GDR Museum in Berlin

24 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Maria Krüger/cc-by-sa-2.5

© Maria Krüger/cc-by-sa-2.5

The DDR Museum is a museum in the centre of Berlin. The museum is located in the former governmental district of East Germany, right on the river Spree, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. The museum is the 11th most visited museum in Berlin.   read more…

75th anniversary of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

23 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

The articles of the German Constitution in Berlin - Die Artikel des Grundgesetzes in Berlin © flickr.com - Sebastian Bergmann/cc-by-sa-2.0

The articles of the German Constitution in Berlin – Die Artikel des Grundgesetzes in Berlin
© flickr.com – Sebastian Bergmann/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany. Today, the Basic Law with its guaranteed human rights and freedoms contributes significantly to the fact that Germany is one of only 23 complete democracies in the world, outside of the EU surrounded by an international sea of autocracies, dictatorships, lack of freedoms, lack of the rule of law, violence and wars.   read more…

Portrait: Caspar David Friedrich, a German Romantic landscape painter

22 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  7 minutes

Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Caspar David Friedrich by Gerhard von Kügelgen

Caspar David Friedrich was a German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his allegorical landscapes, which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich’s paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs “the viewer’s gaze towards their metaphysical dimension”.   read more…

Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

26 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© Marek Śliwecki/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Porsche Museum is an automobile museum in the Zuffenhausen district of Stuttgart, Germany on the site of carmaker Porsche. The original Porsche museum opened in 1976 in a side-road near the Porsche factory. It was a relatively small works museum with little parking space and it was only big enough to hold around 20 exhibits (in rotation).   read more…

Museum Wilhelm Busch – The German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing in Hanover

16 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

Wilhelm Busch portrait by Franz von Lenbach, 1875

Wilhelm Busch portrait by Franz von Lenbach, 1875

The Wilhelm Busch Museum (German: Wilhelm Busch – Deutsches Museum für Karikatur und Zeichenkunst, “Wilhelm Busch – German Museum of Caricature and Drawings”) is a museum in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. It features the world’s largest collection of works by Wilhelm Busch, as well as contemporary comic art, illustrations and drawings.   read more…

Bode Gorge, Germany’s Grand Canyon

10 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Bode Gorge View From 'witches′ Dance Floor' Into The Bode Gorge Artmechanic Cc By Sa 3.0

View from ‘Witches′ Dance Floor’ into Bode Gorge © ArtMechanic/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Bode Gorge (German: Bodetal) is a 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long ravine that forms part of the Bode valley between Treseburg and Thale in the Harz Mountains of central Germany. The German term, Bodetal (literally “Bode Valley”), is also used in a wider sense to refer to the valleys of the Warme and Kalte Bode rivers that feed the River Bode.   read more…

Dong Xuan Center in Berlin

22 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Peter Kuley/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Peter Kuley/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Dong Xuan Center is an Asian wholesale market on Herzbergstrasse in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg in the Lichtenberg district. It was developed from the late 1990s on the former site of Siemens Plania AG, partly using existing industrial and administrative buildings. Expansions and new uses are constantly taking place. The focus is on sales, services and, from 2024, cultural events. The model and namesake of the Berlin Dong Xuan Center is the Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi, which was built in 1889 and is the largest and oldest market in the Vietnamese capital.   read more…

Frankfurt Book Fair

18 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© flickr.com – ActuaLitté/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Frankfurt Book Fair (German: Frankfurter Buchmesse) is the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies represented. The five-day annual event in mid-October is held at the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The first three days are restricted exclusively to professional visitors; the general public attend the fair on the weekend.   read more…

Theater des Westens in Berlin

14 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries Reading Time:  7 minutes

© flickr.com - Sergey Galyonkin/cc-by-sa-2.0

© flickr.com – Sergey Galyonkin/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Theater des Westens (Theatre of the West) is one of the most famous theatres for musicals and operettas in Berlin, Germany, located at Kantstraße 10–12 in Charlottenburg. It was founded in 1895 for plays. The present house was opened in 1896 and dedicated to opera and operetta. Enrico Caruso made his debut in Berlin here, and the Ballets Russes appeared with Anna Pavlova. In the 1930s it was run as the Volkstheater Berlin. After World War II it served as the temporary opera house of Berlin, the Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera). In 1961 it became the first theatre in Germany to show musicals. Since then it has become the “German equivalent of Broadway extravaganzas”, putting on plays and musical comedies.   read more…

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