Life with and without the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall – the barrier that divided the German city during the Cold War era – has now been down for as long as it was up.

The wall was built by communist East Germany and completely encircled the western parts of Berlin.

Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports on a new exhibition looking at life with and without the wall.

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Life with and without the Berlin Wall

The world’s least stressful destination

You may wonder if there truly is a place in the world where stress could not find you. Well, there is, according to Zipjet, a tech development firm that aims to reduce stress in people’s lives. Stuttgart, Germany. The manufacturing hub is accented by green spaces and scenic parks such as the Rosensteinpark and it is home to one of the largest botanical gardens and zoos in Europe.

From an initial 500 locations studied with regard to their pollution, finance and the citizens, 150 cities where ranked focusing on the mental wellbeing of residents. The rankings rely on macro-data, while taking into account stress-inducing…
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The world’s least stressful destination

Day trips to get the most out of Munich and the Bavarian district

To get the most out of Munich and the Bavarian district without the hassle of packing and unpacking every day, here are suggestions for day trips:

Garmische-Partenkirschen

This charming town is well known for its proximity to the Zugspitze – the highest point of Germany, and is a great spot to see the Alps. A popular skiing spot in winter, the town has picturesque lakes and palaces and offers numerous summer activities.

Salzburg

This Austrian town, less than two hours from Munich, is Mozart’s birthplace and has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its quaint architecture. You…
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Day trips to get the most out of Munich and the Bavarian district

Namibian tribes lodge case against Germany over Genocide

Lawyers representing two indigenous Namibian tribes are meeting for a pre-trial conference in New York on Thursday following a lawsuit filed earlier this year that demands compensation for the descendants of people massacred in the 20th century’s first genocide.

Between 1904 and 1908, around 100,000 Herero and Nama people were killed by German colonial leaders in South West Africa, now known as Namibia, when the territory was a German colony. German settlers, with the explicit consent of German colonial authorities, seized about one-quarter of Ovaherero and Nama lands between 1885 to 1903. Tensions eventually boiled over and in early 1904, the Ovaherero…
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Namibian tribes lodge case against Germany over Genocide

The Most Powerful Passports

It is said that around 450 BCE, the first document that served a similar purpose as a passport was issued to one of King Artaxerxes I of Persia’s officials, where in it, he requested “the governors beyond the river” grant his servant safe passage as he traveled through Judea. Today, the passport is a necessary means of travel to enter a possible 218 countries around the world, be it for work or leisure as the globe grows more accessible.

Not all passports are made equal, however. Citizens of some countries have access to more countries than others, without having to…
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The Most Powerful Passports

South African Airways supports drive to promote local tourism

Muizenberg's iconic beach huts

The beaches of Muizenberg. Image Cape Town Tourism/Lisa Burnell

South African Airways, the leading carrier on the African continent, has thrown its weight behind tourism authorities, destination marketing organisations and travel and tourism trade show hosts in an effort to stimulate the growth of tourism to and in the country.

Through its participation at the World Travel Market® Africa (WTM® Africa), a fast growing inbound and outbound travel and tourism show, which takes place from 6 until 8 April at the Cape…
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