Germany

‘O’zapft is!’ 185th Oktoberfest Opens in Munich

MUNICH—With the words “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute, the Lord Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, opened the 185th Oktoberfest at the stroke of noon on Saturday.
A Festzug, or parade, preceded the ceremony from the city center to the Oktoberfest grounds at the Theresienwiese, led by the Münchner Kindl, the symbol of the city, followed by the lord mayor. The procession continued with horse-drawn carriages and floats …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower Austria outside Vienna, having a car and stopping along the way is the best way to get to know a …

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of the 356 were designed and built by Ferry Porsche, the son of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, while his father was …

Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa announced that it will begin new service to both San Diego and San Jose, California from Frankfurt. The carrier will launch flights to San Diego on March 22, with service to San Jose scheduled to begin on March 25.
Flights from Frankfurt Airport to San Diego International Airport will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive at 1:20 p.m. Flights will then depart San Diego at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in …

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, …

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 …