Germany

Mauerfall: The Berlin Wall Fell 30 Years Ago

On November 9, 1989, a somewhat comical slipup toppled the Berlin Wall when Günter Schabowski, the newly minted spokesman of the East German Politbüro, as a footnote to a press conference, added a statement concerning plans to lift travel restrictions between East and West.  When an Italian reporter asked when the change would come into effect, Schabowski assumed it would be the same day and replied, “Das tritt nach meiner Kenntnis …

Review: Taking the S-Bahn from Munich Airport to the City Center

Although I’ve taken the S-Bahn S1 and S8 from Munich Airport to the city center for years, it only occurred to me to document this fast and convenient means of transportation in the magazine on a recent trip.  The “S” is short for Stadtschnellbahn or urban rapid rail and it has characteristics of both a rapid transit system such as the New York City subway and a commuter rail system …

Thoughts and Reflections on the Occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht. I was a 14 year-old boy then and my parents and I never thought of emigrating until the Kristallnacht, even though Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights before then. At that point, it became clear that my parents and I could no longer remain in our homeland.
March 13, 1938 was of course the Anschluß. The Austrian Chancellor, Kurt …

‘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 from …

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 …