Saxon Switzerland

Local Johannes Hulsch or "Bokehm0n"...

... tells us about his work and top tips for Saxony.

Which part of Saxony are you from?

I grew up in the suburbs of Chemnitz, which is very close to the Ore Mountains, and have many great childhood memories of this rather rural part of Saxony.

Ore Mountains near Annaberg-Buchholz

What does your influencer work focus on: photography, blogging, vlogging or all three?

Personally, I’d rather describe myself as a content creator and not just as a classic influencer because my work goes beyond being present on my own social media channels. I also produce photo and video content for companies, including in the tourism sector. Another example: I write articles about my travels for a lens manufacturer, describing how I used their lenses...

Saxon Switzerland Bastei Bridge

...I’m active on almost all social media platform, mostly under Bokehm0n. The name goes back to my childhood – I enjoyed playing Pokémon – and the term bokeh, which describes the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in photography.

Rakotz Bridge in Upper Lusatia

Whom do you reach with your content? Who is part of your community?

I decided from the start to mainly communicate in English with my followers because this is how you reach the highest number of people nowadays. However, as I’m mainly travelling in Europe and often in my home country, I have also built up a large German following. The target group for landscape and architecture photography is neither limited to one gender nor one age group, so my community is quite diverse. I also often get comments from people that they didn't know about all the beautiful spots to discover on their doorstep and that I made them aware of what their home region has to offer.

Saxon Switzerland National Park

You travel all around the world. At the same time, you continue exploring Saxony. What do you particularly like about your home region? 

When I was a child, my family often went on long weekend hikes in the Ore Mountains, so I know this part of Saxony like the back of my hand. After moving to Leipzig, I also got to know the north of Saxony better. I think it is important to know the place where you come from well. When friends or acquaintances visit, you can be a good host because this distinguishes locals from tourists: They know places that cannot be found in every travel guide... 

Ore Mountains

...Many people are, for example surprised what the Ore Mountains have to offer, both in terms of landscape and culture. From skiing on the Fichtelberg Mountain, hiking in the Black Water Valley, mountain biking on the Rabenberg or a leisurely stroll through Annaberg-Buchholz – there is something for everyone.

St. Annenkirche Annaberg-Buchholz

Is there something about Saxony that particularly surprised you, even as a local? 

One thing that really surprised me was when I moved from the tranquil Ore Mountains to Leipzig. In the six years that I’ve been living here now, the city has really undergone rapid change. There are large green spaces and bathing lakes, historic and modern architecture, interesting industrial heritage sites – you really find everything you need either in the city itself or in its surrounding area.

Leipzig region, Beucha church

Last but not least, what are your top 5 tips and things you’d show friends visiting Saxony?

1. Saxon Switzerland (“Schrammstein” and “Kleiner Winterberg” rock formations)
2. Görlitz (“Oberlausitzische Bibliothek der Wissenschaften” historic library)
3. Leipziger Land (region around Leipzig with “Beucha Bergkirche” church, Pyramide, “Vineta” floating church)...

Saxon Switzerland Winterberg

...4. Zittau Mountains (village of Oybin, Zittau narrow-gauge railway)
5. Ore Mountains (“Fuchsbrunnebrücke” bridge, Fichtelberg mountain, Black Water Valley, village of Wolkenstein, “Preßnitztalbahn” narrow-gauge railway)

Zittau Mountains

Thank you very much, Johannes! It is great to know what enthusiastic ambassadors we have in Saxony, spreading the word on our beautiful region.

You can follow Johannes on his Instagram @bokehmon. For more of his impressions on Saxony, watch the following YouTube videos:

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