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SouthWest Germany is throwing a party for the car.

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The best brainwave since the car. It’s SouthWest Germany’s 125-day party to celebrate the 125th birthday of the car.

May 7, 2011 to September 10, 2011

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Maritime culture, the new art scene and lifestyle, industrial culture and modern architecture as well as high-tech and automotive …

Dear reader,
Health and wellness travel is very much in vogue. Around 40 per cent of international visitors come to Germany for leisure purposes. 15 per cent travel with the specific intention of doing something for their fitness, beauty or wellbeing. In this latest edition of Discover Germany we will tell you about some of our country’s top destinations for health-related travel. More than 350 spa resorts make Germany a leading choice for health and wellness travel. Germany has also earned a global reputation as a destination for medical tourism. What’s more, there is a multitude of spa and beauty hotels that specialise in a holistic approach to wellness. These are ideal for holidaymakers who want to rest, relax and escape their everyday cares. In our special “Destination Culture” you will find lots of ideas and inspiration for combining your wellness holiday with culture and entertainment. To tie in with the 125th anniversary of the motor car in 2011 we will also be telling you about the centres of Germany’s automotive industry. The factory guided tours and on-site museums offer fascinating insights into the past, present and future of an industry that changed the world.

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football and architectural masterpieces 25 LEIPZIG Coffee and shopping in Saxony’s unofficial capital 33 BADEN-BADEN Elegant World Spa Resort in the Black Forest 25 DRESDEN Music festivals in palaces and on the river 26 POTSDAM Strolling through the gardens of Prussia’s Arcadia 27 BRANDENBURG “Potsdam 2011 – City of Film” 28 NINE HISTORICAL CITIES Amazing experiences in Niedersachsen 28 HANNOVER Sightseeing made easy © Prima Abenteuer 02 »03 www.germany. Dresden. Leipzig. fashion and upcoming trends 32 FRANKFURT City of money.travel .CONTENT Destination Culture 04 MARITIME CULTURE Hip port cities. Weimar and Dessau 12 DISCOVER ARCHITECTURE Former industrial buildings are transformed into modern worlds of experience 16 AUTOMOBILE EXPERIENCE Germany’s most important invention is celebrating its 125th birthday 29 HAMBURG The green city on the Elbe 29 AACHEN Thermal springs and royal and the Netherlands © Kunsthalle Mainz/Norbert Miguletz heritage where Germany meets Belgium 30 COLOGNE/BONN Cultural duo on Cities 22 BERLIN Germany’s all-night capital 23 HOLLYWOOD MEDIA HOTEL Home from home and fit for a film star the Rhine 31 DÜSSELDORF A city for fun. museums and trade fairs 24 BERLIN A buzzing city of contradictions and Germany’s melting pot 32 MUNICH Culture between beer gardens and art. Nordic flair and a stiff breeze along Germany’s coasts xxx © Daimler AG 08 NEW ART Cultural life flourishes in cities such as Berlin.

living history and unique flair 49 ALTÖTTING AND OBERAMMERGAU Bavaria’s religious centres commemorate King Ludwig II Holiday Regions Archiv Ahr Rhein Eifel.© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Legrand. Tourismus & Service GmbH 36 CAST OFF! Travel by houseboat through north-east Germany Travel Themes 52 SHOPPING AND GASTRONOMY Perfect for gourmets and fashion fans 38 NIEDERSACHSEN Actively experience nature – a holiday destination with many © Erich Spiegelhalter/STG natural landscapes 53 THEME PARKS Adventure. Romanticism. René © Urlaubsregion Allgäu 47 NÖRDLINGEN The most beautiful corners are round 48 ROTHENBURG ob der Tauber. pleasure and thrills 39 MEISSEN PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY Exclusive insights into a 300-year success story 54 HIGHLIGHTS Events – concerts – exhibitions 40 RHINE-MOSELLE Idyllic scenery and the home of riesling 59 General Information 62 Map of Germany 41 GERMAN WINE ROUTE A fitting tribute to Germany’s winemaking heritage 42 BLACK FOREST Germany’s most varied holiday region 44 BODENSEE A holiday at Lake Constance in the heart of Europe 46 GERMAN ALPINE ROAD Fairytale tour of the Bavarian Alps .

Germany’s coastline stretches for 1. the sea plays a big part in life – in every respect . Schleswig-Holstein and MecklenburgWestern Pomerania. MARITIME CULTURE ALONG GERMANY’S COAST .* S teep and rugged or sandy and sweeping.200 kilometres. In the coastal regions of Lower Saxony.

Klein .NET / Werner Dieterich © Bildagentur-online/A.* © Jürgen Lösel Hip port cities. Nordic flair and a stiff sea breeze COAST CULTURE Where the land meets the sea © ALIMDI.

Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – Germany’s three northernmost federal states – are ideal destinations for a seaside holiday. Schleswig-Holstein’s history is of a different character. New York. GERMANY COAST TO COAST Lower Saxony. In this region.und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit der Hansestadt Lübeck THE HOME OF THEODOR STORM . lots of cultural attractions. which showcases the flora and fauna of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park. for example. Theodor Storm once lived right in the centre of Husum. there is the Coastal Museum am Bontekai with its exhibition on the world of whales. But that’s by no means all they have to offer. a town of just 50. The German Emigration Centre. tells the emigrants’ stories. Between 1830 and 1974. or more precisely in North Friesland. at Wasserreihe no. so it’s no surprise that the sea plays a big part in its attractions. more than seven million people emigrated from Bremerhaven. This pretty little town with its medieval gabled houses has a lively feel and a loveable charm.travel © Deutsches Auswanderhaus Foto: Werner Huthmacher | Presse. Bremerhaven. and many an exciting story to hear from days gone by. Moored in Emden is the Amrumbank. Europe’s largest interactive museum devoted to this subject. people love to tell stories of dark and stormy nights in which the westerly winds chase dark clouds through the sky. and explores the ins and outs of their journey across the Atlantic and arrival at Ellis Island. Wilhelmshaven is also lapped by the waters of the North Sea. Husum is the region’s biggest city and the place where Theodor Storm grew up. in which the sea whips against the dykes and some of the coast dwellers even claim to have seen the famous ‘Rider on the White Horse’ – the ghostly literary character penned by the German poet Theodor Storm. is one such destination. and the Wattenmeerhaus. a museum ship that gave service as a floating lighthouse in various positions in the North Sea from 1917 to 1983. whose history has been shaped by the sea to an almost unparal- 06 »07 www. explains their motives. more than seven million people left Germany from Bremerhaven. leled extent. There are friendly towns and cities replete with beautiful.PICTURES 1 Bremerhaven German Emigration Centre 2 Lübeck Merchants’ houses 3 National Park Wadden sea 4 Stralsund German Oceanographic Museum There’s just no getting away from the sea in this part of northern Germany. most of them to the USA. Along the Maritime Meile waterfront ensemble. a house that now accommodates the Theodor Storm Museum. Between 1830 and 1974.000 people that was one of Europe’s leading port cities 500 years ago. for example.germany. And especially not in Emden. 31. historical buildings.

and taking lots and lots of time to enjoy it all . This is the largest visitor centre in Schleswig-Holstein’s Wadden Sea National Park and tells you everything you need to know about biodiversity in the coastal mudflats. Feels at home along all of Europe’s coasts and writes about them in daily newspapers and weekly magazines. which is surrounded by the coastal mudflats. Follow the coast eastwards and you arrive in Kiel. each one seems to outdo the last in terms of beauty and architecture. and for the Holsten Gate with its mighty towers. the tides. Just 20 minutes by car from Husum is the small town of Tönning. its magnificent bürgerhäuser and merchants’ houses. and the conservation of indigenous life. This is now home to the German Oceanographic Museum. This is where the Kiel Canal. . Just a short walk away is the Ozeaneum. around 7. is the longest in mainland Europe at 508 metres. the most visited museum in northern Germany with its sensational sea turtle aquarium. For around 100 kilometres.Text: Karen Amme – travel journalist and marine expert. j-ms. and enables close to 50. Located on the Eiderstedt peninsula. Reaching far out into the Baltic Sea. Lübeck also provides the setting for a number of novels. Lübeck is renowned for its distinctive skyline. Sellin pier on Rügen Island. there’s nothing like discovering Germany’s coastal regions for yourself. empties into the Baltic Sea. the regional capital of Schleswig-Holstein. Europe’s Museum of the Year 2010. Of course. and the nearby Ozeaneum. seems to hover above the sea like a miniature fairytale palace. Tönning is home to the Multimar Wattforum National Park Centre – a must see attraction on any tour of northern Germany. Catherine.000 plants and animals live in more than six million litres of water.000 ships a year to avoid making the long journey around the Jutland peninsula via Skagen in northern Denmark. But Lübeck surpasses them all”. Also part of Lübeck is the seaside resort of Travemünde. Where small. Stralsund’s top attractions: the German Oceanographic Museum. One could stay forever in Lübeck. it cuts through the marshes and sandy heathland of Schleswig-Holstein. but this town at the end of the Bay of Lübeck is also a wonderful destination in its own right. Why? Because they have retained their original medieval layouts and characteristic architectural styles. for example. sleepy villages dot a verdant landscape and idyllic avenues are lined with ancient chestnut trees. Lübeck may be known as Kiel’s little sister. © Martin Stock / LKN-SH | Johannes-Maria Schlorke. northern Germany’s most visited museum. the most heavily used artificial waterway in the world. Gothic hall of the former Church of St. including Thomas Mann’s family saga Buddenbrooks. Then the Hanseatic towns rise up on the horizon. In the heart of historical Stralsund is the triple-naved. The old quarters in Wismar and Stralsund were major trade centres in the 14th and 15th century and have been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. the abundant piers are among the most prominent. Here. its maze of cobbled lanes and brick façades. first Wismar. Of the many other attractions of note in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. “In proximity to the ocean one finds no shortage of notable towns. which boasts an idyllic old quarter and a promenade stretching for more than two kilometres. wandering the lanes. in which seven church spires tower over the old quarter. paying a visit to Buddenbrooks House and admiring the town hall – one of the oldest in Germany. The pier in Heringsdorf on Usedom island. then Rostock and finally Stralsund.de NATURAL AND CULTURAL RICHES This is where the coast of SchleswigHolstein ends and the shores of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania begin. and because of their superbly preserved brick-Gothic buildings. Europe’s Museum of the Year 2010. wrote Pope Pius in 1457. meanwhile.

© Christiane Eisler / transit * Creative cities and brilliant. buzzing towns AN INSPIRED CHOICE Always a finger on the pulse of time © Uwe Riemer .

© ALIMDI.A NEW WAVE OF ART AND CULTURE * E ast is east. Leipzig. the arts are blossoming. In Berlin. Germany’s creative potential in the visual arts and in film and design is proving more important and influential than ever before in the new millennium . Weimar and Dessau. Dresden.NET / uwe kraft .

In 2005. Bauhaus is synonymous around the world with linear. Covering an area of 142 square kilometres. In November 2000 it joined the Bauhaus sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There’s something new to discover every day in this creative hub. music. In 1925 the Bauhaus moved to Dessau. Today. Berlin is ideal for creative spirits. and the events calendar has never been so packed. in Germany you are spoilt for choice. philosophy and art. theatres and art scenes are concentrated in just a few big cities.Text: Ann Wente – scene insider with an art history background. groups of international students develop new design concepts in line with Bauhaus principles. functional and avant-garde design. such as the Dutch-inspired Oranienbaum. the Garden Kingdom encompasses magnificent palaces. and an audience that is curious and open to everything. and the Bauhaus University in Weimar is one of Germany's creative think tanks. In 1919. Germany’s capital became the first and so far only European city to be awarded the organisation’s prestigious ‘City of Design’ title. Foto: PUNCTUM / Bertram Kober AVANT-GARDE ART AND DESIGN . it mixes trendy urban living with a long tradition of culture. Pretiosensaal 4 Weimar Bauhaus University CREATIVITY WHEREVER YOU LOOK While in most countries. UNESCO has bestowed a very special honour on Berlin. tecture and the visual arts. Other important cultural destinations in Germany’s east include Leipzig. Wassily Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger. Even small towns have a breathtaking array of cultural entertainment. which went on to revolutionise modern design. A counterpoint to these cubic. shopping & lifestyle in travel guides and city magazines. Weimar and Dessau.travel In the Bauhaus Foundation’s listed Gropius building. Walter Gropius opened the State Bauhaus in Weimar. She highlights German cities’ hot spots for art & culture. Down the centuries. From the Barcelona chair to Corbusier’s chaise longue. nested buildings can be found nearby in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. Dresden and. of course. Bauhaus ideals have influenced generations of designers. Weimar has been home to many of the greats of German literature. © 2009 BTM/Scholvien | Archiv Museum der Bildenden Künste. archi10 »11 www. and a beautiful and extensive collection of 18th-century gardens. DESIGN THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Preparations are well underway for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019. the leading museums. and continue to do so today. It has lots of spare and relatively inexpensive space for studios. PICTURES 1 Berlin University of the Arts 2 Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts 3 Dresden Green Vault. Berlin does full justice to its reputation as Europe's culture capital. This all takes place just a short distance from the master houses and experimental housing estates designed by Paul Klee. ten prestigious higher education institutes with specialist art faculties. a true place of pilgrimage for fans of architecture and design.germany. Events such as the DMY Design Festival give established and up-and-coming designers alike the chance to unveil their latest ‘product experiments’.

Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg districts. Labels like adidas. has become a stimulating artistic counterpoint to the city's baroque grandeur. Twice a year for Berlin Fashion Week. often with the backroom doubling as the studio. Reopened in 2010. one of the world’s largest and most highly respected art universities. the Deutscher Werkbund’s ‘Museum of Things’ and the Bauhaus Archive. Creative centres such as Berlin are one of the reasons why Germany occupies such a prominent position in contemporary art. she taught fashion design at the Berlin University of Arts. while the accompanying streetwear tradeshow Bread & Butter is a magnet for trade . explores further aspects of modern art with its F/STOP photography festival. The Dresden State Art Collections have been among the most important museums in the world for hundreds of years now. The movement is closely associated with the city’s prestigious Academy of Visual Arts. Interestingly. the whole city goes fashion crazy. Berlinbased designers on the verge of gaining international fame include Michael Michalsky with his feminine designs. whether on the red carpets or out on the streets. which include the Picture Gallery and the Green Vault. Vivienne Westwood and other star designers unveil their new collections. elegant gowns. the Albertinum museum features works from the Romantic period to the modern day. display the treasures of the Saxon Electors in incomparably splendid surroundings. together with 100 others. and its most famous exponents are Neo Rauch and Matthias Weischer. artistic clothing and Kaviar Gauche. And Leipzig. The city also lends its name to one of the most influential art movements of recent years. The twelve museums. Not only does the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig hold an exquisite public art collection. the c. a former cotton mill in Leipzig. Works by German artists achieve top prices at auctions and are represented in important collections and many major museums. In art circles. which makes stylish. Calvin Klein. it’s clear to see that the people of Berlin like their fashion extravagant. but it is also probably the most spectacular newly built museum in Germany.German fashion has long been a fixture on the world stage. From 1993 to 2005. © imagebroker / vario images | Grünes Gewölbe. from Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter .neeon label with its brightly coloured. Clothing by intriguing newcomers can be found at berlinerklamotten in the Hackesche Höfe complex. journalists and buyers. the Berlin Biennale has established itself alongside the documenta in Kassel. Galleries and designers have also set up on the site and made it one of the most vibrant art hubs in Germany. the grand dame of British fashion. The Ostrale in Dresden. BOSS and Escada. Offbeat art festivals help drive the avant-garde scene forward. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. the New Leipzig School. A WORLD OF MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS These two star artists. from which a new wave of German painting has emerged. have their studios in the Baumwollspinnerei. Vivienne Westwood has also had a lasting impact on the Berlin scene. while the Transmediale has become a leading international festival for digital art. Foto: David Brandt The best in product design can be seen in the Vitra Design Museum. Countless boutiques are based in these areas. In the Mitte. and designers such as Wolfgang Joop and Karl Lagerfeld are among the biggest names in the fashion industry. which is set in a former abattoir. easygoing and individual.

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* heritage such S ites of industrial r of the Ruhr’. * Journeys of architectural discovery above and below ground CULTURE … changes the way we look at industrial heritage . as the ‘Eiffel Towe bridge in the Eiserner Steg ingen Frankfurt and Völkl en Ironworks have be chitectural transformed into ar modern monuments and y worlds of discover .

On the same site. monuments from the old world of industrial work are now popular visitor destinations. with its 53 towns and cities and population of 5. THE RUHR REGION: 1. The port city of Duisburg.000 INDUSTRIAL MONUMENTS In Europe’s third-largest conurbation. 14 »15 www. meanwhile. A highlight of the route is the 117metre-high gasometer in Oberhausen. the Eiserner Steg bridge spanning the Main in the centre of Frankfurt. In Essen. in which cavernous halls have become museums. which was built in the 19th century. themed attractions. This tourist route runs for more than 400 kilometres and is the only regional project of its kind in the world. which provides information on the themes of ‘energy’. Besides an underground visitor mine. who reigned supreme through their coal and steel empires. ‘river ports’ and ‘automation – man and machine’. Along the way are historical cranes. the collieries and steelworks – the centres of production – serve as sites of cultural preservation. The Ruhr region has undergone a phenomenal transformation from industrial heartland to a region of culture. It’s equally busy and bustling just twelve kilometres away at Frankfurt airport. A boat tour on the Main and Rhine through the old trade and industrial estates makes for an exciting trip that’s full of surprises. the café looks out over the Canale Grande water tank at the foot of the coke oven batteries. the old Opel mansions with their temporary art exhibitions. the Route of Industrial Heritage has linked the 52 main industrial monuments in the Ruhr region. as well as exhibition spaces for art and design. This was the age of industrial barons such as Krupp and Thyssen. Terminal 2 is a masterpiece of modern architecture with a glass roof for direct sunlight. a great way to discover the Rhine-Main region’s exciting past is by following the Route of Industrial Heritage.germany.000 monuments bear witness to the heyday of heavy industry. Fascinating insights into Germany’s industrial age can also be enjoyed at the German Mining Museum in Bochum. and made the region an industrial powerhouse in Europe. and now houses a visitor centre. steel-and-glass roofs extend a long way beyond the platforms.Foto: Holtappels/ Hudemann . which are now used as an arts centre. this has a 50-metre-high winding tower that offers sensational views. Oberhausen with its gasometer. At the Zollverein coking plant. is a vibrant transport hub whose five halls with their curved.3 million. the magnificent Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.FROM INDUSTRIAL PLANTS TO LEISURE PARKS In Germany. Its winding tower is known as the ‘Eiffel Tower’ of the Ruhr. Back on land. As the European Capital of Culture 2010. the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein mine in Essen. the gasometer by the disused ironworks has been converted into a diving centre unlike any other in Europe. Frankfurt’s main railway station. The huge Grossmarkthalle from the 1920s stands right on the banks of the River Main in Frankfurt. which is one of the largest in the world. in the heart of the Ruhr. the steel Kaiserbrücke bridge across the Rhine at Mainz. full-length holidays as well as intensive weekend breaks. the Ruhr presented a wealth of industrial architecture in and around Essen. sites of architectural interest and modern. the festival city of Bochum and football-mad Dortmund with its big breweries all played a part in the region’s year as the European Capital of Culture. Places associated with Germany’s industrial heritage over the past 200 years are now quick and easy to get to. Today. The accompanying Ruhr Museum chronicles the history of the Ruhr region in an entertaining format. and offer ample opportunity both for richly varied. A NEW ARCHITECTURAL ERA For over ten years. They stand as emblems for a region’s shift from industry to culture. and the neighbouring production halls of the former carriage factory. and the old ore bunkers have become alpine climbing gardens. an incredible 1. a former blast furnace serves as an obser vation tower. which offers spectacular exhibitions inside and a fabulous 360° view of the region from its roof. It is currently being incorporated into an ensemble of ultra-modern skyscrapers that will become the new headquarters for the European Central Bank.travel © WIM. At Duisburg-Nord Industrial Landscape Park. 120 theatres and 19 universities are a vibrant expression of this metamorphosis.

During this time. a beautiful. The Völklingen Ironworks is one of the region's most popular tourist attractions. modern transport hubs and post-industrial landscapes than along the Ruhr and Saar rivers and in the Rhine-Main region. founded in 1873. linking six disused slagheaps along the way. This former mining region has become an oasis of green. blast furnaces. coke batteries and a huge water tank. This circular trail runs for more than 45 km through the Saarkohlenwald forest in Saarbrücken. almost 20. former production sites and grand railway station halls stir up memories of yesteryear in a modern context. He discovers hidden cultural treasures and shows travelers from all over the world architectural pearls from yesterday. The Völklingen Ironworks. became the first industrial monument to gain UNESCO Steel behemoths. Rising above these gardens are the mighty smelting works with their coal towers. © Sven Siebenmorgen | Völklinger Hütte / Franz Mörscher | HANNES ALBERT World Heritage status in 1994. industrial heritage and grand railway station halls. bushes and many a ruin or relic . They bear witness to a fascinating past and give visitors the chance to discover all this for themselves . today and tomorrow. There are no better places in Germany to see how sooty industrial areas can become cultural and architectural centres. Ascents to the summit of the Viktoria and Lydia slagheaps are rewarded with phenomenal views. A GARDEN PARADISE ALONG THE SAAR RIVER In the Saarland. from the era of coal and steel. post-industrial landscape dotted with trees. Until it closed in 1986.PICTURES 1 Gelsenkirchen ‘Maschinenhalle’ 2 Frankfurt Eiserner Steg 3 Oberhausen Gasometer 4 Völklingen Blower Hall Text: Dr. The region's landscape has coal and steel at its heart. a captivating contrast exists between the enchanting scenery along the Saar river and the former centres of heavy industry. Steel behemoths.000 people worked at the site on the banks of the Saar. Peter Christian Lang – PR pro and cultural philosopher. Not far from the Völklingen Ironworks is the Haldenrundweg walking route. the closed-off area between the river and the ironworks was left to grow unchecked into a wild ‘paradise of natural beauty’.

present and future of one of the most important inventions ever made in Germany. Legendary marques. © Anton Schedlbauer. the great minds behind them and the homeland of the youngest ever Formula 1 world champion are just waiting to be discovered * Spectacular .buildings showcase the past. München © Jochen Tack © Caro / Kaiser .

* A thoroughly German product celebrates its 125th birthday CAR CULTURE From mode of transport to cultural icon A HIGH-TECH AUTOMOTIVE EXPERIENCE .

bertha-benz.germany. everything can be seen in the original. The invention of the motor car is credited to Carl Friedrich Benz. motorsport and groundbreaking visions for the future. who registered the first patent in 1886 for his ‘motor car number 1’. Futuristic glass temples and legendary cars as mobile exhibits – Carl Friedrich Benz would be proud.travel © by www. that this would be the high-tech product and even cultural icon of today. The most significant models from the past 100 years are mounted on a paternoster lift that moves through the 18 »19 www.de und www. Yet no-one would have imagined. The award-winning BMW Museum building in Munich communicates the dynamism and elegance of these luxury cars. What unites them is their international reputation for quality ‘made in Germany’. and offer an insight into the companies’ visions for the future. This passion is reflected in the many museums opened by Germany’s prestigious car manufacturers. The ZeitHaus tells the story of the motor car and features muchloved classics and current models.de. reflect on the present day. Autostadt Wolfsburg is a Volkswagen museum and theme park rolled into one. These exciting visitor attractions revisit technologies from the past. which has become reality. And all this in buildings of bold and progressive ambition. Another manufacturer belonging to the international elite is Audi. From the very beginnings of the car through to the latest technological developments. has captured the imagination of young and old alike for generations. Its CarDesign Studio allows anyone to design their own dream on wheels. There are 120 vehicles on display which give an insight into design. popular model ranges.de | Buck Fotodesign 2008 | Nürburgring Automotive GmbH / Fotoagentur Urner . With 106 exhibits and breathtaking architecture.PICTURES 1 Bertha Benz on the Benz Patent motor car 2 Nürburgring’s northern circuit 3 BMW Museum kinetic sculpture 4 Frankfurt International Motor Show CLASSIC CARS AS MUSEUM EXHIBITS Using the new technologies available to them.daimler. the inventors of the motor car wanted to produce a vehicle that would facilitate faster travel. A visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is a must for all car enthusiasts. it promises to be an experience to remember.der-fotowolf. Futuristic glass temples house 25 themed areas from the 90-year history of BMW. www. Visitors to the Audi ‘museum mobile’ in Ingolstadt learn all about the company's past and future through interactive and multimedia installations. 125 years on. Those wishing to put their driving skills to the test – in the virtual or real world – can give the challenging indoor and outdoor courses a whirl. The dream on wheels.

