Posts Tagged ‘ Der Spiegel ’

Don’t go to Berlin

Aug 15th, 2013 | By

Visitors are being politely told in Berlin to go home. We are not wanted there. Well, most of us aren’t because one person told Der Spiegel that they only wanted rich people.



Plundering Egypt’s heritage

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

Plundering relics, tombs and the pyramids in Egypt has a long tradition going back thousands of years. Obviously how much we have lost and never know that we have lost will never be known. In the last twenty years of so, heritage sites that would normally visited by hundreds of thousands of people have been desecrated. Places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Mali have been affected by conflict. A development company in Peru levelled a pyramid there without permission and we heard stories two years
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Berlin’s Unhelpful Press Coverage

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

If I was working for the tourist office for Berlin, I would be less than happy by some of the coverage that German newspapers have been giving to the city recently. Die Tageszeiting has been saying that some of those who live in the city have been complaining about tourists. Well doesn’t everyone until you become one?



Would You Holiday in Greece?

May 26th, 2010 | By

Greece has been at the centre of the recent concern about reducing government spending and/or increasing taxes. It has led to demonstrations in Athens and now it seems it is having a wider impact. It may be discouraging us from taking our holidays there. According to Der Spiegel, the German news organisation, which ran an article from Crete this week, one hotel has only just opened for the season despite that fact that the holiday season has already begun. Another said that only 50% of the rooms had been booked for the Summer.
Der Spiegel says that 300,000 fewer Germans will visit Greece this year because of the press impact of the stories about Greece. 400 hotels are up for sale including 48 on Rhodes and 44 on Crete.
So what about us? What will our reaction be? Are you dissuaded from going to Greece because of the issues there?



Ban Duty Free Alcohol & Perfume Sales

Jan 4th, 2010 | By

This view comes not from anyone in the UK but from two German trades unions. According to Der Spiegel’s online news service,(www.spiegel.de) the head of the German police union and the head of the pilots union have both called for bans on the sale of liquids like perfume and alcohol because of their potentially lethal use. Alcohol is inflammable and exists in perfumes as well as the bottles of spirits we buy.
The police union chief, Rainer Wendt, claims that once a passenger clears security checks and gets airside, everything a terrorist needs to build a contraption can be found in the duty free and restaurant areas.
True or not, this ban is unlikely to happen.



German Castles Do Well in the Slump

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that castles and historic houses in many parts of the UK were getting high visitor numbers because people were staying at home rather than holidaying abroad.

In Germany it is the same. according to Der Spiegel. Visitor numbers are up there as well as Germans also holidayed at home in greater numbers this year.