Los Angeles: accommodation, sightseeing, food & weather

Sunbathing on Venice Beach, walking on the Walk of Fame and swimming in the pool with a view of the Hollywood logo – this is Los Angeles, the city of angels. In California’s largest city, it offers many hours of sunshine and mild water temperatures. In LA you can meet stars like Justin Bieber or Brad Pitt while shopping, because many big names live in the city in the western USA. A vacation in LA is the dream of many – we tell you how it is possible and what you have to see on site.

Accommodation in Los Angeles

Holiday in LA – but where do you sleep? Does a hotel suit you better so that you have to take care of as little as possible? Or do you prefer to feel at home in a holiday apartment? The different types of accommodation suit different types of travel and meet different requirements. We have listed the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of accommodation.

Hotels in Los Angeles

Whether it’s a luxury hotel overlooking the Hollywood Sign or a budget overnight stay close to downtown for a packed and well-planned city break – there are hotels in Los Angeles that cater to a variety of needs. An overnight stay in the City of Angels is relatively expensive compared to other cities in the USA, but a trip to LA is worth it. The offers range from rooftop whirlpools to restaurants with open campfires – in the hotels in LA you can read almost every wish from your lips. FIV Magazine has compiled a list of the best hotels in Los Angeles for you. Take a look.

Holiday apartments in Los Angeles

A cheaper option would be a holiday apartment in Los Angeles. The advantages of a holiday apartment are, for example, that you can choose yourself when there is food and when the alarm clock should ring. You can’t miss breakfast if you prepare it yourself or eat it in a café. A holiday flat lets you be as independent as you want to be. And it is also somehow a small home of one’s own, with a lot of flair, but somewhere else. By the way, the landlords are mostly really nice people who also like to give insider tips about sightseeings and restaurants.

Los Angeles: city map

Los Angeles attractions

If you’re ever in Los Angeles, you probably plan to see as much as possible. Downtown or Santa Monica, LA has a lot to offer. You probably already know a lot of sets from various movies or series. So that you don’t waste your time and definitely see all the most important spots, we have compiled a list of sights that you shouldn’t miss. Remember to take pictures for Instagram, LA is guaranteed to make all your followers jealous.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is known for the famous shopping street Rodeo Drive and has also convinced many celebrities of its beauty. It is the home of

  • Taylor Swift
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
  • Katy Perry
  • Chrissy Dough and John Legend
  • Jessica Alba
  • Jennifer Lawrence

and many more. Beverly Hills is worth a visit because it boasts world-class shopping, expensive hairdressers and world-class spas. Besides sweet cafés, good restaurants and nice hotels, Beverly Hills has a lot of beautiful palm trees and a very special flair. 

LA Downtown

Downtown, you should not miss out on your LA trip, as it is practically downtown Los Angeles. Here you will find many interesting neighborhoods, such as Chinatown, the Arts District, Little Tokyo and the Fashion District. There are many notable sights such as The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, an American church whose construction cost about 200 million US dollars. There are also the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Broad Museum, Grand Park and Los Angeles City Hall. There it is worthwhile to go to the 27th floor, because here you can find a free uppervation deck from which you have a great view of the city.

Venice Beach

Colours everywhere – the colourful graffiti in Venice Beach definitely leaves an impression. Venice Beach is also known for its shopping street and many know the Muscle Beach from movies and articles. At the beach you can find young and old with dumbbells, jogging and experience the typical Californian fitness spirit. The Santa Monica Pier is the end of Route 66 and there you’ll find a small, somewhat overpriced but very famous amusement park. There you can ride a little roller coaster and eat sweet cotton candy. Our tip for Venice Beach is: Rent a Beach Cruiser bike! By this way, one gets comfortably from A to B or can drive alongside the beach with a music box on the luggage rack.

Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is probably the most famous sidewalk in the world. The first star was awarded to director Stanley Kramer in 1960. The Walk of Fame is a sidewalk that extends over 18 blocks on both sides of Hollywood Boulevard. It was inaugurated in November 1960 to revitalize the city of Hollywood. Here you can admire for example the stars of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe or Mariah Carey.

Los Angeles dinner

When we think of the USA, fast food chains shoot us in the head first. Whether McDonalds, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Taco Bell and Five Guys – fast food is not only popular with the Americans, many chains are known and represented worldwide. But besides fast food there are a lot of other dishes that are very common in LA, or which you should try here. The reason for the varied cuisine are influences from all over the world. The FIV Magazine has taken a closer look at the cuisine of Los Angeles for you.

Latin and Hispanic influences

Because of California’s predominantly colonial European Spanish roots, Mexican territorial history, and original population of Meso-Americans, Spanish colonizers, and Mexican ranchers, Mexican and Spanish cuisine is very influential and popular in California, especially in Southern California. Commercial Mexican Taquería-style fast food, consisting of offerings such as burritos, fried beans, tacos, nachos and quesadillas, is widespread. Taquerías are found throughout California.

Asian and oceanic influences

As one of the US states closest to Asia and Oceania, and with a long-standing Asian-American and Oceanic-American population, the state tends to adopt foods from these national styles. The American sushi madness undoubtedly began in California; the term “California Roll” is used to describe sushi with avocado as the main ingredient. Nowadays, items like mocha ice cream and boba are very popular.

California Style Pizza

California-style pizza focuses on non-traditional pizza ingredients, but on fresh produce and grilled meat. First it was popularized by Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurants, later it was brought to the masses by restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen.


Barbecue has been a part of Californian cuisine since the Mexicans started grilling beef on ranches in pits in the 1840s. Santa Maria is famous for the tri-tip, a special type of beef that can be grilled, baked, braised or fried. The California barbecue style is also influenced by the regional Southwest American styles of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, brought by thousands of Dust Bowl migrants. Chicken, ribs, sausages and steaks are also routinely grilled or smoked in a pit. The barbecue sauce used in this state is tomato-based, as in all other western states. However, the Santa Maria barbecue does not use sauce, but the taste of the tricorn and the slow, lively oak fire over which it is cooked. Compared to the pork spare ribs popular in the southern United States, baby back ribs from the western region are popular for barbecue.

Sandwiches, burgers and fast food

Southern California’s auto culture and the population’s dependence on the car as a means of transportation in California’s huge cities has greatly contributed to the popularity of classic drive-in and modern drive-thru restaurants. Restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, Carl’s Jr. Wienerschnitzel, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Panda Express, Original Tommy’s, Fatburger, and Big Boy were all established in Southern California.

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Questions & answers

What country is Los Angeles in?

Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles County, in the United States of America.

How do they speak in Los Angeles?

One speaks Spanish! For those who firmly believe they can get by in California with English, Los Angeles is the turning point. Whether you go to Disneyland, the Hollywood Studios or just to a restaurant, it helps a lot to speak Spanish.

How long and wide is Los Angeles?

The city extends over the coastal plain. Los Angeles lies in a coastal plain of irregular shape, whose width varies from 48 to 96 km (30 à 60 miles). It is bordered to the west by about one hundred kilometers of beaches and cliffs of the Pacific coast.

How big is Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has a total area of 1,302 km².

What country is Hollywood in?

Hollywood is in Los Angeles County, USA.


Turkey vacation: sun & sea

Turkey – The country is considered a “bridge” between Europe and Asia, and enchants many tourists. In Turkey the European and Asian culture is connected. Popular are beautiful beaches with deep blue water, for example in the Aegean Sea. But many tourists also like to travel to the south, to cities like Alanya and Antalya. There is something suitable for every travel enthusiast: Be it discovering the historic city of Ephesus, a beach holiday in summer, or a city trip to a metropolis like Istanbul, where the famous Hagia Sophia or the breathtaking Bosporus is located. FIV Magazine has compiled a guide for a trip to Turkey.

Booking a holiday: Turkey

Turkey is a big country with many holiday resorts: You can have a great beach holiday in Turkey, places like Side or Bodrum are perfect for excellent holidays. In a big city in Istanbul you can discover the historical sides of the metropolis and enjoy culinary food. We have listed the top 5 holiday destinations in Turkey for you. Now nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable holiday.

1. Kas – lonely bays & dreamlike beach

Kas is a holiday resort, located between the Turkish Aegean Sea and the Turkish Riviera in the province of Antalya. Kas is 2-3 hours away from Antalya airport, and is a first class destination for divers. You can also visit the ruins of ancient Antiphellos in the former fishing village. Kas has dreamlike clear blue water and very beautiful beaches. In the evening the old town or the harbour is perfect for a cosy dinner.

2. Alanya – Lively party town

Alanya is a very lively holiday resort. In the high season the city on the Turkish Riviera is visited by package tourists from all over the world. There are many German tourists who also spend the winter months in Alanya, because the weather is much milder than the German winter. The nightlife in Alanya is exciting and is considered the “Ballermann of the Turkish Riviera”.

3. Bodrum – St. Tropez in Turkey

Bodrum is the most exclusive holiday resort: In the peninsula and the city of the same name in the Aegean Sea you can spend a high-quality and luxurious holiday in beautiful resorts and seaside resorts. Especially convincing is the beautiful beach in Bodrum and the marina in the city centre, where rich and famous people can be seen regularly. There are two bays in Bodrum that offer a view of the Bodrum Kalesi Fortress.

4. Cesme – turquoise blue water & thermal springs

Cesme is located in the Aegean Sea and has crystal clear turquoise water, and hot thermal springs. The city is located near the Turkish metropolis of Izmir. Cesme has a breathtaking selection of hip cafés, beach bars and cosy restaurants. The castle of Cesme offers an unforgettable view over the city. From the castle you can watch the most beautiful sunsets in the evening.

5. Marmaris – mountains and green holiday oasis

Marmaris is surrounded by mountains and green nature. The coastal town of Marmaris impresses with bright blue water between the Turkish Aegean and the Turkish Riviera. The old town is also worth a visit, because you can admire the typical lime-white houses and the well preserved 16th century Marmaris Castle. The Cennet Peninsula in Marmaris, also called “Heaven Island”, is also heavenly beautiful.

Istanbul – Metropolis on the Bosporus

The metropolis of Istanbul is an important city, as it is the only city in the world located on two continents – Asia and Europe. The city is divided by two important waters, the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara. The city has a long history and reflects the cultural influence of several empires, which gives it a unique flair and makes it a city of many contradictions. There is much to discover and experience. In Istanbul there are very famous sights like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque. You should also try the varied and delicious cuisine. In Istanbul you can go out in the evening and discover another side of the city. We have selected the Must See sights for you, so that you can explore the impressive city, because Istanbul must be seen and experienced.

