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Sanssouci Palace :: Potsdam, Germany

July 13, 2010 by  
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Germany is full of amazing historical sites and the city of Potsdam is loaded with them. Sanssouci Palace, former summer home of Frederick the Great, is one of these architectural masterpieces. Often used as an example of buildings in Germany that rival the Palace of Versailles, this much smaller yet beautiful palace is built in the warmer Rococo style. Designed between 1745 and 1747 by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff to fulfill King Fredericks need for a private residence where he could relax away from the nearby Berlin court, the palace’s own name, a French phrase, even translates loosely to “carefree”. King Frederick was intimately involved in the palace design, so much so that its style is characterized as “Frederician Rococo”. Read more

Loveparade :: Germany

June 15, 2010 by  
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What started in Berlin as an alternative parade for 150 peace and techno loving partiers in 1989 has grown exponentially over its 20 plus year history reaching a record 1.6 million revelers in 2008. The Love Parade (actually shortened to the one word moniker “Loveparade”) in Germany is one of the biggest and most adored festivals in Europe. The Cold War had separated east and west for over 40 years and those in the heart of the struggle felt they needed to make a statement of openness and togetherness in the spirit of glasnost. Loveparade was born as a child of both Read more

Friction Fest :: Berlin, Germany

May 8, 2010 by  
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Friction Fest in Berlin, Germany is a two day festival for music lovers who are willing to enjoy the experiment and see musicians push boundaries. The name reflects the festival mission: to create friction between different genres and styles of music. The organizers goal is to establish an international forum for bands and artists who are committed to exploring new sounds and taking things a step further than your average rock or metal band. The Friction Fest is the opposite of run of the mill festival routines which offer only bands from a very narrow musical spectrum. With thirty two bands and artists scheduled Read more

Baumhaus Hotel :: Germany

March 23, 2010 by  
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The Baumhaus Hotel in Görlitz, Germany allows guests to spend the night high up in 8 unique tree houses 25+ feet off the ground. Opened in 2005, it claims to be Germany’s first tree house hotel and offers travelers what is most likely to be the highlight of their vacation. All of the tree houses are connected by paths that meet at the celebration platform at the center of the hotel. Enjoy the wonderful sunrise with a morning rinse in the tree top shock shower. All of the tree houses include a little lounge, bed alcove and mini toilette, most of them also have beautiful balconies giving you breathtaking vistas of the adventure park below. Three of the eight also have a full in-suite bathroom and accommodate up to six people. Oh, and of course, being a tree house hotel located in Germany, each house also includes a mini bar fully stocked with delicious beer. Read more

Europa-Park :: Germany

February 27, 2010 by  
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With over 4 million visitors a year, Europa-Park is the most popular theme park in Germany and the most popular seasonal theme park in the world. The park is usually opens for its summer season a few days before Easter and remains open until the beginning of November; it also reopens for winter season from the beginning of December through the second week of January. Following its name, the park is divided into fifteen different areas most named after European countries or regions. The park is run by the Mack family, who have been producing roller coasters since 1921, and was opened in 1975 to showcase many of their different ride models. The park is home to ten roller coasters and Read more

Cologne Cathedral :: Germany

January 12, 2010 by  
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The Cologne Cathedral is a renowned monument of Christianity and Gothic architecture located in Cologne, Germany. Construction began in the 11th century, but due to numerous socio and political interruptions it took over 600 years to finish. It was given only a short 4 year reign as the tallest structure in the world until the completion of the Washington Monument. This majestic cathedral is one of the world’s largest churches and thanks to its enormous twin spires it bears the largest church façade on the planet. In 1996, the cathedral was Read more

Neuschwanstein Castle :: Bavaria, Germany

January 7, 2010 by  
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One of three castles commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle is likely the most famous castle in the world. A Germanic late Romanesque style beauty constructed in the nineteenth century, it evokes visions of Middle Age fairy tales, princesses, and grand royal balls. It is just this reason that Walt Disney chose it as his inspiration for the palace of Sleeping Beauty and afterward for the centerpiece of Disneyland. Built on the ruins of two smaller Read more

Propeller Island City Lodge :: Berlin, Germany

December 21, 2009 by  
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Hotels seem to all be similar these days; it’s hard to tell one from another and your experiences with them all seem to blend together. This is not the case with Propeller Island City Lodge, located in the heart of Berlin, Germany. Propeller Island is truly a distinctive, imaginative masterpiece and will make your whole vacation unforgettable. Read more

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