Germany - What's on in 2013?
Monday 4, February 2013
There is so much to look forward to in Germany in 2013, including music, arts, wellness and keeping fit.
Germany is good for you! The land of youth travel, music, culture, wellness... There are so many wonderful reasons for travelling to Germany that each year we highlight a few themes as a starting point. This year our themes encompass: Hotspots: Germany for Young People, 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner ’s birth, 150th anniversary of the death of Brothers Grimm, 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde’s birth (Bauhaus Movement). In addition, we will be focusing on Barrier-Free/Access travel, Spas and Wellness, Camping, Palaces, Parks and Gardens, Walking and Cycling and the Countryside. Go to www.germany.travel to find out more.
Beethoven, the Beatles and Bayreuth – musicians and their music in Germany
Germany is famous for its classical music, but there are also contemporary artists whose careers have flourished here, such as the celebrated violinist David Garrett, the Beatles and not forgetting David Bowie. Germany is an inspiration! Germany boasts more than one hundred classical concert halls, often with internationally renowned orchestras. Here you'll find a selection of the best festivals, concert venues, and musicians from baroque to rock.
Bad Nauheim – health resort in a breath-taking setting
A powerful combination of heritage, experience and research has enabled Bad Nauheim to become the centre of medicine that it is today. Modern clinics and highly effective therapeutic facilities guarantee the highest possible medical standards. Bad Nauheim's 150-year medical heritage is founded, however, on the presence of mineral-rich spring water , which is used for traditional bathing and drinking cures and also serves the warm, bubbling pools at the Therme am Park. A host of cultural events use the town's art nouveau thermal baths as a magnificent backdrop, and crowds of visitors flock to Bad Nauheim's fantastic festivals.
Michael White: new book on Wagner available March 2013
Wagner’s operas rank among the supreme achievements of Western culture and extracts like 'The Ride of the Valkyries’ are familiar to millions. But the music's scale and cultural baggage can be daunting; which is why the broadcaster, critic and Daily Telegraph columnist Michael White has written a comic-strip style graphic handbook designed for intelligent listeners who haven't quite made it into Wagner but are curious to know what they're missing. Called ‘Introducing Wagner’, the book is a perfect travel accompaniment for this Wagner Bicentenary Year . Published by Icon books (price £6.99), it's available from March 2013.
More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.
With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.
The hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of the fifteen most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world.