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Stuttgart Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Automobile
                        The Automobile Year of 2011

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                                                                                    Daimler, Carl Benz and Wilhelm
                                                                                    Maybach, are guaranteed to make the
                                                                                    Automobile Year of 2011 an unforget-
                                                                                    table highlight.
                                                                                    In the Stuttgart region, too, this unique
                                                                                    jubilee will be the focus of attention.
                                                                                    After all, here more than anywhere
                                                                                    else in Germany automotive history is
                                                                                    ever-present and very much alive. In
                                                                                    the Stuttgart region there's a tangible
                                                                                    link between the history of the auto-
                                                                                    mobile and future innovations. As well
                                                                                    as the amazing and unique Mercedes-
                                                                                    Benz and Porsche automobile muse-
                                                                                    ums, the Stuttgart region also offers a
                                                                                    huge diversity of places to visit with
                                                                                    attractions to suit every taste, such as
                                                                                    the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in
Stuttgart – the name of Baden-            Stuttgart's close involvement with the
                                                                                    Fellbach, the Galleries for Art and
Württemberg's capital is inseparably      automobile.
                                                                                    Technology in Schorndorf, the Boxen-
linked with that of the automobile.       And now, to honour the 125th anni-
                                                                                    stop Car and Toy Museum in Tübin-
This is where one of the very first        versary of the automobile in a fitting
                                                                                    gen, Gottlieb Daimler's birthplace in
automobiles was conceived in a little     manner (it was in 1886 that Carl Benz
                                                                                    Schorndorf and his inventor's work-
workshop by Wilhelm Maybach and           invented the famous Benz Patent Mo-
                                                                                    shop in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. Yet
Gottlieb Daimler, and where today         tor Car, the world's first automobile),
                                                                                    despite their variety they all have one
two of the world's most outstanding       the state of Baden-Württemberg is
                                                                                    thing in common: a love of automo-
automobile museums are to be found.       devoting a whole summer of events to
                                                                                    biles. All of these institutions will be
And here, too, is where the main pro-     this economic icon. Countless events
                                                                                    getting spruced up for the Automobile
duction plants of both Mercedes-Benz      on the theme of the automobile, a host
                                                                                    Year of 2011 in order to offer their
and Porsche are located, and where the    of special exhibitions in museums and
                                                                                    visitors a really special experience on
people feel a close bond with the his-    cultural institutions, interesting in-
                                                                                    this festive occasion ■
tory and traditions of these two global   sights into automotive history and –
                                                                                     www.stuttgart-tourist.de
                                          last but not least – the celebration of
                                          Baden-Württemberg's great automo-
                                          tive pioneers and inventors, Gottlieb




concerns. Ever since 1951 the Mer-
cedes Star has revolved unceasingly
on top of the tower of Stuttgart's main
railway station, and the spectacular
"Retro Classics" trade fair is just one
more example of the long tradition of



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The Reikartz Hotels & Resorts in
Ukraine
                                                                                     April 2010 announces 
                                                                                     about the management contract signed
                                                                                     for Reikartz River Mykolaiv. This
                                                                                     business hotel is peacefully located in
                                                                                     the historical center of Mykolaiv, on
                                                                                     the bank of the river Pyvdennyi Buh.

                                                                                     The end of 2010 witnessed the open-
                                                                                     ing of two more Reikartz hotels in
In 2003, the Belgian architect Francois  Kvasova. Due to its SPA & Wellness          Pochayiv and Lviv, Ukraine. Reikartz
Ryckaerts and partners bought a build-   center Reikartz Polyana has an at-          Pochayiv with the 70 rooms capacity
ing on Drukarska Street in Lviv, West-   tractive advantage over all the other       is located in Ternopilska region, close
ern Ukraine. Thus, Reikartz Hotels &     local hotels and health resorts, as it is   to the Holy Dormition Pochayiv
Resorts were created with Francois       not only common balneotherapy that it       Lavra, which is very convenient for
Ryckaerts as Chief Architect.            offers to its guests. The specialists of    numerous pilgrims and tourists who
                                         Reikartz Polyana apply a combination        come to visit the monastery.
In December 2008 Reikartz Hotels &       of various treatment methods – min-
Resorts opened the first hotel, Rei-      eral water is used alonside with mud
kartz Carpaty, in Zhdeniyevo,            treatment, massotherapy, electrother-
Zakarpatska region. This region is an    apy and magnetotherapy. This allows
important tourist and travel destination to efficiently treat a whole range of
with wonderful landscapes and mild       health disorders, as well as to provide
climate - a perfect choice for skiing,   a complex health improvement.
hiking and admiring the beauty of
nature.                                  Reikartz Hotels & Resorts continued
                                         its rapid expansion during 2009 and
Subsequently, Reikartz Hotels & Re-      in August took over the management
sorts acquired a hotel in the nearby     and upgraded one of the best business
health resort Polyana, renowned for its hotels in Kirovograd, today called           Reikartz Medievale Lviv became the
climate and mineral water Polyana        Reikartz Kirovograd.                        second hotel of the chain in the city.
                                                                                     The name is fully justified by the ho-
                                                                In Lviv, a busi-     tel’s location close to the ancient heart
                                                                ness hotel with      of Lviv, Rynok Square. At first the
                                                                stylish and ele-     hotel will have 23 rooms; later on the
                                                                gant interior,       capacity will grow up to 70 rooms.
                                                                Reikartz Dwor-
                                                                zec Lviv,            In February 2011, the company signed
                                                                opened in De-        the agreement for managing the hotel
                                                                cember 2009.         Aurora, Kryvyi Rih, which joined
                                                                                     Reikartz Hotels & Resorts and from
                                                                Reikartz Hotels      now on is known as Reikartz Aurora
                                                                & Resorts con-       Kryvyi Rih.
                                                                tinues its rapid     The last opening took place on May,
                                                                growth and in        1st, 2011Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk is




