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Streets of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in Europe. It’s a town I come back to as often as I am able to. I love the open minded atmosphere there and the friendly people, how there are no curtains in front of the windows because you simply don’t need any to hide things away. Life happens on the streets of course, and there is a lot of it buzzing around. Bicycles are everywhere and it doesn’t matter if it’s an older person or a father with his kids or just somebody on her way to work, everybody seems to ride their bikes with great joy, passing by the many channels of Amsterdam while kicking the pedals.


A City in the Alps: Innsbruck

The scenery of Innsbruck in the western part of Austria is simply stunning. The capital of the historic region of Tyrol is situated in the Inn river valley between two mountain ranges in the north and in the south. No wonder Innsbruck is known as the capital of the Alps as well in Austria, there is just no place in the streets of the city where you don’t constantly see them. Innsbruck itself is beautiful as well, a quite colorful medieval and gothic town with beautiful sacral and civic buildings and the “Golden Roof”,  the cities most famous symbol with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. Take a look!


If these walls could talk, Sniper Tower Pt. II

This ist the second of a two part series about the Sniper Tower in Mostar, Bosnia i Hercegovina. You’ll find the first series with basic information right here.

Getting into the Sniper Tower might be quite tricky, but it’s worth it. From the main square turn to the left ally and follow it to the end of the building, then go around the corner and right here there should be some stone blocks enabling you to cross the wall and enter into the eerie site. I highly recommend to do it at daylight, first of all because you are able to enjoy the beautiful views on the upper floors, secondly and most importantly it’s supposed to be a hotspot for druggies at night and obviously there is no police here to take care of you. So be cautious and watch your steps. The place is especially well known for it’s graffiti art, some of the pieces can be seen below.









Mostar: Divided City

During the Bosnian war 1992 – 1995 the historic city of Mostar found itself in the center of fights first between Bosnianak-Croation and Serbian troops and later between Muslims and Catholics. During the conflict large parts of the city were destroyed and many civilians lost their life. The destroyed bridge of Mostar especially became a well known symbol of the conflict. It was built by the Ottomans and stood here for hundreds of years connecting the Muslim and the Christian parts of the city, before being blown to pieces for unknown reasons. A couple of years ago the Mostar bridge was rebuilt, but many remnants of the war remain present in the city making it an eerie but very interesting place to visit. The wounds are heeling slowly, but still Mostar is a visible example for what can happen when once peaceful neighbours suddenly turn against each other for religious or ethnic reasons. Up until today the city remains divided.


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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