Planeteer: German airport strikes, free public transport for Melbourne, discover your inner Finn

Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao. Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / CC BY 2.0

Get the best travel news here curated by Lonely Planet Destination Editors, who use their expertise to bring you the stories that matter from all over the world. In today’s edition: airport staff in Germany are set to strike on Thursday, proposals to make public transport free in Melbourne and a new online tool helps you discover your Finnish identity.

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Museo Guggenheim, Bilbao. Image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra / CC BY 2.0

Yoko Ono retrospective at Bilbao’s Museo Guggenheim
A retrospective of works by Yoko Ono is on display at the Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao. It showcases more than 200 works from various genres including music, film, drawings, poetry and performance art. The exhibition will last until September. Read more:

Annual Night of Theatre in Moscow
After last year’s successful premiere, Moscow will again celebrate the annual Night of Theatre on Wednesday. The increasingly popular manifestation marks World Theatre Day (27 March) and 40 of the city’s playhouses have put together a special programme for the occasion. All events are free and most will last until after midnight. Read more:

Strikes planned at German airports this Thursday
Significant disruptions are expected for flights in and out of Germany this Thursday, as airport staff take industrial action over pay. The 11-hour strike will hit at least seven of Germany’s airports, including Frankfurt, the country’s largest. Travellers are advised to check with their individual airline for updates. Read more:

French to be the world’s most spoken language by 2050?
The French language could top English and Mandarin as the most spoken language in the world by 2050, according to a study by French investment bank Natixis. The study is based on the fact that French is spoken in some of the fastest growing areas of the world, but it has been disputed by several sources, including Forbes. Read more:

Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition opens in Paris
An exhibition on the late American photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, opens at the Grand Palais in Paris on Wednesday and runs until 13 July. The major retrospective is one of the largest ever to be held on the artist, covering his entire career. Read more:

Lions at Copenhagen Zoo. Image by Guillaume Baviere / CC BY 2.0

Controversial Danish zoo culls four lions
Following last month’s controversial decision to euthanise and publicly dissect a healthy giraffe, Copenhagen Zoo has put down four lions to make way for a new dominant male in the group. In a statement the zoo said that two of …read more


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