and a wealth of visitor attractions to discover. of course. Frankfurt International Motor Show is the world’s leading automotive trade fair and takes place this year from 15 to 25 September 2011. In all these places you'll also find traditional inns serving classic German cuisine that tempt you to stop a while. expressed in its vibrant cities and futuristic architecture. aged 13 and 15. from the coast in the north to the Alps in the south. ON THE TRAIL OF BERTHA BENZ Those who would rather be behind the wheel discovering Germany for themselves have no fewer than 12. will be hosting exciting events to mark the 125th anniversary of the motor car. wellness and beauty hotels. Will the Formula 1 title remain in German hands? four levels of the building. The Bertha Benz Challenge on 10 and 11 September 2011 will bring this journey to life in spectacular fashion under the banner of ‘sustainable mobility on the oldest motoring route in the world’ . The automotive manufacturer will be opening its doors to visitors. the youngest Formula 1 world champion of all time. Alpine. It’s all about the smell of fuel and burning rubber. German manufacturers will. the Odenwald forest and the Kraichgau hills. has followed in the footsteps of living legend Michael Schumacher and put Germany back in pole position. there will be themed city tours. © VDA .Text: Norbert Wolf – copywriter and artist. unadulterated motor racing action. the Automobile and Technology Museum in Sinsheim and the Technology Museum in Speyer. traditions and historical treasures. who can see at first hand how a modern car is made. served at the time as the world's first filling station when a stop was made to replenish fuel. The pharmacy along the 194 km route. Whether it’s the Avenues. The courageous wife of inventor Carl Benz became a legend on account of her daring expedition from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the car built by her husband. Sebastian Vettel. also helped to steer the vehicle. a large number of superbly maintained country roads. Germany’s themed scenic routes. In actual fact. powerful machines. the collection of over 80 cars proves that it is impossible to resist the allure of these stylish. Legendary cars from the Porsche 356 to motorsport rarities captivate the imagination of every visitor. Housed within a building of bold geometric lines. which takes in the picturesque scenery of Baden. be presenting their latest models and visions for the future. There are many stories surrounding this historic journey. Keen motorists in particular will enjoy The Bertha Benz Memorial Route to and from Pforzheim is steeped in history and will be officially opened during the Automobile Summer 2011. squealing tyres and pure. He delights culture fans with exciting reports about automobile museums. a company that sends the hearts of many a car enthusiast racing. The world’s first motorist was a woman – Bertha Benz. Last but by no means least is Porsche. but also a strong sense of Germany’s modern character. The Porsche Museum opened in Stuttgart in 2009. Castle or Half-Timbered Houses Road. such as the innovative hybrid and electric cars that represent the future for the German car industry. For example.000 kilometres of autobahn. Opel in Rüsselsheim is one of those taking part. There will be a special focus on energy-saving variants. As part of ‘Automobile Summer 2011’ in Baden-Württemberg from 7 May to 10 September. amusement parks. Bertha Benz is said to have repaired a blocked fuel line with a hat pin and the broken ignition with a garter. World champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher will be giving it their all at the Nürburgring. classic car rallies and a fascinating look behind the scenes of the major car manufacturers. her two sons. There are natural and unspoilt landscapes to discover. Formula 1 fans will be in their element as the German Grand Prix comes to the Nürburgring from 21 to 24 July 2011. This was the world's first motorised overland journey. including the Transport Centre at the German Museum in Munich. AUTOMOBILE SUMMER 2011: CAR-MAKING CLOSE UP Many other museums. the Black Forest Panoramic Route or the Saxon Wine Route – there are surprises in store wherever you go.

while Frankfurt conceals medieval lanes beneath its skyscraper skyline. carnival and carefree Rhenish exuberance.germany. Steeped in history. meanwhile. Munich. and innovative outlooks. More than 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. the free Hanseatic city on the Elbe river. Dresden. culture. with its many traditions attracts millions of tourists every year – and not just for the Oktoberfest. takes a bow for its baroque splendour.CITIES create the zeitgeist and have They are hubs of art and their finger on the pulse. Cologne is renowned for its cathedral.travel © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH . And once you’ve ticked off the must-see landmarks. Germany’s cities always stand out because each has a charm of its own. centres of vibrant life. Against a backdrop of timber-framed buildings or futuristic modern architecture. places of major architectural history. Take buzzing Berlin. cafés and restaurants serve classic German fare and tempt passers-by to 20 »21 www. History can be experienced in a wonderful manner and modernity can be discovered at the same time. Even smaller towns have their share of these attractions. admire art in prestigious museums or hear works by German and international musicians at captivating concerts. you can stroll along splendid tree-lined avenues. for example. the Florence on the Elbe. The list goes on and on. achingly modern or a combination of the two: it is often the exciting-urbane mixture which constitutes the allure of German cities. Then there is Hamburg. whose port won it fame as Germany’s ‘gateway to the world’. Germany’s capital is celebrating its return to form as a world city and is undergoing dramatic changes wherever you look. shop for the latest fashions in temples of luxury.

© Dirk Enters / alimdi.net © H. bijou galleries and specialist stores that stock quality German products. clubs and bars – often in the most unexpected places – have developed their very own style and reflect the new zeitgeist that’s sweeping the country. Creative hubs with a historical basis and an alternative edge. Gebhardt . The hip-and-happening folk come to life in the evening. A veritable production line for the next big thing. Hidden down sleepy side streets are boutiques. Exciting new restaurants.stay a while and watch the world go by on the busy shopping streets.

for example. and party hosts are constantly trying new ideas. focuses on Islamic horticultural traditions.GARDENS OF THE WORLD IN BERLIN Oriental Garden Jewels of international horticulture in Germany's capital At the fabulous Gardens of the World in Berlin. Before that. for instance the Strandbar in Mitte. the clubbing starts late – and things never really get going before 1am. Gardens of the World in Berlin-Marzahn DE-12685 Berlin Eisenacher Strasse 99 Phone +49 (0)30 70 09 06 699 Fax +49 (0)30 70 09 06 610 info@gaerten-der-welt. while others close for a makeover. so subculture and high culture rub along comfortably together. Germany’s party capital turns night into day – and vice versa. there are lots of city beaches. Friedrichshain. Behind its high walls lies an incomparable splendour of flowers and Arabic architecture. jazz or classical sounds in the elegant domed hall. such as the Schaubühne and the Roter Salon or Grüner Salon at the Volksbühne. Berliners are not shy or stand-offish. Berlin The Gendarmenmarkt BERLIN Germany’s all-night capital. bars and restaurants – perfect for party people. New hotspots open every week. There’s no closing time. revellers head for the popular pub and bar districts. a listed set of buildings with eight interconnecting courtyards buzzing with countless cafés. fun and more liberal than that of any other city in the world. Korean and Balinese gardens. this world city offers over 200 clubs and many more pubs and bars. bars and clubs on the banks of the Spree and along the canals.germany. Mitte is the chicest district but Schöneberg. the Ankerklause in Neukölln or the Watergate electro club in Kreuzberg. meanwhile. creative people. Its Garden of the Regained Moon. The Kulturbrauerei in alternative Prenzlauer Berg offers a mix of parties. Chinese Garden 2008 saw the opening of the seventh and eighth themed gardens – the Karl Foerster Herbaceous Garden and the Italian Renaissance Garden. 22 »23 www. and every weekend thousands of visitors come just to party.de www.travel © BTM | Grün Berlin GmbH . visitors can go on a unique tour of discovery. Several times a month there’s even dancing beneath the chandeliers in many famous theatres. For those who prefer to sip cocktails with views of the water.de TI P Liquidrom: – thermal bathing with music: DJ evenings and live concerts of electronic music. It is known that Berliners like to party – a lot. for instance the hits disco at the maritime Hafenbar in Mitte district. One popular starting point is the Hackesche Höfe complex in trendy Mitte. New in 2011: The Christian Garden Opening times: daily from 9am For late-night party animals. Berlin’s legendary nightlife is quirky. shows and concerts. is the biggest Chinese garden in Europe. Berlin is always in flux. Unless it’s a continuation of the night before. is fast becoming an inplace for young. The Oriental Garden. The latter mimics one of the earliest European trends for architecturally landscaped gardens. Prenzlauer Berg. Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are goingout destinations as well. The current trends are nostalgic parties in swinging 20s style and outand-out celebrations of kitsch. while the legendary SO 36 club in Kreuzberg honours punk. so most clubs stay open till early in the morning. Also popular are the Japanese. And Berlin is still the techno capital – Berghain and Tresor are two of the best techno clubs in the world. especially around Boxhagener Platz.gaerten-der-welt.

Rest and relaxation. To start the day in style. Artur Brauner. Actual sets. four-star establishment with its personal service and friendly atmosphere is a popular choice both for business travellers and city break tourists. world-famous movie stars and big-screen legends. Strolling around the hotel is like taking a walk through movie history. From the moment you walk through the door.de © Hollywood Media Hotel GmbH . Callas. You can also enjoy a workout using state-of-theart cardio fitness equipment. and just minutes from Potsdamer Platz. with its shrines devoted to classic films.filmhotel. In an elegant spa suite themed on ancient Egypt. the famous memorial church. This unique themed hotel is ideally situated for exploring Germany’s vibrant capital. Not only is the Kurfürstendamm – Berlin’s iconic shopping street – right on your doorstep. relax afterwards in the steamroom and Finnish sauna. For conference guests and groups. then rinse off under the realistic rain effects of a spa shower. Each of the 182 rooms and apartments is named after a famous actor or actress. but you are within easy reach of the zoo. The name to remember if you want to banish your everyday cares is Cleopatra. hotel guests enjoy a lavish champagne breakfast in the Bel Air restaurant. Experience all this and more in Berlin’s Hollywood Media Hotel. you can look forward to star treatment during your stay. luxury and glamour. the restaurant also serves lunch and dinner. the hotel bar.HOLL YWOOD MEDIA HOTEL Home from home and fit for a film star. complete the cinematic picture. There’s simply no getting away from the theme of Hollywood and the big screen. …PORTRAIT Hollywood Media Hotel Kurfürstendamm 202 DE-10719 Berlin Phone +49 (0)30 88 91 00 Fax +49 (0)30 88 91 02 80 www. celebrities and idols. Whether you admire the classic elegance of a diva such as Marlene Dietrich or the rebellious charms of a James Dean. you play the lead role and enjoy the luxuries that A-list celebrities take for granted. The new Italian Restaurant Capone serves great food as well. is furnished throughout in the style of 1960s America and makes a great place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the hustle and bustle of the Kurfürstendamm. The Hollywood Media Hotel on the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin is a hommage to film. Film screenings as well as presentations and press conferences can be held in the hotel’s private cinema (Neue Lupe). But that’s not all. you can enjoy a pampering fit for the Queen of the Nile herself. where you become one of a universe of stars. movie stills and framed posters from the collections of Berlin-based producer and owner of the hotel. This privately run. and will happily provide room service.

24 »25 www.travel © 2009 BTM/Scholvien | Janine Blechschmidt / visitberlin. As soon as visitors see the view from the top of the new Reichstag building. Its three venues provide an exciting arena of experimentation for up-andcoming performers. A hot new tip in the cultural scene is the Berlinische Galerie – the city’s most recently established showcase for aesthetic experimentation. Kreuzberg. cosmopolitan vibe spawned by the artists and bohemians who live there. By contrast. Berlin Museum Island with its numerous fascinating cultural sites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tempodrom stages concerts and variety shows that more than do justice to its quirky exterior. An inspiring mix that continues along Bergmannstrasse.Berlin Alexanderplatz Modern street art BERLIN melting pot. the cafés and the clubs. the Nikolaiviertel quarter is a vibrant piece of old Berlin. encapsulates the spirit of the city. most notably Chamissoplatz square. one of Europe’s finest squares. rummaging and shopping at leisure. The wide choice of culture and entertainment is also reflected in Kreuzberg’s cuisine. It positively crackles with creative energy and has a cool. Cosmopolitan City full of History – Berlin is different. vibrant Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt. There is so much going on among the antique shops and emporiums.germany. a district of contrasts. East Side Gallery they are amazed by the juxtaposition of historical buildings with the bold imaginings of contemporary architects. a popular Berlin street for browsing. The Berliners’ sense of humour can be experienced at many cabaret venues. The HAU (short for Hebbel am Ufer) is the most off-beat theatre in the city. Other unique attractions include Gedächtniskirche memorial church. the home of Berlin’s alternative scene. Featured artists range from Otto Dix to contemporary exponents of the avant garde. Berlin’s wealth of cultural attractions is world class. A buzzing city of contradictions and Germany’s Everything that makes Berlin the most exciting capital in Europe can be found in Kreuzberg. Everywhere seems to be in a constant state of flux. the new embassy quarter and the haunting Holocaust memorial are just some of the latest additions to the cityscape. a true world city. Potsdamer Platz. which ranges from classic Indian curries to the city’s signature snack – a bratwurst with curry sauce.de | Pierre Adenis .

