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Three Cities Worth Celebrating

It’s a big year in city anniversaries around the world. Here are three metropolitan milestones worth celebrating.

I Heart My City: Tim’s Cologne

Tim Steins is no stranger to Cologne. Born 30 kilometers north of this German city, he spent his childhood exploring Cologne on the weekends with friends in tow. He now channels his hometown pride into the Spotted by Locals blog while working for a media analysis agency. Though he’s lived in numerous places around Europe, Tim recognizes the “heart-warming spirit” of his current home: “Cologne is not a city, it’s a feeling.”

Insider’s Guide to Cold War Berlin

During the Cold War, the Berlin Wall came to represent Germany’s divided nation and capital. Though mostly dismantled now, it remains a potent presence, marked by sites that hark back to a sinister time in the city’s history. Here’s a primer on where to go and what to read to pay homage to this bygone era.

Event-o-Rama: 5 Must-Dos in November

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 November.

Celebrate Your ‘Second Birthday’ Abroad

If you’re looking for an excuse to have a celebration when traveling through certain countries in Europe, make sure to time your visit with your name day.

Living-History Lessons in Berlin

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.

Travels on the Run: Berlin’s Tiergarten

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.

I Heart My City: Oliver’s Frankfurt

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.

The Wunderbar World of Weimar

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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.

I Heart My City: Ute’s Hamburg

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

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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.