Visiting Gotha

05/09/2016 by .

Stuart Forster takes a look at some of the reasons to make visiting Gotha in the east German state of Thuringia very worthwhile.

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Guide to the carnivals of Frankfurt Rhein-Main

10/02/2015 by .

it is carnival season again, and this year TripReporter offers up a guide to the carnivals of Frankfurt Rhine-Main a German region comprising one of the biggest collections of carnivals in Europe.

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Night Train to Berlin

27/11/2014 by .

On a rainy night in February, I was waiting in Paris’s Gare de L’Est station for the night train to Berlin. Those last four words are loaded with romance. And I was taking this winter journey in search of the romance of rail travel in a European winter.

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Bavaria In the Footsteps of Hitler

18/08/2014 by .

Bavaria In the footsteps of Hitler. The music coming from behind the closed door of room 105 up on the second floor was not unexpected given this was the Munich University School of Music and Performing Arts. A building of some majesty it has to be said; marble pillars, two grand marble staircases and art deco balconies everywhere you look. However, this particular building hides a very dark past. In 1938, it was better known as The Führerbau or Leaders House and behind door 105, Adolf Hitler sat in his personal office. The very place where British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Hitler and Mussolini signed the Munich Agreement,  an act which ultimately led to WW2.

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On the trail of Richard Strauss in Germany

26/03/2014 by .

This is the view from composer Richard Strauss’s house in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Is it any wonder that he wrote the “Alpine Symphony”?

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Cologne Christmas Markets. Markets and Magi.

19/10/2013 by .

Perhaps it was the gluhwein kicking in, or my extra portion of bratwurst. Whatever it was, I found myself getting rather the Cologne Christmas Markets.

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