Category Archives: Germany

Europe’s largest holiday world inside a huge hangar

With sandy beaches, clear blue water and palm trees, this looks like a spectacular and luxurious sun-kissed resort.
Holidaymakers can be seen relaxing in swimming shorts and bikinis. Even the occasional flamingo can be spotted.

The ‘resort’ is actually located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany. Incredibly, the hangar, which is 360 metres long, 210 metres wide and 107 metres high, is tall enough to enclose the Statue of Liberty.

It has a maximum capacity of 6,000 visitors a day and in its first year attracted 975,000 visitors.
As well as the thousands of visitors each day, approximately 500 people work at the site. Tropical Islands opened to members of the public in 2004.

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Low cost airtravel with frills

On 1 July 2013, the “new Germanwings” will launch a completely new brand and product concept allowing all passengers to enjoy “à la carte flying”. Passengers will then be able to create their own package and adapt it in detail to their individual needs, from low-cost flying without add-ons to a high-quality passenger experience with lots of amenities and extras. While offering Economy Class across the board, the “new Germanwings” will boast three fares with different service packages. “Best”, the highest quality product, will cover the needs of business passengers in particular but also appeal to leisure travellers, the “Smart” fare product will include certain add-on services with the customer being able to pick others as needed, while “Basic” will be the no-frills low-cost fare.

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Ryan Air Boeing 737 close to crash trying to make up for lost time

The late-running Boeing 737 – with 153 passengers and six crew – almost crashed when landing at Memmingen Airport in Bavaria on September 23 when the pilots tried a dangerous manouver to ‘make good on some of the time lost in Manchester’. The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation in Braunschweig classified the drama as a ‘serious incident’ that happened ‘within seconds’.

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Best nightclub in the world

Widely considered the “best nightclub in the world,” Berghain draws a singularly eclectic mix: scenesters, misfits, bondage-clad muscle gays, rich kids, Skrillex-haired lesbians, DJs, drag queens, tourists, old, young, whoever.

The line can take hours to get through, and then you might not make it past the doorman. But if you do, don’t be surprised if you’re there till next Monday morning.

Berghain is a bit of a rite of passage for visitors looking for what to do in Berlin.

The sybaritic techno temple is housed in a massive former power plant in the industrial sprawl near Friedrichshain’s Ostbahnhof train station.

Das Germans are coming – nude!

A survey of holidaymakers’ beach habits has revealed that Germans are the nation most likely to go nude to help top up their tan. As well as being the most beach-loving country surveyed, 15 per cent of Germans admitted they had let it all hang out on a past holiday.

Germans were roughly twice as likely to have sunbathed nude, as just eight per cent of the second-placed countries’ holidaymakers, Spain and India, admitted to sunbathing nude. Sweden, Denmark, Mexico and the Netherlands were joint third in the poll by Expedia, where six per cent admitted to completely stripping off.

Travel to Morocco with Germanwings

The decision of low-cost airline customers is clear: of all the Germanwings routes announced so far for the coming 2012 Summer Flight Schedule, the Moroccan destination, Nador, is the most popular. This is why the airline is accommodating its customers by starting flights to Nador six weeks earlier than the actual planned launch date for the new route.