Most important sights in Istanbul

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • The Grand Bazaar
  • The Galata Tower
  • Bosphorus with tour of the Bosporus
  • The Galata Bridge
  • Kadikoy district
  • Girls’ Tower Kiz Kulesi
  • Princess Islands “Büyük Ada”
  • Istanbul Caddesi
  • Sülyemaniye Mosque
  • Choir Church
  • Taksim Square

Accommodation in Turkey – hotels & holiday apartments

An important part of a journey is the accommodation. In Turkey there is every kind of accommodation, be it a holiday apartment or a hotel. Depending on your personal requirements, you have to weigh up what the perfect accommodation is for a carefree holiday. The FIV Magazine has listed the accommodation options for you to book the right accommodation.

Holidays Turkey: Cheap holiday apartments

Apartments are very practical and currently very popular. There are low budget holiday homes for travelers with a small budget, or large holiday homes with a pool complex, so everyone can find the right holiday home according to their budget. Apartments are practical, because you have your own kitchen, where you can prepare meals around the clock for a reasonable price, so you can organize your everyday life freely. Moreover, one avoids long queues at the buffets of all-inclusive hotels. What is also a plus point for a holiday flat is that one can often take the beloved pets with one. All tourist resorts in Turkey have a freely accessible beach, so you don’t have to rely on the hotel’s own beach.

Hotels in Turkey – Luxury & Wellness

Turkey has a wide range of hotels. There is a suitable hotel for everyone – from exclusive luxury hotels to adventurous family hotels or relaxing wellness hotels. The relaxing thing about hotels is that you don’t have to worry about anything, be it the food or cleaning your room. With a hotel stay, you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest, and just relax.

Map Turkey

Best Hotels Turkey

We have selected the best and most luxurious ten hotels for you, so that nothing will get in the way of your stay in Turkey!

  1. Miracle Resort in Lara
  2. Side Crown Palace in Evrenseki
  3. Side La Grande Resort & Spa in Side
  4. Side Prenses Resort & Spa in Side
  5. Royal Dragon in Kumköy
  6. Aydinbey Kings Palace and Spa in Evrenseki
  7. Club Grand Side in Colakli
  8. Dolphin Imperial at Lara
  9. Sun Connect Sea World Resort & Spa in Kizilagac
  10. Royal Holiday Palace in Lara

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Questions and Answers on Turkey

Is Turkey in Asia or Europe?

Turkey is in Asia and Europe.

On which continent is Antalya Turkey?

Antalya is in Asia.

What used to be Turkey?

Istanbul was called Byzantium until 330, then Constantinople and since 395 it was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. In 1453 it was conquered by the Turks and was the capital of the Ottoman Empire or Turkey until 1923.

Is Istanbul in Europe?

One part belongs to Europe, the other to Asia. Istanbul is the only metropolis on two continents. It is divided by two important waters, the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara. No city in the world can claim to be home to two continents and two cultures.

Where is Turkey on the world map?

The geographical position of Turkey is divided between Asia and Europe, with Anatolia accounting for more than 95 percent of Turkey’s land area on the Asian continent. Nevertheless Turkey counts itself preferentially to the European states.

Urlaub: Deutschland, Europa, USA - national & international reisen

Ob Wochenendtrip in Deutschland, Kurzurlaub in Europa oder eine gewagtere Reise international - FIV Magazin hat für euch die besten Reisetipps gesammelt. Wir informieren euch über Urlaube an Seen, am Meer und in großen Städten. Von Naturreisen bis zu Städtetrips, mit richtigen Informationen kann man überall entspannen und die freien Tage genießen und die Seele baumeln lassen.




  • Miami
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Tipps und Tricks

  • Packliste
  • Urlaub mit Kindern
  • Urlaub mit Tieren
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The largest lake in Italy: Lake Garda – Camping & Holidays

Lake Garda – the great Italian lake lies between the Alps and the Po Valley. The famous Lake Garda convinces with its Italian and Mediterranean flair at mild temperatures.  They say Lake Garda is the first breath of something southern for people coming from the north. At the famous lake you can really live out “dolce vita” and be enchanted by the beautiful and historical regions around Lake Garda. Nature fans, sports fans, culture and history fans will find Lake Garda the ideal holiday resort..

Low priced accommodation

Beautiful and spacious holiday apartments are currently in fashion. Be it a small holiday apartment or a holiday home with a large pool. At the beautiful Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, there is also a wide range of holiday apartments. On Lake Garda you can rent houses, villas, bungalows or apartments. Holiday apartments are usually considerably cheaper than conventional hotels. It is all the more worthwhile if you want to take a holiday over a longer period of time – you can rent a holiday apartment for several weeks or even months for an affordable price, which makes the heart of bargain hunters beat faster.

Holiday Apartments on Lake Garda: convenient for families

By renting a holiday apartment you save a lot of money thanks to the equipment, because a holiday apartment is fully equipped and has your own kitchen, which has many advantages. You can prepare meals at a reasonable price, which saves you a visit to a restaurant, which would be anything but cheap, especially for a large family. You are also relatively flexible, as you don’t have to stick to certain buffet times, as in hotels. Furthermore, most holiday apartments have a living room: many parents can finish the evening after they have put the children to bed with a glass of wine, unlike in a hotel. Which is an advantage for animal lovers: in many holiday apartments you can take pets with you, so you do not have to worry about an animal sitter. Holiday flats are for people who like to be flexible and want to arrange the day as they like it.

  • cheap
  • flexible
  • bookable for a longer period
  • good for pet owners

Hotels on the famous Lake Garda

On the beautiful Lake Garda there are plenty of hotels – luxury hotels, wellness hotels or a family hotel. In great family hotels you can expect a lot of adventure and fun. Luxury hotels offer first class food, rooms or even a high quality service. In a wellness hotel you can relax with massages or in the sauna, and forget the everyday life completely. No matter what kind of hotel: the high comfort is the biggest advantage of hotels. If you book full board, you do not have to worry about breakfast, lunch or dinner. One enjoys the service of the hotel kitchen. One can enjoy its quietness and relax. Especially working people enjoy the luxury of not having to cook or to take care of the dishes. The cleaning is also not necessary : the hotel staff will change the bed, change the towels or take care of the toiletries. Due to the flexibility of a hotel’s service, you have more time for yourself, the family, and you can simply enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

  • Comfort
  • Relaxation
  • there is a suitable hotel for everyone
  • good service


Nature & Adventure : Camping

Lake Garda inspires every camper, because the dreamlike Lake Garda enchants with Mediterranean flair and very pleasant climate. Everybody finds his favourite activity, whether discovering the charming Mediterranean places, hiking or water sports. Camping is individual and self-determined, you can be flexible and arrange your everyday life as you like. You can decide yourself when you want to eat, and enjoy the “dolce vita” with a cosy meal. Furthermore, it is especially inexpensive for families, and therefore families with a small budget can discover and experience the Italian Lake Garda.

Map Lake Garda:

Activities on Lake Garda: from surfing to hiking

The reliable Lake Garda winds at the northern tip of the lake are especially exciting for passionate water sports enthusiasts. Surfers and sailors come from all over Europe to live out their passion for Lake Garda. The water sports enthusiasts mostly camp on the northern part of Lake Garda, as there are jetties for sailing boats at the campsites, water sports equipment can be rented, or courses can be given. For campers who prefer to relax on the beach there is also a beautiful beach in Malcesine called Val di Sogno. Lake Garda is also a great place for hiking and enjoying the Italian landscape.

  • reliable wind for water sports enthusiasts
  • lovely beaches
  • Hiking trails

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The best camping regions on Lake Garda

The largest lake in Italy, Lake Garda lies between the Alps and the Po Valley. Lake Garda convinces with its Italian flair and its beautiful places. Many prefer to camp on Lake Garda, which is why we have selected the best regions for you.

  • Torbole, a historical village which was formerly called Turbel, convinces many European water sports enthusiasts with its steady wind. In Torbole motor boats are forbidden, which is also an advantage for water sportsmen. Over the years Torbole has become the centre of sailing and wind sports.
  • Lazise has beautiful old town streets. The promenade in Lazise also convinces many tourists and locals. Which is a highlight for families: Near Lazise there are the free parks like Gardaland or Canevaworld, where the children can enjoy themselves freely. But there is also a lot to do for adults.
  • In Malcesine on Lake Garda impresses with its medieval old town. The mighty Skaliger Castle and the cable car in Malcesine invite you to go hiking.
  • In Baia delle Sirene of the picturesque “Mermaid’s Fault” near Garda you can swim especially well, which is why it is very popular with families.
  • Sirmione has been a popular health resort since Roman times because of the sulphurous Boiola healing spring.
  • Toscolano-Maderno stands for culture and nature because of the beautiful historical buildings, churches and hiking trails on Monte Pizzocolo.

Holidays in Germany: city trip & beach holiday

Holiday is finally at the door, and now the question arises where to go this time. You always think about travelling far away, but why not a trip to Germany this time? Germany has a lot to offer. A breathtaking nature, beautiful beaches at the North Sea or Baltic Sea. Or can it be a city trip to a big city like Berlin, Munich or Hamburg? Germany’s big cities have a diverse art scene and an exciting nightlife. There is a lot to discover and see. The good thing about a holiday in Germany is that you can travel everywhere by train, and thus travel in a climate-friendly way. You don’t have a very long journey ahead of you, and you do something good for the environment.

Top big cities & Places of interest

If one plans a city trip together, the well-known foreign metropolises are always mentioned as destinations. But also in Germany there are many cities worth seeing, which can compete with metropolises abroad. Germany has breathtaking and diverse cities. Each city impresses with its own buildings, landmarks and landscapes. The metropolises often have a diverse art scene and an exciting nightlife. There is much to discover and see.

Capital Berlin on holiday

The capital Berlin is a lively metropolis. Berlin is not only the political capital in Germany, but also the cultural capital. There are about 160 museums in Berlin. Those who have discovered the Berlin attitude to life will love the city on the Spree. In many districts and Berlin neighborhoods there are beautiful places. Districts such as Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Friedrichshain are hip and convince with many cafés, restaurants and an extraordinary nightlife.  The many beach bars along the Spree River make Berlin especially exciting in summer. The Berlin Cathedral is one of the architectural highlights in the metropolis. Especially worth seeing in Berlin are the Brandenburg Gate, the East Side Gallery and the Reichstag building. In Berlin you can eat particularly well: You should try out the diverse cuisine in the capital.