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a business-hotel with 80 rooms. With
its two modern conference halls and
convenient downtown location, the
hotel will be of great interest for the
business circles of Ukraine.
                                                  Internet :
The strategy of Reikartz Hotels &           http://en.reikartz.com/
Resorts is to enlarge the chain up to
twenty hotels conforming to European
Standards during the coming five
years. Hotels will be located in the
largest cities and the most visited tour-
ist resorts of Ukraine. Our goal is to
make Reikartz Hotels & Resorts the
preferred provider of quality accom-
modations for business and leisure
travel in Ukraine.■




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Reikartz Hotels & Resorts Open Hotel in Dnipropetrovsk

                                                                 Ukrainian hotel chain Reikartz Hotels & Resorts an-
                                                                 nounces the opening of a 4-star hotel in Dnipro-
                                                                 petrovsk.

                                                                 The new hotel of the chain is conveniently located in
                                                                 the historic and business center of the city, on Krasnaya
                                                                 Street. This location is only minutes away by foot from
                                                                 Karla Marksa Avenue – one of Dnipropetrovsk’s main
                                                                 streets.

                                                                 Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk offers its guests 80 modern
                                                                 and spacious rooms. Rack rates this year for double
                                                                 rooms start from 650 UAH  . The exclusive three-
                                                                 room Suites will cater to the needs of the VIP guests.

                                                                 In addition the hotel offers two spacious conference
                                                                 halls for business or private occasions, restaurant of
                                                                European and Ukrainian cuisine, as well as stylish bar.
«Even long before the opening we witnessed considerable interest towards Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk from the Ukrainian
business community. I am quite convinced, the new hotel will become the constant choice of our partners for organiza-
tion of business conferences in Dnipropetrovsk», - says Sebastian Kraemer, Chief Operating Officer, Reikartz Hotels &
Resorts.

Dnipropetrovsk has more than 1 ml population and is considered to be one of the most important economic centers of
Ukraine. The center of iron industry, the city is also witnessing active development in services and trade. However up to
this very moment the city lacked hotels of 4-star level. Reikartz Dnipropetrovsk opening with perfect infrastructure for
business travelers solves this issue.■




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One in four Russian citizens could
own Sochi 2014 Olympic coins
                                                                                      Sochi 2014 Games region – particu-
                                                                                      larly the unique city of Sochi itself.
                                                                                      Nine savings coins of original rectan-
                                                                                      gular form showing the Sochi 2014
                                                                                      mascots will also be issued. The coins
                                                                                      design was developed by V/O Goznak
                                                                                      of Russian in collaboration with the
                                                                                      Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.



The Sochi 2014 Organizing Commit-           tovskiy, Deputy Chairman of Sber-         Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014

tee, the Central Bank of the Russian        bank of Russia Stanislav Kuznetsov,       President and CEO, said:

Federation, V/O Goznak and Sberbank General Director of V/O Goznak Ar-
of Russia has announced the start of        kadiy Trachuk and Sochi 2014 Presi-       “The main peculiarity of the Sochi
the Sochi 2014 Coins Program. It will       dent and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko.         2014 Coins Program is its all-Russian
be one of the largest-scale coins pro-      The ceremony was also attended by         geography. Thanks to the way we are
grams in the history of the Olympic         famous Russian Olympians represent-       organising the program launch, every
movement: between 2011 and 2013,            ing the different kinds of sports de-     fourth citizen of Russia can become an
46 kinds of commemorative and sav-          picted on the Sochi 2014 coins. Two-      owner of a little part of Olympic his-
ings coins made from gold, silver and       times world champion Irina Slutskaya      tory. The experience of the Central
non-ferrous metals will be issued. In       represented figure skating and two-        Bank of Russia in creating successful
total 36,7 million coins will be cre-       times Olympic champion Svetlana           coins programs and Sberbank’s wide
ated. Moreover, for the first time in        Ishmuratova represented biathlon.         regional network open unique possi-
Games history a coin with a value of                                                  bilities for the Sochi 2014 Coins Pro-
25 rubles will be issued for mass cir-      The themes and design of the Sochi        gram to have a real impact. I’m sure
culation. Also for the first time in Rus-    2014 coins reflect not only the Olym-      that it will become a bright part of the
sia the reverse side of the coins will be   pic events but also national peculiari-   Sochi 2014 Games, which represent
decorated not by the two-headed ea-         ties of Russia and the specifics of the    new Russia.” ■
gle, but by the National emblem of the
Russian Federation.


