Zoo Day: Singapore

For my first zoo review I’m excited to start with the one I visited most recently, the Singapore Zoo. Last month I spent a week in the Lion City and we decided to do a zoo day on top of the Night Safari, which was a most unique experience I’ll talk about next time. But the daytime zoo is nothing short of fascinating – read on!

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Zoo Reviews to Come!

I’ve always wanted to do zoo reviews. Now, before you tell me, “Zoos are horrible! Animals shouldn’t be caged!” I agree. I absolutely agree that wild animals don’t belong in cages, and that safaris are a better way for us humans to observe them in their natural habitats. But I also believe that zoos have…

Weihnachtsmarkt (7) – Nürnberg

Nürnberg (English: Nuremberg) is known for its Christmas market and the Nuremberg Bratwurst. The Christmas market here isn’t called “Weihnachtsmarkt” in German however, but “Christkindlesmarkt” which could mean “Christ Child market” in the Bavarian dialect. Being the largest market in Germany, it attracts around 2 million visitors every year. The city itself is also very interesting…

Weihnachtsmarkt (6) – Mannheim

Being the second largest city in Baden-Württemberg, Mannheim is most famous for its many shopping streets and squares. It’s only about 15 minutes from Heidelberg by train so a lot of people from Heidelberg prefer doing their shopping there rather than on the expensive Hauptstrasse in town. Personally I don’t find Mannheim very fascinating but…

Weihnachtsmarkt (5) – Esslingen am Neckar

Esslingen is a small city (though according to Wikipedia, it’s the largest city in the district of Esslingen) only 14km from Stuttgart, so we could go to both cities on the same day. However, if you’re really into Christmas markets, I recommend going there on a separate day because there is an interesting Medieval Market…

Weihnachtsmarkt (4) – Stuttgart

As the capital of Baden-Württemberg and the sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has one of the biggest, oldest and prettiest Christmas markets in Europe. Thanks to Uni-Heidelberg’s excursion program, we were able to go there (as well as the nearby Esslingen Christmas market) for only €17! Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ Size: ★★★★☆ Price: ★★★☆☆…

Weihnachtsmarkt (3) – Heidelberg Castle Market

The Heidelberg Castle Market, or Heidelberger Schlossweihnacht, is a special market held at the castle’s courtyard every year for just two weeks. It’s quite different from the main market in the Altstadt and offers mostly artisanal crafts. Heidelberger Schlossweihnacht Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ Size: ★★★☆☆ Price: ★★☆☆☆ Diversity of goods: ★★★★☆ *I’m giving it an overall 4…

Weihnachtsmarkt (2) – Heidelberg Main Market

According to my German friends, the Heidelberg Christmas market is quite a famous one. Since I’m living here, I have of course visited the market a dozen times already. The main market opens for a whole month, from Nov 21 to Dec 22; there is also a special Castle Market (Schlossweihnacht) that opens only for…

Weihnachtsmarkt (1) – Heidenheim an der Brenz

If you don’t know where Heidenheim an der Brenz is, it’s totally all right – I didn’t either. It’s a very small town in Baden-Württemberg, close to Aalen and Ulm. They don’t have a big Christmas market – in fact, it’s only a small area with a few stalls for food and drinks. So if…

Weihnachtsmarkt Reviews Coming!

A Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) is a traditional market held during the festive season (normally from late November to Christmas, depending on the city) in Germany and many other European countries. It’s definitely one of the most important and exciting events of the year – people started talking about it back in October! Almost all major cities have one…