Showing posts with label Germany. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Germany. Show all posts

Monday, July 30, 2018

Berlin, the City Full of Surprises

Berlin, the capital of Germany and the country’s largest city, is also a major centre of politics, culture, media and science. There is a wide variety of activities, day trips and excursion in Berlin that will wrap visitors up in its complex history. If you need Photo friendly sights, Berlin has them in spades. Berlin is a city that never sleeps, offering endless places to eat drink and party around the clock. The city attracts international performers, top movie producers and world renowned artist who offer their wares to cultural thirsty Berliners.

Berlin is full of surprises, with its ever-changing life it’s hard to keep up with even a fraction of what is going on in the city. There are many tourist attractions to visit in Berlin like the Brandenburg Gate or the Holocaust memorial. It is a city to live, a city to do and not just a city to see.

Following facts of Berlin will give you a clearer picture:

Street markets: Berlin is famous for its street markets as well you can find absolutely everything from vintage clothes and antiques to old books and broken toys. Don’t forget to check out the food carts and markets as well.

Berliner Weibe (Berlin White): Berlin has its open beer speciality, the Berliner Weibe. It is slightly bitter and sour taste and it is made from wheat.

Berlin considered as Germany’s greenest city. 44% of its area made of waterways, woods, rivers and green areas. Make sure to explore the city during the warmer months. You are bound to fall in love with the city all over again.

Parks, lakes and forests comprise around one third of Berlin’s total area. This makes Berlin the perfect destination. You can combine your city sightseeing along with your activities like cycling, kayaking and hiking.

Nightlife: Berlin can’t be overlooked its great clubbing culture. There is an incredible variety of clubs with music for all tastes and also some impressive locations. For instance, Watergate located in the area of the same name has a terrace with a wonderful view of the river. Weekend is located on a 15th floor next to the TV tower in Alexanderplatz and Berghain and Panorama Batr probably the most important club in Europe is located in an old factory and offers the best electronic music of the city.

Museum Island: at the eastern end of the Unter den Linden is Museum Island, a UNESCO listed World Heritage site lying in the middle of the spree. It’s a home to five of Berlin’s most important museums .Bode Museum, Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and the other two not to be missed out are the Neues Museum and the spectacular Pergamon museum

Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical monument since the 18th century. It is one of the most significant landmarks in the city because of its separation between East and West Berlin. Be sure not to miss this historical spot and the photo opportunities it brings.

The Berlin Tower also known as Fernsehturm. It is the highest building in the city. One can climb up this concrete jungle during the sunset hour for a more scenic experience. Enjoy some dinner or cocktails and get a VIP pass access if it gets jam packed.

River Cruise: enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on rivers spree and admire the attraction from a different angle.

Base Flying is a combination of bungee and base jumping. If you are a lover of action and adrenaline, Berlin will definitely be a blast for you. You can take an elevator to the rooftop terrace of the 125 meter high park inn hotel. Base flying is not for the feeble, but if it is adrenaline you are looking for in the capital, then you have come to the right place.

Strand bad Grumau is the most charming lake beach. The water here is deep enough for proper swimming and it doesn’t get quite busy on a hot summer day.

Where to stay in Berlin: Hotel Adlon Kempinski and Berlin Marriott Hotel is the best hotel to stay for those looking for Luxury. Melia Berlin and Streigenberger Hotel and kanzleramt are the best hotel for middle price budget. Those looking for a budget hotel The Circus Hostel and Hotel Berlin The Wall are the best.

Best time to Visit is during the cherry blossom season around April to early may when all the gardens wear all shades of pink.

There’s no end of things to do in Berlin, especially in attraction and Nightlife venues.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Places to Visit Where Nature Went Crazy with Landscape

Socotra island
Professional photographers have discovered amazing places in the world that is full of wonders. Natural wonders also depend on geographical location, climatic conditions and even change of seasons. Pink lake, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breathtaking canyons and mountains and other places that you can hardly believe actually exist.

These are some few places if you’re planning your next vacation.

Ha long bay in Northern Vietnam is a popular tourist destination because of its floating fishing 
village. The landscape is formed by its 1600-2000 islands and islets. Most of them uninhabited are just spectacular. It is a truly gorgeous place with 360 views of huge amazing lime stone cliffs. It is a cheap place too, Unique and cannot be found anywhere.

