Instagram rating: Top Ten – Germany’s most photogenic small towns

Instagram rating: Top Ten – Germany’s most photogenic small towns

Accordingly, the body cameras did not increase the safety of the passengers. Neither violations of the house rules nor damage to property could have been prevented.Sources used: dpa

The "New York Times" recommended the western German federal states as one of 52 travel destinations in 2018. You can find out the reasons here.

"Nowhere is the spirit of Teutonic tolerance more alive than in the country’s progressive western states" writes the newspaper in the annual list. The ice age art in the Swabian Jura and the pollution-free, hydrogen-powered trains in Lower Saxony are worth seeing. Germany’s nuclear phase-out by 2022 and same-sex marriage, which the Bundestag decided in the summer, are also mentioned.

However, the authors of the hit list admit that, given the results of the Bundestag election and the shift to the right, there is a risk of setbacks in the climate change and immigration policy. The East German federal states mentioned the "New York Times" not – but in the past Canada, for example, warned travelers about possible attacks in the new federal states.

The 52 must-see places

The list "52 Places to Go" was published for the 13th time and recommends 52 travel destinations for the 52 weeks of the year. The "New York Times" collects suggestions from its correspondents and travel reporters from all over the world.

The list is one "ambitious preview of which beaches will be untouched, which museums designed by star architects will do justice to their computer designs and which culinary treasures will be worth a flight" is it [called. In 2017, Hamburg was listed as "Refuge for architecture and design" was touted.

This year the newspaper wants to send a reporter to all 52 destinations, who will turn the recommendations into concrete plans for travelers. More than 13,000 people applied for the position. Who will receive it should be announced this week.

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Sources and further information: – dpa- "52 Places to Visit" for 2018 vacancy

Whales, fish, myths and the weather – those who travel to the Faroe Islands cannot avoid these topics. Unless he rappels down and enjoys the wild seclusion of the islands on a hike – but be careful: just not that "huldufólk" to disturb! See the blobs in the Atlantic in our photo show.

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John Vaagseid talks about whaling like farmers talk about pig fattening. "This year the whales were skinny" he says. "That tells us we need to kill a few more so they can have more food." The conversation quickly turns to whaling in the Faroe Islands. John Vaagseid is no exception. There are no mandatory fishing times or quotas for whaling in the Faroe Islands. Rather, the weather conditions and the whales passing by the coast determine the time of the hunt.

One of the smallest capital cities in the world

The bus driver drives tourists and residents from island to island. "You know the whales are coming because then everyone will start racing" tells Vaagseid. Because then as many residents as possible have to unhitch their boats in good time to drive the pilot whales ashore and kill them on the beach.

The restaurant "coke" is located in the four-star hotel "Føroyar" in the capital Tórshavn. With about 20,000 inhabitants, one of the smallest capitals in the world is located at the southern end of Streymoy. in the "coke" Leif Sørensen serves the catch from the Atlantic. "We eat whale meat the same way we did 100 years ago" says the cook. At that time, the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands were dependent on whaling: "If we hadn’t caught whales, we would not have survived here on the islands."

18 secluded islands

There used to be only two ferries a week with grain from the motherland of Denmark. The 18 islands in the North Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland still belong politically to Denmark. Since 1948 they have been an autonomous region within the Danish Kingdom – with their own parliament and prime minister.

Karl Mikkelsen, now 69, gave up his career as a fisherman a long time ago. Mikkelsen lives in Gásadalur on Vágar. Rugged cliffs border Gásadalur in the west to the sea, in the north, east and south steep mountains encircle the small town – often the crests of these mountains disappear in dense clouds: this makes the place breathtakingly beautiful and breathtakingly lonely at the same time. It was precisely this seclusion that gave Mikkelsen his second job. He became a postman from Gásadalur, a backbreaking job.

Creeping over the pass

Three times a week he crawled along the old postal route over the southern mountain Rógvukollur at an altitude of 464 meters to the next village to get the post office and small purchases for the residents of Gásadalur. Sometimes it was so stormy that the postman had to lie down flat when he reached the pass. He made it then only crawling. Until 2006 the tunnel through this was completed. Since then, Gásadalur has had a road connection. Mikkelsens retired.

The old postal route is still very popular with hikers. You should not hike carelessly through the Faroese countryside. Because here it teems with mythical beings. Randi Meitil knows how to do that "huldufólk" gets out of the way. The woman with the fiery red curls often drives out of Tórshavn to hike – sometimes alone, sometimes she has tourists with her. The "huldufólk" the "Hidden" is very similar to humans, she says.

