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[ 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.

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[ 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 …

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[ 21 Apr 2010 | No Comment ]
Six sharing room in Wombat Hostel, Munich

Those seeking affordable accommodation in Munich need to look no further than the area surrounding the Hauptbanhof (main train station), an entry point for most visitors to the city. Based on recommendations in an online travel forum I picked the Wombat’s Hostel, which is situated on Senefelderstraße. The building and the room is very modern and clean (comparing to the few other hostels I’ve seen in Europe), with good amenities. The room I stayed in was shared by six persons, with three bunk beds, a small table and a shared …

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[ 20 Apr 2010 | One Comment ]
View of the Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial
Close to the Brandenburg Gate in downtown Berlin, lies one of Berlin’s most controversial monuments. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (its German name is Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas) was erected in downtown Berlin in 2004. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, the memorial consisted of 2,711 concrete blocks, which are laid out in an open plaza. The random sizing of the blocks, as well as the undulating design of the ground surface around them are intended to create a sense of confusion and …