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from May 09 to 12, 2024

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The Prignitz

In the north-west of Brandenburg, halfway between Hamburg and Berlin, the Prignitz with its austere charm stretches along the four-country corner of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. The rural idyll, the vastness and the tranquillity of the region awaken the joy of the simplicity of country life. Nowhere else in Europe does the stork feel so at home as in the Elbe floodplain. The Prignitz is a paradise for cyclists: the landscape is flat, the cycle paths are well developed and the junction system makes tour planning child's play. Translated with (free version)

North Sea Schleswig-Holstein: The Wadden Sea World Heritage Site and much more

The North Sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein presents itself to holidaymakers in a particularly eventful and tasteful way. Those seeking happiness will find their personal dream beach or their individual holiday happiness in numerous offers to switch off and slow down on the website.  The long western beach of Sylt, the Kniepsand off Amrum or the beach of St. Peter-Ording invite you to extended beach walks; North Sea holidays the way you like and want them. For active holidaymakers, there is a wide range of possibilities in front of and behind the dikes, from cycling, hiking, horse riding and beach volleyball to water sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing, surfing and catamaran sailing. Those who simply want to relax can sit in one of the countless beach chairs, in the sand or lie down on the green beach and watch flying surfers, the countless migratory birds, white clouds on their migration from somewhere to nowhere, or sailboats on their way to freedom and beyond the horizon. 

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The Harz - the mountains in the heart of Germany

The Harz mountains - Germany's northernmost low mountain range - extend across three federal states (Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia) and offer world-class cultural sites, unique experiences in unspoilt nature and a wide range of leisure and activity activities over an area of around 4,000 km². Pure culture - magical inspiration With the ensemble of the old town of Goslar, the Rammelsberg ore mine and the Upper Harz Water Management, the old town of Quedlinburg and the Luther memorials in Eisleben, the Harz region boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The numerous castles, monasteries, palaces and palaces in the Harz Mountains are also characteristic of the cultural landscape. The venerable walls of the imperial palace in Goslar, the impressive grounds of Wernigerode® Castle or the legendary Falkenstein Castle will take you back in time. During the Harz Monastery Summer, music and cultural programmes, guided tours, readings, historic gardens, outstanding architecture and culinary delights enliven the monastery complexes in the Harz. A highlight of any trip to the Harz is a ride on one of the Harz narrow-gauge railways, whose most famous station is on the 1141-metre-high Brocken. For 130 years now, the steam engines have been puffing uphill and downhill through the region. Pure nature - intoxicatingly beautiful wilderness The mystical landscape of the Harz has many faces: rugged granite cliffs and gnarled mountain spruces, misty moors and murmuring stream valleys, mysterious forests and brightly coloured meadows. On over 8,000 km of signposted hiking trails, nature lovers encounter the intoxicatingly beautiful wilderness of primeval forests, deeply incised valleys, wild river courses and flowering mountain meadows. Particularly popular is the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg, which is one of the "Top Trails of Germany" and has been awarded the certificate "Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland". Over a distance of around 100 km, the trail connects the towns of Osterode in the southwest and Thale in the northeast and shows a multi-faceted interplay of the Harz natural landscape. Pure fun - a magic formula to beat the daily grind The cable cars in Bad Harzburg, Braunlage, Goslar-Hahnenklee and Thale take you up high. The climbing parks, summer toboggan runs, monster scooters and mountain carts in the Harz Mountains promise thrills and fast descents. With around 70 signposted routes and five bike parks, the Harz is a paradise for mountain bikers. And if you are looking for a special kick, a real adventure awaits you with the "Ultrashot", wallrunning and a flight with the mega-zipline 120m above the abyss of the Rappbode dam! The tree suspension railway and the tree-top walk in Bad Harzburg also offer unforgettable experiences high up in the treetops. Germany's northernmost winter sports area promises winter fun for young and old with alpine ski areas for beginners and advanced skiers, fun parks for snowboarders, 500 km of cross-country ski trails as well as toboggan runs and ski lifts.

Welcome to the cultural and Elbe metropolis of Magdeburg!