  • East Side Gallery
  • Richstagsgebäude
  • Dinner at Kreuzberg
  • Go to one of the 160 museums

Harbour city Hamburg: Places of interest

Hamburg is often the leader in Germany in surveys. If one goes by the attraction and sympathy, Hamburg is the most popular city in Germany. Hamburg can convince many tourists in cultural terms: in recent years, the metropolis with millions of inhabitants has become the third largest location for musicals in the world after New York and London, overtaking many other foreign metropolises. The huge port of Hamburg, the impressive Reeperbahn, and many other sights are regarded as particularly worth seeing. A must for everyone who travels to Hamburg: the Hamburg fish market. Hamburg has other highlights like the Speicherstadt and HafenCity.

  • Musical City
  • HafenCity
  • Speicherstadt
  • Reeperbahn

Tourism in Munich: tips & tricks

Munich is one of the most beautiful and exclusive cities in Germany. The city convinces with baroque architecture and the world-famous Marienplatz. Munich is famous all over the world for the Oktoberfest or the BMW World. You should definitely visit the Viktualienmarkt, which is considered one of the most beautiful places in Munich. The Viktualienmarkt is in the middle of the old town, you should bring time and hunger with you and try your hand at the various food stalls. The best view over the whole city is from the Old Peter of the St.Peter Church behind the Marienplatz, so it is definitely worth climbing the 306 steps. If you are into culture, you should definitely explore Nymphenburg Castle, the original 17th century furniture of Elector Max Emanuel is fascinating.

  • Go to the Viktualienmarkt
  • St. Peter’s Church
  • Marienplatz
  • Lymphenburg

City of Cologne: Cathedral, Rhine and tourism

Cologne – the well-known metropolis on the Rhine is fascinating. Cologne is famous for the Cologne Carnival, but there is much more to discover and much to see: The important sights, cool and hip districts and of course the Rhine. The first thing you associate with Cologne is the Cologne Cathedral. The Cologne Cathedral is located directly at the main station and is the symbol of the metropolis. If you are at the Cologne Cathedral, you should definitely climb it and see Cologne from above. A visit to Cologne’s old town is also worthwhile in any case, as it impresses with its colourful houses and pubs on the Rhine. If you are a beer lover, you should definitely go to a brewery and drink a Kölsch beer, because these are very famous. Especially cool for couples: You can attach a love castle to the Hohenzollern bridge and thus promise you eternal love. Hip neighborhoods like the Belgian Quarter or Ehrenfeld are worth a visit, and are perfect for trying out the various restaurants on offer. The nightlife in Cologne is colourful and there is something for everyone to enjoy for an unforgettable evening in Cologne.

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • The Rhine
  • Cologne’s old town
  • Hohenzollern Bridge

Germany: Map

Holiday on the beach: sea & sun

When you think of beach and sea, you usually think of distant exotic places, but you can also have an excellent beach holiday in Germany. If you think that a real beach holiday can only be spent at the Mediterranean Sea, or at other distant places, you don’t know Germany’s coasts. Germany offers lakes, mountains and coasts, and there is something for everyone. And if the temperatures play along, holidays at the North Sea and Baltic Sea even feel like holidays at the Mediterranean Sea. FIV Magazine has selected the most beautiful beaches in Germany for you, so that you can plan your beach holiday in Germany perfectly!

Beach holiday Germany: Places at the lake & Sea

  1. Balturm
  2. Grömitz
  3. West beach on the island Fischland-Darß-Zingst
  4. Spiekeroog
  5. Saint Peter-Ording
  6. Sand beach at the elbow
  7. The beach atimmendorf
  8. Norderney
  9. Kühlungsborn
  10. Borkum

Pure nature: camping in Germany

A very nature-loving and adventurous way to spend a cool holiday in Germany is camping. In Germany there are many regions that invite to camping and passionate campers are convinced by the German nature. Camping lets you be flexible, because you can arrange your day as you want, including eating when you want, or just enjoy the “being free”. Camping is individual, simple and close to nature. A country like Germany is ideal for camping. FIV Magazine has selected the best camping sites in Germany for you.

The best campsites in Germany

  • Camping Miramar – Address: Fehmarnsund 70, 23769 Fehmarn
  • Schwarzwälder Hof – Address: Tretenhofstraße 76, 77960 Seelbach
  • Camping Wulfener Hals – Address: Wulfener Hals Weg 100, 23769 Wulfen
  • Camping Park Kühlungsborn address: Forest road 1b, 18225 Kühlungsborn
  • South Sea Camp address: South Sea Camp 1, 29649 Wietzendorf
  • Camping Münstertal – Address: Dietzelbachstraße 6, 79244 Münstertal/Black Forest
  • Hegau Family Camping – Address: At the Sonnenhalde 1, 78250 Tengen
  • Insel-Camp Fehmarn – Address: Insel-Camp Fehmarn, 23769 Meeschendorf
  • Camping and leisure park Lux-Oasis – Address: Arnsdorfer Street 1, 01900 Kleinröhrsdorf
  • Camping Hopfensee – Address: Fischerbichl 17 / Uferstraße, 87629 Füssen in the Allgäu


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Questions & Answers

Who founded Germany?

The “German Reich” as the first German nation state was founded during the Franco-Prussian War on January 18, 1871, King Wilhelm I.

What are the 16 federal states in Germany called?

  • Baden-Württemberg – Capital Stuttgart
  • Bavaria – Capital Munich
  • Berlin – Capital Berlin
  • Brandenburg – Capital Potsdam
  • Bremen – Capital Bremen
  • Hamburg – Capital Hamburg
  • Hesse – capital Wiesbaden
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – Capital Schwerin
  • Lower Saxony – capital Hannover
  • North Rhine-Westphalia – Capital Düsseldorf
  • Rhineland-Palatinate – Capital Mainz
  • Saarland – Capital Saarbrücken
  • Saxony – Capital Dresden
  • Saxony-Anhalt – Capital Magdeburg
  • Schleswig-Holstein – Capital Kiel
  • Thuringia – Capital Erfurt

What form of government is there in Germany?

In Germany there is a representative democracy. Germany is a federal republic.

Why is it called Germany?

The name of our country has evolved from the language we speak. We Germans are Germanic. This is made clear in the English word “Germany” for still Germany. … This term was created from the Germanic word “theoda”, which means “people”, and has the Latin ending “-iscus”.

Where does the word Germany come from?

It was the land of the Alemanni, a Germanic people settled between the Rhine and the Danube. The word “Alaman” meant “all men”, i.e. eder, and thus stood for the union of several tribes.


Cheap holidays: Travel to Brazil, backpacking in Thailand & booking via Holiday Pirates

How nice it would be now to get on the next plane and just fly away. Somewhere where the sun shines, the air tastes salty and the sound of the waves can be heard in the background. But unfortunately many people simply have no money left for holidays. Do pupils and students have to give up travelling because of little savings? No. FIV Magazine has found out where you can go on holiday for a reasonable price and how you can save money locally.

Cheap travel destinations: India, Turkey & Mexico

Great vacation for little money? Far away, but pay little money for the flight? The FIV has picked out a few beautiful and affordable destinations that are worth a visit. Here are our top 5 cheap destinations.

India: Sightseeing, beach holiday and temple visit

To South India or to the Malabar Coast the flight takes about 11 to 15 hours, but the long journey is worth it. This destination inspires with dreamlike beaches, numerous temples and cultural sites. Celebrating is also possible in India, the old hippie cult sites Anjuna and Arambol are real party paradise. The trip is especially cheap because of the good exchange rate and the low food prices. For half a kilo of white bread you pay about 40 cents in India. A packet of Marlboro cigarettes costs only about 3.30 euros, so there is a lot of money in your wallet.

Argentina: culture in Buenos Aires & relaxing on the east coast

It takes 14 to 20 hours to fly to Argentina, and the country is guaranteed to meet all requirements. Holidays in Argentina are particularly cheap due to the fall in the Argentine peso exchange rate. For half a liter of local beer one pays approximately 1,30 Euro. Culture lovers will find what they are looking for in Buenos Aires, beach lovers are better off travelling as far as the east coast. Whether families or surfers, in Argentina everyone gets their money’s worth. Nature lovers are also happy in Argentina, because the national park and the glaciers are incredible experiences. hiking, ice trekking and kayak tours – there is a lot to see in Argentina.

Turkey: Monastery, ruins & Palaces or party in Bodrum

The long flights don’t appeal to you? No problem – Turkey is only about 2 to 4 hours away. The falling exchange rate of the Turkish Lira makes the trip affordable. A box of Marlboro costs about 1.70 euros and for 0.7 litres of wine you pay about 3 euros. There is a lot to see in Turkey; from the blue mosque to monasteries, ruins and palaces. Relaxing on the beach and splashing in turquoise water is an indispensable part of a Turkish holiday. Party lovers should travel to Bodrum, the St. Tropez of Turkey. In Bodrum, however, the prices are relatively higher, there it is worthwhile to stay in a cheap hotel in the low season.

Brazil: cheap holiday & sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro

The flight to Brazil takes almost 12 hours – then you have arrived in paradise. Brazil is a cheap destination if you don’t spend much time in Rio de Janeiro. It is of course sad to miss Rio, but at several other beaches you can relax much cheaper. Celebrating is of course very important in Brazil, but sightseeing is definitely on the agenda. Concerning the prices in Brazil we can say that half a kilo of white bread costs approximately 1,20 Euro and for a coffee in a restaurant one pays approximately 1,30 Euro.

Mexico: Latino parties, Mexico City & Maya ruins

The flight to Mexico, our 5th place of the cheapest destinations, also takes 12 hours. Whether dream beach or Latino parties, Mexico City or Mayan ruins – Mexico offers many different impressions. A vacation in Mexico doesn’t have to be expensive, 12 eggs cost about 1.30 euros and 0.5 liters of local beer costs only 90 cents. So a lot of money stays in your pocket although a lot is seen.

Cheap booking sites? Package tours for bargain hunters

On different booking portals you can find trips to far away dream beaches like the Maldives or Bora Bora for ridiculous prices – how is that possible? And which portals are the most popular? The FIV Magazine has selected everything about holiday guru and Co. Here you can find out what you need to know and how you can save a lot of money when booking.

Holiday Guru – Package Holidays in Paradise

A notification on your mobile phone: one week Menorca for only 391 euros. That sounds tempting, and makes many people want to jump at the dazzling offer. A bargain holiday that is only a few clicks away. The only catch is; you have to be fast. The offers are quickly sold out and often it is last minute travel. The staff scours the Internet all day long and puts together a package deal that is as cheap as possible. The trips are primarily offered via social media and are extremely easy to book. The employees only receive money if their own offer is booked. The operator pays the employees when a trip is booked via the site to which the holiday guru redirects visitors to his site. Since holiday guru does not earn anything from the offers themselves, they are offered at a low price. Differently than in the travel agency, where the coworkers claim a portion of the price of the journey for itself.

