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Higher, bigger, more exciting: new attractions for globetrotters

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You think you know all the major attractions in the world? Then listen up, because you won’t find these eight attractions in most travel guides. We’ll show you which skyscrapers, museums and other highlights have just opened their doors to the public.

Museu do Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro

Futurism par excellence: the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) does its name justice. Like a spaceship, it hovers in the heart of the newly redesigned harbor promenade of Rio de Janeiro. Inside, interactive exhibits on future innovations and research are displayed.

One World Trade Center, New York

New York’s newest landmark has finally been completed – and it wouldn’t be America if they hadn’t come up with an outstanding design for the new skyscraper at the site of Ground Zero. The elevator trip to the 102nd floor takes just 46 seconds. From there, visitors are enchanged with a seemingly endless view across the city. Weak knees are just part of the program: if you’re brave enough to enter the Sky Portal, only a glass floor will separate you from the lively streets of New York below.

Foto: flickr, Peter McConnochie

Photo: flickr, Peter McConnochie

Market Hall, Rotterdam

For a little more than a year, Rotterdam has had a whole new hot spot: nowhere else in the world is shopping for fruits and vegetables such an experience as in the newly constructed Market Hall. Inside, this horseshoe-shaped attraction impresses visitors with a colorful ceiling installation by Dutch artist Arno Coenen. Read More »

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Cuba – the rhythm of the Caribbean

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Elderly Habaneros sit at the entry to the house, contentedly puffing their cigars; a few streets over, the throbbing rumba rhythms of a street session bring a rush of blood to the head, while worn, vintage american cars rattle past. The (stereo)typical image of Cuba is often not too far away from the truth.

This socialist island nation in the Caribbean is changing, slowly opening with the gradual relaxation of the US embargo, in the hopes of bringing new life to its domestic economy. The “green caiman,” as Cuba is often called thanks to its unique shape, has a particular mix of white sandy beaches, a lively history and fiery rhythms – reason enough for us to take a closer look at this unique island!

Foto: flickr | Les Haines

Photo: flickr | Les Haines

Awakening and Nostalgia

The memory of the revolution of 1959 is a constant companion, no matter where you are in Cuba. The face of countless Che Guevaras stare with determination from the walls, and anyone willing to give the good-natured Cubans an open ear will be returned with wistful tales of Fidel Castro. Read More »

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Tips that actually help against jetlag

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Your head is buzzing, your stomach aches and all of a sudden, all of the anticipation for your trip is gone. Anyone who has suffered a bout of jetlag knows exactly what we’re talking about. So you don’t have to suffer through your next long-haul flight, we’ve collected the best tips to fight jetlag.

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Jetlag starts in the mind

The agony of jetlag really does start in the mind: that’s why you should set your watch to the local time at your destination as soon as you board the plane. Starting now, there’s no more “How late is it at home?” Your thoughts should be focused exclusively on the journey ahead. When possible, eat your meals at the appropriate times for your destination country. Admittedly, that’s sometimes easier said than done, since at the end of the day as long as you’re on board, you’re at the mercy of the cabin crew. But nevertheless, your body will thank you, and you’ll notice a marked difference in the speed at which you put your jetlag in the rear view mirror.

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How your direction of travel determines jetlag

The degree to which you experience jetlag depends largely on which direction you’re traveling. A westbound flight extends your day by “only” a couple of hours, while a flight to the East artificially shortens it. Most people have more of a problem with a shorter than with a longer day, and thus cope much better with flights headed west. Read More »

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The culinary highlights of the Middle East

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Refined combinations and unusual flavors are what make Middle Eastern cuisine a true culinary experience. Today, we’ll take you along on a virtual trip to the most delicious dishes of the Middle East.

Hummus

A widely consumed Middle Eastern specialty is hummus, a puree of chickpeas and sesame paste. The classic version of hummus has been modified into countless inventive variations: whether it’s with beetroot, pistachio, pine nuts, spicy peppers or mushrooms – creativity knows no bounds.

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Baba Ghanoush

This eggplant puree is often served as a “mezze.” The local variations sometimes differ from one another in preparation, but most of the time the eggplant is grilled directly over a gas flame before being prepared further. This is how baba ghanoush gets its distinctive, smoky flavor. Read More »

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Around the world: facts, legends and curiosities of Valentine’s Day

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There it is again: the infamous Valentine’s Day. On the 14th of February, lovers around the world express their affection. But it’s clear: the customs are different depending on where you look. We’ve summarized the highlights for you.

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The legend of Valentine’s Day

The romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day is based on a gruesome event. The legend tells of an Italian bishop named Valentine, who is said to have married a young couple in the third century AD in spite of a royal ban. He then handed the newlywed couple flowers from his own garden. On February 14, Valentine was executed by the emperor for his crime – at least, so says the legend.

