Category: Germany

Lake Konigsee in Germany
Germany

Lake Konigsee in Germany: The Jewel of the Bavarian Alps

When we went to Salzburg earlier this year, we decided to follow in the von Trapp family footsteps and head out to the mountains.  The Sound of Music after all does glorify Austrian countryside and its mountains.  With visions of dancing atop mountains in our heads (skirts swirling in a perfect circle of course), we

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A Saturday Night Making Friends in Berlin

One of the truisms of life:  You can’t go wrong with a restaurant recommendation by a food blogger in their own home town. Uncharacteristically for me, I had dropped the ball in making dinner reservations for the Saturday night of The Hive conference in Berlin (now sadly defunct as a blogger conference).  Lucky for me though,

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Ampelmann appears on the pedestrian crossings
Germany

Ampelmann Create Not So Pedestrian Crossings in Berlin

Who knew that pedestrian crossing lights do not have to be so, well, pedestrian? The pedestrian crossing lights in Berlin are really special. The design of the so-called Ampel Men (Ampelmann), tare one of the holdovers from when Germany was a divided country.    The Design of the Ampelmann In 1961, traffic psychologist (now that’s specialised!),

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The Trabant May Get The Last Laugh

The Trabant, also known as the Trabi, is an East German car that became the punchline of many jokes. Here are some old Trabant jokes that have made the rounds frequently. Q. When does the Trabant reach its top speed?  A. When it’s towed away. Q. What goes on pages 4 & 5 of the

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Germany

The Many Sides of Kreuzberg

Kreuzberg in Berlin is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods of the city.  A fairly considerable area, the neighbourhood is eclectic and interesting.  You can easily spend a few days in this area and not be bored. The area is an architectural mix of buildings which date from the mid-19th century when industrialisation fueled the growth

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Another Concrete Section in the Wall

The Berlin Wall went up early on a Sunday morning  on the 13th of August 1961 while most Berliners were still sleeping.  The military and some forced-into-volunteering people started demolishing the streets and installing the beginnings of a wall with concrete breeze blocks.  The wall cut through apartment buildings, cemeteries, gardens, etc without a care

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East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometre section of the Berlin Wall that is still intact in the center of Berlin.  It is located on Muhlenstrasse between the Oberbaum Bridge and the Ostbahnhof.  It is the longest intact section of the Berlin Wall still in existence.  On one side of the wall is the

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Buddy Bears in Berlin

The bear is a symbol associated with the city of Berlin in Germany.  This bear started off as a heraldry symbol from a city seal in 1280.  Today’s city seal features a bear standing on its hind legs with its arms stretched out. No one is entirely sure how or why the bear become part

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