Vacation pirates – Last minute to the end of the world

The Urlaubspiraten platform is very similar to Urlaubsguru. The travel offers are ideal for students and freelancers who, unlike employees, do not have to announce their holidays months in advance. In addition, most offers are available for a maximum of two people. After booking, it is usually necessary to pack your bags directly, because last minute trips often start only a few days after booking. Thus, the hotels fill their vacant rooms. Because a guest who pays comparatively little still brings more money than an empty room. Holiday pirates also suggest destinations to the website’s guests that they may not even have heard of before. This gives you the opportunity to discover something new and fall in love with new places without having to dig deep into your pocket.

Holiday tracker – flights, luxury hotels & package tours

Urlaubstracker convinces with low prices, package tours to the end of the world but also separate flight and hotel. The site provides a lot of information about the hotels, their location and facilities. On the website you will not only find last minute offers, but you can also choose the month of the trip and then see suitable offers. Luxury trips are often offered at unbeatable prices, for example through sites like So you can travel to far away dream beaches for little money and sleep in expensive suites and luxury hotels. It is important that you inform yourself about the destination. The savings portals do not give such good insider tips as the lady from the travel agency. How about a trip to Bora Bora? With Urlaubstracker it becomes affordable and guaranteed unforgettable.

Backpacking – cheap around the world

Independently backpacking through Thailand, Indonesia or Iran – that is backpacking. On the way in an old VW bus or hitchhiking, staying overnight in cheap hotels or sleeping in a tent under the open sky, small snacks between through and eating in cookshops. A world trip with a backpack is a real adventure and a very intense experience. Our top destinations for backpacking are:

  1. Thailand
  2. Malaysia
  3. Bolivia
  4. New Zealand
  5. Australia

Backpacking: Asia or rather Europe?

If you are now wondering why Thailand is on our number one spot, let us summarize it for you. Thailand is a good country for backpacking beginners: there are many backpackers, the country has a great infrastructure, the food tastes good and you get away cheap. In Thailand it is always warm and the country offers a mix of beach, culture, leisure activities, party and seclusion. Thailand also offers interesting climbing and diving areas, there is something for every type of backpacker. Many guidebooks recommend as the first backpacking trip a trip to a country within Europe. Here it is more likely that there will be no communication problems as almost everyone speaks English. A prime example is Croatia: almost everybody speaks English or even German, there are plenty of cheap hotels and you can get everywhere easily by bus or by car. If you want to go far away, you have to consider that you often have to apply for a visa or book a flight to get to another continent. Within the EU, this problem does not occur.

Save money on vacation: Top 3 tips!

Now I have already booked a cheap trip, but I do not want to spend the money I saved directly on site. What can I do to save some money on site? Where can I eat cheaply and how can I see as much as possible of the city for little money? Here we have our top 5 tips for a cheap holiday.

1. Eat cheaply on holiday – Streetfood & Co.

In tourist areas, restaurants are usually overpriced and overcrowded – therefore it is worthwhile to eat in remote side streets and smaller restaurants or at street food stands. Cooking by yourself in the fitted kitchen of the holiday flat saves money, but unfortunately so much time is lost in which you could explore the city. Fast food restaurants are usually a cheap option and can be found almost everywhere. Also practical for a packed long day are packed lunches; enough food and water is important if you want to experience a lot.

2. Travel cheaply – by bus and train through the city

Rental cars on holiday are a relaxed solution and save a lot of stress. You can store all the necessary souvenirs in the car and always have everything important at hand. Unfortunately, however, rental cars in holiday destinations are usually extremely expensive – the money saved on booking is quickly thrown out the window. Therefore we recommend travelling by bus and train. The best sights are not always within walking distance and for a trip by bus you only pay a few euros abroad. With a day ticket, one is in any case in good hands during a city trip and sees as much as possible in a short time.

3. Free city tours: see a lot for 0 Euro!

Many cities offer free city tours, where for 0 Euro you can gather as many impressions as possible.  Often there are also private volunteers, called greeters, who give tourists a free tour of their home town. These so-called greeters also like to give insider tips and you can find them simply by googling greeters and the city name.

Miami: Holidays in the City, Beach, Attractions, Map & Weather – Tips

Miami. Welcome to Miami. Miami is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, legendary nightlife, quality restaurants. Over six million travelers from all over the world, Miami attracts every year. Miami is one of the most exciting cities in the world.  The abundance of colorful cultures such as the Caribbean, Latin American and European creates a vast array of international flavors. Legendary nightlife, luxurious resorts, various attractions are part of this experience. Models, movie stars, musicians and millionaires are attracted to this place and together with the locals and tourists contribute something to the dynamic personalities of the city. Miami is hot! And this not only refers to the weather, but also to its nightlife with Latin American influences. Miami’s favorite color is: Colorful! Influenced by many cultures, Miami presents itself in a colorful mix of tradition and carefree attitude to life.

Welcome to Miami

Sightseeings: Top 10 attractions

There are so many things to do in Miami. Miami has something for everyone, for romantics some parks and natural areas are just right. For those looking for the most exciting attractions, check out the activities in downtown Miami. The Miami Children`s Museum is a great destination for the whole family, especially for children who don`t like normal museums. For those who prefer to relax and soak up the sun, we recommend South Beach, the most popular beach on Ocean Drive. The beach is the catwalk for the young and beautiful people. Especially the South Beach attracts for its natural beauty, this beach is a must for a visit in Miami. The FIV Magazine has selected the top 10 activities in Miami for you.


  1. South Beach
  2. Art Deco Historic Discrit
  3. Little Havana
  4. South Pointe Park
  5. Wynwood and Design Discrit
  6. Key West
  7. Bayside Marketplace
  8. Vizcaya Museum and Garden
  9. Lincoln Road Mall
  10. Crandon Park

Miami has everything that makes a dream vacation. From picture-book weather, clean beaches, incredible attractions to the first-class hotels and exclusive restaurants and the flourishing art and culture scene. The sunny city is absolutely hip. Rich culture and rhythms invite you to swing your hips. The city is safe and comfortable, let the inundating energy of this city take effect on you.

Map: Miami

Accommodations in Miami: Apartments, Holiday houses & Co

Miami is divided into 4 main districts, each district has its own characteristic atmosphere. For those who prefer peace and quiet, Coconut Grove is the place to be. This area attracts artists and writers. For party people, the Washington Avenue is exactly the right one. Some of Miami Beach’s famous clubs and bars are located here, and the most popular areas for travelers are South Beach, Mid- Beach and North Beach. The city, famous for its beaches, the sea and its bars.  How about a vacation home for your family vacation, your romantic getaway for two or your trip with friends? Miami has the largest selection of vacation homes for a long vacation or just a weekend trip.

Value holiday homes &holiday apartments in Miami

The most common accommodation options are apartments and holiday homes. For all travellers, a holiday apartment or holiday home is the perfect way to spend some time alone and feel at home. A vacation home in Miami is full of contrasts, suitable accommodations with or without a pool for the whole family can be found everywhere in Miami. As a couple or with family and friends to enjoy your vacation? Then you are in good hands in a holiday apartment or holiday home. Often it is even allowed to take your dog with you. Even last-minute you will find family-friendly vacation apartments and holiday homes in Miami from private.  Surprise your kids with the great news and book a family-friendly holiday apartment in Miami here directly from private. The USA is an extremely child-friendly country and in every restaurant and business the wishes of the little ones are read from the lips.  Especially for families with children the many shows and the newest rides are a welcome change.

Camping – Top 10 campsites

For the nature lovers Miami is full of variety. For camping enthusiasts, it’s a unique opportunity to experience Florida’s unique ecosystem up close and personal, sleep under the stars, fall in love with the city, and want to go there again and again. The camping offer is as versatile as Florida. The Everglades National Park, one of the nation’s most popular parks, attracts visitors from all over the world who hope to experience Florida’s wild side. But Florida has literally hundreds of great campgrounds from remote, coastal islands ideal for camping to full-service campgrounds that accommodate luxury RVs.

  1. Perry KOA
  2. North Beach Camp Resort
  3. Mouse Mountain RV & Camping
  4. St Ptersburg / Madeira Beach KOA Holiday
  5. Juniper Springs Recreation Area
  6. Boyds Key West Campground
  7. Miami Everglades RV Resort
  8. Fort De Soto Park Campground
  9. Lake Kissimmee State Park
  10. Turtle Beach Campground

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Music: Celebreties, Parties, Hip-hop, Electro, House & CO

Miami-Miami and music are simply inseparable. Celebreties like Lenny Kravitz, have set up their own recording studios in the city and P.Diddy has been spotted here several times in the city. Miami is also known for one of the biggest electro festivals in the world. The city in Florida has long been known among musicians for its experimentation. The best House, Hip Hop and Electro – Djs from all over the world cavort in the clubs, and at pool parties they test the intoxicating effect of their mixing skills. But Miami has a different musical life. If you’re looking for more than just the sand and palm trees for parties here, you’ll have to study flyers and notices on lampposts and music stores. Today, Miami is more than ever a cultural experimentation field – and the Jazid a kind of public test tube.

Will Smith: The legendary song “Miami”

The well-known actor, film producer and rapper Will Smith released his song “Miami” in 1998. The song won an MTV VMA Best Male Video Award.  “Miami” reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the Uk charts. In the video, Will and members of his band freeze in Philadelphia, where – 30 degrees and a band mate curses Jack Frost. They get on a plane to Miami and are guided through Miami in their car. Different scenes turn into each other. The video ends with a concert by Will Smith and his band.

Questions and Answers

When is the best time to travel to Miami?

The best travel time for Miami is between April and July, the sun shines the longest with an average of ten hours per day and the water temperature is between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.

What sea is in Miami?

The city is located at the mouth of the Miami River into Biscayne Bay, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean.

When is hurricane season in Florida?

The hurricane season in Florida is from the beginning of June to the end of November.

How many inhabitants does Miami Beach have?

Miami Beach is a very densely populated city in the Miami-Dade County in the US Federal State of Florida with 92.307 inhabitants (as at 2017).