The ceremony of the Sochi 2014
Coins Program launch was attended
by the First Deputy Chairman of the
Central Bank of Russia Georgiy Lun-


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                                          Mkulumadzi , Majete Wildlife Reserve

                                                                                    dards of accommodation, hospital-
                                                                                    ity, guiding and catering are second
                                                                                    to none. ■




OPENING JULY 2011                         The Reserve is an impressive example
Located in the Majete Wildlife Re-        of sustainable development and biodi-
serve, Mkulumadzi offers guests a         versity, since 2003 the African Parks
chic and contemporary retreat set         Network has worked tirelessly to rein-
amidst rugged and untouched bush          troduce endangered species and pro-
land.                                     tect and preserve Majete’s flora and
                                          fauna.
The lodge, accessible by footbridge
suspended over the Mkulumadzi             Mkulumadzi is owned and managed          Website : http://
River, comprises of eight spacious        by Robin Pope Safaris, which was         www.mkulumadzi.com/en/
chalets, each with private viewing        founded in 1986 and known for it’s       email : info@mkulumadzi.com
decks offering dramatic and unim-         specialized and walking safaris. Stan-
peded views over the confluence of
two rivers, the Mkulumadzi and the
Shire. The main lodge is an open-
fronted space maximizing the beauti-
ful river views and taking advantage
of some cool shade on the forested
banks. Activities range from swim-
ming in the pool and dining under the
starts, to river cruises, game-drives
and walking safaris.

There is an abundance of wildlife in-
cluding the rare black rhino, elephant,
buffalo, Nyala, sable, eland and
Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. Numerous
species of birds grace Majete, includ-
ing Rock Prancole, Pels Fishing Owl
and more.


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Holidays on the beach: a thing of the past?
                                         lar with the Germans is going out of       within Europe round trips rank ahead
                                         fashion. Whereas in 1998 64.5 per          of wellness and health vacations.
                                         cent of German holidaymakers spent         Among        German       holidaymakers
                                         the nicest time of the year on the         cruises are another strong growth
                                         beach, only 58.5 per cent will be          market. Dr. Buck “For many years the
                                         booking this traditional form of holi-     cruise market has been one of the most
                                         daymaking in 2011. These are the           growth-intensive sectors. It remains a
                                         findings of a representative survey by      driving force in the German tourism
                                         ADAC Reisemonitor. By contrast,            market.“ According to the ADAC sur-
                                         round trips, city travel and cruises are   vey, since 2002 this segment has expe-
                                         the latest trend.                          rienced huge growth, in the order of
                                                                                    95 per cent. This year 4.8 of German
                                         People on holiday still want to be ac-     holidaymakers are planning a cruise,
                                         tive, be entertained and have a            over 1.5 per cent more than in 2007.
                                         change“, says Dr. Martin Buck, direc-      At 29 per cent, Central America, the
                                         tor of the Travel & Logistics Compe-       Caribbean, the Mediterranean and
                                         tence Center at Messe Berlin and re-       the   Northern Cape   remain the most
                                         sponsible for ITB Berlin. “More and        sought after destinations, closely fol-
A holiday experience instead of hang-    more Germans want to experience            lowed by river cruises, which at 20 per
ing out – Germans no longer want         something new when they are away           cent are rapidly growing in popularity.
their holidays to be a passive affair.   and would like to get to know a coun-      The market for city travel is experi-
Latest ADAC Reisemonitor survey:         try and its people. This trend is also     encing major growth too. Since the
round trips, city travel and cruises     reflected in the catalogues of tour op-     year 2000 the number of Germans
are becoming more and more popular       erators, who have put together new         travelling to cities has risen by 53 per
with German holidaymakers                holiday deals and have expanded their      cent.
                                         portfolio to include round trips under
                                         certain headings.”                         The ADAC Reisemonitor survey is
                                                                                    carried out once a year and is pre-
Berlin, 5 May 2011 – Summer, sun- According to the survey every second              sented annually at ITB Berlin. It pro-
shine, beaches and the sea… the sort long-distance holiday booking has a            vides information on trends and evalu-
of holiday that has always been popu- round trip accompanying it. Even              ates travel patterns among German
                                                                                    holidaymakers. 4,000 members of the
                                                                                    ADAC were polled in order to obtain
                                                                                    data for the Reisemonitor. Among
                                                                                    other things this representative trend
                                                                                    survey looks at holiday expectations,
                                                                                    decisions and destinations in 2011. ■




