"Vienna is like a museum” – at least that is the impression many get at first sight when visiting the city. There are still many buildings from the times of monarchy in Austria which can be rented as exclusive venues for gala dinners. The Habsburgs built their summer palace "Schönbrunn Palace" just a few kilometers from Vienna's city center and it is still Austria´s number one sight to visit. However, there are even more summer residences close by, which are always worth a visit. For instance, the city of Baden, which reminds of a noble summer village from former times. All that is still existing for sightseeing experiences, especially with the background that Vienna is the most livable city in the world.
The elegant, life-affirming city on the Rhine stands for fashion, shopping, culture and extraordinary events. From Königsallee – fondly known as the “Kö”, a luxury shopping avenue – it’s just a short walk to the historical Altstadt (Old Town) with its 260 bars and restaurants, said to be the "longest bar in the world". Its flair is famous, its narrow streets are vibrant, and the multifaceted cultural scene produces spectacular events and international trade shows.
In 1497, Leipzig was granted imperial trade fair privileges, which is the basis of the city’s long trade fair tradition until today. Ever since being a center of commerce and culture, Leipzig has a lot to offer!
Hardly any other city can claim such a rich musical heritage as Leipzig. Names like Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy are inextricably linked to Leipzig. Today, cultural enjoyment is still provided by the Gewandhaus, the Leipzig Opera or the world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir. Johann Wolfgang Goethe studied in Leipzig and immortalized the restaurant Auerbachs Keller in his play “Faust”.
Owing to its unique system of passageways, the historic city center exudes a distinctive flair. Stylish boutiques and top department stores invite visitors to shop and stroll. Most of the city's sights are located within walking distance, e. g. the Old Town Hall, St. Thomas Church and St. Nicholas Church, which was the initial point of the peaceful Monday demonstrations that lead to the fall of the wall in 1989.
Graz is located about 200 km south of Vienna and is the second largest city in Austria. It is known for its charming old town, good food and an extensive cultural scene.
The heart of Graz's old town is formed by pedestrian zones, in which there are many cafés, shops and boutiques. The historic centre with its small streets and red roofs has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Above the old town on the Schlossberg is the most famous landmark of Graz, the Uhrturm (clock tower).
Graz was named European Capital of Culture in 2003 and took the opportunity to expand its wide range of museums and cultural offerings.
On a day trip to Southern Styria, also known as Austrian Tuscany, it is a must to visit the local vineyards, enjoy regional pumpkin products or stop at one of the traditional "Buschenschank" restaurants.
And last but not least, once a year all hell breaks loose in Graz when Formula 1 arrives at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, only 74 km from Graz.
The Hanseatic city of Bremen is a historic city, fairytale-like yet cosmopolitan. And Bremen is also the tenth largest city in Germany, European center of aerospace, city of science and location of one of Europe's largest urban development projects, the Überseestadt. A city that surprises its visitors - with full intention!
The Hanseatic city is also home to world-famous brands: The German headquarters of the world's leading brewer AB InBev, from which the famous Beck's beer originates, is located here. And besides Mondelez (formerly Kraft Foods), with products such as Jacobs coffee and Milka chocolate, Mercedes-Benz has also settled on the Weser.
Stuttgart and its surroundings stand for technology, tradition and innovation.
The city is a vibrant economic metropolis and offers a great cultural heritage. The diversity of the region is reflected in the architecture, which is characterized by baroque palaces as well as modern and innovating buildings.
International brands such as Bosch, Hugo Boss or Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have their origin in this productive and creative area.
And all of this is to be found amidst idyllic, topographically appealing scenery.
Elbe and Alster, boulevards, squares and parks - the Hanseatic city of Hamburg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the heart of Europe. 1.7 million people live in Germany's second largest city and appreciate the unique location on the waterfront and the cosmopolitan atmosphere. The wide range of sporting, cultural and economic events attracts many guests throughout the year.
The hotel and restaurant industry has been growing for years and the concept ideas are particularly original and innovative this year. Hamburg can well use the new hotels, because Lonely Planet and the LA Times list the Hanseatic city currently among the top travel destinations worldwide. (www.falstaff.de)
Salzburg is the home of music in Austria, birthplace to Mozart and host of the annual art summer festival Salzburger Festspiele.
And Salzburg is much more. A charming and traditional city and at the same time a place with breathtaking locations, fancy restaurants and bars as well as all kinds of outdoor activities. A classical city for modern guests.
Due to its perfect location at the river Rhine, Cologne was already an important city during the Roman Empire and later became one of the largest and most powerful cities in northern Europe during the medieval age.
Today, the famous Cologne Dome is the major landmark in the city and still shows the importance the city once had. And the spirit of a proud city still shows in many aspects, like the carnival, which reaches its peak in a crazy parade through the city, or the Kölsch, a beer which is only brewed in Cologne.
The beautiful surrounding of Cologne is inviting as well – especially the romantic Rhine area south of Cologne, with its many castles and fortresses, the Lorely rock and vineyards producing the famous German Riesling wine.
The elegant and life-affirming city is not only Germanys banking capital, the nation’s largest international airport and host of many international trade shows; it also shows great possibilities for MICE groups in the city and its surrounding.
With its skyscrapers directly located on the river Main, Frankfurt offers a unique skyline, which appears in a fantastic atmosphere, especially in the evening hours. The busy city is often called Mainhatten and is filled with restaurants, shopping centers, great clubs, cultural diversity and unique architecture. Frankfurt offers the perfect mix for exciting trip.