Holiday at Lake Constance – luxury or in the middle of nature

Once around Lake Constance by bike; From Germany, to Switzerland and as far as Austria? Sleeping in a luxury hotel or experiencing a lot on a farm? At the 63km long lake in the foothills of the Alps, Lake Constance, there is something for everyone. Every summer people from all over the world come here and sail, windsurf and swim in the lake or relax on beautiful beaches. Fancy pure romance in the mountains with a bottle of Prosecco? Sounds like the perfect gift for a wedding anniversary. A family holiday combines culture and nature – in such a way that even the little ones are thrilled, because it is guaranteed not to be boring here. Find out everything about accommodation, camping, real estate and events on Lake Constance.

Accommodation at Lake Constance: Whether Germany, Austria or Switzerland

Holiday at Lake Constance sounds tempting – but where is the best place to stay? Whether holiday apartment, hotel, guesthouse or luxury hotel; because everyone hopes for something different, there is an individually perfect accommodation for everyone. We have presented the different accommodations to you here, you just have to know what suits you best.

Holiday flats at Lake Constance: Between everyday life & holiday

Holiday apartment at Lake Constance – your own home, just somewhere else. It is nice to feel undisturbed in your privacy, to cook what you like and to change your place of residence for several weeks or months at a reasonable price. We love the individual and comfortable equipment of holiday apartments and in most holiday apartments there is also room for our four-legged best friends. The only thing that bothers us is the washing up. But since most holiday apartments have a dishwasher, this problem is practically solved. My personal problem in hotels is that as a late riser I usually miss breakfast. This problem does not exist in a holiday flat – I decide when I eat and when I go to the restaurant. Our FIV-tip: Ask your landlords for places you absolutely have to see, where you can get the best food and where you shouldn’t waste your time in the first place. They usually know even better than yelp.

Hotels at Lake Constance: Real holiday – pure relaxation

A hotel is as uncomplicated as possible and it provides 100% holiday feeling. Mostly you book a package tour, which includes flight, transfer to the hotel and the overnight stays. And as soon as one has checked in, the staff takes care of everything that could cause stress. Clean rooms, cooking is done and there is always a contact person at the reception. A break from the kids? In a hotel with a Mini Club this is also no problem. At Lake Constance you will also find various organic hotels, for true nature lovers who value sustainability. The hotels are divided into different categories:

  • Right by the lake
  • In the middle of nature
  • City hotel
  • Family hotel

There is really something for everyone at Lake Constance. The hotels are generally a more expensive option than the holiday flats, but therefore many tasks are simply omitted. So: less everyday life and more holidays.

Pensions at Lake Constance: Cheap overnight stays

An inexpensive short holiday at Lake Constance – it couldn’t be easier than spending the night in a guesthouse. There is a familiar, personal atmosphere because guesthouses are accommodation facilities that are usually run by one person or a family. If you have any questions or tips, you can contact the landlords, they will help you with their own experiences and give you good advice. What is unfortunately often lacking in guesthouses is comfort, but the simple furnishings are sufficient for those who are on the move a lot during the day and are only looking for a place to sleep. In return, there is a little more money left in the wallet. The service in guesthouses is exclusively limited to the breakfast, thus one has to take care that one does not leave too much money in expensive restaurants, as otherwise, the money saved in the guesthouse is quickly spent again.

Wellness Hotels at the Lake Constance: Wellness for body & soul

Just relax – in your bathrobe with a glass of wine and take a romantic break from everyday life. Don’t worry about anything, swim in the panorama pool with a view of Lake Constance. Still no idea for a birthday present? What does your sweetheart get for Valentine’s Day? And when was the wedding anniversary again? And – have we convinced you yet? Staying in a luxury hotel is a little more expensive, but it’s completely carefree. Enjoy a multi-course menu and an excellent wine selection – wellness for the soul. Or relax in the sauna and treat yourself to a massage – wellness for the body.

Lake Constance: map

Camping at Lake Constance: In the middle of nature

The bed always with you, spontaneously sleeping in and late breakfast – camping has many advantages, but it requires a little more planning than a hotel stay. More “in the middle of nature” than with a caravan or caravan is not possible and a lot of money can be saved compared to a hotel. And if you don’t like the place, you can just keep on going. And the pets don’t have to stay at home either – our four-legged best friends would have just as much fun at Lake Constance as we do.

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Our top 3 camping regions at Lake Constance

With so many campsites around Lake Constance, it’s hard to decide: We have listed our top 3 for you.

  1. Camping ground Allenplatz
  2. Camping ground Helmsdorf
  3. Camping site Alpenblick

Living on Lake Constance: Buy your own apartment or house

A house by the lake – even Peter Fox dreamed of it. Simply own a house by the lake, go there every summer and enjoy the time in his own four walls. In addition, real estate is always an investment and can be rented out excellently at times when you are not at Lake Constance yourself. Here you will find your potential new home at the beautiful lake, whether in Germany, Switzerland or Austria.

Activities at Lake Constance for the whole family

Have fun for young and old at Lake Constance – we have picked out a few cool ideas for you that will inspire us. Whatever we want to recommend to you is to ask locals for their insider tips; most of the time you’ll find better stuff than you’d think. Whether it’s sightseeing, a water spot or a bike tour with the whole family, there are many different ways to have fun at Lake Constance. Here are a few ideas for you!

Water sports on Lake Constance: sailing, canoeing & Co.

Sailing, water skiing, canoeing, diving, surfing, wake board and boat tours – there are numerous possibilities to have fun with water sports at Lake Constance. And if you need a day off because of sore muscles you can relax on the beach. There are courses for beginners, but also professionals can let off steam here. Have you ever tried stand-up paddling? Why don’t you rent the equipment and give it a chance? Maybe you will find your latest hobby at Lake Constance.

Cycle tours around the Bodensee: Familytime

A bicycle tour with the family around Lake Constance – here Familytime is written in capital letters! You can choose either the route from 40 to 50 km or the route with up to 70 km per day, it depends only on your personal preferences and the sportiness. Because of the shape of the lake it doesn’t matter where you start and if you need a shortcut, trains, buses and ships are there for you. Or you can divide the route into stages, travel with your tent and discover the various places and sights in the vicinity of Lake Bodeen at your leisure.

Excursions around Lake Constance: Salem Castle & Co

Did you know that the Rhine Falls is the largest waterfall in Europe? With an impressive width of 150 metres and a height of 23 metres, the waterfall on Lake Constance fascinates young and old alike. Would you like to go skiing? No problem – the Pfänder is the first mountain in the Alps and with its height of 1064 metres offers excellent skiing opportunities. What you also have to see is Salem Castle, Meersburg Castle and the pilgrimage church of Birnau. The FIV loves the sights at Lake Constance and we are sure that they would enchant you too.

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Questions & answers

Which countries lie around Lake Constance?

Three countries have a share in Lake Constance and the Lake Constance region: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. While there is a recognised border between Germany and Switzerland in the Lower Lake, the countries bordering the Upper Lake have never agreed on a border.

What can you do at Lake Constance?

Here you can not only experience the great nature, but also visit many churches.
Some of the most popular excursion destinations at Lake Constance are

  • Island of Mainau
  • Birnau Basilica
  • Lake Dwelling Museum Unteruhldingen
  • Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen
  • Meersburg Castle
  • Ravensburg playground
  • Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen

Where is Lake Constance at its deepest point?

The total shore length is 273 km. Of these, 173 km are in Germany, 72 km in Switzerland and 28 km in Austria. At its deepest point Lake Constance measures 254 m. It lies between the German town of Fischbach (near Friedrichshafen) and the Swiss town of Uttwil near Romanshorn.

What can you do with children at Lake Constance?

Outings Bodensee for bad weather with children:

  • Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen.
  • Inatura – multimedia and interactive museum in Dornbirn.
  • The Lake Constance sight par excellence – the island of Mainau.
  • The UNESCO excursion destination on Lake Constance – the historic pile dwellings in Unteruhldingen.

Where does Liechtenstein border on Lake Constance?

The House of Liechtenstein provides the Reigning Prince. Sovereignty in Liechtenstein is divided equally between the Reigning Prince and the people. The Alpine country of Liechtenstein lies on the Alpine Rhine and borders Switzerland in the west and Austria in the east.


Croatia – the small country for the big holiday

Croatia is one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in Europe. In addition to the many historical sights and the idyllic coastal towns, which convey a flair of medieval beauty, the Croatian beaches are a real holiday highlight. White pebble bays and secluded rocky coves are located along the endless coastline, where you can enjoy the crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has something to offer for every vacationer. Beside historical sights Croatia captivates with its dreamlike beaches. The unique natural landscapes, which is reflected in the many national and nature parks. The many Croatian impresses nature and sport lovers, sun worshippers, partygoers and culture fans.

Attractions and sights:  Travel tips

No matter if you do sports, go for a walk or sunbathe. Croatia would not be ” the small country for the big holiday” if it did not offer a colourful variety of leisure activities.  Croatian culture is most closely related to Western European culture, which is characterized by Roman influences in ancient times and the history of settlement in the Middle Ages. The most beautiful beaches in Croatia are in Medulin, Crikvenica, Pelješac, Silo etc.


An excursion to the island of Rab is a must, and not only for bathing enthusiasts. It is not without reason that it is also called the “paradise beach”, because it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Swimming plays a leading role everywhere in Croatia, beautiful beaches with crystal clear water. The town fountain in Rovinj is also recommendable. From there you can easily walk to the beautiful old town, the port and the clock tower.

Map: Croatia


In Croatia, nature lovers, adventurers and sports fans get their money’s worth. The FIV Magazine gives you 10 tips on how to make the most of your holiday.

  1. She wants a boat trip to Venice? No problem, every week a ferry leaves for the Italian metropolis.
  2. A tour of the cave Modrič in Rovanjska
  3. Sailing
  4. Dive: The most attractive diving areas in the Adriatic Sea are shiff wrecks and and aircraft wrecks as well as underwater walls, underwater reefs and underwater caves.
  5. Walking: An active holiday with hiking in Croatian national parks should appeal above all to photographers.
  6. A visit to the second largest city in Croatia: Split is also called the “capital of Dalmatia”. A special highlight is the beautiful old town of Split with its cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings.

Accommodations: Holiday home, camping & Co

Even if many holidays in Croatia combine long sandy beaches and pure sunshine, the country offers much more. Many holiday homes, for example in Istria or Dalmatia, have their own pool, if the way to the beach should be too far. Especially if you book a trip with several people, holiday homes are a good alternative to hotels. Holiday houses and apartments are the most booked types of accommodation in Croatia. You can find accommodation starting from a price of 30€, also for pets you will find pet-friendly accommodation in Croatia.

