Reykjavik's marketing team has recently had a burst of mother-effin' genius and is capitalizing on long layovers through their main airport, RKV. Almost as brilliant as Matthew McConaughey selling Lincolns. If you find yourself there (likely via WOWair's sweetly cheap flights), know that you don't really need more than 3 days in Reykjavik — especially if you're there in winter and you want to chop off your hands to save Jack Frost the trouble.
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Novelist Knut Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920 for Sult. In it, he says, "Oslo is a strange city that nobody leaves without being marked by it." He wrote that in 1888, 127 years ago. Some things never change.
You’ve partied in Berlin. You’ve practiced your Deutsch in Munich. Maybe you’ve flown into Frankfurt and stopped in Hamburg on your way north. But the rest of Germany? It’s pretty off the radar and there are zero good reasons why. As the bigger German cities get more and more predictable, it’s the smaller ones that offer more of a sense of adventure. Here’s eight spots even some Germans don’t know about:
Enter Germany’s Fachwerkstraße, or Framework Road. This route is a series of 98 towns going up and down the length of the country for 3,000 km, or 1,864 miles. Each bustling little spot is home to hundreds of 13th-17th century half-timbered houses and, save a few exceptions, nothing but locals. There are more castles than tour busses, more cobblestone streets than taxis, and not a single queue in sight. Throw in all the local microbrews and hand-churned gelato one can handle, and you’ve got a traveler’s – and a marketer’s – dream.