelheim-edle/

Bueckeburg: https://flightsim.to/file/14894/ethb-heeresflugplatz-buckeburg

Hodenhagen: https://flightsim.to/file/16585/edvh-hodenhagen

Bonn-Hanmgelar: https://flightsim.to/file/13011/edkb-bonn-hangelar

Aerosoft Paderborn: https://www.aerosoft.com/de/flugsimulation/news/msfs-dlc-aerosoft-airport-paderborn/lippstadt-update

Arnsberg: https://flightsim.to/file/5827/arnsberg-menden-edla

Detmold: https://flightsim.to/file/7225/edlj-flugplatz-detmold

Externsteine: https://flightsim.to/file/25922/externsteine-im-teutoburger-wald

Uelzen: https://flightsim.to/file/38048/edvu

For a limited time, the complete package is available here (2.7 GB). Note that I did not include Dortmund City and the GA field from that package.

 Time and weather

Please set your simulator for a 10 am departure. We try to use real weather.

Multiplayer Particulars
Date and time: Saturday, October 1, 2022. 1800 UTC
Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel
Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com
Microsoft Flight Simulator Multiplayer: United States East server.

If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet (linked
here). Your courtesy will save others a lot of time and effort. Thanks!


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