65th annual New Year’s Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch Classic, that is considered to be the largest ski resort in Germany, is a good place for winter activities. And its international New Year’s Ski Jump must be one of the most stunning things to see this year! Germany’s largest ski resort is a true paradise for winter sports fans. On 1 January 2017 the international ski jumping elite will convene for the 65th time at this qualifying event for the Ski Jumping World Cup. Even if you’re still a little tired after celebrating New Year, the excitement of the jump will wake you up.

A paradise for winter sports fans

Depending on your experience, you can choose the winter activities: ski or snowboard. Here you can enjoy the famous Kandahar slope, that has the highest difficulty level. Admire the panoramic views of four countries from Mount Zugspitze.

Down in the valley

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous around the world as the venue for several winter sports competitions. And if you want to explore traditional Bavaria, then the district of Partenkirchen and the region beyond the Loisach river will be right up your street.

Our tip: the region surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen is well worth visiting at any time of year and offers interesting events not only in winter. Have fun!

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2017 Michelin Guide – new entries and old favourites

The 2017 Michelin Guide to Germany is here at last. As in previous years, the gourmet guide investigates the restaurants of Germany very carefully. And there are new stars to explore in the culinary world.

Michelin Guide – essential reading for the discerning diner

The fine-dining restaurants of Germany are considered to be some of the best in the world nowadays. Eating out is a cultural adventure here because of creative synthesis of traditional and modern food and the innovative mastery of gifted chefs. Every year the Michelin Restaurant Guide publishes a list of restaurants awarded between one and three stars on the basis strict criteria. In the latest edition for Germany, many noticeable establishments saved their stars.

New back-to-basics concepts

Gourmet food is not just about luxury ingredients. The newbie Einsunternull in Berlin can impress you with its “pared-down, seasonal and creative dishes”, for which it was awarded its first ever star. Daily regional ingredients are transformed into culinary masterpieces here. Other Berlin restaurants can also blind by their no-nonsense cuisine.

This year some tough competition from the Rhineland and from Munich took place in the culinary capital Berlin. Bavaria’s main city can boasts a total of five fine-dining temples – more than ever before. Situated in a quiet Munich side street, Geisels Werneckhof was awarded its second star.

Gourmet food for travellers on a budget

Chefs Tim Raue in Berlin and Kevin Fehling in Hamburg held on to their two- and three-star ratings this year. Their restaurants are among many in Germany where you can enjoy a high-quality dining experience. But Germany also has some great places to eat for people on a budget. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Bib Gourmand list, Michelin published a restaurant guide, in which you can find restaurants that can be recognised for their value for money.

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Festive cheer at Germany’s Christmas markets

As winter come closer, a sense of foretaste fills the air through Germany. Candlelight, classic yuletide treats, and the longtime tradition of the Christmas markets make it the most exciting time of the year.

The tradition of the Christmas market in Germany goes back to the Middle Ages. Among the oldest and the most prominent markets are the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, the Dresden Striezelmarkt and the Christkindlmarkt in Munich.

In November, more than 2,500 Christmas markets will inspire people, filling the air with the admirable aroma of cinnamon, cloves, gingerbread and roasted almonds. The attractively decorated stands will be offering special food and drink such as mulled wine and lebkuchen.

The Christmas market in the Ruhr city of Dortmund has the tallest Christmas tree in the world. Cologne’s Christmas market is famous because of the range of food and drink.

But it is not nessesary for Christmas market to be big to be attractive. One of the most charming Christmas markets is the Advent in the Courtyards (Advent in den Höfen) in Quedlinburg, a town that dates back 1,000 years.

So come and explore the wide range of Christmas markets in Germany.

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Stunning pictures show famous Berlin buildings illuminated for the Festival of Lights

Several wonderful pictures, wgich show well-known Berlin landmarks lit up in numerous bright colours have been released during Festival of Lights.

Nowodays the Festival of Lights can boast an impressive diversity of light installations. This year, the range consists of colourful designs that are forecast onto landmarks all over the city such as the Berlin Cathedral, the Faculty of Law building of the Humboldt University and the Brandenburg Gate.

The festival held for ten nights under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller, and featured a range of artists who told interesting stories, shared amazing art and staged pieces that lit up streets, squares and landmarks all over Berlin. Enty to all of the installations was free, the festival included a LightSeeing tour program, offering adventure tours by bus, boat, Segway and foot.

Over the past ten years, the event has become even more popular and has been developing into the main tourist attraction. In 2015 the Festival of Lights attracted over two million festival visitors from all over the world.

Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2016/10/18/famous-berlin-buildings-illuminated-festival-lights-2016/#ixzz4T754qWoI

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See Bavarian traditions in a new light

Bavaria has always been considered as a region with strong traditions. So let explore its less well-known customs and innovations. Bavarian traditions can be experienced in very different aspects of life. Especially during fall there are a lot of opportunities to enjoy the local restaurants and cafés, music and events. Old customs and other traditions have not been preserved over the years, they have also been re-imagined from generation to generation.

A taste of the unexpected

Thinking of Bavaria you might imagine weisswurst, mustard, sauerkraut and pretzels. In the Middle Franconia region of Bavaria, however, the cuisine features precedence of fish. The carp season begins in September. Young entrepreneurs have joined with older generations for comimg up with new culinary combinations with fish.

The evolution of traditional brewing

As part of the anniversary celebrating 500 years of the German Beer Purity Law breweries are offering visitors the opportunity to learn about traditions and innovations. At the historical Maisel brewery in Bayreuth you can watch the brewers working and discover for yourself what really makes this region so unique.

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Set off on a new adventure in Germany

Joy and adventure expect you at theme parks, leisure parks and family attractions in Germany, which have a lot of new highlights for you to discover in 2016.

Germany’s family attractions are the perfect choice for those, who are looking for an adrenaline rush or prefer to relax. You’ll play games, see impressive shows and enjoy unforgettable events with all kinds of animals from around the world!

New attractions for visitors in familiar surroundings

Tripsdrill Adventure Park, which is located near Stuttgart, is considered to be the one of Germany’s most popular theme parks, with its family-friendly design and museums, wildlife park and indoor play areas. A ride on the Karacho catapult rollercoaster is great experience, as is a visit to see the Arctic wolves and bears. Grownups can visit the Trillarium, a local history museum, and the Vinarium, which offers exciting facts on the history of winegrowing as well as wine tastings.

Safari park – experience exotic wildlife

An entirely different adventure is waiting for you at Serengeti Park Hodenhagen within easy reach of Bremen, Hamburg and Hannover. Around 1,500 animals wander easily in the wild surroundings. If you don’t like the new quad-bike safari, there’s always the option to take a tour on the marked trails in your car.

Supersized fun and games

In Legoland Germany in Günzburg you can explore miniature worlds and landscapes created using the small and different colored bricks. At the Lego building and test centre you with your family can find out about science in an extraordinary way.  The dragon’s castle, which offers family accommodation with a dragon theme is new for this year. And at Ravensburger Spieleland near Lake Constance and Playmobil FunPark Zirnsdorf you can enjoy play supersized games.

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