Germany

Tips and Articles in Germany

Inside: Genealogy Resources "Just before my eleventh birthday my life changed completely." My father wrote those words to my son Tommy, who had just turned 11, in a letter explaining how his upper-class upbringing in Berlin had come to an abrupt ...
The New Berlin is a giant project in progress, a city obsessed with its future and self-definition but showing no sign of a due date. From the traffic-light-red Info Box perched on stilts over Potsdamer Platz you can take in 360 degrees of glass-a...
Munich's new Pinakothek der Moderne, designed by Stephan Braunfels, is not likely to find itself on postcards. A rectangular box with a façade of concrete, glass, and steel, it nestles inconspicuously next to the city's two other great art museums...
Munich has often been defined by static images from its past: the history-rich Marienplatz district; the Frauenkirche, a 15th-century Gothic church topped by copper-sheathed onion domes; the overflowing fruit and vegetable stalls at the 200-year-o...
The Arts: Music You've memorized the CD and seen the movie, but if the Buena Vista Social Club isn't in town when you visit Havana, where do you go for the best Cuban sounds?We asked Juan de Marcos González, a founding member of the BVSC, to ...
"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of the future. If a bus driver needs a satellite to tell him where he is, there really are no lim...
No city embodies Germany's uneasy alliance of old and new more than its fashion and media capital, Hamburg. Part grit and part high style, Hamburg is as well known for its tony residential neighborhoods as it is for the infamous Reeperbahn, a red-...
What was once a bland concrete office building on the Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin's main shopping avenue, has been transformed into the Ku'Damm 101 hotel, a haven of spare and whimsical design. Fifties-style chairs reminiscent of tongues and tulip...
OCCUPATION Conductor and music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia HOME BASES Fort Worth, Texas, and Auckland, New Zealand FACE THE MUSIC The 36-year-old Peruvian-born, American-trained maestro made his Colo...
The latest train trips give you plenty of reasons to get on board. India's Deccan Odyssey (800/824-6342; www.deccan-odyssey-india.com; from $350 a night per person) comes with every amenity imaginable—including a spa car. Now there's no excuse for...
In the same industrial corridor as the Gastwerk, Hamburg's first loft hotel, the just-launched 25 Hours Hotel is a paean to all things mod. Every detail in the 65 guest rooms—the overlapping powder-blue squares on the wallpaper, the Brionvega TV s...
I'm considering a summer trip to Peru, including some trekking. How crowded is it on the Inca Trail?—D.B., Windsor, Ont. Solitude is unlikely during the May-to-September dry season. The number of hikers on the trail, an ancient 20-mile highway th...
Americans now understand how architecture can occupy the center of a national psyche. We know that what we build at Ground Zero will determine how we collectively remember that catastrophe. Through an aesthetic alchemy, the right architecture will...
Leave it to those innovative Scandinavians to improve simple strolling, with Nordic walking. In the sport, walkers use adapted ski poles with spiked bottoms to replicate the upper-body motion of cross-country skiing, and now it's spreading to ever...
Munich's favorite bar is back. Since 1982, Schumann's Bar, the dimly lit hangout on Maximillianstrasse run by former boxer-model Charles Schumann, was the place where celebrities didn't have to be stars. In mid-October 2003, the old Schumann's clo...