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    The Ultimate Green Traveller's Guide To Copenhagen
                                                                                    tice that is becoming the norm in Co-
                                                                                    penhagen. But green eating in Copen-
                                                                                    hagen does not necessarily mean opt-
                                                                                    ing for a gourmet restaurant as there
                                                                                    are sustainable choices in all price
                                                                                    ranges. In April the new gastro pub
                                                                                    Nose2Tail (www.nose2tail.dk) opened
                                                                                    in the meatpacking district. As the
                                                                                    name indicates the concept is to use
                                                                                    everything from the animal to avoid
                                                                                    waste. At Nose2Tail the menu is de-
                                                                                    termined based on which products are
                                                                                    supplied by local organic producers
                                                                                    on the day. Around the corner in the
                                                                                    meatpacking district is the large or-
                                                                                    ganic         restaurant      BioMio
                                                                                    (www.biomio.dk) with room for 250
                                                                                    people. Here they serve organic,
                                                                                    healthy and tasty food at reasonable
                                                                                    prices in a laid back atmosphere.
                                                                                     
                                                                                    For a fast food option try eating at an
                                                                                    authentic Copenhagen hot dog stand,
                                                                                    with a green twist. By Copenhagen’s
                                                                                    Round Tower you can find the city’s
                                                                                   only organic hot dog stand – Den Øk-
According to the city’s climate strat-     of World’s Best Chef.                   ologiske Pølsemand (www.døp.dk).
egy Copenhagen is to be the world's                                                Here you can order hot dogs and fried
first CO2 neutral capital by 2025 and       At the Michelin starred restaurant sausages made from organic pork or
this has the full support of the Copen-    Herman, located within the Nimb beef. Side orders and drinks are also
hageners as a green vibe flows through      complex, (www.nimb.dk)   they serve organic.
every corner of the city. Whether you      radical interpretations of Danish clas-  
are looking to eat, drink, shop or sleep   sics and whether beast, fish or fruit, Green Drinks
with a clear conscience, Copenhagen        every last bit is made use of – a prac-  
has an eco-friendly option for you.                                                 Besides organic soups, Soupanatural
                                                                                    (www.soupanatural.dk) in Nørrebro
Green Eating                                                                        specialises in healthy organic
                                                                                    smoothies - or "Vitaminas" as they
One take on green eating in Copenha-                                                call them – and organic cocktails to-
gen’s culinary scene is seasonal cook-                                              go. HarboBar café on Blågårdsgade,
ing with local products, with the                                                   makes spectacularly good organic
world’s best restaurant Noma leading                                                coffee and cupcakes, and turns into a
the way (www.noma.dk). Noma’s                                                       cocktail bar in the evening, where you
success has had a profound trickle-                                                 can chose from a selection of organic
down effect on other restaurants prac-                                              beer, wine, cocktails and schnapps.
ticing New Nordic Cuisine. Among                                                     
them is the fully organic restaurant                                                Green Sleeping
Geranium (www.geranium.dk) with                                                      
head chef Rasmus Kofoed, winner of                                                  Lots of Copenhagen hotels tick the
Bocuse d’Or 2011, giving him the title                                              eco-friendly box, in fact 58 % of hotel


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                                                                                     energy consumption for cooling and
                                                                                     heating by nearly 90 percent.
                                                                                      
                                                                                     Axel         Hotel        Guldsmeden
                                                                                     (http://hotelguldsmeden.com/axel/engl
                                                                                     ish/), situated in the trendy district of
                                                                                     Vesterbro, sets a high standard when it
                                                                                     comes to sustainability and ecology.
                                                                                     The breakfast buffet is 100 % organic
                                                                                     with homemade yogurt, French
                                                                                     cheeses and rustic bread and pastry
                                                                                     from Emmery's. Furthermore, the ho-
                                                                                     tel offers organic beauty products such
                                                                                     as shampoo, body lotion and soap
                                                                                     especially made for their rooms.
                                                                                      
                                                                                     Green Experiences
                                                                                      
                                                                                     That Copenhagen cares about the en-
                                                                                     vironment is clearly visible in the
                                                                                     street scene. The water in the inner
                                                                                     harbour is so clean, you can take a dip
                                                                                     in it and the city is sprinkled liberally
                                                                                     with green spaces. When the sun is
                                                                                     out, take a break from the busy city-
                                                                                     life at the Assistens Kirkegård park in
                                                                                     Nørrebro - a historic cemetery, which
                                                                                     is the burial site for prominent Danes
                                                                                     such as Hans Christian Andersen and
                                                                                     philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
                                                                                      
