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India Summer Days return to Karlsruhe and lot more in SouthWest Germany


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On the weekend of 14th to 15th July 2018, the INDIA SUMMER DAYS return to Karlsruhe under the heading ‘Baden-Württemberg meets Maharashtra’: a small piece of India right in the centre of Karlsruhe, with all its sumptuous colours, music and dance. India fans can indulge in live music, an Indian bazaar, culinary delicacies and numerous other cultural highlights, as well as Ayurveda and yoga workshops.  Last year India Summer Days were held for the first time alongside the “Pre-Festival” in the middle of the Günther-Klotz-Anlage.

SouthWest Germany, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is right in the heart of Europe and is bordered by France, Switzerland and Austria. Easy to get to, easy to get around, easy to have fun: that’s SouthWest Germany, a real four-season destination! With history and high-tech, romantic palaces and vibrant cities, natural beauty, glamour and fun, SouthWest Germany guarantees something for everyone. 

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Due to its varied historic and cultural heritage, South West Germany is abound in cultural monuments. Six of 42 UNESCO World heritage sites in Germany are located between the lake of Constance and the northern part of South West Germany. Ice Age Art in South West Germany, Historic Stone Age lake-dwellings on Lake Constance, the Frontiers of the Roman Empire , the Maulbronn Monastery and the Monastic Island of Reichenau. Worth mentioning as well, are the apartment buildings of the French architectLe Corbusier in Stuttgart, „the Weissenhof Estate“. Le Corbusier designed as well the master plan of the Indian City Candigarh in 1952 which was declared by UNESCO as World heritage in July 2016.

Wherever you go in Southwest Germany you are never far from a grand palace, a romantic castle, half-timbered houses – and something good to eat and drink. Stop in a café for coffee and cake; linger in a beer garden over a locally-brewed pint; taste wines at a traditional wine festival; sample schnapps and world-class gin in the Black Forest. Order traditional dishes in a Weinstube (tavern) and gourmet meals in Germany’s most Michelin-star studded region. In 2018 there are many foodie reasons to come to Southwest Germany, or Baden-Württemberg, as we call it.

Europa Park

In the heart of the border triangle, between the Black Forest and Vosges, lies the best theme park worldwide- Europa-Park. Whether Ireland, France or Spain ‒ 15 European themed areas with exemplary architecture, gastronomy, and vegetation are waiting to be discovered by visitors from around the world, embarking on a journey of discovery through Europe with over 100 attractions and shows and the promise of lots of fun and adventure for the whole family. The park’s own 4* hotels provide everything visitors need for a perfect family holiday or romantic wellness weekend with an authentic atmosphere and ambience unique to each themed hotel.

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At India Summer Days, visitors will experience the great diversity of Indian culture and tradition in an authentic way. The focus will be on Maharashtra, Baden-Württemberg’s partner region in the heart of India, which has been linked to Karlsruhe for years. Last year Balaji També and a team of Ayurveda doctors, yoga teachers and cooks traveled from Atmasantulana Village, India, to the summer festival in Karlsruhe and offered many informative workshops on Ayurveda, Ayurvedic products, pulse diagnosis, Ayurvedic nutrition, healing music, meditation and yoga. Numerous other artists and musicians as well as yoga and Ayurveda experts will be arriving in Karlsruhe directly from India. This region has got special relations with Maharashtra. Stuttgart meets Mumbai wine festival also celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. The long and enduring town-twining between Mumbai and Stuttgart which dates back to 1968.

India Summer Days, Credit: jowapress.de

Susanne Schlung, Marketing Director of the State Tourist Board said after her recent visits to Mumbai and Delhi that  she could see a lot of interest in traveling to Europe and especially the interests of travellers who travel the second or third or….time to explore a region of Germany – such as SouthWest Germany. She was really surprised that a lot of the people she met during our stay, know of Cuckoo-clocks, the Black Forest with its delicious Black Forest cake and Baden-Baden with its Spas and Casino.

