Freshly moved – quite luxurious – trip

The Swiss, who everyone had been waiting for on this January morning, came into the court through the delivery entrance. The main entrance would have been on one of the most impressive court facades in Germany. But the prominent defendant did not need attention: Josef Ackermann, head of Deutsche Bank at the time. The world press has long been ready for the process. Most of the people who remember from the discontinued Mannesmann trial are probably just one photo that has since been one of the icons of the criticism of capitalism: the laughing Ackermann, how he forms the victory sign with one hand in jury court room 111 before the trial begins.

Till Raymond Westheuser copied the gesture 16 years later, and it was immediately clear which process was meant. The 36-year-old hotel manager stands in front of a former judge’s room. Today it is an elegantly furnished lounge for hotel guests. Because in the neo-baroque building at the address Mühlenstraße 34 between Düsseldorf’s old town and the art collection, within walking distance of the Rhine and the Kö, justice is no longer spoken – but instead, people sleep, celebrate and eat. At least that was the plan, then Corona came. At the moment only business guests are allowed to stay here, the restaurants next door are closed. In the small hotel shop you can buy homemade soups, noodles and stews. Fortunately, all rooms and suites are equipped with fully equipped kitchens including pots, plates and a dishwasher, so you can warm up your pumpkin soup in your room in the evening in a self-catering manner. Then the call in the hotel bar, yes you can pick up a mojito at any time. As a hotel guest you can even drink in the lobby bar. The little joys in autumn 2020.

In the middle of the partial lockdown, Hyatt has opened the first hotel of its brand The Unbound Collection in the “roof” room. The important markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland are referred to as such in the hotel industry. Isn’t that pure madness, who needs a hotel right now? Westheuser laughs and says: “We thought it over very, very carefully. But we believe in our idea and at some point you have to start making your brand known. I also assume that tourist travel will soon be allowed again.” The new hotel director exudes optimism, he knows his way around big names: He previously worked as head of marketing at the 5-star Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg. Thanks to the many business guests, they have “got through the crisis well so far,” said Westheuser.

A so-called Hyatt House was housed in the imposing building in Düsseldorf for several years, but the decision was made to turn it into a boutique luxury hotel, says Westheuser. After months of renovation work, the new hotel is now called The Wellem. It is located in the artists’ district of Andreas Quartier, where luxury properties in particular have emerged in recent years. The centerpiece is the wonderful entrance hall with a three-wing staircase, lavishly renovated stucco and ocean-blue walls. A golden portrait of Justitia still watches over everything.

Editor’s note

The research trips for this issue were partly supported by tour operators, hotels, airlines and / or tourism agencies.

Built in 1913, the building was the scene of historical trials for almost a century; In 2010 the district and regional courts moved into a functional new building on the outskirts.

The hotel name pays homage to Jan Wellem. The influential Elector from the Palatinate and his wife Anna Maria de Medici were the co-founders of modern museum culture in the 17th and 18th centuries; they shaped Düsseldorf as an art and cultural destination. Wellem’s idol was the French Sun King, and his heart was attached to Düsseldorf. The monumental hotel is conveniently located next to one of the most important art collections in Europe, the K20 – and the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia is known for its museums and galleries. There is an “Art Concierge” in the hotel, presumably unique in Germany. The trained gallery owner and a team take care of the furnishing of the hotel corridors, the various “Art Suites”, in which contemporary art by Julian Schnabel, Leon Löwentraut, HA Schult and Dieter Nuhr is currently hanging. And he curates changing hotel exhibitions and organizes individual guided tours through Düsseldorf’s museums and galleries for guests. By the way, every room has a canvas with a sketch pad and pens. If the guest wants to become an artist himself.

The Wellem, Mühlenstraße 34, 40213 Düsseldorf, from 190 euros plus breakfast,


This is how vacation in the Maldives works in Corona mode

There is a travel warning for the Maldives, but many travel there anyway. Because nowhere can you survive the Corona time better than on the islands in the Indian Ocean. The security concept is strict and the guests stay among themselves. .

