Palaces wherever you look. There are 12 palaces and many gardens in Sanssouci Park, which together form Potsdam's cultural landscape and are the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany. Here Babelsberg Palace on the banks of the Havel in neo-Gothic style, built in 1833 / © Photo: Georg Berg

When is a castle a castle?

Old Fritz transformed Potsdam into a royal seat. With twelve palaces and numerous gardens, Potsdam’s cultural landscape is the largest German Unesco World Heritage Site

HR Giger gravestone, 1940 to 2014 in the Gruyères cemetery. The black granite stone bears a motif from the series Biomechanoid, Biomechanical Matrix / © Photo: Georg Berg

HR Giger and the alien in the castle

HR Giger, the Swiss painter and surrealist, died 10 years ago on May 12, 2014 after falling down a flight of stairs. However, his dark nightmare worlds live on, both in films such as Alien, Dune and Poltergeist and in the HR Giger Museum, which he founded in Gruyères in 1998. A visit is a must for science fiction fans, but a test of courage for everyone else

Cuchaule, the queen of the Bénichon, is a brioche bread with saffron. It is served as the first course on the Kilbi menu together with Kilbi mustard / © Photo: Georg Berg

Bénichon, Kilbi? Definitely Fribourg!

The Kilbi is a festival celebrated in the canton of Fribourg and is one of Switzerland’s living traditions. The cuchaule, a brioche with saffron, is the queen of the festive menu

Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera surround the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. They were created between 1932 and 1933 and were considered by Rivera to be his most successful work / © Photo: Georg Berg

And the winner is: Detroit Institute of Arts!

Forget New York, New Orleans or Chicago! Detroit in Michigan has the best art museum in the USA. The Detroit Institute of Arts, or DIA for short, was voted the best art museum of the year by the readers of USA Today. The DIA has a collection of around 65,000 works, making it one of the largest and most comprehensive art collections in the United States. Art from all over the world is shown in over 100 galleries. Among them is the Center for African American Art, one of the first collections dedicated to African American art. One of the most famous attractions in the building is the Rivera Court. The Detroit Industry … [more]

Artist Sevcan Çerkez with Nelin Tunc / © Photo: Georg Berg

Strong women. A gallery for International Women’s Day

On my travels, I often meet women with exciting CVs and extraordinary careers. I write about their creativity, their courage, their perseverance and their successes. With every well-written story about a woman, the internet becomes more feminine. Women often receive support and encouragement from women. This also applies to the women I present in my gallery for International Women’s Day. Mothers encourage their daughters, businesswomen encourage rural women, grandmothers inspire their granddaughters, friends are there for each other and women’s organizations support girls and women.

Horse-drawn carriage and trees in bright autumnal colors on Cadotte Avenue. The driveway to the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island / © Photo: Georg Berg

Mackinac Island in Lake Huron

The ban on automobiles made the Michigan island a place of longing 150 years ago. The ride into the past begins with a trip in a speedboat

This staircase at Franklin Street and Lake Street is the start of the Chicago Riverwalk / © Photo: Georg Berg

Chicago Riverwalk & Pedway

There are over 400 skyscrapers in Chicago. In addition to the architecture above ground, there are remarkable constructions below ground. About two attractions that are exclusively for pedestrians

Garrett Popcorn flagship store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Family recipe popcorn since 1949 / © Photo: Georg Berg

Made in Chicago: Snacks & Sweets

Nobody has to eat in fast food chains in Chicago. Three food tips that combine food with culture and history. From fictional sandwich shops to the Queen of Chicago

American flag and view of Lake Charlevoix / © Photo: Georg Berg

Charlevoix: Rich in stone and beautiful

Charlevoix confidently calls itself The Beautiful. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, there is no doubt that this place is rich as a stone. And there are two reasons for this

View from the dome of the Mission Point lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, now a museum / © Photo: Georg Berg

Living in the lighthouse

Mission Point Lighthouse is a very special vacation spot. The vacation apartment in an exposed location can only be rented by those who apply to be a temporary lighthouse keeper. The job is particularly popular with women

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