Languages shape multiple personalities

Languages shape our personalities

Language was nothing more than a tool used for speaking until the beginning of the 20th century. After that, we slowly became aware that it is also a discrete system which shapes the social surroundings and experience of every speaker. We became aware that without language our experience would be dramatically reduced. We could have no social interactions. It means no friends, no job, no education, no anything! Using a language is so deeply rooted within us that we rarely reflect on it even today. 

LANGUAGE SHAPES OUR THOUGHTS

Not only do we use language, but it also makes an impact on us. Without us ever knowing it.

Each language has it’s own unique structure making it into a unique system. We use languages to interpret the world, so it is not surprising that by speaking two languages we interpret the world through two distinct systems. Multi-linguists usually notice this through comparing different tongues. This way we can see how differently different languages guide our thoughts regarding similar matters. Same could be said about expressions, phrases and grammatical structures.

EVERYTHING IS EITHER A MAN OR A WOMAN

Nouns have genders

In many languages nouns have genders

Take gender for example. While a German or a French see nouns as males, females or neutrals, for an English speaker it is quite difficult to understand that nouns have genders. Therefore for an English speaker the world changes when he/she has to look at a table as a male or a bed as a female. To add to that, one study found that the nouns used to describe the same word in different languages changed depending on whether the noun was masculine or feminine. German and Spanish speakers were asked to describe objects having opposite genders in those two languages. The descriptions they gave differed in a way predicted by grammatical gender. For example, when asked to describe a “key” — a word that is masculine in German and feminine in Spanish — the German speakers were more likely to use words like “hard,” “heavy,” “jagged,” “metal,” “serrated,” and “useful,” whereas Spanish speakers were more likely to say “golden,” “intricate,” “little,” “lovely,” “shiny,” and “tiny”.

CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE AND YOU’LL CHANGE YOUR PERSONALITY

We know now that language influences our cognitive process. But can we also say that for every language a person speaks, one has an additional personality? That bilinguals have two personalities and multilinguals even more? Surely this doesn’t mean they are all schizophrenics. But there are some aspects of our behaviour that are influenced by language as much as our thoughts.

Numerous social researches have been conducted in effort to understand how speaking several languages influence us. The results are diverse and many of them are rather subjective, but most often they agree with the notion that our thoughts and behaviour are indeed shaped by the tongue we use. Bilinguals often give differing answers when they use different languages to the same questions. Particular aspects are stressed depending on what the language system allows to express more easily and straightforward. For example, English forces us to focus on the action, while German makes us pay more attention to the beginning and the end, instead of the whole act as a continuous process. It doesn’t mean that we don’t understand it as such, only that we arrive at such conclusion differently. 

New language - new personalitySome people even notice a change in their character when they use another language. They say they have more patience in one language than in another. They are generally nicer towards others, they swear less or find it easier to apologise, to show affection and their true feelings. While this is subjective, it is nonetheless a fascinating effect which can be used by multilinguals to their own advantage.

Languages shape our personality

Saying that each language applies a unique personality to the speaker might be a little exaggerated, but there is little doubt regarding influence the language has on our thoughts and even actions. The structures, words and rules of sentence construction shape our understanding of the same events and phenomena in ways that can sometimes be unthinkable in another language. Words and various phrases bring cultural context as well. The derivation of words are extremely distinct and it carries its meaning as well, which can even contrast among different languages.

Language and culture are two sides of one coin, so by embracing new languages, we tap into new cultures. We become more tolerant towards that culture and its people, we understand the way they think and see us and the world. We become more tolerant, more experienced. Even if our personalities do not change, with every new language we grow and become the better versions of ourselves.

So lets learn some new languages and grow!

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It’s definitely has been a long and interesting journey and we can’t thank you all enough for helping us grow, encouraging us with all your great feedback and advices on how to do things better and your growing love!

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Oldest languages

WorldBloggers and language enthusiasts all over the Internet claim to know which languages are the oldest and how many of them are still in use worldwide. Surprisingly enough, if you ever read a few of such articles you must have noticed that they all tell a slightly different story. The truth is that there is no unambiguous answer to the question.

