Author: Felipe Tofani

The View from St. Nicholas Church in Hamburg

The View from St. Nicholas' Church in Hamburg Our visit to the fifth highest church tower in the world!  You can still see the tall gothic tower of St. Nicholas Church from almost anywhere in Hamburg. But this Gothic Revival church doesn’t mark the skyline of the city like it used to when it was the tallest construction on Earth, from 1874 to 1876. Nowadays, the church is the second-tallest structure in Hamburg and a memorial to everything that happened during the Second World War. Fotostrasse visited Hamburg in early October 2017 and, even though we had to...

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Best Berlin Books — A Christmas Gift Guide for Berlin Lovers

Christmas is coming, and you might have a friend that loves book and Berlin in the same way. If you are looking for the best Berlin books, this article is for you. Below we’ll be pointing out some of the best books we bought in the last couple of years. If you want even more books about Berlin, we wrote an article about more books back in Christmas 2014, check it out. Notmsparker’s Berlin Companion Between all the books we read about Berlin, one of our favorite ones is the Berlin Companion by the fantastic Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe aka Notmsparker....

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Last Morning of Risiko, one of Berlin’s legendary bars from the 1980’s

Risiko was a legendary bar & club in the West Berlin of 1980’s, and Uli M. Schueppel did a short film about its last morning, all the way back in 1986. The footage captures and documents a little piece of Berlin history with a cover of Lost in Music by Anita Lane and Alex Harvey as the soundtrack of this movie shot in Super8. Risiko used to exist at Yorckstrasse 48, from 1981 to 1986. Today, in the same place, a travel agency that specializes in train tickets called Kopfbahnhof occupies the room. I was there a couple of...

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Going Local in Antalya with Jub Bryant

Jub Bryant is a cat cuddling, sports-loving guy from New Zealand. After University he moved to Melbourne for a couple years. Not a fan of the office life, he stumbled into a love of travel. Now he finds himself scrapping funds together as he bounces from place to place. With minimal planning in advance ever happening, he never expected to spend a month in Antalya. The Impressive Lower Duden Waterfall Turkey has several waterfalls easily accessible by transport, but the Lower Duden Waterfall is by far the most impressive to watch. The coastline along Antalya is made up of both...

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Going Local in Sydney with Delphine Mignon

Hello, my name is Delphine Mignon. I am from Paris and I have been living in Australia for 20 years, 15 of those in Sydney. I recently went on a journey of rediscovering my city and showcasing it on my blog. There are lots of beautiful spots in Sydney and not all of them are full of tourists, so I’m more than happy to share them with you. A Visit to Observatory Hill Park You can visit Observatory Hill when you walk around The Rocks, a historic area of Sydney. It’s a great viewpoint over the area and the...

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Visiting the House of Soviets in Kaliningrad

Visiting the House of Soviets in Kaliningrad One of the weirdest looking buildings we ever had the pleasure of visiting ; The House of Soviets is a huge brutalist building located right in the middle of Kaliningrad. There is no other construction in the city as large as this one so it can be seen from everywhere which is a stain for many Russians. Mostly because this is a failed architectural project that lays abandoned in the heart of Kaliningrad. But some people complain about the weird look of it, and some even mention that it looks too much...

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Going Local in San Francisco with Carol Guttery

Carol Guttery runs the Wayfaring Views travel website. She provides advice on independent travel and alternative itineraries designed to help people travel on their terms. If you want to visit SF, check out her list of totally cool, weird and unusual things to do in San Francisco. Going Local in San Francisco with Carol Guttery Take a self-guided walking tour of street art in the Mission. San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood boasts an evolving immigrant history. It was once a Spanish settlement which evolved into a series of German, Irish and Italian communities before becoming a predominantly Latino neighborhood in...

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Escaping East Germany: Swimming Across the Spree into West Berlin in Video

It was a warm Sunday in August 1988 when a group of tourists visiting Berlin caught something unexpected across the Spree River. There were people escaping East Germany, and everything can be seen in the video below. It was August 21, 1988, and four people decided to risk their lives crossing the Spree River in an attempt of escaping East Germany in hope for freedom in West Berlin. Three men and a woman risked their lives and watching it today make everything look like a distant event in the past, but that was Berlin at the time. As the...

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