Category Archives: Germany

Germany is where I grew up and spent most of my life. It also is the place where most my travel goes to (with my family and my husbands family both living there as well as a lot of my work travels heading that way). At the same time this seems to be the place I write about the least. But I promise to better myself. So keep an eye out for Germany travel guides in the nearer future.
For now, how about being a ‘Tourist for an hour in Berlin’ to start you off on your Germany adventure.

Exploring Germany – Radolfzell am Bodensee

It must have been more than 20 years since I have last been to Lake Constance (Bodensee). So I was delighted to get a chance for an overnight stay here during a recent trip.

To get there, I flew into Zurich and took a train (well three trains actually) to Radolfzell. My time here was fairly limited, as I was being picked up the next morning for a meeting nearby, before travelling to Stuttgart to catch my afternoon flight back to London.

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Berlin in 1 hour

Recently travelling back from Görlitz, I found myself with an hour or two to spare when changing in Berlin. So I wondered what to do and came up with a list of things you can do in Berlin if you only have an hour (or maybe two).

Don’t get me wrong. I am not claiming that you only need one hour to see all of Berlin. Far from it. You should allow at least 3 to 4 days if you are visiting for the first time. Or even more, which would give you a chance to also explore the surrounding areas, like the Spreewald and lakes.

But surely I am not the only one that might occasionally find herself at Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main station) with an hour or two spare before heading to the airport or taking a connecting train to somewhere else in Germany.

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Airport Guide for Berlin

To me Berlin is very marmite. You either love it or hate it. Not much in between.

And what shall I say… I don’t love marmite….

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying I hate Berlin. Not really. But it would not make it into my top five of cities (hey here’s an idea for a new blog post… stay tuned). Nor would it be my first (second or third) choice of places to live in Germany.

But I am always up for the odd weekend or visit (unlike marmite… that I do loath at all times).

But what gets me every single time is the devastating state of the airports in Berlin.

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Swimming pools and spa hotels… travel done right

Every now and then the choice of hotel or location turns out to be just perfect, making an otherwise standard work trip that little bit special.

I am usually in charge of my own itinerary. So within limits I can pick and choose my preferred dates, flights and hotels. But saying that…. When it comes to hotels I am regularly at the mercy of the client, as they confirm the appointments with the dealerships, pick me up from the airport and drop me at the hotel (often the case when they actually stay at the same hotel). This can be a bit hit and miss obviously. Sometimes I am informed before where I will be staying (or even get a say in where I want to stay), other times I just have to hope they actually remembered to book me a room.

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A night in Berlin… and how it all went wrong.

Last week’s work trip was yet another two day trip to Germany.
It all started with an early morning flight from London City to Düsseldorf, a fairly straight forward affair with no notable story to share.
After visiting two showrooms in the area and a brief sweat getting stuck in traffic during rush hour on the way back to the airport, I eventually made it back to Düsseldorf just in time to board my onward flight to Berlin for the night.

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A night to remember – Elbphilharmonie

Ever so often you find yourself in the right place at the right time.

Such as last January. We had a 2 day trip to the vicinity of Hamburg and decided to take the opportunity to see the newly opened Elbphilharmonie, which after years of delay finally opened three weeks prior.

So we booked ourselves into a hotel near the harbour, at the top end of the Reeperbahn. Within walking distance so to say.

The original plan was to walk along the harbour to the Elbphilharmonie, have a look around, see if we could get tickets for the viewing gallery and go for dinner afterwards. But what are plans, if not to change?

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