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Why is Reichenau Island so important?

Reichenau Island, Germany At Lake Constance, four countries meet. The vast stretch of water borders Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, while Liechtenstein is just 30 kilometres away by road. France and Italy are also just short drives away. This is the confluence of Central Europe. In this lake, with its ferries and yachts and watersports, is a small island called Reichenau. More than a thousand years ago, it used its location and its talent to influence art and architecture across the continent. Although it’s located in present day Germany, it emerged at a time when borders seemed fluid. A monastery built on Reichenau Island in 724 – and churches built between the 9th and 11th centuries – were some of the first examples of medieval religious architecture in this part of the world. The wall paintings inside these structures also gave inspiration to artisans in the surrounding countries. What is on Reichenau Island? When I pop...

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21 November
baden-baden casino, germany, most beautiful casino, best casinos in the world
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A royal plush

Baden-Baden Casino, Germany Marlene Dietrich called it “the most beautiful casino in the world”. The glamour, I imagine, loses its lustre if you’re not winning. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky immortalised it in his novel ‘The Gambler’, which he wrote to pay off debts he accumulated at its tables. And so the famous Baden-Baden Casino became infamous and a getaway for the rich and powerful. “In the nineteenth century Baden-Baden became internationally famous when people came here to the gambling house,” local guide Valeria Casagrandi tells me. “At that time it was open only between May and October and that’s why Baden-Baden was the summer capital, or the summer residence, of Europe.” We walk through the large glass doors and into a striking room with soft yellow lights, mirrors, and wood finishings. “This is the oldest casino in Germany and one of the oldest in Europe and this is the reception,” Valeria says. “In the afternoon...

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19 November