Five Reasons to Visit Germany this autumn / winter
World of Celts Exhibition in Stuttgart – 15th September 2012 to 17th February 2013 History lovers will be fascinated by a new exhibition at the Baden-Württemberg State Museum of Archaeology and the Württemberg State Museumare in Stuttgart called ‘The World of the Celts: Centres of power – Treasures of Art’. The exhibition showcases 1,300 archaeological treasures from the Celts of the first millennium BC and their role as one of the formative forces in European history. It is billed as the largest exhibition of Celtic artefacts in the last 30 years and is well worth a visit, especially with children as it helps bring history alive, and they can also enjoy visiting the special children’s section of the museum.Click Here for more information.
Festival of Light in Berlin – 10th to 21st October 2012 A great time to take a city break in Berlin is during the Festival of Light, when more than 50 landmarks and spaces are illuminated with vibrant colours and projections, including the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and radio tower. For the first time, the landmark Europa-Center, as well as Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the west of the city will be also be lit up. Visitors can enjoy the spectacle by foot or on special ‘lightseeing’ tours on the Light-Liner bus or by boat on the Light-ship. The nightly light show also comes with art and cultural events on the topic of light throughout the city Click Here for more information
Berlin Jazz Fest – 1st to 4th November 2012 If lights are not your thing, then maybe jazz is more up your street. The Berlin Jazz Fest is considered to be one of the world’s premier jazz events with big bands and large-format ensembles, plus many international jazz stars playing around the city. The programme is out on 19 September.
Winter Hamburger Dom in Hamburg – throughout November Since the 14th century the DOM has been part of Hamburg’s traditions and is one of the largest open-air fun fairs in the north of Germany. Children will love the huge ferries wheels, roller coasters, concerts and fireworks at this event that takes place three times a year. The next DOM is in November, when the area in central Hamburg known as the ‘Heiligengeistfeld’ turns into a bustling fairground from the afternoon until late. Other family attractions include the Miniatur Wunderland, the largest model railway system in the world, a cruise on the harbour, Alster Lake or one of the many canals and going to see a musical such as The Lion King or Disney’s -Tarzan that are currently running.
Christmas Market in Cologne – 26th November to 23rd December 2012 Cologne is one of Germany’s most attractive cities and when it is lit up with the Christmas festivities it is even more magical. Every year the city hosts a huge Christmas market selling arts and crafts, toys and Christmas decorations, as well as local crafts people demonstrating their art from pewter pourers to glassblowers. Combined with Christmas music and the aromas of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread – it’s a wonderful place to spend a few days. Germany’s oldest city also has many other attractions including UNESCO World Heritage listed Cologne Cathedral, its medieval old town and a vibrant arts scene.