en by Momondo, 31. Oct 2007

 

When you are in Lisbon don’t miss Noobai Café. The café has a relaxed beach-style bar and even better – it has a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the Tejo-river and the statue of Christ that stands 100 meters tall on the opposite bank.

Watch the sunset from Noobai’s terrace while you enjoy a glass of port or the café’s famous watermelon juice. It doesn’t get more relaxed and romantic than this!

Noobai also serves delicious Mediterranean food.

Noobai Café, Miradouro do Adamastor

Read more about stunning views and cold drinks in Lisbon here.  

Author David Rich Momondo


 

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en by Momondo, 25. Oct 2007


Photo: Arkitekturnytt.no

The legendary Holmenkollen ski jumping hill in Oslo is due to demolition and a new winter sports stadium with a spectacular ski jumping hill named ‘Holmenkollen lighthouse’ will be build at the same spot. Holmenkollen is one of Oslo’s most famous landmarks and more than three million tourists visit the ski arena every year.

The new Holmenkollen will have a 138 meters hill size (the current is 128 m.) and a heated terrace on the top with an amazing 360º view over Oslo, the mountains and the fjord. It will be covered with transparent plates of glass that will be lit from inside so that the ski jump’s profile is visible also at night. The profile will be further extended by giant spotlights that will throw a concentrated beam of light straight into the sky.

The ‘Holmenkollen lighthouse’ is set to be finished in 2010, a year before the World Championships in Nordic skiing which will be held in Oslo in 2011. The last competition in the old ski jump will be held in Marts 2008. It is the Danish JDS Architects who have drawn the ‘Holmenkollen lighthouse’. Their project won in competition with 103 other projects.     

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en by Momondo, 24. Oct 2007

 

If flying to, from or via Amsterdam, why not spend a few minutes at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol Museum, a permanent outpost of Amsterdam’s celebrated Rijksmuseum - home of Holland’s greatest art collection - located in the airport on Holland Boulevard, in the area behind the passport control between the E and F Pier.

The museum is open every day from 7:00 until 20:00 and admission is free. It houses a permanent exhibition of ten works by Dutch masters of the Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum’s collection. A temporary exhibition changes a number of times a year - for example, in honour of the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, the Rijksmuseum presented an exhibition of works by Rembrandt’s pupils at the airport.

The Rijksmuseum is the first museum in the world to have an annex at an airport, while Schiphol is the first airport with a museum in its terminal.
The museum shop affiliated with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol offers souvenirs specially crafted for the museum.
The Rijksmuseum is only open to passengers.
www.rijksmuseum.nl

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en by Momondo, 20. Oct 2007



Photo by Bernd Schönberger

Stepping into Ballhaus on Auguststrasse 24 (Mitte) is like stepping into another era. You will see a restaurant, a beer bar and candlelit tables along the walls – but first and foremost a compelling dance floor.

In between the worn-down wooden floor and the big disco ball hanging from the ceiling, there is some serious dancing going on. Some of the dancers are brilliant, while others are carefully taking their first feeble steps.

The walls are gleaming with tin foil, the air is hot and thick and people of all ages are getting up and going to the dance floor with little ladies with neat hair-dos and young students dressed in black from top to toe. The music varies at Ballhaus. According to the day of the week, cha-cha, swing, tango or dj-music is on the program. The place is enchanting and rumor has it that Tom Cruise, who just shot a movie in Berlin, has picked the dance restaurant as a location for one of his next films.

If you stay in Berlin for a while, you have the possibility of joining a dance class.


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en by Momondo, 14. Oct 2007


Photo: Ciaron

To and from the airport(s):

From Tegel the JetExpressBus TXL runs to Alexanderplatz.

A taxi to the centre of town will take about 30 minutes and cost approximately €25.

Schönefeld is the former airport of East Berlin and located 18km South-East of the city. It’s small, barren and mainly serviced by budget airlines. The S-bahn train station is a 5-minute walk from the airport; the Airport Express runs to Alexanderplatz and Zoo Bahnhof between 5am and 11.30pm and takes 30 minutes. A taxi will cost approximately €35 and take 50 minutes.

Getting around in Berlin:

If you’re in town for more than four days, it’s worth while to buy a weekly pass for public transportation.

Trains

Berlin has two train systems: the S-bahn (over ground) and U-bahn (underground). Information on both can be found at www.bvg.de. Tickets for both can be purchased from yellow machines on station platforms. Weekly, day, single and short-distance (three U- or S-bahn stops and six on the bus or tram) tickets can be purchased. Be sure to validate your ticket after purchase.

Taxis

Taxis can be expensive – €2.50 before you start and €1.50 for every km.

If you say ”kurzstrecke” (short distance), on entering a taxi, you can go two kilometers in any direction for only €3. This only applies if you hail the taxi in the street yourself, and thus not if you take a taxi from a taxi stop.

Links to make your stay in Berlin a lot easier…

www.donnerwetter.de - The weather forecast in Berlin
www.Berlinaut.de - good tips n’ tricks
www.berlin.de - the official site of the city
www.zitty.de - guide for eating, art etc.

By Mette Lomholdt & Katrine Salomon

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