The black forest in Germany is a famous forest. It is dense and dark. The forest is a home to the cuckoo clock, charming little towns and fairy tale castles. This place is also remembered where Hansel and Gretel had their encounter with their witch and where little Red Riding Hood was followed by the wolf.

Tunnel of Love, Ukraine is a beautiful long leafy tunnel in Klevan, Ukraine. It looks like a dream or a scene from a film, but in reality it can actually be found deep in the forests of Ukraine. This corridor attracts many couples as well as photographers as it is eye catching. It said that if you and your beloved come to the Tunnel of Love and sincerely make a wish it will come true. This might be a new romantic place to discover.

Cappadocia Turkey. Turkey is meant for its colourful and bright landscape. However there are some few historical regions in the Turkish provinces that are beautiful. For this you must take a ride in a hot air balloon tour that begins at sunrise. You can see the deep canyons, valley and fairy chimney from above.

Kakslauttanen Hotel Finland: whenever we think of the Arctic. We imagine it is cold, stark landscape and a lack of coziness. But it is not true. There are hotel made up of beautiful glass igloo in the middle of the forest. These igloos are perfect for observing the beauty and magnificence of the Northern Lights.

Socotra island, Yemen: the plants on Socotra Island are what make this place one of the most alien looking ones on Earth. Something rare is that there are no roads on this island. It is a home to a collection of caves and a number of shipwrecks.

Wisteria flower Tunnel, Kitakyushu Japan: there are 1560 Wisteria flowering plants of 20 different species in the garden. To see the magical tunnel in full bloom, it is better to come here in late April or early May. Visitors are allowed to walk down this enchanting tunnel exploding colour.

Marble Caves, Chile: The magnificent marble cave of Patagonia was formed by washing up of waves of the lake 6200 years back. One has to travel to the marble cave only by boat. Something really mysterious is that the colour of the marble in these caverns changes throughout the year. The crystal clean water of the lake is oriented from the glaciers of Patagonia Andes, adding distinct aqua blue colour to the water. Reflections of water created under the sunlight forms very dramatic and usual effects on the walls of the caves.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives: the meaning of Ithaa mean mother of pearls. This restaurant is located below the sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Ithaa is the world first all glass undersea restaurant. It offers you a chance to dine and watch thousands of fish while staying calm and comfortable.

Red Beach
Panjinm Red Beach, China. The beach got its unique appearance because of a sea weed called Sueda. This weed remains dark green during the summer, but in autumn this weed turns red. The beach looks as if it is covered by an infinite red carpet .Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve so it is usually closed for public. Only a small remote section is open to tourist.

Salar de Uyuni is located high up in the Andes in southwest Bolivia. It is the large salt flat in the world. Once a lake, today it is an 11000 sq km stretch of sparkling bright white salt, bizarre rock formations and strange cacti covered islands. Hotels made entirely of salt appear to be hovering above the surface like a foreign vessel. There is not much wildlife in this fairly barren ecosystem. Without a doubt visiting the Salar de Uyuni is truly a once in a life time travel experience.

Many must have seen everything and have visited all the greatest places. But still they are few unknown places which are more charming than you can imagine. This information will definitely help you to explore the world and surprise people with the breathtaking stories.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dresden the Florence of the North

Dresden is one of the most beautiful German cities. It is also one of Europe’s greatest baroque cities, about 30 km north of the border with the Czech Republic. It stands majestically along the Elbe River. It has gained its importance in 1485 when it became the seat of The Wettin Dynasty.

It is hard to believe that Dresden has been raised from the ashes and bears a few scars from its late 20th century trauma. Palaces glitter, garden bloom and the dome of the magnificently restored Frauenkirche again stands out above the skyline. With its wealth of museum, palaces and other tourist attraction, there are plenty of things to do in Dresden. Dresden is surrounded by a trio of fabulous castle as well as the porcelain town of Meissen. If you only have time for one castle, then Schloss Pillnitz has the best garden, Schloss Moritzburg has the most interesting interiors and Schloss Weesenstein the most romantic location.

Riding bike or Seaway: there are so many people moving around on bicycle. It can be quite a handy way of transportation once you get familiar with the streets. If you are bit comfortable moving around the city then one must go in for the cycling ride along the Elbe.

