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Catch Up On Your Sleep in a Mobile Hotel Room at Unique Locations

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Are you someone who’s always on the chase for novel experiences? You might be glad to hear that there is a mobile hotel room that offers overnight accommodation at unusual locations in Germany such as football stadiums, museums, churches and the great outdoors. Since its inauguration, some of the locations include a historic pier in the middle of the Baltic Sea, sleeping in the middle of a fruit tree forest and also an overnight stay in medieval castles.

This novel experience is brought to you by Sleeperoo, which is a sleep cube that stands separately for several months in an exclusive location in nature or perhaps at an exciting cultural spot. Guests can take this opportunity to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the place. The whole idea of this is for guests to spend one night alone at a pop-up location of their choice listed on the website where they’ll be able to access an interactive map which provides descriptions of all the dates and locations that are available.

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The Sleeperoo is equipped with a comfortable mattress that fits two adults, sheepskin rugs and pillows, and integrated LED lights. It is complete with three large panoramic windows that provide you with a view of your surroundings as well as the sky above you. Eco-friendly advocates should also be glad to know that the Sleeperoo cube is entirely made out of sustainable materials. In addition, there are snacks and drinks provided in a chillbox. Not to worry, the cube will be cleaned and the mattress will be covered with fresh linen in preparation for each stay. A toilet with washing facilities can also be found in the the immediate vicinity of the cube.

Visit Sleeperoo’s website for more information.

How About Staying In An Indoor Caravan For Your Next trip?

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You don’t have to always drag a caravan behind your car and pitch up to campsites for the night. There’s now a caravan hotel in Berlin that allows you to stay in a caravan all the same, but without the hassle of travelling around with it.

Hüttenpalast, situated in the Neukölln district of Berlin, happens to be an indoor caravan park. Home to eight vibrant and eye-catching caravans, you can rent these caravans to spend the night. Hüttenpalast was founded by Silke Lorenzen and Sarah Vollmer after realising that the neighbourhood lacked a suitable place for visiting family and friends to stay overnight.

The building which houses the caravans was actually a former vacuum cleaner factory.

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Each of the eight caravans have been designed and crafted by a different designer and is up for rental from £70 (~US$82) a night. It’s not that much of a difference when you compare it to general camping as you’ll be using shared bathrooms. The only difference is that you won’t have to find yourselves in situations where you walk across a field in the dark to nearby facilities.

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As the on-site caravans are not soundproof, guests should be mindful about their noise levels and remain respectful to their fellow neighbours. Stay connected with the availability of Wi-Fi and meet your fellow campers at the two communal gardens at the back fo the halls. Plus, you’ll be able to fill your tummies with a sumptuous breakfast buffet served each morning.

If you’re not so much into caravans, there are six traditional hotel rooms available with ensuite bathrooms. Additionally, you can also choose from three wooden huts to retire for the night. If you’re travelling in a big group, you can choose to rent out one of the three halls that can accommodate up to 14 people.

You can visit Hüttenpalast’s website for more information.

Gondolas as an Addition to Munich’s Public Transport

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Munich ‒ the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg as well as the 12th largest city in the European Union is home to approximately 1.5 million people. The city is also a major centre of art, technology, finance, education, business and tourism in Germany and Europe, enjoying a very high standard of living.

We can be expecting new additions to the Munich public transport system as the city is in discussions of building a 4.5km gondola to link two districts in the northern sector of the city. The gondola link would connect the two subway stations Oberwiesenfeld and Studentenstadt that are 4.5km apart on a major road. At the moment, travelling between these two stations would require a five-stop subway trip toward the city centre followed by a transfer before a five-stop trip back out in another direction. If the proposed gondola is able to solve the current issue between these two subway stations, there is a possibility that the same concept would be extrapolated and implemented to other problem areas in the city.

Till date, the proposal has received strong support and the project would most likely be given the green light.

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The current public transport operating in Munich focuses on transporting people out of the city centre. Unfortunately, this is not what the people in the northern part of the city is looking for as they are only looking at travelling between the two nearby neighbourhoods.

There are similar projects that are ongoing in Europe and are scoring relatively well at the moment. For example, France has five gondola projects underway which are due to be opened by 2021.

