On the traces of wafting incense clouds – impressive round trips through traditional Oman

On the traces of wafting incense clouds – impressive round trips through traditional Oman

Since Oman is far too unique, diverse and fabulously enchanting to commit exclusively to certain regions or activities, an individual round trip by rental car is your ultimate for a 360° cross-section of the country. Of course you can also book organized tours, but with your own vehicle you are a thousand times more individual…

The Rude Awakening

The Rude Awakening

The impressive fortress with the beautiful sounding name Belvedere-Gschwent stands out from the landscape. It also seems frightening. This oppressive feeling becomes even more intense when you walk through its corridors.   Belvedere is one of seven fortresses built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire between the years 1909 and 1912 like a chain in the natural…

Travelling with e-Cars in the Balkans – Charging in Bosnia-Herzegovina
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Travelling with e-Cars in the Balkans – Charging in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Yes, you can charge your e-car in Bosnia and Herzegovina and reach all your destinations! This beautiful and unique country is a popular place to visit because of its wild nature that also needs to be protected. The road trips there are famous because travellers pass remarkable natural spots, small traditional villages and nature wonders…

From Civil War to Balkan Blossom – How Bosnia and Herzegovina Became South-Eastern Europe’s Place of Desire
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From Civil War to Balkan Blossom – How Bosnia and Herzegovina Became South-Eastern Europe’s Place of Desire

In the shadow of its Croatian and Montenegrin neighbours with their prestigious location on the sapphire-blue Adriatic, Bosnia and Herzegovina long enjoyed a niche existence. The country, in the second row near the coast, seemed too insecure – its political past too dramatic. A mistake? Mhmm, and what a mistake! Because while next door, from…

From Sindbad & Aladdin: Experience Oman with children – tips for child-friendly activities

From Sindbad & Aladdin: Experience Oman with children – tips for child-friendly activities

You want to go on vacation to Oman with your kids, but you don’t want to count sheep clouds on the beach day in and day out? Don’t worry, Oman has plenty of age-appropriate activities up its sleeve for kids. The following overview shows you what you can do with children in Oman. The smorgasbord…

Fairytale Orient – experience Oman with children varied and carefree as on a flying carpet
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Fairytale Orient – experience Oman with children varied and carefree as on a flying carpet

When we think of Oman, we are instantly transported to a world of dreams. Oriental sounds penetrate from the distance to the ear, alabaster-colored domes push themselves before our mental eye and the splendid shine of iridescent gold jewelry dazzles our even unbelieving pupils. All that’s missing is the magic magic lamp for scratching and…

Camels in the Fog
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Camels in the Fog

SUMMER VACATION IN OMAN Camels in the Fog Spend summer vacations on the Arabian Peninsula and enjoy typical English weather! In Oman this is possible due to the monsoon rains that also hit the southern part of the country and turn the desert into a green jungle. My Stages SUMMER VACATION IN OMAN Camels in…

Pomegranates, Figs and Co. – In the paradise of the Balkans
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Pomegranates, Figs and Co. – In the paradise of the Balkans

ROAD-TRIP IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Pomegranates, Figs and Co. – In the paradise of the Balkans Mediterranean climate is responsible for the fact that Herzegovina is home to wild pomegranates and figs. But the barren natural landscape has much more to offer My Stages ROAD-TRIP IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Pomegranates, Figs and Co. – In the paradise of the…

“Electromobility could become a symbol of mobile freedom”
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“Electromobility could become a symbol of mobile freedom”

People in Bosnia and Herzegovina are fascinated by e-mobility, but are skeptical about it. Mayor of Municipality Sarajevo Center Srđan Mandić is a visionary. He is already in the process of building the first public gas station in Sarajevo. This year. I met him and asked him about it. A conversation about future urbanisation, his…

In Memoriam Jovan Divjak 11.03.1937 – 08.04.2021
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In Memoriam Jovan Divjak 11.03.1937 – 08.04.2021

An open letter In Memoriam Jovan Divjak 03/11/1937 – 04/08/2021 “The days of life in Sarajevo were days of love, respect and appreciation.” My Stages An open letter In Memoriam Jovan Divjak 03/11/1937 – 04/08/2021 “The days of life in Sarajevo were days of love, respect and appreciation.” My Stages “A symbol of humanity and…

To charge or not to charge, this is the question
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To charge or not to charge, this is the question

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro To charge or not to charge, this is the question Is it possible to make a long road trip sustainable? I took the plunge and drove the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro 1080 kilometers from Augsburg to Sarajevo alone.  My Stages Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro To charge or not…

Mountain Village Umoljani – In Search of the Stone Dragon
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Mountain Village Umoljani – In Search of the Stone Dragon

