Contributors / Marie-Sophie Schwarzer

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Raising the spa

Czech spa town Marienbad remains a relic of the Austro-Hungarian empire. What it craves is the international recognition that reflects its regional significance. And as global interest in wellbeing grows, now is the time…

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Well kitted out

We visit the shops that are getting us moving, from skiing to surfing – all while looking our very best in athletic wear.

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Into the wild

Venture out and explore the great outdoors – but not without a hardy pair of boots, a rainproof jacket and all the gear you might need on your hike through the wilderness.

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Gently does it

From soothing swims in Athens to sleep-easy stays in South Africa, our restful agenda comprises escapes and retreats to help you slow down, unwind and live in the moment.

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The real thing

Other trade shows might be more glamorous but Expo Real is where Europe’s biggest and most significant deals are cut. We head to Bavaria to peer through the windows of real-estate’s future.

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Twelve stops for Christmas

Pondering where to pick up gifts for your loved ones this year? Let our editors guide you with their pick of the best shops, emporiums and design stores on the most inviting shopping streets around the globe.

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Step up to the plate

Welcome to Monocle’s very first survey on hosting at home (don’t worry about wiping your feet on the way in). Over the coming pages you’ll learn about everything from diplomacy in the dining room to a few fail-safe recipes…


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Protected status

If you’re in charge of policing one of the safest cities in the world, pressure and pride go hand in hand.

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Hit the summer sails

Now’s the time we start dreaming of the open water. We’ve found just the right vessels, from the sleekest yacht to the perfect pedalo.

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How to enjoy the journey

We’ve gathered insights from the designers, singers, artists, writers and entrepreneurs who travel across the globe year-round.

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Counter proposals

Whether it’s an in-store workshop or just delightful service, it’s the experience that counts when it comes to shopping. Here are three great examples.

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Gallic charms

A covetable collection of superior stationery, quirky homeware and fun-loving accessories. Plus some beautifully packaged chocolate for the sweet of tooth (and discerning of taste).

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Made to last

Retailer Manufactum’s HQ suits the company, with its anti-throwaway ethos, perfectly.

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High society

When snow falls, the globally mobile head to the mountains – preferably by plane – but not every pilot has the stomach for the most-demanding runways in Europe. We hop to the Alps’ top ski locations to meet the airline and…

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Paradise aisles

By turning the weekly shop into a pleasurable, plentiful and people-focused experience, German mini-chain Zurheide is foretelling the future of the supermarket.

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Bright idea

Midgard, a lighting company revered for its functional design and beloved by the Bauhaus, has been given a new lease of life by a couple of mid-century devotees.

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All the fun of the fair

Olma, Switzerland’s annual agriculture and nutrition tradeshow, has been going strong for 75 years. It’s how all nations should connect with their agrarian roots – and bet on a pig race or two.


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