Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
There’s no danger of running out of books here. Tianjin Binhai Public Library boasts 33 700 square meters packed with some 1.2 million books. The new library, designed by Dutch architects firm MVRDV, is also used as a meeting place.
London’s Abbey Road crosswalk is famous for featuring on the Beatles’ iconic album sleeve. Fifty years on and quite close by, the city has put up its first 3D crosswalk. Still in the 12-month test phase, it may or may not become famous, as only time will tell whether the optical illusion actually makes it safer for pedestrians to cross the road.
Visitors to the German capital in search of haute cuisine face some difficult choices: Berlin is home to the most Michelin stars anywhere in the German-speaking world. Seventeen restaurants boast one star and five even two. Our two-star recommendation, is the Hováth in the heart of Kreuzberg, where top chef Sebastian Frank reinterprets traditional Austrian cooking.
Saguaro cactuses (Carnegiea gigantea) can grow 20 meters tall and are found in Arizona, southern California and Mexico’s Sonora Desert. The amateur naturalists of the online community Crested Saguaro Society document the rare species.