Saxon Food and Beer: there is a huge beer tradition in Saxony. Famous brands are Radeberger and Wernesgruner. Try some of the local dishes that are Pulverturm, a juicy suckling pig from the grill. Their side dish Potato dumpling is actually one of the regions specialties.

Neustadt Nightlife: Dresden is a college town and this is the place where they all go out. If you are late after drinking beer you might enter the so-called Bermuda Triangle. But don’t worry there are restaurants which serve breakfast until 4 p.m. There are at least 150 pubs, bars and restaurants.

Frauenkirche Observation deck: It is Dresden’s most famous landmark. It is a great place to see the city from above. The views are just breathtaking.

Cruise to Konigstein fortress: Dresden’s surroundings can be enjoyed from the waters, while cruising with a paddle steamer in the direction of Saxon Switzerland. Drive along the banks of the Elbe and see the three famous Elbe castle.

Boat trip during the soft evening light: have a ride in the direction of Pillnitz and enjoy the sunset on board. Take a look at the imposing Elbe castle and admire the evening glow of Dresden’s old town.

Experiences on water: there is a small range of great water based activities available in Saxon Switzerland. Several boat hire stations and tour operators are found along the river Elbe. A panoramic view of the majestic rock formations is a beautiful sight.

Guided day trips in rubber dinghies: raft or Canadian canoes offer a lot of fun and space for comrades in arms. Impressive rock formation is a constant companion on tour as a guide in the accompanying motor boat. There is even a stop for a barbeque to recharge your batteries.

Power boat trips are less tiring but just exciting: Up to 26 people can enjoy the exhilaration speed on a stretch between Meiben and Decin and experience the Elbe Sandstone Mountains at top speed.

Saxon Switzerland National Park: Travel to Saxon Switzerland National park, only 30 kilometres southeast of Dresden. It is a wild landscape of soaring limestone pillars with views straight down to the Elbe. The most famous sight is the Bastei Bridge, a 76 meter high stone arched bridge that connects the rock formation and you can hike there or reach there by public transportation. One can travel to Saxon Switzerland by one of the world’s oldest paddle wheel steamboats in a most romantic way.

The peak of happiness: Climbing the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is an indescribable experience. Besides the unique need of climbing in the heart of the Saxon Switzerland national park, it has distinct climbing rules and difficult scale that makes the summit experience so special for each climber. No one who has scaled a peak here will want to leave the magic of this climbing region.

Do visit Dresden, a gracious and beautiful city to simply enjoy its many sights.

Friday, January 27, 2017

7 Most Popular Destinations in Germany

The travel mongers are always on their way to figure out the best travel destinations of the world that is sure to leave a lasting impression on their mind and soul. Venturing out for different dimensions of the world definitely harbingers a lot of fun and excitement and simultaneously is a process enrapt with a lot of learning experience and when you are puzzled in terms of selecting your holiday resort, Germany can be the most enticing holiday destination that will surely mesmerize you with their enriched heritage of European culture, tradition and history.

The 7 most watched out places in Germany are: 

  1. The Cologne Cathedral –  This castle was once heralded as the magnificent building of the world and is now the tallest twin-spired church. If you visit Germany, your journey remains incomplete if you do not figure out this cathedral which is a perfect blend of serenity and charm. UNESCO has also acclaimed it to be the World Heritage site. 
  2. Lake Constance –  It is one of the famous travel destinations in Germany. The picturesque view of the landscape around the Lake accompanied by a gentle breeze is a thumbs up for all the holiday lovers which is capable of providing a relaxing session for all the visitors. Besides, the lake also features several water based activities, hiking and biking trails, routes for skating and many more. There are many nearby resorts and hotels where you can have a nice and comfortable stay while enjoying the constant view of the landscapes. 
  3. Neuschwanstein Castle – This castle is sure to remind you of the fairy tales that you came across in your childhood. The grandeur of the castle will leave you awe-stricken. Neuschwanstein Castle build in a medieval style is also one of the aspiring places of Germany. The castle gives you a feel of dreamland. 
  4. Europa-Park Rust –  It is known as the theme park of Germany. After Disneyland of Paris, this is the most famous holiday resorts. It is one of the top-notch places for entertainment because of its many kinds of roller coasters, a 4D cinema and a lot more of attractions. 
  5. Heidelberg Castle And Old Town –  The place is classified as the most romantic spot of Germany. The city on the bank of river Neckar will leave you in a trance. This is the best place to spend some quality time with your romantic partner. The ruins of the castle turn out to be so attractive to the tourists that every year it is visited by a mass number of people. 
  6. ULM Minister – It is a Gothic Lutheran church and is also the longest church of the world. The church is a master piece of art and architecture that defines Germany at its best. 
  7. MiniaturWunderland Hamburg – It is the biggest model of railroad system in the world which draws many visitors. You cannot miss to experience this art loaded with so much of technicalities.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sanssouci, Potsdam