South Australia: How a Baby Koala Became a Symbol of Hope

The South Australia region

South Australia or South Australia is one of six states on the smallest continent in the world and almost three times the size of Germany. The majority of its 1.7 million inhabitants live in the capital Adelaide. It is named after Adelheid von Sachsen-Meiningen, who later became Queen Adelaide, and from 1830 to 1837 Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.

Human settlement in the area by Aborigines can be traced back around 20,000 years, for example in the Koonalda Cave in Nullarbor in the extreme southwest. A good two percent of today’s citizens of the state are descendants of these indigenous inhabitants of Australia.

Declared a colony by Great Britain in 1836, the first European settlement was founded on Kangaroo Island. Today, the region with its Mediterranean climate, no less than 3700 kilometers of coastline and endless sandy beaches is a surfing and swimming destination – and with volcanoes, salt lakes and red deserts a huge outdoor playground.

Source: WORLD infographic

Christian settlers occupied Aboriginal land

While the other areas of the continent were established as convict colonies for English prisoners, South Australia was specifically settled by free European settlers. The residents of the state refer to this with some pride to this day.

In the founding charter of the colony, the “Letters Patent”, drawn up in 1836, it was also laid down that nothing should affect the rights of the indigenous inhabitants and that they would enjoy the same protection as the other subjects of the British Crown – which, however, did not prevent Christian settlers from doing so To want to “civilize” Aborigines and to occupy the land they have inhabited for millennia.

It was not until 1992 that the then Australian Prime Minister apologized to the Aborigines for the injustice done to them by the whites.

A koala as a symbol for the recreation of nature

When the serious bush fires raged in early 2020, in which it is estimated that more than a billion animals and at least 30,000 koalas died across Australia, soldiers on Kangaroo Island also helped to nurse injured animals:

Soldiers lovingly nurse baby kangaroos and small koalas

Army members lend a hand on Kangaroo Island. They help to foster the injured animals.

The koala Holly was also saved from the fire. When Holly was recovering from the horrors at Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide, carers discovered she was carrying a baby in her pouch.

The offspring, named Phoenix, saw the light of day at the end of September and became a symbol of nature, which is slowly recovering. According to the Australian Koala Foundation, fewer than 100,000 of the marsupials currently live in the country and are considered critically endangered.

Koala Holly was lucky: Their baby Phoenix was born safe and sound in September

Koala Holly was lucky: Their baby Phoenix was born safe and sound in September

Quelle: Jim Geddes

Why some lakes are bright pink

As if they had been invented especially for Instagram, the water of some lakes in South Australia (like Lake MacDonnell in the photo) shimmers bright pink. The reason is the high proportion of salt, which promotes the growth of pink bacteria. The less water the lakes have, the more intense the color.

A salt lake is less known for its color than for its name: Lake Cadibarrawirracanna is Australia’s longest place name, in the language of the Aborigines it means “dancing stars on the water”.

South Australia: A high proportion of salt favors the growth of pink bacteria in Lake MacDonnell

A high proportion of salt favors the growth of pink bacteria in Lake MacDonnell

Quelle: Getty Images

The wine stronghold in Australia

South Australia is home to 18 wine regions, by far the most in the country. More than 75 percent of Australia’s wine products come from the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide Hills, mostly Shiraz wines.

The first vines were shipped from South Africa to Australia; After a few teething problems, the first domestic wine came onto the market in the 1820s. It was then emigrants from the Prussian province of Silesia who, from the middle of the 19th century, made the Barossa Valley 55 kilometers northeast of Adelaide into one of the world-famous wine regions.

Ghostly mushrooms glow in the dark

The Australian ghost mushroom (Omphalotus nidiformis) bears its name rightly: In the dark, the plant found in South Australia and Tasmania shines like a small neon green ghost.

This is due to the substances called illudins, which also make the ghost mushroom poisonous. If you want to see it shine: In May and June it can be viewed in a pine forest near Mount Gambier.