                                                                                     For a convenient and eco-friendly
                                                                                     sightseeing tour of Copenhagen take
                                                                                     the CityCirkel buses, route 11, which
                                                                                     run all day on electricity from batter-
                                                                                     ies charged during night time, thus
                                                                                     emitting less CO2 and exhaust fumes
                                                                                     than ordinary cars and busses. Or if
rooms are certified with the official       The four star Crowne Plaza Copenha-        you want an alternative means of
Green Key guarantee. Scandic Hotel        gen Towers (www.cpcopenhagen.dk)           transportation take a guided tour of the
W        e       b      e      r      s   is built to be one of the World's green-   sights of Copenhagen on an environ-
(http://www.scandichotels.com/en/Hot      est hotels. It has Denmark's only CO2      mentally         friendly       Segway
els/Countries/Denmark/Copenhagen/H        neutral hotel building and meets EU        (www.tourscph.com). The special ve-
otels/Scandic-Webers/) close to the       requirements for green construction        hicle runs on rechargeable batteries
main train station and Tivoli Gardens     and all of the hotel's energy consump-     and lets you glide around Copenha-
is particularly impressive. Not only is   tion comes from renewable energy           gen's sights in a CO2-friendly and fun
all the food and drink organic, the       sources. The hotel's CO2 neutral tech-     way.
hotel’s furnishings are made from en-     nologies include an advanced climate        
vironmentally sound textiles and a        system, which uses groundwater for         At Experimentarium in Hellerup
programme aimed at making the             cooling during Summer and stores the       (www.experimentarium.dk), just north
building 100 per cent carbon neutral      heated water and recycles it to heat in    of Copenhagen, you can explore eve-
by 2025 is in place.                      Winter. The result is a reduction of       rything green in their permanent exhi-
 


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bition on energy use and production;      =15877) on Nørre Farimagsgade is a        the bridge during morning rush hour, a
on climate and the future. The exhibi-    lifestyle store with clothing, shoes,     seriously impressive figure. 37 percent
tion provides a tangible picture of the   bags, maternity wear, skin care prod-     of commuters going to work or school
opportunities provided by both your-      ucts, glass, toys and things for the      in Copenhagen use their bicycle. The
self and technology.                      garden. Everything is organic, fair       ambition is that it will be 50 percent in
                                           trade and/or sustainable. The mini       2015. Choose between a bicycle taxi,
                                           department store K29 (www.k29.dk)        a       guided          bike       tour
                                           sells trendy sustainable eco clothing,   (www.bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk),
                                           shoes and silver jewellery, from         rent your own bike (www.baisikeli.dk)
                                           among others, the three owners’ own      or use one of the free city bikes
                                           brands Maxjenny, Margareta Forslund      (www.bycyklen.dk). See the joys of
                                           and Owe Johansson. Pure Shop
                                           (www.pureshop.dk) on Grønnegade in
                                           downtown Copenhagen sells just
                                           about every organic beauty treat you
                                           can think of. It is Denmark's first or-
                                           ganic perfumery specialising in or-
                                           ganic beauty care, hair treatment and
                                           make up. Copenhagen also has some
                                          of the best vintage shops in the world,
Green Shopping                            including,           Ti m e ’s     Up
                                          (www.timesupshop.com) on Krystal-
Consumers in Copenhagen demand            gade.
both organic and environmentally           
friendly products and retailers have      Green Transport
been paying attention. You will find a      
growing number of shops exclusively       Getting around in Copenhagen in an
selling organic products and services.    eco-friendly manner is easy – do as
                                                                                    cycling in Copenhagen in this award-
Noir (www.noir.dk), Ecoture by Lund       the Copenhagers do: take the bike!
                                                                                    w i n n i n g             v i d e o :
(www.shop.ecouture.dk) and Jackpot        Over a third of the city’s 1.1 million
                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiL
(www.jackpot.dk) are just some of the     people regularly cycle to work, mak-
                                                                                    FHKTz6yA
high style, high sustainability brands    ing Dronning Louise's Bro [Queen
                                                                                     
available.           Eco         Ego      Louise's bridge], the busiest cycling
                                                                                    If you prefer a little more comfortable
(www.winkas.dk/wkwebshop/?shopid          spot in the western world. An esti-
                                                                                    way to get around the city, you can
                                          mated 35,000 cyclists stream across
                                                                                      book a CO2 neutral taxi through
                                                                                      Amager-Øbro                  Taxi
                                                                                      (www.amagerobrotaxi.dk), they neu-
                                                                                      tralize the CO2 that your car causes
                                                                                      by buying certified European CO2
                                                                                      quotas.
                                                                                       




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Uckermark – Exploring
by Donkey in the
North of Berlin
The donkey sets the pace. This new
way of exploring was invented in the
Uckermark. You hike, your donkey
carries your luggage (up to 35 kg).
The tours, which may be of one or
several days’ duration, take you
through landscapes featuring small
villages, tucked away lakes and tre-
mendous views. Sometimes your
good-natured Eyore will take the lead,
other times he may prefer to take a
break and sample the grass. This will
probably mean time and kilometre
schedules getting into a state of some
disarray. The advantage is that the
two-legged participants find them-
selves learning from their long-eared,
four-legged companion how best to go
about “slowing down and relaxing”.
An additional plus point on this hike:
hikers will find that they quickly make
contact with the locals through the
donkey. You can choose from a selec-
tion of different routes which take you
through the Schorfheide and the Uck-
ermark. These often start in Suckow, a
village not far from the Pfingstberg
motorway exit north of Berlin. The
daily stretches of 10 to 25 kilometres
are geared to the requirements and the
capabilities of the visitors. You need
between two and eight hours for the
individual legs. There is always a
packed lunch. If you are participating
in trips covering several days, over-
night accommodation and evening
meals will be organised. Recently a
tour has been launched featuring over-
night accommodation in tents. For
more information visit
www.wanderninbrandenburg.de




