Theme Week Netherlands – Maastricht

31 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General

Old Quarter © Mussklprozz

Old Quarter © Mussklprozz

Maastricht is a city in the Netherlands. It is located in the southern part of the Dutch province of Limburg, of which it is the capital. Maastricht is widely known as a city of history, culture, local folklore and education. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation. Maastricht is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Networkt. The city has a large growing international student population.   read more…

Nordkirchen Castle, Versailles of Westphalia

30 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Main building with Venus Island in front © Mbdortmund

Main building with Venus Island in front © Mbdortmund

Schloss Nordkirchen in the Gemeinde Nordkirchen in Kreis Coesfeld, Westphalia, Germany, built in 1703 to 1734, is known as the “Versailles of Westphalia” as it is the largest of the partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region. It was originally one of the residences of the Prince-bishops of Munster.   read more…

Vienna’s Ringstraße

30 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Living, Working, Building, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Vienna Burgtheater (Theatre) © Peter Gerstbach

Vienna Burgtheater (Theatre) © Peter Gerstbach

The Ringstraße is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna, Austria and is one of its main sights. It is typical of the historical style called Ringstraßenstil (Ringstraße Style) of the 1860s to 1890s.   read more…

Kiel, place of diversity

27 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Town Hall tower with Opera House in front © Arne List

Town Hall tower with Opera House in front © Arne List

Kiel is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of over 237,000. Kiel is approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula, and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the 1936 and the 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Kiel.   read more…

Theme Week Netherlands – The Hague, seat of the Dutch government and residence of the royal family

26 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Binnenhof at night © Ahmed Elnagar

Binnenhof at night © Ahmed Elnagar

The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with a population of 485,818 and an area of approximately 100 km². It is located in the west of the Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, of which it is also the provincial capital. The Hague is the centre of a conurbation called Haaglanden (population 1,011,459) and lies at the southwest corner of a larger conurbation called the Randstad.   read more…

German Wine Route

25 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

German Wine Gate © Charles01

German Wine Gate © Charles01

The German Wine Route or Wine Road (German: Deutsche Weinstraße) is the oldest of Germany’s tourist wine routes. Located in the Palatinate region of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the route was established in 1935.   read more…

Theme Week Netherlands – Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands

24 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Market Square © Andreas Schmidt

Market Square © Andreas Schmidt

Nijmegen is a municipality and a city in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. The municipality is part of the “Stadsregio Arnhem-Nijmegen”, a metropolitan area with 736,107 inhabitants.   read more…

Pablo Picasso’s hometown Málaga

21 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Constitution Square © tadekk

Constitution Square © tadekk

Málaga is a city and a municipality in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. With a population of 568,305 in 2009, it is the second most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain. This is the southernmost large city in Europe. It lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean Sea, about 100 km (62.14 mi) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.   read more…

America’s Cup

21 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

German Sailing Grand Prix 2006 - Team Shosholoza, United Internet Team Germany, BMW Oracle Racing © VollwertBIT

German Sailing Grand Prix 2006 – Team Shosholoza, United Internet Team Germany, BMW Oracle Racing © VollwertBIT

The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club who is the current holder of the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club which is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport.   read more…

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