“Coffee to go” is a ubiquitous feature of modern life. but Leipzig offers a much more civilised coffee drinking experience. Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Presentday coffee lovers can also discover Saxony’s 300-year coffee culture in a 16-room exhibition at the café. From 26 June to 17 July the spotlight moves to football: as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™. In the old days. creative boutiques such as Tschau Tschüssi in Windmühlenstrasse. Pillnitz Palace. Messehofpassage and Specks Hof nearby. a contemporary music panorama that transcends genres and styles. offers shopping in a tasteful. © Dresden-Werbung und Tourismus GmbH / Sylvio Dittrich Dresden is the go-to city when it comes to staging festivals. Although the products are new. Another highlight is the Pillnitz Palace Night on 6 August: the illuminated summer residence of Augustus the Strong create a majestic backdrop. Dresden is hosting three first-round games and one quarter final. the great poets Goethe and Lessing. In November the city becomes a magnet for international jazz musicians. the Church of Our Lady. © Michael Bader DRESDEN Music festivals in palaces and on the river. Dresden City Festival Semper Opera House . and the composers Bach. all of whom lingered over an aromatic beverage in a little porcelain cup. Leipzig’s Mädlerpassage arcade. Visitors can expect more of a traditional fair atmosphere at the Elbhang festival (24–26 June) when a 7km “festival mile” links five communities along the Elbe – bringing the party spirit to squares. as the great and the good have been doing since 1711. Wagner. This same style is replicated in Königspassage. unhurried atmosphere. the architecture is a historical gem. The avant-garde comes to the fore at the TonLagen festival (30 September – 15 October). Music was and continues to be the backbone of the events calendar: the Semper Opera House offers a year-round programme and the Dresden Music Festival is the summer highlight (18 May – 5 June) with guest performances by distinguished soloists and orchestras including the legendary Bolshoi Theatre. Schumann and Liszt. villas and most especially the picturesque hills above the river. set the world to rights and imagined themselves in seventh heaven. At Germany’s oldest coffee house “Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum” in Kleine Fleischergasse visitors can savour a cup of coffee – in local parlance a Schälchen Heessen – in a blissful. a beautiful illustration of art nouveau. Wackerbarth Stately Home and VW’s high-tech “transparent factory”. Music of a different sort altogether can be enjoyed at the 41st International Dixieland Festival (17 – 22 May) at various venues around the city. This café’s illustrious patrons included Augustus the Strong. rarefied setting that would have appealed to our great-grandparents. there are also plenty of young. the light Leipzig cake known as Kleckselkuchen was probably not on the menu but the calorific gateaux favoured by the crème de la crème of society certainly were. parks. For upbeat tastes.LEIPZIG Coffee and shopping in Leipzig Pubs and bars around ‘ Barfussgässchen’ Saxony’s unofficial capital. The venues are a pleasure in themselves: the new atrium at the grand old Albertinum museum. Today the coffee is still exquisite and the cosy atmosphere still intact.

com www. whole areas of Potsdam became a UNESCO World Heritage site. Neuer Markt square has one of the best-preserved baroque ensembles in Europe. Experience Night Festival Potsdam’s baroque city centre. …PUBLI Potsdam Tourismus Service of TMB Tourist Information Offices Brandenburger Strasse 3 and at Potsdam main station Phone +49 (0)331 27 55 88 99 tourismus-service@potsdam.brandenburg-tourism. Potsdam is a fitting location for this museum. theatre and events such as the 2011 Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival in June with its theme of “Saxony’s Splendour and Prussia’s Glory”. while the riverboats on the Havel show the city from a different perspective. together with distinguished landscape gardeners including Lenné. Schinkel and Persius.000 people attend the Potsdam Palaces Night to enjoy a fairytale programme amid festive illuminations in Sanssouci Park. Many of these palaces. No other place in Germany has wooden houses like those in the Russian village of Alexandrowka. Heinz Rühmann and Hans Albers all appeared before the camera there.com Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens in Berlin/Brandenburg Visitor centre at the Historical Mill An der Orangerie 1 DE-14469 Potsdam Phone +49 (0)331 96 94 200 info@spsg. parks and gardens also serve as spectacular venues for concerts.de www.Sanssouci Palace Potsdam Brandenburg Gate POTSDAM Strolling through the gardens of Prussia’s Arcadia. Every August more than 30. food and drink and shops that open till midnight. the three historical parks of Sanssouci. Neuer Garten and Babelsberg. Foto: Hans Bach In 1990. In 2011.de TI P Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival 11 to 26 June 2011 The music and splendour of Saxony’s royal residence of DRESDEN spanning more than five centuries comes to Potsdam in the 2011 music festival – including typical Saxon joie de vivre.travel © TMB-Fotoarchiv / Bach | Bibliothek im Neuen Garten – SPSG. . Grand baroque houses are a hallmark of the city centre. Potsdam will celebrate this fact with a theme year featuring numerous highlights. A particularly pleasant way of exploring Potsdam’s attractions is the Potsdam Sanssouci Tour. Visitors to Potsdam can explore no fewer than 12 royal palaces on a leisurely stroll around the city. Eyserbeck and Prince Pückler. as the famous Babelsberg film studios were founded here almost 100 years ago. 30 July 2011 The Potsdam Experience Night features a latenight programme of live music. Nicholas’ Church.germany. This wealth of man-made splendour was created by famous architects such as Knobelsdorff. which is dominated by the towering presence of St. and the Russian colony Alexandrowka.spsg. The historical royal stables between Alter Markt and Neuer Markt square are home to Germany’s oldest film museum.potsdam-tourism. including the royal palaces. A stroll through the Dutch quarter with its many cafés and independent shops is highly recommended.de www. 26 »27 www. Stars such as Marlene Dietrich.

Furthermore. “Film” will be extensively celebrated in Potsdam on the eve of the 100-year anniversary in 2011.brandenburg-tourism. the Potsdam Film Experience Night on 30 July or a 4D hybrid cinema experiment are also on the agenda.filmpark-babelsberg.de . A “Tour through the Media City” which provides an optimal overview of the history. Names such as Fritz Lang or Marlene Dietrich stand for the great past.com Sehsüchte – the largest international student film festival in Europe at the “Thalia Arthouse Kinos Potsdam” (2 .8 May 2011): Workshops.filmmuseum-potsdam.potsdam-tourism. The “Cottbus Film Festival” has been held yearly in November since 1991. As the City of Film. Kate Winslet and Quentin Tarantino for the present studios. In the meantime it is regarded worldwide as the most important festival of Eastern European films where filmmakers. water and in the air. twelve alternating “Film Locations of the Month” will be the focal point of attention and may be attended and discovered. Potsdam will be celebrating 2011 with a large-scale programme of events.com www. panel discussions. pyrotechnicians and film trainers will demonstrate their ability in exciting shows. presence and future of film and television production sites is recommended for movie buffs. For instance. Cottbus is located about 120 kilometres southeast of Berlin and Potsdam near the Polish border. on 14 May the Film Park will team up with German Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the shipping company Weisse Flotte Potsdam to feature the thematic genre of espionage films during the suspenseful “Night of Secret Agents” on the Glienicker Bridge. stars and starlets (can also be booked in foreign languages for groups). Babelsberg has been writing film history since 1912. “Other events” such as silent film live concerts.Filmpark Babelsberg Entrance Marlene in stage props BRANDENBURG “Potsdam 2011 – City of Film”. Germany’s oldest “film museum” is located directly in downtown Potsdam and conclusively reports on prominent and nearly forgotten …PUBLI TMB Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg GmbH www.de www. screenplay lounge and many films. The production will be staged on land. © Filmpark Babelsberg | TMB-Fotoarchiv / Ihlow people – in front of and behind the camera! A new permanent exhibition on the history of the film city Babelsberg will be inaugurated on 3 November to commemorate the anniversary of laying the studios’ foundation. TI P Babelsberg – Facets of a Film City An exciting time journey through almost 100 years of film history: shooting locations. the “Babelsberg Film Park” is a showcase and stage of the media city Potsdam: stuntmen. The foundation for the Babelsberg Film Studios was laid on 3 November 1911.sehsuechte. www.de As a theme park. www. producers and actors from Eastern and Central Europe meet.

pretty market squares and magnificent merchants’ houses all the way to parks. Hannover. An accompanying brochure helps you get more out of the route and tells you everything you need to know – and some things you don’t – about all the attractions.de HANNOVER Sightseeing made easy. marvel at the proud merchants’ houses in the Hanseatic town of Lüneburg. the elevator that takes you there changes its angle to follow the contour of the dome and actually tilts during the ride. gardens and grand palaces. Hannover City hall One of the first stops is the magnificent neo-classical opera house on Georgestrasse. Hameln Osterstrasse at sunset the_9 wonderful cities in Niedersachsen Hannover Marketing & Tourismus GmbH …PUBLI Prinzenstrasse 6 | DE-30159 Hannover Phone +49 (0)511 16 84 97 46 | Fax +49 (0)511 16 84 97 79 9cities@hannover-tourismus. Hamelin.de Pay a visit to Autostadt Wolfsburg. Hannover and Wolfenbüttel. the Berggarten. VW’s automotive exhibition complex. a wealth of half-timbered medieval buildings. www. the Anzeiger building and the Town Hall. Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen 28 »29 www. discover the World Heritage sites of Goslar and Hildesheim or take a stroll through the old university town of Göttingen. Explore the history of the Guelph dynasty in Braunschweig. the future of mobility and the history of the motor car. The town hall dome is a magnificent edifice dating from the period of Kaiser Wilhelm and offers sensational views across the entire city. the Walpurgis Night celebrations in Goslar and the stunning baroque fireworks in Hannover’s Herrenhausen Gardens. One place that the “red thread” won’t take you in Hannover is Herrenhausen Gardens. On a 135 hectare plot. Among the picturesque timberframed buildings. There’s so much for visitors to discover. Goslar.de | www. Braunschweig. Hannover’s premier boulevard.9cities. from UNESCO World Heritage sites. This barrier-free route runs for 4.travel © Lars Gerhardts | Christian Wyrwa © Hameln Marketing und Tourismus GmbH TI P . It’s entirely up to you where you stop. The “red thread” helps you to find your bearings and paves the way for a sightseeing tour of your own creation. Georgengarten and the Guelph Garden (Welfengarten). old traditions are brought to life at events such as the Pied Piper openair plays in Hamelin. At Christmas time. the Hannover electors and kings created the Great Garden (Grosser Garten). Celle. Interestingly.autostadt. In the summer season. Hildesheim. to explore technology and innovation. Celle.NINE HISTORICAL CITIES Amazing experiences in Niedersachsen. One of the first things that will grab your attention in Hannover city centre is the “red thread” that is painted on the pavement. Göttingen.germany. what to do when you get there and how long you stay. Each of the Christmas markets is an unmissable experience presented against a historical backdrop. most southerly examples of North German brick Gothic architecture.2 kilometres and links 36 landmarks and visitor attractions. Gothic brick gables and splendid baroque exteriors the aroma of ‘Glühwein’ and ginger bread is an ever-present temptation. Lüneburg and Wolfenbüttel – nine historical towns and cities in Niedersachsen where the past comes to life. Other Hannover highlights include the market church. you can soak up the festive atmosphere in traditional surroundings while browsing through the delightful stalls. Each of the three gardens is a baroque gem and the ensemble as a whole is one of the finest places in Europe to discover the splendour of this period.

and seductive smells for the Christmas market – one of the prettiest in all of Germany.de | www. festive sounds. The elite RWTH Aachen University enjoys the greatest prominence. The green city Hamburg Planten un Blomen From 2011 Hamburg may be called “Europe’s greenest city”. Hamburg also enjoys a reputation as a ‘garden city’ counting “more trees than people”. TI P Exhibitions in 2011: “Joos van Cleve – Leonardo of the north” in the Suermondt Ludwig Museum.v. the squares and streets around the town hall are transformed into a fairytale world of seasonal lights. Almost half of the metropolitan area consists of beautifully laid-out parks and green spaces that give the city its airy feel and provide a variety of leisure and recreational activities for visitors and locals alike. Aachen – renowned for its equestrian events. There are also museums in abundance. the renowned “red light district”. the Gothic town hall and the old quarter bear witness to the city’s glittering past.HAMBURG on the Elbe. in parti-cular. on the border with the Netherlands and Belgium. the city and its people are cosmopolitan to say the least. Hamburg’s highly regarded botanical garden. healing waters and printen gingerbread – originally rose to fame because of Charlemagne. has breathed new life into this famous local tradition.de / S. The Carolus Thermen.hamburg. New energy-saving technologies. are important contributors to the city’s ecological growth. © www. Hamburg’s declared target is a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050.19/06 © aachen tourist service e.26/06 “Hyper Real – Art and America around 1970” in the Ludwig Forum for International Art. adding a youthful edge to the city. More than 40. which are being implemented at the HafenCity. as well as outstanding spas and thermal baths. Annual events such as the award ceremony for the International Charlemagne Prize. Situated in the heart of Europe. aachen tourist service e. or a walk – with a remarkable 900 kilometres of footpaths to choose from. There are many ways of exploring this city that is also known as the “gateway to the world” as millions of emigrants parted their homeland in search of better lives in the United States of America: a visit to Planten un Blomen Park.Schwarze AACHEN Aachen The illuminated cathedral Thermal springs and royal heritage where Germany meets Belgium and the Netherlands. Aachen Cathedral with its famous shrine to Charlemagne. At the same time Hamburg city centre is set to grow – so the city is setting itself an enormous challenge. …PUBLI Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz | DE-52062 Aachen Phone +49 (0)241 18 02 960 | Fax +49 (0)241 18 02 930 info@aachen-tourist. The Speicherstadt warehouse district is the world’s largest former warehouse complex – and last but not least there is the Reeperbahn. 13/03/ .v. 17/03/ . currently the world’s biggest building site. This was not achieved without pioneering work on environmental issues including action to limit air pollution and CO² emissions. the CHIO International Equestrian Tournament and the European Craft Fair exemplify the city’s European outlook.mediaserver.de .aachen-tourist. after fending off competition from 34 other cities and gaining recognition from the European Commission for its commitment to improve the quality of life for its citizens. Every year during the festive season.000 students attend Aachen’s institutes of higher education.

