Mercedes Benz: B like Bertha
Bertha Benz and Carl Benz in 1894. Picture used with kind permission of Mercedes-Benz Classic. Source: Mercedes-Benz Classic

Mercedes Benz: B like Bertha

Germany, anno 1888. The world was a completely different one, driven by horsepower and the sound of horseshoes. Carriages and horse taxis filled the streets- with noises and smell. With the growth of cities and the number of carriages a new crisis arose- the horse shit crisis. That’s right. Had it not been for the invention of the car, every street in London would have been buried under three meters of horse shit according to the Times’ forecast for 1940. What many don’t know: We owe the fact that cars have prevailed largely to a woman, Bertha Benz.

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Santa Maria Maggiore: white flowers and blood-red gold for Virgin Mary
A ceiling made of pure gold in Santa Maria Maggiore

Santa Maria Maggiore: white flowers and blood-red gold for Virgin Mary

Rome. One of my first destinations in the Eternal City was the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. More than 1,500 years old and located on the Esquiline Hill, it is one of the few churches in Rome that has preserved an early Christian structure. And as with many historic buildings, its story began with a legend.

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The Upper Belvedere in Vienna: an oasis for the mind
Taleslikeart.com walking through the Upper Belvedere in Vienna.

The Upper Belvedere in Vienna: an oasis for the mind

It was one of those days: gray, stressful and me not inspired at all, even though I still had a lot of creative work to do. There was no better time to take a break and walk, through the light-flooded rooms of the Upper Belvedere in Vienna. A short excursion to one of the most beautiful cultural treasures in Vienna. And one of my favorite places to recharge.

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Admont Abbey: Light, Gold and Wisdom. Inside of the largest monastic library worldwide
visiting Admont Abbey with taleslikeart.com

Admont Abbey: Light, Gold and Wisdom. Inside of the largest monastic library worldwide

Light, gold and wisdom, these are the impressions that remain after my wonderful visit to the monastery library of the Admont Abbey. This year, the monastery celebrates its 945th anniversary. A more than welcome occasion to visit a cultural treasure, in front of which visitors can only remain silent. BONUS: At the end of my article, you find a great tip on how to spend a few wonderful days cheaply here.

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The Justice Palace Vienna: Stone and Scales

Insider tip for you: The Justice Palace in Vienna. Read more about one of the most beautiful places in Vienna, which is still undiscovered by tourists. The entry is free. The history of the building exciting. And the view from the café on the roof a dream.

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Weimar: Anna Amalia’s famous library

Until today, Weimar is considered to be a center of culture and houses a world- famous library. Significantly contributing to that was a duchess, who broke conventions and brought culture. Duchess Anna Amalia of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel.

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