Sanssouci – Former Summer Palace of King Frederick

Sanssouci, earlier summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam near Berlin is considered among the German rivals of Versailles. Sanssouci though it is more close to Rococo style, is quite smaller than its French Baroque counterpart. It is also famous for the various temples and follies in the park. The palace is said to be designed by George Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff from 1745 and 1747 in order to fulfil the need of a private residence of King Frederick where he could relax from the pomp and ceremony of the Berlin court.

The name of the palace sans souci is a French phrase which translates as `without concerns, which means without worries or carefree. It symbolises that the palace was a place to relax rather than a seat of power. Sanssouci is a bit more than a big single story villa more like the Chateau de Marly than Versailles. With just ten principal rooms, it had been built on the top of a terraced hill towards the centre of the park and the effect of the personal taste of King Frederick in the design and decoration of the palace was so great that the style had been branded as `Frederician Rococo’ and his feeling for the palace had been so strong that he regarded it as a place which would die with him.

Slopes of Castle Utilised as Flower/Vegetable Gardens

Due to the disagreement regarding the site of the palace in the park, Knobelsdorff had been fired in 1746 and a Dutch architect, Jan Houman had completed the project. Frederick the Great, desired to cultivate plums, figs and wine on the doorstep of Potsdam and in 1744, he had a terraced garden designed in Sanssouci Park for the same. However, owing to the extremely beautiful view he decided on a large summer residence above the terraces a year later.

Besides this, the new palace and the picture gallery had been built in subsequent years where the slopes of the castle had been utilised as flower and vegetable gardens. Presently, one will also find the tomb of Frederick II, on the castle hill. With the pile of ruins towards the north of the castle, artificial segments of ruins had been grouped into a staffage of the art of the ancient world that had hidden a water basin at the same time and the fountains in the park received their supply of water from this basin.

Breath-taking Backdrop for Events

The king was fond of the lavish waterworks which he could enjoy only in the end since the system functioned properly only after the construction of the steam engine building in the 19th century. In the meanwhile, the baroque garden that had gone out of fashion had been redesigned in the style of the landscape park under the successors of Frederick the Great and then expanded by Frederick William IV.

 These were done by structures like Charlottenhof Castle, the orangery and the Roman Baths which were to bring part of Italy to his native country for his sake. The castles of Sanssouci Park are considered to be a breath-taking backdrop for events like the Potsdam court concerts or the musical festivals.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lubeck, Germany


Lubeck City – One of the Main Ports of Germany

Lubeck, a city in Schleswig Holstein, northern Germany is one of the main ports of Germany on the river Trave. It had been the leading city of the Hanseatic League owing to its extensive Brick Gothic architecture which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It has a population of around 218,523 in 2015. The old area of Lubeck is on an island which is enclosed by the Trave and the Elbe-Lubeck Canal tends to link the Trave with the Elbe River.

 In the proximity of the town centre is another important river Wakeknitz. The Autobahn 1 links Lubeck with Hamburg and Denmark. Travemunde is a sea resort with ferry port on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Lubeck Hauptbahnhof links Lubech to various railway lines particularly the line to Hamburg. Lubeck which was the former capital and Queen City of the Hanseatic League, was established in the 12th century and flourished till the 16thcentury as the main trading centre for northern Europe. Till date it tends to remain a centre for maritime commerce especially with the Nordic countries.

Protected By Act on the Protection & conservation of Monuments

In spite of the damage it suffered at the time of the Second World War, the simple structure of the old city comprising mostly of 15th and 16th century aristocratic residence, churches, public monuments- the well-known Holstentor brick gate and salt storehouse, tend to remain unchanged as an urban monument characteristic of a significant historical structure.

