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Mar 11, 2012 3:15 AM
75Anne Frank and Frankfurt
Photos, souvenirs, documents, paintings etc. of the Anne Frank family will be exhibited in the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt. This will be done by the Anne Frank Fund, founded in Basel. The process must be finished in 2015.
Source: Jewish Museum and community of Frankfurt.
1. the famous diary remains in Amsterdam)
2. Anne Frank's grave is in Bergen-Belsen, north of Hannover.
Mar 11, 2012 12:48 PM
76Cycling in Germany
(and website for hiking info)
Maps, guides etc in these webshops:
1. http://webshop.fietsvakantiewinkel.nl/ (products in Dutch or German)
2. http://www.fahrradtouren.de/shop2-bva.htm (mainly German)
3. http://www.ctc-maps.org.uk/routes/country/germany (English)
A new Bikeline guide, about: Main to Rhône
Update of Radatlas Mallorca (some people state it's not Germany;-)
Published by Esterbauer Berlin
There are more new guides in the Bikeline series, just look here: http://www.esterbauer.com/db_liste_neu.php?land_id=DE&reihe_id=RB
(neu = new)
Check also their internatioanl site, with Bikeline and hikeline: http://www.esterbauer.com/international.html
Guide of cycle-junctions in Hohes Venn in the socalled (German speaking) east-canton in Belgium, easily to connect with German Eifel. http://www.eastbelgium.com/nl2/highlights/velotour.html
The bigger bookshops in Germany - in the described area - are often well-sorted.
In above webshops you'll find them all.
This bicycle-shop in the Euregio (German-Dutch border area) is an eldorado for bicycles and gear: Also webshop and website in many/many languages. http://www.roseversand.com/
In Bocholt, physically 50 km north of Oberhausen (to Arnhem), digitally on your doorstep, they ship.
Useful links miscellanous:
http://warmshowers.com ..............overnight etc.
http://cycletourer.co.uk ...a.o. North Sea Cycle Route
http://cycletours.com .............guided tours Europe and the world
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Mar 12, 2012 6:51 AM
77Flying from and to Weeze (between Düsseldorf and Nijmegen)
Ryanair expands its destinations from Weeze the coming summer. In addition, the company flies more often this summer from the German airport to some popular destinations.
New are the flights to Bilbao in northern Spain (3x per week), Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain (2x), the island of Menorca (2x times), Pescara in Italy (3x), Chania, Crete (2x) Thessaloniki in Greece (3x). All starting 15 May 2012 with Ryanair to them. From 2 September, from Weeze to Warsaw in Poland (4x) will be flown.
Popular destinations will be expanded: Barcelona Girona, Barcelona Reus, Fez, Madrid, Porto, Faro, Alicante, Palma and Stockholm Skavsta.
Passengers can now for an introductory price of € 12.99 per single trip book for Budapest. The first flight to this new destination is on May 14 Ryanair goes four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from Weeze to the Hungarian capital.
Credits for the translation: Google Transl.
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Edited by: arizona
Mar 20, 2012 11:25 AM
There are thirteen wine areas in Germany.
Ahr, Baden, Franken(land), Hessische Bergstrasse, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen and Würtemberg.
Everywhere you can make tours and it will be possible to taste wine.
At some wine-farms you can eat and sleep. E.g. in Rheinhessen in Flonheim-Uffhofen at winery Espenhof. (espenhof.de), south of Bingen.
An organic winery: weingut-hirschhof.de
The region Rheinhessen is roughly between Mainz and Worms.
Mar 20, 2012 12:16 PM
79Some destinations in the Netherlands, easily accessible from Germany, less than 25 km from the border.
World Horticulture Expo in Venlo. 5 April to 7 October 2012
Thermenmuseum in Heerlen (Roman relics)
Schunck museum in Heerlen (many forms of art)
Nijmegen: National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek
Nijmegen: Hiking event 4 day marshes (about 50.000 hikers) in July. Every day 30 - 50 km.
Arcen, Hardenberg a.o. Topgardens Two of this list are close to the border.