DATING A LANGUAGE IS NOT THAT EASY

The lists vary due to different approach, that is whether dead languages are included into the list, whether historical evidence and linguistic data are taken into account, and so on. The popularity of languages also have an effect. But all of these criteria are not objective. Historical evidence does not prove how long was the language used before it was first written on a piece of leather or stone. And you can never know how many ancient texts are yet to be discovered. In this sense, linguistic data is more reliable. But it cannot tell the age of the language. It can only set a wide range regarding the time of language’s origins, sometimes barely fitting into a single millennium. That’s because languages are not born like people are. They take time to develop from their previous forms, so their “birth” goes on for many decades, if not ages. Not even mentioning many other problems such as the different criteria that could be set for deciding when the language has changed enough to be given a separate name.

WHY ARE THESE LANGUAGES THE OLDEST?

Instead of making another list of “oldest languages”, we will inspect those that often appear in such lists and see the reasons behind their appearance there. So let’s get started:

 

Arabic

ARABIC. This name is used for Classical Arabic, which, according to historical evidence, developed from its predecessors in 6th century AD. Nowadays it comprises of over 20 dialects, some of which are so unlike the others that their speakers are unable to understand each other. It is the 5th most popular language in the world.

ARAMAIC. Like arabic, this is a group of languages. According to historical evidence, it is at least 3,000 years old. Its modern forms still exist today among various groups, but they are all on the brink of extinction, due to the speakers being influenced by Hebrew and Arabic, as well as other languages.

ArmenianARMENIAN. Historical data indicate the language existed since 5th century AD, though Armenians themselves are much older than that. The language has its own unique writing system and is still spoken today in two main forms: Eastern and Western.

BASQUE. Spoken today in Southwestern France and Northern Spain, this language is likely to be very old, though it has faced a substantial Latin influence. According to linguistic data, the language is unlike its Indo-European neighbours, suggesting it could be over 4,000 years old.

ChineseCHINESE. This is a group of related, but different languages, including dialect groups like Mandarin, Yue, Wu and others. While its history (based on written artefacts) traces back to the 2nd millennium BC, it remains the most popular language group in the world.

EgyptianEGYPTIAN. This language has its modern counterpart, Coptic, which is liturgical language in Coptic churches today. However the actual Egyptian is considered to be dead. The historical evidence proves it is almost 5,000 years old, making it one of the oldest known languages as far as written artefacts can tell.

FARSI/PERSIAN. Still spoken in contemporary Iran, Afghanistan and a few other countries, the modern form of the language is known since around 800 AD. It’s early form, Old Persian, is attested by historical data since 500 BC.

FINNISH. Used today in Finland and, by lesser degree, in Sweden and Norway. Linguistic data indicates that its origins can be traced back to the 1st millennium BC. It is from Finnic language family, making it seem difficult for its Indo-European-speaking neighbours.

GEORGIAN. A language from Kartvelian language family. While historical evidence dates this language since 500 AD, linguistic data presumes Georgian distinguished from the family in the 1st millennium BC. Throughout its history, the language was being written in a number of different systems.

GREEK. This is one of the scientific languages of contemporary world and is an official language in Greece and Cyprus. Linguistic data traces its origins in the late 3rd millennium BC while historical evidence backs it up at the mid 2nd millennium BC. The similarity between modern and classical Greek is often emphasised as well, making this language a real antiquary.

HebrewHEBREW. This language existed only in written form since the first centuries AD, however it was revived as a spoken language in the 19th century.

Hebrew is about 3,000 years old, according to linguistic data. Historical accounts claim it was in usage in 12th century BC, however these sources are doubted by scholars.

ICELANDIC. The oldest known texts in Icelandic are dated around 1100 AD, however it is the linguistic parameters that bring this language to the list of the ancient ones. Its grammar structure suggests that the language has retained the most archaic form among all the Germanic languages. Though the language has changed considerably since the 12th century, other languages of the branch have changed even more.

IRISH GAELIC. The first official language and at the same time a minority language of Ireland. It is slowly, but certainly deteriorating with only a few villages left where people use it in their everyday lives. According to historical data, its usage started around 4th century AD, when it was first used on stone monuments called Ogham.

