The Thief: Design hotel thrives in Oslo’s newest cultural district.

The Thief Spa (photo courtesy The Thief)

The Thief Oslo By Ron Bernthal Although most visitors to The Thief , in the Oslo neighborhood of Tjuvholmen (tchuv-holmen), arrive by taxi, others can travel by bus, tram or ferry and walk ten minutes along the Aker Brygge waterfront, … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton

Exterior Reichshof Hamburg,  Curio Collection by Hilton   (photo Ron Bernthal)

Hotel Review: Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton Review by Ron Bernthal During a recent business trip to Hamburg, Germany, I took a fast metro train from the airport to the center of the city, a pleasant 25-minute ride. I … Continue reading

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany

Stuttgart's Kunstmuseum is a glass cube art museum on a historic, downtown square. (photo courtesy Kunstmuseum)

Baden-Württemberg Journal: Design Driven Architecture in Old World Germany BY RON BERNTHAL The area of southwest Germany, bordering France and Switzerland, is one of the oldest regions of the country, dating to the 12th century. Known today as the state … Continue reading

Designhotel am Stadtgarden – Freiburg, Germany

Guest room at Hotel am Stadtgarden (hotel photos Ron Bernthal)

  Hotel Review -  Designhotel am Stadtgarten, Freiburg, Germany   I was visiting Freiburg for one night and needed an affordable and clean hotel property within walking distance, or a short tram ride, from the historic Münsterplatz (Cathedral Square) and … Continue reading


United Airlines 757-200 seat configuration.

Flight Review:   United Airlines Stuttgart (STR) – Newark  (EWR), Business/First   United Airlines operates the only daily, non-stop flight from the New York City area to Stuttgart, in southwest Germany, and for travelers heading to this region it is the … Continue reading

Cube Restaurant – Stuttgart, Germany

Kunstmuseum-Stuttgart illuminated at night.  Cube restaurant is located on top floor of building.    (photo courtesy Kunstmuseum-Stuttgart)

Cube Restaurant – Stuttgart, Germany Review: Ron Bernthal The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart opened in 2005 on a lovely, historic square in the middle of the city. The museum’s collection of mostly European contemporary art is outstanding, and the building itself, a … Continue reading

Airline Review: airberlin – NEW YORK (JFK) – BERLIN Business Class

airberlin aircraft prepares for takeoff  (photo Dennis Bhogal for airberlin)

Although airberlin likes to spell its name in lower case, the carrier’s Business Class service on its non-stop flight from New York (JFK) to Berlin’s Tegel Airport (TXL) is not “lower” in any sense the word. Check-in for AB7249 was … Continue reading

Berlin Journal: Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Not Quite Ready for Liftoff

Exterior of new Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt, expected to open in 2015. (photo Ron Bernthal)

BY RON BERNTHAL The year 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and one aspect of the quarter century anniversary since Berlin was unified was going to be the opening of the city’s new … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Indigo Berlin – Alexanderplatz

IndigoAlexDeluxeRoom5[1] By Ron Bernthal My first visit to an Indigo hotel, the boutique chain that is part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), was in Berlin, Germany. The 153-room new property is located in the former East Berlin neighborhood of Mitte, … Continue reading