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Susanne said, “Due to the demand for smaller family groups, apartments and smaller busses for more people are more relevant. Small groups and individual travellers also like to try our lovely traditional food and beverages (beer and wine) as well as our high level cuisine in lots of Michelin starred-restaurants. But on the third or fourth day of their journey they need to have Indian food again. No problem; south west Germany has a lot of Indian restaurants to offer! Indians also like Shopping! So, in south west Germany they have lots of possibilities to go shopping – from traditional souvenirs , e.g. the Cuckoo-Clock at the Tiitisee-Shops up to designer wear in the Outlet City in Metzingen which is a 30 minute drive to Stuttgart or Wertheim Village in the north of SWG. Outlet City Metzingen offers at about 80 different luxury designer brands (such as Hugo Boss, Prada, Nike, Michel Kors, Armani, Burberry, Gucci & Jimmy Choo).”

Europa Park

German cars, especially Mercedes Benz and Porsche are well-known and loved in India. There are two museums in the capital city of SWG, Stuttgart, were one can see a lot of cars and learn something about the history of the cars. Traveling by train, which is very fast and convenient in Germany is also very popular with travellers.

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Germany Unplugged: The best Christmas markets

4fc5fe69f18042d1f4e4d95619be55f2One of the biggest and most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe is held every year in Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. In 1692 the first Christmas Market was mentioned in a document. It’s origin is probably much earlier. The Christmas Market is held in the heart of Stuttgart – in the Königsstrasse infront of the Königsbau, at the marketplace and the nearby sourroundings. To enjoy the beauty of Baden-Württemberg’s state Capital I would recommend at least a three-day stay. The automobile museums of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are a must see, as well as the palace square in the city’s heart or the beautiful green areas like the Killesberg Park or the Zoological-Botanical Garden Wilhelma. Also Stuttgart is a great starting point to discover the nearby Black Forest. The Christmas Market is open daily from 10 am until 9 pm, sundays from 11 am until 9 pm.

A look at few of Germany’s best Christmas markets

Stuttgart Christmas Market

7385a5b73e4c95d05759ab876823503aOne of Europe’s largest and oldest, this 300 year old market has some 200 decorated stalls in front of the Old Palace. Eat Bratwurst; sip mulled wine, listen to Christmas concerts. Stuttgart’s Christmas Market with over 282 beautifully decorated stalls is not only one of the oldest but without doubt also one of the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe. Its illuminations are second to none, the festive concerts of seasonal music in the Renaissance courtyard of the Old Palace and the “Winterland” on the Palace Square all contribute to the incomparable Christmas atmosphere which enchants millions of visitors year after year.

Ulm Christmas Market

MaerchenwaldThe majestic Minster, the cathedral with the world’s tallest steeple is the backdrop for some 120 pretty stalls. Music ranges from classical & jazz to steel bands. With more than 130 decorative wooden huts, the Ulm Christmas Market attracts more than a million visitors every year. Offering traditional Christmas arts and crafts, toys and gifts. The Christmas market also has food and drink to cater to every taste.The Fairytale Forest, living crib and many other attractions make it one of the most appealing Christmas markets in Germany.

Hohenzollern Royal Christmas Market

events_weihnachtsmarkt_2013_04The Royal Christmas Market is regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful. The splendid setting is the ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal Family. In an astoundingly beautiful ambience on the ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal family, the Royal Christmas Market on the Hohenzollern Castle is very rightly regarded as being one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. A broad spectrum of exhibitors as well as a stylish supporting program invite to a festive delight, to experience, discover an shop. Because of the Christmas Market taking place in some of the interior rooms, there are no guided tours possible on the market days. But the treasure room, the two churches and the cellar are open.

Tubingen – ChocolART: International Chocolate Festival

ChocolateAt Germany’s largest chocolate festival, chocolART, you can taste Swiss pralines and Belgian truffles, learn how to cook with chocolate, pair beer with chocolate and even have a chocolate massage. Tübingen’s Chocolate Festival offers a high-value market where chocolate specialists from France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and selected premises in Germany present and sell their delicate products. Last year this event attracted more than 270.000 visitors to Tübingen’s old town. The Mayan culture says that chocolate has a divine origin and since settling in Europe, this idea has led to the production of art and literature. Therefore alongside its presentation of culinary delicacies and international fine-dining, Tübingen will offer an extensive accompanying cultural programme which will draw attention to the sacredness of chocolate. To seduce and to be seduced is to be expected, when truffles and pralines will compete with each other for six whole days. With in total 87 chocolatiers from 12 countries, around 80 tonnes of chocolate sold, 20 000 cups of fresh milk and more than 200 000 visitors the statistics show that chocolART is even more successful every years.