World at a Glance: The Holy Sands of Worms

The city of Worms is first and foremost famous (though perhaps infamous is a more apt description) for a formal assembly in 1521, known as the Diet of Worms. Called by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, one Martin Luther was summoned to defend his views [...]

2021-08-04T17:18:35+01:004 August 2021|Germany, UNESCO World Heritage|

Fuggerei: 500 years of social housing, uninterrupted (Day out Munich)

Doesn't this look cosy? This unique neighbourhood in Augsburg is separated from the rest of the city by a wall with 7 gates. Inside is 15 000 square metres with 8 straight lanes, a town square, pretty fountains, sculptures, two museums, a World War II [...]

2021-06-29T23:22:40+01:007 July 2021|Germany|

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|
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