Germany

A Hidden Concert
in a Berlin Warehouse

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A Hidden Concert in a Berlin Warehouse

It is a chilly Sunday evening in Berlin. Late October and the trees have shaken off their leaves. I shuffle my feet through piles of golden yellow and approach two steel doors with graffiti scrawled on them. Two smokers huddle in the cold, shifting from one foot to the other, trying to stay warm. I go inside. A man with a white head of hair runs his finger down a list, stops and draws a line through my name. He hands me a chit of paper with a row and seat number on it and tells me to walk straight and left. My jacket is flung over my arm. I...

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“Next Train Game” – Aachen, Germany

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“Next Train Game” – Aachen, Germany

My favorite thing to do when traveling is – play the “Next Train Game”. As a traveler it can become monotonous waiting for the train to so-and-so place at so-and-so time. I don’t want to spend my time waiting to travel, I want to be traveling each and every moment I possibly can, and as a spontaneous and impatient person meticulous planning isn’t for me! So, I came up with a little game to keep things fast paced and exciting. The “Next Train Game” is my favorite thing to do. I turn up to the train station and get a ticket...

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Oktoberfest!

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Oktoberfest!

  7 tips on how to make the most of Oktoberfest This Saturday, September 21, Oktoberfest will open its gates for the 180th time with the famous words “O’zapt is!” (It’s tapped!). If you want to experience it like a local, here are seven tips on how to make the most of what Germans call “Wiesn”. The perfect outfit A dirndl dress for the “Madln” (Bavarian for girls) and leather trousers (Lederhos’n) for the “Buam” (Bavarian for guys) are a must have for Oktoberfest! You can either buy them online or, for a perfect fit, in a traditional...

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27 Michelin Stars for Berlin and Hamburg

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27 Michelin Stars for Berlin and Hamburg

(December 19, 2011) – Northern Germany’s top chefs in Berlin and Hamburg continue to rack up Michelin stars, firmly establishing the two cities at the top of the country’s gourmet food chain. Their young, inventive and creative chefs have solidified the trend toward a modernized, German cuisine with local recipes and strong regional influences. Both Berlin and Hamburg ascended to new culinary heights with two new 2-star restaurants in each city, bringing the number of Michelin star adorned eateries to 13 in the German capital and to nine in...

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Cologne Revisited

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The train shudders as it crosses the bridge to Cologne. Barges and cruise ships pass below on the Rhine. Cologne straddles the river for miles; a million plus citizens call it home. Koeln Hauptbahnhof is one of Germany’s major train stations, its tracks spreading like spaghetti underneath a giant glass roof. I’m lost in a sea of people — 280,000 travelers squeeze through here daily. The aroma of fresh bread and smoked meats greet me; restaurants sell ethnic food;, pubs serve beer and for one in need of American fare, there is a McDonald’s. I...

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Catch World Cup Fever in Germany

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Catch World Cup Fever in Germany

Eurail Group G.I.E. wants to alert travelers to Europe, especially ardent soccer fans on their way to the Women’s World Cup Soccer in Germany, that Eurail Passes continue to offer great value for money and provide tremendous flexibility in planning itineraries for travel throughout Europe. Germany, its people known for their hospitality and love of soccer, is ready to welcome FIFA World Cup fans and to introduce travelers to its excellent railway network. Germany has a staggering 47,200 km (27,300 miles) of railway tracks available to Eurail...

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The Toy Museum in Munich

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The Toy Museum in Munich

Standing in the historical center of Munich, the Marienplatz, while looking at the massive Rathaus, I got a first impression of toys at play. Every hour, the Glockenspiel chimes and out comes the figurines of Bavarians dressed in traditional clothing, dancing high up in the bell tower. They are mechanical toys of the highest quality and never fail to delight the huge crowd of locals and tourists alike who gather on the Marienplatz to enjoy the display. Befittingly, Munich’s toy museum (or Spielzeugmuseum in German) is located in the...

