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UNESCO new World Heritage Site in Stuttgart for Le Corbusier houses

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site

On July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in the Southern German city of Stuttgart were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany.
As part of a transnational joint application, Stuttgart and destinations in seven other countries applied to have 17 of Le Corbusier’s buildings listed due to the architect’s outstanding contribution to Modernism. The two Stuttgart houses are the architect’s only buildings in Germany and include the Weissenhof Museum, which illustrates the radical change in architecture around the time of the Second World War as well as Le Corbusier’s visionary thinking.
Germany’s other 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the expansive Wadden Sea habitat, Classical Weimar and Regensburg’s charming Old Town. They can be explored on eight different themed routes<>, from natural wonders to architecture to palaces and parks.
For more information about Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit

Cologne Cathedral in number 1!

Cologne Cathedral is number 1

COLOGNE. Cologne Cathedral is still Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. This has been the case for many years, and the result for 2010 was confirmed by a recent online survey of 1600 Internet users carried out by the German Tourism Association (DTV) and the city Internet portal,
Compared to 2009, the cathedral has actually grown in popularity: In 2009 it received 8% of votes, whereas in 2010, 15% of those surveyed gave their vote to the Cologne landmark.
The Dresden Frauenkirche church came in second with 7.1%, followed by the Brandenburg Gate in third place with 6.6% of votes.

Some 90% of participants have already visited their favourite attraction.
Not only is Cologne Cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular landmark in Germany, it is also the most visited attraction in Germany, with more than 6.5 million visitors each year. The cathedral treasury can be pleased with its performance too, having sold over 100,000 tickets in 2010.

In light of this success, it is quite fitting that the gothic cathedral will enjoy a special honour in 2011: Its image will adorn the back of 30 million 2-euro coins. The coins will be in circulation from 28 January.

Cologne, 17 January 2011

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

What’s in Zurich this Summer?

Zürich Tourism Newsletter | July 15, 2010
> Opening of Viaduct Market Halln
> Zürich – Compact and Informative on Your iPhone
> New: Mobile Guest Information for Tourists in Zürich
> Zürich – A Paradise for Hikers and Nature Lovers
> Agenda
 > Switzerland’s first covered market hall opens in Zürich
Opening of Viaduct Market Halln
On September 4th 2010, Switzerland’s first covered market hall is opening its doors in a unique ambience in the heart of Zürich. The VIADUCT MARKET HALL is sure to find fame as a place where you can find high-quality gourmet food items, as well as both a permanent full range of products and an interesting selection of market stands representing the diversity of local producers and their products.
More information
 > Interactive sightseeing and more
Zürich – Compact and Informative on Your iPhone
Zürich Tourism is now offering Swiss and international guests a very special city guide. With the new, free iPhone app “City Guide”, you can explore Zürich all on your own. When you download the app, the map information is sent at the same time, meaning no more roaming fees for foreign visitors. All content is available in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. Download & more information at the Apple iTunes store.
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 > In-depth information “on the go”
New: Mobile Guest Information for Tourists in Zürich
The new mobile guest information from Zürich Tourism is environmentally friendly, innovative and directly accessible for tourists. During the summer months, two members of the Tourist Service Team ride through Zürich’s city center on Segways to provide local and international visitors with helpful tourist tips.
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 > A cool break from summer’s heat
Zürich – A Paradise for Hikers and Nature Lovers
Experience and enjoy Zürich’s natural beauty and hiking opportunities. Choose from lush parks, gardens open to the public, nature adventures such as Zoo Zürich, a cruise on Lake Zürich or a hike to a lake or river, through forests and over hills and valleys.
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 > Agenda
Street Parade 2010 Saturday, August 14, 2010
The most colorful house and techno party in the world draws hundreds of thousands of dance fans to Zürich’s lakefront area each year.
> more
Zürich Theater Spektakel Thursday, 08.19.2010 – Sunday, 09.05.2010
As the summer draws to a close, the Zürich Theater Spektakel presents highlights of the magical open-air season one more time.
> more
Zurich Film Festival Thursday, 09.23.2010 – Sunday, 10.03.2010
During the 11-day Zurich Film Festival, visitors and filmmakers can view domestic and foreign films, new discoveries and classics. The centerpiece of the festival is the international competition for the “Golden Eye” film prize (Goldene Auge).
> more Friday, 09. 24.2010 – Sunday, 09.26.2010 is the largest freestyle sporting event in Europe. International superstars perform daring tricks and provide thrilling action during the competition.
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Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich Wednesday, 11.03.2010 – Saturday, 11.06.2010
Discover the fascination of “Prêt à Porter“. The Charles Vögele Fashion Days Zurich will turn the Swiss metropolis into one of the hot spots of fashion this fall!
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Gardens, not walls! Frankfurt celebrates the birth of a green city

