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Springtime is bike time: These cities are best explored from the saddle

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This article has been translated form the German version.

Out with the humdrum, in with the sunshine. It’s spring, and our hearts are dancing. When the trees start to bud, you can finally sit outside again in short sleeves, and the sun’s rays start tickling your nose, then we all know: The most beautiful of all the seasons has arrived. And what better way to welcome the spring than a trip to a new city? Today we’ll introduce you to five cities that are perfect for exploring by bike. After all, what could be better than mixing in with the locals, feeling the wind on your face, and relaxing as you discover a city on two wheels?

 
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Photo: Shutterstock.

 

Amsterdam

Young and old, business suits and flip flops: Absolutely everyone bicycles here. Bicycles are practically sacred to the Dutch: Hip Hollanders decorate their bikes with flowers and garlands, and chauffeur their kids around in so-called “bakfiets.” Amsterdam is the ideal city to discover from the saddle, thanks to its flat topography and extensive network of bicycle lanes. From the Central Station it’s off to Haarlemmerstraat, bursting with charming cafes and thrift shops. You’ll cycle through the neighborhood of Jordaan onward to the 9 Straatjes, the 9 streets: each one more magical than the last. After you’ve replenished your reserves, a trip through the Vondelpark beckons, where you can let the sun caress your face. Finally we’ll visit the Museumplein and the Albert Cuyp market.

Where to borrow? Bicycle rentals in Amsterdam are a dime a dozen. “Yellow Bike” is a proven option.

 
Photo: Katharina Werni.

Photo: Katharina Werni.

 

Barcelona

Would you believe that Barcelona is ideal for exploring by bike? In the most bike-friendly city in Spain, more and more bike lanes are gradually appearing, many of which are even separated from the road traffic. Anyone who truly wants to experience the Catalan way of life should cycle the 4 km long beach promenade, enjoying a cocktail at the end with ocean views.

Where to borrow? The friendly bike-lover Ramiro Sobral has opened the extraordinary rental shop “El Ciclo” in the heart of the city. Read More »

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5 exciting open air and living museums

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This article was translated from the German version.

 

“Spring lets its blue ribbon again flutter through the air” (Eduard Mörike) – stated otherwise: Hooray, spring is here! When the days finally start getting longer, everyone wants to spend as much time as possible outdoors. An idea for those who nevertheless don’t want to miss out on culture and museums: Open-air museums! We have five suggestions.

1) Skansen (Stockholm, Sweden)

Houses like those from an Astrid Lindgren fairytale, waving people in traditional northern dress, and reindeer: The open air museum Skansen in Stockholm offers visitors a version of Sweden straight out of a picture book. In some of the 150 old buildings from different parts of Sweden, traditional crafts are demonstrated – by people in traditional dress, of course. If a horse-drawn carriage carrying blond children suddenly came around the corner, no one would think twice. Incidentally, when Skansen was opened in 1891, it was the first open-air museum in the world.

 

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NEW: tripwolf for Windows and Android Tablet!

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For months we’ve been working non-stop, pouring in our heart and soul. For anyone who knows our tripwolf app for iOS and Android, there’s plenty you’ll recognize – but still, many things are different. Finally we can present to you our new project, fresh from the skilled hands and creative minds of our development team: the new tripwolf Windows app!

 

        

 
 

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After countless requests, we are pleased that from now on all users of Microsoft devices can also use the tripwolf app. Yes, really ALL. The Windows app runs on any device equipped with Windows Phone 8.1. or Windows 8.1 – and not only on smartphones and tablets, but now also on Windows PCs.

During development, Microsoft themselves provided us with their technical know-how, allowing us to install some handy tricks. For example, with the “Pin-to-start” function in the Windows app, you’ll have the ability to access a travel guide or other app area directly from the home screen. Also, the split-screen function allows you to use a second app parallel to tripwolf. The tripwolf Windows app is available both in the Windows Phone Store and the Windows Store. Read More »

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5 cruise itineraries that will make your heart beat faster

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This article was translated from the German version.

Cruises offer not only comfort, but also the opportunity to see a tremendous amount of the world – often in a very short time and without much (of your own) effort. Cruise ships these days are more like small cities, and offer everything a passenger could want – fun, relaxation and a variety of culinary delights from around the world. Today we’ll show you five cruises that are definitely worth the trip.

 

Transamerica – On the Trail of the Vikings

You want to feel like an explorer? Then this is absolutely the route for you. You’ll start in Hamburg, take a detour to Norway and Iceland, and after a few more stops end finally in New York. The trip across the big pond offers a plethora of natural wonders, and is an especially good choice for those who want to experience a lot without being on the road for months. You’ll be traveling for around 18 days, and should plan for prices starting at 2500 Euros.

 
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Photo: Shutterstock.

 

From Malaga to South Africa

If you’d like to start your cruise in nearby Spain, but still prefer a trip that takes you far into the unknown, then this could be the perfect option for you. You’ll start in Spain, head to Morocco and then cross the equator. After that, destinations including Angola, Namibia, and finally a longer stay in South Africa are on the itinerary. The tour lasts about a month and isn’t cheap, but starting at about € 3,500, it’s still an affordable option. Read More »

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5 blossoming places to welcome spring

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This article was translated from the German version.

 

It’s time to shake off the dust of winter! The first few days of spring have arrived, and as the sun begins to warm our skin, the vacation atmosphere is slowly gaining momentum. Spring is just a little bit nicer in the following places.