 Around 20% of it had been destroyed inclusive of the most popular monumental complexes, namely the Cathedral of Lubeck, the churches of St Peter and St Mary, particularly the Grundungsviertel, the hilltop quarter wherein the gabled houses of the rich merchants gathered. Only some reconstruction was permitted to replace most of the important churches and monument. A greater number of historic monuments together with the Old Town Island are protected by the Act on the Protection and Conservation of Monuments in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. It is said that the Monument Preservation Plan is the basis for town planning as well as architectural interventions.

Responsible for Administration of World Heritage Property

Moreover, Lubeck’s historic centre is protected by a preservation decree and a design decree. The quarters of the late 19th century surrounding the Old Town have been protected by preservation statutes. The regional development programme of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein safeguards the protection of the view axes and the outline of the World Heritage property.The City of Lubeck is said to be responsible for the administration of the World Heritage property.

The World Heritage commissioner organises the coordination between the shareholders within the municipal structure to suitably indicate possible threats to the Outstanding Universal Value as well as to ensure the integrations of applicable issues in the planning process, an integrative monitoring approach and a sustainable progress of the World Heritage property. In order to protect and sustain the Outstanding Universal Value, a buffer zone together with view axes outside the buffer zone are placed, ensuring the long-term protection together with constant preservation of important views and of the structural reliability.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hamburg, Germany


Hamburg-Famous Tourist Destination for Domestic/International Visitors

Hamburg the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in European Union is a famous tourist destination for domestic as well as international visitors and ranks 16th in the world for liveability in 2015.It is the second smallest German state in terms of area having a population of over 1.7 million inhabitants. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region comprising of parts of the neighbouring Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, tend to have over 5 million people.

The city is located on the river Elbe. The city of Hamburg has earned a well-deserved reputation as Germany’s Gateway to the World and is the biggest port as well as the second busiest in Europe, inspite of being placed across the River Elbe which is 100 kilometres from the North Sea. Hamburg is full of pride of its status as a `Free and Hanseatic City’ and tends to share the same status as a province, making it one of the 16 federal states or Bundeslander of Germany.

The official name Freie and Hansestadt Hamburg – Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg reflects its history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, as a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, a city-state as well as one of the 16 states of Germany.

Transport Hub & Affluent City in Europe

Earlier to 1871 Unification of Germany, it had been a fully sovereign state and preceding the constitutional changes in 1919, the severe civic republic had been ruled by a class of hereditary grand burghers or Hanseaten. Hamburg is said to be a transport hub and an affluent city in Europe and has become a media and industrial centre with plants as well as facilities belonging to Airbus, Blohm + Voss and Aurubis.

Hamburg is also an important financial centre for centuries and the seat of the second oldest bank in the world namely Berenberg Bank which is second to Berlin in size and population. It is also a home to one of the biggest harbours in Europe. With one of the most important harbours in Europe as well as the world, Hamburg takes pride in its mercantile background that had been responsible for the wealth of the city in ancient times.

From 1241 onwards, it had been the member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval trade monopoly through Northern Europe. Towards the 19th and start of the 20th century, millions of the inhabitants had left Europe while on their way to the new world via the Hamburg harbour. Presently the harbour ranks second in Europe and eleventh in the world.

Richest Metropolitan Region – European Union

After experiencing its several waterways as well as canals, one would get to know why it has been called the `Venice of the North’. The Fischmarkt, the local fish market should not be missed at this destination together with the Merchants District which has been marked by its imposing red brick architecture.

 An amazing dining experience beside the river of a night out in the university quarter should also not be missed. Being a major port city in northern Germany, it is connected by the Elbe River to the North Sea and is crossed by hundreds of canals as well as contains large spaces of parkland.

 The central Junfernstieg Boulevard tends to connect the old town – Altstadt and the Neustadt, passing Binnenalster Lake scattered with boats with cafes and restaurants around it. The local specialities are oyster and traditional Aalsuppe – soup. Hamburg is said to be one of the richest metropolitan region in the European Union in the company of Brussels as well as London.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rosenheim -Bavaria


Rosenheim – Independent City/Seat of Administration

Rosenheim the independent city is situated in the centre of the district of Rosenheim – Upper Bavaria and is also the seat of administration of this province. Rosenheim is the third largest city in Upper Bavaria having over 61,000 inhabitants.

It is one of 23 administrative centres in Bavaria and hence the economic centre as well as the busiest place in this region. Landscape surrounding Rosenheim was shaped at the time of the last ice age from the progress of the Inn Valley Glacier.

