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Art Deco at High Speed—The Schienenzeppelin

Art Deco at High Speed—The Schienenzeppelin

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Although it would ultimately fail, the working designs of this rail vehicle succeeded in setting land speed records. By Eric Bryan The world speed record for a rail vehicle was broken by a German railcar in 1931. Designed in 1929 by Franz Kruckenberg, the Schienenzeppelin (“Rails-zeppelin”) was a retro-futuristic propeller-powered railcar. It was so-called because […]

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Aloha – Ja!

Aloha – Ja!

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Learn the German, Swiss, and Austrian connections to America’s Pacific paradise. By Peter von Buol For nearly two-and-a-half centuries, the Hawaiian Islands have captured the imagination of visitors from the German-speaking world. Many consider it to be the epitome of tropical paradise and each year, more than 40,000 Germans, Austrians, and Swiss visit the 50th […]

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To Wine and Dine  in Bensheim

To Wine and Dine in Bensheim

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

A warm climate and sunny skies make this charming town along the famed Bergstrasse a must-see locale. By Alevtina Altenhof Have you ever heard of the German Bergstrasse? While the rest of Germany is still covered in a blanket of snow and cold humid air makes your fingertips freeze, this very special region in Germany […]

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Along the “Salt River”— The Salzach

Along the “Salt River”— The Salzach

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

This border region between Germany and Austria includes many towns that share a foundation built upon salt. by Jackie Guigui-Stolberg From its source in the Kitzbühel Alps in Austria, the “salt river”snakes two hundred and twenty-five kilometers northwards until it joins the river Inn, which then meets the Danube at the Bavarian town of Passau. […]

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Helgoland— An Island Oasis

Helgoland— An Island Oasis

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

With a population of just over 1,300 people, this small island off Germany’s North Sea coast claims a unique history and climate. By Crispin Andrews It was the world’s most significant hay fever attack. In May 1925 Werner Heisenberg, the Würzburg-born scientist who would go on to revolutionize quantum physics and win the Nobel science […]

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Under the Berlin Wall: Exploring the  Subterranean City with Berliner Unterwelten

Under the Berlin Wall: Exploring the Subterranean City with Berliner Unterwelten

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Beneath the city is a treasure trove of history and stories of escape during the days of a divided Berlin. By Zac Steger Over the past 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the face of Berlin has changed dramatically. From Prenzlauerberg to Potsdamer Platz, change has been the only constant in what […]

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Red Bull’s X-Alps— “It Gives You Wings”

Red Bull’s X-Alps— “It Gives You Wings”

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a race filled with incredible panoramas and vistas—paragliding and hiking through seven Alpine countries. By Anna Cramer Watching the birds, mankind has probably harbored the dream of flying since its very beginning. For almost a century now, airplanes have become a means of transportation as common as trains and buses. Individual flying, however, is […]

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