Magic Cities

for seniors

Germany's major cities are thrilling, multifaceted, inspiring – and you don't have to be in the flush of youth to experience them. Older travellers are very well catered for, so prepare for a discovery tour that is stress-free and filled with enjoyment.

In Hamburg, for instance, a motor launch will ferry you around the highlights of the port and the historical warehouse district. At the museum embankment in Frankfurt you can stroll along the river Main from one sensational museum to the next. The coffee houses in Leipzig and Dresden let you soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era.

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Frankfurt – enjoy the great outdoors

Frankfurt is one of the most densely wooded cities in Germany.

Germany's largest urban woodland covers almost 5,000 hectares and also forms part of the 75km-long GrünGürtel (greenbelt). This popular recreational area encircles the city and offers many different walking and cycling trails. One of Germany's loveliest long-distance cycle routes, the Main cycle path, also runs through Frankfurt. It follows the Main river from the source to the mouth, passing many interesting places along the way.

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Frankfurt – discover the city

The dramatic skyline can be seen from miles around.

But a guided tour will reveal a whole new side to the city. Public sightseeing walks run regularly and can be booked by individuals and groups. Guided tours run by Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main can also be made step-free on request.

A boat tour on the Main or a trip on the Ebbelwei Express are great ways to explore Frankfurt and its surrounding area from a completely different perspective.

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Frankfurt – a cultural gem

Fans of the fine and performing arts will be in their element in Frankfurt.

The museum embankment along the banks of the Main makes Frankfurt one of Germany's foremost cultural centres. But the city's performing arts scene is also of the highest quality: Frankfurt Opera has regularly been named best German opera house and captivates audiences with its celebrated premieres and productions. There are also countless theatres, such as Schauspiel Frankfurt and the Komödie.

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Experience the tropics – in Leipzig

Visitors can spend a wonderful day out at Leipzig Zoo, which is close to the city centre and leafy Rosental park. Gondwanaland, opened here in July 2011, is Europe's largest tropical discovery centre at 16,500 square metres.

The super-continent that once linked Asia, Africa and South America has been brought back to life in Leipzig. Visitors to this multi-sensory exhibition can discover 300 exotic animals as well as approx. 17,000 tropical plants, visit the Asian village and take a boat trip through a mysterious volcano tunnel. The treetop trail offers an adventure with wonderful views from twelve metres up in the air.

Leipzig Zoo is not only one of Germany's oldest and most traditional zoos, for years it has been making waves as one of the most innovative. Since 2001 it has been implementing an ambitious concept via the Zoo of the Future masterplan, its key points being species-appropriate husbandry of zoo animals, a commitment to the worldwide conservation of endangered species and a varied education programme.

www.zoo-leipzig.de

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Leipzig's Asisi Panometer – the world's largest 360° panorama

The Panometer (an amalgamation of panorama and gasometer) transports visitors to totally new, captivating worlds. The artist Yadegar Asisi has created a spectacular 360° panorama image in what was once Gasometer II, built in the south of Leipzig in 1910.

The new Leipzig 360° panorama 'LEIPZIG 1813 – Amidst the Confusion of the Battle of the Nations' at Leipzig's Asisi Panometer was created by Yadegar Asisi to mark the 200th anniversary of the victory over Napoleon. An estimated 600,000 soldiers from many European nations fought in that battle in October 1813. In 'LEIPZIG 1813' Asisi shows the event from the perspective of Leipzig and its citizens who were in a desperate situation inside the city walls. Viewers feel that they themselves are part of this amazing scenario.

www.asisi.de

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Discover the Elbe Cycle Route

The Elbe Cycle Route is ideal for people who like doing something healthy on holiday. It runs right beside the river Elbe and is one of Europe's most charming and most varied cycle routes.

For many older travellers, a holiday is an opportunity to enjoy some good exercise. The Elbe Cycle Route is one of Europe's most charming and most varied cycle routes. It runs right beside the Elbe and has a total length of 860 kilometres. En route there are any number of beer gardens, wine gardens and restaurants where cyclists can take a break. From Dresden, the upstream route leads to the border with the Czech Republic; downstream takes you to Meissen. There's the option to travel back or beyond by S-Bahn train, which runs regularly and almost parallel with the cycle route between Schöna and Meissen.

