Christmas Tourism

December 31, 2014

001 - 141205 - BraunschweigRoute: Wiesbaden, Mainz, Braunschweig, Düsseldorf, Köln, Kassel

Sharp at 03:30 pm I turn off my computer and leave the office. I can work longer from Monday to Thursday but Friday is the beginning of the weekend! The day after tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent. In this special time we decided to visit one or even two Christmas Markets called “Weihnachtsmarkt” every weekend.

“Weihnachtsmarkt” is the main winter attraction in Germany. More and more tourists from all over the world come to visit them. The guests drink hot wine, eat traditional sausages and buy crafts. There is the unforgettable atmosphere…

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December 30, 2014

008 - LauterbachLauterbach is a small town in the eastern Hessia. We went there not because of its tourist attractions, but because of – let’s call it – cultural values. Our friend celebrated his birthday and organized a party with traditional German sausage, meat called Leberkäse, potato salad and hectoliters of beer. Apart from the food the highlight of the party was the outfit. The hosts and many guests were dressed in dirndl – Bavarian-Austrian folk costume. We could not compete with them. In my wardrobe I found only one shirt a little bit similar to the dirndl.

After the party on the next day we visited the charming town. The buildings in the center are built in the half-timbered style. Their windows are decorated with flowers in boxes. On the main street there are many cafes and ice cream shops serving delicious sweets. It was worthy to come here and visit Lauterbach.

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Harz Mountains

December 29, 2014

001 - HarzToday is a beautiful autumn day. We pack our bags and go to the town Braunlage in the Harz Mountains. Here we meet with a friend and start a long trail to the highest peak called Brocken (1,142 meters above sea level). It is hot like in summer. On the blue sky we don’t see any single cloud. We definitely do not need so many clothes. No wonder that on such sunny day many people hike… The path is very crowded.

If someone doesn’t want to walk he can take a buggy or train. We try to take small paths in order to avoid the crowd but it is difficult. On the top all the trails connect in a wide street leading straight to the shop with drinks and the restaurant. Tourists disembark from the train, eat and go back the same way. It is also fine. The most important thing is they didn’t spend that day sitting in front of the TV eating chips on the couch. We eat our dinner after finishing the trek: a huge and delicious meal. We are very hungry because we walked in total 33 km.

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Natalia Brożko - Author of:

"In 16 Months around the World. Latin America", Publisher: Burda with National Geographic logo.

"In 16 Months around the World. Asia, Australia & Oceania and North America", Publisher: Burda with National Geographic logo.

"Asia in my eyes. Memories of my trip", Publisher: Warszawska Firma Wydawnicza.

I was born in Głuchołazy, small city in the South of Poland. After finishing high school I went to Berlin. I have graduated History and Society of South and South East Asia at the Humboldt University. As long as I remember I have been travelling a lot.


NEPAL 2012
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VIETNAM 2005, 2011
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CAMBODIA 2005, 2011
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INDIA 2007
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BURMA 2004
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USA 2007
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