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GermanyisWunderbar December 2012

Have you been paying attention? Try these ten questions


1. Which city is currently hosting David Hockney’s exhibition, A Bigger Picture? a) Cologne b) Hamburg c) Frankfurt
2. Germany’s birthrate is a) the highest in Europe b) the lowest in Europe c) steadily increasing
3. Angela Merkel’s first what sold recently on ebay? a) office chair b) car c) bicycle
4. What was the name of the cow which escaped the chop whose story is being made into a movie? a) Wenke b) Ursula c) Yvonne
5. In which city did 1,699 citizens go starkers when requested to by photographic artist Spencer Tunick? a) Nuremberg b) Stuttgart c) Munich
6. Which of these museums does not exist in Germany? a) banana museum b) currywurst museum c) museum of broken relationships
7. Which country has started to build German-style villages to accommodate returning guest workers? a) Turkey b) Portugal c) South Korea
8. In which city has a Good Samaritan been stuffing letterboxes of the needy with envelopes of cash? a) Bamberg b) Bremen c) Braunschweig
9. Last winter, a small Bavarian community built what out of ice? a) a bierkeller b) a church c) a giant toboggan
10. Which American town has given itself the soubriquet ‘Your Bavarian Getaway’? a) Fredricksburg b) Leavenworth c) New Ulm

You'll find the answers to these questions somewhere on our website. The first person to get all of them right will win a Stollen; email your answers to


Win a weekend on a houseboat on Berlin's waterways


This is an exciting opportunity to ‘do’ Berlin, an unconventional city, from a charming and unusual perspective.

Germany’s premier boat charter operator Kuhnle-Tours are offering the chance to win a weekend (Friday to Monday, ie three nights) on one of their Kormoran 940s (sleeps 3 – 5) from their base in Zeuthen.

Zeuthen is ideally placed in south-east Berlin, between the city waterways and the idyllic lakes and waterways of the river Dahme. Berlin’s Schönefeld airport is barely 5km away.

To win, go online to our competition page and answer the following question: Mecklenburg hosts the largest lake that lies within German borders; what is its name?


Wish list: Six of the best German journeys for 2013


Hike across the seabed: Not a conventional journey by any stretch of the imagination, but mud-flat walking out to the North Sea island of Neuwerk is a pretty unique experience. The walk itself, guided by brushwood markers, takes a couple of hours from Sahlenburg near Cuxhaven, and you can stay over in one of the island’s half-dozen little hotels or come back by ferry with the returning tide.

Steam over hills: It’s one of the most visited pages on our website, but the Harz Mountain Railway doesn’t tend to attract mainstream international visitors because of its location, between Hanover and Leipzig, which can be awkward for travellers. The lovingly-tended locomotives criss-cross the mountains under pillars of steam, winter or summer, in sun and in snow. Go from Wernigerode to Quedlinburg.

Bike downriver: The top end of the Danube, from its source at Donaueschingen to where it gets serious at Regensburg, is an idyll of rural mittel-Europe, with castles, forests, monasteries and shepherds distributed along a mazy river that in one place goes underground. Alongside runs one of Germany’s most pleasing cycle routes, far less crowded than the hugely popular downriver cyclepath into Austria.

Paddle and hike: A fleet of antique paddlesteamers operates up and down the Elbe out of the reconstructed city of Dresden. In summer, the steamers flap-flap upriver all the way to Bad Schandau, a charming spa town nestled in the foothills of Saxon Switzerland, a hikers’ and climbers’ paradise of giant rocks and deep forest on the border with the Czech Republic.

Wine trip: Large-scale riverine tourism in Germany tends to focus on the Rhine, with all its castles and vineyards, but the serpentine Moselle has the same characteristics, but with none of the crowds. Particularly recommended is the stretch between half-timbered towns Traben-Trarbach and Bernkastel-Kues, with boat services and a cycle path through spectacularly steep wine terracing.

Road journey: And finally, there’s the Alpenstrasse, the Alpine Road, best done in a vintage car (an Alfa Romeo Spider, perhaps). Blue skies, spectacular scenery and air like Champagne, all the way along the foothills of the Alps from the Allgäu to Chiemgau, via monasteries, castles, lakes and mountain resorts.


Picture Credits

Masthead left to right, T top, B bottom: Black Forest gone blue, Achim Mende. Brandenburger Hof hotel. Schloss Lübbenau (T). Bundesliga, GNTB (B). Ski lift at Fichtelberg, Oberwiesenthal Tourism (T). Martin Luther (B). Chilled gnome, DZT (T). Rügen cliffs, GNTB (B). Cherry cake, pa (B). Berlin S-Bahn.

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