N.O. Twente (just west of Nordhorn) 'best' hiking area in NL, towns Ootmarsum, Tubbergen, Vasse
Emmen Drentse fietsvierdaagse (4 days cycling in July)
Bourtange Fortress Bourtange
May 3, 2012 2:57 PM
80Bayern Ticket is changing its price structure from 10. June 2012 on
1 person EUR 22,00
2 persons EUR 26,00
3 persons EUR 30,00
4 persons EUR 34,00
5 persons EUR 38,00
In a similar way also the prices for the Bayern Ticket Nacht (Night) and the Bayern-Böhmen Tickets will change.
New is a Bayern Ticket 1st class.
(Grand-)Children under 15 years travelling with a (grand-)parent do no more count as persons. But when using this "(grand-)children for free" rule there can be max. 2 adults on the Bayern Ticket.
Details here (in German)
May 3, 2012 4:59 PM
81Good post, Abalada...this will eliminate some of the spectacular value to be accrued by several people travelling together but still a good deal for up to 5ppl, despite the increase...
However, If I understand this correctly, then the whole phenomenon of people 'joining' the ticket at the station will be eliminated as the ticket bought now will be 'quantity of travellers' specific...
What I mean is that previously if one bought the group ticket for 2ppl then others could pay their way onto the ticket as it was accessible for up to 5ppl but from now on 2ppl would only buy a 2ppl ticket so no possibility for others to 'buy in'...same for 3,4 and 5ppl...
So...the end of an era for a certain kind of Bavarian train travel culture?...or have I got that right?...
Or will it encourage a new kind of group ticket speculator who buys the 5 person ticket in the gamble and hope of trading the extra places on it?...))
May 3, 2012 6:07 PM
Almost there with the new Berlin Flughafen at Schoenefeld which will 'rationalise' the airport situation in the city...
In a month’s time Berlin’s newest airport will open, replacing the existing three airports. June 3rd is the opening day for the new facility, built on the site of the existing Schönefeld airport, though Schönefeld will operate up to the last minute. Tegel has closed this year and Tempelhof closed in 2008. The airport will be called Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt, and will have the IATA code BER. Traffic is expected to comprise about 30 million passengers per year. There will be integrated transportation links to the city and surrounding areas.
May 4, 2012 12:08 AM
83Regarding the new pricing structure for the Bayern Ticket it still seems a pretty good deal since its only €4 more for each extra passenger. Personally I've used these tickets quite a lot but usually just for me and one other person so there's a bit of a price reduction there for us.
Abalada - is this only for the Bayern Ticket or does it apply to the other Laender Tickets too?
May 4, 2012 2:33 AM
84thanks for the update, abalada.
just for the record: as from June, Bavaria joins the (majority) of Länder with this rule. currently left are Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, which still offer either a group or a single ticket. the Happy-Weekend-Ticket, too, is still for groups of ay size up to 5 persons. I guess it's only a matter of time when these will follow. though these ticks are still a good deal, personally I consider this a sad trend and brazen grasp for money.
other travel news:
- bahn.de plans to offer a 'detailed' seat reservation, just like with planes. maybe the system will be implemented already this year.
- the ICE to London might be postponed until 2016 due to delays in approval (I assume fwoggie will be sad to read this...)
- there might be a new company (named MSM) running trains between Cologne and Berlin soon, alas given the slow development of the HKX (see earlier posts) makes you wonder just how soon this will be.
- the direct bus from Munich airport to Salzburg I mentioned a couple of posts earlier has been discontinued already
- visitors interested in contemporary art should be aware that this year is DOCUMENTA year ( d13 , to be precise)! the exhibitions in Kassel start June, 9th and run until September, 16th
- just as a reminder: the last weekend in June (23rd/24th) is once again dedictaed to contemporary architecture Tag der Architektur (strictly speaking it should be 'Tage', of course). this is a chance to visit/tour contemporary buildings (often otherwise unaccessible) all over Germany, however be aware that what's on offer can differ widely...
