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It’s one thing to stand in a place where a historic event transpired a thousand years ago. It’s entirely different to stand in a spot where history was made during your own lifetime. This lesson resonated for me recently on a mind-expanding trip to Berlin.

For Nat Geo Travel Books Senior Editor Barbara A. Noe, going on a run is the best way to get oriented in a new city, and a great way to take in the sights. So lace up your sneaks and read on to get Barbara’s tips on where to run in some of the world’s greatest places—and what to see along the way.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

The Radar–the latest and best from the travel blogosphere–is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories #NGTRadar to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web. Here are our latest picks.

Oliver Weiss is a born and bred Frankfurter. And though he’s a fervent traveler, he’s always happy to return to his home base–which he describes as a village with a “touch of city.” In fact, Oliver has so much love for his hometown that he’s willing to share his insider intel with the world for Spotted by Locals. Here are some of Oliver’s favorite things about this German gem.

Weimar’s size has always belied its moxie. When a fire ravaged the gilt-trimmed Duchess Anna Amalia Library in 2004, locals formed a human chain to save historic masterpieces that included Martin Luther’s 1534 Bible. 
A decade later, the book restorations are finally nearing completion and have ignited renewed interest in this German town of around 65,000 people that’s no stranger to attention.

After a decade of “intercontinental hopping,” German national Ute Kreitz returned to the “fatherland” in 2007, settling on Hamburg as her new home base. Having heard many people over the years call Hamburg Germany’s most beautiful city, she was skeptical, but after moving there, she couldn’t agree more. Here are a few of Ute’s favorite things about the city she describes as having “a small town feel and a cosmopolitan touch.”

East Meets West in Berlin

It’s difficult to imagine what this city was like in the early 1960s, when the 87-mile-long Berlin Wall was intact and bristling with barbed wire and gun emplacements. Today, the wall has essentially been shattered into tiny bits, now scattered as souvenirs around the world.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTravel and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April.

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our Travel Lately roundup.

Germany’s Fairy-Tale Road

Calling anyone who has ever daydreamed about bread crumb trails: Hansel and Gretel wannabes need look no farther than Germany’s Märchenstrasse, a 370-mile route snaking through the forests and valleys that inspired the Grimm brothers, who first published their famous tales 200 years ago.

I Heart My City: Emily’s Munich

When Emily Rasch fell in love with a German exchange student in the U.S., she knew she couldn’t give him up. So, after two years of dating an ocean apart, they decided to move to Munich. That was six years ago. Here are a few of Emily’s favorite things about the city that’s become her second love.

Cruising the Danube

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons takes a river boat cruise down the Danube with her sweetie just in time for the holidays.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Matthew Kraus, Flickr.

German freelance TV journalist and travel blogger Yvonne Zagermann has lived in Berlin for the last two years — the realization of a dream she’s had since first visiting as a teenager. “This city doesn’t expect anything from you but to be yourself,” she says. Check out Yvonne’s advice for getting the most out of Germany’s…

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

Beyond the Bratwurst

There’s nothing like going back to your roots. So on a trip to Germany to visit relatives, I had no qualms about indulging in some of the heartier flavors of my family’s homeland. One of my favorite stops: Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen neighborhood. Located south of the River Main, Sachsenhausen avoided most of the Frankfurt  bombings during…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

By Rachel Dickinson On a recent trip to Germany, I decided to pair Women’s World Cup soccer with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Not a natural pairing, yet one that became oddly complimentary as the World Cup matches were played in cities where either a UNESCO site can be found or at least encountered en route.…

July is National Ice Cream month in the U.S. and you can score a free scoop of the sweet stuff tonight at Omni Hotel properties across the country. Guests will be met with a free ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m. today, complete with a make your own sundae bar. Sounds delicious. [Omni…

A German Royal Wedding

Sure, William and Kate might be the royal couple so far this century, but in 1525, Martin and Kate stole the royal spotlight in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (above), just 90 minutes south of Berlin. On June 13, 486 years ago, former monk Martin Luther (known for starting the Reformation) wed former nun Katharina von Bora, and…

It sits in an industrial area along the river Spree between the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts in Berlin, and from the outside the hotel looks pretty much like its neighbors. Until you reach the 8th to the 10th floors, which suddenly jut out almost 70 feet above the street. The recently opened Nhow Berlin hotel…

Berlin flips on the switch tonight for the grand opening of their eleven-night-long 6th Annual Berlin Festival of Lights. Visitors can take a Lightseeing tour by bus, boat, balloon, horse-drawn carriage or limo to see more than 60 of the city’s most famous landmarks lit up with enormous and innovative multi-colored light installations. Highlights: Early…

Daily Radar: 08.17.10

Check out South African airline, Kulula’s new plane design. Not only are the planes lime green, but they’ve gone ahead and labeled the landing gear (“standard with supa-fly mags”) and used the design to give poetic license to the head pilot (“captain, my captain”). [lostateminor] While planning my parents’ trip to Germany, my mom keeps…