 
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Provence (France)

The cold and rain of winter slowly melt away into a Provencal springtime, taking with them the gloominess spread by the Mistral winds across the southeastern region of France. The air fills with the scent of thyme and flowers that colors Provence almost-kitschy colors this time of year. You’ll feel très francais as you stroll through the market with a bag full of fresh regional produce like artichokes and asparagus – the arrival of which is so highly anticipated by the French that it’s marked with a multi-day festival in April. Whether hiking in the Haute Alpes mountain region, visiting ancient Roman aqueducts in the region’s inland, or baking in the sun of the Côte d’Azur – Provence has many faces. Read More »

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Romantic last-minute travel tips

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No worries, this is not going to be just another story on how to get that last-minute room in Paris. In fact we believe if you’re already that far behind schedule, you might as well surprise your significant other with a more creative trip for Valentine’s day. We’ve prepared a list of five destinations that can easily give Paris, Venice orLondon a run for their money, but are not yet on everyone else’s romantic bucket list.

 

Istanbul – the city of stunning beauty on the Bosporus

There’s a reason people visiting Istanbul tend to lose their hearts to the city. Strolling around in the narrow streets of Turkey’s most densely populated city, you are instantly overwhelmed bythe oriental flair the city emanates. Combining traditional with modernity, this city will be an unforgettable destination for couples. Insider tip: Get a breath-taking view of Istanbul from Büyük Çamlica, a hill located some 268m above sea level in the neighborhood Üsküdar.

 
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Istanbul. Photo: flickr – halbag

 

Brighton – as romantic as it gets

London sure is a safe bet for a decent Valentine’s Day. Without question, the city is fantastic and leaves no wishes unfulfilled. Unfortunately, however, this also comes at a price. London is always among the most expensive travel destinations in the world, and Valentine’s Day is no different.

So here’s our romantic tip: check out Brighton! The city really offers everything you could ask for on a Valentine’s trip, ranging from narrow streets, cute little cafés and those typical charming English houses. Go for a walk along the seashore and stop by the Brighton Pier. Want to add that special little extra? Surprise your beloved with a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel at dusk. You can also book your tickets online before your trip. Read More »

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5 inspirational travel videos for people with a yen for far-away places

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Sometimes, when it comes to capturing memories of our most enjoyable times in foreign countries, the static images of our compact camera just won’t cut it anymore. It doesn’t matter if it is the video camera in your hand at a picnic in Central Park or the GoPro strapped to your head while bungee-jumping in Sydney: footage from our journeys lets us rekindle memories of our most wonderful adventures time and again.

 

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Luckily, some filmmakers let us see through their eyes and create the most artistically ambitious short films, to illustrate the beauty of a country, a culture, or traveling in general. Accompanied by the right music, these videos become breath-taking short trips in your mind. Like fresh fuel, the following 5 clips won’t fail to kindle your wanderlust. Read More »

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Not your average accommodation for your winter holidays

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A skiing resort would seem to be a logical choice if you consider yourself a winter athlete, but sometimes it’s worth looking into alternatives. Particularly for those occasinos a number of hotels specialize in unusual interior design, or a unique location. Be this meters above the ground in the forest or in between walls of ice: the following accommodations will definitely make your winter holidays something to remember.

 
Photo: Fredrik Broman, Human Spectra - www.treehotel.se

Photo: Fredrik Broman, Human Spectra – www.treehotel.se

 

The Free Spirit Spheres, Canada

You can find them in the dense, green forests of Vancouver on the Canadian west coast: Eve, Eryn and Melody, three wooden spheres hanging in the branches at 4 meters above the ground. Those among you who want to spend the night in a modern tree house can rent the spheres all year round and spend an unforgettable night amongst the trees. According to their description, they were designed to be able to shut off for a while and awaken your creativity.

 

Photo: Tom Chudleigh

Photo: Tom Chudleigh

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Great transportation tips to save some money

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Blog post freely translated from an article by French tripwolf author Marianne Morizot.

 

Whether you’re traveling for months around the globe or zipping off for a cozy weekend in Rome, traveling has a tendency to empty the wallet and is rarely straightforward. Thinking on your feet, insider tips, special offers . . . voilà, a selection of our tips and tricks to help you stay within your travel budget — and spare your nerves.

 
Photo: flickr, Santiago S.V.

Photo: flickr, Santiago S.V.

 

- Buy Cheaper Airline Tickets

Of course the famous comparison portals are unavoidable. Not everyone knows, however, that tickets for overnight flights are often much cheaper than tickets during the daytime. Another hot tip: work in a small (or large) detour and change the destination – the fares often differ drastically. Read More »

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10 of the most impressive bridges in the world

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They allow us to cross rivers safely and without getting wet, to pass from one district to another, or even to enter a different country altogether. But in many cases they not only fulfill such practical purposes but are architectural masterworks in their own right. Let’s pause for a moment, and marvel at ten of the most impressive bridges worldwide that simply take our breath away.

1. The Helix Bridge in Singapore

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Opened as recently as in 2012, the Helix Bridge in Singapore is the first and youngest on our list. Visitors can cross the 918ft (280m) long bridge and gaze at Singapore’s skyline from five different viewing platforms.
The design of the bridge is based on the strands of human DNA – the Double Helix Model – which is most obvious at night, when the bridge is radiant in different colors. This is when you will also see the illuminated letters c, g, a, and t, the initals representing the components of human DNA (cytosine, guanine, adenine, and thymine). Read More »

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