Gardens, not walls! Frankfurt celebrates the birth of a green city Frankfurt, 25th May 2010 (tcf). Frankfurt’s former city walls are celebrating an historic birthday. Two hundred years ago, the City of Frankfurt enacted the so-called Wallservitut, an easement with which they moved to protect the parklands along the course of the former mediaeval city fortifications from destruction. This edict also helped to lay the foundation for further natural development within the city. Today, Frankfurt is one of Germany’s “greenest” urban centres, featuring over 50 parks and gardens within its city districts.  Today, the Anlagenring – a section of the former city walls now landscaped – forms a five-kilometre-long semicircle around the city centre. Visitors taking a walk along this green ring will come across fountains, ponds, ancient trees, modern sculptures, monuments and memorials, many of which serve as reminders of Frankfurt’s colourful history. The demolition of the former city walls had helped to bring about the establishment of English-style landscape gardens, which were continuously expanded over time. The former course of the star-shaped city fortifications is still recognisable upon closer examination of a city map. Starting at the massive euro symbol situated in front of the European Central Bank, Frankfurt’s green ring takes visitors past the Beethoven Memorial and Heinrich Heine Memorial to one of the city’s most beautiful locations: Opera Square and Alte Oper, Frankfurt’s grand old opera house and one of the city’s premier landmarks. A few hundred metres further on, one comes across the Nebbiensche Gartenhaus. This oasis of green, built in classicistic style in 1810, was one of the first glasshouses to be erected along the green pathway. Today, it is available for special-event hire. From here, it is not far to the Eschenheimer Tor, the only remaining city gate of the former mediaeval walls. Continuing on, one arrives at the Odeon, a popular dance club. Originally, this classicistic-styled structure was built by order of the Bethmanns, a famous Frankfurt banking family. For many years, it served as the home of the Museum of Sculptures. Taking a few steps away from the beaten track, walkers will arrive at the nearby Bethmann Park and its Chinese Garden, which was designed according to the principles of Feng Shui. Having returned to the green lane, one comes across Frankfurt’s most beautiful “outhouse”. Nowadays, these monument-listed former public toilets with their chapel-like dimensions are home to a cocktail bar named Lala Mamoona. The gabled roof and half-timbered framework provide an excellent background for the lounge music and relaxed atmosphere of this popular location. The end of the green ring is now only 750 metres away. The former municipal library, rebuilt in 2005 and now the home of the Frankfurt House of Literature, today presents itself as a beautiful café with an attached beer garden, inviting visitors to a refreshing respite. Those fit enough are urged to continue on down Frankfurt’s unique and very natural riverside promenade, which runs along both sides of the River Main. From here, beautiful views of the city’s skyline and surrounding area are guaranteed; in fact, they are best enjoyed from one of the riverside establishments while drinking a glass of Frankfurt apple wine. Frankfurt’s Anlagenring, the first such landscaped parklands to partially encircle a city centre in Germany, raised many eyebrows throughout Europe at the time of its creation. This green ring was instrumental in commencing the establishment of a series of parks and gardens that helped to transform Frankfurt am Main into a truly green city – a fact that often escapes attention due to the many other highlights found in the Main metropolis. With such an impressive skyline, it is hard to believe that the business and banking city of Frankfurt is also home to several nature reserves, such as Enkheim Moor in the city’s northeast, Schwanheim Forest in the southwest and Fechenheim Forest to the east. Two hundred years after the creation of the the green ring, Frankfurt’s “GreenBelt” has established itself as the city’s premier place of rest and recreation. Fully completed in 1991, it now encircles the city at a length of some 80 kilometres and consists of hiking and cycling paths as well as countless other recreational opportunities. During summer, the GreenBelt’s many public gardens attract visitors with their impressive variety of flora – be it Mediterranean, like at the Gardens of Niece at the banks of the River Main, baroque-style as at the Bolongaro Gardens, or spacious as the English landscaped parks of old, such as Grüneburgpark and Ostpark.  One location that’s particularly attractive all year round is the Palmengarten. Founded in 1868 with the kind donations of Frankfurt’s citizenry, these magnificent botanical gardens are home to some 3,000-odd species and varieties of plant. Here, visitors have the unique opportunity of experiencing plant life representing the most diverse climate zones. Frankfurt is also home to Germany’s largest city forest, a 5,000-hectare wood that extends from the airport to the city districts of Oberrad, Sachsenhausen and Niederrad. Recently, during Whitsuntide, Frankfurt locals once again headed to the city forest to celebrate their “national holiday”, the Wäldchestag, or “Forest Day”. This festival is unique to Frankfurt and has been taking place since 1792.  
Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board, Ms. Gisela Moser
56, D- 60329 Frankfurt, Tel: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 03 98,
Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 78 80,


Cologne is a feeling. News from Germany. March 2010 issue

 March 2010

Cologne is a feeling.
Dear partners and friends of Cologne,

Soon after the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) – one of the highlights of the marketing year for those in the tourism industry – we are able to report very encouraging feedback: good visitor numbers at the stands, interesting discussions, important stimuli for encouraging confidence.

