Category Archives: Germany

How do you mix Fairy Tales, Fast Cars and over 5000 Kinds of Beer? (Step 1)

1. Land at Munich Airport (MUC)


If you think of an airport, you would never expect a shopping El Dorado, a relaxing and wellness temple, a culinary trip around the world, an entertaining day playing volleyball or ice-skating.

Munich Airport has it all. The Bavarian airport has achieved the number four position in the World Airport Awards 2010, securing its status as one of the world’s best airports.

Nowadays travelling can be very exhausting. And a stress-free journey is what everyone desires. You don’t have to walk miles to reach your gate and you don’t feel encased without daylight. Munich Airport guarantees a comfortable atmosphere. Wide and airy spaces, daylight wherever you go. Find your way easily: transfer passengers will experience one of the fastest and most efficient terminals worldwide with a minimum connecting time of only 30 minutes to around 150 continental and 20 domestic destinations.

The 24 hour service centres in both Terminals are there to assist with all passengers needs.

Find yourself in a family friendly atmosphere with several children’s play areas including the child daycare “airberlin Kinderland” which is connected to Europe’s most modern McDonalds.

But this is not all. Passengers who prefer a personal assistance can use the airport’s “Meet & Assist Service” which is available in different languages.

(E-mail: meetandassist@munich-airport.de)

Munich Airport offers free relax zones equipped with W-LAN and flat-screen TVs. And don’t forget to enjoy your free coffee, tea and newspaper at the gates.

Forget travelling for a while and experience the diversity of shops and events at Munich Airport. Why not have a beach volleyball match in the middle of the airport? You can do that in August between two flights. Or go ice-skating in December while being surrounded by a real Christmas market. The Munich Airport Center offers events and entertainment all year long. Don’t miss the soccer World championship at Munich Airport at the public-viewing.

Go shopping like in the city! In about 150 shops, passenger will find a mix of national, international and local brands. After a shopping marathon, Munich Airport offers time to relax at the wellness area “Be Relax”, at the Cosmetic Institute or the Brants Barber & Shops.

Need a rest? Then you can rent a napcab per hour near gate 32 in Terminal 2. These cabins offer room to relax, to sleep and are equipped with music, a workstation with Internet access and a TV.

For the culinary heart, Munich Airport offers you a trip around the world. Not to be missed the world’s only airport brewery Airbräu with a beautiful outdoor beer garden.

But what to do if you have a connecting time of a few hours? Munich Airport offers an adjusted stop over guide. Stopover suggestions with vouchers for discounts (valid with flight ticket) can be found on www.munich-airport.com/viamuc

See you at Munich Airport!

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The Hidden Treasures of Germany: Schwerin, Wismar and Rostock


7N/ 8D  – Hamburg | Schwerin | Wismar | Rostock | Berlin

Hamburg: Aroma of the Great Wide World

The harbour of Hamburg is one of Europe’s greatest shipment centres.  From nutmeg to coffee, the aromas from around the world guide you with every step throughout the city. Magnificent palaces, noble villas, elegant parks and numerous water routes dominate the city. The quality and variety of goods available in the shopping districts tempts all those who walk past.

DAY 1 (3-star accommodation; upgrade available)

  • Collect 1-Day Hamburg Card, includes free public transport in the Greater Hamburg area and discounts on about 130 tourist attractions

Optional Activities:

  • Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s biggest model railway exhibition
  • Reeperbahn, the famed nightlife district

DAY 2

  • 2-hour city tour of Hamburg by coach (audio-guide)
  • 1-hour cruise on Hamburg’s Alster Lake (audio-guide)

DAY 3

  • Departure from Hamburg Main Station

Schwerin: Pearl of the Lakes

A profusion of water and forests, cultural treasures and a fascinating old quarter are the hallmarks of Schwerin. Its remarkable fairy-tale castle in a fabulous setting is the town’s most famous landmark. Schwerin is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday with plenty to do.

DAY 3 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Crowne Plaza Hotel Schwerin (4-stars); Includes breakfast and 3-course dinner (Indian-orientated food, vegetarian food should be booked in advance)
  • Visit Schwerin’s fairytale castle which is also the regional capital’s most famous   landmark and the seat of the regional parliament; In the castle museum, visitors          can tour the state rooms in all their historic grandeur; Includes entrance to castle          and exhibitions as well as a complimentary English guidebook about castle per   room; All exhibitions throughout castle are available in English

DAY 4

  • Departure from Schwerin Main Station

Wismar: UNESCO World Heritage Site by the Baltic Sea

Medieval Wismar, with 8 centuries of history, is the only town of its size on the southern Baltic that remains virtually intact. The architectural heritage of the market square, the three monumental Gothic churches and other impressive monuments contribute to the World Heritage Site’s inimitable appeal.

DAY 4 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Steigenberger Hotel Stadt Hamburg (4-stars); Includes breakfast and dinner (Indian-orientated food, vegetarian food should be booked in advance)
  • Sightseeing tour on the bus with an English-speaking presentation
  • Ascent of the impressive tower of St. Mary with its height of 81 metres, completely built from red bricks (guided tour for safety reasons with English-speaking guide)
  • Individual visit to the exhibition on Red Brick Gothic in the rooms of St. Mary,   including a stereoscopic film-presentation on how they built these impressive red-Brick-Cathedrals in medieval times; explanations and presentation in English language (exhibition closes at 18.00 hrs., April-October)

DAY 5

  • Harbour cruise with nice views of town and traditional sailing ships along the      morning sites of the Old Harbour, a nice experience with a maritime flair       (English presentation on board)
  • Individual walk from the Old Harbour back to the hotel, final impression of the   historic city centre with numerous shopping facilities
  • Departure from Wismar Main Station

Rostock: Hanseatic Town on the Baltic

Neighbouring the seaside resort of Warnemünde, Rostock has a diverse cultural scene. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the historical centre with typical north German brick architecture and the maritime flair of old houses, a large beach, a lighthouse and the old fisherman port.

