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Review: ‘Babylon Berlin’ on Netflix and Sky 1

It’s 1929, ten years into the Weimar Republic and the Golden 20s, Berlin is the third-largest metropolis in the world, a place where decadence and artistic expression are often one and the same, while a fragile German democracy runs out the clock before descending into chaos.
This is the world inhabited by “Babylon Berlin,” a crime series guaranteed to be unlike any other.
The Krimi, as the genre is known in German, …

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ parent IAG won’t be assuming control over Austrian airline Niki after all. An Austrian court ruled that former owner Niki Lauda had put forward the best bid.
Lauda will assume ownership via a private company, Laudamotion GmbH.
“Niki was always my heart and soul,” the former Formula One champion told reporters, after the news was announced.
The move came only after only a German court had awarded IAG control and two …

New Hyatt Place Opens at Frankfurt Airport

New Hyatt Place Opens at Frankfurt Airport

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport. The hotel is located 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers) from the airport.
The property has 312 guestrooms, each with a 42” flat screen TV. The hotel also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.
A 24-hour fitness center is located on the premises. The hotel also has over 3,000 square feet (278 square meters) of meeting and event space.
Guests can dine at the property’s …

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

Germany’s New Berlin-Munich Inter-City-Express Sprinter Begins Operations

MUNICH—Germany’s long-planned high-speed intercity train that transports passengers between Berlin and Munich in four hours went into service Sunday.
The Deutsche Bahn’s Inter-City-Express Sprinter train departs both cities three times a day for the 387-mile (623-kilometer) journey. Normal intercity trains take six hours to cover the same route.
The Deutsche Bahn hopes to lure travelers who would normally use air transport with the faster train.
Plans for the Inter-City-Express Sprinter …

Marriott to Open 40 New Luxury Hotels in 2018

Marriott to Open 40 New Luxury Hotels in 2018

Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced plans to open approximately 40 new higher-end properties next year, in multiple countries including Australia, China, Germany, Mexico, and Israel.
Marriott will debut six new Ritz-Carlton properties including in locations that include China’s Jiuzhaigou Valley and Los Cabos, Mexico. In addition, the company plans to renovate several Ritz-Carlton properties, including The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin and the Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul.
New St. Regis hotels are set to open in Cairo …

Lufthansa, Austrian, and Swiss to Add More Short-Haul Flights

Lufthansa, Austrian, and Swiss to Add More Short-Haul Flights

Following the demise of Air Berlin and Lufthansa’s acquisition of many of its assets, the Frankfurt-based carrier announced plans to significantly increase its domestic flying this winter.
Lufthansa said that it increased its capacity on many routes by 25%, and some major routes will see a 60% increase.
These increases include an additional 14 weekly flights between Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, as well as seven extra weekly flights between Frankfurt and Berlin.
Lufthansa Group …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Volkswagen.
The program is kicking off with 20 charging stations in Austria, Germany, and Norway with 50 planned by …