The trip upstream from Cologne to Bonn can be enjoyed on a riverboat excursion. Here – surrounded by pointed gables and picturesque façades – visitors can relax 30 »31 www. the House of History. is the heart of the old town. it dates back to the Romans and is one of Germany’s oldest cities. St. Both are set on the Rhine. Michael Sondermann| Köln Tourismus GmbH . which have been extensively preserved. Martin’s Church with its distinctive four-turreted tower. Martin’s quarter. between the Rhine and Alter Markt. share a Roman heritage. the Carnival Museum and the Fragrance Museum in Farina House – the birthplace of Eau de Cologne. The skyline is dominated by the 157-metre spires of Cologne Cathedral. Cultural in lively cafés and traditional inns. the Bonn Museum of Art and the Beethoven House. Other impressive reminders of this era are the remnants of the Praetorium governor’s residence and the ancient city walls.Cologne Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Bonn Villa Hammerschmidt Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum COLOGNE/BONN duo on the Rhine.germany. Highlight Until June 2011 visitors can experience the Cologne/Bonn region as part of the Rhineland World Exhibition. Schaumburg Palace. Bonn also offers a variety of distinguished museums such as the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. No less exciting are the many other museums such as the Chocolate Museum. a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. tours. a magnificent cathedral. Like Cologne. the former parliament and the former chancellery. sipping a glass of kölsch beer and soaking up the friendly local atmosphere. Köln | Presseamt Stadt Bonn. exhibitions and cultural events can be enjoyed in countless locations. Exciting excursions. one of which is Great St. the Toy Museum. Bonn was once the German capital and is where the genius Ludwig van Beethoven was born. have provided the world with the famous Eau de Cologne. some offering glimpses behind closed doors. Around 800 years ago Cologne acquired a ring of twelve Romanesque churches. Cologne on the Rhine is home to many of Germany’s greatest artistic and cultural treasures. From there it’s a stone’s throw to Cologne’s exquisite museums: the Wallraf Richartz Museum and the Ludwig Museum with its splendid collections of paintings. One particularly beautiful building in Bonn is the old town hall. This makes an excellent starting point for a journey of discovery into Cologne’s 2.travel © Martin Claßen und Arno Jansen. a huge carnival and the great Beethoven. The city’s earliest remains can be viewed at the RomanoGermanic Museum directly to the south of the cathedral. Cologne and Bonn are similar in many ways.000-year history. Visitors to Bonn can admire the architecture of the late-classical Villa Hammerschmidt. which was built in rococo style in 1737 and has welcomed rulers and statesmen from around the world.

in which hip restaurants share the space with a host of top advertising agencies. art and architecture. Art Palace. Kunsthalle art gallery and art association and the North-Rhine Westphalia Art Gallery. Düsseldorf. With its quaint passageways. fun and The longest bar in the world: 260 places to enjoy a drink. The Art Academy and the vibrant gallery scene go some way to explaining this. whose main feature is the trio of office towers designed by world-class architect Frank Gehry. It appears at its most elegant along the Königsallee shopping street. . old churches. Highlight „Axis of art“ All of Düsseldorf’s leading art institutions are lined up on a stretch just 800 metres long: Art Museum. fashion and a flourishing alternative scene all combine to generate a real buzz in A city for fashion. Media and music. restaurants and avant-garde stores it is an absolute must for any visitor. which has earned the city its new reputation as a capital of creativity. The architecture is no less impressive in the rest of the district. Düsseldorf is a city of many and varied faces that lies where the Lower Rhine meets the Bergisches Land region. This lust for life is best experienced in the old quarter. bars. Further south we find the young and creative side to Düsseldorf in the Media Harbour. It's affectionately known as the longest bar in the world and comes highly recommended for trying the traditional altbier in the company of friendly locals. traditional brewpubs. Andreas Düsseldorf Media Harbour DÜSSELDORF upcoming trends. where there are more than 260 places to enjoy a drink. which is lined from top to bottom with high-end boutiques and galleries.Benrath Palace © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH | Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus / Kaster. but most of the credit is due to the openness and vitality of the people who live there. Art Academy.

The sights and symbols that define Munich. and the annual Book Fair in October. range from BMW to the baroque.germany. As everyone from Munich knows. Frankfurt Main Festival with skyline Alte Oper concert hall Redaktion: . museums and trade fairs. lederhosen to laptops and the P1 nightclub to the Pinakothek der Moderne gallery. but now finds its expression at chic gallery events and concerts featuring a new wave of traditional German musicians. industry professionals and the general public are the International Motor Show. The trade fair tower. is a modern masterpiece inspired by Filippo Brunelleschi's cathedral in Florence.Übersetzung BUʼs Museum Brandhorst Munich BMW World and Olympic Tower MUNICH Culture between beer gardens and art. including 13 alone along the southern bank of the Main – the famous museum embankment. Frankfurt can boast an unrivalled number of museums. At times it feels like being in Italy. an ardent admirer of Italy. Westhafen Tower and the spectacular MyZeil centre – a temple to highend shopping – are emblematic of a flourishing.FRANKFURT City of money. ambitious city. King Ludwig I of Bavaria. international airport and trade fairs. Frankfurt is in a state of almost constant change. The observation platform of the Main Tower offers breathtaking views of all this and more at a height of 200 metres. and looks more like an American city than any other place in Germany thanks to its 30 skyscrapers. © Museum Brandhorst/ Haydar Koyupinar | L_Gervasi football and architectural masterpieces. Frankfurt ranks number three in the world for trade fairs. The Pinakothek’s monumental glass dome. the Schirn gallery and Senckenberg Natural History Museum. Waiting on the other side of the river are the Museum for Modern Art. Still under construction but a landmark in the making is the new building for the European Central Bank. There are 60 in total. This reputation still holds true today. soaking up the culture doesn’t mean you can’t have fun as well! You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy the Allianz Arena. They complement rather than compete with each other and represent opposite ends of a spectrum that make the city come to life. the Liebighaus with its sculptures from antiquity to neo-classicism. Oktoberfest to opera.travel © Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main . when it seems as if all of Munich decamps to the pavement cafés and beer gardens. 32 »33 www. for example. In terms of architecture. the state capital of Bavaria. The atmosphere is unbeatable in summer. Housed in a series of historical and modern buildings are highlights such as the Städel Institute of Art with its paintings from the Middle Ages to the modern age. made the city what it is today: a centre of art that was the envy of Europe. Frankfurt is famous for its financial institutions. which incorporates the city's historical wholesale market hall. which is held every two years in September. The big two for exhibitors. the German Film Museum and the German Architecture Museum.

flowing from 12 springs. Its famous healing thermal water.09/10/2011 © BBT .05/06/2011 Great Festival Week: 27/08/ . Elegant World Spa Resort in the Black Beautifully located in the sun drenched southwest corner of Germany at the foothills of the Black Forest. Besides well-known starred restaurants. a real wellness Today Baden-Baden is the perfect mix of Belle Époque ambiance and innovative 21st century medical wellness. offers cultural experiences all-season long with top-class performances and international stars such as AnneSophie Mutter. Hélène Grimaud etc.Baden-Baden Caracalla Therme City view BADEN-BADEN Forest. Germany’s oldest and according to Marlene Dietrich “the most beautiful casino in the world” rounds off a perfect day in a playful manner and entices guests from all over the world to try their luck at the roulette table.baden-baden. Lang-Lang. is not only used for welltried therapies but also for modern and innovative treatments. The up to 68° degrees hot and healthful water pampers guests from all over the world in the two thermal baths – the modern Caracalla Spa and the historic Roman-Irish “Friedrichsbad”. Baden-Baden is setting for outstanding and sophisticated events: the International Horse Race weeks three times a year. there is also Baden-Baden’s “Rebland”. cosy little taverns with local colour and fine Baden cuisine. Baden-Baden’s “Festspielhaus”. Not only unique is its fascinating architecture but the private collection disposes moreover of many magic moments of art with selected masterpieces of Classical Modernism. Baden-Baden is a world famous and elegant thermal spa resort. Furthermore many spa-hotels are particularly conducive to relaxation and offer individual health and wellness treatments. paradise as well as a cultural metropolis. …PUBLI Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH Solmsstrasse 1 DE-76530 Baden-Baden Phone +49 (0)7221 27 52 00 Fax +49 (0)7221 27 52 02 info@baden-baden. bistros and countless street cafés in the centre. The Museum Frieder Burda is the outstanding jewel in the 3 km long splendiferous parks and garden “Lichtentaler Allee”. outstanding open-air concerts at the parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee” as well as world-famous gala balls and concerts at the Kurhaus. one of the most popular Riesling growing districts in Germany and an insider tip for the gourmet and connoisseur of good wines.com www.com TI P International Horse Races Spring Meeting: 28/05/ . the International Vintage Car Meeting mid of July. During the whole year. Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall.04/09/2011 Sales & Racing Festival: 08 .

adventure and active pursuits are available on land and water. are ideal for variety-filled holidays in the country.HOLIDAY REGIONS A holiday in the heart of Europe. Many of these upland destinations offer winter sports and climbing. as do the German Alps. between the North Sea and Baltic coasts in northern Germany and the Alps in the south.germany. and unspoilt nature equals leisurely fun. Thanks to its magnificent natural scenery and superb infrastructure Germany is a sure-fire bet for a wonderful holiday. Both in summer and winter there are endless options for getting out and about. No matter what the purpose of the holiday. 34 »35 www. criss-crossed by scenic walking trails and cycle routes. there is a region in Germany to suit – spa resorts offer relaxation and wellness. promises to be one to remember. © Frank Exß People who love the water and the beach – and who won’t shy away from a stiff sea breeze – should head for the coasts with their mudflat conservation areas. In addition. cultural tours of discovery reveal Germany’s fascinating history. activity-based family holidays or fun-filled group trips.travel . Romantic breaks for two. and for rest and relaxation. of course. An abundance of hill ranges.

Germany’s holiday regions Relaxing and swimming. From rest and relaxation to action and adventure – from the coast to the Alps. © Erich Spiegelhalter / STG © Okapia / imagebroker / Wolfgang Diederich . on the coast and by the sea.Fun. Holidays in Germany are as diverse as the country itself. lounging in the sun. thrills and stunning scenery. listening to the wind or scaling mountain peaks.

There are many different houseboat tours to choose from. Sanssouci Park and its palaces were designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1990. Time seems to stand still in these small towns and picturesque villages set in striking natural landscapes. Dahme Waterway) • Brandenburg-Plaue (Lower Havel Waterway) • Schwerin (Lake Schwerin. But anyone looking for a calm and relaxing holiday away from the city’s hustle and bustle will find peace and tranquillity on Six KUHNLE-TOURS Charter bases in some of the prettiest parts of Germany: • Hafendorf Müritz (Mecklenburg Lakes) • Zeuthen (Berlin. Fax 00 49 (0)3 98 23 . crews of boating and water sports enthusiasts enjoy gliding through the beautiful countryside along these former transport arteries. An intricate network of waterways and canals was built in the 17th century and links more than a thousand lakes of all shapes and sizes in the northeast of Germany. with or without boating licence. Today.2 66-10. The famous novelist and poet Theodor Fontane was passionate about the beauty of the Brandenburg countryside. Germany. No experience is neccessary to drive one of our boats which can cater for between 2 and 12 people. Brochures: KUHNLE-TOURS.com 36 »37 www.2 66-0. Travel by houseboat through north-east Germany. The picturesque waterways in Mecklenburg-Brandenburg lakeland region offer unforgettable holidays. info@kuhnle-tours. You can follow the same routes as he once did along water ways from Berlin to Köpenick and then on to the sophisticated spa resort of Bad Saarow or to the peaceful town Teupitz. Many oneways are offered.kuhnle-tours.germany. Entering Berlin by boat and exploring Germany’s bustling capital from the water is a unique experience. Hafendorf Müritz. Müritz-Elde Waterway) • Stralsund (Rügen and Bodden) • Sierck-les-Bains (Southern-Wine-Mosel) Boating holidays KUHNLE-TOURS offers houseboat holidays in one of Germany‘s prettiest regions. You do not require a licence to take the helm of a houseboat and guide it through the lakes and canals of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg on a journey of discovery with friends and family or on a romantic journey for two. Phone 00 49 (0)3 98 23 .com www. 17248 Rechlin. and they can be selected to suit different group sizes and holiday preferences.travel © Locaboat Holidays .CAST OFF! Highlight Side trip Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam was built by the Prussian King Frederick II and is one of the most famous royal residences in the world.

travel WERK3. passing Albert Einstein’s summer house at Caputh. water sports enthusiasts and those seeking pure relaxation. such as cranes. The excellent waterway network makes this the ideal destination for a varied boating holiday that will appeal to nature lovers.mecklenburg-vorpommern. modern marinas and numerous attractions offer a fun holiday on land and water for everybody. the romantic little island resort of Werder and the famous waterside town of Brandenburg before reaching the mouth of the Havel at Havelberg. ospreys and sea eagles. The navigable routes on the rivers and lakes lead through idyllic conservation areas and past diverse riverbank scenes where sleepy villages and fascinating towns will tempt you ashore. There is always something new to discover along 400 kilometres of cycle tracks and walking trails or at one of the many romantic little swimming areas. sailing. can be watched. The Mecklenburg Lakes form one of the largest unbroken lakeland regions in central Europe and are among the most scenic attractions in Germany. © Locaboat Holidays Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Discover its variety Germany's no. Müritz national park occupies a large part of the region. · Platz der Freundschaft 1 DE-18059 Rostock · +49 (0) 381 40 30 500 www. Marvellous views. a nature conservation area where rare birds.000 lakes and crystal-clear rivers for swimming. the seaside villas with the Gothic brick churches. take deep lungfuls of the healthy air. Pure bliss: Get a sense of freedom from the endless picturesque landscapes. A network of deep channel lakes. information & bookings: Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.de .travel · info@mecklenburg-vorpommern. and at its heart is Lake Müritz.V. shallow circular lakes and short side canals have created a paradise for water sports unrivalled anywhere else in Europe.the nearby inland waters of the Havel and the Spree in northern Brandenburg. bask in the sun or visit exclusive spas. Brochures. 2. 1 region for water: over 1. the largest lake entirely within Germany’s borders.900 km of coastline. windsurfing or canoeing. A paradise for walkers and cyclists: clearly marked routes link the coast with the forest. A lot of visitors come just for the amazing variety of flora and wildlife and the perfectly clean waters. Potsdam is the starting point for tours through Havelland’s river scenery. The Müritz national park is a unique landscape of reeds and marshes.

