IGA 2017 – eine Weltreise durch die Gärten der Welt

Auf der #IGA17 in Berlin blüht und gedeiht eine Vielzahl exotischer Blumen und Pflanzen. (Foto: Thorsten Claus)

Seit dem 13. April 2017 bis hinein in den Oktober findet in Berlin in dem Park „Gärten der Welt“ die internationale Gartenausstellung IGA statt. Die Veranstaltung dauert genau 186 Tage, in denen ein spannendes und reichhaltiges Programm auf die Besucher wartet. Das Ziel der Ausstellung ist die Präsentation der ganzen Vielfalt der internationalen Gartenkunst, darunter seltene Flora und Fauna. Die Veranstalter erwarten mehr als 2 Millionen Gäste.

Die Ausstellung besteht aus Gärten aus allen fünf Kontinenten und zeigt die neuesten Trends der Gartenkunst aus der ganzen Welt. Die Besucher können sich in den unterschiedlichen Gärten, wie etwa dem Balinesischen-, Chinesischen-, Orientalischen- oder dem Renaissancegarten entspannen und die Pracht der Natur genießen.

Weltreise
Mit der Tageskarte für 20, – Euro kann man eine kleine Weltreise unternehmen und holländische Blumen bewundern, Wasserspiele sowie blühende Wasserrosen beobachten. Sich am Anblick wilder Orchideen im balinesischen Garten erquicken und danach beim traditionellen englischen Tee und Kuchen in Englischem Garten entspannen. Für die Fans fernöstlicher Tees, empfehlt sich ein Besuch in dem chinesischen Teehaus mit wunderschönem Blick auf eine im Teich befindliche Pagode.

Aussicht
Die Aussichtsplattform in Form einer Wolke namens Wolkenhain, auf einer Höhe von 120 Metern gelegen, bietet einen spektakulären Blick auf Berlin und das IGA-Gelände. Der Wolkenhain ist über die im Kartenpreis enthaltene Kabinenseilbahn erreichbar. Als Besucher der IGA kann man, so oft man will mit der Seilbahn fahren. Die maximale Höhe der Kabinenseilbahn beträgt 30 Meter und ihre Länge beträgt 1,5 Kilometer. In eine Gondel passen maximal 10 Personen und die Seilbahn hat eine Kapazität von 3.000 Personen pro Stunde. Wenn es voll ist, kann es schon mal vorkommen, dass man ein paar Minuten in der Schlange steht.

Fazit
Ein Besuch der IGA kann ich nur jedem Berlinbesucher und natürlich den Berliner selbst empfehlen. Man sollte auf jeden Fall schon genug Zeit mitbringen, um die überwältigende Vielfalt der #IGA17 bewundern zu können. Familien können übrigens auf dem Geländer u. a. gegen eine kleine Gebühr und ein Pfand einen Bollerwagen ausleihen, was den Besuch sicherlich für den einen oder anderen erleichtern dürfte. Die Tageskarte kostet 20, – Euro, ermäßigt 18, – Euro, Kinder von 7 bis 17 Jahre zahlen 5, – Euro.

Weiter Informationen zur IGA17 findet man unter www.iga-berlin-2017.de

HelloFresh cooking box provider test

According to Jamie Oliver, the British cook and brand ambassador of  Rocket-Internet subsidiary HelloFresh, good food makes you happy. No one can disagree with this saying. HelloFresh is the first provider in our large, multi-part cooking box test here in our new lifestyle blog on claus.de.

The HelloFresh cooking box at the test. (Photo: Thorsten Claus | claus.de)
The HelloFresh cooking box at the test. (Photo: Thorsten Claus | claus.de)

Selection & variety
At HelloFresh, customers have a weekly changing range of dishes in the cooking box. You can choose between a “classic box” with meat and a “veggie box” without meat. For the cooking box variants, one can also choose between three or five dishes for two or four people a week. Unfortunately, the individual dishes that come in the Box is not free for choosing.

Quality & freshness
We tested the quality and freshness of the products in the HelloFresh cooking box with 5 meals, there were three times the case that resulted in complaints. In all was a welded rocket salad and a similarly packaged parsley package on the fourth day. In one of the last cooking boxes supplied by HelloFresh, a rosemary bar was completely faded.

Therefore, in all three cases, one must go one more time to the greengrocer around the corner. Which is not a problem in a big city like Berlin, however, will become a problem for people in rural regions, which notice this too late.

Easy cooking
HelloFresh also provides the recipes with all cooking boxes in addition to the required products. These largely include a step by step guide. Recipes from Jamie Oliver was the only exception, they differed in the design and layout. In addition, indicated on the recipes is usually a level of difficulty from 1 to 3 and the duration of the preparation. In some dishes with perishable foods, the period of use, eg “One day 1-5 cook”, is also printed.

Generally, the information is fitted with regard to the preparation duration of the dishes. However, occasionally, preparations such as the cutting of vegetables took longer than expected. This test has also shown that it is always recommended to cook the dishes for two. This is not only more fun, but also avoids a longer preparation time.

Taste & Price
The taste opinions differ as you know. Our summary of HelloFresh after four weeks test with a total of 20 dishes is good. Of the 20 dishes, only three didn’t like our test eaters.  Last but not least the price per dish. At the cooking box of HelloFresh, the prices of the cooking box we tested with 5 meals for 2 persons was 5.50 euros per person and meal.

The judgment
+ Varied dishes
+ Friendly customer service
+ Good Instructional recipes
+ Mostly tasty recipes

– Problems with the requested delivery time
– Something a little messy

 

Choice of dishes? No
Only organic products? Yes/No
Dishes per cooking box and week 1-5
Price per cooker and week (for 2 persons) 39,99 € to 54,99 €
Average price per dish 6,67 € to 5,50 €
Origin of ingredients known? No
Predominantly regional products? Yes/No

The first test is done, now we are looking forward for feedback. What didn’t you like? Tell us your opinions in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook. We are looking forward for your feedback!

 

The great test of the cooker vendors

Cooking is fun! We test cooking boxes for you. (Photo: iStock/Sergeyshibut)

According to the British chef and brand Ambassador Jamie Oliver of the Rockit Internet branch HelloFresh, good food makes you happy. No one can disagree with this saying. HelloFresh is the first provider of cooking boxes in our multi-part series of tests, here in our new Lifestyle Blog on claus.de.

All suppliers are evaluated according to the following Criteria:

  • Selection, diversity and variety of the dishes in the boxes
  • Quality and freshness of the food provided
  • Simplicity and duration of the preparation of the meals
  • The taste and the price per dish

Convenience
First of all, all the cookers have one thing in common, that is the elimination of the shopping stress. It is convenient not to have to worry about buying and planning the dishes. Because all suppliers supply all the products needed for the meals including the recipes home. This has its price, but you do not have to do it yourself.

Waste
The comfort however has its downside e.g. in the Form of the waste. The resulting waste is slightly larger in quantity than when shopping in the supermarket. However, the providers strive to use ecological packaging, such as paper bags/boxes, and cooling material made of sheep’s wool. Nevertheless, individual plastic packs of food, spices, herbs and nuts are slightly more garbage than retail shopping.

Test conditions
In order to make a fair and as objective judgment as possible, we test every cooking box provider for four weeks. This allows us to make a fair judgment without focusing on personal or taste preferences.

Feedback
Share with us your suggestions, criticisms and opinions via the comment function.
We are looking forward for your feedback!