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Is it a roller coaster? Is a staircase? Um, well, what you see above is actually a combination of both. Oh, and it's also an artwork.
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Sitting in the German town of Duisburg, about an hour outside of Düsseldorf, this interactive sculpture encourages the public to get up and walk its rails. There'll be no roller coaster cars barreling down the track towards you, as the entire thing consists of good old steps. In fact, the piece's name, "The Turtle and Tiger," plays with this:
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If your heart races and your palms sweat and your stomach is all a-flutter at the mere thought of getting up close and personal with some big, slick airplane bodies, then you should probably check out our series on Prime Planespotting. But wait just a moment, as we've got a huge addition to it right here: the Observation Deck at Germany's Düsseldorf International Airport.
First off, even without the deck the airport is awesome. It's our favorite alternative (when the price is right) to other airports like Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, being a totally reasonable train ride away from all of those (and the airport has its own long-distance train stationchaching!). Second off, it's elegantly designed and a pleasure to travel through.
Our only issue comes from arriving at DUS from the US, which usually means tromping through a terminal at 6am, bleary-eyed and with no desire to go "explore" until hotel check-in time. What to do?!
Did you know that Düsseldorf International Airport is Germany's third largest airport, after Frankfurt and Munich? It even beats Berlin (for now)! Did you maybe also know that the New York area has a direct flight to Düsseldorf, from Newark-Liberty, on Lufthansa? Well, they do and we just hopped off of it less less than 12 hours ago.
This isn't our first time through DUS, but it is the first time we've bothered at all to log into the airport's WiFi, run by Vodafone. Warning: it isn't free. Warning part deux: it's the opposite of freeit's pretty expensive!
Yes, this is Europe and there's extra little charges to be found on everything, but Düsseldorf fancies itself a forward-thinking airport and its key traveling demographic is the on-the-go businessmen who need to be connected whenever/wherever possible. Perhaps this is why Vodafone believe it can squeeze 5.95 EUR ($7.50) out of travelers for just 30 minutes of WiFi use.
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There's a food revolution happening right now in Germany, and although it is almost over with the beginning of summer, the good news is that it returns every year with the ripening of German asparagus, called Spargel. This revolution sees Germans ditch the sausage and heavier entrees for a month of asparagus-focused meals, most popularly serving the white asparagus with hollandaise sauce and roasted potatoes.
Spargelzeit (Spargel time) is a return to fresh vegetables and pastoral charm, which remains true since the great bulk of Germany's asparagus supply comes right from the local farmers.
So what's the difference between white and green asparagus, and why all the fuss? Well, although it's true that the US is used to wimpy green stalks, the white stuff is like super-powered asparagus. Grown under dirt to stop it from photosynthesizing, white asparagus is stronger when raw and far more tender when cooked. It's like the difference between a sirloin steak and filet mignon. Plus, it holds up well on its own as an entree.
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While many individual restaurants claim to hold the record for the "World's Longest Bar," there is a single street in the old city neighborhood of Düsseldorf, Germany that truly takes the cake (or the keg). Appropriately for the Altstadt area, a whole string of bars along Ratinger Straße band together to highlight the dark specialty brew, Altbier.
The barsZur Vel, Franzmann, Meilenstein, Rosenrot, Brauerei im Füchschen, and Zum Goldenen Einhorn occupy one side of the street, and their customers spill out as far as the curb, squeezing in so that you can barely tell where one bar ends and another begins. For this reason, they are together deemed "The Longest Bar in the World."
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If there's one thing that's inescapable in Germany, it's sausage. You don't have to be eating it, but you will find a thousand variations of sausage specialties offered up everywhere from fancy restaurants to kiosks on train platforms. Because of the ubiquity of meat, we were delightfully surprised to find that McDonald's, usually the bringer of sandwiches covered in bacon and mystery sauce, is considering the rest of the population by offering a Veggieburger in German McDs.
Originally introduced in February, the Veggieburger is still touted as "Neu" (new), and is made with potatoes, peppers and carrots. In the ad above, the sauce looks suspiciously like mayonnaise when they could have chosen a healthier option, but Europeans love their mayo.
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Paris has its mimes, New York has its garbage can drummers and it seems like everywhere else has their own version of the living statues, but it's Düsseldorf, Germany that has the Guinness World Record holder for Biggest One Man Band, and his name is Schrotti.
While we were coming down off a high from riding the first Lufthansa A380 flight, we took a trip of our own from Frankfurt to Düsseldorf, and happened upon Schrotti during a stroll along the Rhine River. There he was, stomping his feet on a keyboard that controlled percussion, and triggering some sort of soup can instrument, all while strumming on a guitar and singing songs that ranged from German classics to old Coca Cola commercial jingles.
At times, the crowd watching him got so thick and so spirited that there'd be a small line to add Euro coins to his tip basket. He's such a sight to see, that you almost can't help staring and sharing.
But is he the best busker in the world?
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It's a beautiful day for a bratwurst, smothered in sauerkraut and onions and a generous slathering of mustard. It's just too bad that our fancy mustard is stuck in Germany, having been unable to ship it due to food shipping policies in the EU. Darn. Guess we'll just have to go back and get it.
You see, last week while we were strolling around Düsseldorf, we happened upon a little storefront in the old city, which called itself a "Senfmuseum," a museum of mustard. Run by the famous Düsseldorfer mustard brand Löwensenf (or Lion's mustard, if you translate it), the little shop peddles a huge range of mind-boggling mustard flavors, and lets you try them all before buying. We dare you to sample the Pepperoni-mustard!