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Historic Highlights of Germany

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Augsburg, Germany, July 2009 — As the heat of summer gives way to the idyllic temperatures of autumn, several members of Historical Highlights of Germany’s 14 consortium cities — Heidelberg, Münster, Potsdam and Regensburg — are offering a range of activities and festivals designed to excite a broad spectrum of travelers. The events include one of Europe’s most extensive and popular jazz festivals — “Enjoy Jazz” — kicking off in Heidelberg, and hosting jazz greats from around the world. Münster...

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Spiritual Journeys in Germany

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New York, 15 July, 2009 – When in Germany, book as the Germans do and pay less than you can imagine: A one week vacation for a family of four can cost you as little as $600! Bavaria’s great resorts and regions of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden, Prien at Lake Chiemsee, Starnberg Five Lake region, East Bavaria, Altoetting and the Ammergau Alps combine leisure, adventure, regional culture and customs with family friendly prices. They offer incredible value if you book deals directly. No matter which season, Garmisch-Partenkirchen,...

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New Paths in the Jungfrau Region

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Isenfluh and Wengen each have a new attraction to boast. A new theme path leading up from Isenfluh to the Lobhorn hut via Sulwald covers various topics including nature, legends and power places. In Wengen, from now on hikers can discover the Lauberhorn Trail which leads down the original and legendary Lauberhorn Race track. For international stories: For travel in the United States visit In The Know Traveler USA For USA stories: For travel around the world visit In The Know...

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2010 European River Cruises

Posted by on 7:00 am in Announcements, Austria News, France News, Germany News, Holland News, Hungary News, Slovakia News, Switzerland News | 0 comments

New York, June 2009 — Offering consumers and travel agents a head start on planning next year’s vacations, Peter Deilmann EuropAmerica Cruises will begin accepting bookings on August 1, 2009 for its 2010 schedule of European river cruises; full details and pricing are currently available on the company’s web site, www.deilmann-cruises.com. Both hardcopy and downloadable versions of the 2010 Deluxe “Great Rivers of Europe” brochure will be available this fall. Deilmann, known for its seven luxury river ships that are small floating...

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Potato sculpture in Munich

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What to do on a rainy day in Munich? I looked at the information leaflet I had picked up at the Tourist Information Centre on Marienplatz and found, to my delight, two quirky sounding museums. One was the Nachttopf Museum (chamber pot museum) and the other the Kartoffelmuseum. (Potato museum). Chamberpots first I decided and set off. It wasn’t easy to find, but when I arrived, slightly soaked and in need of…you know what, I found it had closed. The guy in the Bistro downstairs explained, that the owner had recently passed away and...

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Architecture and More in Dusselforf

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Apart from it being Germany’s richest city, the nation’s advertising and fashion capital (where Claudia Schiffer was discovered), and the hub of many Japanese corporations and banks, it’s also a city of eclectic art — ultimates and extremes, a sensational mix of over-the-top, old and new. Radical architecture dominates the Media Harbour were, instead of warehouses and silos, stand edgy art installations designed by world-renowned Canadian-born Frank Gehry. Their warped facades, not dissimilar to the surrealist art of Salvador Dali,...

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German “Dream Route” Packages

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NEW GERMAN “DREAM ROUTE” PACKAGES LINK HISTORIC CITIES WITH THEMES FOCUSING ON MUSIC, LITERATURE, ARCHITECTURE, WINE AND RELIGION German tour operator ToEurope has announced 17 packages based on “Dream Routes” developed by Historic Highlights of Germany, a marketing partnership of 14 German cities. Packages are designed for individual travel and cover themes such as “On the Trail of the Romans,” “Treasures of the Renaissance,” “Cities of Literary Genius” and “German Wine Sampler.” A new website describes the historic, architectural,...

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White Asparagus in Germany

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A Culinary Tour in Germany: Stalking White Asparagus in Baden-Wuerttemberg Baden-Wuerttemberg is Germany’s third largest state and home to the famed Black Forest, the premier spa town: Baden-Baden, Cuckoo Clocks and one of the most productive asparagus regions in Germany. Located in southern Germany and west of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg also borders France in the west and Switzerland and the Alps in the south. In Germany, the arrival of asparagus, or Spargel, is an eagerly anticipated sign of spring. During the season, which lasts from...

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