The Australian ghost mushroom (Omphalotus nidiformis) glows neon green in the dark

The Australian ghost mushroom (Omphalotus nidiformis) glows neon green in the dark

Quelle: Getty Images

The quote

“Adelaide has so little to offer that it should be closed”

Robert Doyle passed this harsh judgment in 2009, when he was mayor of Melbourne. And because he was doing so well, he referred to Sydney in the same breath as “a city with a wallet instead of a heart”.

At least as far as Adelaide is concerned, the man has to be resolutely contradicted. There are not only numerous cultural events (art festival, film festival, music event “Womadelaide”), but also some of the best museums in Australia with important works of art by the Aborigines. And thanks to the many city beaches and the lower cost of living, Adelaide is the most popular big city on the continent, especially with the younger ones.

Quirky, record-breaking, typical: You can find more parts of our regional geography series here.

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Earth. Planet travels fast and is closer to the center of the galaxy

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A improvement in the observation model of the Milky Way places the Earth seven kilometers faster and about 2,000 light years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy.

Those refined data correspond to new data, including a catalog of objects observed for more than 15 years by the Japanese radio astronomy project VERA.

VERA – VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) Radio Astrometry Exploration – began in 2000 to map three-dimensional velocity and spatial structures in the Milky Way. VERA uses a technique known as interferometry to combine data from radio telescopes scattered throughout the Japanese archipelago in order to achieve the same resolution as a 2300 kilometer diameter telescope would have.

The precision of the measurement achieved with this resolution, 10 microseconds of arc, is sharp enough in theory to resolve a US penny placed on the surface of the Moon, reports the NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) in a statement.

Because Earth is located inside the Milky Way, we cannot step back and see what the galaxy looks like from the outside. Astrometry, the precise measurement of the positions and movements of objects, is a vital tool for understanding the general structure of the galaxy and our place in it. This year, the First VERA Astrometry Catalog A containing data for 99 objects.

Based on the VERA Astrometry Catalog and recent observations by other groups, astronomers constructed a map of position and velocity. From this map they calculated the center of the galaxy, the point around which everything rotates.

The map suggests that the center of the galaxy and the supermassive black hole that resides there are 25,800 light-years from Earth.

This is closer than the official value of 27,700 light years adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1985. The velocity component of the map indicates that the Earth is traveling at 227 kilometers per second as it orbits the Galactic Center. This is faster than the official value of 220 km / s.

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Lucerne in Switzerland: in winter the city is enchanted

All raved about him – poets, kings and composers. But mostly they only traveled to Lake Lucerne in summer. A mistake. The Lucerne Bay is never surrounded by greater magic than on crystal clear winter days.

A cheerful serenity then lies above the lakeside promenade with its sophisticated hotel buildings from the Belle Époque, in front of which hardy Lucerne boccia play. On the other side of the lake greet you from mountain peaks, all of which are already wearing snow caps.

Every now and then a couple of screeching seagulls enliven the scenery, startled by excursion boats plowing foaming furrows through the water. Unlike most other alpine lakes, Lucerne shipping does not have to go into hibernation, but can operate all year round, because a strong current, rebellious winds and its depth of over 200 meters make Lake Lucerne immune to the freezing cold and prevent it from freezing over.

Seagulls rest on a jetty overlooking the lake

Source: Getty Images / Rosmarie Wirz

A frosty wind can color passengers on the railing red-cheeked winter faces. To warm up in the ship’s restaurant, hot Ovaltine and Lucerne gingerbread are served. It has nothing in common with the honey biscuits that are baked in many places in Germany, mostly in the form of cookies.

The Lucerne variant comes across as a real cake, deep brown, spicy and airy and tender. There is no standard recipe. Coriander, aniseed, cinnamon, cloves and ginger can be tasted in the “Läbchueche” of all Lucerne bakeries.

In the pharmacy, bones dangle from the ceiling

When looking for the most delicious, you pass a bizarre shop window in the old town. It belongs to the Suidter pharmacy, which has stood here since 1833, and the room behind it looks as if the past centuries have passed by without a trace.