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Walking in Saxon Switzerland

The area around Dresden is exciting walking territory. Via Pirna you reach Saxon Switzerland and its dramatic rock formations. The amazing views from the Bastei rocks include Königstein Fortress, the biggest fortified complex in Germany.

The area around Dresden also presents myriad opportunities for longer walks. In Saxon Switzerland in particular, where there are over 1,200 kilometres of marked trails of varying levels of difficulty, seniors can drink in fantastic views whilst getting some good exercise. The amazing views from the Bastei rocks include Königstein Fortress, the biggest fortified complex in Germany.

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Green idylls in the city

Dresden's city centre has no shortage of green spaces, with the Grosser Garten park and zoo covering two square kilometres. Dresden Heath and the Elbe riverbank meadows are great for active recreation too.

Dresden's city centre has no shortage of green spaces, with the Grosser Garten park and zoo, the open-air stage and the boating lake covering two square kilometres. In the Botanic Garden, not far away, over 10,000 plants are waiting to be discovered. Dresden Heath on the city's north-east edge is a vast area of forest. Picnics in the countryside overlooking the castle and the cathedral, historical steamboat trips to the sounds of Dixieland, palaces and mansions with sweeping city views, beer gardens amid lush meadows – this is a protected river landscape where nature and its enjoyment happily coexist, and whose vineyards create a positively mediterranean atmosphere.

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Discover historical Hamburg!

Hamburg's history goes back over 1,200 years – as visitors can see from buildings, bridges and 'historical architectural ensembles, as well as from the stolpersteine (stumbling blocks), which are miniature individual memorials.

In Hamburg's old quarter you will find the magnificent town hall, which was built from 1886 onwards, and the famous 1920s Chilehaus. Historical Hamburg can also be experienced in Deichstrasse, an old mercantile street dating from the 17th to the 19th century, and in Peterstrasse, which is known today as the composers' mile.

As you walk around Hamburg, be sure to look out for the stolpersteine (stumbling blocks), which commemorate victims of the Nazi regime. There's an iPhone app for finding these memorials and the accompanying biographies.

Hamburg's undisputed landmark is the Michel (St. Michael's Church), which has an amazing viewing platform and was built three times between 1641 and 1912 after twice being destroyed.

Very close to the Michel are the grocers' widows' apartments, the last remaining example of a typical Hamburg courtyard apartment complex from the 17th century.

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On water and on dry land – Hamburg tours

A tour of the port in a typical motor launch, a tour on the Alster past luxurious villas, a city tour on a historical red double-decker bus – depending on your preferences, each of these tours provides an excellent overview of Hamburg's must-see landmarks.

Discover Hamburg from an amazing perspective. Alster-Touristik GmbH offers tours providing views of the gorgeous mansions, the many towers and churches and countless small sailing boats. Alster tours, canal tours and twilight tours depart every day from the Jungfernstieg jetty.

Board a motor launch or a modern passenger boat to experience the majestic sights in the port of Hamburg. Various themed tours lasting one to two hours depart every day from the Landungsbrücken jetties, for example an evening tour of the illuminated warehouse district.

There's so much to discover on dry land too: a hop-on hop-off tour on a historical red double-decker bus will introduce you to Hamburg's main sights – and you can stay a bit longer wherever you wish.

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Shopping variety in Hamburg

Bargain hunters, followers of fashion and trendsetters after the latest look: if you like shopping, you'll love Hamburg. Hamburg is a fabulous place to indulge in some retail therapy, and there's no wish list that can't be met.

Hamburg city centre is the heart of shopping heaven. Mönckebergstrasse, the main shopping street, offers an impressive array of shops and department stores. Also here you will find the Levantehaus – one of the city's smallest but most exquisite shopping arcades. Spitalerstrasse, the parallel street, also caters for a shopper's every desire.

The Jungfernstieg along the Inner Alster is Hamburg's most traditional shopping boulevard. Here there are many exclusive shops such as the elegant Alsterhaus department store and the modern Europa Passage, which offers 30,000 square metres of retail heaven. For designer stores and famous brands, you should head for Neuer Wall, A-B-C Strasse and Hohe Bleichen. Neuer Wall, with fashion from Armani to Jil Sander and jewellery by Bulgari and Cartier, is Hamburg's ultimate designer destination.

