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World at a Glance: Heidelberg’s Student Prison

From its foundation in 1386 and until World War I, Heidelberg University had jurisdiction over unruly students. Depending on your misdemeanour, you could land a sentence of anything from 24 hours to 4 weeks in the Studentenkarzer (student lock-up). The most common offences? … loud singing in the city lanes, inappropriate behaviour in public as […]

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Roadtrip through #LutherCountry. Also, A Tramp Abroad.

I am writing this while waiting for a plane at OSL. Seems that’s all I do lately. This particular one will take me to FRA. (Annoyed with people who speak airport code? At least these two are easy.) At FRA, I’ll pick up a hire car – and follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther. […]

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World at a Glance: Tropical Island in a Nazi Hangar

Just 60 km from Berlin, in the state of Brandenburg, is an indoor beach paradise located in one of the world’s largest buildings. On Cat’s school trip to visit concentration camps this summer, we stopped at Tropical Island for a completely different experience. Important to balance the challenging with lighter things, especially with kids. Tropical […]

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24 hours in Leipzig

“Wir sind das Volk!” That was the Leipzig war cry during those world changing weeks in the autumn of 1989: “We are the people!” On 9 October 1989, 70 000 people gathered in Leipzig. This is where it all began, the Peaceful Revolution that ended one month later with the earth shattering fall of the Berlin Wall […]

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11 things you’ll love about Dresden

Dresden is only two hours away from Berlin by train, but do try to find time to spend at least one night in this beautiful Saxon city. Here are 11 reasons why: 1. Altstadt (Old Town) and Brühlsche Terrasse Until World War II, Dresden was considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Sadly, it was […]

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Luther, the man. And the woman.

Behind Martin Luther and the Reformation was a strong woman, Katharina von Bora. Come with me and explore their legacy in Dresden, Leipzig and Torgau.

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48 hours in Hamburg

Germany’s second largest city has lots to offer and a weekend is not enough to see and do everything. But if that’s what you’ve got, that’s what you’ve got. Here are my tips for a Hamburg weekend break – Friday lunch to Sunday lunch: Friday: Hafen City, Speicherstadt and Karolinenviertel Stay at the cool 25hours […]

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