KOREAN. Similar to Basque in Europe, Korean is nothing like its neighbours in Far East. The modern language has developed through many phases, the earliest of which is determined by historical data to have started around 1st century AD. It’s origins are even older, but unclear.

LATIN. The number one scientific language in the world and lingua franca of Classical Antiquity period. Its first phase, referred to as Old Latin, was first used in Roman Kingdom since around 6th century BC, which is known from historical records.

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LITHUANIAN. While historical records trace this language’s past barely to 1500 AD, many aspects of the language are considered to be the oldest or older than most among living languages of Indo-European family, including aforementioned Icelandic. Its parent branches are not clearly dated, but Balto-Slavic branch is believed to have distinguished from common Indo-European in the mid 2nd millennium BC.

SANSKRIT. A parent of Old Persian and other Iranian languages. The first historical account is dated to the 2nd century BC, but there are theories that suggest the previous forms of the language are up to 4,000 years old. The language is still used by few people in India, though rarely for everyday communication.

Sumarian

SUMERIAN. The oldest known language according to historical evidence. It can be traced back to the 31st century BC. Its usage was limited since the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC and completely died until 1st century AD.

TAMIL. Spoken mostly in Singapore, Sri Lanka and India, this language is over 2,000 years old according to historical data, which makes it oldest among Indian languages if based on artifacts. However, linguists think it was used around 3rd millennium BC, which is the reason why many think it is the oldest language still in existence.

NOT A COMPETITION

As you can see, there is no clear winner that could boast of being the oldest known language in the world. After all, this is not a competition. All languages are beautiful and all should be respected, despite their lineage, popularity and difficulty.

You can actually try to learn most of them with Bliu Bliu. The exceptions being dead languages as well as Aramaic, Chinese, Georgian and Sanskrit. One from the list, namely Lithuanian, is actually among the most popular target languages. If you want a challenge with great benefits, give these languages a try. The more you know about them, the better you will see their beauty and uniqueness, the better you will understand your own language!

 

So pick a friend and learn languages together !

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Sneak Peak into 30 DAYs German Challenge

This list does not cover everything that awaits you, but it provides a rough outline of what to expect on a certain day. In the beginning of each day you will get various daily tasks via email and your Challenge dashboard. Most of them are not mentioned here.

DAY 1: You will hear the story behind Bliu Bliu and learn how to use it. You will get rid of your dictionary and start learning the language in *our way*. You will also start using Social Wall and get to know other participants.

DAY 2: You will continue learning with other students and find out why you have to make mistakes when you are learning a language.

DAY 3: You will take a deeper look behind Bliu Bliu and find out why it is faster, more enjoyable and more efficient compared to other language learning methods.

DAY 4: We will teach you how to build a habit of learning German daily and you will start working towards it.

DAY 5: You will learn the various options of how and where you can use Bliu Bliu. We will talk some more about habits and introduce a certain way of learning by sentences instead of words.

DAY 6: You will have to speak up for the first time and record a video of yourself doing it.

DAY 7: We will wrap up the week, take a look at the statistics and summarise the results so far.

DAY 8: You will learn some more about motivation in language learning. We will remind you that you have a host to use to your advantage and you will remember another principle that greatly influences language learning.

DAY 9: We will share some interesting facts about German language. You will learn a trick for improving your foreign language skills.

DAY 10: We will focus on motivation once more and introduce the terms of passive and active knowledge. You will get to know their importance in your learning process.

DAY 11: You will get some travelling tips regarding the culture, language and social norms in case you are thinking about a trip to Germany or are living in it. You will upload your own texts to Bliu Bliu.

DAY 12: We will compare German and English language usage. You will learn why it is so easy to learn English and what to do to make German easy as well. We will provide a number of topics to use for German practice. You will get social with other Challenge students.

DAY 13: You will learn how to hack a country and learn any language without spending tons of money. You will make a testimonial for Bliu Bliu.

DAY 14: We will summarise the 2nd week. You will also have to make another video of yourself speaking in German.

DAY 15: You will hear more about the German culture. You will learn what is expected and what is not acceptable among people in Germany. You will understand the effect of context and how to learn the language by the context instead of separate words.

