Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Wheels to worship
In Caracas at Christmas, city streets are blocked off so that people can safely inline skate to mass. How the tradition began is something of a mystery, but it has to be the most athletic way of getting to church.
In Phaya Thaen Public Park, about an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phraya Khan Khak (The Toad King) towers above the Chi River. The statue represents the amphibian spirit that is said to forecast rain. Inside the giant toad there’s a museum on toads and Thai mythology.
To get to the top of Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s famous pilgrimage point, you have to climb about 5200 steps, some of them hewn into the naked rock. The best time to climb is on a clear winter’s night with a full moon.
Long way up
With 11 647 steps and an altitude gain of 1700 meters, the Niesenlauf up the Niesen Mountain in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland region is a run on the world’s longest staircase and the ultimate challenge for stair climbers.
The heat won’t actually melt the snow this early in the year, but these sizzling festivals in Reykjavík, Iceland are not to be missed: the Dark Music Days take place January 25 to February 1 and the Winter Lights Festival is on February 6 to 9.