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

Ninu's Cave is a stalactite cave on Gozo that was discovered by chance by Guzepp Rapa under his house while searching for water. The cave is now run by the third generation of his descendants. The name of the cave goes back to the landowner Ninu Carmel at the time of its discovery in 1888 / © Photo: Georg Berg

Stalactite cave on the island of Gozo

In 1888, Guzepp Rapa came across a stalactite cave while trying to dig a well behind his house. The cave was named Ninu’s Cave after the owner of the property at the time, Ninu Carmel. Today, Guzepp Rapa’s daughter and grandson give visitors access to this geological sensation beneath their home

Ore wagons on the pocket dock. The Marquette Ore Dock is in operation / © Photo: Georg Berg

Michigan and heavy industry

160 years ago, strong deflections on a compass needle indicated a large iron ore deposit that brought jobs and prosperity. What remains are cinemas, pubs, cannabis

Self-portrait in round mirror © Vivian Maier, Courtesy of the Estate of Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier: A life through the viewfinder

A decade ago, experts and the general public were surprised by the impressive photographic work of a previously unknown artist: Vivian Maier. With her camera, she told everyday stories from New York and Chicago by capturing decisive and often bizarre moments on the street. Her photos document real life in the United States from the 1950s onwards in the most impressive way. Although she had no photographic training and no interest in presenting her extraordinary skills to a wider audience, her work has attracted unprecedented posthumous attention.

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]

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