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Food Culture: Germany’s Love Of White Asparagus

Even the ancient Greeks, wealthy Romans and Emperor August were big asparagus fans. Presumably, the Romans with their expansionist campaigns were behind its quick spread in Europe, including in Germany.

Today, Germany is one of the leading producers of asparagus in Europe. But why are Germans so crazy about the “white gold”? Our reporter Brant Dennis visits an asparagus farm during harvest, to see what exactly makes this funny-looking vegetable so popular.

Views: The New National Museum Of Norway, Oslo

The Norwegian capital Oslo is getting a new national museum for classical and modern art, architecture and design. The museum’s collection includes around 100,000 objects, ranging from medieval tapestries to modern design classics and contemporary artworks.

There will be rooms dedicated to, among others, the works of Edvard Munch , including “The Scream,” 19th-century landscape painting, royal robes worn by the Norwegian queens, as well as works by prominent artists, such as Gustav Vigeland, Hannah Ryggen, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and Ida Ekblad.

Historical Views: Ponte Vecchio In Florence, Italy

The Ponte Vecchio is one of the most iconic bridges in Florence, Italy. It is the oldest bridge in the city (Ponte Vecchio literally translates to “old bridge”), and one of the oldest segmental arch bridges in the world. Since the Middle Ages, the base of the Ponte Vecchio has consisted of three stone arches and two piers.

The stone structure was completed in 1345, and was built over the course of twelve years. It replaced an earlier wooden structure that collapsed in a flood in 1333. Originally, the buildings on the Ponte Vecchio housed apartments and workshops, as well as butcher shops. Later, the business premises were given to goldsmiths and silversmiths, who added several structural changes to the buildings, such as bay windows and balconies.

Tours: Highclere Castle Of ‘Downton Abbey’ Fame

Downton Abbey has become THE British cult series. The story about the fate of a noble family and their servants at the beginning of the 20th century in Yorkshire, England, is even set in a real palace: Highclere Castle. There aren’t servants anymore, but it still has a countess. The lady of the house takes us on an exclusive tour of the castle where Downton Abbey has been shot. Some of the locations may look familiar, especially since the second film is now being released after six successful seasons on TV.

Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country house built in 1679 and largely renovated in the 1840s, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. The 5,000-acre estate is in Highclere in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire, and 9.5 miles north of Andover, Hampshire.

Views: The Eden Project – World’s Largest Indoor Rainforest, Cornwall, UK

There’s a rainforest in Europe? Apparently, yes – and it’s called the Eden Project! It houses the world’s largest covered rainforest, beneath a giant dome.

But it’s not an amusement park, but rather an educational centre and environmental organisation. The concept: Only those who experience and engage with the beauty of nature can also protect it. That’s why 100,000 plants from all over the world have been brought here, where they cover an area of some 50 hectares.

Not only the sheer number of plants is impressive, the building itself is, too: Two geodesic domes span the site as greenhouses – like massive soap bubbles sticking together. Our Euromaxx reporter Hendrik Welling visits the record-breaking Eden Project and to explore its biotopes and rainforest.

Views: Exploring Europe’s Grand Canyon – The Tara River Gorge, Montenegro

Despite it being known as Europe’s Grand Canyon, most people have not heard of the Tara River Gorge yet. At 1,300 meters depth, it’s the deepest canyon in Europe, and in the same league as its more famous counterpart in the US. The Tara River Gorge is a paradise for rafting fans and nature enthusiasts. Large parts of the canyon are part of the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Euromaxx reporter Hendrik Welling sets out to explore the Tara River Gorge on the water, the peaks, and dangling in the air on a zip line. It’s not only exciting, there are also some stunning views to catch!

Extreme Sports Views: Base Jumping Off Kjerag Cliff In Lysefjord, Norway

Kjerag is the highest peak in the Lysefjord in Norway, and perfect for base-jumping. It overs a spectacular view and an uninterrupted 12 second free fall, being one of the the highest cliffs in Europe used for base-jumping. From the 1,000-meter-high mountain, base jumpers from all over the world take the plunge into the gorge. Once a year they meet here for the Heliboogie Festival, and celebrate with lots of adrenaline and a colorful and creative show.

Water Sports: Hydrofoil Windsurfing In Spain

In the southern Spanish windsurfing paradise of Tarifa, top German athlete Nico Prien demonstrates his trick to ‘fly’ across the water; hydrofoiling. With the support of a fin-like foil, the board is held up above the waterline – and it’s said to feel as if you were flying above the surface. Is foiling the future of water sports?