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Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany – Review

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany – Review

Headed to Frankfurt on business? How would you like to stay downtown, at a historic neo-Gothic former villa, filled with more than 700 pieces of art, only a fifteen-minute drive from Frankfurt Airport, and just a few minutes from the main train station?
Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy, which opened March 1, 2006, is just that sort of hotel, although “hotel” seems a misnomer, as this property feels and appears more palatial …

InterContinental Berlin – Hotel Review

InterContinental Berlin – Hotel Review

Berlin Mitte is literally the center of Berlin and the InterContinental Berlin, which  opened in 1978, is in the middle of the German capital and is well-known among frequent business travelers to the city. Conveniently located on the Budapester Straße next to the Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), it is about a 30-minute taxi ride from Tegel Airport and about 40 minutes from Schönefeld Airport and the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport …

Opening of New Berlin Airport Delayed

Opening of New Berlin Airport Delayed

Berlin Brandenburg International Airport, which was to have opened on June 3, will not see passengers for at least three more months. 
Also known as Willy Brandt Airport, named after the Cold War-era German chancellor and Berlin mayor, the airport was originally to have opened last year.  The cause for the latest delay is the lack of fully functional smoke extractors, which have already been installed at BER but aren’t …

Park Hotel Bremen Review

Bremen, a port city that, together with nearby Bremerhaven, comprises the state of Bremen (Freie Hansestadt Bremen) is a city known for commerce and shipping but not necessarily chocolate.   Yet as I drove from Arnhem to the Park Hotel Bremen, the one thing I kept thinking of was the chocolates that the hotel makes.   I wasn’t disappointed. After checking in, I found a tray of fruit and chocolate awaiting me.
Set …

Lufthansa Cancels 400+ Flights Due to Ground Workers Strike

Lufthansa Cancels 400+ Flights Due to Ground Workers Strike

Lufthansa cancelled hundreds of domestic and international flights on Tuesday as ground workers in Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, and Cologne announced plans to strike in an ongoing dispute over wages.
The union ver.di, one of the world’s largest with 2.1 million members,  announced plans for a rolling walkout for Tuesday.  Workers at Frankfurt, the country’s largest airport, will strike from 2 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. local time.  Munich will be impacted by …

Peasants’ Paradise: A Video Tour of the Black Forest and Bavaria

Peasants’ Paradise: A Video Tour of the Black Forest and Bavaria

Bavaria and the Black Forest are among some of the favorite vacation destinations in Germany.  A lot has changed in 80 years but perhaps surprisingly much remains the same and a long-forgotten short film gives us a unique window on Germany in the last days of the Weimar Republic.
In the Internet Archive, mixed in with other forgotten classics, old horror movies, and old newsreels, is a collection of travelogues.   A …

Helvetic Airways (Swiss) Flight 1101 Munich – Zurich – Review

Helvetic Airways (Swiss) Flight 1101  Munich – Zurich – Review

Munich Airport (Flughafen München), located roughly 30 km (18 miles) northeast of the city, is one of the most modern and efficient airports in Europe. Since it’s opening in 1992, it’s become the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and the seventh busiest in Europe.  Terminal 2, which opened in 2003, is used by Lufthansa and members of the Star Alliance.
Helvetic Airways is a Swiss airline that operates six …