The heat is on and according to some reports it’s not going to get turned down for a while as we reach the mid point of what is predicted to be one of the hottest European summers on record. This is great news, but don’t underestimate how important cooling off will be once the mercury starts to rise, especially in Europe’s cities.
Summer is celebrated for many reasons – sunshine, holidays, time off work – but for others summer is a time for celebration as they don long black robes and throw flat black hats into the air. I’m talking about the thousands of students who will be graduating over the next few months.
However, universities are not just for students. They are often beautiful, historic buildings that add great cultural value to a city; things many travellers are on the hunt for. With this in mind here are ten of Europe’s most beautiful universities well worth visiting. Continue reading
Berlin’s dynamic personality is best experienced by visiting as many different neighbourhoods as you can. And rather than stand around when you get there with no clue what to do, you could set out on a street food and market tour of the city. From weekly farmers’ markets serving up fresh breads, organic cheeses and recently plucked vegetables to stalls selling aromatic street foods from around the world, these are the foodie markets in Berlin you, quite simply, just have to visit – one for each day of the week. Continue reading
Efficiency, discipline and determination are national characteristics that define many of Germany’s 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s not that they don’t have opulence and extravagance – nobody would call Cologne Cathedral restrained – or that the few factories, ironworks and fossil pits with UNESCO status set a universally sober and functional tone. It’s Germany’s response to a more recent history that marks it as a conservation leader, particularly when it comes to the built heritage.
WWII saw much of the country decimated by bombing, including a large number of historic buildings, entire towns and architectural masterpieces that were considered irreplaceable – by everyone except the Germans that is. Using original plans, impeccably sourced materials, traditional skills and legendary patience and attention to detail, the country restored almost everything that was damaged or partially destroyed. It’s taken decades, innumerable setbacks and enormous investment, but without a doubt this remarkable achievement adds an even more fascinating and impressive dimension to today’s World Heritage Germany. Continue reading
Gone are the days when being a vegetarian meant going hungry when travelling. In fact, vegan and vegetarian travel are now growing markets and the best meat-free cuisines around the world are sought out by travellers with hearty appetites. Whether you’re a curious carnivore or a master of meat-free food, here are ten cities worth visiting if you enjoy vegetarian and vegan food. Continue reading