Woman retakes Europe vacation photos in same spots 30 years later

People change, but maybe Europe doesn’t. At least that’s what one traveler found when she returned to the very sites […] The post Woman retakes Europe vacation photos in same spots 30 years later appeared first on Orbitz.

JustFly Reviews: 5 Iconic Art Festivals in Germany

By Adam Groffman AD – This post is brought to you by JustFly Reviews. Germany has been a lover and perpetuator of the arts for a long time, and now lists more than 10,000 large and even bizarre festivals that cover many aspects of German life. In art, Germans have a number of art festivals that celebrate creativity across genres and simultaneously introduce people to the unique German culture. Here, we list give iconic art festivals in Germany, ranging from visual arts fairs to festivals celebrating …

7 Essential Travel Tips for Germany

By Adam Groffman Germany has a unique and distinctive set of cultural quirks and traditions. Even if the country is one of the political and economic leaders, a lot of Germany’s cultural oddities really set it apart from the rest of the world. Below are some uniquely German things to know and understand before visiting Germany—especially useful for first-time visitors who might not expect German culture to be so different from back abroad. For more from Germany, follow the author on Facebook 1. Cash is essential Plastic …

Devil’s Mountain: the NSA’s molehill in Berlin

Foto: Wikipedia, Teufelsberg before the artists took overBerlin’s “Teufelsberg” (devil’s mountain) is actually man-made. From rubbish and debris after World War II. A total of 30 million cubic meters. Piled 80 meters high, on top of Albert Speer’s “Wehrtechnische Fakultät” (a military academy which was too solid to be demolished). In 1961, the moles from the NSA started to use the hill as a listening station for their ECHELON system (now Five Eyes), to spy on the citizens, administrations and companies of both sides of occupied Germany. When the Soviets unilaterally …

An Awesome Long Layover at the Munich Airport

Long airport layover and an awesome time are not usually two concepts that go together. However, you can have a pretty awesome time at the Munich International Airport, even with a layover that’s over five hours long. On our way to the country of Georgia, we were able to get out of the airport and see Munich during a long layover. On our way back home our layover in Munich…

Berlin is Super Gay – Nomadic Boys

Berlin is super gay. Gayness is so well accepted in every aspect of society that you’ll find sprinkles of it everywhere. Schoeneberg is the heart of the gay community and has been since the 1920s when it became the first ever gay village – in the world. Although it was all heavily repressed during the Nazi era, it was reborn after the Berlin Wall was erected in the 1960s and has continued to thrive ever since…

15 German Words You Need To Know

By Adam Groffman When I first moved to Germany, my knowledge of the German language didn’t go past kindergarten and gesundheit. While it has—thankfully!—dramatically improved, I still struggle with the language. The best part, though, is that I’m perpetually amazed at the new words I learn every day. While I…

Changing rooms: 8 hotels with a past

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to believe in reincarnation. These hotels are living proof that a change is as good as a rest(oration). All eight of the now-stylish stays below started as something very different, from a schoolhouse to a ghost town to an embassy and more… 1. Washington School House, Utah The clue’s in the name: in 1889 it was built as…

Panoramic of Germany’s Middle Rhine Region

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Conspiracy in Schwabing: where Lenin and Hitler had Lunch

It is common knowledge that the movement (“Die Bewegung”) of National Socialism and Hitler started in Munich, Bavaria. A much less publicised fact is that International Communism (Lenin, Parvus and others, and later the first Soviet Republic by Kurt Eisner [in Munich]) also had its dark roots in Munich. There is a likelihood that these two criminal state systems were purposely designed and pitched against each other in Munich, or rather in its bohemian quarter Schwabing, at the beginning of the 20th century, by conspirative forces … which may be connected to the Bavarian Illuminati (Weishaupt, Montgelas, Rothschild).Lenin …

Thuringia: Germany’s Secret Underground

Thuringia (German: Thüringen; red borderline on the map) is a central German Bundesland, often associated with terms like Germany’s “green lung” (Thüringer Wald, Rhön), “technological brain” (Carl Zeiss Jena, Ilmenau University) or “cultural heart” (Weimar, Gotha, Wartburg / Luther, Goethe, Bach). Towards the end of World War II, Thüringen was developed into a “Schutz- und Trutzgau” (NS protection and resistance shire) because of its mountainous topography, suitable for “Untertageverlagerung” (underground industrial production) and maximum distance from allied (= US & UK) terror bombardments by air. Both the extensive underground excavations, as …

7 Unusual Things To Do in Germany

Germany attracts repeat visitors through an intoxicating mix of sweet gingerbread and beer. Sizzling sausages (some protected by law,) fairytale castles and snow-laden chalets with glühwein on tap take the chill off the history of the Berlin Wall and the shadows from the well documented World Wars. LOOKING FOR THE UNUSUAL But what if you’re looking for more unusual things to do in Germany? Well, you’ve come to the right place, so you have. Here…

VIDEO: Summer in Berlin with @Busabout

If you have trouble viewing this video click here:  http://youtu.be/YePsdcvM5vk Sometimes it is shocking how quickly time passes. It seems almost like yesterday that we were staying in our Air BNB apartment nearby Mauerpark for an entire month. Coming back again, this time with Busabout, presented us with an interesting challenge. With barely 48 hours to spare we wanted to cover as many of our favorite spots we enjoyed while living here while exploring some different areas. The following is a summer travel guide for…

10 Things To Know Before Moving to Germany

By Adam Groffman This autumn marks my four year Berliniversary—four years living in Germany. Oh mein Gott. Though I’ve lived abroad a few other times as a student and a “slow” traveler, this has been my first real experience living abroad. Without question, it’s been a learning experience and I’ve come away with a lot of great stories. Everything from the process of moving to a new country, embracing a…