Author: Janicke

SCHWERIN – Culture, traditions and a haunted Castle!

  Schwerin is the oldest town and the capital city of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. The town is surrounded by several lakes, and it is said that the area within the town borders can be divided into three: 1/3 lake, 1/3 buildings and 1/3 parkland. It is obvious then that you will never be far from water, parks or other green areas when visiting Schwerin. The town has around 100,000 inhabitants and is easy to reach from Hamburg, a train journey that takes one to one and a half hours. Promotional content     I visited...

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Gustrow – a great destination for inquisitive and active families

  Gustrow is a small, charming town in north-east Germany. It has a population of around 30,000 and a picturesque town centre. The town is surrounded by five large lakes, numerous forests and parks and green areas, perfect for recreation and activities. I visited Gustrow in December, when the town was decorated for Christmas with its Christmas market, nativity scenes and Christmas concerts. What I also found very interesting in Gustrow was all the activities and experiences available outdoors for families. If you have inquisitive and active children, this is a perfect destination either for a weekend trip or...

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Christmas Markets in Germany: Hildesheim

The Christmas Market in Hildesheim has a beautiful setting in the market square in the centre of town, surrounded by delightful timber-framed houses. In 2017, the market opens on 30 November and closes on 28 December. Opening hours every day are 11am to 8pm and the market is closed on December 24th and 25th, with reduced opening hours between December 26th and 28th. In total, the market has 65 stalls.   View of the Van der Valk Hotel Hildesheim from the Christmas Market. Promo content A rebuild Market square The town centre of Hildesheim was destroyed by bombing in...

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Christmas Markets in Germany: Goslar

Every year the charming, medieval market square in the centre of Goslar plays host to a wonderful Christmas Market. In 2017, the market opens on November 23rd  and closes on December 30th . The stalls are open every day from 10am to 8pm (11am-8pm on Sundays). Opening hours are reduced in the period between Christmas and New Year. Promo content Taste the Glüwein The Christmas Market in Goslar has around 80 stalls selling Christmas decorations, handicrafts, gifts, sweets, cakes, decorated gingerbread figures, sausages, barbecued meats and a full selection of hot drinks. Many of the stalls also sell the...

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Christmas Markets in Germany: Hamelin

Every year, the Christmas Market in Hamelin is held in the streets surrounding Hochzeitshaus and the Market Church, with around 70 wonderfully festive stalls. In 2017, the market opens on 27 November and closes on 23 December. Opening hours are 10am to 8pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 9pm Thursday and Friday, 10am to 10pm on Saturdays and 11am to 8pm on Sundays.   Festive Christmas Market around the Market Church in Hamelin Promo content Hamelin is a picturesque town with an evocative history, perhaps best known for being the birthplace of the story of the Pied Piper by...

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BUS:STOP Krumbach – Functionality meets Architecture and Creativity

What do you think happens when 7 architects from 7 different countries are invited to design something as utterly ordinary as a bus stop? The result, located in Krumbach, is a unique project attracting travellers with a love for great design and functionality to the area. Let us discover BUS:STOP Krumbach, a unique, international design project where functionality meets architecture and creativity. And it all happens off the beaten path in Austria. Promotional content During the design process, the 7 chosen architects, representing architectural agencies from all corners of the world, were to collaborate closely with local builders and...

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ISLAND HOPPING IN THE SWEDISH ARCHIPELAGO

Have you ever dreamt of slowly travelling from island to island in the Swedish archipelago? Perhaps you played with the idea for quite some time, until you eventually, and sadly, decided against it. Renting a boat and finding someone to sail it for you must surely be way out of your budget, right? Well, I can assure you that your dream is still within reach! In fact, the longing for slow summer days in the Swedish archipelago; days filled with stunning sunsets, and fresh and delicious seafood, might actually be more easily achievable than what you would think. Väst...

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LATVIAN HERBAL TEA – A HEALTHY TASTE OF SUMMER

  The production of herbal tea has been a Latvian tradition for decades. For generations, flowers and herbs has been carefully picked, dried and thoughtfully mixed together to create this healthy taste of summer. In the Latgale region in Eastern Latvia, I visited an herbal tea producer who has maintained the knowledge and continued the Latvian tradition of serving warm, fragrant and freshly made herbal tea for each of the meals of the day. PROMOTIONAL COLLABORATION     ECOLOGICAL AND LOCALLY PRODUCED HERBAL TEA In Rakuti, we met the farmer Ivars who has produced a variety of ecological herbal...

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Utsikten – the fabulous new viewpoint in Norway

In a country of high mountains, deep valleys and stunning nature there are a few fabulous viewpoints to discover. This new viewpoint, Utsikten, located on top of Gaular mountain on the west coast of Norway is no exception. This is definitely one of the rest stops you really don’t want to miss. Utsikten opened in june 2016 and has already become a very popular stop amongst visitors doing an adventurous road trip exploring Norway. The Tourist Routes Section in Norway has a goal to develop, maintain and market National Tourist Routes as an attraction towards visitors and tourists and has set...

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5 top tips when in Bologna, Italy

Bologna is a beautiful, welcoming city. Stroll around the streets or climb a tower to enjoy the city from above, and you cannot help but notice the delightful palette of yellows, oranges and reds that colour the city. A comprehensive restoration project, initiated in the late 1970s, has thankfully preserved many of the historical buildings and large parts of the core structure of the city’s historical centre. One characteristic feature in Bologna are the beautiful arcades fronting most of the buildings, providing welcome shelter when walking around town, either from the hot sun or a rain shower. On Sundays,...

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