HOLIDAYS IN GERMANY (2017 | Issue 1)

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Dr. Martin Ney - German ambassador to India

Dr. Martin Ney - German ambassador to India

We are all travellers at heart. Travelling is a longing for life, a desire to experience the new and enjoy a sense of wonder. Travelling to my home country guarantees all this and even more. Though relatively small in size if compared to India, Germany offers an incredible cultural and natural diversity and beauty that makes it an outstanding holiday destination. It does not come as a surprise that the 2015 World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index ranked Germany as one of the top-3 travel destinations in the world.

What I personally find so unique about Germany is the sheer variety: Breathtaking fairy-tale castles like Neuschwanstein and Hohenzollern dot the countryside. More than one-third of the landscape is covered by woodland. You can unwind in the Black Forest with its dark fir trees, cuckoo clocks and the famous Black Forest cake. For car lovers, a visit to the high-tech Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart or the BMW Museum in Munich is a must. Museums of art and culture abound, where you can easily spend an entire day taking in the masterpieces on display. The musically inclined can feast their ears on outstanding orchestras. Then, there are fabulous carnivals in Cologne and Düsseldorf, not to forget, the Christmas markets in cozy old towns like Rothenburg and Nuremberg, which is my birthplace. You can enjoy the mulled wine, gingerbread and Christmas carols while surrounded by medieval monuments.

Indian tourists are very welcome in Germany, which has an open and open-minded society. Thanks to the unrivalled transport infrastructure, they can travel fast and comfortably across the country. Also in terms of safety and security, health and hygiene, Germany tops the global list. And another good thing is, while in Germany, India is never too far away! Indian tourists are bound to come across familiar sights: lots of Indian restaurants, yoga centres, Holi parties and shops selling Bollywood movies!

Come, be our guest and make the most unforgettable memories in Germany.

“Once a year, go some place you have never been before.” — HH the Dalai Lama