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[ 1 Apr 2011 | No Comment ]
Landscape around Appenzell

The Travcult crew spent about half a day in Appenzell, after attending the annual Landsgemeinde event (for more on that, read our earlier post on Landsgemeinde). Wondering what else is there to see and do at Appenzell, we took a quick tour around the small town on foot. The cool April breeze and beautiful vista of the pristine surroundings made the walk thoroughly enjoyable; and although most of the businesses were closed that day, we still managed to catch several interesting sights.

Cultures, Destinations, Europe, Featured, Switzerland, Traditions »

[ 25 Mar 2011 | No Comment ]
The town of Appenzell

The Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden is home to a rare democratic tradition. While we are certain that most readers are familiar with the meaning of democracy and its practices; most of us would not have experienced something like the centuries-old practice that we are about to describe. It is definitely more interesting to watch than many other voting processes, and the thought that this practice started out in the middle ages is simply unbelievable.

Arts, Cultures, Destinations, Europe, Germany »

[ 3 Jan 2011 | One Comment ]
Goethe Institute

The Goethe Institut building in Schwäbisch Hall
The Goethe-Institut in Schwäbisch Hall is housed in a historic building in the Schwäbisch Hall Altstadt. The compound used to be a hospital, but no, there’s no ghost story to tell here. It is now a center of learning where every year hundreds of foreign students spend months honing their aptitude in the German language. Inside, the building has been renovated to suit the teaching and learning environment. The hallways may still look old, but classrooms are modern and well equipped.

Destinations, Europe, Germany »

[ 1 Jan 2011 | 5 Comments ]
Fachwerkhäuser by the river Kocher

View of Schwäbisch Hall from the surrounding heights
Lying in the valley along the river Kocher in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall is a medieval German town with a modern edge. The area has the status of a city, but with a population size of only around 36,000, it can be more accurately described as a town.

Culinary, Cultures, Destinations, Europe, Germany »

[ 24 Apr 2010 | No Comment ]
Hofbrauhaus exterior

The Munich Hofbräuhaus
The Hofbräuhaus in Munich is more than just a brewery. The 400 year old institution played a central role in developing Bavaria’s beer culture. It is said that when the court of Wilhem V., the duke of Bavaria, was unhappy about the quality of beer brewed in Munich, he ordered the construction of Munich’s first Hofbräuhaus at the Alter Hof (Old Court). In 1605, to keep up with ever increasing demand, a second Hofbräuhaus was opened at Platzl, specializing in brewing white beer. This second location is where …