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A thousand years since first written
record of Bled castle
                                            of Poliksena and the Sunken Bell on      Bled Castle is becoming one of the
                                            the upper terrace of the Castle, along   must see places for almost all visitors
                                            with a visit from Venetian gondolas      to Bled. Nearly one fourth of them
                                            and fireworks from the castle on the      come from Slovenia, followed by
                                            lake promenade. The first weekend in      guests from Great Britain, Italy, Japan,
                                            June will be another weekend of cele-    Israel, Austria, Hungary, Croatia,
                                            bration, when the 5th annual Medie-      Spain, Germany and the USA. Over
                                            val Days of the Lord of the Manor        the past several years, Bled Castle has
Perched atop a steep cliff rising 130      will feature brave knights, beautiful     become a true experience – offering a
metres above the glacial Lake Bled is      maidens, and skilled craftspeople and     breathtaking view, a visit to the Castle
a symbol of Bled and Slovenia – Bled       merchants from Slovenia and abroad.
Castle. The image of the castle, form-     Two weeks later, from 17 to 19 June,
ing a dramatic backdrop to the roman-      a mass castle wedding will be held at
tic island with the church on it, has      Bled Castle, at which numerous cou-
earned worldwide recognition through       ples from Slovenia and the neighbour-
centuries. The deed of donation in         ing countries will be married simulta-
which Bled Castle is first mentioned        neously.
as Castellum Veldes, dates back to the     With its green-blue lake, the little
year 1011.                                 island with its church and the medie-
                                                                                     museum, Castle printing works, the
“In the name of the holy and indivisi-     val castle on the crags above, Bled is
                                                                                     Castle wine cellar and herbal gallery,
ble Trinity. Henry, by favour of the       the most famous view of Slovenia.
                                                                                     while on the occasion of state visits,
Divine Mercy, King...” This is the         The fame of Bled and its beauties was
                                                                                     weddings and other opportunities, the
beginning of the text of the deed of       spread around the world by world
                                                                                     Knight Gašper Lambergar Theatre
donation from 1011, when the German        travellers, including Janez Vajkard
                                                                                     Group takes its audiences into the
king, Henry II, donated Bled Castle –      Valvasor and his Glory of the Duchy
                                                                                     Middle Ages by demonstrating medie-
then called Castellum Veldesin – along     of Carniola of 1689. This tourist gem
                                                                                     val culture and entertainment.
with the surrounding land in the size      of international fame located at the
                                                                                     For more information on the history
of 30 king’s farms from the area be-       edge of Triglav National Park was
                                                                                     and offer of Bled Castle, please visit.■
tween the two Sava Rivers, to Adel-        among the nominees for seven new
beron, the bishop of Brixen.               wonders of the World!
In terms of written documents, Bled
Castle is the oldest castle in Slovenia.
It will celebrate its anniversary ) dur-
ing a major investment cycle and vari-
ous events marking the millennium
will be held throughout the year, be-
ginning in May. The main ceremony
will be held on Saturday and Sunday,
21 and 22 May 2011, with a Medieval
performance of King Matjaž and
Alenčica and a baroque performance

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                 10 Things Not to Miss in San Francisco




One of the nicest things about visiting the world, manages to impress even         stunning 1.7-mile span. Approxi-
San Francisco is that, although the city the most experienced travelers with its   mately 120,000 automobiles drive
is "big" in terms of attrac-
tions and amenities, it is
geographically small - only
49 square miles. Conse-
quently, it is very easy to
see and do a great many
things in a short period of
time.

It is also easy to spend
weeks in San Francisco and
still not experience every-
thing the city has to offer.
Here is a suggested list of
the top 10 things not to
miss in San Francisco, ac-
cording to the San Fran-
cisco Travel Association:

1. The Golden Gate Bridge,
the most famous bridge in


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across it every day. A pedestrian           they explore the buildings and              European-style sidewalk cafes, restau-
walkway also allows the crossing on         grounds. To reach the island, take an       rants and shops centered near Wash-
foot, and bikes are allowed on the          Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43.        ington Square along Columbus and
western side. The Golden Gate Bridge        Advance reservations are recom-             Grant avenues. The beautiful Church
is said to be one of the most photo-        mended, 415-981-ROCK (7625).                of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved
graphed things on Earth.                    (www.alcatrazcruises.com)                   landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph
                                                                                        Hill offers a splendid vantage point for
                                                                                        photos of the bridges and the Bay.
                                                                                        Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling mu-
                                                                                        rals painted in the 1930s depict scenes
                                                                                        of early San Francisco.
                                                                                        (www.coittower.org).

