The increased popularity of cycling tours among the over 50s is bringing a tourism boost to Alpine areas traditionally popular as stay-put ‘Lakes & Mountains’ destinations a generation ago.
Forget dingy dorm rooms and communal showers, hostels now boast stylish interiors, Wi-Fi, central locations and cosy common rooms.
Hamburg is in the horticultural spotlight this year, when one of Germany's greenest cities hosts igs 2013, the "international garden show".
When it comes to parties, nowhere parties harder than the Port of Hamburg during the world's biggest harbour festival.
When it comes to having fun, nowhere is quite like Europa-Park. With more than 100 attractions and 11 thrilling roller-coaster rides, Germany's largest theme park is also rated as one of the world's best, with more than 4.5 million visitors every year.
London may have its 'Wagner 200' festival kicking off in May with a birthday concert at the Royal Festival Hall. However, in order to properly celebrate the composer's 200th anniversary, discerning travellers and music buffs should head to the Cultural Heart of Germany, where Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig on 22 May 1813.
"Apple Wine at the Romer" and the Apple Wine Festival are two particularly popular entries in this year's calendar of events.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its second European luxury hotel opening in recent months - the highly-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Berlin.
The annual one-day phenomenon called Rose Monday falls on February 11, 2013. Rose Monday is the roaring conclusion of 3 months of carnival season in Dusseldorf, which kicked off on November 11 and is now in full swing with 300 carnival events and costume balls all over town.
Dusseldorf's Altstadt (Old Town) is known as the "Longest Bar in the World" - with more than 260 bars, pubs, and restaurants in under a square mile.
Culinary highlights may be found at virtually every turn during the Frankfurt Christmas Market, which starts on 26th November.
With walks in every direction, from gentle to strenuous, and many in 2 countries (Germany and Czech Republic), the Bavarian Forest has long been a walking destination par excellence for German walkers but a well kept secret for foreigners.
Reaching for the skies: Open-air events, observation platforms, skyscraper tours, high-rise hotels and a special theme tour entitled "Architecture in Frankfurt" help to better acquaint locals and visitors with Frankfurt's famous skyline.
The festive season in the Cultural Heart of Germany offers more than your average Christmas market. Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia as the home of many Christmas traditions from Christmas decorations to Christmas carols take pride in celebrating the run-up to Christmas in style and with some added attractions.
A new generation of cultural events has grown in Dusseldorf, leaded by two music festivals that have established themselves as successful mixers of genres and created a flavour all their own.
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