The Cologne Tourist Board has come up with some new offers and also has an up-to-date online presence. In particular, the packages for the “DSDS” shows have proved very popular.

Once more, Cologne – City of Art – is presenting itself as a rewarding travel destination: with the Art Cologne exhibition and several other exciting, top-class exhibitions, art lovers will find a diverse and extraordinary range of events on offer.

We look forward to the spring and to new visitors.

Kind regards
Josef Sommer

Cologne 2010 – Media City and Sport Hot Spot

A few days ago the ITB (International Tourism Trade Fair) ended in Berlin, at which the Cologne Tourist Board, along with the neighbouring cities of Bonn and Düsseldorf, showcased the strengths of the cathedral city and the Rhine region to an international professional audience. The tourism specialists used their new offers to promote Cologne as a media city.  
Art Cologne

For the 44th time Art Cologne, Germany’s most important art fair, will again invite art lovers from around the world to Cologne from 21 – 25 April 2010.
In hall 11 of the Cologne Exhibition Centre around 180 international galleries will present classical modern art, post-war art and contemporary art. The Vernissage is on 20 April 2010, 17.00 – 21.00.  
New Art and Design Hotel in the Rheinauhafen Area

A new hotel is the talk of Cologne: the art’otel, belonging to the Park Plaza hotel group, opened in the middle of March in the Rheinauhafen area of the city and is winning fans with its original artworks by the Korean artist SEO. Colourful, large-scale pictures adorn the whole hotel, which offers 218 rooms, a health spa and six conference rooms.
Visit Cologne for Art

Three important exhibitions make a visit to Cologne worthwhile: You can marvel at top quality Meissen porcelain in the Museum of Applied Art; the Romano-Germanic Museum has the latest archaeological finds from North Rhine-Westphalia on show; and holy monastery and temple treasures from the Himalayan country of Bhutan are on display in the Museum of East Asian Art.
IGLTA Gold Member

Since the start of 2010, KölnTourismus GmbH has been a member of the IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association). This leading global organisation which unites and supports the gay and lesbian travel industry, headquartered in the USA, is a key player in the preparations for the VIII Gay Games Cologne 2010, which will take place in Cologne between 31 July 2010 and 7 August 2010.
Social Media – Become a Cologne Fan!

In order to offer potential visitors to Cologne an even better service, the Cologne Tourist Board has further expanded its online activities. Social media and Web 2.0 elements, such as Facebook, Twitter and social bookmarks, will be used to implement continuous online interaction with the customer.
FORUM KölnTourismus is a monthly service of Cologne Tourist Board.

KölnTourismus GmbH, CEO: Josef Sommer,
Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1,
50667 Köln, Germany, Tel.:  +49 (0)221-221 30 400  +49 (0)221-221 30 400


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Frankfurt’s shopping Temple “MyZeil” celebration. Feb 2010

