Portrait: Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most important composers and pianists

22 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler

Ludwig van Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist; his music is amongst the most performed of the classical music repertoire, and he is one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. His works span the transition from the classical period to the romantic era in classical music.   read more…

The Artania

1 January 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Bremerhaven © Tvabutzku1234

in Bremerhaven © Tvabutzku1234

MV Artania (previously Royal Princess and Artemis) is a cruise ship chartered since 2011 by Phoenix Reisen, a German-based travel agency and cruise ship operator. She was built for Princess Cruises by Wärtsilä at the Helsinki Shipyard, Finland, and was launched on 18 February 1984. At a ceremony in Southampton, England, on 15 November 1984, the ship was named Royal Princess by Diana, Princess of Wales. After entering service on 19 November 1984, she cruised as Royal Princess until April 2005, when she was transferred to the control of P&O Cruises, and was renamed Artemis. In 2011, she moved to Phoenix Reisen’s fleet and was renamed Artania.   read more…

Museum Mile in Bonn

21 September 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

Museum of Modern Art © Hans Weingartz/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Museum of Modern Art © Hans Weingartz/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

The Museum Mile is an ensemble of five museums in the “Federal City” of Bonn. The term was coined in the mid-1990s, when over a course of a few years several museum buildings were created south of Bonn Centre, which includes five museums on a length of about 3 km along the Bundesstraße 9. Since 1995, the Bonn Museum Mile Festival takes place annually, during which all five museums offer a variety of events for one weekend.   read more…

House of History in Bonn

5 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

© Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Haus der Geschichte (“House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany”) is a museum of contemporary history in Bonn. With around one million visitors every year, it is one of the most popular German museums. The Haus der Geschichte is, as well as the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, the Tränenpalast am Bahnhof Friedrichstraße and the Kulturbrauerei with the collection of industrial design (“Sammlung Industrielle Gestaltung”) part of the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Foundation. The foundation’s place of business is Bonn.   read more…

Bonn on the Rhine

4 June 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sunrise on a Winter day © Matthias Zepper

Sunrise on a Winter day © Matthias Zepper

Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany. Located in the Cologne/Bonn Region, about 25 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999. Starting in 1998, many national government institutions were moved from Bonn to Berlin. Both houses of the German national parliament, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, were moved along with the Chancellery and the residence of the President of Germany.   read more…

The Rhine

7 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Distance marks along the Rhine indicate distances from this bridge in the City of Constance © Achim Lehle

Distance marks along the Rhine indicate distances from this bridge in the City of Constance © Achim Lehle

The Rhine flows from Grisons in the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea coast in the Netherlands and is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, at about 1,233 km (766 mi), with an average discharge of more than 2,000 m3/s (71,000 cu ft/s).   read more…

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