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Leipzig – Bach to the present

Bryn Frank has travelled widely in Germany, but has a special fondness for the less well known east and north east of the country. It was probably sparked off by an unlikely detour he took in 1985.  We hadn’t expected so much snow – and we are cold and wet. Now three ‘Vopos’ (Volkspolizei) are…

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Dresden through the lens

Stuart Forster presents images of the German city and explains why he still travels with a backpack full of camera gear: Travel photography is one of my passions in life. I love travelling with a camera, capturing scenes depicting the spirit of the destinations I visit. Though many people now take photographs using their smart…

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Top German award for Andy Jarosz

An article on Baltic Germany has won Guild member Andy Jarosz top prize in this year’s Germany Travel Writers’ Awards. The piece was published in National Geographic Magazine. The competition is organised annually by the German National Tourist Office. The results were announced at a lunch co-sponsored by the state of Brandenberg. Klaus Lohmann, the GNTGO’s…

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Erfurt: Pearl from the old east

The lovely German city of Erfurt won two Guild Tourism Awards in four years – first for its unveiling of an ancient synagogue and second – in 2014 – for the Andreasstrasse Memorial and Education Centre , which commemorates resistance to the rule of the German United Socialist Party (SED) in the state of Thuringia from 1949 to 1989. Liz…

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Stuttgart’s Schweine Museum: the world’s largest pig museum

If you’re going to open a museum to house a collection of pig-related artefacts then the site of a former slaughterhouse is a good a place as any. The Schweine Museum (Pig Museum) in Stuttgart hosts around 50,000 porcine exhibits. The family-friendly attraction displays the items in 25 themed rooms over three storeys and proclaims…

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The Christmas markets of Stuttgart, Germany

Across central Europe, Christmas markets prove a popular draw during Advent. To gain first-hand experience one of Germany’s markets I head to Stuttgart in the south-western state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The oldest document mentioning a Christmas market in Stuttgart dates from 1692 yet historians believe the tradition of hosting Weihnachtsmärkte – as the markets are known…

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Baden Baden: the naked truth

There’s a public drinking fountain in Baden-Baden called the Fettquelle. Dating from 1871, it’s a natrium-chloride-thermal spring that flows continuously into a stone basin. Writes Tina Ediss. It sounds deliciously foreign but Fettquelle translates, unappetisingly, to fat source, though the water is said to be good for you. You need to take your own drinking…

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Hainich National Park in central Germany

It is a crisp, cold day and the sun is glistening off fields blanketed with fallen snow. About an hour’s drive from Weimar, and after a sodden winter in the UK, it is magical travelling under piercing blue skies with stinging, fresh air hurting my lungs. This pain is good. Writes Lynn Houghton. We are…