Frankfurt’s shopping temple “MyZeil” celebrates its 1st birthday and gets new surroundings Frankfurt, 24.02.2010 – Exclusive, trendy or extravagant; brand, chain or designer – fashion in Frankfurt is a varied and multi-faceted world. All these styles come together in the shopping and leisure centre “MyZeil”, which celebrates its 1st birthday on 26.02.2010. The spectacular roof designed by Italian star architect Massimiliano Fuksas floods the centre with light and effortlessly spans its eight storeys, which are home to a cornucopia of familiar brands, regional suppliers and international labels. The most recent new addition, and one that is drawing enormous attention, is the first Hollister shop in continental Europe which is attracting hordes of customers to the centre.  “MyZeil” is situated on Frankfurt’s most popular shopping mile, the “Zeil”, to which the centre also owes its name. Not only are the most famous department stores represented here but also countless specialist shops offering an extensive range of buying opportunities. Together they make the Zeil one of the most popular and profitable shopping streets in Europe.  The Zeil has been lavishly refurbished over recent months to make it even more attractive. High quality paving and a completely new lighting concept now offer the citizens of Frankfurt and their guests undiluted shopping pleasure in an outstanding city centre location. Yet the most important trademark of the pedestrian zone has been retained – its four rows of sycamore trees. This decision was not just a recommendation by the project’s architects but also the result of a survey of shoppers conducted locally. Now the Zeil is the perfect place to stroll, look at the shop windows and – if your legs tire – find a comfortable place to rest under one of the shady trees at the heart of the pedestrian zone.  In the future, two new gastronomic pavilions will help to make the overall picture even more defined. The first has already opened and its name, “Weidenhof”, harks back to the grandmother of the city’s most famous son. Cornelia Schelhorn, later Goethe, ran one of the city’s most exclusive inns close to where the Zeil is today and bearing the same name. The motto of today’s “Weidenhof” is high quality but good value Frankfurt cuisine. The second pavilion at the eastern end of the pedestrian zone will have an international theme and is expected to open in the spring of this year.  The redevelopment of Frankfurt’s biggest shopping mile continues. A new traffic-free zone has been created at its western end with the closing of the Hauptwache square to vehicles. This area will be given a complete facelift over the coming years with a design based on the old look of the Hauptwache. This will also smooth the flow of shoppers to other shopping streets in the city centre – Goethe-Straße (the home of luxury brands) and Fressgass with its delicatessen shops and restaurants are connected almost directly to the Zeil via the Hauptwache. The shopping city of Frankfurt also offers antique shops and souvenir shops around the Römerberg as well as unique boutiques and local shops for explorers in other city districts, e.g. on Berger Straße in Bornheim or Schweizer Straße in Sachsenhausen. The completion of another major inner city building project that links directly onto the Zeil is expected this year. The “PalaisQuartier”, which also includes “MyZeil”, is a newly developed city quarter that includes the reconstruction of the historic Thurn and Taxis Palace as well as a new office and residential tower and the first Jumeirah Hotel in Germany. And its new connecting paths also give a piece of public space back to the citizenry of Frankfurt.

Bern Tourism Newsletter December 2009

    WM Boxkampf in Bern
Berner Weihnachtsmarkt
Eisbahn auf dem Bundesplatz
Berner Fasnacht
  Guten Tag

Ein gemütlicher Adventsbummel unter Berns Lauben, ein Glas Glühwein am stimmungsvollen Weihnachtsmarkt oder ein Sport-Spektakel auf Weltklasseniveau – Bern lässt keine Wünsche offen! Auch das neue Jahr wird mit einem farbenfrohen Spaktakel eingeläutet und wartet mit vielen weiteren Höhepunkten auf.

Wir wünschen Ihnen eine besinnliche Weihnachtszeit und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

Herzliche Grüsse

Daniela Zehr
Verantwortliche Public Relations

  WM Boxkampf in Bern l
  Am 12. Dezember 2009 will der amtierende WBC-Weltmeister Vitali Klitschko in der Berner PostFinance Arena seinen WM-Titel im Schwergewicht gegen den noch ungeschlagenen Amerikaner Kevin Johnson verteidigen. >>  
  Berner Weihnachtsmarkt l
  Die Berner Weihnachtsmärkte auf dem Waisenhaus- und Münsterplatz haben eine mehr als 20jährige Tradition. Individuell gestaltete und festlich dekorierte Holzhäuser bieten eine grosse Vielfalt an kreativen und originellen Weihnachtsgeschenken an.  >>  
  Winterperlen l
  Berns Winter “Erlebnis-Perlen” bieten Aussergewöhnliches
für Gross und Klein. Der Berner Bärenwärter, die “gewichtige Susanna” oder ein Bad über den Dächern Berns sorgen für Erlebnisse der besonderen Art. >>
  Eisbahn auf dem Bundesplatz l
  Für eine romantische Winter-Stimmung sorgt nicht nur der majestätische Weihnachtsbaum der Stadt Bern sondern auch eine Lichtanlage und Hintergrundmusik, die den gesamten Platz vor dem Berner Bundeshaus in warme Farben und verträumte Sphärenklänge hüllt. >>  
  Berner Fasnacht l
  Vom 18. – 20. Februar 2010 verkleiden sich die Berner und ziehen bis in die frühen Morgenstunden durch die Gassen. Die Berner Fasnacht hat sich zur drittgrössten Narrenveranstaltung der Schweiz entwickelt und lockt jählich tausende Zuschauer in die Berner Altstadt. >>  
28.11.-29.12.09 Berner Weihnachtsmärkte
18.-20.02.10 Bärner Fasnacht
19.03.10 Museumsnacht
März – Mai 10 Jazzfestival Bern
22.05.10 Grand-Prix Bern
13.06.10 Schweizer Frauenlauf
15.-18.07.10 Gurtenfestival
12.-14.08.10 Buskers Festival
22.11.10 Zibelemärit
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