Theme Week Burgenland – Parndorf

27 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Parndorf © Steindy/cc-by-sa-4.0

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Parndorf © Steindy/cc-by-sa-4.0

Parndorf is a bilingual municipality with 5100 inhabitants in the Neusiedl am See district in Burgenland. The western part of Parndorf extends into the Leitha Mountains and is located on the Parndorf Plain. The town is 7 km north of Lake Neusiedl.   read more…

The Maharajas’ Express

27 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Jenniferknott/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Jenniferknott/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Maharajas’ Expres is a luxury tourist train owned and operated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC). It runs on 4 routes covering more than 12 destinations across North-West and Central India, mainly centered on Rajasthan between the months of October and April.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Neusiedl am See

26 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Kalvarieberg © Peter Szuchomelli/cc-by-3.0

Kalvarieberg © Peter Szuchomelli/cc-by-3.0

Neusiedl am See is a town with 8,600 inhabitants in Burgenland in the Neusiedl am See district in Austria. The shopping and school town of Neusiedl am See is also a district suburb (Burgenland name for district capital). The only town in the district is Neusiedl am See, which also includes the districts Refugium, Seemuseum and Segelhafen West. Neusiedl am See, located at 133 m above sea level, is located on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl between the foothills of the Leitha Mountains and the Parndorf Plain. The municipality is characterized by the surrounding vineyards as well as by the calvary and the clay massif Taborberg.   read more…

Yungang Grottoes in China

26 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Cave 12 © G41rn8/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cave 12 © G41rn8/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Yungang Grottoes, formerly the Wuzhoushan Grottoes, are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi. They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. The others are Longmen and Mogao.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Güssing

25 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© WOKRIE/cc-by-sa-4.0

Güssing is a city in Burgenland in Austria. It is the administrative center of the district of the same name. The city is located in southern Burgenland in the Strem valley at an altitude of 229 meters above sea level. A little less than half of the area is used for agriculture, almost forty percent is forested.   read more…

Portrait: Theodor Herzl, father of modern political Zionism

25 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  18 minutes

Theodor Herzl © Alberto Fernandez Fernandez

Theodor Herzl © Alberto Fernandez Fernandez

Theodor Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian Jewish journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer who was the father of modern political Zionism. Herzl formed the Zionist Organization and promoted Jewish immigration to Palestine in an effort to form a Jewish state. Though he died before its establishment, he is also known as “Visionary of the State” of Israel/”The prophet” of Israel. Herzl is specifically mentioned in the Israeli Declaration of Independence and is officially referred to as “the spiritual father of the Jewish State”, i.e. the visionary who gave a concrete, practicable platform and framework to political Zionism. However, he was not the first Zionist theoretician or activist; scholars, many of them religious such as rabbis Yehuda Bibas, Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and Judah Alkalai, promoted a range of proto-Zionist ideas before him. Herzl Day is an Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the tenth of the Hebrew month of Iyar, to commemorate the life and vision of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Pinkafeld

24 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Pinkafeld © Philipp7423/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pinkafeld © Philipp7423/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pinkafeld is a municipality with 5900 inhabitants in Burgenland in the Oberwart district (Austria). It is named after the Pinka, a tributary of the Raab. With the establishment of the HTBLuVA Pinkafeld on the site of the former manorial Meierhof, Pinkafeld made an important step in the direction of a school and technical college town in 1967. As such, it has since achieved supra-regional importance and notoriety, in particular because of the training opportunities in the field of technology. Pinkafeld is one of the 25 climate protection communities in Burgenland since 2002.   read more…

Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan

24 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© panoramio.com - lienyuan lee/cc-by-3.0

© panoramio.com – lienyuan lee/cc-by-3.0

Sun Moon Lake is a lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan. It is the largest body of water in Taiwan. The area around the lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name. Sun Moon Lake is located 748 m (2,454 ft) above sea level. It is 27 m (89 ft) deep and has a surface area of approximately 7.93 km² (3.06 sq mi). The area surrounding the lake has many trails for hiking.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland

23 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Wine cellar in Gols © Tuxoborg

Wine cellar in Gols © Tuxoborg

Burgenland is the easternmost and least populous state of Austria. It consists of two statutory cities and seven rural districts, with a total of 171 municipalities. It is 166 km (103 mi) long from north to south but much narrower from west to east (5 km (3.1 mi) wide at Sieggraben). The region is part of the Centrope Project. Burgenland is the third-smallest of Austria’s nine states, or Bundesländer, at 3,962 km² (1,530 sq mi). The highest point in the province is exactly on the border with Hungary, on the Geschriebenstein, 884 metres (2,900 ft) above sea level. The highest point entirely within Burgenland is 879 metres above sea level; the lowest point (which is also the lowest point of Austria) at 114 metres (374 ft), is in the municipal area of Apetlon.   read more…

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