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Holiday houses &holiday apartments: cheap accommodation in Croatia

For families with children the holiday in a holiday home in Croatia is becoming more and more popular. In addition to numerous hotels, apartments and campsites, holidaymakers can choose from many offers of generously designed, modern and well-kept holiday homes as accommodation in Croatia. In contrast to the usually somewhat smaller rooms in hotels or guesthouses, a holiday home offers a lot of space and flexibility and individuality. holiday homes offer the much appreciated opportunity to spend a holiday in a private atmosphere. This is an advantage for all those who want to relax in peace and quiet away from hotels or guesthouses or who want to spend a romantic holiday.

Camping: nature and fun

Camping in Croatia is a true experience of beauty, hospitality and naturalness. Fascinating landscapes, beautiful beaches and intoxicating cities are waiting to be discovered in Croatia. Many campsites in Croatia now have extensive entertainment programs for both children and adults. Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for family camping holidays, and camping holidays are one of the fastest growing types of holidays, FIV Magazine shows you the 5 best campsites in Croatia:

  • Camping Val Saline

  • Krk Premium Camping Resort

  • Marina Camping Resort

  • Camping Straško

  • Camping Kovacine


Questions and Answers

What do you eat in Croatia?

Lamb on skewer, kulen from Slavonia, lobster from Dalmatia, Međimurska gibanica

What is the sea like in Croatia?

The territory of the state lies east of the Adriatic Sea and partly in the southwest of the Pannonian Plain. The border is formed by Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east and Montenegro to the southeast.

Can you travel to Croatia with an identity card?

As a result, there are checks on persons at border crossings with other EU countries. We recommend that Austrian citizens always travel with a passport (maximum five years expired). Alternatively, you can enter the country with an identity card valid for the entire duration of your journey.

Why does Croatia have HR?

The International Motor Vehicle Registration Number HR stands for Croatia in Europe.


Experience Tokyo: Travel tips & experience reports from Adachi to Taitō

As one of the best-known metropolises in eastern Asia, Japan’s capital Tokyo is well known to almost everyone. But how many different faces Tokyo has, one learns only if one has been there once. In the city centre, the city is brightly lit – the view from the many billboards, billboards, company logos and lights is almost impossible to turn away – and lively. People are everywhere, determined on their way to work, school, university or happily dancing to the current charts in the subway shaft. Tai Chi in one of the city’s numerous parks, street artists, men and women in kimonos, small children in panda costumes – the people in Tokyo are as multifaceted as their city. Read more about Japan’s metropolises Kyoto and Kobe.

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Tokyo through the ages

Today, more than 9.5 million people live in Tokyo, but if you look back only a few centuries, there was nothing but a small settlement with a fishing port called Edo. By the way: its roots even go back to the Stone Age! In the 15th century a castle was built near the settlement, but the present world metropolis only gained historical importance at the end of the 16th century, when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu took possession of the settlement and castle and a few years later in 1603 became the capital of his shogunate. As the seat of the Shogunate, the city of Edo underwent numerous changes and changes until Emperor Mitsuhito moved from Kyoto in the middle of the 19th century and renamed the city – now home to around 1 million inhabitants – the “imperial residence city in the east”, i.e. Tokyo. Tokyo is now a real cultural metropolis with numerous theatres, museums and parks, yet it has never forgotten its origins. Thus, in addition to the numerous modern blocks of buildings that tower up into the sky, historic buildings and temples are also lined up everywhere. It is an unusual and unique harmony between modernity and antiquity, so typical of Tokyo, and is also reflected in the two largest and most important sights of the city: the old Imperial Palace and the Tokyo Tower with a height of 333 meters.

Drone flight – sight seeing over the rooftops of Tokyo

Tokyo’s 23 boroughs and their special features

Adachi – impressed with large Senju bridge

A small district in the north of Tokyo. An important sight is the large Senju Bridge, which connects the individual areas within the district.

Arakawa – directly on the banks of the Arakawa River

This district is named after the river of the same name.

Bunkyō – Location of the World-class University of Tokyo

The educational district of Tokyo with numerous educational institutions and sights, including the University of Tokyo and the Tokyo Dome.

Chiyoda – from Imperial Palace to Sega World

The administrative district and headquarters of numerous large companies. Here you will find the imperial palace, the old castle Edo and many other historical buildings. Chiyoda also has the famous Akihabara entertainment district, the heart of the Japanese electronics trade and THE place to go for all fans of video games, anime and manga – the eight-story Sega World is just one example of many. Cosplay cafés and fan meetings are the order of the day here and the last celebrants often leave Akihabara only the next morning. Chiyoda is one of Tokyo’s least populated districts, but during the day there are 20 times as many workers and commuters here!

Chūō – extensive shopping in Ginza

One of Tokyo’s main business centres, including Ginza (THE shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo!) and the famous Tsukiji fish market.

Edogawa – birthplace of trend musician Kazuya Kamenashi

Named after the nearby river and hometown of Kazuya Kamenashi, member of the successful J-pop band KAT-TUN.

Itabashi – medical pioneer of Nihon University

Tokyo’s industrial district with business district in the north and four large universities, including the medical faculty of Nihon University

Katsushika – Residence of over 400,000 Japanese

This district was originally a union of several villages and small towns and now provides mainly housing for the population of Tokyo.

Kita – attractive for young & old: Asukayama Park

Although this is one of Tokyo’s smallest districts, it is also one of the most populous with 80% of the population. Next to Akabane railway station is Tokyo’s first public park, Asukayama Park.

Kōtō – world important exhibitions in the Tokyo Big Sight

The Tokyo Big Sight international exhibition hall and the Toyko Gate Bridge are located in this district, which was largely built by reclaiming new land.

Meguro – full of diplomats & embassies

A combination of a residential area and diplomatic quarter. It is the seat of numerous international embassies, especially of the West Asian countries and Africa, but also of the Honorary Consulate General of Iceland.

Minato – Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Midtown & Roppongi

In addition to a large number of educational institutions, some sights such as the Tokyo Tower and the Toyko Midtown high-rise complex with the highest skyscrapers in the city as well as the luxury district of Roppongi can be found here. Minato is also home to the tech companies Sony, Toshiba and NEC Corporation.

Nakano – divided into 18 individual districts

This district consists of 18 districts and is divided by several rivers. Nakano is connected to the subway network, but has no motorway of its own.

Nerima – over a hundred years of carousel

In this district there are mainly residential buildings and individual parks. In the Toshima-en amusement park you can marvel at the oldest still operated carousel in the world – it was put into operation for the first time in New York in 1910!

Ōta – Temple complex Homon-ji from the 13th century

This is the largest district in Tokyo and the third largest in terms of population. Here you will also find the famous Homon-ji, a Buddhist temple from the 13th century.

Setagaya – Luxury district with over 800,000 inhabitants

This is by far the most populous district of the city. Of Tokyo’s more than 9 million inhabitants, over 800,000 live here in Setagaya. It is one of the more expensive residential areas with about 60% pure residential development. The Carrott Tower with a height of 124 meters is also here.

Shibuya – Shopping & Fun in Shibuya

The Shibuya entertainment district is part of the district of the same name. The shopping street Senta-gai is one of the most popular shopping opportunities for Tokyo’s young population. The world famous statue of Shiba Inu Hachiko stands directly in front of Shibuya station. By the way: due to the mass of information technology companies Shibuya is often called Bit Valley!

Shinagawa – 6,000 hotel rooms near the station

A variety of universities and offices are located here in Shinagawa. However, due to the highest concentration of hotels and accommodation in Tokyo, the district attracts special attention with 6,000 rooms around Shinagawa station alone!

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Shinjuku – bigger, nicer, better

Shinjuku station in Tokyo is one of the stations with the highest passenger volume in the world! But everything else in Shinjuku is bigger, better or more successful: Japan’s most important commercial and administrative centre is here, as is the largest shopping district in the whole of Japan, Japan’s largest and oldest entertainment district… Yayoi Kusama, one of the most important Japanese artists of the post-war period, had her own Yayoi Kusama Museum built here. By the way: Shinjuku maintains a partnership with the Dongcheng district in Beijing and the Mitte district in Berlin.

Suginami – Education in over 100 institutions

This district is mainly a residential area with only a few industrial settlements. There are 47 primary schools, 32 secondary schools, 21 secondary schools, 6 universities and 11 libraries!
Sumida – Sumo & Sumida Hokusai
Sumida is also mainly populated by people. There are several museums here, including the architectural Sumida Hokusai Museum and Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall.

Toshima – International in Tokyo

About 47% of this district consists of a residential area, in addition there are public places and some commercial enterprises. With a non-Japanese population of about 15,500 people, Toshima is one of Tokyo’s international districts. Here, too, there are several educational institutions, including the Tokyo Conservatory of Music.

Taitō – Sumidagawa-Hanabi, the biggest fireworks festival

In Taito there are the entertainment districts Asakusa and Ueno. The National Museum of Western Art, the Daimyo Clock Museum and the Ueno-Zoo are just some of the places to visit for culture and entertainment. Taito is also a popular place to celebrate Sumidagawa-Hanabi, Japan’s largest fireworks festival, and Sanja-Matsuri are both held here every year.

The travel guide for Tokyo

Holidays Extras Travel Guides explains the easiest and most convenient way to travel to Japan and what sights and attractions you should not miss on your first visit to Tokyo.

The Tokyo Metro – immortalized on a Nike sports shoe

Nike has drawn inspiration from the world’s major cities in creating the new Air Max series. The Tokyo Metro’s labyrinth-like rail network is reflected in the “Tokyo Maze” model and also gives its name to the new sports shoe.

Luxury life Tokyo – the most expensive apartments in the world

Living in Tokyo is a costly thing – especially the house prices are horrendous, one is not satisfied with the absolute minimum. In Ginza, for example, for a 13m² apartment you can expect about 800,00 Euro per month, for 50m² in Shibuya even between 2.500,00 Euro and 3.000,00 Euro per month and in Akihabara a monthly rent of 1.200,00 Euro for a 35m² apartment is a real bargain!

Between pressure to perform and late pension

That is perhaps why the people of Tokyo are particularly ambitious. Demands on academic and professional performance are high, which is particularly noticeable to the children time and again. You have to be diligent and work hard later so that your own children will have a better time. Only the factor of public school or private institute has a decisive influence on future careers. The pressure of expectations to which people here are exposed – both in their private lives and in society – means that everyone works late from morning to night, a 40-hour week plus 40 hours of overtime per month is the standard here and an after-work time after 11 p.m. is not uncommon. This is very harmful to Japanese health, and people are retiring very late – at 67 years of age – but on average the Japanese are getting much older than anywhere else in the world.

