For more than ten years, travel site Lonely Planet has been ranking its top ten cities, regions and countries to visit for the coming year. This year Hamburg has made it to fourth spot for the best city. Bloggers, travellers and Lonely Planet employees alike compile the destination lists based on their own experiences. Their choices tend to have a fair amount of sway when deciding which city, country or region becomes the next big thing. The list of the top 10 cities for 2018 tries to feature cities which aren't given the attention they deserve or which have undergone radical change recently - and Hamburg is no exception to this pattern. On the company's website, the Lonely Planet praises the city's new concert hall, saying that the "stunning new €790 million Elbphilharmonie concert hall was worth every extra year of delay." The city's famous nightlife and bar scene are also given an honourable mention, as the site applauds the "three-season riverfront … [Read more...] about Hamburg named fourth best city to travel to by Lonely Planet
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THE world's best cities have been revealed - and Birmingham is ranked as a better place to live than Rome or Los Angeles.According to the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings there are only SIX UK cities in the top 231, with London ranked the highest at 40.Britain's capital city was beaten by Paris, Boston, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney.Birmingham came in at number 53 ahead of Prague, Rome, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Dubai.Other UK cities in the rankings included Edinburgh at 45, Glasgow at 53, Aberdeen at 58 and Belfast at 66.The leader of the city council attributed this to Birmingham's cultural offerings which includes music, art and sport.The number one place to live in is Vienna, Austria, which continues an eight year streak of claiming the top spot.Singapore ranked first for city infrastructure and London came in at sixth in the same category.The 19th survey took into account transport links, reliable electricity and drinkable water, among other factors.The data was analysed … [Read more...] about World’s best cities to live survey claims Birmingham is better than Rome or Los Angeles – but does your home rank?
DW: What makes a city livable? What were the criteria you applied? When we started our Quality of Life Survey, one of the driving factors was lack of friction. We think that great cities are friction free. That means public transportation works, communications function and you can have a really seamless existence in a city. To have a great life, you should be able to have the maximum number of experiences in a day. That means to be able to jump in a river or lake in the morning, have an easy commute to work and be in a great office environment and of course be able to do the same when you come home as well. When you think about a friction-free city that plays into issues of great infrastructure, mobility and whether that is over rail or bicycle tires or even mobility with when we think about how to get around the world – all of these factors play in. The top European city on your ranking is Vienna. Why is that a livable city? Vienna is an interesting city and did well in our … [Read more...] about Why Berlin and Munich are among the world’s best cities, according to Monocle
It was love at second sight, as I was frightened by Berlin. I went there with a scholarship for one year, then I wanted to go on to Paris. In March 1990, Berlin was still a divided city, an island surrounded by the sea of East Germany, a.k.a. the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The GDR was in the process of coming apart, but the atmosphere it emanated was omnipresent, and gave me the shivers. In the beginning, I was benumbed in a way and couldn't take much pleasure in the city. I felt the still-open wound that was Checkpoint Charlie like a cut in my own flesh. At that time, the Russian soldier and the American one opposite him who were guarding the crossing between the sectors were not merely props for the tourist industry, and the border was not just a backdrop in an open-air museum. Here, I could clearly recognize, experience, grasp the spirit of the Berlin Wall - and feel grateful that it no longer had any real power over me. Intoxicated by the maelstrom of history Berlin … [Read more...] about My Europe: Berlin as a metaphor, a work in progress
A seemingly endless sea of drab, concrete apartment blocks; fuming factory pipes; congested traffic arteries with the thundering noise of cars; and a population of 12 million - hardly impressions for a city of natural riches. Yet Moscow boasts remarkable and perhaps unexpected ecological diversity. Seen from the sky, the Russian capital reveals substantial green spaces between buildings, as well as a smattering of smaller and larger parks - often remnants of forests eaten into by 20th century expansion - which accommodate rare animal and plant species. But this diversity is now under threat. Though it might sound like a contradiction, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's pledge to "return Moscow's parks, squares and streets to Muscovites" could be the death knell for the city's natural abundance. A major overhaul of many green spaces is now underway, the ultimate idea being to give them a more "civilized" look and make them more attractive for recreation. And because Muscovites love their parks, … [Read more...] about Nature under siege in one of Europe’s biggest cities