whoever likes it faster will get their full money’s worth on approximately 1. On the other hand. At the market square people meet for the first coffee in the sun. such as the approximately 500 kilometres long Weser Cycle Route. music festivals. Combine your active holiday with a visit to cities in Niedersachsen such as Osnabrück or Wolfsburg. In addition to bicycling.de 38 »39 www. The variety of nature. weddings.osnabruecker-land. hiking and skiing in the Harz region – no limits are set on the active holiday programme. the City of Peace. Impressive castles and picturesque towns line the route along the banks of the Weser River between the cities Hann. Attractive holiday regions which enable many experiences especially for those who look forward to a holiday featuring activities and nature range from the East Frisian Islands and the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site to the peaks of the Harz Mountains. .de/angebote or www. Portions of the route can also be alternately covered by ship. 1 DE-30173 Hannover Phone +49 (0)511 27 04 88 0 Fax +49 (0)511 27 04 88 88 info@tourismusniedersachsen.Wolfsburg phæno Science Center Active through culture and countryside NIEDERSACHSEN Actively experience nature — a holiday The second-largest federal state in the northwest destination with many natural landscapes! of Germany surprises with its scenically diverse regions and is almost inevitably a veritable paradise for all holidaymakers who look forward to experiencing activities and nature. Germany’s unique experimental landscape – “phæno” – is located in Wolfsburg and allows visitors to immerse themselves in the fascinating and exciting world of natural science and technology.germany. Bicycling is among the most popular recreational activities in Niedersachsen. golfing at over 80 golf courses.800 kilometres of contiguous mountain bike routes in the Harz and Weserbergland. Treat yourself to a brief stop in Osnabrück.com TI P Osnabrück – City of Peace in the nature park: The greenery extends into the city.niedersachsen-tourism. wine markets and Christmas markets. Numerous long-distance cycling routes and regional cycling routes traverse the countryside.osnabrueck. culture and people particularly characterise the special charm of the holiday destination in the north. Münden in the south and Bremen in the north. Travel offers are available at www. The 350 interactive exhibits which invite visitors to try things out and investigate are the focal point. the routes are short.de www.travel © TMN | phaeno: Werner Hutmacher | OMT Detlef Heese / Roger Witte sports: canoe tours on the numerous rivers. Families with children as well as ambitious bicyclers can enjoy Niedersachsen’s scenic variety at their own pace during a holiday on two wheels. sailing along the coast or on the state’s inland lakes. a holiday in Niedersachsen can also be combined with other …PUBLI TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH Essener Str. and life is exuberant and colourful.

com TI P Family Weekend at MEISSEN® 12 .com | www. MEISSEN manufactory demonstration workshop © Manufaktur MEISSEN Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur MEISSEN GmbH …PUBLI Talstr.13 February and 12 . Arranged in chronological order. is located not far from Dresden and directly adjacent to the company’s porcelain manufactory.MEISSEN PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY Exclusive insights into a 300-year success story.meissen. Whoever would like to take a bit of “indulgence” home with them has quite a few possibilities: The MEISSEN® Boutique and Outlet offers the worldwide largest selection ranging from small bowls to limited works of art. The Restaurant and Café MEISSEN® offer culinary delicacies served on Meissen Porcelain. 9 | DE-01662 Meissen Phone +49 (0)3521 46 86 00 | Fax +49 (0)3521 46 86 000 info@meissen. The demonstration workshops invite visitors to experience the creation of famous Meissen Porcelain up close: How is a cup created? How many individual parts does a figurine consist of. shows characteristic Meissen Porcelain works which have been created since 1710 – characterised by external influences – or have been manufactured as commissioned works worldwide. The exhibition “All Nations are Welcome”. which was created in the course of the manufactory’s 300 year anniversary. which allows visitors to experience the art of Meissen Porcelain. The MEISSEN® World of Experience House.13 November Open House 16 April and 22 October Sondershausen A ND I TS R O YA L PA L A C E S Gotha Molsdorf Weimar Altenburg Schmalkalden Meiningen Heldburg Rudolstadt Greiz Schwarzburg The legacy of courtly life S C H AT ZK AMME R T H Ü R IN G EN STIFTUNG THÜRINGER SCHLÖSSER UND GÄRTEN . and how do the blue swords come under the glaze? The tour through the demonstration workshops provides an answer. The Museum of MEISSEN® Art entices its guests to take a journey through 300 years of porcelain history. numerous figurines from the historical inventory of the collection illustrate the development of various epochs.

a blond mermaid sang beguilingly and lured sailors to their death upon the rocks. St. St. Before stepping aboard. Goarshausen is set at the foot of the Loreley.travel © Koblenz-Touristik | Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH | Tourist AG Rüdesheim Federal Horticultural Show in 2011. attracting visitors from all over the world. Lahneck Castle and quaint half-timbered buildings. This landscape along the Rhine and the Moselle is a blend of unspoilt countryside. From Koblenz. by car or by cable car. ‘The romantic Rhine’. Katz and Maus (cat & mouse) castles. This landscape is a tapestry of vines dripping with glistening fruit.Middle Rhine Valley View on Rheinfels Castle Koblenz Statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I RHINE-MOSELLE scenery and the home of riesling. has come to encapsulate everything about this region. This spit of land – where the Moselle flows into the Rhine – is adorned by an equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Another spectacular sight is the Germania monument in Rüdesheim. the perfect destination for long walks or a leisurely riverboat tour. Rüdesheim Ehrenfels Castle Highlight The “Rhine in Flames” festival takes place every year in September. terraced vineyards. Goar. visitors can take a boat upstream and enjoy panoramic views of the Rhine Valley. water and light set against the backdrop of Rheinfels. St. The small town of Rhens is a popular riverboat destination offering an excellent range of wines. according to legend. Rüdesheim. This amazing light show and massive firework display at the Loreley is a magical spectacle of fire. Stolzenfels Castle. a stroll to Deutsches Eck is not to be missed. which can be reached on foot. Idyllic Riesling grapes have been cultivated for centuries in the wine region along the Moselle and the Rhine. Today the river landscape between Rhens and Spay – the Middle Rhine Valley – is a UNESCO World Heritage site. . the famous slate outcrop where. delicious regional food and much more. one of Germany’s oldest towns. Goarshausen and Assmannshausen are also popular riverboat tour destinations. Koblenz was founded more than two millennia ago and will be hosting the 40 »41 www. the expression coined by English and Italian tourists at the end of the 18th century. medieval castles and palaces and steep. Active holidaymakers can tackle the six kilometre Rhine-Moselle cycle trail and pedal from Mühlental to Waldesch.germany.

Other events that vie with it in popularity include the German Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt. Traditional rustic Palatinate dishes and the more delicate specialities of ‘regional nouvelle cuisine’ are not to be missed either. wurst and a warm welcome. lush orchards and a near mediterranean climate give form and flower to the landscape.7 million litres. Its capacity is 1. Highlight The “Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt” in Bad Dürkheim is the world’s largest wine festival and is held every September for two weeks. in seasonal tasting rooms and at traditional wine taverns. they are also served there – often by the people who work in the cellars and vineyards. The idea for the route emerged in 1935 and proved to be a masterstroke. Bad Dürkheim and Deidesheim offering panoramic views of the glorious countryside. in a region where the Palatinate Forest and vineyards merge into one. it runs for 85 km from SchweigenRechtenbach to Bockenheim. so it’s ideally suited to repeat visits. where castles. impressing with incomparable esprit. during which the German Wine Queen is crowned. the largest wine festival in the world. The German Wine Route is a connoisseur’s dream come true and truly delivers on its promise. but there are more leisurely options. The world’s largest wine barrel stands in Bad Dürkheim. Exquisite selections from famous wineries flow freely beneath pavement arbours. Through the Palatinate wine region. From May to September. of course. A fitting tribute to Wine. The culmination of the wine-growing season is celebrated for two weeks every autumn at the Wurstmarkt festival in Bad Dürkheim. Walking and cycling are popular activities in this playground for refined tastes. if the weather is fine. palaces and historical parks double as sensational event venues. And there’s nothing quite like a wine tasting in the very vineyard where the wines were made. © Lasse Burell Produktion . But wines are not only made along the German Wine Route. The German Wine Route can be experienced in either direction. inspiring countless imitations in other wine regions. an open-top double-decker bus runs between Bockenheim. and where riesling. linking major towns and attractions. where vine-clad slopes. A feast for the senses.Moselstrasse Through the vineyards A good glass of wine GERMAN WINE ROUTE Germany’s winemaking heritage. dornfelder and other renowned grape varieties shape the rhythm of daily life for those who live from – and for – wine. but it actually serves as a restaurant for 650 people. and the Federweisser Festival in Landau.

By foot and on two wheels However. steep TI P More than 24. gorges and broad valleys. Black Forest gateau.Kaltenbronn Wildsee in the middle of the upland moor BLACK FOREST region. from the French border in the west to the Nagold and Neckar river valleys in the east. for the region”. Nowhere else is the concentration of restaurants which have been acknowledged with accolades by current gourmet guides as high as here. Thematic and adventure paths promise amusement in harmony with nature. More than 24.100 square kilometres from Pforzheim in the north to the Swiss border in the south.493 metres. The scenically varying holiday region extends well over 11. Germany’s most beautiful connoisseur’s corner It is not without good reason that the region in the southwest can boast of being “Germany’s most beautiful connoisseur’s corner”. At the same time it is one of the most varied hiking destinations in Europe with seemingly never-ending views of nature. The cuisine ranges from regional to international. thereby comprises roughly two thirds of the area.germany. Sunny hillside vineyards and shady forests alternate with river landscapes and upland moors. Germany’s most varied holiday Outstanding cuisine. This shows that not only several top restaurants in the Black Forest offer creative and varying cuisine. which rises to an elevation of 1. honey and cheese directly from local producers. Well over 60 “nature park innkeepers” and more than 40 innkeepers from the culinary association “Kulinarisch Kaiserstuhl” are particularly committed to regional cuisine. but active nature lovers can also look forward to challenging recreational holidays. certified wellness facilities and fantastic hiking trails. every village one finds an inn or restaurant with special indulgence factor. but that in virtually 42 »43 www. The legendary “Westweg” (West Trail) trail was constructed back in 1900: along the course of over 285 kilometres it passes through the deepest . meat from organic animal husbandry. they procure fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. cuckoo clocks – throughout the world the Black Forest stands for storybook holidays in an intact and pristine landscape. Black Forest houses. In accordance with the motto “From the region.000 kilometres of long-distance hiking trails and circular hiking routes are signposted here. but always features great attention for detail.000 kilometres of mountainbike-trails and reams of cycle tracks. 8.000 kilometres of signposted circular and longdistance trails. The Black Forest.travel Mirko Weber/Murgtal-Arena | Murgtal Tourismus Black Forest girls. the holiday region not only has a wide range of offers for connoisseur holidaymakers.

25 awards went to municipalities in the Black Forest. Free admission and rides in the Black Forest: Over 160 of the most beautiful excursion destinations in the entire Black Forest can be experienced with the “SchwarzwaldCard” (Black Forest card).freudenstadt-tourismus. The “Schluchtensteig” (Gorge Trail) is the latest long-distance hiking trail in the Black Forest: it features six stages and leads along 118 km through the most beautiful gorges in the south of the region.de www. which includes one free admission to Germany’s most attractive amusement park. sunshine and low humidity.de . the largest market square in Germany. If you love the great outdoors and you're looking for a healthy holiday in the fresh air.Forbach Hiking across the riverbed in Murgtal Freudenstadt Beautiful view forests and most panoramic mountains of the Black Forest ranging from Pforzheim to Basel. mountain-biking and hiking to golf and snow-shoe walking. An unusual L-shaped church can be seen on the lower market square.info © Freudenstadt Tourismus Your contact: Breisach-Touristik Marktplatz 16 D-79206 Breisach am Rhein Tel. is renowned for its clean air. near Freiburg and the Black Forest …PUBLI Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH Ludwigstrasse 23 | DE-79104 Freiburg Phone +49 (0)761 89 646 93 Fax +49 (0)761 89 646 94 mail@schwarzwald-tourismus.breisach. where there is rarely mist or wind. A healthier climate by nature! Freudenstadt's location on an upland plateau makes it ideal for fun-packed holidays. In 2011. offer drying rooms and luggage transport to the next lodging. from paragliding. En route with the entire family The accolade “Family-friendly Holidays in BadenWürttemberg” has been bestowed upon Germany’s highest uplands due to its family-friendly policies.schwarzwald-tourismus. The streets surrounding Freudenstadt's market square.de Va r i e t y w i t h o u t b o r d e r s breisach Breisach upon Rhine Welcome to our charming town. Certified “quality hosts” offer special service along the way: they provide lunch packets for hikers. a walk on one of the seven climatic health walking trails is the ideal choice. www. holidaymakers can once again make a choice between the SchwarzwaldCard and the “SchwarzwaldCard Europa-Park”. are superb for shopping and leisurely strolls. The terrain lends itself to a variety of sports.info www. “Leo Luschtig” the lion mascot stands for familyfriendly holidays. Of the 28 quality seals awarded by the state for particularly familyfriendly holiday resorts. A holiday resort only receives the seal of quality if the entire town responds to the desires and needs of children. +49 76 67/94 01 55 Fax +49 76 67/94 01 58 breisach-touristik@breisach. This region.

