If you fancy a hand of cards then Altenburg is for you. Playing cards have been produced here for over 500 years and in the centre of the town is monument to the national card game ’skat’ which was first played here. The town goes back over 1000 years and has an impressive castle set on a rocky outcrop, with market squares and a magnificent Town Hall. The brewery is a very important part of the town and you can still buy collapsible top hats on Rossplan Square. The Skat fountain on Bruhl Square is said to bring you good luck if you baptise your cards under the water.
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Welcome to Berlin - The capital of Germany, which has been enormously affected by an incredible history as well as the dynamic changes since the Wall came down, exerts a very special kind of fascination. In no other European metropolis has so much changed in recent years. Of course, famous sightseeing landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery still bear witness to the history of the city – but today Berlin presents itself as a young, dynamic metropolis open to the world right in the heart of Europe, setting new trends in architecture, art and fashion. Discover its diversity – enjoy Berlin!
Set Out for New Discoveries Have you been dreaming of new inspiring experiences? If so, just step on board and disembark in the stunningly beautiful southern German district of Baden. We're here to show you just how many things there are to explore, all within easy reach of Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB). Here, in the heart of Europe, you will find a world of excitement just a hop, skip and a jump away from the airport: Magnificent countryside, art, culture and lifestyle, sports, exciting recreational fun, relaxing spa facilities and wonderful culinary delights. Take a look and choose your favourite destinations.
A free-spirited and fiercely independent wind whistles through Bremen’s nooks and crannies. This wind certainly attracted a donkey, a dog, a cat and a cock in the Grimm Brother’s tale of ’The Bremen Town Musicians.’ Now the city’s mascots, the four of them headed for Bremen to start a new life as musicians. Their motto is still ringing true today: "We are off to Bremen - you will find something better than death everywhere." As Germany’s second largest port, Bremen’s link to the sea and its get up and go spirit are undeniable.
It’s said that natives of Cologne who are living elsewhere, always feel homesick. Visitors to the city will soon understand why. Germany’s oldest metropolis, which, of course, gave its name to Eau de Cologne, offers a mix of magnificent and romantic churches, the latest in modern architecture, busy shopping streets and world-famous museums. And we haven’t even mentioned the carnival.
Built on blood, sweat and beers, Dortmund today is one of Germany’s 21st century cities and located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of the country. Modern Dortmund is vibrant and dynamic, well-known for its excellent shopping, its beer and football. But there’s another, altogether softer, side to this former industrial powerhouse. Dortmund has great theatres and cultural centres, a range of fascinating museums and, with half the city given over to parks and gardens, enough green spaces to sooth the senses.
Duesseldorf houses “the longest bar in the world,” Germany’s finest shopping boulevard Königsallee, and countless museums, theatres and attractions underscoring the city as a major arts centre. It offers the legendary cheer of the Rhineland with all its quaint traditions in perfect harmony with all the luxuries of a truly cosmopolitan city.
Frankfurt has more to offer than gleaming skyscrapers, European Central Bank and expensive restaurants. Behind its shiny facade are medieval neighbourhoods, inviting parks perfect for a picnic and surprisingly healthy outdoor living.
Friedrichshafen lies like a sparkling jewel on the shores of the beautiful Lake Constance surrounded by magnificent mountains. Its quiet atmosphere and the untouched nature help you lean back and relax, while explorers appreciate Friedrichshafen’s undisputed position as the birthplace of the Zeppelin.
“Discover your true nature“: This motto is the central philosophy encompassing the tourist attractions offered at the renowned holiday destination of Garmisch-Partenkirchen all year round. In the midst of beautiful mountain views, the most famous town of the Bavarian Alps offers a wide variety of topnotch holidays. At the foot of Mount Zugspitze, nature is splendid and mighty, the memories gained between the mountains and the valleys, the water and the sky are unique. Impressive historic facades and lovingly painted houses as well as its charming inhabitants give the town an open atmosphere and a sense of joie de vivre, which is touching, moving and unforgettable.
Elbe and Alster, the historic Town Hall, the unique Speicherstadt, the nightlife on the famous Reeperbahn, the traditional Hamburg fish market shape the image of Hamburg, Germany’s green city on the water. HafenCity offers modern architecture and the new landmark Elbe Philharmonic Hall. In Hamburg prestige, elegance and modernity are combined to a globally unique atmosphere.