Thereafter from the Rosenheim lake which existed about 10,000 years back covering the entire Inn Valley till the Wasserburg am Inn around 25 km north of Rosenheim. In several places around the city, the earlier shoreline is recognised where the past flat lake bed changed suddenly into a moderately steep mound.

The development of Rosenheim can be traced from its location on interconnecting major trade roads. In earlier times, too, the city’s interconnecting traffic inspired its development as a market town and consequently evolved from market to salt trade and then railway town to present day’s wood and college town.

Various Theories on Origin of Name of City

The origin of the name of the city is not totally clear. Mentioned first in 1234, Rosenheim castle which is on the eastern bank of the Inn, present day’s castle hill, overlooks a new bridge over the Inn. The name could have come from the Rosenheim Rose emblem of the Wasserburger Earl Hall who had built the castle.

Some other theory state that originally the name Ross was derived from the Rossern steed which were utilised during the medieval times in order to pull the river transport vessels for which there were large stables in Rosenheim. Being in use still in present time, the street names Am Esbaum or Am RoBacker are probable indications.

Yet another theory suggest that there could have been a kindred word Roas, Roze oder Ried which meant swamp and peat bogs that are still to be found around Rosenheim obvious by the name of the neighbouring town or Rosenheim Kolbermoor. The name could also be derived from Rosenheim personal names like Roso/Hrodo.

Importance of Rosenheim – Inn & Matching Inntal

Important to the establishment of Rosenheim is the Inn as well as the matching Inntal. The Romans who had arrived under the leadership of Drusus and Tiberius, in the year 15 BC had founded the East right area of the Inn, the province Noricum and towards the west of the Inn, Rhaetia.

 A road through the burner to Castra Regina was built by the colonizers and one running east-west road from Iuvavum to Augusta Vindelicum. Interconnection of these two massively important trade routes was protected by military station by the name `Pons Aeni’. The Romano Celtic settlement prevailed for some 500 years with that name.

Pons was in the midst of Aeni Isinisca. The town became important as a hub for all kinds of goods which were transported to the Inn, receiving the 1328 Markets status. Rosenheim ship masters had made the region very wealthy during this period through the transport of goods owing to the location between the Hall in Tirol the Inn and towards the Danube down to Vienna and Budapest.

However during the 17th century, Rosenheim experienced economic decline due to the decline of Inn Shipping Company and the significances of the Thirty Years Wars. Beside this, there was also a plague epidemic and a market fire.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dortmund, Germany


Dortmund – 8th Largest City in Germany

Dortmund, a city in Germany is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine- Westphalia having a population of around 575,944 – 2013, making it the 8th largest city in Germany. It is considered to be the largest city with regards to area and population in the Ruhr Area which is an urban area with 5.1 million inhabitants (2011), the largest urban group in Germany.

 Moreover, it is also a part of the larger Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area of over 12 million inhabitants. The Ruhr River flows south of the city while the small river Emscher flows through the municipal area. The Dortmund-Ems Canal terminates in the Dortmund Port, the largest European canal port which links Dortmund to the North Sea.

Dortmund is also known as Westphalia’s `green metropolis and nearly half of the municipal territory comprises of woodland, waterways, agriculture as well as green space together with huge parks like Westfalenpark and Rombergpark.

 Being the largest city in the Ruhrgebiet, it has built its prosperity on steel, coal and beer. Presently the mines are shut down, the steel mines quiet with more Zeitgeist compatible high tech industries taking their place while the breweries are quite strong churning our large quantities of appealing beer and ale, most of which is exported.

Part of Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr – VRR

The biggest city in the Ruhr Valley also has a wide range of possibilities in the sporting and cultural sector combined with a high quality of life. Football – soccer is a major passion in Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund, the city’s Bundesliga – Germany’s first league team, has been the national champion – eight times inclusive of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Dortmund has perceived several changes in recent years where the former steel city developed into a modern as well as cosmopolitan metropolis, gaining fame all across Europe as an innovative destination for technological expansion. Traveller visiting for business purpose to Dortmund would find everything they require for successful and effective work.