- another reminder: Heritage Day is September 9th. again, many buildigs otherwise unaccessible will be ope to the public then.
- those looking for the relics of the Berlin wall can now do so with an app: Chronik der Mauer
- dschulia recently pointed out an interesting 'exhibition' in Berlin: The apartment where the time stood still
that's it for now, thanks for taking note.
May 4, 2012 6:15 AM
85"personally I consider this a sad trend and brazen grasp for money" - I take your point Nautiker but to me €22 for a single use Laender Ticket is a much worse deal than €38 for 5 people - average price for 5 is €7.60 - looks like a pretty good price for, say, Munich to Wurzburg which would cost €42 each if you didn't buy the Bayern Ticket.
May 4, 2012 6:37 AM
86The Baden-Wuerttemberg day ticket has been 21€ for the first rider, and 4€ for each additional rider up to a grand total of 5 for several months now. Of course, there is a further complication in Baden-Wuerttemberg with the Metropolticket for parts of Wuerttemberg centered on Stuttgart which is only 18.50€ for the first rider, and then 4€ more for each additional one up to a total of 5, plus this ticket gives some discounts for tourist attractions.
I'm glad to see this change because of usually having just 2 riders we were screwed under the old policy. Note that a family with younger children also aren't drastically affected, as the younger riders will be free.
May 4, 2012 2:04 PM
87I stand corrected about the BW-Ticket - I confused it with Hesse: so it's Hesse, NRW and the HWT that still work with the old system - for how much longer?
like I said, I consider these ticks good value, yet I don't like the change in 'attitude': the Ländertickets were introduced to make rail travel more attractive for small groups, yet singles and pairs of travellers did benefit as well. now the argument of making it 'more just' for smaller groups is used to raise the max. price :-(
(off-topic remark: can someone still recall that when the HWT was introduced it cost 15,- DM and was valid all weekend?)
p.s. a postscript to #84
an interesting holiday apartment in Berlin I came across in a magazine: Tautes Heim - an apartment in the world heritage protected Hufeisensiedlung by Modernist architect Bruno Taut, furnished according to the style of its era - of course, this comes at a price. (and yes, there's a pun involved, too)
May 8, 2012 12:32 PM
88the inauguration of the new Berlin airport BER, which was scheduled for June 3rd, has been postponed on (extremly) short notice due to problems with the fire protection. there might be a new go in August, but nothing has been determined yet. flight passengers affected will be contacted by their airlines.
Jun 12, 2012 10:03 PM
89it seems we'll have to wait a couple of months longer for BER, current schedule has it opening on March 17th 2013
meanwhile some minor news from DB:
-this year again, there'll be a monthly pass -the Deutschland Pass- for the summer season. it'll cost 299,- for adults, 249,- for young adults and 99,- for those below 18. the ticket will be available as of June 18th and will be valid for any period of 31days until August 31st. read more on bahn.de soon
-bahn.de offers to keep you up to date on delayed trains of yours etc., the news will come by e-mail and you have to subscribe at least a day in advance, for more see here (German only)
-for residents: until July 14th DB will sell discounted 'Quer durchs Land'-Tickets in branches of the Postbank (Postbank Finanzcenter, to be precise), more here (German only)
other minor news:
-the scenic Siegtal (Sieg valley) has become more attractive for cyclists after the inauguration of two pedestrian bridges, which allow to bypass the nasty traffic on the narrow road. for more, see this flyer. besides, new trains make getting to/from train stations along the Sieg easier. drop a line for more details.
-and those (few) interested in post-war architecture, note that it finally has been decided to pull down the well-known Tausendfüßler (millipede) in Düsseldorf. the somewhat iconic high car street no longer fits into the image the city wants to represent, so sadly it will go early in 2013 :-(
p.s. the Newsletter Germany has been a sticky for more than a year now. that's great, however I think it's showing signs of wear, so I'll request to have it un-stickified (does such a word exist?), in order to make room for more current content on the first page. I hope those still interested won't mind checking their 'recent threads' list for updates to this thread.
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