                                                                                        7. The entrance to Chinatown at Grant
                                                                                        Avenue and Bush Street is called the
                                                                                        "Dragon's Gate." Inside are 24 blocks
                                                                                        of hustle and bustle, most of it taking
                                                                                        place along Grant Avenue, the oldest
                                                                                        street in San Francisco. This city
                                                                                        within a city is best explored on foot;
                                                                                        exotic shops, renowned restaurants,
                                                                                        food markets, temples and small mu-
                                                                                        seums comprise its boundaries. Visi-
                                                                                        tors can buy ancient potions from herb
                                                                                        shops, relax and enjoy a "dim sum"
                                                                                        lunch or witness the making of fortune
2. Cable cars have been transporting        4. Fisherman's Wharf is also home to        cookies.
people around San Francisco since the       Pier 39, a festive waterfront market-
late 19th century. The cars run on          place that is one of the city's most        8. Dining in San Francisco is an at-
tracks and are moved by an under-           popular attractions. A community of         traction in itself. Known as America's
ground cable on three routes. Their         California sea lions has taken up resi-     best restaurant city, San Francisco
familiar bells can be heard ringing         dence on the floats to the west of the       chefs excel at combining the freshest
from blocks away. Tickets ($5) may be       pier and visitors line the nearby railing   local ingredients, authentic interna-
purchased at the cable car turnarounds      to watch their antics. From there it's a    tional flavors and a touch of creative
at the ends of each route. Each one-        short walk to the Wax Museum,               genius. Choose your cuisine - Chinese,
way ride will provide spectacular           Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the
views of the city's celebrated hills as     famous crab vendors selling walk-
well as exhilarating transportation.        away crab and shrimp cocktails.
(www.sfcablecar.com)
                                            5. Union Square is the place for
3. Alcatraz, the notorious former           serious shoppers. Major depart-
prison, is located on an island of the      ments stores and the most exclusive
same name in the middle of San Fran-        designer boutiques line streets like
cisco Bay. Some of the United States'       Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton
most notorious criminals were incar-        and Powell. The Westfield San
cerated there. Though several tried, no     Francisco Shopping Centre houses
inmate ever made a successful escape        the largest Bloomingdale's outside
from "The Rock." The prison was             of New York and the second largest
closed in the 1960's and stories about      Nordstrom in the U.S.
Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alca-
traz today is fascinating. Recorded         6. North Beach, the city's Italian
cell-house tours are available, allow-      quarter, isn't a beach at all. It's a
ing visitors to learn about the prison as   neighborhood of romantic

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FREESUN NEWS!                                                                                                19 MAY 2011



                                                                                              The San Francisco Visitors
                                                                                              Planning Guide is available at
                                                                                              the Visitor Information Center,
                                                                                              900 Market St., at the corner
                                                                                              of Powell and Market streets,
                                                                                              lower level, Hallidie Plaza. A
                                                                                              virtual edition of the guide is
                                                                                              also available online:




Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish,         companies dot the city. The San Fran-     http://guides.weaver-group.com/sf/ovg
Moroccan, Indian, Malaysian, Mexi-          cisco Museum of Modern Art, the           2/2010/ A visitor's kit may also be
can, Greek, Russian or "fusion," a          Asian Art Museum, the de Young Mu-        ordered online at
combination of any or all of these in-      seum, the Palace of the Legion of         www.sanfrancisco.travel, by phone at
fluences. Visit TasteSF at                   Honor and other museums and galler-       415-391-2000 or 415-392-0328 (TTY/
www.sanfrancisco.travel/taste for a list    ies are devoted to the finest of classi-   TTD), by written request to the San
of San Francisco's hottest restaurants,     cal and contemporary arts. For a com-     Francisco Visitor Information Center,
a calendar listing of food-related news     plete museum guide, visit                 900 Market St., San Francisco, CA
and events, the history of San Fran-        www.sanfrancisco.travel.                  94102, or via email to
cisco's many food firsts, chef profiles,      For general information on hotel          vic1@sanfrancisco.travel. Domestic
and Foodie 411, a weekly insider's          packages and reservations; events;        and international shipping charges
blog by Marcia "the tablehopper" Ga-        activities and transportation in San      apply.
gliardi.                                    Francisco, visit
                                            www.sanfrancisco.travel. For lodging      San Francisco International Airport
9. Nightlife in San Francisco is a con-     reservations, call 800-637-5196 within    (SFO) offers non-stop links with more
stantly changing scene. The "hottest"       North America or 415-391-2000 or          than 30 international points on five
clubs currently are in the South of         415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD) elsewhere.         continents with 29 international carri-
Market and Mission districts, with live                                               ers. The Bay Area's largest airport
and recorded rock and Latin music.                                                    connects non-stop with more than 65
Jazz, blues, swing and "oldies" music                                                 cities in the U.S. on 20 domestic air-
can be found all over town. For a                                                     lines. For up-to-the-minute departure
complete list of nightlife options, visit                                             and arrival information, airport maps
www.sanfrancisco.travel.                                                              and details on shopping, dining, cul-
                                                                                      tural exhibitions, ground transporta-
                                            For general information on hotel          tion and more, visit www.flysfo.com.
10. A visit to San Francisco would not      packages and reservations; events;
be complete without a cultural experi-      activities and transportation in San      American Express® is the official
ence. The city is home to internation-      Francisco, visit                          credit card partner for the San Fran-
ally recognized symphony, opera and         www.sanfrancisco.travel. For lodging      cisco Travel Association. ■
ballet companies. Playwrights such as       reservations, call 800-637-5196 within
Sam Shepherd and Tom Stoppard in-           North America or 415-391-2000 or
troduce their works in San Francisco        415-392-0328 (TTY/TTD) elsewhere.
and avant-garde theatre and dance


