Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Snow monkeys will splash for hours in the thermal springs of Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture. It is thought that they learned this behavior by imitating monks. After all, Japan has a great tradition of bathing in hot springs (onsen).
Anyone can build near water, but how about on it? The 16th-century architects of Chenonceau Castle were looking for a challenge, so they built a wing of the castle on top of a 60-meter-long bridge spanning the Cher River. It’s now Europe’s most popular castle and boasts 800 000 visitors a year.
If you thought time travel was restricted to the movies, you’d be wrong. This way to the Middle Ages!
chivalry in sweden
Visors down, lances set, spurs in – off they ride toward each other at a furious pace. Starting July 6, medieval jousting competitions will be taking place on the Swedish island of Gotland. The highlight of the season is Meval Week (August 5-12) in Visby, the island’s capital.
GuÉdelon castle in France
A real castle is being built 150 kilometers south of Paris, using only the tools, materials and methods known in medieval times.Visitors are welcome to visit the construction site and even lend a hand!
A festival in GERMANY
“Mittelalterlich Phantasie Spectaculum” is the world’s biggest medieval festival and it’s touring Germany this year. Many show people don’t just put on an act for the tourists but spend the whole summer playing the role of minstrel, knight, juggler or sutler.