What Happened to MH370? 'The Biggest Mystery Since Amelia Earhart'

What Happened to MH370? 'The Biggest Mystery Since Amelia Earhart'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2014

For weeks, the world has been wondering what happened to flight MH370. New satellite data has apparently confirmed that it crashed in the Indian Ocean. But why? Captain Bill Palmer, author of "Understanding Air France 447," relates his theory. Interview by Marco Evers more... Comment ]

On Standby: Kassel's 270 Million Euro Airport to Nowhere

On Standby: Kassel's 270 Million Euro Airport to Nowhere

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

A regional airport that opened six months ago in the German city of Kassel has close to 140 employees, but no scheduled flights this winter. Everyday operations are legally required, even as the facility hemorrhages money. By Philipp Alvares de Souza Soares more... Comment ]

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

Dead Good Coffee: Cemetery Cafés Gain Popularity in Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility. By Hiltrud Bontrup more... Comment ]

Housing Shortage: Berlin Bans Tourist Apartments

Housing Shortage: Berlin Bans Tourist Apartments

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Berlin's tourist boom has led many locals to rent out their apartments to visitors for short-term stays. Now the Berlin senate, amid soaring rents, has passed a law banning the practice. Critics, however, are unsure of how effective it will be. more... Comment ]

Austerity Incarnate: Merkel Shows Frugality on Italian Vacations

Austerity Incarnate: Merkel Shows Frugality on Italian Vacations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel is well known for her penny pinching, in both economic policy and her own household. An article in Vanity Fair Italy shows that Merkel's frugality extends to her annual vacation on the Italian island of Ischia, too. more... Comment ]

Deceptive Clichés: Oktoberfest and Bavaria's Recipe for Success

Deceptive Clichés: Oktoberfest and Bavaria's Recipe for Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

On the surface, Oktoberfest is all about booze and sex. But the world's most famous folk festival can also be seen as a microcosm of Bavarian culture, where tradition and conviviality have combined to create a special brand of prosperity. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Meatless in Munich: Oktoberfest Introduces Vegan Food Options

Meatless in Munich: Oktoberfest Introduces Vegan Food Options

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

For some 200 years, Oktoberfest has been all about copious amounts of beer and meat. But, this year, organizers are breaking with tradition and reaching out to visitors with dietary restrictions by offering vegan dishes and even vegan wine. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

The Dirndl Code: Expert Tips for a Rollicking Oktoberfest

The Dirndl Code: Expert Tips for a Rollicking Oktoberfest

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

What does a dirndl apron reveal about its wearer, and how do visitors get seats inside the beer tents? An Oktoberfest expert answers questions about how to get the most out of the world's largest folk festival, which begins this weekend. By Julia Stanek more... Comment ]

City Exposure: Discovering Leipzig by Photo Marathon

City Exposure: Discovering Leipzig by Photo Marathon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

Tourism and taking pictures have always gone together. But doing both as part of a "photo marathon" is becoming a trend in big cities across the world -- mostly recently Leipzig. The competitions allow shutterbugs to experience the cities in a whole new way. By Stephan Orth more... Comment ]

End in Sight: Costa Concordia Successfully Raised

End in Sight: Costa Concordia Successfully Raised

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

The wrecked Costa Concordia was successfully lifted to an upright position off Italy's coast on Tuesday, revealing a severely damaged starboard side. Salvage workers and residents of Giglio are celebrating the technological feat. more... Comment ]