A modern metropolis set among countless idyllic little towns and villages – the Hannover Region is an area full of exciting and alluring contrasts. With its programme of major events and open-air concerts, the baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen and its top-notch artistic and cultural offerings, Hannover can boast a range of absorbing leisure activities that scarcely any other city can rival. Among the tourist highlights of the area surrounding the state capital are Lake Steinhude, the ridge of the Deister Hills or Marienburg Castle. Discover Hannover: www.visit-hannover.com/en Keep in touch with us! Receive current event and sightseeing information at www.facebook.com/visithannover
"The city in its setting and entire surroundings may be said to have something ideal." (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1797). Scarcely any other European city has had its praises so often sung as Heidelberg. The mysterious Heidelberg Castle, the picturesque Old Town, and as Goethe himself stated, the perfection of its setting – in the nineteenth century, all of this attracted the German romanticists, who immortalized Heidelberg in poetry, music, and art. Today the charm of Old Heidelberg is combined with a future-oriented and international focus.
Apart from being the hometown of Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, Leipzig is also one of Germany’s tourism hot spots, and a centre for commerce and culture. With its rich history, beautiful architecture, a vibrant cultural scene, great shopping and a lively nightlife, Leipzig bids you welcome!
Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, was one of the great mercantile cities in the Middle Ages. The Old Town island, surrounded by the river Trave and the canal, today still communicates the charm of a port. Travemünde is one of the most beautiful sea resorts of Europe which already in 1802 transformed the former fishing- and sailor village into a top address for bathers from near and far. The fascinating sailing Old-timer “Passat”, chugging deep-sea fishing boats and gigantic ferryboats can be admired on the Baltic Sea very close to.
In Munich exclusive shopping, fashionable streets and monumental buildings co-exist with Lederhosen, brass music and rustic beer halls. Visitors can start their day in a simple bar with knuckle of pork and sauerkraut, and end it in a gourmet temple with white linen tablecloths. Moreover, Germany’s most cheerful residents live here.
Once you’ve experienced the city’s enchanting historical ambience and seen the mighty Kaiserburg, you’ll never forget them. The beautiful Old Town, which is the epitome of medieval charm, is nestled at the foot of the castle. It’s home to historical buildings, spectacular churches, one of Germany’s largest pedestrian areas and the traditional Hauptmarkt. But Nuremberg is more than just a melting pot of cultural highlights. Bavaria’s second-largest city also offers a wealth of culinary delights, so why not stop off at one of the traditional Bratwursthäuser (sausage restaurants) and try a “3 im Weckla” (Nuremberg grilled sausages in a roll)?
Romantic river valleys, picturesque vineyards, half-timbered houses, historical towns and castles – there’s a reason why Rhineland-Palatinate received the nickname "Romantic Germany". Located around the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Germany’s westernmost state shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, and France; here, not only can you look forward to a remarkable journey through charming valleys and past fairytale castles, but also to a wide range of spectacular attractions. Culture enthusiasts can delight in the extensive array of unforgettable highlights; more than 500 castles, palaces, and ancient ruins join numerous museums, exhibitions, and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Trier’s Roman buildings or the Speyer Cathedral to form a veritable treasure chest just waiting to be discovered.
Magnificent panorama and splendid architecture, cultural diversity and traditional festivals - Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, delights its visitors. Discover over 125 years of automobile history at Mercedes-Benz Museum and Porsche Museum, enjoy the world-famous Stuttgart ballet, celebrate at Stuttgart's beer festival or soak up the unique atmosphere at the christmas market. Shopping or culinary pleasures, art exhibtions or vibrant nightlife - Stuttgart is always worth a visit!
Sylt has long been a playground for Germany’s rich and famous, and is called the "German Hamptons" for good reason. Pronounced "Zoolt," Sylt is a surreally beautiful, 25-mile long island on Germany’s North Sea coast, that has one of the longest unbroken stretches of immaculate sandy beach in all of Europe. Sylt is famous for its invigorating sea air and sense of space. This summer enjoy magnificent vistas of the sparkling sea, huge sand dunes and endless fields of bright-yellow flowering rape!