What’s new on the German Travel Scene next year?

Here are some of the exciting cultural and culinary highlights for 2018

Delicious Deutschland ‘Culinary Germany’ Campaign for 2018
Romanesque Road - Traditional food platter in Klötze - Image Eat Drink Travel, Ryan Edwardson Photography

Romanesque Road - Traditional food platter in Klötze
Image Eat Drink Travel, Ryan Edwardson Photography


Bayreuth Margravial Opera House
Image Bayreuth Marketing and Tourismus GmbH

Chemnitz Opera House - Image Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (CWE). Wolfgang Thieme

Chemnitz Opera House
Image Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (CWE). Wolfgang Thieme

Next year the German National Tourist Board UK and Ireland (GNTO) will be highlighting the diversity of fresh, regional dishes throughout Germany’s 16 Federal States, including traditional favourites to the innovations and new trends being developed by Germany’s emerging culinary stars.

From rural regions such as the Black Forest (including Baiersbronn with 8 Michelin Stars) to the internationally renowned restaurants of major cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, from Dresden to Düsseldorf, Culinary Germany will take visitors on a tour of Germany’s fascinating foodie landscape.

While beer and bratwurst are of course an integral part of the country’s festivals and public holidays they’re just one small part of all the pleasures on offer. Germany has over 30 foodie scenic routes, 13 wine growing regions and more than 290 Michelin-starred and gourmet restaurants, but did you know the Doner Kebab was invented in Germany?

GNTO director Beatrix Haun explained: “This is a major campaign to tempt people to explore different areas of Germany through their favourite foods and perhaps discover something new. If you’re a wine aficionado, you’re spoilt for choice. Swap the big beer festivals for smaller, cosier, regional celebrations and discover Gemütlichkeit – Germany’s special recipe for combining good food with good company. Not only is German food delicious, each region has a story to tell. Our Culinary campaign is just one of the many reasons to travel to Germany and we look forward to welcoming all visitors in search of good food and wonderful travel memories”.

Anniversaries, New Events and Openings in Germany

Bayreuth, 12th April 2018, Re-opening of Margravial Opera House (UNESCO World Heritage)
The Margravial Opera House will re-open on 12th April. It was classed by UN cultural body UNESCO as world heritage in June 2012. A masterpiece of Baroque theatre architecture, built between 1745 and 1750, the Opera House is the only entirely preserved example of its type where an audience of 500 can experience Baroque court opera culture and acoustics authentically, as its auditorium retains its original materials, i.e. wood and canvas.* (*source: UNESCO) https://www.bavaria.by/margravial-opera-house-bayreuth

Chemnitz, 2018, 875th Anniversary of Foundation of Chemnitz
The City of Chemnitz celebrates its 875th anniversary of founding the city and the 200th Birthday of Karl Marx.

Dresden, 2018, Exhibition in the oldest German bastion fortification
In Dresden in November 2018 the fortress Dresden, the oldest German bastion fortification, will open the exhibition “Feste. Dramas. Disaster’s “. https://www.festung-dresden.de/en/events-exhibitions/splendor-tears-disasters-closer-than-ever/

Leipzig, February – March 2018, 275th anniversary of Gewandhaus Orchestra
In 2018, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will be celebrating its 275th anniversary. The Gewandhaus will be holding four weeks of concerts to mark the inauguration, with a festival concert as the high point on 11 March 2018. World-famous birthday guests such as Daniel Barenboim with the Vienna Philharmonic and the pianist Lang Lang will join the celebration with performances in Leipzig. www.gewandhausorchester.de

Magdeburg, 2018, 25th anniversary of the “Romanesque Road”
Discover the history of the Ottonians and the pioneering architecture of the Bauhaus in Sachsen-Anhalt.

The “Romanesque Road“, the most popular holiday road in the state, celebrates its 25th birthday in 2018. The mysterious flair of the Middle Ages is evident in 86 buildings. One highlight is the opening of the new museum “Ottonianum” in Magdeburg.

Magdeburg, 2019, 100th anniversary of Bauhaus
In 2019 the Bauhaus jubilee celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus as one of the most important cultural achievements of the 20th century. Highlight will be the completion of the new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau 2019. The annual Bauhaus festival in September will provide a taste for the experimental work of the artists at the Bauhaus.

Speyer, 12th November 2017 – 3rd June 2018, Discover the world of Robin Hood
From 12 November 2017 to 3 June 2018, a new exhibition will bring the world of Robin Hood to life using imaginative activity stations and realistic scenery. Original artefacts will provide fascinating insights into medieval life.

Speyer, September 2017 – April 2018, ‘Richard the Lionheart: King, Knight, Captive’
And for adults, there’s the special exhibition ‘Richard the Lionheart: King, Knight, Captive’, which runs at the Historical Museum from now until mid-April 2018.

Stolpen, 2018, 800th Anniversary of Foundation of Stolpen
The city of Stolpen is celebrating its 800th anniversary with a festival week in June! Castle Weesenstein celebrates its 700th anniversary with a special exhibition starting in March.

Zwickau, 2018, Opening of an extension to the visitor favourite August Horch Museum
2018 will also see the opening of an extension to the visitor favourite August Horch Museum in Zwickau, birthplace of the Audi brand. The museum in the former Audi factory, which tells the story of the more than 100-year-old tradition of car making in Saxony, will get an additional 3500 m² of exhibition space, adding new visitor experiences such as taking a seat on the spectator stands of a Silver Arrows race.

Also in 2018

For more information and to find out more about Barrier Free Germany which enables people of any physical ability to enjoy the attractions and OBIT, GNTO UK and Ireland’s New Online Booking Information Tool go to Germany.Travel