Paella, sushi and pizza are world-famous favorites. But just how much do the versions we know have in common with the originals?
Only for foreigners
Best with shellfish? Not if you’re eating paella in its native region of Valencia, Spain, where it’s usually made with chicken, duck and rabbit. For the locals, the seafood version favored by visitors is “tourist paella.”
Eat sushi rolls with chopsticks? Only Westerners would do such a thing. To the Japanese, their national dish is fingerfood. And in the better restaurants, they wouldn’t dream of spicing them up with wasabi paste – they leave that to the sushi master.
Less is more
Chillies, peperoni, mushrooms? They have no place on a pizza according to the guardians of tradition in its birthplace, Naples, Italy. Only tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, basil, mozzarella and garlic are permitted.
The Currywurst sausage was reputedly invented in 1949 by Herta Heuer in Berlin, home to the Currywurst Museum since 2009. The fast-food snack now also comes as a burger: Berlin’s SchillerBurger chain serves a tasty, homemade Currywurst burger called Die Begegnung.
When the 2017/2018 German Bundesliga soccer season begins on August 18, 209 nations will be tuning in to watch. The Fiji Islands, Nicaragua and Mongolia are just three of the many countries to have secured the official broadcasting rights. Some Bundesliga games will air on live TV channel Sport24 on long-haul Lufthansa flights.
Who says you need mountains to go climbing? There are plenty of alternatives in the shape of spectacular climbing walls on churches, dams and the cooling towers of nuclear power plants.
Built 150 years ago, St. Alban’s Church in Liverpool, England, inspires aspiration to other spheres. Today, visitors no longer come here to pray, but to climb its venerable walls, including an overhanging 17.5-meter lead wall.
The cooling tower of the former nuclear reactor in Kalkar, Germany, stands 58 meters high and has been repurposed as a climbing wall. If you prefer a different kind of thrill, there’s a roller coaster next door.
Head in the clouds
Surrounded by authentic Alpine peaks, the steep wall of the Lago di Luzzone reservoir in Switzerland offers a unique challenge: It is the world’s highest artificial climbing wall with 650 holds over a vertical distance of 163 meters.