The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is inviting Indian travellers to embark on an enchanting journey through the country’s rich history and fairy tale landscapes. With 25,000 enchanting sites, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to hidden gems, Germany’s historic treasures offer both romantic getaways and legendary tours filled with pure magic. Whether it is the Baroque-style Moritzburg Castle constructed on its own artificial island near Dresden or Kriebstein Castle that looms ominously over the River Zschopau in Saxony; the Barockgarten Großsedlitz in Heidenau or Germany’s oldest “porcelain palace”, the Schloss Favorite Rastatt near Baden-Baden.
The wonderous sites promise unique experiences, from open-air concerts under starry skies to captivating exhibitions. Indian visitors can participate in the Hohenzollern Mountain Race, conquering 365 vertical metres to reach Hohenzollern Castle’s courtyard; explore the world’s first playing card museum to design their own cards at Altenburg Residential Castle; or experience music fusion at Spandau.
Explorers can also discover other fascinating landmarks such as Sanssouci Palace, which is actually an ensemble of palaces and gardens; immerse themselves in culture at regular musical performances and events at Wartburg Castle; experience the annual theatrical tribute paid to William Shakespeare at Neuschwanstein Castle; and visit Heidelberg Castle, which hosts a 2 series of unforgettable theatre, opera, and concert productions. Each of these landmarks highlight Germany’s rich history and architectural wonders.
Lifestyle is a priority. The people of Germany always like to show their best side, a country with a big heart, as suave as it is easy-going, buzzing and yet tranquil. We have rounded up some of the best festivals in Germany this summer besides the Oktoberfest. Come celebrate with us!
Rheingau Wine Festival Wiesbaden: 11th – 20th August
For 10 days in August, Wiesbaden’s Schlossplatz and Dern’sche grounds will once again be transformed into a dream destination for wine lovers. There will be over 100 booths, as well as three large stages where an extensive music program will be presented. Come visit “The longest wine counter in the world” in Wiesbaden, which is only a 45-minute drive from the Frankfurt airport, and taste some delicious wines with the locals!
Rhine in Flames: August – September
On five nights between August and September, villages, cultural landscapes, castles and parks in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate shine bright when a fascinating firework display illuminates them while about 75 festively decorated ships move in convoy along the river. The festival has five stops along the Rhine river and invites guests to enjoy music concerts, a living room stage, and the silent disco in the cosy castle garden.
Spay – Koblenz: August 13, 2023
Oberwesel: September 9, 2023
St. Goar – St. Goarhausen: September 16, 2023
Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg: 20th – 23rd September
Since 2006, the Reeperbahn Festival has become one of the most important meeting places for the music world. For four days in September, more than 350 live concerts take place in and around Hamburg’s St. Pauli neighbourhood. The festival combines a diverse line-up of new, international talent with the thematic diversity of a progressive music marketplace. Venues range from underground clubs and bars to state buildings, such as the Imperial Theatre, School Museum, and St. Pauli Church. In addition to concerts, there is also an extensive art program.
Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart: 22nd September – 8 th October
The 176th Cannstatter Volksfest is rich in tradition: the festival is not only the biggest in Baden-Württemberg, but it also has one of the greatest funfairs in all of Europe. It is a family-friendly event with numerous rides, colourful parades, haunted houses, roller coasters and Ferris wheels. At the many food stands and in the beer tents you can taste delicious regional specialties, German beers, and wines.
In the enchanting land of Germany, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and vibrant musical scene. With pleasant weather, it is the perfect time for Indians to indulge in cultural musical activities, from attending operas at the world-renowned Berlin State Opera to experiencing the exhilarating classical music festivals. Germany promises an unforgettable journey through music, unlocking the doors to a world steeped in history and artistic brilliance.” said Romit Theophilus, Director, German National Tourist Office in India.
Furthermore, Germany has been promoting its slogan, “Germany Simply Inspiring”, aimed at promoting sustainable travel and communicating the country’s positive image as a travel destination with a wide range of eco conscious tourism experiences. The goal is to extend the length of visitors’ stays and create a more innovative, climate-friendly place to visit.