The Otto City of Magdeburg with over 1,200 years of history introduces itself: The first German-Roman Emperor Otto I and the natural scientist Otto von Guericke are its famous namesakes. The city's imposing landmark is the Gothic Magdeburg Cathedral, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1209. Originally, Emperor Otto I ordered the construction of the imperial cathedral in 955, but it was destroyed by a city fire. It is worth visiting the oldest Gothic sacred building on German soil for its enormous dimensions alone. Its sculpture cycles are of art-historical significance. Only a few metres from the cathedral square stands the Green Citadel of Magdeburg, a work of architectural art by the great Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Visible from afar, it glows in the colours gold, pink, white and green. Balconies are set into the predominantly pink-painted house facades, with green trees growing undisturbed into the sky everywhere. The architecture reflects the living concept of the Green Citadel. The artist's aim was to create a paradisiacal oasis in the big city and a living environment that leaves room for creativity. In addition to flats, the fantasy building houses small shops, a theatre and an art hotel with artistically designed rooms. Magdeburg is thus a medieval journey through time and a modern cultural city at the same time. With its numerous parks, the metropolis on the Elbe is one of the greenest cities in Germany.

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Farm holidays

Whether active farm holidays for the whole family, a visit to an equestrian farm, a relaxing countryside experience for two or a sociable get-together in a group - our holiday farms in Lower Saxony offer the right holiday or excursion destination for every occasion and every temperament. In addition to cosy holiday flats, the offer also includes hay hotels and special country accommodation such as sleeping barrels and tiny houses. In addition, many farm cafés and farm shops invite you to feast and linger. Come and visit us at our stand and see for yourself!

Herzogtum Lauenburg

Very close to the gates of Hamburg lies a small refuge: a region adorned with numerous lakes hidden in graceful forests. The Elbe flows leisurely along its southern border. To the north, it stretches across the Wakenitz to the gates of Lübeck. And the Elbe-Lübeck Canal runs right through the middle of it, along the banks of which the long-distance cycle route "Alte Salzstraße" (Old Salt Road) runs.

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Bremerhaven - experience the sea

The maritime city with a heart Bremerhaven is where the air tastes of salt and water and sky merge on the horizon. The largest city on Germany's North Sea coast has much to offer. In the heart of the city, the Havenwelten, fascinating worlds of experience are located just behind the dyke, door to door. In the Klimahaus, visitors embark on a journey through the climate zones around the world without having to get on a plane. In the German Emigration House, the stories of emigrants and immigrants come alive and can be experienced through biographies. Polar bears, penguins, seals and many more await visitors at the Zoo am Meer. Guests can dive into the depths of the North Sea in the North Sea Aquarium. The oldest Hanseatic cog in the world can be marvelled at in the German Maritime Museum and the submarine "Wilhelm Bauer" can be explored just opposite. Those who prefer a fresh breeze can enjoy a walk along the dyke or sunbathing in the Weser beach bath. Shopping queens will get their money's worth in the Columbus Shopping Center and Mein Outlet & Shopping Center as well as the covered pedestrian zone. For fish lovers and all those who want to become one, a visit to the Schaufenster Fischereihafen - the maritime mile - is a must. Fish is loved, lived and celebrated here. Just how hard the fishermen's work is is vividly demonstrated on board the museum ship "Gera", the last German side trawler. If you want to know more about the young port city, you can board one of the launches or sightseeing ships to sail through the harbours alongside the big boats, or take the HafenBus to Europe's longest river quay. Those who want to actively explore the city and the surrounding area can use the large range of rental bikes at the RadStation and choose between smaller circular routes or attractive long-distance cycle paths. The green oases of Bürgerpark, Gesundheitspark Speckenbüttel with Marschenhaus and Geesthofanlage and Thieles Garten invite you to chill out, take a walk and relax.

Bergedorf: The slightly different Hamburg

Bergedorf has a lot to offer: Hamburg, landscape, water, experience Bergedorf's city centre with its castle, the church of St. Petri and Pauli, the Bergedorf Mill and the Sachsentor shopping street with its historic buildings is an inviting place to stroll and linger. You can also enjoy the maritime flair of the newly designed promenade along the historic Serrahn harbour basin. The Hamburg Observatory is an experience of a special kind in the middle of Bergedorf has currently launched an application for a UNESCO World Heritage nomination. The ensemble of listed domed buildings in the middle of a large park will amaze all visitors. The Vier- und Marschlanden are another highlight of Bergedorf! Agriculture and horticulture are at home here and offer a wealth of regional products. In addition, there is a wide and open landscape with farms, old half-timbered houses and village churches. Ideal for cycling, hiking or boating. Let's go to Bergedorf!

