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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Explore Marktredwitz

We start at the market, the birth place of this town and see the historic City Hall dating back to the 14th century with a beautiful Renaissance Jutty from 1592. Behind the St.-Bartholomäus-Church (14th – 16th century) we discover Lug ins Land which can be translated as look at the land. This is the oldest building of Marktredwitz in form of a tower, dating back to the 13th century and is the rest of the ancient castle. Near by we discover another architectural treasure, the St.-Theresien-Church, (Rococo, 1776/1767) which was founded by Empress Maria Theresa for the stationed Austrian Garrison at that time. Now we turn right and walk through the market passing beautiful houses from the late Baroque area and partly replaced after huge fires in the years 1822 and 1836 by Neo-Classical and Biedermeier style fronts.

Continuing our stroll along the Hirschmannstrasse we will see the new City Hall which was build in 1794 for residential purpose. It was that house where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe staid as a gust when he visited Marktredwitz from the 13th to the 18th of August 1822. Take the chance and visit the Goethezimmer where a collection of paintings and items are on display to remind every visitor of the good old times.

Many more sights are waiting to be explored and you might want to take a break at the Goldene Löwe (golden lion) the oldest tavern in town before continuing your stroll through the streets of Marktredwitz.

If you don’t like to take that trip on your own you can join the official guided tour including an ascent of the tower. Those tours are organized between May and October each year and start every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. Meeting point is the Tourist Information office.

Christmas Markets In Northern Germany

Rostock

26.11. – 22.12.2009, Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm

Rostock, the almost 800 year old Hanseatic Town, has retained much of its original charm and is home to a diverse cultural scene. This cosmopolitan university- and port-town has a Historical Center with typical northern-style German brick architecture and a maritime atmosphere. Once a year, the twinkling glitter of the Christmas lights glow along the River Warnow and the Baltic Sea and transform the Historic City Center of Rostock into the largest, and one of the most gorgeous Christmas Markets in the North of Germany. Here, Father Christmas traditionally arrives in the town harbor by boat to open the Christmas Market. Northern specialties include candied apples, deep-fried bananas, candy floss, baby doughnuts, burnt almonds, Glögg, a sort of Swedish mulled wine and biscuits from Sweden; smoked sausages from Rostock, smoked fish from Warnemünde and north German fried fish in batter.

Lübeck

23.11. – 30.12.2009, Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11.30am-9pm

The entire oval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lübeck is nowadays a modern trading port and, via the coastal resort of Travemünde, a terminal for ferries to and from Scandinavia and the Baltic. A stroll around the Christmas-Fair area, which was first mentioned in 1648, is an absolute Must-Do for all Lübeck visitors. The market and its some 400 merchants offer toys and Christmas decoration, gingerbread, hot spiced wine and plenty of other things.

For 30 years Lübeck’s Fairy-tale Forest has been a festive attraction. 500 illuminated fir-trees and 21 stalls recreate beautifully the tales of the Brothers Grimm. (Open till 23rd Dec.)

The Historic Christmas Fair at the foot of St. Mary’s Church makes visitors travel through time; medieval flair unfolds amidst modern Lübeck. (Open 26.11-23.12). The Crafts Fair at St. Peter’s offers with over 50 craftsmen and -women from Northern Germany a wide variety of traditional and contemporary gift ideas. (Open 27.11-14.12). The arts and crafts market inside the festively decorated church-hall and in the small cabins of the long hall of the medieval Hospital of the Holy Spirit is unique! The exhibitors come from all over Germany and Northern Europe. (Open 28.11-08.12). Of course, Christmas in Lübeck would not be complete without a visit to the Christmas Bazaar at Niederegger’s, where you can taste famous marzipan cake, a delicious gateau with a rich nut brittle cream and a thin coat of marzipan.

Hamburg

23.11. – 23.12.2009, 10am-9pm daily

The Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg is Germany’s second largest metropolis and is home to one of Europe’s largest ports. There is a taste of far-away places throughout the city, even in the little canals and waterways of the old warehouse district. During Advent, Hamburg’s Town Hall provides the grand setting for the city’s most charming Christmas Market. One hundred merchants will set up their shops on Hamburg’s largest Urban Square. Roast apples, hand-crafted items and the quaint cottages designed by Bernhard Paul, director of the famed nostalgic Circus Roncalli, set this Christmas Market apart from seasonal activities elsewhere. Here you will find hand-crafted Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge region, wood carvers from Tyrol, bakers from Aachen producing their famous Printen-Cookies on the scene, Gingerbread makers from Nuremberg and pottery from the Lausitz region. Silversmiths and many other artisans and craftsmen invite you to marvel, join in, taste and enjoy. New is the Nordic Lane, a tribute to Hamburg’s traditionally close ties to the countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Santa Claus is riding up to the sky above the roofs of the market cottages in his reindeer sleigh.

Lüneburg

22.11 – 22.12.2009, 10am-7pm daily, Historic Christmas Market, 05.12 – 06.12.2009

Lüneburg is located on the edge of the Lüneburger Heath between Hamburg and Hannover. In the middle ages salt, the so called white gold, made Lüneburg a very prosperous town; this is still evident today as most of its magnificent and historic buildings are intact and in their former glory. This ancient salt-trading and Hanseatic Town has a romantic Christmas Market atmosphere, with Christmas lights showing its gabled houses and medieval churches in the most beautiful light. Booths decorated on Brothers Grimm Fairy-tale themes transform Lüneburg’s pedestrian streets into a magical fairy-tale world. A daily special and changing Christmas program starts from 4pm daily.

Find Cheap Hotels for Holiday

  1. Leverage Hotel and Organization’s Memberships

Your membership to a hotel might not look useful until you want to find a place to stay during the holidays. Most establishments have incredible bargains for members and surprisingly, it costs nothing to join. You can also get discounts through membership to organizations, such as veterans associations, professional bodies among others. Be proactive and ask about any of these perks when doing a search.

  1. Start Your Search Early

You have to start your hotel search early enough in order to identify those establishments that are most likely to offer good deals. By starting your search early, you have all the time to learn more about different hotels through reviews. This makes it easier to find a place that suits your budget.

  1. Use Booking Aggregators

The internet is a treasure trove of information where you can easily identify an affordable hotel. Using your preferred travel date and budget aggregator sites helps you find the best play to stay and for no fee. It is also faster to book from their website once you have found the perfect deal.

See Parks in Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is located between the Louvre and place de la Concorde. It is the oldest and largest public garden of Paris. The designer of the park is the same architect as of the gardens at Versailles. People who visited the Versailles gardens will imagine how stunning this park is. Jardin des Tuileries is declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. It is a formal garden with beautiful paths, perfect lawns and exquisite sculptures – copies of ancient works.

Jardin du Luxembourg

The 25-hectare park is located in the 6th arrondissement and is a wonderful family attraction. The park was created in 1612 and since has become one of the greatest parks in Europe. There are six tennis courts, playground for children, and unique sculptures. Locals bring their children for pony rides, ice-cream stands, puppet shows, sailing in the central fountain. Also, on the wooded side of the garden you will see people of different ages playing chess. So, Jardin du Luxembourg is an absolutely perfect place for family weekends and a must-visit tourist attraction.

Jardin des Plantes

This park is the main botanical garden in France and home for four museums. It contains more than 10.000 species and tropical greenhouses. Also, there is a small zoo. Ideal place to bring kids both for fun and for educational purposes. Jardin des Plantes was initially a royal medicinal garden in 1626. But in 1640 it became available for public. This enchanting spot is like something from fairytale and appearing there you will feel yourself in a wonderland.