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16 October 2014

Practical Facts: Traveling Central Europe by Train

Quick, easy, and well-connected, train travel through Central Europe is one of the best ways to move from city to city.

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2 October 2014

The Pendulum Swings: West Berlin’s New Moment

Eyes turn toward West Berlin, which is recapturing its reputation as a hub of culture and creativity.

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Newly renovated Zoo Palast cinema, via Wiki Commons

12 September 2014

From Bauhaus to Futurism: Berlin’s 20th Century Design Legacy

A walk through Berlin’s fascinating 20th century architecture.

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Don’t be fooled by first impressions. Potsdamer Platz it is not just another downtown with lookalike skyscrapers, but a coordinated system of styles. While the Kollhoff Tower (in the centre) combines a visual language of American early 20th century Art Deco with traditional German peat-fired brick facade. The astounding Bahn Tower (on the right) reflects expressionist utopianism ideas of the 1920s. Image via Wiki Commons

4 July 2014

2014: 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we examine its continued impact on the city.

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10 June 2014

How to Tour the Top Sites Around the Globe

From Beijing to Berlin, from Rome to Istanbul, we’ve pooled our collective local knowledge to put together definitive guides on how to tour some of the top sites around the globe.

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The more than 8 million visitors annually, the Forbidden City is Beijing's most touristed site. 

Top tip: Avoid weekend and holiday visits, particularly October 1-3 (China’s National Day is Oct. 1), when the Forbidden City is at its most crowded as visitors also flock from China’s countryside to take in the site.

16 April 2014

New Experience, Walk with a Flytographer

Read more about our new partnership with Flytographer in Central Europe!

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10 March 2014

Docent Spotlight: Heribert von Reiche

Longtime Berlin docent Heribert von Reiche shares his love for his native city with us.

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17 January 2014

Welcome to 2014

Co-founder and owner Paul Bennett talks a bit about what’s in store for Context Travel in 2014.

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13 December 2013

Where does Santa come from? St. Nicholas in Central Europe

Where does Santa come from? We share the history behind St. Nicholas in Central Europe

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Krampus and Saint Nicholas visit a Viennese home in 1896

8 December 2013

Context’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Ready for the holidays?  So are we!  We’ve surveyed our docents and city managers across the world to put together…

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8 October 2013

In Focus: Berlin’s East Side Gallery

Take a detailed look at the art along the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall – the East Side Gallery.

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The Wall Jump by French artist Gabriel Heimler depicts a larger than life character stepping effortlessly over the Wall. The image shows not one but two walls, and this is in fact a good representation of reality: the GDR built two structures on the East side, with the gap in between a no man’s land, making it all the more difficult to escape across the border.

22 June 2013

Berlin and Beijing, Contemporary Art Cities

What makes Berlin and Beijing two capitals of contemporary art? Our docents help us find the answer.

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Exploring Beijing's 798 art district. (c) Alessandro Gloder

1 April 2013

Preparing Your Children to Learn About the Holocaust

Some resources to help parents prepare their children the difficult topic of the Holocaust.

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin

13 March 2013

Practical Facts: How to Tip When Abroad

Our guide to tipping across our European and Asian cities is full of surprises.

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21 January 2013

Best Hands-on Activities for Traveling Families

Looking for something active and hands-on for your family? See our list of picks from across our cities.

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1 October 2012

Licht, Luft, Sonne: Architecture in Berlin

Alice Honor Gavin takes a look at stunning examples of architecture in her new home town.

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