National Geographic and ITB Berlin Announce World Legacy Awards Winners

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2015)—The five winners of the 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced today during a colorful awards ceremony held at ITB Berlin. A partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, the World Legacy Awards showcase the leading companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from hotels to ecolodges and from small islands to entire countries — that are driving the positive transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s Read more [...]

Adam Lambert, Brian May & Roger Taylor Kick Off “Queen & Adam Lambert” Project in Berlin

Showing some love to their German fans, Adam Lambert and the remaining members of Queen showed up at Berlin’s Ritz Carlton today (December 11). The “American Idol” alum and his rockstar buddies were in the house for a photocall to kick off the “Queen & Adam Lambert” musical collaboration. Drummer Roger Taylor told the Mirror that they’ll perform a New Year’s Eve concert for BBC One at the historic Big Ben in London. "I never imagined we would be around to usher in the year of 2015, Read more [...]

Where were you the night the Berlin Wall fell?

Sabrina Ben Aouicha, project curator, Germany: memories of a nation, British Museum Wach auf, Sabrina! Du musst dir ansehen, wie Geschichte geschrieben wird! ‘Wake up, Sabrina! You have to witness this; history is being written!’ These were the words my father woke me with, on a cold November night 25 years ago today. Although I was 8 years old (nearly 9) at the time, I still remember them today. I think there are just a few events in recent history that are shared by people all over Read more [...]

Käthe Kollwitz, a Berlin story

Frances Carey, art historian Statue of Käthe Kollwitz, Kollwitzplatz, Berlin. Photo by Rae Allen, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) The seated figure of an elderly woman cast in bronze presides over a square in a part of north east Berlin known as Kollwitzkiez, the ‘Kollwitz district’, where Käthe Schmidt (1867-1945) came to live in 1891 on her marriage to Dr Karl Kollwitz. The sculpture by Gustav Seitz, installed in 1960, was commissioned under the Read more [...]

National Geographic Launches World Legacy Awards in Collaboration with ITB Berlin

BERLIN (March 4, 2014)—The World Legacy Awards were launched today at ITB Berlin in a groundbreaking collaboration between two giants in the world of travel. With a mission of “inspiring people to care about the planet,” the National Geographic Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its magazines, television, books, radio, maps, exhibitions, expeditions and online, tablet and social media platforms. ITB Berlin is the largest travel gathering on the planet, Read more [...]

A loan from Berlin: a lion from Babylon

Alexandra Fletcher, curator, British Museum As the weather turns colder and the days shorter the Museum has been loaned a reminder of warmer, sunnier climes, which is helping to beat the mid-winter chill. The Department of the Middle East is preparing to display a panel of glazed bricks that has been generously loaned to us by the Vorderasiatisches Museum, part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin group. Complete reconstructed panel from Nebuchadnezzar’s throne room on display at the Vorderasiatisches Read more [...]