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WeinMünchen

WeinMünchen

WeinMünchen

WeinMünchen (Prater Island, Munich) — with Bavaria province long-famed for its beer, the WeinMünchen event is for wine lovers. The annual spring expo is Munich’s premier wine event (held in early April), with over 100 exhibitors specializing in still wines, sparkling wines, spirits, olive oil, and gourmet food.

 

 

With thousands of visitors drawn to WeinMünchen, connoisseurs and novices alike attend the event to sample from some 900 wines originating in counties around the globe. With admission at €12 per person (€9 for advance tickets), which includes free tastings of all wines, wine lovers feel it’s worth the effort to attend WeinMünchen. Go to the event website for more details: www.weinmuenchen.de

 


Tropical Islands

Tropical Islands

Tropical Islands

Tropical Islands (Tropical-Islands-Allee 1 – near Berlin) – this is an unusual theme park. During Berlin’s cold months, local families come to this giant biosphere (a former aircraft-building facility), located about an hour south of Berlin, that is a large tropical temperatured water park — with water slides, waterfalls, palm trees and even sand. There are also sauna areas and dining facilities. A great place for those who are unable to travel to the Caribbean. See Tropical Islands’ website for pricing and other info: www.tropical-islands.dee


Sporting Club Berlin

Sporting Club Berlin

Sporting Club Berlin

Sporting Club Berlin (Parkallee 3, Bad Saarow): este curso se encuentra al sureste de Berlín (justo al lado de la ruta 246 este). Con 63 hoyos masivos, incluido un campo diseñado por el legendario Nick Faldo (y otro por Arnold Palmer), esta obra maestra está diseñada pensando en el golfista serio. Con bunkers audaces y hierba cortada bruscamente, las desventajas alcanzan hasta 24 y su diseño bien pensado seguramente desafiará incluso al golfista más experimentado.

Sony Center

Sony Center

Sony Center

Sony Center (Potsdamer Platz, Berlin) – during the Cold War, this entertainment center would not have existed, since it’s located in areas taken up by East and West Berlin (which was divided by the infamous Berlin Wall). With the end of the Cold War, Sony built this futuristic-looking facility in 2000 – complete with an Imax theater (often used to hold Hollywood-style film premieres, the Legoland Discovery Centre (for school children), various restaurants, and some high-end retailers. There are also condo apartments for upper income local and foreign residents, as well as other floors dedicated to businesses, and of course, Sony’s European headquarters.

Primus Linie / Frankfurt River Cruise

Primus Linie / Frankfurt River Cruise

Primus Linie / Frankfurt River Cruise

Primus Linie / Frankfurt River Cruise – this tour company offers various cruises up and down the Rhine River from Frankfurt (from day cruises, to dinner cruises). While the daytime cruises offer visitors an opportunity to become geographically more familiar with Frankfurt (and see castles and other historical sights outside the city), a nighttime cruise lets one appreciate this German metropolis’ skyline. See Primus’ website for more info (including pricing): www.primus-linie.de

Olympiastadion

Olympiastadion

Olympiastadion

Olympiastadion (Olympischer Platz 3, Charlottenburg, Berlin) – this is the arena where the 1936 Summer Olympics took place (where famed athlete Jesse Owens won four Gold medals). This stadium, which seats 74,000 spectators, underwent a renovation in time for the 2006 World Cup. It’s the current home to the Hertha BSC football club, along with hosting the German Cup Final, and other sporting events and concerts. Guided tours of this stadium (lasting 60 to 75 minutes) are offered at the following rates: €10 (adult), €8 (seniors/students/disabled), €22 (family).
See the stadium’s website for info on upcoming events: www.olympiastadion-berlin.de

Oktoberfest (Munich)

Oktoberfest (Munich)

Oktoberfest (Munich)

Oktoberfest (Munich) – this is the world’s largest beer fest held annually in Munich from late September to the first weekend of October. This event, held in an area called Theresiewiese (near the city center of Munich) is a tradition that goes back to the early 1800s. Over 6 million visitors currently attend Oktoberfest – which served a variety of locally-brewed beers, roast pork, chicken, radish, pretzels, and Kaiserschmarrn (a cut up pancake with extra sugar and raisins) are served. There are also carnival rides and other amusements for both adults and children. See the official Oktoberfest website for a line-up of activities during the next annual event: www.oktoberfest.de

Loxx Museum

Museo Loxx

Museo Loxx

Loxx Museum (Grunerstrasse 20, Berlin) – this museum is great for families with small children. Its 3,000 m2 showrooms has lively miniature scenes of the city of Berlin (including traffic with the Berlin S-Bahn, regional and long-distance trains, historical steamers as well as the high-speed ICE, and even the airport). Loxx is reputed to have the largest model railway in the world. There are even simulations of day, night and thunderstorms! Admission: €12.90 (adult), €11.90 (seniors, students, disabled), €8 (children up to 14 years), free for children up to 1 meter in height. Hours: 10 am – 8 pm daily.

Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz

Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz

Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz

Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz (Matthäikirchplatz 6, Berlin) – The Berlin Kulturforum, with its museums, concert halls, libraries and institutes, is one of the most important cultural sites of Germany. Many well-known and unique institutions are located here, including the New National Gallery, designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, and the Philharmonie and Chamber Music Hall – home of the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Neue Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) with its sensational reading room and, last but not least, the Gemäldegalerie, which has one of the most important collections of old masters worldwide.

 

In addition, there is also the Friedrichshain Open Air Cinema, where various films are shown here (often in English). See the Kulturforum’s website for details on this and other events held there: www.kulturforum-berlin.de

 

 

Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus (Platzl 9, Munich) – this famed beer hall, located in the center of Munich, was originally built in 1598 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I (who made beer available to the masses, unlike the times before him, where it was only sold to the well-off). Hofbrauhaus includes an inn, a ballroom, and a beer garden. With most of its structure destroyed after World War II bombings, it was rebuilt by 1958. World War II buffs will note that Adolf Hitler once conducted rallies here to launch his infamous political career and rise to power back in the 1930s.

 

Hofbrauhaus had its share of famous visitors – from Mozart to Vladimir Lenin, musician Louis Armstrong, and American presidents John F. Kennedy and George Bush Sr. Avid beer drinkers today note that Hofbrauhaus beer is sold not only in Germany but overseas (its “HB” logo readily recognized by beer lovers everywhere). See its website for more details on its history: www.hofbraeuhaus.de