Off-Road Trip with the Landrover Defender – Part 4 Mountain Village Umoljani – In Search of the Stone Dragon Bosnia and Herzegovina is full of legends that continue to come to life. Mountain village Umoljani with its petrified dragon is one of the most mysterious places in this world. My Stages Off-Road Trip with the…

Swiss Cheese Made in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Swiss Cheese Made in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Off-Road Trip with the Landrover Defender – Part 5 Swiss Cheese Made in Bosnia and Herzegovina The best Swiss cheese can only be found in Switzerland? Not quite! We visited a cheese dairy in the Bosnian mountains and enjoyed a culinary treat. My Stages Off-Road Trip with the Landrover Defender – Part 5 Swiss Cheese…

UP’N’AWAY – Emigrate to Oman
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UP’N’AWAY – Emigrate to Oman

Once to Oman, please: One-Way! Your heart beats faster, because soon it’s time? As exciting as a trip to Oman is, the mission to “emigrate” is overwhelming. Therefore, nuances of stress, shades of tension, and notes of insecurity are also likely to be caught up in your anticipation, nervousness, and indescribable wanderlust. Have your to-do…

Oman 360° with extension: great Oman round trip Nizwa – Salalah – Muscat & Emirates

Oman 360° with extension: great Oman round trip Nizwa – Salalah – Muscat & Emirates

A round trip to Oman is a real life dream for most visitors to the Sultanate and in many cases a once in a lifetime opportunity. Not everyone is lucky enough to experience such a dream trip more often and to be able to portion out the diversity of this unique spot of the world…

Oman Air – High-end airline flies with opulence and grandeur at 4-star luxury level

Oman Air – High-end airline flies with opulence and grandeur at 4-star luxury level

The bird with the silvery-golden fluttering angel wings has made it high in the segment of high-ranking awards and awards received. As the world’s leading airline, Oman Air was named the unrivaled winner in a total of four divisions at the 2019 World Travel Awards. That this did not happen without reason, you will already…

Wild Oman – Hiking in the footsteps of the Arabian gods

Wild Oman – Hiking in the footsteps of the Arabian gods

If someone asks you about typical destinations for hiking, Oman will rarely come to mind. In all likelihood, the imaginary vision of deep plains unfolds before your mind’s eye instead, with caravans moving ponderously along, casting their shadow cones in the hazy light of the sun. Surely, with this even surreal imagining, it will surprise…

Dream destination Oman – bathing on legendary sandy beaches

Dream destination Oman – bathing on legendary sandy beaches

Grains of sand as fine as powdered sugar between your toes, the embrace of a salty-warm breeze of wind-cut sea minerals and a scent of freedom that settles precisely between your upper lip and the tip of your nose: This even unreal scenario becomes your reality during a beach vacation in Oman! Despite all the…

Arabic etiquette – charming guide to avoiding putting your foot in your mouth in Oman

Arabic etiquette – charming guide to avoiding putting your foot in your mouth in Oman

The Omanis are a tolerant people. But as open-minded as they are towards you, you should be respectful towards them. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the typical customs and traditions of Oman before your trip to the Sultanate on the Arabian Sea. This etiquette guide informs you about customs such…

Textile etiquette for Oman – wear clothes appropriately and respectfully

Textile etiquette for Oman – wear clothes appropriately and respectfully

Oman is a paradox as it lives and breathes: Hardly any other Arab country is as traditionally inclined as the Sultanate on the Indian Ocean, which is shaped by Islam. Authenticity, customs and above all mores are high in the favor of conservative Omanis and yet show themselves to be so modern that one would…

Rent a car in Oman – with a CARavane to the most beautiful pearls in the Sultanate

Rent a car in Oman – with a CARavane to the most beautiful pearls in the Sultanate

The scenic landscapes of Oman are characterized by such a great variety of impressive natural beauty and cultural highlights that it is worth investing more time to give free rein to your inner overwhelm. Even though you can sit back and relax on a guided tour, you’ll appreciate preferring to take the wheel yourself. You…

Things to know about Muslim prayer

Things to know about Muslim prayer

Visiting one of the local religious institutions while on vacation is almost standard for tourists these days. In some countries, the locals will also have become accustomed to the sight of various foreigners inside their sanatoriums. Nevertheless, as an outsider, you should always behave respectfully so as not to cause problems for the local believers….

