With Germania to Beirut24.06.2016
Germania has expanded its choice of flights to Beirut. The airline now flies four times a week from Berlin Schönefeld to the Lebanese capital. The route is served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and now also on Sundays. The airline operates a Boeing 737-700 for this connection. The flight time is around 4 hours 50 minutes.
City of contrasts
The capital city of Lebanon is situated on a peninsula on Saint George Bay in the eastern Mediterranean. The city’s backdrop is breathtaking. Mountains up to 3,000 metres in height surround the city towards the country’s interior. The climate is Mediterranean. The best time to travel is in the period of April to June and in October and November.
Beirut is lively, dynamic and vibrant. It is estimated that two million people live there. Beirut is one of the Orient’s major cities. But not only that. It is a melting pot of religions (Christians and Muslims) and cultures. Its history stretches back 5,000 years and tells of advancement and prosperity but also of natural disasters and wars. Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Druze, the Ottoman Empire, and France – all have left their mark. In its chequered history, Beirut has been destroyed and rebuilt so often it has unofficially been given the epithet “the city that never dies”. Beirut, in its most recent history exposed to European influences, is today an “Orient for beginners”, so to speak, providing a fascinating insight into times long past and unfamiliar worlds.
The metropolis of tradition and modernity
Soon after the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1991, a huge construction project was begun to rebuild and develop the city. This project continues to shape Beirut today. Modern buildings in the style of Ottoman and French colonial architecture have shot up. The glass architecture of the hotels and apartment buildings dominate the promenade along the Mediterranean Sea. Between the picturesque Ottoman villas from the turn of the last century, dazzling tower buildings reach up to the skies. They are surrounded by mosques and churches situated closely together. The ruins of less splendorous times, though, are still a visible feature of the cityscape. Among the major places of interest in the city are Martyrs' Square, the Cathedral of Saint George (the principal church of the Archdiocese of Beirut), the Sunni Al-Amin Mosque that was inaugurated in 2008, and the National Museum. Beirut’s distinctive landmark, the clock tower built in 1934, is on Nejmeh Square, also known as Place de l’Etoile.
A favourite spot and pride of Beirut’s citizens is the 4.8-kilometre-long Corniche, the seafront promenade. It is a place to meet and for recreation. If you go on a stroll along the promenade, you should also take the opportunity to see the fascinating Pigeons’ Rock, two bizarre and massive yet picturesque rock formations just off Beirut’s coast.
The hotels on Beirut’s charming Mediterranean bay are places that embody a luxurious European lifestyle. This is where big stars and bands stay when they give concerts in the city. On a stroll through the marina on Zaitunay Bay, you can marvel at the elegant yachts. The white sandy beach on the Mediterranean coast invites visitors to spend time relaxing.
Beirut is an outstanding city in the region, with its culture, shopping facilities, vibrant nightlife and wide variety of recreational options. The universities and publishers, museums and art galleries, theatres and cinemas, plus an impressive concert schedule are all testimony to Beirut’s modern and varied cultural life.
Beirut is one of the most open and tolerant cities in the Middle East. Its citizens are communicative and open-minded. They like to go out and enjoy showing visitors their city. The many restaurants, bars and cafés offer an excellent range of food and drinks. Sharing a meal with one another is a bonding element in Lebanon. While sharing a water pipe, or shisha, people enjoy a varied selection of small Lebanese dishes together – called Mezze – and exchange news.
Rafiq Hariri International Airport is located on the southern outskirts of Beirut. Officially certified taxis displaying an airport logo on their sides bring passengers into the city for a fixed fare.
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