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Celebrating Saxony’s culture: beer and Lusatian Sorbs

As part of the pre-conference tour for the GTM15 (Germany Travel Mart), I am exploring culture and traditions in the German state of Saxony. I wrote previously about exploring the bright side of Dresden, celebrating Saxony’s traditions (in milk, wine, and porcelain), and the following is about culture with beer and the Sorbian minority.


The people in Radeberg are right to be proud of their Brauerei (brewery). Their Pilsener is smooth, a little bitter, but wholly refreshing, and while I’m not a fan of the pils, this pils is smooth, a little bitter, but entirely refreshing, best served at a temperature between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius.

The Sorbian people have lived in this land called Lausitz (or Lusatia) for centuries, with people in this part of eastern Saxony, over to the east in Poland’s Silesia, and to the south in the Czech Republic’s Bohemia. Here in Görlitz, this crossing means a lot more than the Schengen agreement for people to move freely across borders without patrols or checks.

We’re having dinner in Oberlausitz (Upper Lusatia) and in the town of Bischofswerda, we are also graced by the dance, song, and music of the Sorbian National Ensemble. As a Slavic language, Sorbian is recognized as an official language for the Sorbian minority in eastern Germany.

cmp.ly customI made all of the photos above on 24 April 2015. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism and Oberlausitz for supporting and providing the activities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6Lu.

Celebrating Saxony’s traditions in white: milk, wine, & porcelain

As part of the pre-conference tour for the GTM15 (Germany Travel Mart), I am exploring culture and traditions in the German state of Saxony. I’ve written about exploring the bright side of Dresden, and celebrating Saxony’s culture with beer and the Sorbian minority.


It’s touted as the most beautiful milk store in the world. At the Pfund brothers’ milk store in Dresden’s Neustadt, the stunning Villeroy and Boch tiles on the ceiling and walls suggest the truth of the claim since 1880.

We move out to the town of Radebeul and a little beyond to Schloss Wackerbarth and Saxony state’s own wine production facility where almost one-quarter of all wines sold at Wackerbarth are white Rieslings.

At the porcelain manufacturing centre in the town of Meissen, a majestic porcelain statue of “lady Saxony” stands proudly to represent the Saxon state, and comes complete with thousands of handcrafted porcelain blossoms (Haus Meissen).

cmp.ly customI made all of the photos above on 23 April 2015. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism and Dresden Marketing for supporting and providing the activities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6L3.

The bright side of Dresden

It’s 6am in southeast Germany, and I’d like to know how this city will look on a spring morning. Unfortunately, there’s mid-level cloud and there won’t be any direct sun this morning. I’m no longer in a rush, and by 7am, I’m on the Carolabrücke over the Elbe river for the following view of the Dresden skyline.

Later that evening I’m in Pulverturm Restaurant near the Frauenkirche, and I’m among about two dozen other travel-trade and -press representatives from around the world. I have a Saxon version of the Sauerbraten, accompanied by red sauerkraut and a big potato dumpling: the right combination of sweet, savory, and sour, representing Saxony.

The evening ends with a guided-tour of the interior to the city’s famous Semperoper opera house. Other groups outside are waiting to enter the opera house to have a look inside; we’re fortunate to leap ahead and have a look inside.

cmp.ly customI made all of the photos above on 22 April 2015. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism and Dresden Marketing for supporting and providing the activities. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6L3.

GTM15: Germany Travel Mart 2015 in Erfurt

GTM 2015 Thüringen, Erfurt-Weimar, Deutsche Zentral für Tourismus, German National Tourism Board

Germany Travel Mart 2015 : Erfurt & Weimar, Thuringia

I’m excited to return “home” to Germany next week.

Thanks to an invitation from the Canadian office of the German National Tourism Board (Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus), I’m pleased to participate in the annual Germany Travel Mart (GTM) as a representative of the Canadian contingent of travel trade and press. The 41st version of this meeting takes place in the state of Thuringia with the hub of activity at the Messe Erfurt (Erfurt Exhibition Centre). They write about the GTM:

Der GTM Germany Travel Mart™ 2015 findet vom 26. bis zum 28. April 2015 in Erfurt und Weimar statt. Bei dem größten Incoming-Workshop für den Deutschlandtourismus treffen rund 350 deutsche Anbieter mit über 600 „Hosted Buyer“ und Journalisten aus rund 45 Ländern zusammen, um das Reiseland Deutschland gemeinsam weltweit optimal zu vermarkten. „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir unseren wichtigsten Incoming-Workshop 2015 zum ersten Mal in Thüringen veranstalten werden“, betont Petra Hedorfer, Vorsitzende des Vorstandes der Deutschen Zentrale für Tourismus. „Ich bin überzeugt, dass unsere internationalen Teilnehmer in Erfurt und Weimar mit großer Gastfreundschaft und Professionalität empfangen werden“, so Hedorfer weiter. Die Verkaufsveranstaltung für das Reiseland Deutschland wird jährlich in wechselnden Orten und Regionen Deutschlands ausgetragen.

My approximate translation:

The GTM Germany Travel Mart 2015 takes place in Erfurt and Weimar from April 26 to 28. In the largest incoming workshop on tourism to Germany, over 350 German suppliers will meet with over 600 “hosted buyers” and journalists from 45 countries worldwide to collaborate in targeting and marketing Germany as a travel destination. “We are very pleased we will be hosting our main incoming workshop in 2015 for the first time in the state of Thuringia,” says Petra Hedorfer, CEO of the German National Tourist Board. “I am convinced our international participants will receive in Erfurt and Weimar the greatest in hospitality and professionalism.” The sales event for Destination Germany is held annually in different locations and regions in Germany.
Erfurt, Merchants' Bridge, picture 5739, photo by Toma Babovic, Thüringer Tourismus GmbH, German National Tourism Board

Erfurt: Merchants’ Bridge, by Toma Babovic for Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (DZT)

Weimar: Schloss Belvedere and Park, picture 6479, photo by Maik Schuck, www.maikschuck.de, Weimar GmbH, German National Tourism Board

Weimar: Schloss Belvedere, by Maik Schuck for Weimar GmbH (DZT)

I’m looking forward to meeting many people representing city, state, and regional destinations throughout Germany. This trip helps with my ongoing wish to spend more time in the “former East”. I’m also looking forward to visiting Erfurt, Weimar, and Thuringia for the first time.

With 2015 particularly special as the 25th anniversary of German reunification, I’m hoping to learn about Cranach Senior and Junior whose birth is marked by the 500th anniversary this year, to wrap my head around the early 20th-century Bauhaus art and design movement, and to uncover more about Martin Luther in the lead-up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

From 22 to 25 April, I’m in Eastern Saxony on a pre-conference tour to learn about a number of traditions and customs in the area. From 26 to 28 April inclusive, I’m in Erfurt for GTM. From 29 April to 1 May inclusive, I’m in Weimar.

I’m blogging and on social media during the pre-conference tour and during the conference. Stay tuned for updates: here on my blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

GTM2015 Networking Tool, Germany Travel Mart, German National Tourism Board

The first three images above are provided courtesy by the Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus (DZT, German National Tourism Board); none of these three images may be distributed through social media as stipulated by the DZT. The fourth image is a screen capture from the GTM Networking Tool.

Sunday TravelerThis post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6Bw, and is part of the Sunday Traveler series.

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