Zugspitze cable car, an aerial tramway in Bavaria

1 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

The new Zugspitze station © Friedrich-Karl Mohr/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

The new Zugspitze station © Friedrich-Karl Mohr/cc-by-sa-3.0-de

The Seilbahn Zugspitze is an aerial tramway running from the Eibsee Lake to the top of Zugspitze in Bavaria, Germany. It currently holds the world record for the longest freespan in a cable car at 3,213 metres (10,541 ft) as well as the tallest lattice steel aerial tramway support tower in the world at 127 metres (417 ft). Construction of the system began in 2015 and it opened on 22 December 2017.   read more…

Oppenheim, city of wine

1 August 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Town Hall and Market Square © Immanuel Giel/cc-by-sa-4.0

Town Hall and Market Square © Immanuel Giel/cc-by-sa-4.0

Oppenheim is a town in the Mainz-Bingen district of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The town is a well-known wine center, being the home of the German Winegrowing Museum, and is particularly known for the wines from the Oppenheimer Krötenbrunnen vineyards. The town lies on the Upper Rhine in Rhenish Hesse between Mainz and Worms. It is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde (special administrative district).   read more…

Predjama Castle in Slovenia

29 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Marco Almbauer

© Marco Almbauer

Predjama Castle (Slovene: Predjamski grad or German: Höhlenburg Lueg is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. It is located in the village of Predjama, approximately 11 kilometres from the town of Postojna and 9 kilometres from Postojna Cave. The castle was first mentioned in 1274 with the German name Luegg, when the Patriarch of Aquileia built the castle in Gothic style. The castle was built under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to make access to it difficult. It was later acquired and expanded by the Luegg noble family, also known as the Knights of Adelsberg (the German name of Postojna).   read more…

Ventotene in Italy

28 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General Reading Time:  15 minutes

Town hall, called Il Castello (The Castle) at Piazza del Castello © IslandVita/cc-by-sa-4.0

Town hall, called Il Castello (The Castle) at Piazza del Castello © IslandVita/cc-by-sa-4.0

Ventotene is one of the Pontine Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, 46 kilometres (25 nautical miles) off the coast of Gaeta right at the border between Lazio and Campania, Italy. The municipality of Ventotene, of the province of Latina (Lazio) had 708 permanent residents as of 2008. The island, the remains of an ancient volcano, is elongated, with a length of 3 kilometres (2 miles) and a maximum width of about 800 metres (2,600 feet). The municipality includes the small ancillary island of Santo Stefano, located 2 km (1 1⁄4 mi) to the east, which was the site of a massive prison, now closed. Further islands are Ponza, Palmarola and Zannone, located 40 km (25 mi) to the west. The island is connected by a daily ferry and hydrofoil service to Formia provided by the ferry company Laziomar. This is supplemented by summer services to Anzio and Terracina on the mainland, and the nearby island Ponza. During the summer months, SNAV also operates routes between Ventotene and Naples, as well as the island of Ischia.   read more…

Palma de Mallorca

26 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Plaça de Cort © Joergsam/cc-by-sa-3.0

Plaça de Cort © Joergsam/cc-by-sa-3.0

Palma (also known as Palma de Mallorca, officially between 1983–88, 2006–08, and 2012–16) is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of Mallorca on the Bay of Palma. The Cabrera Archipelago, though widely separated from Palma proper, is administratively considered part of the municipality. As of 2018, Palma Airport serves over 29 million passengers per year.   read more…

Andriyivskyy Descent in Kyiv

25 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Andriyivskyy Descent with the Saint Andrew's Church © Moahim/cc-by-sa-4.0

Andriyivskyy Descent with the Saint Andrew’s Church © Moahim/cc-by-sa-4.0

Andriyivskyy Descent (literally: Andrew’s Descent) is a historic descent connecting Kyiv‘s Upper Town neighborhood and the historically commercial Podil neighborhood. The street, often advertised by tour guides and operators as the “Montmartre of Kyiv”, is a major tourist attraction of the city. It is included in the list of national landmarks by the government resolution. In addition, the street is also part of the Kyiv city historic reserve “Ancient Kyiv“, while the St.Andrew’s Church belongs to the National historic reserve “Sophia of Kyiv“.   read more…

French Museum of Freemasonry in Paris

13 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  4 minutes

Hôtel du Grand Orient de France, the location of the Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie © Declic/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hôtel du Grand Orient de France, the location of the Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie © Declic/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Musée de la Franc-Maçonnerie (French Museum of Freemasonry) is a museum of Freemasonry located in the 9th arrondissement at 16, rue Cadet, Paris, France. It is open daily except Sundays and Mondays; an admission fee is charged. The closest métro station is Cadet.   read more…

Old New Synagogue in Prague

11 July 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

© Øyvind Holmstad/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Øyvind Holmstad/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Old New Synagogue (Czech: Staronová synagoga), also called the Altneuschul, situated in Josefov, Prague, is Europe’s oldest active synagogue. It is also the oldest surviving medieval synagogue of twin-nave design. Completed in 1270 in gothic style, it was one of Prague‘s first gothic buildings. A still older Prague synagogue, known as the Old Synagogue, was demolished in 1867 and replaced by the Spanish Synagogue.   read more…

Vanha kauppahalli in Helsinki

29 June 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  3 minutes

© Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Vanha kauppahalli (english: Old Market Hall) is the first and oldest market and department store in Helsinki. The Vanha kauppahalli was opened in 1888. The building was designed by Gustaf Nystrom. Today the hall is also a popular tourist attraction.   read more…

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