Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

9 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Town Hall, St. Peter's Cathedral and Parliament © Klaus Grünberg

Town Hall, St. Peter’s Cathedral and Parliament © Klaus Grünberg

The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. A commercial and industrial city with a major port on the river Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen-Oldenburg metropolitan area (2.4 million people). Bremen is the second most populous city in North Germany and tenth in Germany. Bremen is some 60 km (37 mi) south from the Weser mouth on the North Sea. With Bremerhaven right on the mouth the two comprise the state of Bremen (official name: Freie Hansestadt Bremen – Free Hanseatic City of Bremen).   read more…

Theme Week Belgium – Antwerp, the diamond city

8 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Grote Markt © Maros M r a z

Grote Markt © Maros M r a z

Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders, one of Belgium’s three regions. Antwerp’s total population is 472,071 (as of 1 January 2008) and its total area is 204.51 km2 (78.96 sq mi), giving a population density of 2,308 inhabitants per km². The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,449 km2 (559 sq mi) with a total of 1,190,769 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008. The nickname of inhabitants of Antwerp is Sinjoren, after the Spanish word señor, which means ‘mister’ or ‘gent’. It refers to the leading Spanish noble-men who ruled the city during the 17th century.   read more…

Marne-la-Vallée and Disneyland Resort Paris

7 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Lagny-sur-Marne - Town Hall © Benjism89

Lagny-sur-Marne – Town Hall © Benjism89

Marne-la-Vallée is a new town located near Paris, France. Marne-la-Vallée has been gradually built up since the first plans in 1965 and now covers an area of over 15,000 hectares and includes 26 communes, in the départements of Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne. Total population (2007) is 282,150. For administrative purposes, the area has been divided into four sectors:   read more…

The seaside resort of Brighton

6 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General

Brighton Promenade © David Iliff

Brighton Promenade © David Iliff

Brighton is the major part of the city of Brighton and Hove (formed from the previous towns of Brighton, Hove, Portslade and several other villages) in East Sussex on the south coast of Great Britain. For administrative purposes, Brighton and Hove is not part of the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex, but remains part of the ceremonial county of East Sussex, within the historic County of Sussex.   read more…

Versailles, city and château

6 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Versailles © ToucanWings/cc-by-sa-3.0

Versailles © ToucanWings/cc-by-sa-3.0

Versailles, a city renowned for its château, the Palace of Versailles, was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France for over a century, from 1682 to 1789. It is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and remains an important administrative and judicial centre. Located in the western suburbs of the French capital, 17.1 km (10.6 mi) from the centre of Paris, the commune of Versailles is the préfecture (administrative seat) of the Yvelines department. According to the 2008 census, the population of the city is 88,641 inhabitants, down from a peak of 94,145 in 1975. Versailles is historically known for numerous treaties such as Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the American Revolutionary War and the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I and layed the foundaton for World War II.   read more…

Theme Week Munich – Shopping and nightlife

5 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Schlaier

© Schlaier

Besides several Shopping Centres and Major Shopping Areas which you find across the city area, especially in Schwabing and in the inner city you will find a lot of possibilities to exchange your hard earned money easily and in every dimension against products of any kind. Here you will find some hints and ideas for Shopping “Typical Munich”. It’s fun to stroll shops around the Marienplatz, Maximilianstraße, at the Viktualienmarkt, Sendlinger-, Hohenzollern- und Maximilianstraße and of course through the smaller and bigger boutiques and stores away from the main tourist routes.   read more…

Portrait: Alexander von Humboldt, not only in South America still a super star

4 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Alexander von Humboldt, 1806, painted by Friedrich Georg Weitsch

Alexander von Humboldt, 1806, painted by Friedrich Georg Weitsch

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt (September 14, 1769 – May 6, 1859) was a German naturalist and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher, and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767–1835). Humboldt’s quantitative work on botanical geography was the foundation of the field of biogeography. Between 1799 and 1804, Humboldt traveled extensively in Latin America, exploring and describing it for the first time in a manner generally considered to be a modern scientific point of view. His description of the journey was written up and published in an enormous set of volumes over 21 years. He was one of the first to propose that the lands bordering the Atlantic Ocean were once joined (South America and Africa in particular). Later, his five-volume work, Kosmos (1845), attempted to unify the various branches of scientific knowledge. Humboldt supported and worked with other scientists, including Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac, Justus von Liebig, Louis Agassiz, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and most notably, Aimé Bonpland, with whom he conducted much of his scientific exploration.   read more…

Theme Week Munich – Oktoberfest

2 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Bavaria Statue © Hullbr3ach

Bavaria Statue © Hullbr3ach

Oktoberfest is a 16-18 day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world’s largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.   read more…

Gotthard Base Tunnel, Europe’s biggest construction site

28 February 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Cooper.ch

© Cooper.ch

The Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is a railway tunnel beneath the Alps in Switzerland. With a route length of 57 km (35.4 mi) and a total of 151.84 km (94.3 mi) of tunnels, shafts and passages, it is the world’s longest rail tunnel, surpassing the undersea Seikan Tunnel in Japan.   read more…

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