1. Cross-country skiing world championships, Oberstdorf, January 3rd - 4th Photo: DPA Germany’s own Chancellor Angela Merkel is a well-known fan of cross country skiing, famously injuring her leg three winters ago while pursuing this pleasure. So you never know - you might be in famous company at this Bavarian winter sport bonanza. Let’s just hope enough snow falls on Monday night to allow the event to take place. 2. Bavarian sledging championships, Garmisch, January 6th Photo: DPA This might sound like a sport for kids, but it is anything but. Teams fly down the hill on traditional wooden sledges at speeds of up to 100 km/h. For all of those who like a bit of traditional, edge-of-your-seat excitement, this fun event takes place on the day of the Three Kings every year. Oh, and expect to see plenty of crashes. 3. Cologne Music Week, January 14th - 21st The first big music festival in the Cologne calendar is going to kick off mid-way through the … [Read more...] about 5 events from across Germany to wipe away those January blues
newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. I recently enjoyed a FABULOUS holiday in Thailand, including a stay at my favorite hotel in the world, Soneva Kiri. I will publish my reviews in the coming weeks: Review: Lufthansa First Class Terminal at Frankfurt Airport (today) Review: Lufthansa Airbus A380 First Class from Frankfurt to Bangkok Review: Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood (my favorite hotel in the world) Review: Park Hyatt Hotel Bangkok Review: Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok Review: Thai Airways Boeing B747 First Class from Bangkok to Munich Today (April 4, 2018): Review of Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal in Frankfurt Airport. On February 9th 2018, I flew First Class in a Lufthansa Airbus A380 from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), also known unofficially as Bangkok Airport, in Thailand. One of the great perks about flying First Class with Lufthansa is that it gives access to the … [Read more...] about Review: Lufthansa First Class Terminal (Frankfurt Airport, Germany).
A short trip to three places. Balduinstein, Dusseldorf and Brussel. UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited: none (see all UNESCO sites here) Day 1 – Daytrip to Balduinstein Germany please see post about Balduinstein. Day 2 – Dusseldorf Today we did a 2-3 hour walk through Dusseldorf. A nice city – but for us this was enough. We took the car and drove to Brussels. Day 3, 4 & 5 – Brussels please see the post about Brussels. … [Read more...] about GERMANY – Dusseldorf (2014.02.26 – 2014.03.02)
#TBT [ThrowBackThursday] week 27 of 2015. This week, something I remember from my visit to Germany, 1 of the 52 countries I visited prior to 2015. With some business associates I visited the Munich Oktoberfest. We started drinking some beer around 2 PM and we ended 16 liters later at midnight when the Munich Oktoberfest closed. Say what? 16 liters? Yes. Munich Oktoberfest is something you must do once! During daytime we enjoyed the various attractions at the Munich Oktoberfest. Some bratwurst with beer. The afternoon was time to go to the Hippodrome, one of the better tents at the Munich Oktoberfest. We had a great dinner there which quality food to help digest the alcohol. I don’t like regular pilsner beer so I took the Hefeweizen (Wheat beer) which taste is much better for me. It does have a bit more alcohol in it but the 16 liters, damn that’s much, ended me up with a 1.32 pro-mille alcohol in my blood. In the Hippodrome at the Munich Oktoberfest there are very very … [Read more...] about GERMANY – Munich Oktoberfest in the Hippodrome; beer, beer and beer (#TBT)
Wednesday newsletters always feature a luxury hotel and/or flight review. Today (July 1, 2015): Review of the Mandarin Oriental Munich (Germany). Location: Google maps Address: Neuturmstrasse 1, 80331 Munich, Germany Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Munich Tucked away in a quiet side street, Mandarin Oriental Munich offers an enticing mix of Oriental style, German charm and internationally renowned service. With 73 beautiful rooms and suites, acclaimed restaurants and a stunning rooftop, Mandarin Oriental Munich aims to delight in this city known for its annual beer and sausage Oktoberfest. Bust despite the luxurious setting of this hotel, I was confronted with a double disappointment during my stay. Mandarin Oriental Munich features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most spectacular rooftop pools and Europe’s best hotel rooftops. In this review (more info and photos below my slideshow & … [Read more...] about Hotel review: Mandarin Oriental Munich (Germany)