 In the midst of the heaviest European motorway networks together with several airports, with hourly ICE, IC and EC trains, along with exceptional public transport, it is at the centre of fast connection. Dortmund is part of Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr – VRR, which is a collaboration of the regional transportation companies providing easy access for public transport in the entire Ruhr District in S-Bahn, regional trains, buses and subways. It central station, Dortmund Hauptbahnhof, is the connection of the national railroad system with the city subway system as well as the regional train system.

Historically – An Industrial Area

One can obtain transport with ease in the centre or any suburb through subway and bus. Moreover it is also easy to go to the neighbouring cities such as Bochum, Dusseldorf, Essen, Munster, Koln – Cologne, Wuppertal together with the rest of Northrhine-Westphalia and Germany through various regional or national train lines.

 Historically, Dortmund has been an industrial area which various companies headquartered there comprising of Signal Iduna, Thyssenkrupp Uhde Gmbh and Wilo. It is a home to various medium sized information technology companies most of which are linked to the local university TechnologieZentrumDortmund program.

Dortmund, a city of various cultural history tone are set by churches in the city centre where the towers characterise the skyline of Dortmund while the Reinoldikirche and the Marienkirche are considered to be gems of medieval architecture.

The city centre still holds the outline of the medieval city. A ring road marks the former city wall and the Western-Ostenhellweg, part of a medieval salt trading route continues to be the major pedestrian street dividing the city centre.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Dresden - Capital City of Free State of Saxony, Germany

Dresden is the capital city of the Free State of Saxony in Germany and is located in a valley on the River Elbe towards the Czech border and is an industrial, governmental and a cultural centre and is known all over the world for Bruehl’s Terrace as well as for its historic landmarks in the Old Town – Altstadt.

The Dresden region is a part of the Saxon Triangle metropolitan area with inhabitants 2.4 million. Dresden is known for its long history as the capital and the royal residence of the Electors and Kings of Saxony who for centuries were responsible for the furnished city of cultural and artistic splendour. The city was also known as the Jewel Box due to its baroque and rococo city centre.

This city centre was entirely destroyed during the controversial British and American bombing of Dresden in World War II which killed around 25,000 people, most of whom were civilians. The after effects of the war were very bad that it gutted the city like the other major German cities. Restoration work was carried out after the war, in order to reconstruct parts of the historic inner city which included the Katholische Hofkirche, the Semper Oper and the Dresdner Frauenkirche together with the suburbs.

Larger in Area than Munich

Dresden is an awesome city especially in summer and one can witness the serenity of this historic city, Though this city is larger than Munich in terms of area, the historic centre is compact and can be covered on foot. Dresden has a variety of attraction combining three aspects, which complement one another namely art treasure, charming landscape and architectural sights.

On the bank of the Elbe, one will find magnificent promenades, informative institutions and museums, industrial monuments, with interesting details. The Elbe valley is full of architectural and artistic brilliance which leaves a lasting impression on the minds of the visitors. Frauenkriche – The Church of Our Lady, Royal Palace, Zwinger, Elbe castle, Villa Quarter, Hellerau garden city or the award winning modern buildings, the Blue Wonder Bridge to the east of the city centre are some of the interesting places to explore in Dresden.

Grune Gewolbe/Tutckische Cammer 

The Green Vault – Grune Gewolbe, and Turkish Chamber – Turckische Cammer, were filled with treasures from all over the world and it is said that Augustus the Strong and his successors were impatient to wait for nature to finish the job and hence with their skill, artistry and determination, collected painting and porcelain making Dresden rank as a world class city of art and culture.

Dresden is said to be twinned with a total of thirteen other cities in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia with each of these partnership have their own share of history which is amazing. These relationships are characterized by a diversity of project like school and youth exchanges, societies and associations, cooperation of clubs, economic partnerships together with various links between the administrations and the local government with the intention of intensifying further the good relations to twin cities through joint contributions to European research projects and study.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Germany – A Federal Parliamentary Republic in Western Central Europe

Germany, which is officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western central Europe. It comprises of sixteen constituent states most of which retain limited sovereignty, with Berlin which is the largest city and its capital. Germany covers an area of 357,021 square kilometres having a temperate seasonal climate.

 It is the most popular member state in the European Union with inhabitants of around 80.6 million which is the largest population of any European Union country and the major political and economic power of the European continent besides being a historic leader in the field of theoretical, cultural and technical. Its territory stretches from the North Sea and the Baltic in the north with the Alps in the south and is crossed by some of the major rivers of Europe like the Danube, Elbe and Rhine.

