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Germany: Berlin Tourist-Bashing Sparks Counter Movement

Date: December 5th, 2012 | No Comments

Now the third most-visited capital in Europe, Berlin inevitably has suffered some growing pains. Disgruntled by gentrification and rising costs, a relatively small anti-tourist and anti-“hipster” movement escalated into hateful propaganda and even physical attacks on foreign tourists and expats. Now an anti-fascist group has sprung up in response, promoting tolerance of foreigners and peaceful [read more]

Germany: Thousands Stranded by Ongoing Lufthansa Strikes

Date: September 4th, 2012 | No Comments

Thousands of Lufthansa passengers were stranded as ongoing strikes forced the airline to cancel hundreds of flights since Aug. 31, including international services to Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. Provoked by an impasse in wage negotiations, the cabin crews’ union walkout affected long-haul and domestic flights at three of Germany’s largest airports in Frankfurt, Munich [read more]

Germany: E. Coli Virus still a Threat Despite Optimism

Date: June 15th, 2011 | No Comments

Though the death toll from a deadly outbreak of the E. coli virus has left as many as 35 dead and thousands more ill, German Health Minister Daniel Bahr believes the worst is over. The warning against eating raw tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and various sprouts, however, persists. Since the start of the outbreak in May, [read more]

Germany: Reichstag Dome Closed to Tourists

Date: November 23rd, 2010 | No Comments

A security alert prompted the German parliament to close to tourists the glass dome atop the Reichstag that offers a panoramic view of Berlin. The dome, a popular tourist attraction, was closed indefinitely as part of tightened security at airports and train stations in the face of credible intelligence that Islamist extremists were planning attacks [read more]

Germany: Tourists Disturbing the Local Harmony in Berlin’s Kreuzberg

Date: August 25th, 2010 | No Comments

Young tourists who have found “authentic” Berlin are proving to be too much for local residents who are seeing their well being disturbed by visitors loving their neighborhood too much. The Admiralsbruecke in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, a 19th-century cobblestoned bridge over a canal, has become a nightly gathering place for young foreigners who have been [read more]

Germany: Not All Tourists Welcomed in Berlin

Date: September 20th, 2012 | No Comments

More than 20 years after the Berlin Wall came down, the city is not only back on the tourism map, it is the third most-visited capital in Europe. However, it seems not all Berliners are happy with the boom. Some visitors report being insulted or heckled in the streets, and in the popular arts district, [read more]

Germany: Leftist Group Warns of more Attacks on Berlin Rail Network

Date: October 17th, 2011 | No Comments

A leftist group calling themselves the “Hekla reception committee” has warned of attacks aimed at disrupting life in Berlin. An incendiary device knocked out signals along the rail route between Berlin and Hamburg Oct. 10, and another device was found on train tracks in southeastern Berlin the next day. Since Oct. 10, more than 300 [read more]

Germany: Train Strikes Planned throughout Country

Date: March 9th, 2011 | No Comments

Germany’s largest union of train drivers, Union of Locomotive Drivers (GDL), has announced a new wave of strikes to demand better pay and working conditions. Though the strikes are mostly targeted at freight trains, passenger trains will also be disrupted. Each stoppage will be announced only 12 hours ahead of the planned strike, and it [read more]

Europe: U.S. State Department Travel Alert to Raise Awareness, Not Fear

Date: October 6th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department’s travel alert about terrorist threats in Europe should serve to raise travelers’ awareness about potential problems rather than suggest they abandon plans to visit. As the alert says, European governments have taken steps to prevent attacks and spoken publicly about the heightened threats. Travelers need to know that targets could be [read more]

Europe: Airline Strikes to Disrupt Travel, Again

Date: March 24th, 2010 | No Comments

Airline strikes are likely to disrupt travel again in late March and April, with British Airways cabin crews striking for a second time in as many weeks March 27-30, TAP Portugal pilots walking out March 26-31, and Lufthansa pilots refusing to work April 13-16. All three strikes will cause havoc on their airlines’ respective [read more]






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