What does literature have to do with coffee? A whole lot actually, at least when it comes to Vienna. Considered as part of the UNESCO World Heritage, the Viennese Coffee House Culture is not just popular but even considered to be an essential part of Vienna’s traditions. And the Viennese agree completely, thinking of it as a natural core value that they act upon daily. Naturally, the Viennese Coffee House Culture as such an integral aspect of Viennese tradition also comes with a long history.
The festive season is here and we are all in full-on Christmas mood! Ready for some
at home in the warmth while the weather gets colder and colder. Lighting up some candles, getting
our Christmas décor out, decorating the tree und running the last errands before the best holidays of the year are here.
One of the greatest things about Christmas is that so many countries and families are celebrating it for decades and even centuries and there have emerged so many different traditions not just in each family but also in each country. So, what do the festive winter traditions in Germany and Austria look like? Grab your tea or hot chocolate and bundle up in a blanket while reading about how we celebrate Christmas in our countries!
It is that time of the year again! The cold white arrived, turning everything into a winter wonderland. Snowy mountains,
magical icy landscapes and cold temperatures – while some curl up in the warmth under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate or tea, others cannot wait to wax their skis, get outside into the
powder snow and race down the slopes.
The only difference this year is that we will most likely all just stay in the warmth. At the moment, ski resorts in Austria and Germany are not open due to the ongoing pandemic and it might happen that they will not open at all in this winter season.
Like a wriggling worm on a hook, the Mosel river winds its ways through lush vineyards, passing medieval castles and picturesque towns and villages. A breathtaking landscape characterizes this opulent winegrowing area, which is also of high recreational value. Particularly the Riesling wine produced here is famous beyond borders and is often considered one of the finest wines in the world.
What exactly makes these celebrated wines so special and, apart from wine tasting, why is the Mosel region worth a visit?
Two weeks ago, Germany got a new big and important airport. The Berlin Brandenburg airport “Willy Brandt”, short BER, in the south of Berlin was opened on the 31st of October, nine years after the initial opening date. It is Germany’s third largest airport and comprises three terminals in total, one of which is the former airport Schönefeld. The second terminal will not be used for the time being due to reduced passenger numbers resulting from the current pandemic. All three terminals have a total capacity of 46 million passengers. With 150 sales units on 20.000 m², it is the perfect spot to do some shopping at the beginning or the end of an exciting stay in Germany’s capital.
On the opening day, two airplanes from EasyJet and Lufthansa were the first to bring invited passengers into Berlin. On Sunday, the 1st of November, regular flight operations started. Significantly less people than planned celebrated the opening of the airport because of the current pandemic. Before the festivities, 9.900 extras were testing all areas of the airport from April until October, to make sure that nothing would stand in the way of the opening again.
Back in March, the famous ski resort Ischgl in the Austrian Alps has turned into an infamous hotspot during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then skiing and especially après ski have been called into question whereas ski resorts are looking fearful towards the upcoming winter season. What will the upcoming winter season look like in times of a pandemic? And more importantly, what did we learn from our past mistakes?
The capital of Tirol is located in the very heart of the Alps. The former host of the Winter Olympics from 1976 offers a wide range of cultural attractions, great outdoor possibilities in summer and winter and spectacular scenery.
One can see that the former imperial city today is strongly linked to nature and at the same time modern and trendy. Skiing and hiking are possible just out of the cities doorstep. Picturesque mountain villages are just a short distance away and invite for a traditional Austrian experience.
Innsbruck is just the perfect location for summer or winter incentives - a destination full of surprises!
Hamburg is Germany’s green city on the waterfront and is well known for its night life district Reeperbahn and of course its spectacular harbor scenery.
The city is very diverse and no area and attraction is the same, such as Alster lake and Elbe, Hafen City and Speicherstadt, Elbphilarmonie and Reeperbahn, Neuer Wall for luxury shopping and upcoming designers in Schanzenviertel.
And Hamburg also offers many ways for a sustainable stay with a green footprint!
Leipzig is the new creative hotspot and the fastest growing city in Germany and full of history and culture at the same time. Goethe and Bach lived and worked here, the peaceful Monday demonstrations started in Leipzig and lead to the fall of the wall. Today, the art nuveau city center and the many different quarters are home of a vital art and music scene and hip and trendy restaurtants and clubs.
Austria is the homeof alpine skiing and offers many winter sport activities! Numerous ski resorts invite the alpine skier with perfect slopes, modern infrastructure, great hotels and, not to forget, the famous Austrian Après Ski.