DAY 16: We will provide you with some more motivational arguments and the enormous benefits of not giving up.

DAY 17: We will remind you to have fun, in case you will have forgotten. You will take a look at jokes in German.

DAY 18: This day will be all about music and using it to learn German. We will provide you with some cool beats which will become your new learning material. You will learn how to uncover your new secret identity.

DAY 19: You will have to revisit all the videos you have recorded and see how much you improved. We will share some more wisdom to help you set your goals right and overhaul your learning experience. Finally, we will ask for your feedback about the Challenge, as constant improvement is our priority.

DAY 20: You will get some new content and familiarise yourself with a few most relevant German phrases to complement your knowledge with. We will also share some facts about how student age and language learning ability correlates.

DAY 21: You will have to create one more video, while having your previous videos in mind. We will also see how you managed through the 3rd week of the Challenge.

DAY 22: A new Bliu Bliu feature, books, will be introduced into the Challenge. You will learn how to read books in order to make the best out of them while learning German. You will start reading a book in German, be it from our library or your own choice.

DAY 23: You will learn the fascinating links between language learning and activity of your brain.

DAY 24: We will give you more new content and share a piece of advice regarding personal goals and their fulfillment.

DAY 25: We will discuss the benefits of learning a language. You will learn a load of tips and tricks on how you can practice German non-stop every single day.

DAY 26: You will understand that it’s not only brain that plays a part in language learning. Your heart is just as important. Hint: We will tell you a secret of how to use them both when learning a language.

DAY 27: You will learn some more phrases that will make you sound like a native. You will also start using a simple trick that makes every day more colourful.

DAY 28: You will make one final video for German Challenge. We will share our wisdom about sleeping, yes, *sleeping* and it’s role in language learning.

DAY 29: We will show you some more essential German expressions and help you live the present to the fullest, while the Challenge is still on.

DAY 30: We will revisit our journey together. Your host will have a special thanks prepared for you, while we will direct you how to learn German even further, how to retain your new knowledge and how to keep getting better and better at it.

Take a deep breath and get ready, because once you come out on the other side you will be a whole new person, capable and brave enough to speak in German and even able to start learning other languages much faster, easier and with a healthy excitement!

Bliu Bliu Team and your host Martin

There is much more to England than just London

After visiting couple Spanish and a German speaking countries, we’re continuing our journey through Europe. Well, not the mainland Europe this time.

The-Difference-between-the-United-Kingdom-Great-Britain-and-England-Explained-YouTube-4For starters, according to infoplease.com “the United Kingdom is a country that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Its official name is “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” So England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are part of the United Kingdom. And today we want to take you on a journey through England, a land of lords, red buses, black cabs, Beatles and obviously tea.

Then planning a trip to England most people instantly think about Big Ben, Madame Tussauds, Stonehenge and similar famous landmarks. Sure, it’s fine to tick some of the classic tourist boxes, but if you want to experience something marvel we suggest 5 places that you could not image existed in England.

Lud’s Church, Staffordshire

Lud's Church, StaffordshireLud’s Church is said to be made by the devil slashing the earth with a fingernail, creating a deep, unhealable wound. In reality it is an immense natural gorge with steep sides of rock carved into the Back Forest in Staffordshire, on the hillside above Gradbach. Druids call it a natural church: a place of worship formed by the earth itself, a spiritual corridor in the ground. The moment you descend the granite steps into Lud’s Church it is clear why it has inspired so many myths and legends. Daylight becomes a primeval gloom, condensation drips from the walls, the echoes are heavy and deathly.

Gradbach, which is the best place to start your journey to Lud’s Church, itself is a beauty spot like a tiny hamlet on the River Dane.

Two Temple Place, London

Two Temple Place, London

It  has to be London’s most extraordinary mansion. And yet, so few people know about it! William Waldorf Astor (founder of the Waldorf Astoria), at the time the richest man in the world, built the house as an estate office and vault for his belongings. To visit the house you need to time it right as it’s only open to the public three months out of the year to display a changing exhibition.

Fun fact: This is where the wedding in the season finale of Downton Abbey was filmed.