Switzerland: The Suidtersche Apotheke in the old town of Lucerne has been around since 1833

The Suidtersche Apotheke in the old town of Lucerne has been around since 1833

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Bones and dried herbs dangle from an artistically painted ceiling. A stuffed owl sits next to a heavy mortar on a thick pharmacopoeia, and the many glass and clay vessels reveal their contents only in Latin: “Theriaca”, “Elix Pector”, “Castoreum” are some of the inscriptions.

The paraphernalia of the old pharmacy trade wafts through the spirit of the alchemists and a little pinch of Harry Potter magic. In a present full of mobile phone shops, fashion stores and fast-food chains, comfortably out-of-date places like the beautiful museum pharmacy window urgently need to be protected.

Hearty Swiss cuisine in rustic restaurants

Fortunately, there is no lack of the past in all of Lucerne. You can lose yourself in light-adorned alleys with magnificent historic buildings and frescoed guild houses, stroll over the massive wooden beams of the Chapel and Scheuerbrücke or look from the medieval Musegg Wall over the city’s snow-covered roofs in winter.

Switzerland: Lucerne on Lake Lucerne

Postcard panorama: Lucerne hugs the shores of Lake Lucerne

Those: imago / robertharding

The nine towers of the old city wall have proven their steadfastness over time, as have Lucerne’s rustic dining rooms, some of which look back on half a millennium of history.

In keeping with the interior, hearty traditional dishes are served with no frills. In the “Wilden Mann” restaurant, the chef recommends homemade serviette dumplings with mushroom ragout or meatloaf braised in red wine sauce.

The classic of the house, however, is the Lucerne Chügelipastete, a veal fricassee in a spherical dough shell. Home-style cooking as an homage to the rich Swiss fare from grandmother’s kitchen, but so refined and finely prepared that even non-Swiss people rave about it.

The Swiss German has a special expression for the pleasant slackness that sets in after such a meal: “Ich ha ei Wöhli” (I feel good), often heard in the sighed short form “Ei Wöhli!”.

Hiking in winter becomes a massage for the mind

Proper culinary art is just one way to wellness the Swiss way, another is: winter hiking. You can also take the oldest mountain railway in Europe to get up to the Rigi.

Switzerland: View from the snow-covered Rigi to the Vierwaldstätterse

Höhenrausch: View from the snow-covered Rigi to the Vierwaldstätterse

Quelle: Getty Images

The rock massif, also known as the “Queen of the Mountains”, is one of the most popular light filling stations in winter. Groomed hiking trails lead up to the Rigi Kulm, the highest peak, from which you can see almost everything that is famous in the Swiss mountains, including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

If you are in the mood for longer tours, you can go to the Lucerne town of Eigenhal, a glacier-shaped natural paradise at the foot of Lucerne’s local mountain, Pilatus. At around 1000 meters above sea level, five hiking routes lead through the mostly sunny high valley – and romance awaits the visitor immediately.

Switzerland: The view from Pilatus with its rugged summit region is also impressive

The view from Pilatus with its rugged summit region is also impressive

Source: Getty Images / LuismiX

Fir trees are up to the waist in glittering fields of snow, on the roofs of rustic alpine huts there are meter-thick white hoods. Sometimes it goes ahead on groomed paths, then again snowshoes are buckled, which leave yeti-sized traces.

As soon as you stop, it becomes completely still until a gust of wind blows the white weight off the branches. With a gentle crackle, the flakes trickle down onto the hoods of the hikers. Peace on the outside, peace on the inside – this is how the winter hike becomes a comfortable massage for the mind. “Ei Wöhli!”

Paragliding over Lake Lucerne and the Rigi

Which would prove that you can do wonderfully without fun on the slopes and après-ski on a winter holiday in Switzerland. If you don’t want to stay completely adrenaline-free in the Lucerne winter landscape, you can try slowly floating over the snow peaks – with paragliding in tandem.

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The start is from various locations around Lake Lucerne with an experienced pilot who safely maneuvers the paraglider while the passenger sits comfortably in front of him in his harness. A start lane has to be stamped in the snow beforehand.

Then one last check whether buckles, belts and helmets are in place, and off you go down the slope, behind one of the colorful paragliders, which fill with air and rise. Keep running until there is a gentle jolt and you lose the ground under your feet.