After the Second World War, Germany had been split into the democratic West and the Communist East – German Democratic Republic and the Berlin Wall was the symbol of this division. Towards 1989, it fell and Germany was once again reunited a year later, Germany was responsible in the Reformation of Christianity.

Johannes Gutenburg – 1400-1468 printed the first Bible in Mainz in 1456 and the printing press permitted ordinary people to possess a copy of the bible which was earlier reserved only for the clergy and the noble people.

World’s Largest Economy 

Germany is the world’s largest economy, producing automobiles, engineering product, electronic and communication equipment, pharmaceuticals and chemicals etc. As a global leader is various industrial as well as technological segments, it is the world’s third largest exporter and the third largest importer of goods.

Besides this, Germany is also a well-developed country having a high standard of living, featuring some of the most comprehensive social security which includes the world’s oldest universal health care system. Germany has also been a home for most of the influential philosophers, scientist, music composers and inventors and is also known for its rich cultural and political history.

Germany was a founding member of the European Community in 1957 which then became the European Union in 1993. It is also a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, the OECD as well as the Council of Europe.

Some Interesting Sites in the World

Some of the interesting sites are the Ulm Cathedral which is the tallest church in the world and is 161.53 metres in height while the Cologne Cathedral was the highest building of the world from 1880 to 1889. The world’s two biggest cuckoo clocks are located in Schonach im Schwarzwald, Baden-Wuttember, and one of the cuckoos measuring nearly five meters weighing 150 kg.

The oldest motorway network in the world is the German Autobahn, the first edition of which was completed in 1932 and also one of the densest which is the only one in Europe with no general speed limit. Besides these, there are also over 300 bunkers and hundreds of kilometres of underground tunnels which were built during the Nazi era which still remain under the modern city of Berlin though not accessible due to poor maintenance which are now crumbling due to floods from water tables.

The world’s largest fresco ceiling of 677 m2 is the Wuzburg Residence and is the work of Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Trip to Cologne on the Rhine

A city break to Cologne is worthwhile not only for revelers at Carnival time. The metropolis on the Rhine trumps not only with attractions like the Cathedral or the Old Town, but also entertaining musicals and other cultural offerings. Cologne is the oldest city in Germany and looks back over 2000 years of history. Whether the Romans, the French or Prussians, all rulers have left their mark on Cologne, which are still present everywhere and want to be explored at a city break in Cologne.

To be on the trail of the past and walk to experience the culture and traditions of the present day city tours offer different number of occasions. Besides "classical" Guided tours along the main tourist attractions like the Cologne Cathedral, there are also thematic guided tours, where even experts can discover previously unknown Cologne-side of the city. So you can learn, for example, at a brewery tour of the brewery to brewery more about the history and current meaning of the "national drink" Kolsch.
To meet with a city break in Cologne and the surrounding areas I can only recommend a boat trip on the Rhine. Because nowhere is the landscape more beautiful than the Rhine between Cologne and Mainz. The beautiful and picturesque villages line the river in the hills. Thanks to numerous training and job opportunities, those who do not bring in their cities as much travel time, reduce the shipping also.

After an active day in the evening attract diverse cultural activities. Be it opera or musical, nightclub or restaurant; Cologne has something for every taste and every age. What exactly is going on in Cologne? There is no other way to Cologne; whether a cheap flight in Cologne, a trip by bus or by train, the Rhine metropolis is easily accessible from anywhere.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Winter holiday in Germany

First snowdrops poke their heads through the earth, the sky is blue, and the sun finally warm again - spring has returned. However, one should not forget the winter.
Yeah, sure, I know. I can understand now who gestured with his hands, looks down her nose and "Please do not!" shouts. But when spring shows in Germany its first buds and all so now have much better mood, you cannot forget the winter. Though it has removed its winter coat now and happily in the closet, but the next will follow back soon.

We all have imagined just sun, beach and palm trees in mind, looking forward to a few sunny months of travel. Nevertheless, comes the next winter holiday, and with him. Winter vacation is now preferred. That is, if you book your winter vacation now, you rejoice in the fall of thieving, because you can make a cheap, great holiday.

Therefore, my little tip today on the edge: Think now of the winter, not only when it is too late and the tour operator you the money last minute deals with desperate lure and pull the money out of pocket. It is really worthwhile, since you can save a lot!