The Shell Grotto, Margate, KentThe Shell Grotto, Margate, KentThe Margate’s Shell Grotto is an astonishing subterranean passageway. Just under 21 metres of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells were discovered in 1835. Even though this remarkable construction was discovered many years ago nobody knows its mission.

The Margate’s Shell Grotto is distinguished because of its interior. The walls are covered in images of gods and goddesses, trees of life and patterns of whelks, mussels and oysters. Some think it is an ancient Pagan grotto, others that it is simply an ornate Regency folly. With no definitive explanation or history, the Shell Grotto is Kent’s greatest mystery.

Bibury, Gloucestershire

Bibury, Gloucestershire

There has to be a reason why William Morris described Bibury as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. According to Fox News, Bibury is one of the most picturesque villages in the world. It sits a few miles away from Burford.

If you are wondering what to do in the small village of Bibury, we suggest to visit The St. Mary’s Saxon church at the center of the village, stroll through Arlington Row or take a walk along a path next to group of ancient cottages that date back to the 16th century. Do visit the Bibury Trout Farm and restaurant for freshly prepared trout meals. And for art lovers, the Arlington Mill Museum is a place to be.

Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth

Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth

Our most amazing discovery is Victorian Era Sea Fort. Spitbank Fort is now part of the seascape of the Solent – a great granite bastion between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. It was initially designed to defend Portsmouth’s naval dockyard from French invasion – today it stands as a testament to Victorian engineering.

Spitbank Fort Hotel is now home to nine luxury guest rooms, three bars, three restaurants, rooftop champagne bar, wine cellar, library, rooftop hot pool, sauna and sun decks. Many of the fort’s original features have been retained, featuring exposed brick walls, fortress windows and a couple of old cannons.

Victorian Era Sea for offers a great escape to a unique world where history meets luxury, indulgence and privacy. As well as exclusive use options, visitors can also experience Spitbank Fort by booking one of unique Fort Experiences. Travellers can book a visit either for an afternoon or for 24 hour.

It is located 1.6 killometers off the coast of Portsmouth.

 

Enjoy exploring England and remember it’s much more fun to travel when you speak a local language!

 

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Bliu Bliu offers 50% off the 30 days language courses

How do you celebrate Easter? Do you hide eggs and have children search for them? Do you exchange chocolate eggs? Do you paint eggs and play various games with them? Do you have Easter bunny bring Easter gifts?

All around the world, especially the Christian parts, Easter is celebrated according to different customs and different religious beliefs.

And we want to have our own Easter celebration, hence we offer 50% off our 30 days language courses:

30 DAYs Motivation course – normal price €59.99 now at €29.99

Motivation is a key factor in how well we learn languages. Regardless, how much we want to learn, all that counts is that extra bit that will make us choose to study instead of watching an episode of our favourite TV series.

This course is designed to motivate you for 30 days to learn every day so that practicing a language becomes a habit and you succeed! In addition to the motivation, this course also gives tips and tricks on how to learn a language in a most effective way so that it sticks!

Choose from 9 different languages: English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Lithuanian, Swedish and Portuguese (Portugal).

30 DAYs language Challenge – normal price €99.99 now at €49.99

Language Challenge is very similar to Motivation course, except that it also has a native Challenge host, a person who will be there at every step of the way to help you improve your language skills even quicker! Weekly Hangout sessions are organised with the host to help you improve your spoken language too.

Choose from 7 different languages: English, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, French and Lithuanian.

 

The deal ends at midnight on Monday!

So hurry up, there’s no better time to take your language practice to the next level!

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When you think you CAN or you think you CAN’T – YOU’RE RIGHT!

sisyphusLearning a foreign language can seem like a tedious task. Even when we are on the right track: encountering new words, communicating with others, watching movies in that language and so on. Sometimes it just wears us out and makes us feel as if we were forcing our way through, rather than enjoying the small victories that each daily achievement used to bring when we had just started our adventure.

In the long run we end up losing our interest. We even forget the very reason that made learning this language such an invigorating prospect. Now it’s just a drag!

But what happened? Why did we lose our spirits?