The view becomes wide. Spectacular natural cinema is playing under one – the rugged summit region of Pilatus, the snow queen-white peaks of the Rigi and toy boats on the ink-blue Lake Lucerne. The eyes do not even know where to look first, and in the depths they already make out the next destination of the journey, the hunched back of the Bürgenstocks.

Famous guests stayed on the Bürgenstock

This mountain bar lies like a primeval lizard in the lake, as if it had made itself comfortable here millions of years ago to take a break. But then she liked the area so much that she decided to stay forever. The mountain has been welcoming guests for around 150 years. The village-like facility on the Bürgenstock includes several hotels, restaurants, sports and wellness offers.

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The resort became legendary thanks to its prominent visitors such as Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Konrad Adenauer and Sean Connery. The James Bond actor stayed with the entire film crew on the Bürgenstock while filming “Goldfinger”. The World Economic Forum 2021 will take place here in May, as a small version of the event in Davos, which was canceled due to the corona.

The resort’s bartenders still mix 007’s favorite drink the way it should be – shaken, not stirred. This should be more digestible due to its antioxidant properties.

Even healthier are cocktails without alcohol, which have recently been introduced in the Bürgenstock bar “Verbena” – the first completely alcohol-free location of its kind in Switzerland. Lavender, beetroot, kombucha, thyme, raisin nectar and chilli are just a few of the ingredients that are mixed into Barbados-colored drinks. Sounds daring, but it is addictive and is ideally suited to toast the intoxicatingly beautiful Lucerne for a whole evening.

Lucerne in Switzerland

Source: WORLD infographic

Tips and information for Lucerne

Getting there: You can reach Lucerne by train via Basel or Zurich (

Corona rules: Switzerland is considered a risk area. German citizens are allowed to enter the country without restrictions. Strict hygiene rules apply in the country, including a mask requirement, sometimes also outside. Discos are closed, restaurants and bars are open under restrictions. Rules can change quickly, current information:;

Accommodation: Hotel “Le Stelle” in the old town, ten stylish rooms, double rooms from 67 euros (; Hotel “Montana”, Art Deco style, magnificent view of the lake or mountains, double room from 225 euros (; Hotel “Des Alpes”, directly at the Chapel Bridge, double room from 168 euros (

On water and in the air: Winter timetables for the cable cars: and; Boat trips:; Paragliding passenger flights:;;

To eat and drink: Swiss delicacies in the Simply Fine shop (; Vegan cuisine in the “Pura” (; Fondue enjoyment in the guild restaurant “Pfistern” (, in “Moosmatt” ( or on the paddle steamer “Wilhelm Tell” (

Further information:;

Instead of having fun in the huts, many ski resorts fear mass bankruptcies

Skiing vacation will fall through the water for most this year. This is not only due to the warm weather, but also to the corona pandemic. This hits lift operators, hut keepers and ski rentals hard.

Source: WELT / Vitkoria Schulte

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WELT AM SONNTAG from November 22nd, 2020



On the luxury train from Tanzania to South Africa: More Africa is not possible

WITHig travels in Africa apparently fulfill longings: “It has to be again,” explains someone who has probably already been on board. And a woman who was also traveling with us said: “My heart opens! The people out there! The women who beam you so friendly with full baskets on your head and small children on your back! “

And we? We’re sitting in here, we’re on the move in a luxury train that celebrates a form of travel that is often in stark contrast to the conditions in the regions traveled through, in which people do some things by donkey cart, much on foot. And so another passenger says:


50 years of “Tatort”: We are who we are through murders

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Schmitz (Florence Kasumba, left) and Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler) Schmitz (Florence Kasumba, left) and Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler)

Scramble: Schmitz (Florence Kasumba, left) and Lindholm (Maria Furtwängler)

Those: NDR / Frizzi Kurkhaus

Mentality museum, moral institution or just an endless series of more or less good police films? About the secrets of a television series that probably succeeded for the last time in creating national identity.