Creative outburst of opposites

In this context, it is understandable that the people in Tokyo sometimes seem a little chilly – like ants driving them from one place to another, always purposefully, always focused – like little wheels in a gear. There is no time for a nice smile or an apology and the necessary energy for it is better spent on more work. Nevertheless, the lifestyle in Tokyo in particular is rich in contrast, colourful, loud and shrill. There is nothing that does not exist – and what does not exist is probably invented here! This principle is reflected in music, art and, of course, fashion. From elegant women and men in kimonos to doll-like Lolitas with lace umbrellas to young men in flashy designer suits and colourful streetfashion – the main thing is to stand out. But of course there are also the normal suit and costume wearers as well as the students in their uniform uniforms – a surreal mix, especially if Spiderman and Sailor Moon are walking around the corner, closely followed by an adult in a Pikachu costume.

Impressions from Style ID: Tokyo Fashion Week A/W 18/19

A short impression of the last Fashion Week in Tokyo with designs for the autumn-winter collection of the year.

Designer Tokyo

Dice-K with its GlamHate brand is a prime example of a young Tokyo designer who once again redefines the term fashion for himself and takes up elements from GlamRock, vampirism and Lady Gaga’s stage outfits. His current collection VAMPYRE has been running for several weeks and is aimed specifically at Japan’s youth scene.

Tokyo – overwhelming and beautiful

All in all, Tokyo is definitely worth a trip – one should only plan enough time to take in all the different impressions. In seven days, not even a 100th of what the world metropolis has to offer! Fortunately, there is a sophisticated and 100% reliable rail network that transports you from one district to another in the shortest possible time. Only during rush hour it is hard to stand in the Tokyo Metro, so you shouldn’t have any fear of contact and claustrophobia. As an alternative to the subway’s local trains, there are also the Shinkansen, the famous Japanese high-speed trains with a network across Japan and an impressive top speed of up to 320km per hour. Aomori, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama and Sapporo and many other cities are only a stone’s throw away.

More about Japan: Travel tips for vacation or weekend

Tokyo is of course not the only beautiful city in Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun has several other exciting, colourful and fashionable cities to offer with unforgettable sights and events. Of course, we have already compiled more information about Japan for you:


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Monaco – beautiful light at the playground of the rich

Anyone who earns a lot of money has to pay high taxes – at least that is the case in most countries. For this reason rich actors, singers, sportsmen and other stars have repeatedly moved their residence to the Mediterranean in the past decades. There, the small Principality of Monaco offers them a refuge in which almost no taxes are due on the income they earn – practically for many VIPs and the super-rich. To do this, of course, you have to meet certain conditions, but they are not particularly strict, and you also have to adapt to the lifestyle of the Principality. Due to the many rich and beautiful people who live here, however, it is relatively expensive, even if it is often more about appearance than being. Not for nothing, for example, the rapper Money Boy has already posed in front of the Monaco skyline in the video to his song “Monte Carlo” to underline his wealth – of course it is not clear whether all the expensive apartments have already been paid for. Also the Prince, Prince of Albert, can be seen more often at parties in Monaco.

Games of chance are very popular

The much money that has flowed towards Monaco over the last decades has of course also ensured that gambling is very popular in the small principality. The Monaco Casino is therefore one of the most popular destinations for fans of cultivated gambling. But if you don’t necessarily want to make your way to the Côte d’Azur to place your bets at such games, you can now also do so on the Internet. There are a whole range of online casinos that offer many alternatives from classic table games to slot machines. If you have never tried it before, it is best to register on a comparison page in a Test Online Casino and use the free trial versions of the individual games there. You don’t take any risks, but first you can get to know the process exactly. Those who have then convinced themselves of gambling on the Internet can transfer a first balance to their account in the online casino and risk a little money.

Casino has shaped Monaco

If you take a look into the casino of the Principality on a trip to Monaco, you will find a game temple with a long history. The house was opened as early as 1863 and was supposed to boost the economy at that time. Only five years later, a railway line was opened to the then still very modest fishing village – thus began the upswing. Already in the 19th century many nobles and celebrities came to Monaco, many of the visitors also wanted to try their luck at the game tables. Of course there were always cheaters among the visitors, but all in all you can look forward to well-groomed games and a unique atmosphere at the tables. It’s not for nothing that the casino has served as a backdrop in many films, just like the rest of Monaco. Finally, the impression of almost unlimited wealth is created here.

Attraction for black money

Not only the low taxes, but also the very lax supervision has in the past caused high sums to flow into Monaco year after year. Not every euro spent here has been legally earned. How high the share of black money on the real estate market is, can hardly be said with certainty. However, even the Spanish ex-king Juan Carlos I. has already been associated with corruption and money laundering – among other things he is said to have bought land in Monaco on behalf of a woman with whom he had an affair. Nevertheless, Monaco is sure to attract many people in the coming years who want to see the fascination of life in luxury for themselves. With a bit of luck, you can even improve your travel cash for the trip by winning at the casino – locally or online.

Colourful Kyoto – sake, shopping & imperial palace in the heart of Japan

Kyoto is located in the Kansai conurbation on the main island of Honshu in Japan. The city is located about 400 km from today’s capital Tokyo and 40 km from Osaka. About 1.5 million people live in Kyoto on an area of about 830 km². The former capital is surrounded on three sides by mountains, only the south is accessible – this area is also called Rakunan, the traditional access area of the city. Besides its wealth of temples and shrines, and numerous educational establishments, Kyoto is known for its sake production, silk textiles, the special Kyo-Yuzen dyeing technique and its outstanding cuisine.

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Kyoto is the sister city of many world-famous cities, such as Prague, Paris, Florence, Zagreb, Kiev and Cologne. It also maintains an official partnership with Istanbul, Qingdao and Viantiane, among others. Read more about Japan’s metropolises Tokyo and Kobe.

The highlights of Kyoto in 4D

Kyoto is Japan’s number 1 destination for tourists from all over the world. The former capital offers so many different impressions and experiences, something new, exciting or unusual can be discovered in every corner of the city. From a bird’s eye view Kyoto is breathtakingly beautiful – Fushimi-Momomiya Castle and the paradisiacal mountain village Miyama are a real insider tip! Arashiyama has been a popular excursion destination since the 8th century and has lost nothing of its beauty to this day. The Zen Buddhist temple Tenryuji, for example, impresses with its beautiful gardens, designed by the famous Japanese Muso Soseki, who was the first abbot of the temple. At least as worth seeing is the small temple Senkoji. The river Hozu invites you to extensive sightseeing from a boat, while the Togetsukyo bridge may be familiar to some from historical Japanese films. Simply beautiful!

From Miyama to Senkoji – the enchanting Arashiyama in the West of Kyoto

Kyoto 794 – the imperial residence

As “Heian-kyo” Kyoto was the second permanent capital of the country since 794. At that time, Japan’s political power essentially originated there, which is why it also served as the imperial capital. When the emperor moved to Tokyo 400 kilometres away in 1185, Kyoto lost its position of power and the slow and gradual decline of the city began. 1568 came with the first Christian place of prayer, Namban-ji, then also the Christian influence to Kyoto. Only in 1580 did the reconstruction of the city begin and the first temples were built within the city – this had previously been strictly forbidden. Kyoto recovered and flourished and was one of the few cities in Japan to be spared from nuclear bombs and air strikes during the Second World War due to its cultural importance.

Kyoto Cultural Center – nearly 1,600 temples and more

Today Kyoto is the best preserved city in the country and is known as the cultural centre of Japan. Inside the city there are about 1,600 Buddhist temples and another 400 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens. Many of these shrines and temples are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Kyoto” and are therefore particularly protected. This is one of the reasons why many of the country’s most famous buildings are located in Kyoto. The most important sights are in the east, north and west of the city – the majority of the temples are a bit remote in the north and on the surrounding mountain slopes. Every year Kyoto hosts the “Gozan no Okuribi” festival – large fires are lit on the mountain tops in the north whose flames simulate Japanese characters seen from a distance.

Ghostworld & Beacon – how to celebrate Gozan no Okuribi in Kyoto

Excessively polite in dialect

In Kyoto dialect is spoken, especially by the older inhabitants of the city. What distinguishes the Kyoto dialect from other language variants of Japanese is its strong historical influence, because here the old courtly culture is reflected in a form that cannot be found anywhere else but within the former capital. That is why the Kyoto dialect is also regarded as the higher variant of the generally regionally widespread Kansai dialect.

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The most beautiful buildings in the 11 districts

The city of Kyoto is divided into 11 districts, all of which are worth a visit. – Because in every district there are beautiful temples and shrines and many other attractions and tourist destinations.

Fushimi – the best water of the country

The district of Fushimi is known for its particularly soft and clear water, which is of great importance for sake production. That’s why this is also where sake producer Gekkeikan is based. Also worth seeing are the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi Castle, Teradaya Inn, Gokogu Shrine and the ruins of Yodo Castle.

Kamigyo – from Imperial Palace to University Campus

The high-quality silk textile Nishijin-Ori has been produced in the district of Kamigyo for centuries. The old architecture of the Imperial Palace as well as various temples and shrines, including the temple of Shokoku-ji and the shrines of Kitano Tenman-gu and Seimei, meet modern structures such as the Imadegawa Campus of Doshisha University.

Kita – golden pavilion and oldest shrine in Japan

Kita belonged to the district of Kamikyo until 1955 and is rich in sights. Here is the Daitoku-ji and the Imamiya Shrine with its famous Yasurai Festival and Japan’s oldest shrine, the Kamo Shrine. There is also the golden pavilion Kinkaku-ji, the mountain Funaokayama and four large universities.

Higashiyama – National Museum Kyoto

The entertainment district of Gion is located in the heart of Higashiyama. There are numerous temples including Kiyomizu-dera, Tofuku-ji, Kennin-ji, Kodai-ji, Imakumano Kannon-ji and Sanjusangen-ji.

Minami – the southern city entrance

Until 1955 the municipality was still part of the Shimogyo district. Minami is located in the south of Kyoto, the only area of the city that is not bordered by mountains. Here is the former southern entrance to the city, Rajomon, as well as the famous temple complex To-Ji, where monk Kukai taught. By the way: Minami is home to the Zainichi, a population group with Korean roots.

Nakagyo – the tourist center of the city

The district of Nakagyo is located in the city centre of Kyoto and is therefore also the hub for administration, consumption, tourism and entertainment. Three of the city’s most famous festivals are held annually in Nakagyo: the Aoi-Matsuri, the Gion-Matsuri and the Jidai-Matsuri. Of particular note in Nakagyo are Nijo-jo Castle, Tokugawa’s former seat of the Shogunate, the Rokaku-do Temple, rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1877, and the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Nishikyo – the Imperial Katsura Villa

The district of Nishikyo is of particular importance because of the imperial Katsura Villa, which was built over the Katsura river of the same name. The old moss temple Saiho-ji and the Yoshimine-dera are also located here.

