Germany: Culture and Cuisine – What’s new in 2015?

Some of the highlights to look out for during this year

Cologne Carnival (c)GNTO Photographer Rainer Kiedrowski
GTS 2015 at the Tower of London

At the GTS this year 50 exhibitors from Germany will give the latest news from their regions and products on the 10th February at the Tower of London. There will be Airlines, Hotels, Regions, Leisure Parks, Culture, Parks and Gardens and even the tallest building in Germany represented. In short: You will find everything you always wanted to know about Germany – all under one roof!

To register your attendance to the GTS click here…

BarrierFree Destinations in Germany

Did you know many cities and regions in Germany offer activities that are exclusively designed for BarrierFree travel? The cities of Erfurt and Magdeburg, for example and the German holiday regions of Eifel, East Frisia, Saxon Switzerland, the Franconian Lakes, Lusatian Lakeland and Ruppiner Lakeland are all committed to pioneering work in the development of accessible holidays, including choices for families and older travellers.

For more information about BarrierFree destinations click here…

New Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The inclusion of 27 traditions or living expressions in a nationwide inventory, reveals the importance and appreciation of this almost imperceptible aspect of Germany’s intangible cultural heritage. The UNESCO inventory includes events such as the Swabian–Alemannic Fastnacht and the Rhenish Carnival. Both festivals will begin in the middle of February and bring millions of celebrating people on the streets.

To see the full inventory click here…

Peace Prize for the Duke of Kent

On 14th February 2015 his Royal Highness the Duke of Kent will receive the International Peace Prize “Dresden Prize” at Dresden’s Semperoper for his contribution to reconciliation between Great Britain and Germany. The Duke fought for the reconstruction of Dresden’s Frauenkirche. The 10th anniversary of consecration in October will be celebrated with a JS Bach Festival. This baroque building, a symbol of peace and reconciliation, is part of the Cross of Nails community of Coventry.

For more information about the Frauenkirche click here…

Deutsche Bahn’s London Spezial

Did you know that you can get from London to anywhere in Germany from as little as €59 with Deutsche Bahn? Travelling by train is comfortable and easy. Departing from London St. Pancras Station, it’ll take you just over 4 hours to travel to Cologne or 5 hours and a half to Frankfurt.

Click here… for more information.

Carnival Processions in the Rhineland

The 16th February is Carnival Monday this year, which sees parades taking place across the Rhineland. During carnival, or the ‘fifth season’ as it is known in many regions of Germany, the streets swell with colourful costumed characters, and a festival atmosphere fills the air as they parade through towns and cities. Put on your craziest carnival outfit and join the party!

Click here… for more German traditions and customs.

Exhibition “The Path to the Crown”

The exhibition “The Path to the Crown” at Marienburg Castle has been extended until the 23rd December 2015. It marks the tercentenary of the “Personal Union” or Union of Crowns between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Electorate, later Kingdom, of Hanover. One of the exhibition’s hightlights is the presentation of the Royal Crown, the Scepter and the Bridal Crown, designed for King Ernest Augustus and bequeathed by him to his son King George V of Hanover.

For more details on the exhibition click here…

Eating out in Germany

34 new restaurants in Germany have recently been rewarded with Michelin Stars, making it a total of 282 Michelin Star restaurants across the country. Among them are EssZimmer at BMW Welt in Munich and ammolite – The Lighthouse Restaurant at Europa-Park. They both have been honoured with a second star. When you visit Germany, you could also try some of the regional specialities such as Leipzig Allerlei vegetables, Green Sauce from Frankfurt, Black Forest gateau or Nuremberg Bratwurst sausages.

Click here… for more information on German food and drink.

Germany’s best museums

Germany offers a wealth of museums such as the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek in Munich or Beethoven’s House in Bonn bringing to life the art and music of centuries past. Another cultural hotspot is the German capital Berlin, whose UNESCO World Heritage Museum Island presents an extensive collection of art treasures. Also well worth visiting is Berlin’s Jewish Museum, a futuristic setting for a place of historical record.

To learn more about Germany’s museums click here…

For more information about visiting Germany go to www.germany.travel

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