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Pfefferbett Hostel in Berlin, Germany
Pfefferbett Hostel

Berlin has always been a city that’s good at reusing abandoned spaces in creative ways. Tempelhof, an old airport built in 1923, is now a massive public park (the hangars now house hundreds of refugees). In the middle of the Spree river, the Badeschiff is a floating swimming pool... Read More

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Lobby at Almodovar Hotel, Berlin
Almodovar Hotel lobby/Christine Wei

Berlin has long been home to some of the most affordable accommodations you’ll find in Europe, but even more deals are likely to abound this year. According to a Gogobot study, the city received fewer visitors in 2015 compared to recent years, and savvy travelers know that more availability often translates... Read More

Aerial view of Berlin, Germany
Berlin/Flickr/Steve Collis

Germans are proud of their sausage, and with good reason; it’s delicious. For carnivores, no trip to Berlin is complete without a taste. But why stop at just one? If you’re a meat lover, go ahead and go wild — it’s not every day you’re in the world’s wurst... Read More

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin - Kreuzberg - Christine Wei
Michelberger Hotel in Kreuzberg/Christine Wei

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has more or less become synonymous with the alternative lifestyle. It’s one of the original poster destinations for hipster appeal — there are approximately 464,000,000 Google hits for “the next Berlin.” And while uber-trendy travelers might think that the city’s beyond its... Read More

Huettenpalast (2)_Copyright Jan Brockhaus
Jan Brockhaus

For the experimental traveler, Germany seems to have quirky accommodations covered, from a wine barrel in the Black Forrest to a pay-as-you-wish drainpipe just outside of Dusseldorf. And, even better, most are under $175 per night. ... Read More

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Want to explore a city from a unique perspective? Sign up for a graffiti tour. You’ll learn the rich history of street art, view the community’s best tags and murals, and maybe meet some of the local artists. Some tours even conclude with a workshop that lets you create... Read More

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Casa Garcia

Hostels aren’t just for students and backpackers anymore — quite a few can hold their own against pricier boutique hotels, boasting hip décor and private rooms, at more affordable costs to boot. No matter what your age, these seven hostels will make all grown-ups forget that they’re on a... Read More

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Flickr/Dan Dickinson

Just last month, Germany was crowned the best country in the world, according to an annual index ranking Western countries by a variety of ideas (like culture, creativity, investment, national perception, and social equality). The best way to celebrate, of course, is to raise a pint — but however do you... Read More

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For Lynne and Tim Martin, retirement wasn’t about slowing down — it was about seeing the world. In 2011, the couple revealed to their family and friends that they were taking the unusual step of selling their California home, donating the furniture, and putting the rest of their belongings in... Read More

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Casa Pueblo, Punta del Este, Uruguay, architecture

Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations. Benesse House, Japan The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and... Read More

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Switzerland, Zurich

Swiss Air Lines is offering some good fares to a number of European cities for the fall and winter, but you will have to make your mind up quickly as the sale ends at midnight tonight. If you’re wondering whether you’re ready to make a spontaneous booking, take a... Read More

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At the beginning of the boutique hotel boom, luxury was defined by money; how much of it you had and what it could buy you. But that has long since changed. The emergence of creative “lifestyle” hotels have transformed the industry — as the annual LE Miami trade show in South... Read More

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hong kong light show

If you thought that light shows were reserved for children at theme parks or at techno shows for young adults, think again. Each year, each day, cities around the world ignite their skies with colorful arrangements of phosphorescent lights. From decorative cranes at an old Croatian navy yard to... Read More

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In Europe, when temperatures drop, so do the prices. Traveling to Europe outside of the summer season almost always guarantees savings — but this year you can get an even earlier start by jumping on this special offer from Lufthansa. The respected airline, a member of the Star Alliance... Read More

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Polandvines

Tucked into the 350 miles that separate Warsaw and Berlin, the Lubuskie region is the unofficial capital of Poland’s small but growing wine production. It’s the largest of Poland’s three main wine-growing areas, just over three hours from Warsaw and two from Berlin via train. Thanks to the location’s... Read More