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Bike, bus, boot or banger: 4 great ways to see Berlin

Bus at Brandenburg Gate Berlin

Bike, bus, boot or banger: 4 great ways to see Berlin For me, one of the joys of a city break is ditching the car. And in Europe, where parking charges can be astronomical, and traffic terrifying, I wouldn’t dream of taking my own vehicle. While doing without a car can feel like you’ve lost an arm [...]

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Propeller Island: Not a hotel, an art exhibition

Propeller Island City Lodge Berlin

Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin isn’t your normal hotel. It doesn’t always have staff, or indeed guests, it doesn’t promote itself and you can’t book online. But it does have coffins, and cages and upside down rooms. You see it’s not really a hotel at all; it’s a work of art, a living installation, a temporary exhibition space. And you can [...]

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Trabi Safari: the Berlin Wall Ride in a Trabant

Zebra Striped Trabant

A Trabi Safari in Berlin One of the quirkier ways we saw Berlin on our recent Expedia Blogger Shaped Berlin weekend was by taking a Trabi Safari. Trabant cars (or Trabis as they are fondly known) were the most common cars in the East while the Berlin wall separated East from West. Waiting lists were [...]

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Looking for the Brothers Grimm in Berlin

Marchenhutte Berlin Wilhelm Hutte

Not so Grimm in Berlin There can be few children or adults that haven’t heard the words of the Grimm Brothers or come across one of their archetypal characters wither in books or real life. After all, who  hasn’t met an ‘evil stepmother’ and we’re all very  familiar with the plight of a lonely Princess. [...]

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Once upon a time in Berlin: Berlin stories

Once upon a time in Berlin: Berlin stories All childhoods begin with a story and this weekend we are taking our children to the place where fairytales began. On the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first Grimm Brothers collection, we’ll be trying to make sense of their home city. But the story of Berlin [...]

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Travel without tears: a lesson in accessible travel

Improving access in Eifel National Park Germany

Travel without tears What is accessible tourism? Why does it matter? And who benefits from investment into it? I end my season of posts on barrier free travel in Germany‘s Rhineland with a large piece of Black Forest gateaux and a flick through some of the region’s barrier free achievements… Accessible chocolate cake We are [...]

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A visit to the other Eifel: an accessible National Park

Eifel National Park

A visit to the other Eifel If I told you I’d just come from the Eifel, you might think I’d been in Paris. In fact the Eifel National Park is one of Germany’s national treasures, with 110 sq kilometres of untouched forest-scape. But the highlights of this park aren’t all naturally occurring; imaginative man made [...]

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Koblenz: This is a ‘Boy’s Own’ City

Koblenz confluence of Rhine and Mosel

Koblenz -a ‘Boy’s Own’ City Koblenz is a great city for some old fashioned lads and dads bonding. It has battles and boats, castles and cable cars. And its most famous son is a naughty boy. As part of my accessible Germany season I took a testosterone filled tour…         Let’s start [...]

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Behind the scenes tour: Staatstheater Mainz

On Stage Staatstheater Mainz

Behind the scenes at Staatstheater Mainz Have you ever taken a behind-the-scenes tour of a theatre or opera house? Most cities offer this glimpse into the land of make believe. We did a great one at the Marionetten Theater in Vienna. They’re a good way to see some tricks as well as get under the [...]

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Landesmuseum Mainz: accessible art & history

Viewing in the Landesmuseum Mainz

You’d have to have been snoozing harder than Sleeping Beauty to have missed the spectacle of London 2012 Paralympic Games. But while the competition brought elite athletes from all over the globe together in London, how easy is it for ordinary people with limited mobility or sensory difficulties to get away from home? I spent [...]

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