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Welcome to Brandenburg!

Here in Brandenburg, the water is literally right outside the door. The lakes and rivers shine like blue dots of colour in the vast landscape. An excursion and holiday paradise where nature sets the tone. As if made for setting sail on a raft, houseboat or canoe, for exploring nature parks and small villages by bike or on foot, or simply for doing nothing and taking a deep breath while looking out over the water. Anyone who travels here automatically becomes a cultural traveller, because this is part of the landscape. No wonder our neighbours in Berlin love to turn their backs on the city and head out to the countryside. Farm shops and cakes like grandma's, storks chattering and frogs croaking, feet in the water and a wide horizon.

Welcome to Stormarn! 

Ideal für einen spannenden Tagesausflug oder erholsamen Kurztrip liegt Stormarn in der Metropolregion zwischen Hamburg und Lübeck. Genießen Sie die unberührte Natur – Moore, Wälder, Seen laden zu erholsamen Wanderungen oder Radtouren ein. Besuchen Sie die zahlreichen Hofläden und lassen sich kulinarisch von regionalen Produkten in den Hofcafés und Restaurants verwöhnen. Stormarn - Natur, Kultur und Erholung!


Mecklenburg-West Pomerania – the holiday destination

Germany's popular travel destination has lots of news in store for Hamburg's Harbour Birthday that will whet your appetite for holidays on the Baltic Sea or lakes. In addition to a competition in the new holiday magazine, there are many current offers, for example the new "Skywalk" viewing platform on the Königsstuhl on Rügen or the renovated landscape park of Wiligrad Castle. On board, in addition to the state tourism association, are the Association of Mecklenburg Baltic Sea Resorts, the tourism associations of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Western Pomerania, Mecklenburgische Kleinseenplatte Touristik GmbH, Weiße Flotte Müritz, Usedom Tourismus GmbH, IFA Ferienpark Rügen GmbH and Hotel Neptun. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the number one summer and family destination for Germans, is blessed with lush nature and clean air, with picturesque cliffs and white beaches. Almost 2,000 kilometres of Baltic coastline, more than 2,000 deep blue lakes inland, just as many castles and stately homes and about 26,000 kilometres of waterways are to be discovered in the northeast, which also has the most hours of sunshine. Three national parks, more than in any other federal state, are among Germany's green treasuries with their wealth of flora and fauna. Leisure captains can enjoy nature in a large network of waterways and moor up at a total of 400 water tourism facilities on the Baltic Sea coast and in the lake district. On the Baltic Sea, guests experience the maritime interplay at sails and regattas, fleet parades and dragon boat races. Those who prefer to travel by bike can cycle through the state on one of the nine long-distance cycle routes or choose from numerous circular bike tours. Hikers are also guided by 20 trails and numerous circular tours, for example to cliffs, through dense beech forests or to mysterious moors. Young and old alike can expect attractive worlds of knowledge all year round, such as the Darwineum in Rostock, the Müritzeum in Waren (Müritz) and the Ozeaneum in Stralsund.

The Ruhrgebiet

The Ruhr region - who doesn't know it? But not everyone has spent a holiday there yet. But at the latest since the Capital of Culture year 2010, the diversity of cultural offerings has become well-known. The formerly industrial landscape has changed - the industrial area has become a cultural area. The region invites you to discover the change and be part of it. The UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein in Essen is one of the (industrial) cultural nuclei of the region. What was once the most beautiful colliery in the world and the working processes can be explored on guided tours, a show depot with its extensive collection and the Ruhr Museum, as well as the red dot design museum, invite you to visit. But it's not just mining that can be discovered, the other branches of industry that have made the region what it is now can also be seen in often impressive settings, such as the Henrichshütte in Hattingen or the Recklinghausen transformer station that houses the German Electricity Museum. But it's not all about work, the enjoyment of art is not neglected either. The RuhrKunstmuseen present more than 130 art exhibitions a year in 21 museums in 16 towns in the region, ranging from modern art from the 19th century to the present day. The cultural region looks forward to your visit. Who can resist such an invitation to enjoy culture!

