It has taken us a while, and we hope this is still in time for
your holiday planning...
Contents of this page:
1. tips for holiday destinations
2. the little differences between Anglo-Saxon
and German customs
3. some helpful sentences for your
conversation with each other (this goes both ways!)
4. a final remark,
courtesy of John "Basil" Cleese
1. tips for holiday destinations:
- the city where Florian was born some 30 years ago. Obviously a great
place to visit, and Floz will take it as an offence if you do not spend
at least 2 weeks exploring the sights. If you don't have that much
time, we'll give you a few tips for what to do and see in a couple of
The city, with its opera
house (one of the best in opera companies in the world,
unfortunately they will have their summer break when you are there),
beautiful castles (Altes
and New State Galleries (for heaps of classic and modern art), the
just recently opened Museum
of Art (for more art), and lots of opportunities for visiting
cafés, beergardens, and shopping
in the extensive pedestrian area, the "Königstrasse". Stuttgart
has a world famous zoo and botanical garden, the "Wilhelma", which is always worth a visit. Ask
Florian's brother Jörg, he'll come with you, and take the whole
family (his wife Beate and the three kids). If you are more into cars,
go and see the respective Porsche and Mercedes museums. For musical fans, there is
the new musical
complex, with two different
musicals playing at any given time.
If you are looking to
indulge in a bit of German haute couture/retail therapy, we can recommend a town called
Metzingen (about half an hour from Stuttgart). Metzingen is home to
the factory outlet centres for Joop, Jil Sander, Hugo Boss, Escada, Bally, Tommy
Hilfiger, Ralf Lauren etc.....
As with all outlet centres, while
there are some bargains to be found, you really have to look hard!
For more info see: shopping
The "Burgenstrasse" (Castle Road), is a road that
connects many castles from Mannheim in the west to Prague in the East.
It comes very close to Liebenstein
Castle when it passes through Heilbronn...
This is the western part of the Castle Road, you'll find the rest on
One of Ali's all-time favourites
(she has travelled it three times!) - the
It is an old trade route
connecting the River Main and the Alps. You can join the romantic
road in a one hour car trip
from Liebenstein to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the highlights of
the whole road. As you can see above,
you could take the "castle road" to Rothenburg, then go on to the
There are lots of beautiful
medieval towns and castles along the road,
culminating in the Disneyland
predecessor of the mad Bavarian King Ludwig, Neuschwanstein castle.
Füssen in particular is worth a visit as it
is nestled in the foothills of the Alps and is particularly scenic. You
can hike into the mountains, visit the castles, or as Ali did when she
was 16 hire a bike and cycle and explore the region.
There are plenty more nice destinations which are easily reached in a
few hours, including Munich, Zürich, the Black Forest, or Cologne
and the Rhine Valley. Berlin, Hamburg, or Prague are a days drive away.
2. little differences
3. helpful sentences
4. final remark:
To make sure that your holiday in Germany is a pleasant one, keep Basil
Fawlty's words in mind...
"Don't mention the war!"
PS: "Don't mention the war!" - das
ist ein Satz, den Ali oft gehört hat, wenn sie anderen Leuten
erzählt hat, dass sie in Deutschland heiraten wird. Es ist ein
geflügeltes Wort von der englischen Comedy-Serie "Fawlty Towers" mit Monthy Python John Cleese. Basil
Fawlty (Cleese), ist ein Hotelier und hat deutsche Gäste zu
Besuch. Er ist so darum besorgt, ja nicht den Krieg zu erwähnen,
daß er es dann unabsichtlich dauernd doch tut und am Ende im
Stechschritt durch sein Hotel geht... Absolut sehenswert!