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Eating out in Stuttgart

Seniors appreciate Stuttgart's culinary diversity because for every palate it offers the perfect restaurant. Visitors who enjoy exquisite, award-winning food can choose from six Michelin-starred restaurants, whilst those with more rustic tastes will adore the Swabian cuisine served by quaint wine taverns.

Weinstube Kachelofen offers a rustic ambience in which to enjoy speciality Swabian cuisine or linger over a glass of wine from a local vineyard. Lovers of fine food can indulge in their passion at the Bernhard Diers gourmet restaurant at Hotel am Schlossgarten. This refurbished restaurant epitomises contemporary elegance and serves sophisticated Baden-Württemberg cuisine in a refined atmosphere.

In the Stuttgart region, pleasure and history go hand in hand. Visitors to the redesigned Viniculture Museum in Stuttgart-Uhlbach can discover Stuttgart's wine-growing history before rounding off their visit by tasting some delicious regional wines. At the Kessler sekt factory in Esslingen, you can learn how Germany's first sparkling wine was produced in 1826.

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Stuttgart art delights

Some Stuttgart museums offer programmes specifically geared to the needs of seniors. These include guided tours in a relaxed environment, plenty of seating and follow-up discussions about the art.

Every Tuesday Stuttgart Art Museum organises guided tours on various themes, enabling seniors to rediscover the collection and the current temporary exhibition in a peaceful atmosphere. Seats are available. The admission ticket includes a reduction on coffee and cake in the museum café at the end of the tour. Every second Tuesday in the month (alternating with Rosenstein Palace and the Museum am Löwentor) Stuttgart's State Museum of Natural History offers a series of public guided tours, with seating opportunities, for older visitors. Stuttgart's State Gallery offers guided tours for seniors on a fortnightly basis.

A must for modern art lovers is the Weissenhof housing estate, one of the most distinctive examples of modernist architecture. Created for the building exhibition in Stuttgart in 1927, it showcased new housing solutions by 17 international avant-garde architects including Le Corbusier. As well as a detached house, Le Corbusier built a double house that has been home to the Weissenhof Museum since 2006.

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Strolling in exclusive shopping streets

Stuttgart is a shopper's paradise. As well as a shopping street over 1km in length, numerous chic stores and boutiques, there's an outlet city with over 60 shops.

Düsseldorf's lively Königstrasse shopping boulevard, which extends for more than one kilometre, is lined with specialist shops, department stores, international fashion chains, cafés, restaurants and quiet zones. It starts at the main train station, forms Europe's longest pedestrian shopping area and runs right through the heart of the city - Schlossplatz. Here you can shop till you drop, but you can also take time out in style.

To the left and right of Königstrasse there are other prestigious thoroughfares such as Eberhardstrasse, Stiftstrasse and the chic Calwer Strasse with its elegant shops and boutiques. The Bohnenviertel district is awash with art dealers, wonderful antiques and collectables shops, quaint wine taverns and lively pavement cafés.

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A dream city for senior travellers – Düsseldorf on the Rhine

Düsseldorf offers everything that older visitors are looking for in a city break: a dynamic arts and entertainment scene, high-end shopping, outstanding hotels and a sophisticated ambience.

The DMT's wide range of guided tours enables seniors to discover the highlights of this regional capital too. A boat trip on the Rhine, a stroll in the old quarter and on Königsallee or a coach tour from one side of the city to the other – Düsseldorf can be discovered in lots of ways, and there's one to suit most individual needs.

Düsseldorf's great advantage as a barrier-free destination is its flat topography. Here there are no hills to climb before reaching the sights, and there is level access to practically everything. Düsseldorf is an extremely attractive city with spacious parks in the heart of the city and a Rhine promenade that is hard to leave, for it offers fabulous views of the boats manoeuvring as well as unforgettable sunsets.

DMT is delighted to provide personalised recommendations for senior travellers and individual suggestions for every interest. Because one thing is clear: one weekend is not enough for experiencing all Düsseldorf has to offer.

