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

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

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.

Avatar of the Sorcerer's Apprentice / AI / © Georg Berg

The grim secret of the Tellerrand stories

I woke up from a terrible nightmare. In it, the authentic Tellerrand stories were just hallucinations of an artificial intelligence, and I was the celebrated sorcerer’s apprentice who is even proud of it [Watch the AI-generated video]

The old telephone booth in the Waldhaus is now a cell phone retreat for the benefit of all guests who want to use the lounges and many other places in the house to read, play, talk or think. Pleasant times when the telephone was located in its own booth and not in everyone's pocket / © Photo: Georg Berg

Phone booth for cell phone calls

Inspired by Nietzsche: Near St. Moritz, the Hotel Waldhaus offers an escape from modern chaos and the right amount of interaction and tranquillity. The Hotel Waldhaus, once a popular meeting place for famous personalities such as Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Theodor Adorno and Elke Heidenreich, has found an interesting solution. Instead of allowing guests to use their cell phones everywhere, the hotel’s old telephone booths have been converted into special places where cell phones can be used

Renovated Michigan Central Station will shine in its former glory at the end of 2023. The building has an eventful history. Decades of decay began in the 1970s. In the years after 1988, the building changed hands several times, once for less than 80,000 dollars. The station building became a stomping ground for vandals, homeless people, sprayers and junkies. From 2024, Ford Motor Company will use it as a mobility research campus / © Photo: Georg Berg

Enlightenment on a greenfield site

Michigan Central Station shines in its former glory at the end of 2023. While elsewhere in the world main stations were built in the heart of a city, in Detroit a monumental building was erected on a greenfield site in 1910. The aim was to revitalize the still tranquil Corktown district. That went badly wrong. As everyone knows, Detroit and later the whole of the USA relied on the car. Decades of decay began in the 1970s. The building changed hands several times, once for less than 80,000 dollars! Michigan Central Station became a playground for vandals, homeless people, sprayers and junkies and one of the most popular lost places for photographers. In future, trains will no longer run through this station. The Ford Motor Company is planning to turn it into a central research campus for mobility. Once again, the focus is on the future of global mobility and the Corktown district is set to benefit from this. This time it could succeed.

Christmas decorated street in the old town of Valletta, Malta / © Photo: Georg Berg

Lametta in Valletta

In Malta and Gozo, almost every street and square glitters in the run-up to Christmas. Angels, stars and often the three holy kings are brought into position in every village. Magnificent fairy lights are strung across the streets and fountains and squares are decorated with figures

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Frequent flyer with a message

People Need Love is the first single by the pop band Abba in 1972. It is a simple song with a simple wish for peace and harmony, which unfortunately never became a catchy tune

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