Pfaueninsel: where peacocks roam (Day out Berlin)

When people think of the UNESCO-listed Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, Sanssouci is probably the first that comes to mind. And that Rococo palace of the Prussian king is indeed a fine example, with its park and temples and follies. Voltaire even stayed [...]

2020-09-06T12:45:32+01:0014 September 2020|Daytrip, Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

Augsburg: water, water everywhere (Day out Munich)

Whatever this potentially ominous sign means, water is everywhere in Augsburg and it has been systematically managed since the 14th century. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to go anywhere in Augsburg and not encounter the city's ingenious water operating system. There are medieval water towers, fountains, millwheels, hydroelectric power stations...

Whimsical Wismar (Day out Hamburg or Berlin)

The powerful Hanseatic League has been mentioned frequently on this blog, and we've covered several Hansa cities: Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck in Germany; Torun, Gdansk and Krakow in Poland; Tallinn and Riga in the Baltic countries. In neighbouring Sweden, there's Stockholm and enchanting Visby. In Belgium, there's Bruges and Antwerp. Finally, there's lively London and beguiling Bergen. And there are [...]

2020-08-27T13:26:45+01:006 November 2018|Daytrip, Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

Bremen: Town musicians and so much more (Day out Hamburg)

A donkey, a dog, a cat, a rooster - you're looking at the famous Bremen Town Musicians. This 200-year-old Grimms brothers' fairytale is about four friends, all a bit worse for wear and mistreatment at the hands of abusive owners. Well, nothing for it, only [...]

2020-09-06T15:51:00+01:0021 October 2018|Daytrip, Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

3 Lübeck faves (Day out Hamburg)

Christmas marzipan has appeared in the shops up here in the northern European world; a sure sign of the approaching Yule (which is what we call Christmas, heathens that we are). A bit early, in my opinion, it's just October. But what can you do - [...]

2020-08-27T13:28:39+01:0011 October 2018|Daytrip, Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

Park Musakowski: biking across borders (Day out Berlin)

See the bridge here? It is one of several bridges in Park Musakowski/Muskauer Park, crossing the River Neisse. Perhaps that name sounds familiar? You may remember the Oder/Neisse line from history lessons in school: at the Potsdam Conference after World War II, on Stalin's insistence, [...]

The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz (Day out Berlin)

It's a warm afternoon in June. I'm walking along a narrow path in a park in the town of Dessau. In the state of Saxony-Anhalt, once part of the now defunct country DDR, the German Democratic Republic, better known as East Germany. This is not [...]

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