 

A DEEPER LOOK AT MOTIVATION

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Motivation comes into play every time we are planning and initiating new activities. In this case – deciding whether we are going to spend these extra 30 minutes practicing Portuguese or, rather, return to bed and watch another episode of “Modern Family”.

Do not confuse it with ardor, which we feel when we are just starting a new language learning process. Desire does not equal motivation. It fuels us really well, but this kind of incentive does not last for long. In other words, real motivation helps us stick to our plan and fulfill the goals that we have raised for ourselves.

Reasons motivate us. The more reasons for learning a language we have, the more agitated we are feeling. But people learn languages for many different purposes and these purposes are not all equally motivating. Many social and linguistic scientists agree that people who like speaking a certain foreign language, who like the culture behind it and want to familiarize with it are more likely to achieve great results than those who are learning a language only for practical reasons, such as school or job requirements, adaptation in a new living environment, acquiring higher social or career status and so on.

Of course, it does not mean that people driven to learn a language out of necessity are doomed to struggle more or even fail. There are many contributing factors and we usually have integrative intentions as well as practical ones when we decide to learn a language.

 

STAYING MOTIVATED

You might say that simply liking Japan will not help much at becoming fluent in Japanese. You wouldn’t be wrong. Learning a foreign language and sticking to it day in and day out for months requires real effort. It becomes much easier, however, if we look at it in a proper way. If learning a language is not working out for you anymore, it is likely that some of these strategies of perspective will make the difference:

  • Shouting “I must” will not spark our enthusiasm as much as saying “I want” will. But we cannot fool ourselves so simply if we are not entirely sure why we want it. We need to give us certain reasons that are important to us, that truly matter. For example, I want to learn Swedish because I really want to read August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” in original language. Or, I want to learn French because I am going to Marseille to meet a local guy with whom I have been chatting on the internet for the past 3 years and I really want to impress him with my language proficiency. The possibilities here are endless.
  • Setting personal milestones help a lot. No matter how you choose to learn a language, be it from a handbook, music, movies, by practicing in live interactive situations, using Bliu Bliu or all of them combined. Write down some long-term milestones, for example learn a certain song in the target language that you really like. Or continue learning new words until you can more or less understand what they are talking about in that certain radio podcast. Small, daily milestones are even more important as they encourage you to practice on a daily basis. For example, set a certain number of new words that you have to reach daily on Bliu Bliu. Again, use your creativity to come up with all sorts of entertaining achievements.
  • Diversify the ways you are learning a language. Especially if you spend a lot of time trying to master grammar and other rules. Language learning shouldn’t be like a chore or even a routine. It should be an adventure, a fascinating experience. Interact with people, natives and practitioners alike, use media and arts to broaden your experience with the language. Watch movies, commercials, plays, listen to music, read books, blogs, news, play games. Do whatever you want, just do not stick to one source.
  • As a matter of fact, diversifying learning experience is much easier with Bliu Bliu than any other language learnings tool. It excels at providing a diverse experience of language content, from basic text and sound recordings to opportunities of communication with other learners and teachers from all around the world.

Bliu Bliu-laptop-beachWe can learn a few words of a new language without motivation, but we will not go far if we are unable to sustain our interest and to continue our pursuit of language proficiency.

Motivation isn’t simply important in language learning. It is an absolutely essential part of learning process. It is a state of mind that we just cannot do without.

 

 

Did you ever dream of going to Germany?

You should! #3 in our travel series, ladies and gentlemen, Germany!

Most of you definitely know Germany as home for precision, quality, strict rules, sharp language, beer, classic as well as techno music, arts, science and definitely cars!

And what do you imagine when you think about holidays in Germany? Is it nice beaches, tranquil lake sides, picturesque mountains, huge forests and magnificent well sustained fortresses? Or maybe you imagine arts, theatres, museums, crazy night life, small cafes and beer fests?

Let’s see what hidden gems you can expect to find in a country that is home to one of the strongest economies in the world!

Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg

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Located on a spur called Jettenbühl on the northern slope of the Königstuhl mountain, visitors can enjoy the most splendid views over the Neckar valley, and to the old town of Heidelberg.

