4 Aug, 2017 in Cologne
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Roaming around the area surrounding Aachen, we made a quick stop to see Castle Stolberg, a well kept 12th century in the Stolberg old town. It’s nowadays mostly used for medieval themed events and offers accommodation and a restaurant. There are some grand views of the area from the castle, and the nearby old town […]

22 Jun, 2017 in Bonn

Around this time last year I made a quick daytrip during a very hectic month to see the nearby Bonn. During that time there was a hot-air balloon festival taking place at the Rheinaue Park, a large park at the center of Bonn, although there were only setting up when I visited. I took a stroll […]

8 Jun, 2017 in Bonn

Around this time last year I made a quick daytrip during a very hectic month to see the nearby Bonn. The best way to get your bearing and see some of the beauty of Bonn is to go to one of its several mountain top castles. I’ll mention two I’ve been to – Burg Drachenfels & […]

31 May, 2017 in Berlin

The complicated story of 20th century Berlin involves many nuances, with Berlin split between the western powers and Russia following the end of the second world war. For decades, Berlin was separated into East and West and was united around the time of the USSR collapse in 1989. Still, almost three decades, the differences between east […]

11 Apr, 2017 in Berlin

Berlin is a vibrant cultural city with much to see and do dealing with a complicated past. In every street corner you’ll have reminders of the troubled past and in-your-face reminders of dark times as Germany confronts its own history head on. When I visited, I was situated fairly close to what some would consider to be […]

17 Mar, 2017 in Berlin
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The Reichstag Building is where the German parliament seats. It’s quite magnificent with very interesting history, and so it’s no surprise that this is one of the highlights of the visit to Berlin and considered one of the top tourist attractions. This is also why, if you want to visit, you need to book your […]

17 Feb, 2017 in Cologne

Since I’m already covering last year’s Christmas markets (e.g., Paris, and Brussels), might as well mention one more that I visited while my sister came up to my area. She flew in to Cologne, and we took this opportunity to explore the city’s holiday markets in the Alter Market central area in the old town. It was […]

7 Jan, 2017 in Berlin

In my first ever short visit to Berlin I stayed in the museum island area, which features some of the Berlin highlights and world-class museums, which finally led to being added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. Lots to see and do, and I did only a bit of all that this area has […]

7 Dec, 2016 in Berlin
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Just before heading back after a quick weekend getaway to Berlin, I had an hour or so to burn, and so was looking for something quick in my hotel area that could help me gain further insights into the peculiarities of Berlin. There’s no shortage of those. There are reminders for the complexities of the Berlin […]

5 Dec, 2016 in Dusseldorf
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If you’re looking for a good place to get a feel for Dusseldorf Germany from above then head straight to the imposing Rhine Tower Rheinturm. You can’t miss it. It’s that futuristic missile rockety thingy at the heart of Dusseldorf overlooking the Rhine river. Dusseldorf perhaps isn’t the most beautiful city, but from above with […]

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