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                Wizz Air celebrates its 7th anniversary

                                                                            “Wizz Air operates one of the
                                                                            youngest fleets in the industry,
                                                                            maintains a highly efficient point-
                                                                            to-point network, providing direct
                                                                            connections to major regional cen-
                                                                            ters in Europe, and keeps its
                                                                            internet-based booking system ef-
                                                                            ficient and convenient. This allows




Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low   The number of passengers carried
cost airline in Central and Eastern    in the past 12 months exceeded 10
Europe celebrates its 7th anniver-     million, 22% more than in the
sary on 19 May, 2011.                  previous 12 months.

Since its first flight on 19 May,        Wizz Air operates one of the
2004 from Katowice in Southern         youngest fleets in the world, con-
Poland, Wizz Air has become the        sisting of 35 Airbus A320s. The
largest airline in Central and East-   airline has a further 104 aircraft
ern Europe operating from 15           on order, which will deliver the
bases, in Poland, Hungary, Roma-       airline’s growth plans for many
nia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Czech      years to come.
                                                                            the airline to operate with one of
Republic, Serbia and Lithuania.
                                                                            the lowest cost-structures in the
                                                                            industry and offer truly affordable
                                                                            prices” – said József Váradi, Chief
                                                                            Executive Officer of Wizz Air.
                                                                            “Wizz Air has come a long way in
                                                                            7 years. From an idea of establish-
                                                                            ing a low cost airline in Central
                                                                            and Eastern Europe and inspiring
                                                                            more and more people to fly, Wizz
                                                                            Air has become the largest airline
                                                                            in the region, achieving market
                                                                            leadership in the low-cost sector in
                                                                            every country where the airline has
                                                                            an operating base” – he added.




                                                                                                     PAGE 22
                  Wizz	
  Air	
  launches	
  new	
  route	
  from	
  Vilnius	
  to	
  Dortmund
Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central Wizz	
   Air	
   carried	
   more	
   than	
  10	
   million	
   passengers	
   in	
  
and Eastern Europe announced that it launches a new route the	
   last	
   12	
  months.	
   The	
   airline's	
   fleet	
   currently	
   con-­‐
                                                                          sists	
   of	
   35	
   Airbus	
   A320	
   aircraB	
   operaCng	
   from	
   15	
  
from Vilnius to Dortmund. The first flight will take off on
                                                                          bases	
   in	
   Poland,	
   Hungary,	
   Bulgaria,	
   Romania,	
  
2nd of August 2011 and will operate three times a week                    Ukraine,	
  Czech	
  Republic,	
  Serbia	
  and	
  Lithuania.	
  
initially.


Tickets are already available from as low as LTL 47 (all
inclusive, one way) on wizzair.com or by calling the Call
Center.


Wizz Air opened its Vilnius base on 15th April 2011 and has
sold more than 70.000 segments so far. Besides this new
route, Wizz Air flies from Vilnius to Cork (Ireland),
London-Luton, Doncaster-Sheffield (UK) Eindhoven (The
Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Rome-Fiumicino and
Milan-Bergamo (Italy).




Rail Europe Opens Asian Flagship Store in Hong Kong
          Amid Impressive Global Results

                                                                                                     Expansion into the Asian market re-
                                                                                                     sponds to a significant increase in de-
                                                                                                     mand for exploring Europe by train,
                                                                                                     especially among university students
                                                                                                     and young travelers.

                                                                               “Bookings in Hong Kong were up by
                                                                               48 per cent from January to April this
                                                                               year, with a 141 per cent increase in
                                                                               April alone,” said Philippe Kirsanow,
                                                                               Rail Europe’s Sales Director for Main-
                                                                               land China, Hong Kong, Singapore
                                                                               and the Republic Of China (Taiwan).
                                                                               With a renowned focus on university
                                                                               student and youth travel, Sincerity
                                                                               Travel has been Rail Europe’s premier
Rail Europe has opened its first Asian   quarter of 2011, confirming the organi-
                                                                               sales agent in Hong Kong for over a
retail store with a flagship outlet in   sation as the worldwide leading dis-
                                                                               decade and was chosen as the ideal
Hong Kong in partnership with leading tributor of train travel.
                                                                               partner to open the store.
local agent for train travel in Europe,
Sincerity Travel.

The store opened amid impressive
global results for 2010 and the first


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