The orchid genus Cattleya is the focus of attention 44 »45 www. Design features are walls and towers made of tuff. harmony and relaxation for visitors from all over the world.View of Mainau Island BODENSEE of Europe. The traditional start of the Mainau Flower Year is the Orchid Show in the Palm House. vineyards. particularly Reichenau Island. Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s colourful Market Hall in Altenrhein and the facades adorned with oriels in Stein am Rhein on the Swiss lakeshore are impressive. of Baden. the protected heritage of the Wasserburg Peninsula or the impressive harbour facility in Lindau. Experience charming medieval towns and baroque cultural sites.travel © Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH The Flower Year 2011 on Mainau Island Luxuriant blooms all year round.germany. the baroque splendour of the castle complex and church as well as the mediterranean character – this is Mainau. A cultural highlight featuring the Electoral Collection can be found at Museum Liechtenstein. rambling meadows and apple trees in the lakeside region. and features a floral array following the seasons as well as one of the largest butterfly houses in Germany. The Lake Constance holiday region featuring the four nations Germany. Mainau is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Lake Constance. are UNESCO World Heritage sites and are popular excursion destinations. and discover the modern architecture: the historic city of Constance. which is regarded as one of the most important exhibitions of this kind in Europe. The island and the abbey library in St. The Bregenz Festival featuring the famous floating stage is held every year on the Austrian side. . which are populated by the orchids. great grandson of Grand Duke Friedrich I. the Flower Island in Lake Constance! Count Lennart Bernadotte († 2004). Gallen. Schaffhausen with the largest waterfall in Europe is not far away. Überlingen offers pure relaxation directly on Lake Constance with a long lakeside promenade and wonderful parks. a park with a tree population over 150 years old. Every season. Friedrichshafen where the Zeppelin airship was invented. the current generation of the Bernadotte family strives to recreate an oasis of natural beauty. The fertile soil and the many sunny days provide optimal conditions for growing delicious fruit and vegetables from Lake Constance. transformed the overgrown park into a paradise of flowers and plants. alpine peaks and hilly hinterland on the horizon characterise the multifaceted image of the international four-nation Lake Constance region. Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein extends over 500 square kilometres. Meersburg situated on idyllic vineyards. A holiday at Lake Constance in the heart Palms along the lakeside promenades. Switzerland. TI P Culture and tradition in the neighbouring countries: The Bregenz Festival on the well-known floating stage is held every year in Austria. The holiday paradise is just as diverse. Austria.

Then over 12. the annual Constance Summer Nights with the Lake Night Festival as well as romantic boat excursions and the International Lake Constance Week for all water sports enthusiasts. and in the Italian Rose Garden. which is the home town of the Zeppelin airship and aviation in general. From nature to technology. Meersburg Fortress with its unique silhouette is located further eastward and also promises excitement.000 years of the city’s history. There are also enthralling city sightseeing walks highlighting over 2. It is also the location of the Zeppelin Museum. Further along the lake is the city of Friedrichshafen. towers majestically above the rooftops and is visible from far across the water. exhibits the life and work of aviation pioneer Claude Dornier and allows visitors to experience 100 years of exciting aerospace history.eu www. A journey along the German lakeshore The university city Constance with its unique location on Lake Constance and the Rhine River offers a multifaceted range of cultural and leisure activities such as classical concerts. The annual Rose Month June is a highlight in the Flower Year. is located northwest of Constance.eu . The medieval fortress.bodensee. The modern Zeppelin NT enables up to twelve passengers to hover above Lake Constance and to enjoy the unique panorama during a two-hour sightseeing flight. Paul on Reichenau Island Birnau Pilgrimage Church this year. The attractive city of Überlingen. The spring flower attracts visitors outdoors with a sea of fiery colours and tantalising scents. a broad range of tourist attractions and diverse shopping opportunities characterise the cityscape. which features wild and shrub roses. the last large town before the Austrian border. Modern spa facilities. A walking tour through the historic harbour town starts at the lighthouse and lion on the lakeside promenade and leads through medieval Maximilianstrasse towards the market square. In the nearby Lake Dwelling Museum in Unteruhldingen you can can journey back in time to the Stone Age and Bronze Age on Lake Constance.200 varieties along the promenade. which gave the city its name and was formerly in the possession of the bishops of Constance. The Dornier Museum. known as the “Kneipp Spa of the South” because of its thermal springs. a mediterranean flair prevails under the palms.Church of St. Überlingen welcomes visitors with its zest for life and knowledge of well-being and health. Peter and St. A very special holiday paradise awaits visitors in Lindau.000 dahlias unfurl veritable fireworks of flowers and vie for the favour of visitors. On mild summer nights. This queen of flowers is presented in more than 1. also located in Friedrichshafen. The blossoming of dahlias in the lakeside garden colourfully heralds the arrival of autumn. from sports to culture – Lake Constance has something for everyone! …PUBLI © Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH Internationale Bodensee Tourismus GmbH Hafenstrasse 6 DE-78462 Konstanz Phone +49 (0)7531 90 94 90 Fax +49 (0)7531 90 94 94 info@bodensee.

-Sat.infopoint-museen-bayern. plus historical gems such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Ettal Abbey.germany. d e German beer garden.00 We would like to invite you to discover the diversity of the Bavarian museum landscape. art and culture Vassily Kandinsky was one of the first to find inspiration in Murnau and its picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.travel © Nationalparkverwaltung Berchtesgaden . m u r n a u . You are free to organise your museum visit to suit your taste! Infopoint – Museums & Palaces in Bavaria Alter Hof 1. a day up in the mountains or a cycling tour than a quintessentially The region at its best. the Alps have captured the imagination since time immemorial with their bare rocks and snow-capped summits. You'll discover exactly why the Bavarians are so friendly once you've tucked into some freshly roasted veal and tackled your first one-litre beer! Or perhaps you'd prefer to observe the festivities at a traditional country wedding. The Infopoint provides you with all the information necessary for planning your excursion: collection focus of the museums. w w w. There are also plenty of activities to enjoy in and around the 20 crystal-clear mountain lakes and in the national parks and conservation areas. lose yourself in the fun and excitement of a parish annual fair – zithers. Bavaria – A Variety of Museums Discover the museums and palaces in Bavaria! The Infopoint – Museums & Palaces in Bavaria is your information centre in the heart of Munich. even in winter when attention shifts to the snow-covered pistes and traditional mountain lodges. brass bands and all – and enjoy the spectacular scenery of southern Germany on a hot-air balloon ride. 80331 Munich. in the historic Alter Hof you will find comprehensive and up-to-date information about the Bavarian museum landscape. What better way to enjoy them than on one of Germany's oldest tourist routes? The German Alpine Road runs for more than 450 kilometres from Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance to Berchtesgaden by the Austrian border and is a totally unforgettable experience. 10. 46 »47 www.Experience nature. cycling and hiking in the mountains and lakes • “Blue Rider” expressionist heritage in the Castle Museum and Münter House • Murnauer Moos: the largest alpine moor in central Europe • King Ludwig’s castles and other world-famous sights and attractions within easy reach Lake Königssee GERMAN ALPINE ROAD Fairytale tour of the Bavarian Alps. • EuroArt artists’ colony between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen • Swimming. Here.de Opening Hours: Mon. addresses.00-18. guided tours. opening hours. the latter famous for its digestif spirit. activities and much more. special exhibitions. Attractions along the way include Oberstaufen and other popular spa resorts.de www. Germany Phone: + 49 (0) 89 21 01 40 50 Fax: + 49 (0) 89 21 01 40 55 infopoint@museen-in-bayern. Rising up majestically towards the sky. It's hard to think of a better place to end a long walk. The region reveals its beauty at all times of the year.

The town’s prominent landmark.7 km long fortification with its numerous gates and towers offers a beautiful view of the romantic alleys.de tourist-info@passau. After all: “The most beautiful corners are round!” …PUBLI Tourist-Information Nördlingen Marktplatz 2 DE-86720 Nördlingen im Geopark Ries Phone +49 (0)9081 84 116 Fax +49 (0)9081 84 113 tourist-information@noerdlingen. A walk on the roughly 2.Ries Crater Museum Nördlingen Aerial photograph NÖRDLINGEN are round. The “Swabian Stone” (suevite) is only one of many geological peculiarities which developed in the Ries. This unique landscape was created roughly 15 million years ago through the impact of a meteorite. Let yourself be enchanted by Nördlingen. Another highlight is the moon rocks exhibited in the museum. This global movement distinguishes cities which treasure original landscapes.noerdlingen. Passau is the starting point for many river cruises into the countries bordering the Danube. Nördlingen is surrounded by Germany’s only completely preserved city wall. Tourist Office Rathausplatz 3 DE-94032 Passau Phone: +49 851 95598 0 Fax: +49 851 35107 www.passau. Stephen’s Cathedral with the world’s biggest cathedral organ. promote craftsmanship and regional products and in which taste. Located on the “Romantic Road”. Since 2009 Nördlingen has borne the title The most beautiful corners Take time for an exploration. Inn and Ilz directly at the Austrian border.tourism. The beautiful Old Town is dwarfed by the monumental St. “Cittàslow” bestowed by the international association of liveable cities. From the steeple of the Daniel there is a wonderful panorama of the medieval town and the “Ries”.de With its charm and flair Passau ranks among Bavaria’s most impressive cities. Georg with the bell tower affectionately called “Daniel” in common parlance. culture and hospitality are in the foreground. High above the rivers is the castle of Veste Oberhaus and the cloister Maria Hilf.de TI P Visit the Ries Crater Museum and be impressed by the meteorites which struck the area 15 million years ago. is already visible from far away. the late Gothic hall church St. © Stadt Nördlingen City of Three Rivers Passau is situated at the confluence of Danube.de www. . Prince-bishops embellished Passau as their residence and Italian masters created the baroque townscape.

Tauber Phone +49 (0)9861 40 90 www. Embedded in undisturbed landscapes.91541 Rothenburg o.d. No room is like the other.000 glass ornaments or a 5. r fam of medieval towns along the romantic road. The silhouette of the medieval Old Town is characterized by more than 40 towers and the town wall featuring fortifications that can be walked on surrounds the Old Town. Käthe Wohlfahrt’s “Christmas Village” is a unique experience in summer as well as winter. al xp enc .d.christmasmuseum.An Arvena Hotel . . are now a first class hotel with 78 rooms. The Imperial City Days and the Christmas Market. this unique hotel offers you all modern amenities combined in a medieval atmosphere. Among the highlights in the rich offer of cultural activities and events are the festival “The Master Draught”.50 meter high nutcracker and is transformed by 196. dating back to the 15th and16th century.-JacobsChurch.com www.de www.000 traditional German Christmas articles on several levels is guarded by a 3.eisenhut.com Info & Booking: HOTEL EISENHUT .Telephone: +49 (0)9861 70 50 . Historical banquet rooms and modernly equipped conference rooms are at hand for events of all kind. . all are individually furnished.rothenburg. 30. medieva al .! elco ome th EISENHU he EISENHUT SENHUT SENHUT The Hotel Eisenhut is located in the heart of the Old Town Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. for every travel www.com Village. Tauber . Four patrician mansions. d. Tauber Phone +49 (0)9861 40 48 00 info@rothenburg. Rothenburg ob der Tauber features pure romanticism in a globally known town which combines historic ambience with internationality. Welco Welco Welcome to the EISENHUT . living history and unique flair.Herrngasse 3-5/7 .Rothenburg Town Hall with Renaissance façade Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village …PUBLI Rothenburg Tourismus Service Marktplatz 2 DE-91541 Rothenburg o. peciia x riience A special experie er a er ! o for v ry ravele . the most famous and picturesque Tauber.Free Call: 0800-Eisenhut . the Wine ob der Tauber.de ROTHENBURG Romanticism. Käthe Wohlfahrt & German Christmas Museum Herrngasse 1 DE-91541 Rothenburg o. Throughout the hotel you will find select antiques and original artwork. A walk through the town’s alleys whisks you away into a long forgotten time.travel © RTS | Käthe Wohlfahrt Gmbh&Co.50 meter high Christmas pyramid rotates. The scenery in which you can select from approx. the city – which obscures countless cultural treasures such as St.OHG .000 lights into a glistening Christmas fairytale. .germany.E-Mail: hotel@eisenhut.com 48 »49 www. small snow-covered half-timbered houses surround small squares where a five meter high. The “wintry” shopping paradise is presented behind inconspicuous facades in the middle of the Old Town: for instance.wohlfahrt. Today. white Christmas tree with 1. the medieval Crime Museum or the Imperial City Museum behind its walls – invites visitors to linger and discover.