BBefore we dive into media theory about who is perhaps the most important jubilee of the year alongside Beethoven, a few facts about the “crime scene”. Since the body of little Christian Landsberger was discovered on November 29, 1970 in the “Taxi to Leipzig”, the very first case, at a rest stop on the transit highway in the GDR, a good 2,500 other people had passed away in the German living rooms during a current 1145 investigations to complain.

Most lost their lives by the sixth minute. Most of them were shot.

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The record of deaths – 51 in the end – is held by “Born in pain”, Ulrich Tukur’s fourth case as Commissioner Murot. A good 150 investigators took part in the murder hunt, their success rate is likely to be well above that of their colleagues in reality.

Almost 27 million – an audience record that even the people of Münster will never catch up – watched as Curd Jürgens was convicted in “Red – Red – Dead” by the incredibly boring Stuttgart inspector Lutz alias Werner Schumacher.

The first case: Inspector Trimmel (Walter Richter, r.) In “Taxi to Leipzig”

Quelle: picture alliance/dpa

In the meantime, the number of deaths has stabilized at a good one and a half per episode and the audience rating has settled at a good eight million. After “Derrick” and “Der Alte”, “Tatort” is the most successful export product of German television.

ARD has not prepared any product on the Internet in this way. Nothing on German television is so excited and discussed in real time on social media, and the media guardian Reich citizen is not outraged about anything.

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Which may also be due to the fact that in “Tatort”, according to Cologne media scientist Dietrich Leder, above all the “educated middle class, politically left-wing” recognizes itself.

Which brings us almost to media theory, the research into the causes of the success of the best-researched German television series.

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People have already tried to hang various medals around the marathon killer mystery – amazed at its longevity: the last campfire in front of which the nation still gathers as it used to only before “Wetten, dass …?”, The great German social novel , the moral institution of the nation, Germany’s cinematic mentality museum of the past half century – this is how one tried to interpret the phenomenon “crime scene”.

Maybe this is all nonsense. Perhaps the longevity of the concept is not due to the constant self-reflection and latent self-hatred of a country, but to the fact that the rules are very simple.

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Götz George as Horst Schimanski in “Der Tausch” with Yolande Gilot

What: WDR

A “Tatort” should be about commissioners, “Tatort” inventor Gunther Witte said, about regionality and a conflict in society. The “Tatort” is a police film in which, according to Germany’s best police film filmmaker Dominik Graf, anything is allowed “as long as it tells a gripping investigation – also in a dramaturgical, experimental way”.

What stays in the memory is not the damned thesis paper “crime scenes”, not the jokes and the jokes, the excursions to the limits of the genre. But those cases in which everything comes together: society mirror, police work and a touch to all of our primal fears. Cases after which we do not go into the week reconciled, but see our everyday life differently. There weren’t that few.

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Nara, Japan: Vacation of the Tourists – Travel

Yasuhiko Noda is annoyed by the rumor that Nara’s sika deer are starving because of the pandemic. The prefectural official from Naras Park Administration had to accept several media reports that the deer no longer had enough rice cookies because the entry ban meant that there were hardly any foreign tourists. The newspaper Sankei illustrated her contribution with the picture of an emaciated stag. Impossible, Noda thinks: “The message is wrong.” The corona crisis is not harming the deer. On the contrary. “You could say the pandemic is like a vacation for them.” Humans would like that, that the animals are missing something when they are not there.

In the pandemic, you can see what it really is like. Scientists seize the opportunity in orphaned tourism areas around the world. You can explore fishing expeditions in the fun diving zones off the Galapagos Islands or watch birds in the silence that now reigns in American national parks. The results should not flatter people. The impressions from Nara already suggest it.

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Self-collectors: Nara deer stand in front of a shop that sells crackers specially made for them to tourists.

(Foto: kyodo / dpa)

The 1300 deer in Nara Park are more than just the template for the local heraldic animal. According to the Shinto belief, the deity Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto rode a white stag from Kashima to Nara. The deer have therefore been considered sacred for centuries. They populate the meadows without hesitation, graze in the median, stroll towards the train station. A kind of deer tourism arose as early as the 17th century. And until the pandemic, Nara’s deer were a main attraction for guests on the rapidly growing Japanese tourism. The city of Nara counted 3.3 million foreign visitors last year; In 2012 there were 267,000.

