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Posts Tagged "Berlin"

Six Cycle Friendly Cities of Europe

Six Cycle Friendly Cities of Europe

On Yer Bike; On two Wheels Cycling is a popular, affordable and environmentally friendly way to see a city. In many European cities, it is positively encouraged. City planners are realising the benefits of cycling as a mode of transport and are providing cycle-paths, plenty of parking for bicycles, automated bike hire facilities, smartphone apps and bike-friendly public transport. Not all cities are equal in their provision of cycle-friendly facilities. Many provide facilities aimed solely at the commuter and not the visitor. I have picked out several of Europe’s cities that are best explored on two wheels. Each of the six have excellent facilities and infrastructure specifically aimed at the cyclist. Copenhagen The Danish capital has been at the forefront of making a city cycle-friendly. They have been so successful at it that the word, “Copenhagenization”, defined as urban planning…

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5 German Christmas Markets

5 German Christmas Markets

Here in Southampton we have a German Christmas Market. Across Britain there are numerous other cities with their own faux German Christmas Markets. Just like the ubiquitous Irish or British pubs you find abroad they are only a shadow of the real thing and are overwhelmingly kitsch. To really experience a Christmas Market of the German variety you need to visit…, yes, Germany. Deciding on which one to visit is a task I hope I will be able to help with. There are so many German Christmas Markets it is hard to make a choice. In this post I have picked a few that may whet your appetite and point you in the right direction. In many cases the German cities with the best markets are also easily accessible from Britain by a choice of airlines and a few such as…

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Berlin: A tale of two coffee bars

Berlin: A tale of two coffee bars

I had about 12 hours to spend in Berlin between arriving from Wittenberg and flying out  to London. Having visited Berlin on a couple of occasions recently and taken in most of the iconic sights I set myself the task to check out the local coffee scene. Berlin’s coffee bars came highly recommended from resident blogger Yvonne Zagermann of justtravelous.com. Armed with the recently acquired iPhone app Beanhunter, which gives the location of coffee shops near your location, I headed out of Berlin Hauptbahnof in search of coffee and some of the lesser known sights. Beanhunter indicated there were 16 coffee bars in Berlin (and one in Sydney, Australia called Cafe Berlin). I picked just two. Oliv, Munzstrasse 8, 10178 Berlin Oliv has a modern interior with walls that reminded me of the brutal concrete architecture of the 1960s. Plenty of…

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