An ode to Katsura Rikyu

Sakyo – rice fields and botanical garden

The district of Sakyo is very close to nature. It is the only district of Kyoto that has been able to preserve its rice fields and prevent new development areas and high-rise buildings due to urban planning restrictions. The wood industry has also been a constant in Sakyo for many years. Besides temples and shrines like Ginkaku-ji, Nanzen-ji, Kamo Shrine, Heian-Jingu Shrine, Kurama-dera, Kifune-jinja, Sanzen-ji and Manshuin Temple there is the Imperial Villa Shugakuin and the botanical garden of Kyoto. The Kyoto International Conference Center, in which the famous Kyoto Protocol to the climate protection agreement was adopted, and the Kyoto University for Art and Design are also located here.

Shimogyo – Shopping, Travel, Rivers

Shimogyo is home to the large Kyoto railway station and the city’s largest shopping district at the corner of Shijo Street and Kawaramachi Street. Three rivers flow through the district and the famous Kyoto Tower rises far beyond the city.
Ukyo – Bridge to the Moon

The temple complex Ninna-ji, the Zen temple Ryoan-ji, Daikaku-ji as well as Koryu-ji and the bridge with the mystical name “Bridge to the Moon”, Togetsu-kyo are located in this district. The Kyoto Prefecture University is also located here. By the way: Ukyo is also seen as the centre of the Japanese film industry and is home to one of the two film studios Toeis.

With Kenny Lee in Arashiyama: from the bamboo grove to the “bridge to the moon”

Yamashina – the oldest imperial tomb of Kyoto

Yamashina station is only one stop from Kyoto station in Shimogyo. As a former imperial residence, a number of emperors have of course also been buried in Kyoto. In fact, the oldest imperial tomb in the city, the tomb of Emperor Tenji, together with that of General Sakanoue no Tamuramaro and other important historical figures are located in the Yamashina district. The famous Oishi Shrine is also located here.

The Top 10 City Attractions

  1. Fushimi Inari Shrine
  2. The golden pavilion Kinkaku-ji
  3. Kiyomizu-dera
  4. Eikan-do
  5. Sanjuzangdo Temple
  6. Shoren-in Temple
  7. Emperor Shugakuin Villa
  8. Imperial Katsura Villa
  9. Ninna-ji Temple
  10. Sanzen-in Temple

With Shan Axe in Kyoto – 11 recommendations in less than 3 minutes!

University City Kyoto – Studying at the highest level

Due to its status as a university city, Kyoto is home to many young people, but in fact the students are not only city residents and regional residents, they come from all parts of the country to study at one of the approximately 40 universities and colleges in the city. Since the opening of the first Shinkansen line in 1964, Kyoto can also be reached by high-speed trains, which makes commuting much more pleasant. The main station in Shimogyo was completely rebuilt and modernised in 1997, which makes it more attractive to the young population, but in the eyes of many it is too much in contrast to the traditional Kyoto architectural style.

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Japan’s Top 5 Universities & Colleges

According to a foreign ranking of Japanese universities and colleges from April 2018, the national universities of Tokyo, also known as Todai, and Kyoto, aka Kyodai, ranked first for the first time together; until now, the national university of the capital was considered Japan’s undefeated top university. In the 2018 global ranking, however, Todai is still one step ahead; with 46th place on the world list of universities, it is 28 places ahead of Kyodai (74th). By the way: the universities of Oxford, Cambrige and Stanford occupy places 1-3 in the worldwide ranking.

  • 1st Tokyo University & Kyoto University
  • 3rd University of Tohoku
  • 4th Tokyo Institute for Technology
  • 5th Kyushu University

Catch your dream! Studying at Kyoto University

The three pillars of Kyoto – Tourism, Tradition & Modernity

1. tourism

Its long-lasting architecture and the many historical sites of Kyoto make the city Japan’s most popular tourist destination. In fact, tourism is the city’s main source of income and the tourist infrastructure is well developed here.

2. traditional handicraft

There are also many small businesses and family businesses dedicated to traditional Japanese crafts, for example Kyoto is famous for its silk manufacture and the production of kimonos, which are often worn here for festive occasions, but also in everyday life. A very special dyeing technique, called Kyo-Yuzen, was passed down from the 17th century and was developed many years ago by Yuzen Miyazaki in Kyoto. Outside Kyoto there are few practitioners, most of them in Kanazawa – but even within the city, Kyo-Yuzen is only used by a few.

3. electronics

The third pillar, besides sake production of course, is electronics. The headquarters of renowned companies such as Nintendo, Murata Eletronics, OMRON, Wacoal, Kyocera and many others are located in Kyoto. Nevertheless, many of the working population have to commute daily to Osaka, 40 km away, since the jobs in the city centre are no longer sufficient.

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Eating in Kyoto – a culinary feast for all the senses

Kyoto is also famous for its excellent cuisine. The stylish, often simple dishes focus on mainly vegetable ingredients such as pickled vegetables, called tsukemono. Many vegetables, which are seasonally found in the city’s specialities, come from the immediate vicinity of Kyoto and are known for being somewhat smaller in growth, but also significantly more intense in taste than in the rest of Japan, thus giving Kyoto cuisine a very special touch. By the way: a popular souvenir from Kyoto is the candy Yatsuhashi.
Most poular: Nama Yatsuhashi

Kaiseki Ryori – luxury dinner in several courses

Kaiseki Ryori is a multi-course and often expensive menu whose origins lie in the traditional tea ceremony. In the course of time it enjoyed great popularity at the Imperial Court and became increasingly pompous and extravagant. A variant of Kaiseki Ryori is Kyo Kaiseki, which is primarily based on seasonal vegetables from the Kyoto region.
Shojin Ryori – pleasurable modesty

The Shojin Ryori comes from the abstinent monks in Buddhist temples. The simple dishes consist exclusively of vegetarian ingredients, but are still rich and filling. A popular example of Shoji Ryori is a vegetable broth with tofu, called yudofu.

Obanzai Ryori – Food like Mum

The Obanzai Ryori is originally traditional cooking at home. Typically it consists of several small dishes that are not very complex to prepare. Restaurants that specialize in Kyoto cuisine often create a homely atmosphere to create a sense of home and togetherness among their guests.

Kawayuka – Food above the water

Kawayuka or Kawadoko refers to food in nature. But not somewhere, but on wooden platforms floating above rivers! These platforms are built by restaurants all over Kyoto during the summer season as a kind of terrace over rivers and streams, offering a refreshing alternative to stuffy restaurants and oppressive heat. The culinary district of Pontocho in the city centre is particularly suitable due to its proximity to the Kamogawa River, but also the two mountain villages Kibune and Takao in the mountains north of Kyoto invite you to Kawadoko from May to September – an absolute recommendation!

Streetfood in Kyoto: Yakitori, Okonomiyaki & Dango

More about Japan: Travel tips for vacation or weekend

Not enough of Japan yet? The Land of the Rising Sun has several other exciting, colourful and fashionable cities to offer with unforgettable sights and events. Of course, we have already compiled more information about Japan for you:


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Your holiday can start while packing your suitcase: So everything fits and remains wrinkle-free

The beginning of the annual holiday is approaching. Just the right time to deal with travel preparations such as packing a suitcase. Two questions are in the foreground: What belongs in the suitcase? How do I store the luggage as effectively as gently? We want to give you tips and suggestions on the most important aspects and reveal a trick on how textiles with light wrinkles become smooth again even without an iron.

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Basically, the luggage can be divided into five categories:

  • Documents / Key
  • first aid kit
  • Personal Care and Cosmetics
  • Clothing
  • Accessories / Technology

It is important to make copies of all documents and place them in different pieces of luggage. Thus, in case of loss, an emergency replacement is always available. In addition, important medicines should be in hand luggage when traveling by air. Otherwise, all jars, tubes and vials above the 100 milliliter limit are in the suitcase.

So much clothes should be there

The choice of clothing depends largely on individual factors such as personal needs, travel needs and local circumstances. A few basic structures have also proven themselves in very different situations:

  • On underwear and socks / stockings, at least one set should be included per day of travel.
  • Also the stock of t-shirts, polo shirts and shirts for men respectively Tops and blouses for the women should allow a daily change.
  • Trousers, skirts and dresses can usually be worn multiple times with a break of one day for airing. Does not mind, is sufficient for short trips every two days and for longer stays every three days a part.
  • Blazers, jackets and other jackets are packed according to personal needs. This also applies to headgear.
  • Depending on the nature of your trip, shoes for beach, city strolls, Outdoor activities, party, special occasions and of course needed for the room.
  • There are also sports and swimwear. Again, make sure that there is always at least one spare set in your luggage.
  • In addition to sleepwear, washcloths and towels round off the travel range of textiles.

By the way: Especially with connecting flights, it can happen that the suitcase arrives with a slight delay. So that the stay then does not have to start with an emergency shopping, it makes sense to pack at least a complete clothing set in the on-board case.

Pack the suitcase properly

So that everything fits into the suitcase, you can use some tricks when packing . All clothing that is not susceptible to creases will be rolled up. Socks and / or stockings can be stuffed into the mirrored opposite shoes. The lower portion of the case is filled with these heavier or insensitive parts. A strong pressure to compress is quite allowed. In addition, gaps can be filled with small parts. On top come pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, blazers and similar textiles. They are placed in the suitcase so that they protrude alternately right and left beyond its limits. After that, they are placed one inside the other from top to bottom. At the top, best in a separate area come the neatly folded blouses and shirts. Here are the best non-iron or easy to iron models chosen to be placed between the tissue paper or fine towels. It is important to unpack the suitcase immediately upon arrival and to hang delicate textiles on a stirrup.

Conclusion: With a little preparation and the right packing technology, everything arrives safely

So it is not that difficult to get everything you need in your suitcase and to bring it to the destination with care. If there are a few wrinkles, that’s no problem. Tip: A shower after the exhausting journey not only refreshes. It can also help to eliminate slight wrinkles in the jacket, blazer and the like when they are briefly suspended in the bathroom.


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Travel Guide – Tenerife best Beaches and Restaurants

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Since I only keep you up to date with the latest fashion trends, I thought I am worried for a bit of change and write for you something about travel. Today it is about the island of Tenerife. It is a Canary Island, including Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Fuerte Fuentura. It is located north-west of Africa and is about 4 1/2 hours flight Read more