No one knows how the deer found the onslaught. But they like Shika Senbei, the aforementioned biscuits made from flour and rice bran, which the Foundation for the Protection of the Nara Deer has baked according to traditional recipes and sold for feeding. “It’s a snack,” says Yasuhiko Noda. The deer actually eat plants and nuts. But the more tourists there were, the more rice cookies there were for the deer. And as it is with snacks: too much of them is unhealthy. The animals developed diarrhea.

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In June 2019 things looked very different in Nara – not for the benefit of the animals: A deer carcass with more than three kilos of plastic in its stomach was found. Even in less severe cases, too many snacks caused digestive problems.

(Foto: Carl Court/Getty Images)

Without foreign tourists, their dropouts are normal. Noda also says: “You have more time to digest again.” The deer do not know strangers, they tease them or come too close to the young. Noda shows the pre-pandemic deer accident statistics. The number of cases in which the Japanese received bites or kicks was stable. The number of cases involving foreigners increased.

In any case, the deer are not in need. Noda says there are sometimes complaints because deer graze a flower bed or raid vegetable fields. “But that was the case before the pandemic.” Yumi Ito, an employee in a café near the train station, can testify that deer come regularly and also stop by the sushi shop next door. But not more often than usual. “Only fewer people come.” And there are no emaciated animals to be seen in the park. However, Nara’s deer are already in the mood for rice cookies. When you have them, they get very intrusive.


75 years of Unesco: Unknown World Heritage in Germany

Dhe legendary Inca city of Machu Picchu, the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, the Indian Taj Mahal: there are 1121 Unesco World Heritage Sites in 167 countries worldwide – and the number is increasing every year.

In Germany alone, the UN cultural organization Unesco, which is celebrating its 75th birthday this November, has already placed 46 artistic masterpieces, unique natural landscapes and significant evidence of past cultures under protection.

It’s not easy to keep up. The seal is a “quality feature”, says Claudia Schwarz, chairwoman of the Unesco World Heritage Association in Germany. But not every site succeeds in maintaining interest after the hype surrounding the award of the title – and translating it into visitor numbers.

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This was the sobering result of a tourism study a few years ago: Cologne Cathedral is well known. However, Germans do not even know about the special status of many sights on their doorstep. So we’re introducing five World Heritage Sites that you may not have heard of:

An architectural monument: the Fagus factory in Alfeld

Lots of glass and steel make the Fagus factory in Alfeld, Lower Saxony, look younger than it is. Shoe lasts have been produced in the old factory for more than 100 years.

75 years of UNESCO: the Fagus factory in Alfeld (Lower Saxony) is part of the world heritage in Germany

The Fagus factory in Alfeld gives interesting insights into industrial history

Source: dpa-tmn / Julian Stratenschulte

The complex from 1911 is considered the original building of modern industrial architecture and is the first work of the famous architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. In 2011, the Unesco World Heritage Committee recognized the extraordinary, weightless elegance of the building and put the Fagus factory on the World Heritage List.

75 years of UNESCO: the Fagus factory in Alfeld (Lower Saxony) is part of the world heritage in Germany

The Fagus factory was the first building by the architect and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius

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But not only architecture fans get their money’s worth here: guided tours of the outdoor area and the Fagus-Gropius exhibition in the former warehouse provide interesting insights into industrial history. And if you have a weakness for shoes, you can admire 30,000 original models in the model cellar.

Landscape art in Saxony: the Muskauer Park

Garden art, nature painting, world heritage: the masterpiece by Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau in Bad Muskau, Saxony, has many attributes. The Muskauer Park, which was added to the UNESCO list in 2004 as an extraordinary example of a European landscape park and an ideal artistic landscape at the request of a German-Polish application, is like a living painting.

75 years of Unesco: The Muskauer Park in Saxony is a World Heritage Site in Germany

Muskauer Park in Saxony is an exceptional example of a European landscape park

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With the stylistic devices of landscape painting, the prince coordinated the foreground and background, the spacious park areas blend harmoniously into the surrounding landscape on both sides of the Neisse, park paths continually open up new perspectives in the staging.

