The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre in Berlin

11 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Intelligent Buildings, Museums, Exhibitions, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries, Universities, Colleges, Academies

Leseterrassen © Herr Gleisenagel

Leseterrassen © Herr Gleisenagel

University Library of Humboldt University
The Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Centre will be jointly developed by the University Library and the Computer and Media Service as an open information and communication space on the midtown campus of Humboldt University in Berlin.   read more…

Nante’s motto “May Neptune be with the travelers”

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

Feydeau © Jibi44

Feydeau © Jibi44

Nantes is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast. The city is the 6th largest in France, while its metropolitan area ranks 8th with over 800,000 inhabitants. Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and Loire-Atlantique département. It is also the major city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally remains strongly identified with it.   read more…

Halle on Saale river

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

Paulus Quarter © Felix Abraham

Paulus Quarter © Felix Abraham

Halle is the largest city in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. It is also called Halle an der Saale (literally Halle on the Saale river, and in some historic references simply Saale after the river. The current official name of the city is Halle (Saale). Halle (Saale) is situated in the southern part of Saxony-Anhalt, along the river Saale which drains the surrounding plains and the greater part of the neighboring Free State of Thuringia located just to its south, and the Thuringian basin, northwards from the Thuringian Forest. Leipzig, one of the other major cities of eastern Germany, is only 40 km away.   read more…

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…

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