Vienna: Fidelio and festivals
ÖAustria’s capital can also be traveled with your ears. The “Capital of Music” is currently celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday with many listening highlights that can also be experienced digitally.
For example, the new production of “Fidelio”, Beethoven’s only opera, staged by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. The premiere in the Theater an der Wien is given up myfidelio.at as a video stream.
A virtual city tour with the genius is made possible by the interactive radio play “Beethoven’s Vienna”, which is available as Alexa Skill and Google Action – with music by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (musik2020.wien.info).
The Vienna State Opera in turn transforms your living room with streams into an exclusive box (wiener-staatsoper.at), and the Homestage Festival makes it a happening for vibes by young Viennese artists. It rises from April 24th to 26th facebook.com/homestagefestivals for the second time, there are also the highlights from the first festival to listen to.
Berlin: Dancing and “Supervised Drinking”
When bars and discos have to close, you just dance together in Berlin. Everyone in their own home, all to the live streamed beats of the DJs, who play every evening in well-known clubs such as the “Tresor”.
A “taste of drinking” with Berlin beer sommelier Karsten Morschett is a taste of the capital. The tasting, bookable at beer sommelier.berlin, is by no means only virtual: six different beers are delivered to your home throughout Germany.
The expert from Berlin joins in via video chat and explains curiosities. For example, why Napoleon loved the “Champagne of the North” – Berliner Weisse, which of course is also tasted.
Paris: Exclusive to the Eiffel Tower
Enjoy the view from the Eiffel Tower without queuing – this can only be done digitally. Go on artsandculture.google.com/partner/tour-eiffel, scroll down to the little streetview male, click on “Explore” – and there you go are you there.
You have the viewing platform exclusively for you, it is deserted, nobody stands in your way. With the mouse you can go around click for click and enjoy the 360-degree panorama of the city of love.
Couples have time for endless kisses, singles have their rest in front of the smooch tourists. Romantics listen to songs by Édith Piaf or Charles Aznavour (playlist at de.france.fr).
London: Big Ben and giant lizard
who 360.visitlondon.com into his browser can be found high above the city – in the London Eye ferris wheel at 135 meters. The 360-degree technology enables views in all directions. Almost like in real life – only that you can change the panoramas in a split second: If you tap on the moon symbol, London shines in the sea of lights at night, if you click on the sun, it is day again.
You can also beam directly to Big Ben and other major sights to look around – here too with an all-round panorama, often also inside. So if you always wanted to marvel at the ceiling of St. Paul’s Cathedral without stiff neck, but were afraid to lie down on the floor there, you now have the opportunity.
There are also other perspectives that IRL (in real life) would hardly be possible. In the zoo, for example, where you will find yourself face to face with a giant lizard – in its enclosure.
Venice: with and without tourists
Cheerful tourists populate St. Mark’s Square. They wave when you stroll past. Gondolas and excursion steamers meet you on a boat trip on the Grand Canal. Those who tour Venice with Google Street View travel back in time – in 2013, when the online service published the panoramas of the lagoon city.
In order to pick up the tangle of alleys and canals, tracking shots with cars were out of the question. The team filmed on foot and by boat, covering over 400 kilometers of walking and 180 kilometers of waterways. The result is an authentic and detailed tour with which you can explore icons such as the Bridge of Sighs, but you can also drift and get lost.
A tool to jump directly to the place of longing is instantstreetview.com – just enter the destination in the search field. If you want to visit St. Mark’s Square live: With the webcam on skylinewebcams.com/de/webcam/italia/veneto you can see it – deserted as it is now.
New York: grandiose graffiti
Banksy, Kobra, Keith Haring: You can experience world famous artists in the streets of New York. Google Arts & Culture’s digital tour “9 Amazing Street Art Murals in New York” leads to impressive works, including the Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem.
You can look around with the mouse, go a few steps further, look at the pictures from other angles, stroll through the surrounding streets (on artsandculture.google.com enter the search terms “new york street art”).
Or you can stroll through Central Park: a virtual tour (youvisit.com/tour/centralpark) starts from 72nd Street in the green heart of Manhattan. You are accompanied by an invisible guide who explains attractions such as the “Imagine” mosaic by Strawberry Fields.
Sydney: by ship through the harbor
Halfway around the world with one click: the digital tour at youvisit.com/tour/sydney beams a non-stop in Australia’s largest city. Take a look around, you can use the mouse to choose the direction or hop to another attraction. “Welcome to Sydney” is just the first of a series of 360-degree views, the next awaits you on the ferry.
Go ashore at Circular Quay. You’ll see the famous Opera House, Harbor Bridge, Lunar Park, and Botanical Gardens.
If you are already in Sydney, you should definitely visit a place that is wrongly hardly known: Government House, a historic building with beautiful gardens and a dream view of the harbor (tour.governor.nsw.gov.au).
And in the aquarium you can get to know real Aussis: under facebook.com/sydneyaquarium there are live streams from the pools of baby seahorses and sharks.
Hong Kong: appetizers for the eye
Dim Sum are Hong Kong for the palate – and for the eye. The traditional steamed snacks are typical of the southern Chinese metropolis, and it has long been a trend to make them crazy.
Even gourmet restaurants excel in this art, and even those wearing suits experience child-like joy when pork bites look like miniature goldfish and fish snacks like penguins. “Adorable Dim Sum” can be admired digitally (tinyurl.com/svmpmty), there is a slightly bizarre online course for creative people:
He teaches how to make dim sum with crab stuffing – shaped like hedgehogs, fish and rabbits (plus carrots – as food for the crab rabbits).
Tokyo: This is everyday life in Japan
Several YouTube videos about Tokyo are dedicated to the phenomenon of Japanese toilets. With her many buttons, sensors and functions, a Youtuber calls her “more intelligent than I am” – for the uninitiated they are truly a challenge.
The five-minute “How to survive in Japanese toilets” is particularly vivid, which, for example, introduces you to the unwritten laws of toilet slippers (in the washroom, always switch from regular apartment slippers to toilet items!).
The 14-minute documentary “A Day in the Life of a Japanese Housewife in Tokyo” offers other insights into everyday life – including lighting candles on the house altar.
Petra: With Queen Rania to the treasure house
One of the best virtual tours is through the ancient rock city of Petra in Jordan (g.co/petra). World famous, also thanks to “Indiana Jones”, Khazne al-Firaun, the “Pharaoh’s Treasure House”, was carved in stone 2000 years ago when Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Empire.
Hike from the “Gate to Siq” through the narrow gorge and on through the spectacular Red City. There are 18 stations to explore, interesting things to hear, read and see from everyone. You can linger or jump forward.
Queen Rania of Jordan personally participated in the tour, and in a YouTube video – deserted to suit the current situation – she raves.
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