75 years of Unesco: The Muskauer Park in Saxony is a World Heritage Site in Germany

In the reconstructed castle, an exhibition about Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau explains

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The landscaped garden, which was laid out in 1815 and has a 50-kilometer network of paths, is great to explore by bike or horse-drawn carriage. Those who want to get to know the eccentric prince and his “parkomania” better can visit the entertaining permanent exhibition in the New Palace.

Beautiful living: Modern housing developments in Berlin

The Museum Island is a must when visiting Berlin. The palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Berlin are also very popular with many tourists. In view of this competition, the third world heritage site in the capital is having a harder time.

The six Berlin Modernist housing estates, which were built between 1913 and 1934 as an alternative to the poor tenement of working-class families, became a model for the entire 20th century – and are still popular living quarters today.

75 years of Unesco: The Falkenberg Garden City in Berlin is a World Heritage Site in Germany

Because of its colorful facades, the garden city of Falkenberg in Berlin is also known as the ink box settlement

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A walk through the garden city of Falkenberg in the Treptow-Köpenick district is particularly nice. The so-called Tuschkastensiedlung by architect Bruno Taut attracts attention with its colorful facades and geometric shapes.

Unesco World Heritage in Berlin: The horseshoe settlement in the Britz district was partly built according to plans by the architect Bruno Taut

The horseshoe settlement in the Britz district was partly built according to plans by the architect Bruno Taut

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There are information stations in the Siemensstadt housing estate and in the Hufeisensiedlung, and guided tours are also offered in all six settlements.

To the roots: Germany’s old beech forests

Without human influence, two thirds of Germany would be covered with beech forests, but the unique forest ecosystems are dwindling. The Unesco World Heritage List reveals where you can still find untouched deciduous forests: since 2011, five beech forest areas in the Jasmund, Müritz, Hainich and Kellerwald-Edersee national parks and in the Unesco Schorfheide-Chorin biosphere reserve have been under protection together with other European regions.

75 years of Unesco: the Jasmund National Park on Rügen is a World Heritage Site in Germany

World Heritage Jasmund National Park: On Rügen, the old beech forest extends right up to the steep coast with its chalk cliffs

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You can explore the forests, for example, with the help of the free World Heritage App, which guides visitors on selected routes through the various protected areas. While the beeches on Rügen seem to plunge from the chalk cliffs into the sea, they lean over the moor on the Müritz.

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In the Schorfheide in Brandenburg, the trunks are reflected in clear lakes, in the Hessian basement forest gnarled tree shapes press against barren slopes. And in Hainich, Thuringia, the mighty trees protrude from a veritable sea of ​​flowers in spring.

10,000 years of history: the prehistoric pile dwellings

The archaeological sites are invisible under water, but sensational finds are still coming to light on Lake Constance: textiles, dugout canoes, wheels – 10,000 years of history are concentrated in the Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen on just 800 meters.

75 years of Unesco: the pile dwellings on Lake Constance are part of the world heritage in Germany

The Stone Age house replicas of the pile dwelling museum on Lake Constance

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The tour of Germany’s oldest open-air museum leads through Stone Age villages and fortified settlements from the Bronze Age. Reconstructed stilt houses and stagings give an insight into the everyday life of our ancestors.

On beautiful autumn and winter days, the lake panorama can also be enjoyed wonderfully from the jetties over the water. A total of 111 locations with stilt houses in six European countries became Unesco World Heritage Sites in 2001.

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Don Alphonso: When care turns into despotism

Dhe Seehaus, directly on the Tegernsee: There they meticulously adhered to all regulations, worn face masks, offered disinfectants and set the tables further apart. Even so, it was closed at the beginning of November because politicians felt they had to do something. You just need a victim who has to pay for the matter, even if I’m still waiting for proof that sitting on a bench in front of the lake panorama with a cup of tea is more dangerous than, for example, an iron pipe of the Deutsche Bahn or a tram in Berlin, which, by the way, is proof of a higher trust in God even without any epidemic.