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The TrendCommittee for the Spielwarenmesse® is on the lookout for the latest trends all over the world. They don’t miss anything, not the smallest indication of new trends on the toy markets nor the beauty of their homelands. All have a favourite spot where they come to recharge their batteries. Their lips are still sealed on the 2020 trends, but they do have insider tips for the next time you’re in their area.


The river Thames in London (United Kingdom)

Insider Tip John Baulch: Walk along the river Thames in London (United Kingdom)

Whatever time of the year you visit London, spending some time walking along the river Thames is a must – and the South Bank is one of the best places to start. Stunning views and some iconic landmarks (the London Eye, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge) combine with a lively, vibrant atmosphere to make it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. And a trip up nearby The Shard to the viewing deck reveals breath-taking views across the city.


The Highline of New York City (United States)

Insider Tip Jackie Breyer: The Highline of New York City (United States)

While millions of visitors come to New York City each year the High Line remains a hidden gem. The public park is built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. It opened in 2009 as a public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design  with many free and low-cost events every day, including unique performances, architectural tours, astronomy sessions, and history lessons.


Parco Nord in Milan (Italy)

Insider Tip Daniele Caroli: Parco Nord in Milan (Italy)

Luckily for me, not many of the 1.35 million inhabitants of Milan are aware of Parco Nord at the Northern tip of the city. So I can often enjoy a few peaceful hours in green surroundings, walking on paths through the woods or up some hillock, or sitting by a pool or watching fish, frogs, turtles, ducks. But, of course, you will very often meet people running by, pedalling on bicycles or bathing in the sun in the summertime.


From Valencia to the Mediterranean Sea (Spain)

Insider Tip Maria Costa: Trip from Valencia to the Mediterranean Sea (Spain)

Valencia has an amazing mixture of modern buildings, historic sites, and wonderful natural surroundings. The City of Arts and Science is an example of the latest contemporary architecture with amazing reminders of the gothic style and relicts of the Roman times. I love best to escape with my backpack, go trekking, breathe the salty fresh air, and admire the sights as it really helps me to disconnect, relax and recharge.


Flaucher gravel banks in Munich (Germany)

Insider Tip Axel Dammler: Enjoy summer at the Flaucher gravel banks in Munich (Germany)

Should you visit Munich in the summer and want to know why the locals love their city, then you should explore the Flaucher: On these gravel banks of the river Isar (near the subway station Zoo) you’ll find the locals enjoying the cool water of the river, having BBQ with friends and family, or just hanging out and enjoying the summer. There’s also a nice beer garden to enjoy local treats.


Boat Pond in New York Central Park (United States)

Insider Tip Steven Ekstract: Boat Pond in New York Central Park (United States)

One of my favourite places in the world throughout my life is the Boat Pond in Central Park. As a kid, I went there to sail my little wooden sailboat. As a teenager, I walked my dog there and watched all the model boats. As a parent, I took my son there in his stroller so he could enjoy watching the boats. The transformative nature transitioning from the busy streets of Manhattan to the quiet and serenity of Central Park is an incredibly unique experience.


La Bresse (France)

Insider Tip Philippe Guinaudeau: La Bresse, a mountain town in the Vosges area (France)

La Bresse is a little town between mountains and lakes in the mountain range of Les Vosges with a population of almost five thousand people. A great place for food, with the Bresse chickens, the ‘Bleu de Bresse’ cheese. By the way, this is a region where the first animals ever got the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée. And the famous world class 3 stars chef George Blanc is operating all his restaurants here.


Oscarshäll at Kolmården (Sweden)

Insider Tip Lena Hedö: Oscarshäll at Kolmården (Sweden)

One of my favourite spots is Oscarshäll at Kolmården very close to my summerhouse. It offers a fantastic view over Bråviken with is a part of the Baltic Sea. There is an iron column with sundial erected in memory of the opening of a road on July 4, 1853. On the foot of this pillar is written "Oscarshäll 1853". The place received its name after the Swedish King Oskar I.


Lech weir in Landsberg (Germany)

Insider Tip Gabriela Kaiser: Lech weir in Landsberg (Germany)

My favourite spot is by the river Lech, which flows through Landsberg. The Lech was used as a waterway from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. Lech weir has been part of the cityscape since the 14th century. It’s wonderful to sit outside at the cafés under parasols or by the trees and enjoy the view of the Lech. I love the relaxed atmosphere there.


Centennial Hall (Poland)

Insider Tip Urszula Kaszubowska: Centennial Hall – gem of modernism in Wroclaw (Poland)

I live in Wroclaw – the city in the west of Poland and capital of Lower Silesia. There are many places worth to go and see but one building impresses with its monumentalism – it is Centennial Hall. It is the most famous work of Wroclaw modernism. The Hall was erected between 1911 and 1913 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.


Five-Ram Sculpture in Yuexiu Park in Guangzhou (China)

Insider Tip Jane Wong: Five-Ram Sculpture in Yuexiu Park in Guangzhou (China)

My hometown, Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the “south gate” to China. Being a short ride away from Hong Kong and Macao, it is the hub for culture, education, science and technology in southern China. With a history of over two thousand years, it is also a city of perfect combination of modernity and tradition. I like the Five-Ram Sculpture in Yuexiu Park which is a landmark as well as the legendary symbol of the city.


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