Valentine’s Day was celebrated even in ancient Rome: in honor of the goddess Juno, women received flowers from their loved ones on this day. To this day, flowers play a significant role in the traditions of Valentine’s Day across much of the world.

Far and wide: flowers of every kind

In German-speaking countries, it’s typical for men to gift their romantic partners with a pretty bouquet. Flowers are also in high demand in Great Britain and the United States. At least as important is the accompanying Vanentine’s Day card. And the more cards the better: particularly among young people, it’s not just about quality, but also the quantity of cards received. Read More »

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Luxurious, extravagant or bizarre: 10 extraordinary hotels across the world

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Thanks to our new integration of booking.com, it’s now possible to book your perfect hotel directly in the app. That’s why today, we wanted to devote a bit more time to the hotels of the world, because after all: these days, you can find just about any hotel imaginable. Here, the hotel really is the star of the vacation! Today, we’ll introduce you to 10 hotels that have inspired us with their unusual lacation, luxury or uniqueness.

In a palace: Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur, India)

A hotel right in the water: The Taj Lake Palace in the Indian city of Udaipur is located in the middle of Lake Pichola and is only accessible by boat. The interior of the palace is a perfect mix of magnificent oriental architecture and stylish luxury. It’s no wonder that the Taj Lake Palace was used in the filming of the James Bond film “Octopussy” with Roger Moore.

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In the treetops: Treehotel (Harads, Sweden)

A designer hotel in the middle of the forests of Sweden: This extravagant treehouse hotel promises a very special experience in the heart of nature. These one of a kind hotel rooms are located at a height of approximately six meters. Read More »

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Asian cities: a best-of

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The contrasts could hardly be greater: In Asian cities, international flair meets fascinating treasures from the past. We’ll tell you which cities in East and Southeast Asia have awakened our wanderlust.

Bangkok

Hectic, noisy and nerve-wracking: That’s Bangkok. Either you love or hate this Thai metropolis that never stands still. Not to be missed is the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho – the temple of the reclining Buddha. Bangkok is also a paradise for lovers of Thai cuisine: Excellent eating can be found in every small roadside food stall.

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Photo: iStock

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, West and East cross paths. The “New York of Asia” even has more skyscrapers than its American counterpart. The best view of the fascinating, modern megacity can be found from the 552 meter high Victoria Peak. At the same time, Chinese culture is omnipresent in Hong Kong: you’ll encounter ancient Chinese temples everywhere across the city. Read More »

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The most beautiful ski resorts in Europe

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Imposing mountain backdrops, endlessly long slopes, and don’t forget: just the right mood for Après-Ski. But where can you have the most fun carving down the slopes? Today, we’ll show you the eight ski resorts in Europe that we can’t stop dreaming about.

Zermatt

It’s no wonder that this destination makes it into our top 8: Zermatt at the Matterhorn. The most beloved ski resort in Switzerland is the currently reigning “best ski resort in the Alps.” In the study “Best Ski Resort,” nearly 50,000 winter sport enthusiasts were surveyed directly on the slopes. The result: Zermatt, the highest ski resort in the Alps, was singled out for its high quality slopes and spectacular mountain setting.

Foto: flickr, Simone Lovati

Photo: flickr, Simone Lovati

Les trois Vallées

“Trois vallées” – “the three valleys” – are connected with one another by a ski circuit. Together they form the largest ski area in France, and one of the largest ski resorts in the world. If you want to take full advantage of the unbelievable 600 km of slopes, you’ll need to leave yourself plenty of time. Read More »

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The most beautiful city trips in Europe on a shoestring budget

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Translated from the German version of this article.

It doesn’t always have to be Paris. Or London, Berlin or Rome. There are plenty of exciting cities to visit in Europe that – first and foremost – will keep your wallet intact. Today, we’ll give you ten destinations that should find their way to your travel wish list.

Bratislava

The only problem with the capital city of Slovakia is that nearby Vienna draws all the attention – but Bratislava certainly doesn’t need to hide. It scores points with a surprisingly impressive historic city center and extremely low prices.

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Riga

The unofficial capital of the Baltic region has a long list of cultural highlights. Night owls are in good hands here, as the Latvian capital is considered a secret party mecca. Read More »

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Welcome to paradise – these are the most beautiful islands in the world

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Translated from the German version of this article.

Distant, tropical and remote islands pull us in like a magnet. The view of palm trees, sandy beaches and azure waters – our sense of wanderlust couldn’t be stronger. But which islands are the most beautiful in the world? Today, we’ll introduce you to ten of them.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Sea lions, penguins, turtles, wales and dolphins: the Galapagos islands promise animal encounters at close range. This natural paradise, located hundreds of kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, leaves us speechless.

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

Of all the countries of Central America, Belize remains an insider tip: one of the most beautiful destinations is Ambergris Caye, an offshore island that makes the hearts of snorkeling and diving lovers beat faster. Read More »

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