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North Rhine-Westphalia: City adventures and outdoor happiness

North Rhine-Westphalia: City adventures and outdoor happiness North Rhine-Westphalia offers a unique range of activities for people who like to be active and outdoors on holiday. Well over half of the state is covered by forests, rivers, meadows and fields, and numerous natural highlights are waiting to be discovered. 30,000 kilometres of cycle paths and more than 50,000 kilometres of hiking trails alone lead through the varied landscapes. The largest skiing area north of the Alps as well as the Eifel National Park, many nature parks and nature reserves, which are home to wild flamingos, bison or wild horses, also invite you to spend a short holiday in nature. At the same time, the Teutoburg Forest with its many spas and health resorts is considered Germany's spa garden. But it is not only in the outdoor sector that NRW is ahead of the game; the state also scores with its top-class cultural offerings: more than 1,000 museums, some of international significance, 130 world-class theatres and concert halls, as well as six impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral and Zollverein in Essen make the state one of the densest cultural regions in Europe alongside Paris and London. For inspiration, go this way:

Holiday region Teutoburger Wald

The Teutoburg Forest is a destination for active holidays and is known for its qualities as a healing garden. Between Minden in the north and Paderborn and Warburg in the south, the holiday region offers a great deal of variety. The North German lowlands border on the low mountain range, cycling and hiking trails connect traditional spas with historic villages and lively towns, and Westphalian specialities are served in romantic hotels. On more than 30 quality hiking trails, holidaymakers can hike through two nature parks and along gently undulating mountain ranges. The Hermannshöhen, consisting of the Eggeweg and Hermannsweg trails, are well-known and popular. They are among the Top Trails of Germany. In the Teutoburg Forest, cycling tours are just as good a recommendation - from family tours to challenging mountain routes that can easily be covered on a pedelec. Classics for cycling holidays are the Ems and Weser cycle paths, sections of which run through the holiday region. Viewpoints open up distant vistas, from the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at Porta Westfalica or the Weser Skywalk near Beverungen. Impressive destinations for excursions are the Externsteine near Horn-Bad Meinberg, the Hermann Monument near Detmold, the Wewelsburg near Büren and the Sparrenburg Fortress in Bielefeld. With its seven spas and its treasure trove of natural remedies, the Teutoburg Forest is also known as "Germany's healing garden". Brine, moor, thermal mineral water and, last but not least, the good air are the natural health makers in the Teutoburg Forest and turn a stay into a healthy holiday, with exclusively positive side effects.

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The heath to the west, the Elbe to the east and, in the middle of it all, one of the most beautiful cities in northern Germany: Lüneburg - the gateway to the Elbe River Landscape. A place where history can be experienced and experiences make history. More than 400 well-stocked specialist shops and the lively weekly market provide unforgettable shopping moments in the middle of the medieval town centre. Unusual guided tours of the city, horse-drawn carriage rides over cobblestones and culinary highlights behind magnificent brick facades whet your appetite for more Lüneburg: for contemplative hours in the English spa gardens, visits to one of the many museums, for adventure Sundays with open shop doors and many more attractions. Incidentally, in Lüneburg, not far from the "Blue Ribbon" of the Elbe, you can not only follow in the footsteps of the "White Gold", but also immerse yourself in the romantic world of the ARD telenovela "Red Roses". Time for a perfect day? Then let's go! Info: Translated with (free version)

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Kurs Elbe

Here you will find new inspiration for your next trip to one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe - the Elbe from Hamburg to Wittenberge. There is a lot to see and experience here: a natural landscape for nature lovers right in the biosphere reserve and nature reserves, charming little Elbe towns with cosy, regional restaurants and unique castles and museums, as well as small and large attractions for an unforgettable family outing. Join ENNI, the living drop of water, on a journey of discovery in the Elbe region. Our web app "Ennis Elbe-Adventure" accompanies you with exciting audio stories and microadventures to join in. Just take a look for yourselves. We look forward to seeing you!

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