Heidelberg palace was built and extended over three centuries in different styles mainly Gothic and Renaissance. The palace itself is the main attraction, of course. However, there is much more to do and explore around the castle too:

  • The Heidelberg Tun is the world’s biggest wine barrel that holds 220,000 litres. The vat (Fass) was built in 1751.
  • The German Pharmacy Museum (Deutsches Apothekenmuseum) in the Ottheinrichsbau displays a large collection of old stuff used in a pharmacy in earlier times.
  • You can get married at the palace. Really! From February to December you can arrange a civil wedding ceremony at Heidelberg castle.

Rügen Cliffs island

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Far, in the northeast of Germany there is this wide plateau of chalk cliffs surrounding the shores of Baltic Sea. Rügen of Pomerania, the biggest island by land in this country is a piece of heaven on Earth. Rügen offers a variety of landscape features and things to see and do – from buzzing seaside resorts to sleepy fishing villages, from parks, gardens and tree-lined avenues to stately homes. A highlight is Jasmund National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the famous Königsstuhl chalk cliffs.

At the Königsstuhl National Park Centre, you can explore a world full of mysteries as you learn about the key message of leaving nature to its own devices. Various themed rooms take you on a journey back to the origins of Rügen as you discover for yourself what makes this beautiful island so unique.

There are a lot of swamps and ponds, ice-age related hollows, rare trees, birds and flowers. You could spend days there and find new things every time. For those who are addicts of our mother nature – Jasmund national park is a place to go.

And if you are more into beaches, there’s plenty to of those too. The beaches are often visited by kite surfers and windsurfers cherishing its geographical position and natural wilderness. 

 

Bonn

Bonn

Although federal city of Bonn was a birthplace of widely known composer – Ludwig van Beethoven, it’s not very touristy or crowded. The city is located on the west side of Germany, state of North Rhine-Westphalia not too far from Cologne. Bonn, alongside with Berlin, serves as a seat of government – that’s how historical this city is.

Usually tourists come to Bonn for Beethoven and leave very surprised by everything else they find. Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany and it’s not surprising that it’s very diverse and rich in cultural. Old town is a mixture of different architecture styles: elegant buildings, squares and cafes makes it very cozy and beautiful. And if you happen to visit Bonn during cherry blossom you will be mesmerised and want to come back every year!

One of other interesting things about Boon is that it is home of Haribo gummy bears which are manufactured in Bonn since as early as 1920!

 

Darmstadt

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If you compare cities in terms of education, Darmstadt without a second thought would be considered a professor of all cities in Germany. That’s right, usually overlooked by travellers and partly shadowed by Frankfurt, there, in the heart of Germany lies this magnificent city of poets, space explorers and scientists. Grube-Messel-pit-Pair-of--007Darmstadt is home to number of space and science centres, museums and institutes. If you are into science – Darmstadt should be your no.1 choice.

City also has magnificent historical castles, a zoo and a university, all very worth visiting. And the most interesting place is Messel Pit Fossil Site. As if it was on purpose that a city of science had to be built here. Here you can take a peek to species that lived 50 million years ago!

Freiburg

FreiburgThe town is located in South-West of the country and is one of the greenest cities in the world. It’s a famous university town and known because of its eco friendly environment: lack of cars, use of solar panels and so on. Freiburg is the warmest city in Germany and thus scenic beauty creates special vibe.

From up above it’s clear that Freiburg im Breisgau is located in a pit and is surrounded by mountains, hills and legendary Black Forest. All of this creates a sensation of seclusion and serenity. In addition to nature, the old town is full of cozy streets, mixture of architectural styles and greenery. If you are into local fresh food – you should visit the farmers’ market. It is located In a middle of an old town and it is held almost every day.

Rantum

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Rantum – a resort in an island Sylt on the west side of Germany and very close to Denmark is one of the many beautiful seasides in Germany. This beautiful island is becoming more and more famous every year because of its ongoing loss of land to tide storms. Unlike well-known Kampen, Rantum resort is very quiet with only ~500 people living there.

It has beautiful dunes and is marly 600 meters wide in between both shores and offers startling scenery as well as mineral waters that are known across Germany.