Construction plan changes due to mystical beings

The teacher points to a stone from the "huldofólk" is inhabited. The Faroese would leave a cup of milk here in order to gain the benevolence of those in hiding. The myths are still very much alive in Faroese culture. When a road near the cathedral in the middle of the capital was paved a few years ago, the construction work had to go around a large chunk, says Meitil. Because the stone, as every Faroese knew, belonged to them "huldufólk". To clear it away to straighten the road: unthinkable.

Vigar Hvidbro has something completely different on his mind: the next football game is coming up. Hvidbro is the manager of the national football association, Fótbóltssamband Føroya (FSF). The national team has been opponents of the German kickers on many occasions, most recently in September 2013. Football plays an important role in the islanders’ national pride. The islands are members of FIFA and UEFA. The 1-0 win against Austria more than two decades ago is still talked about today. One problem is the lack of young talent. "Many leave to study and never come back" says Hvidbro.

The south is gentler

Simun av Skardi, on the other hand, has returned: "We lived in Denmark for twelve years, but we were always homesick." So the German teacher returned with his wife to Sandoy, in the south of the archipelago. The landscape there is gentler than that of the northern islands, says av Skardi. Many of the typical Faroese houses with grass roofs stand on these hills. Often fish hang on a line in front of the house to dry, alongside sheep meat and pieces of whale.

Recently, the residents of Sandoy brought about 130 whales ashore. "In twelve minutes they were all dead" says the retired teacher. The picture must have been similar to the painting in his study: stranded whales in a blood-soaked lake. Most tourists will probably not see this picture – luckily. Above all, you will remember the lush green, the wild sea and the peaks surrounded by clouds.

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Further information

Destination: The Faroe Islands are halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the North Atlantic. The climate is maritime and is dominated by the Gulf Stream. The average temperature in summer is 11 and in winter 3 degrees. Arrival: The Faroese airline Atlantic Airways, for example, flies from Copenhagen or London directly to Vágar, the flight takes about two hours. For boat fans, a ferry goes from Hirthals in Denmark to Tórshavn – the crossing takes almost 40 hours. For EU citizens, an identity card is sufficient to enter the country. Money: The currency is the Danish and Faroese krona. One euro is around 7.5 kroner. Accommodation: There are not many hotels on the islands – the places are often too small for that. Outside the capital, vacationers should therefore find out in advance in which cities they can find hotels or guest houses. Information: Visit Faroe Islands, Í Gongini 9, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (Tel .: +298 206100, E-Mail: info @,; Atlantic Airways:

The long-distance bus operator Flixbus is entering rail traffic in Germany after a test phase lasting several months – with low ticket prices at the start.

From March 24th, Flixtrain will run between Hamburg and Cologne every day except Wednesdays. From April on, trains will also run daily between Berlin and Stuttgart via Hanover and Frankfurt / Main, as Flixbus boss André Schwämmlein tells the newspapers of the Funke media group. But Flixbus is still planning: "We are definitely thinking about expanding the long-distance train business."

Reasons for the access offer

The new trains would run in the company’s own green. About the reasons for the European long-distance bus market leader to now also travel by rail, Schwämmlein said: "With the train, we are suddenly relevant to customers for whom we were previously not of interest. Our long-distance bus service also benefits from this."

At the start there are tickets from 9.99 euros. Partners are the Czech railway company Leoexpress and the Nuremberg train specialist BahnTouristikExpress. For the time being, Flixtrain intends to concentrate on Germany. "Cross-border traffic is complicated because of the different systems. So we bet on the bus."

Test phase with good results

Most recently, Flixbus had the former Locomore train on the Berlin – Stuttgart route in its program, practically as a test. "We are very satisfied with the numbers on the Berlin – Stuttgart route so far, especially with the number of passengers" says little sponge. Since taking over route marketing in summer 2017, Flixbus has sold more than 150,000 tickets. "The test phase worked great. So we thought: If we can do it with one train, then with several."

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Flixtrain is now a recognized railway company and can therefore apply for train paths from DB Netz. The subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn grants the rights to use the rail network in Germany. The expansion in the rail business takes significantly longer than in the bus business because of the longer application deadlines, says Schwämmlein.

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Flixbus wants to organize the journey to the major airports faster and easier. To this end, the long-distance bus operator is planning to expand further in its sixth year and also to work with airlines.