Bavaria on Tap

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Missen isn’t exactly on most tourist maps – unless you’re driving from Lake Constance to Neuschwanstein Castle and accidentally spot it on your GPS. If you happen to be in Missen, however, Brauerei Schaffler is the place to be. It’s not hard to find – it’s the only brewery in the tiny village and, as luck would have it, it also offers great accommodation and food.

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Cycling through three countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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by Renate Habernass

Friedrichshafen is a small town in the southeast corner of Germany, and the starting point for an easy cycle tour that takes you halfway around the Lake of Constance from Germany to Austria, and finally to Switzerland. These three countries share their borders around this wonderful lake, with the Alps jutting out on the Swiss side.

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Cologne: Dawn till Dusk

Having arrived on the night train from Zurich, the initial prospect of rocking up to Cologne at 5am didn’t sound attractive. A few much-needed stretches and bone cracks later, we were ready to hit the town.

Inside the Dom

Normally, churches aren’t high on the “5am must-see” list, but the “Dom” (short for Kölner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral) is one of the biggest cathedrals on earth. Taking around 700 years to complete, its 157m-tall towers dominate Cologne’s skyline like a medieval skyscraper. The massive stained-glass windows and thousands of frescoes add an ethereal ambience to the building, and it’s enticing to just sleep on the floor.

After breakfast, we walked around the city as it slowly woke up. Cologne is littered with brauhauses that specialise in their city’s special brew: Kölsch.

Kolsch on tap

Several churches and a circus ground later, we somehow made our way into a traditional hunting-lodge styled brauhaus called Früh at 8am for a second breakfast of wurst (sausages) and Kölsch. The beer is served in tiny 200ml glasses, making it easy to try more than a few, as brews vary from brauhaus to brauhaus.

Kölsch is often drunk in groups of mixed social standing, and any exclusivity in its drinking culture is frowned upon – so much so that no Kölsch will be sold with titles like ‘Premium’ or ‘Special’. The brauhauses have even devised a unique Kölsch tray that has a handle and slots for 10 glasses, making it convenient for the servers to fill and deliver them to your table.

It was at Früh that we realised our plans for the entire day: brauhaus crawlling! We would devour fresh wurst and beer for the entire day, experiencing Cologne’s culture, city and culinary offers all in one go.

The next brauhaus we hit was Sion, founded in 1318 and still looks cheery inside. Fuelled with hops and wurst, we trundled around the city’s old town section – with its wobbly cobbled streets – feeling rather upbeat despite the slight rain. Apparently, brauhaus-hopping is a popular past time for both tourists and locals, and when you’ve got brauhauses opening as early as 8am, you know you’ve got some serious drinkers in town. Breakfast with beer is the norm, and if you ask for coffee, expect funny looks.

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Lunch was at Gaffel Haus, where we tucked into Shinkenhaxe (pork knuckle) drowned in sauerkraut. What we didn’t count on was the portion – we ordered one plate, but we still couldn’t finish our own halves. A glass of beer later, and we were out exploring Cologne’s other sites along the Rhine river to walk off all the calories. Before long it was tea time and, wouldn’t you know it, another brauhaus visit.

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This time it’s Pfaffen, and amongst its specialties is Reibekuchen – the city’s most unique dish. Served everywhere during fall and winter, it’s available only on select days of the week at each place. Pfaffen’s is arguably the best, and often available (depending on the chef), 2-3 days of the week. A potato pancake served with savoury brown gravy or sweet applesauce, it’s the ideal accompaniment to Pfaffen’s more full-bodied brew.

It’s worth to note that another popular accompaniment to Kölsch is the Halve Hahn (literally means ‘half chicken’). Don’t get too excited – it’s only cheese on rye bread.

With a distended belly after sunset, we flopped back to the hotel, deciding to go on a diet the next day. Twenty minutes later, we changed into stretchable pants and were off to Peter’s Brauhaus for dinner, where we kicked back more beer and wurst in this well-weathered, respectable establishment.

When it was time to achingly crawl back to the hotel for the night, we came to a unanimous conclusion: when it comes to beers and sausages, Cologne’s the best of the wurst.