Honeymoon on Crete – ABATON ISLAND RESORT & SPA
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Honeymoon on Crete – ABATON ISLAND RESORT & SPA

ABATON ISLAND RESORT & SPA Honeymoon on Crete We have found the perfect place for the Honeymoon, which is worthy to the gods of Greek mythology. The Abaton Island Resort & Spa in Crete is a perfect symbiosis of tradition and modernity, which has preserved its cultural authenticity. My stages ABATON ISLAND RESORT & SPA…

Inside the Japanese gourmet temple of superlatives
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Inside the Japanese gourmet temple of superlatives

THE JAPANESE BY THE CHEDI ANDERMATT Inside the Japanese gourmet temple of superlatives Luxury après hiking or skiing combined with light food – we visited The Japanese by The Chedi Andermatt, the highest-located Japanese gourmet restaurant in Switzerland My Stages THE JAPANESE BY THE CHEDI ANDERMATT Inside the Japanese gourmet temple of superlatives Luxury après…

Schloss Elmau in Bavaria – honeymoon “on the doorstep”
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Schloss Elmau in Bavaria – honeymoon “on the doorstep”

HONEYMOON IN GERMANY Schloss Elmau in Bavaria – honeymoon “on the doorstep” Freshly married lovers may also find a number of places “on their doorstep” where they can honeymoon wonderfully. With the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid we drove to the Alps and visited the world famous Hotel Schloss Elmau. My Stages HONEYMOON IN…

Mountain Cheese Dumplings – Cooking Course on the Seiser Alm​
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Mountain Cheese Dumplings – Cooking Course on the Seiser Alm​

Yes, the title sounds like a Bavarian Eberhofer crime novel. But we are on the road in South Tyrol and still guests at the Romantik Hotel Turm in Völs at Schlern. The owner Stephan Pramstrahler invited us to his hut on the Seiser Alm. We are still totally inspired by his raven and eagle owl stories, but also open and excited about further stories and tales.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said – The Smell of Rain in Oman
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Sultan Qaboos bin Said – The Smell of Rain in Oman

Sultan Quaboos voller Demut für sein Land It’s raining. Continuously since early morning. And it’s cold, too. What you can call cold in Oman. It’s about 15 degrees Celsius. Totally unusual in Muscat, the capital of the country. Also the smell in the air I haven’t experienced this way since I’ve been living in Oman….

Maserati Levante – Discover Oman with Italian passion
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Maserati Levante – Discover Oman with Italian passion

Ich durfte mit dem Maserati Lavente S GranLusso den Oman entdecken (credit: Abduhlrahman Al Sinaidi) I press the start button. The 6 cylinder engine, designed by Ferrari, howls under the stylishly shaped hood. It is a unique sound in the car world and people love it. Me too. I fell in love with the Maserati…

Oman weather – conditions between cliché and reality

Oman weather – conditions between cliché and reality

Anyone confronted with the mysterious name of the sultanate on the Arabian Peninsula associates sunshine, lack of humidity and temperatures that are only bearable for Central Europeans with cool drinks and ice cubes to go. That this is only half the truth about the climatic conditions in Oman becomes apparent when we take a look…

Clear Water, Canyons, and Pristine Nature – Rafting on the Neretva
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Clear Water, Canyons, and Pristine Nature – Rafting on the Neretva

“We’ll pick you up tomorrow at quarter to eight and take you rafting,” a beaming Amel Salihbašić, author of the Bosnian travel guide Come, Enjoy, Pass It On, tells me. I’m hesitant at first. We’d been planning to do something together for quite a while, but I wanted to go to the mountains. “Come on,”…

Salalah – from the taste of the Arabian sun and the scent of the Omani sky

Salalah – from the taste of the Arabian sun and the scent of the Omani sky

Do you feel the sensual vibrations that the name leaves on your tongue? Salalah – euphonious sounds that are both revelation and promise. In them lie oriental desires that give new dimensions to your travel dreams. Whether endless long dream beaches with powder sugar white grains of sand, emerald green lagoons, trusting looking camels or…

Fascination deep sea around Oman – diving in coral reefs, shipwrecks and kelp forests
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Fascination deep sea around Oman – diving in coral reefs, shipwrecks and kelp forests

Dry, scorching and dusty as hell. These are precisely the guileless associations that are awakened in most people in connection with the Sultanate of Oman. But while their thoughts linger on hazy desert scenes and stoically plodding camel caravans, the fabulous world of Omani deep-sea longings unfolds at the back of the colonial terrain. Thanks…

Ramadan, Oman and me – and suddenly it was completely different …
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Ramadan, Oman and me – and suddenly it was completely different …

I have fasted during Ramadan – for the first time in my life. Out of solidarity with my Omani host family? Rather out of curiosity. A part of my Bosnian family is also Muslim and some family members fast regularly. Having grown up in Germany, I found it crazy that they “do this to themselves”….

Maserati Quattroporte GTS – A Gentleman with 530 PS
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Maserati Quattroporte GTS – A Gentleman with 530 PS

Maserati Quattroporte GTS – Gentleman mit 530 PS Italian History Great historical personalities crossed the pass at the Great Saint Bernard at an altitude of almost 2500 metres. Up here is the border between the Aosta Valley in Italy and the Valais in Switzerland. Napoléon Bonaparte had his historical crossing immortalized in 1800 in a…