798 Art District | Made in China reimagined

Also referred to as Dashanzi Art District, this transformed former military factory has become the beating heart of Arts and Culture in China´s capital. From local artists to beautifully appointed craft stores, museums and galleries, Factory 798 is equally impressive in sightseeing and as a unique shopping experience! And, I had one of the best cappuccino ever there… Continue reading

Beijing | Temple of Heaven – A Taoist Jewel

Created by the same Emperor responsible for the erection of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven is a beautiful example of Chinese Taoist temple architecture and not only worth visiting when shopping at the nearby Pearl Market. Continue reading

Hong Kong | From Fishes, Flowers and Birds – A Day on the Mongkok Markets

A place where I find the soul of Hong Kong most evident is on one of the historic markets. Join me on a tour through the Northern borders of the Mongkok district in Kowloon and explore the true nature of Chinese trademan´s culture. Continue reading

Hong Kong | Wall Art Scouting in Sheung Wan

While personally I got very, very tired of those boring and overflowing instagram selfies in front of painted walls around the world, it is not the paintings that annoy me, but more the mainstream individuals posing in front of them. As a world metropolis, Hong Kong, of course, features many photogenic hotspots for wannabe influencers, so during this layover I headed out towards Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island. But instead of promoting myself, it was more important to me to draw the attention to the artwork itself. And it proved once again, that a graffiti does not need a person in front or have to be huge to leave an impression or to add to the surroundings. Continue reading

Lake Ammer | Cruise Control on a Paddle Wheeler

Taking a full-day excursion to one of the many lakes surrounding Munich is a relaxing and fun thing to do during the Summer months, especially if you can sit back on one of the many steamboats while enjoying the marvelous views from the lake (check out this post about a tour of Lake Starnberg). And it is even more fun if you can experience it on an old-style paddle wheeler. Continue reading

Garmisch-Partenkirchen | Weisswurst Breakfast with a View (until September 2018)

One mandatory tradition that everyone has to go through when visiting Bavaria is the custom Weisswurst breakfast. A long-time Bavarian habit that is still kept indispensable in modern times and which is part of the typical laid-back Bavarian culture. And where could this be more exciting and relaxing than in a cable car gondola on the way up the mountain? Continue reading

Duesseldorf | Urdenbacher Kaempe – Nature Reserve in the South

With the last six months being physically and mentally a complete up and down and me commuting back and forth between Munich and Duesseldorf in between flights, it was no wonder that my mind and body were both running on low energy levels. Experiencing your father slowly fading away takes up all the strength of the most powerful person, this I can assure you. So thank god, Nature was not too far away to refuel and let my thoughts wander freely… Continue reading

Beijing | Summer Palace

While most people coming to China´s capital leave the city with a visit to the Forbidden City only, I recently found out that missing out on the beautiful Summer Palace a bit outside of the downtown borders could be best described as a sightseeing deficit. Even if you happen to go on one of China´s biggest public holidays with ten thousands of other keen visitors… Continue reading

Munich | A City Tour on Tracks – 1913 Style

Having still been infected by the train virus from our recent overnight rail ride to Budapest, it was pure luck that my partner stumbled over this extraordinary one hour excursion just this Easter Monday here in Munich. The Bavarian Localbahn Society, which I honestly had never heard of before, offered a round-trip around the city on tracks which are normally used for cargo transportation. But the speciality: Aboard an ancient train which dates back to 1913. No question that we were in for this short-term adventure. Continue reading