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20 de Março de 2020.

Summer in Liechtenstein

Although Liechtenstein is tiny, on its 160 square kilometers area there are still a lot of activities you can do in summer. One of the most prominent and popular activities in summer is to go hiking in Malbun. Malbun is part of the municipality of Triesenberg, a town the lies above the Rhein-Valley and above most of the other towns of Liechtenstein. Malbun lies at about 1600 meters above the sea. It offers many many different routes to go hiking. The hikes can take you up to the most beautiful mountains, giving you the most astonishing views you can imagine. There are different types of difficulties in the hiking routes, offering the ideal experience for newcomers and veteran-hikers alike. Malbun […]
18 de Março de 2020.

Summer in Bonn

The former capital of Western Germany. Geographically, it lays in the western part of Germany and about 300 000 people live there.   In summer you can do lots of exciting things there.  For example, you can go to a swimming pool and Picknick there with your friends. If you rather swim in a natural lake you can drive to the Steinbachtalsperre which is about 45 minutes away. Besides that, you could also take a walk along the Rhine River and later on play football in the Rheinaue or eat some barbecue. The Rheinaue is a big park around the river initially created for the national garden show in 1979.  This year, as we celebrate the European Championship, you can also […]
16 de Março de 2020.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most prominent monuments in Scotland. It stands on Castle Rock and is the country’s most visited tourist attraction. The castle is located in the Old Town of Edinburgh. It was built on a large volcanic rock, which gives it a brilliant defensive location as the walls are either sheer cliffs or steep hills.  The history of Castle Rock began in the Iron Age, 2nd century AD, where there was a settlement, although the nature of this is not known. The royal castle can be dated back to the 12th century during the reign of David I. It continued to be a royal residence up until 1633 when the royal presence began to decline and […]
14 de Março de 2020.

Goethe and Schiller monument

A monument of friendship. Goethe and Schiller were probably the most famous poets of Germany. The monument of them is situated in the city of culture: Weimar. You find the statue in front of the national theatre, an important building for the history of Germany. The statue was erected in 1857 and was made from Ernst Rietschel, a German sculptor. He used the iron of Turkish canons from the battle of Navarino to make this statue.  The statue is showing Goethe and Schiller next to each other. They are both depicted in the same size, although Goethe was actually much smaller than Schiller. Behind the two is a stump of a German oak tree. It symbolizes their attachment to Germany. […]
12 de Março de 2020.

The Ferdinand Cheval’s Ideal Palace

I wanted to introduce to you a special monument from France, not a very well-known one. The Ferdinand Cheval’s Ideal Palace is a National Monument since 1969. It is the work of one man: Ferdinand Cheval, a simple postman of the countryside. The Palace is in the middle of a garden in the city of Hauterives (Drôme department). During one of his daily country rounds, he found a strange stone and started to dream. His thoughts brought him to imagine an odd Palace. If nature can sculpt stones, why can’t a postman become an architect? It took him 33 years to finish it (1879-1912). There is no particular logic behind the aspect of the architecture, it is only the reflection […]