retained until the end of the monarchy. will be solemnly remembered. earned Altötting the sobriquet “Heart of Bavaria”. After a visit to the Chapel of Grace and the museums. special guided tours of Linderhof Palace will provide an insight into the magical fairytale world of Bavaria’s most famous king.Altötting Urn bearing the heart of King Ludwig II Ammergau Alps Linderhof Palace ALTÖTTING AND OBERAMMERGAU Bavaria’s religious centres commemorate King Ludwig II. King Ludwig II was a devout Christian.de TI P Events commemorating the 125th year of the death of King Ludwig II: Exhibition in the Oberammergau Museum. the traditional Altötting Candlelight Procession held every Saturday evening from May to October provides a fitting conclusion. The third stop is devoted to the pilgrimage town Altötting. In the year of the 125th anniversary of the death of © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung. He visited Oberammergau’s parish church or the Benedictine monastery at Ettal on a regular basis. Oberammergau has always been characterised by religious culture.31/12/2011. Linderhof Palace. Linderhof Palace. “Mountain Fire” in the Ammergau Alps 24/08/2011 and much more. The life of Ludwig II. as a sign of deep solidarity with the Bavarian national shrine.ammergauer-alpen. …PUBLI Pilgrimage and Tourist Office Altötting Kapellplatz 2a DE-84503 Altötting Phone +49 (0)8671 50 62 19 www. The route next leads from Oberammergau along the Bavarian Alps to Lake Chiemsee including a visit to the Bavarian State Exhibition “Twilights of the gods – King Ludwig II” at Herrenchiemsee Castle.de | Verkehrsbüro Altötting H. the most important places of interest can be combined in a 3-day tour. since numerous events will be held pertaining to the “King Ludwig II” theme.bayern. Major Candlelight Procession in Altötting 14/08/2011.Heine King Ludwig II. which also accommodates the bridal wreath of Austrian Empress Sissi.de . Linderhof is the only castle which the king also inhabited for eight years. among them also the urn bearing the heart of King Ludwig II.schloesser. who died 125 years ago under mysterious circumstances.altoetting. The pilgrimage town of Altötting and the Passion Play village of Oberammergau will also honour the ‘Fairytale King’. An individual journey in the tracks of King Ludwig II offers the best overall view of the most famous places of interest in southern Bavaria. among them the “Jerusalem Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ” and the “New Treasury” with the Pilgrimage Museum in the house Pope Benedict XVI. located in the Ammergau Alps. Altötting is also closely associated with the monarch: since the 17th century the hearts of Bavarian rulers have been preserved in silver urns in the Altötting Chapel of Grace. Starting from Munich. 01/04/ . Neuschwanstein Castle. www. Oberammergau Ammergau Alps Eugen-Papst-Strasse 9a DE-82487 Oberammergau Phone +49 (0)8822 92 27 40 www. is the smallest of the three castles which Ludwig had built. This tradition. In 2011 this tour will be particularly unique. the Pilgrimage Church of Wies and Ettal Monastery Monastery are always worth a visit in any case.

excitement and entertainment. festivals large and small – such as the Oktoberfest in Munich and Hamburg's Port Festival – provide 50 »51 www. is celebrating its 125th birthday in 2011. This year’s sporting calendar features the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ and dozens of city marathons that are looking for new champions. outlet centres or direct from the manufacturer. Exuberance and zest for life at traditional festivals. special exhibitions in museums and the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes in automotive factories. Germany is also a place for the finer things in life.NET / Thomas Frey . The car. The “Made in Germany” seal of quality adorns a host of products and brands. which can be purchased in futuristic shopping malls. © Johannes-Maria Schlorke A variety of ideas for unique moments.germany. Beyond cars.V. Museums devoted to all manner of subjects are just waiting to be discovered. Germany has a wide range of attractions that suits almost any interest you can think of.travel © ALIMDI. and the many theme parks offer fun and thrills for the whole family. This breadand-butter product of the German economy is being honoured in the form of countless events. Quaint discoveries during the automotive year.© Arno Petersen / Tourismus NRW e. Aside from a mouth-watering selection of culinary events there are world-class concerts providing aural delights. one of mankind’s most important inventions ever.

cuisine and culture – so it’s curtains up for an experience to remember. © Holger Hollemann dpa/lni . Living life Germany has something for everyone. Lifestyle and shopping.TRAVEL THEMES to the full. wellness and entertainment. Lots to see and do.

Munich Shopping centre “Fünf Höfe”

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gourmets and fashion fans.
fine wines and brand-name products made in Germany.

Perfect for

If you’re going on vacation in Germany, make sure to leave some

space in your suitcase. The temptations are simply endless – from leading international fashion labels to

Shopping in Frankfurt: MyZeil Located in the heart of the city, MyZeil is one of the trendiest shopping centres in Germany. On eight floors, with spectacular, light-flooded architecture, MyZeil offers an equally spectacular retail and leisure mix.

The top addresses in Berlin are Friedrichstrasse and Kurfürstendamm, but the German capital is also renowned for its many small boutiques in the bohemian quarters around Hackescher Markt and in Friedrichshain. Quirky souvenirs and fashion by creative designers are available at Berlinomat. The KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens), Europe’s second-largest department store, is a true Berlin legend. Even browsing through the luxury wares on sale here is an experience in itself. Another highlight

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Particularly the major cities, such as Munich, Hamburg and above all Berlin, are a real shopper’s paradise. The pedestrian areas of Germany’s historical town centers and its 400 shopping malls are the perfect place to hunt for bargains, followed by a well-earned break with a delicious piece of cake at one of the local cafés. Among the most popular shopping streets with large department stores and flagship establishments of famous fashion labels are Schildergasse in the vibrant old quarter of Cologne, Hamburg’s Mönckebergstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse in Munich. For a taste of real luxury, try the upmarket shops along Königsallee in the fashion mecca of Düsseldorf. Alongside Chanel and Prada, you can find all the leading German designer brands here, including Boss and Escada.

Frankfurt MyZeil

is its food department, which offers specialties from around the world. Among the 3,400 fine wines you are sure to find some exclusive examples from Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions. Among the idyllic vineyards of the Rhine and Moselle regions, you’ll find shops where you can buy excellent vintages directly from the wine growers themselves, for example the elegant Schloss Johannisberg estate in the Rheingau. The same is true for all German specialties. A delicious beer fresh from the barrel never tastes better than in the beer garden of the brewery. Many breweries from Munich to Flensburg offer guided tours and tastings. Sweet indulgences such as marzipan from Lübeck, Nuremberg Lebkuchen (gingerbread), and delicious treats from the traditional Christmas markets make ideal gifts.

Europapark “Blue Fire Megacoaster”

Sinsheim Car & Technology Museum

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Adventure, pleasure and thrills.


roller coaster rides or attractive show programmes – German theme parks leave nothing to be desired.
The time of your life is waiting at Germany’s theme parks. Take your pick from the best roller coaster in the world, a flying carousel with spectacular sea views or breathtaking stunt shows packed with movie-style action. The most popular theme park in Germany is the “Europapark” in Rust at the edge of the Black Forest. Visitors can look forward to a choice of nine roller coasters including two water roller coasters. “Hansa Park”, Germany’s only maritime theme park, is situated at the Baltic Sea. Splashing boat rides and unique model ships characterise the huge experience world. With a freefall height of 71 metres, the freefall tower “Scream” tower at “Heidepark”, south of Hamburg, is the biggest of its kind. A miniaturised landscape with over 50 million lego bricks is one of the main attractions of the “Legoland” theme park in Günzburg, including lovingly recreated scenes of Berlin, Neuschwanstein Castle, Venice and Switzerland. The park opened in 2002 and, since then, has welcomed 1.3 million delighted visitors annually from all over the world.

Europapark Rust offers 13 impressive theme zones, each of which focuses on an individual country or region and presents its special characteristics like architecture or cuisine in a cultural context.

Here today... there tomorrow... and Tripsdrill Theme Park including overnight accommodation.
The Car & Technology Museum Sinsheim features more than 3,000 exhibits spanning the history of technology, including a Concorde with walk-on visitor access. Another sensational attraction is the IMAX 3D cinema showing the very best in 3D films on a giant screen. www.technik-museum.de

Enjoy two fun-packed days at the Car & Technology Museum Sinsheim

At Tripsdrill Theme Park you can look forward to more than 100 novelty attractions: clatter through a gigantic sawmill on the wooden roller coaster Mammut, and be sure not to miss the bathtub flume ride, the double thunderbox, the soapbox race – and of course Tripsdrill Wildlife Park. www.tripsdrill.de

The all-inclusive package ‚Here today... there tomorrow...‘ is bookable from 16 April to 6 November 2011 and includes admission to the Car & Technology Museum Sinsheim plus IMAX 3D cinema and Tripsdrill Theme Park and Wildlife Park. Included in the price is one night‘s accommodation with breakfast either in the 4-star Hotel Sinsheim near to the museum or in a shepherd´s wagons at Tripsdrill Theme Park. The all-inclusive price with an overnight stay at the 4-star Hotel Sinsheim: adults from €82.50 • Information: +49 (0)7261 / 4064-0 • www.hotel-sinsheim.de The all-inclusive price with an overnight stay in a shepherd´s wagons at Tripsdrill Theme Park: adults from €74.00 • Information: +49 (0)7135 / 9999 • www.tripsdrill.de Prices for children and tour operator rates available on request.
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HIGHLIGHTS 2011/2012
Lake Night Festival, Constance Festival Summer 2011 Festivals for the 175th anniversary

13 Aug 2011
The highlight of the Lake Night festival in Constance is a spectacular firework display set to music. The first firework display took place in honour of Emperor Maximilian in 1507.

Countless festivals – all musical styles Particularly in the summer, when the days are long and warm, many German and international guests discover the desire for open-air music. Deciding which festival to attend is difficult as there is something to suit every taste in music. Whether it is “Rock am Ring” (3 - 5 June 2011), pop and electronic avantgarde at Melt! Festival (15 - 17 July 2011) or a pilgrimage to the heavy metal Mecca at the Wacken Open Air (4 - 6 August 2011): anyone who goes the whole year without getting to a festival has only themselves to blame.

175th birthday of the unique paddle steamers The world’s oldest and largest paddle steamer fleet operates between Diesbar-Seusslitz and Bad Schandau and on special voyages even as far as Ústí nad Labem in the Czech Republic. Visitors are enthralled both by the historic steamers themselves and the enchanting Elbe Valley. The traditional fleet will be celebrating its birthday in 2011 and looking back on 175 years of history with a plethora of events and highlights. Cast off! Good luck and happy sailing! www.saechsische-dampfschiffahrt.de

International Samba Festival Coburg

11 September 2011 08 - 10 Jul 2011
The biggest samba event outside Brazil that attracts 200,000 visitors to Coburg every year. Enjoy hot Latin rhythms from 100 troupes with more than 2,000 dancers.

Black Forest Music Festival

Visiting scenes of an industrial past – the European Heritage Days Public awareness of the importance of cultural heritage should be raised and interest in the preservation of historical monuments shall be awakened with various campaigns. Historical buildings which are otherwise inaccessible will open their doors to visitors and delight lovers of architecture and history. In addition, during expert guided tours visitors can learn interesting things about the tasks and activities involved with the preservation of historical monuments. Archaeologists, conservationists and craftsmen will demonstrate working methods and techniques, and steer the view towards details which often remain concealed to untrained eyes. The 2011 Open Monument Day has “Romanticism, Realism and Revolution – The 19th Century” as its motto. The emphasis in this connection shall be placed on the stylistic versatility and technical progress. www.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de

02 June - 13 June 2011 23 Sep - 03 Oct 2011
Enjoy music played by world-class musicians in unusual venues such as small craft workshops in the Black Forest, in churches and in concert halls.

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Sterbehaus • The House where Luther was born and where he died C3 Essen: Industriekomplex Zeche Zollverein • Mining Company Zollverein A3 Goslar: Altstadt und Bergwerk Rammelsberg • Old Town and Rammelsberg Mine B3 Hildesheim: Dom und Michaeliskirche • Cathedral and Michaelis Church B3 Köln: Dom • Cathedral A4 Rheinbrohl: Obergermanischer Limes • Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes A4 Lorsch: Ehem.Jever Borkum Wilhelmshaven Mölln SCHWERIN 2 Szczecin Neustrelitz Röbel Müritz Mirow friesland Bremerhaven HAMBURG Emden Weser Groningen Bad Zwischenahn Tier.Brocken Thale H Gröbzig Zellerfeld Braunlage Wunderland Kalkar N Hamm Zoom Erlebniswelt Werne Oelde Beckum Borken Münsterlan Isselburg Ketteler Hof Lüdinghausen N Haltern Xanten Dorsten am See Nordkirchen Movie Park Bad Driburg Höxter Weser Nijmegen Rh ein Nordrhein. Glienicke und Pfaueninsel • Castles and Parks of Potsdam Sanssouci. 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