DAY 5 (Continued)

  • Check-in to Hotel Neptun (5-stars) with direct sea view from all rooms; Includes breakfast and dinner (Indian-orientated food,vegetarian food should be booked in advance); Includes use of ARKONA SPA (indoor-swimming pool with seawater, sauna, fitness facilities and much more)
  • Visit to Warnemünde, a 100-metre wide sandy beach with a promenade, a lighthouse, fish market, picturesque little fishermen’s cottages, traditional fish restaurants, fishing boats and sailing boats on the Alter Strom waterway; Bicycle hire is included as you cycle along the Baltic coast – one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany

DAY 6

  • Enjoy a coach tour with English presentation of the Gothic, Renaissance and baroque gabled houses of Rostock’s historic city centre; these are impressive reminders of the wealth enjoyed by Rostock’s merchants in the Middle Ages, as are the mighty churches; the astronomical clock draws visitors into the Gothic basilica; just a stone’s throw away is the town hall with its baroque frontage
  • Departure from Rostock Main Station

Berlin: Open Around the Clock

With 150 theatres, 170 museums, 300 private art galleries and 7000 pubs and restaurants, Berlin offers superlative experiences. The Kurfürstendamm offers 3.5 kilometres of shopping opportunities. Berlin is the focal point of politics, entertainment and cultural life in Germany.

DAY 6 (Continued) (3-star accommodation; upgrade available)

  • Collect 48-hour Berlin Welcome Card including unlimited travel on public transport covering tram, underground, bus services and local train services; discounted admission fees including free entries to 140 top sights of Berlin; city map; public transport map

DAY 7

  • Full-day hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour with audio guide

DAY 8

  • Departure from Berlin Airport (via Frankfurt/ Istanbul) to Mumbai

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300th Anniversary of Meissen Porclain

In the early 19th Century, Augustus the Strong of Saxony ordered his subjects to develop a method of manufacturing gold. After much experimenting, scholars created the first European hard porcelain, which came to be known as “white gold.” The porcelain factory in Meissen was established at Albrechtsburg Castle in June 1710, before being moved to a new production site at Meissen-Triebischtal between 1863 and 1865. On 23rd January 2010, the city of Meissen celebrated 300 years to the day since Augustus the Strong signed the company’s founding charter.

The factory’s Porcelain Museum, demonstration workshops and exhibition hall give visitors a chance to experience 300 years of porcelain manufacturing with a number of spectacular exhibits and guided tours in several languages. There are also concerts in the exhibition hall, home to the world’s first organ with porcelain pipes.

The foremost venue for celebrations is the Porzellansammlung (Porcelain Collection) in the Zwinger museum complex in Dresden. It is the largest porcelain museum in the world with over 20000 pieces including around 8000 made by Meissen. Around 2000 porcelain pieces, including plates, cups, figurines, and the famous Dragoon Vases are on permanent display. A Meissen-porcelain Glockenspiel (a percussion instrument arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano) plays in the gate tower outside the museum.

Oberammergau Passion Play 2010

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria. The town’s residents vowed that if they were to be spared from the effects of the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would perform a play every ten years thereafter depicting the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth.

About half of the 5300 inhabitants of Oberammergau are expected to take part in this year’s Passion Play. The villagers will bring to life the story of Jesus of Nazareth for over 500000 visitors from around the world. The play begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem, continues with His Death on the Cross and finishes with the Resurrection. Performances are scheduled between mid-May and early October beginning at 14:30 and ending at 22:30 with a three-hour interval in between.

Ruhr Valley: European Capital of Culture 2010

Once the industrial heartland of Germany, the city of Essen – and the surrounding multicultural Ruhr region – has been named a European Capital of Culture by the European Union for the year 2010.

Places once associated with hard physical labour have been transformed into recreational attractions where culture thrives, including the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein coal mine and renaturalised landscapes such as Duisburg-Nord Industrial Landscape Park. Thousands of art and culture events are planned for the coming year and over five million visitors are expected.

The selection of the Ruhr region, home to 53 cities and 5.3 million inhabitants, marks the first time a region, rather than a city, has been awarded the distinction of a European Capital of Culture.

200th Year of Oktoberfest in Munich

2010 is a very special year for Munich as it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. The beer tents will be returning to the Theresienwiese from 18 September to 4 October and inviting over 6 million people from across the world.

This year’s festivities promise to be bigger and better as city officials have extended the festival by a day at closing (originally 18 September to 3 October).

To celebrate Oktoberfest’s 200th anniversary year, there will be additional programmes of culture, entertainment and traditional customs. The festival will open with a historic reconstruction of the first Oktoberfest. There will be a re-enactment of the original horse race in 1810 which was part of the wedding festivities of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, and from which Oktoberfest was born.

Alongside the rides and beer tents, visitors to the Bavarian capital can expect barrels of fun and entertainment.