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The Sniper Tower

The Sniper Tower is an abandoned high-rise building in the war-torn city of Mostar in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The eerie site is officially closed down but is still in use as a space for graffiti art. During the Bosnian war 1992 to 1995 it was used by Croatian snipers to target the near-by square, also hitting and killing many civilians. Today there is peace luckily, but Mostar is still divided between Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosniaks, the sniper tower marking the border of the two parts of the city and standing as a visible reminder and as a warning.

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Discovering Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the largest and most important town of the Alsace region in France, situated at the river Rhein close Germany. Historically the region as the town itself was contested between these two major European powers and both cultures are visible in the urban landscape up until today. Large parts of the old town consist of bourgeois houses with timber framing, which are also characteristic for the neighbouring Schwarzwald region in Germany (pictures 1, 5, 7). Other parts of the town like the Gothic churches and neoclassic museums (pictures 3, 4) on the other hand recall similar buildings in Paris. Strasbourg is a lovely town and surely an interesting melange of European cultures.

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Urban Discoveries: BrewDog Tallinn

In “Urban Discoveries” we seek and find interesting and well designed places to eat and drink. Usually in or around Vienna, but this time around we checked out for you a new place for craft beer in the city of Tallinn, Estonia.

BrewDog by itself of course is not new but an already established brand from Scotland. They are a craft brew company but also licence pubs. Estonia is new to the family. The first BrewDog was opened just a couple of months ago in the fresh Rotermanni Kvartal (Rotermann Disctrict) right around the corner of the magnificent old town of Tallinn.

It is a welcoming place with lots and lots of choice for beer lovers. There are some staples, but much of the menu is changing constantly so to offer new brands for trial. The prices are modest if so not as cheap as you would expect from a former Soviet country. Estonia certainly is becoming more and more part of the West (or North). The barkeepers are always up for a chat and are very friendly. They will gladly explain to you the nuances and differences of the assortment. Don’t be shy!

You’ll find more info about the place right here. They also have a well done Instagram account.

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Perspectives on Warsaw

Warsaw may not be a beautiful city in the traditional sense of the word, but it sure is a very interesting and vibrant place. Built up from the ashes in the 1950s it was constructed with communist ideals und new technological developments in mind. The streets are broad and made for a lot of traffic, while residential buildings rise up in the sky surrounded by a surprising amount of green. Since the 90s Warsaw is the undisputed capital of capitalism in Poland, so many new skyscrapers were built since then. Nowadays the communist and capitalist structures form an interesting although at times contradictory symphony.

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