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Sightseeing in Hannover for seniors

For seniors Hannover offers places of interest with easy access: visit the History Museum, stroll around the timber-framed buildings in the picturesque old quarter or discover the famous Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. Popular destinations for days out include Lake Steinhude and Marienburg Castle.

The History Museum, the August Kestner Museum or the Sprengel Museum: there are always exciting collections and exhibitions to see in Hannover. Or you can go for a stroll in the old quarter, down the narrow alleyways near the market church (Marktkirche) and the old town hall. Picturesque spots to head for are Burgstrasse, the Church of the Holy Cross (Kreuzkirche) and Holzmarkt.

Lake Maschsee's promenade is wonderful for a stroll. At the famous Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, the impressive Great Garden features baroque fountains, gloriously exotic plants and the faithfully recreated Herrenhausen Palace. Lake Steinhude, Marienburg Castle, Celle Palace and Hamelin with its Weser Renaissance architecture are among the most popular destinations for days out in the Hannover area.

Hotel accommodation and city tours geared to individual requirements can be organised by Hannover Marketing & Tourismus GmbH.

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For seniors: through Hannover by boat

A relaxing boat trip is an excellent way of discovering the Hannover region from a fresh perspective, with popular scheduled tours, charter tours and themed tours operating on Lake Maschsee, Lake Steinhude and the Ihme and Leine rivers. Or you can enjoy a sightseeing tour to a variety of destinations.

Lake Maschsee has up to four boats operating every day, so step aboard to enjoy an idyllic one-way ride or round trip. Exploring the city's waterways with the Hannoversche Schifffahrt Betriebs GmbH fleet is always an experience, whether it's a relaxing scheduled tour on the Ihme, the Leine and the Mittelland Canal, a historical lock tour or an evening cruise. And on Lake Steinhude, 'Auswanderer' boats that were once typical of the region will ferry you to the fortified island of Wilhelmstein. Sightseeing tours and shuttles are also very popular.

Those who prefer to remain on dry land can admire Hannover's highlights by coach. Hannover Marketing & Tourismus GmbH offers unforgettable city breaks and guided tours, group packages and individual services.

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Hannover: cultural events for seniors

Hannover presents a varied, unusual and high-quality programme of arts and entertainment. There's so much to take in: breathtaking performances at the state opera house, plays at the Schauspielhaus, variety at the GOP theatre and concerts too.

Hannover presents a superb range of arts and entertainment, with more than 50 venues offering opera, drama, ballet, musicals, variety theatre and puppet shows. The state opera and the Schauspielhaus theatre both enjoy an international reputation, or you can opt for side-splitting comedy or a captivating musical at the Theater am Aegi. The GOP Variety Theatre stages breathtaking acrobatics and magic acts.

Smaller independent theatres such as marlene bar & bühne, Theater am Küchengarten and Werkstatt-Galerie Calenberg excel with variety shows, comedy and satire. Concerts by the Lower Saxony State Orchestra Hannover and the NDR Radio Philharmonic promise classical music at its very best.

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Cologne for seniors

Cologne is a popular destination for seniors. It offers a variety of guided coach tours and Rhine river trips for seniors in combination with a high-calibre arts and entertainment scene and numerous parks and gardens.

Senior art-lovers are well catered for in Cologne. A total of 42 museums, such as the Ludwig Museum, which houses the largest collection of pop art outside the United States, the Museum of Applied Art and the arts centre, which opened on Neumarkt in 2010, and 120 galleries featuring all kinds of works from every period attest to Cologne's reputation as a city of art and culture. Cologne also has an extremely dynamic theatre scene, which offers a varied programme on numerous stages including four venues devoted to comedy. Plays, operas and prestigious concerts at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall round off the city's diverse cultural programme.

A panoramic tour on board a river cruiser is the best way to experience the romance of the Rhine. You get a fabulous overview of Cologne's sights and can marvel at the panoramic view of the old quarter and the cathedral. Rhine riverboat trips for seniors run regularly during the summer, with live music and a relaxed atmosphere on board.

More than a quarter of Cologne is made up of green spaces, so there are an exceptionally large number of parks and gardens. It's the perfect choice for visitors seeking an active, relaxing break as well as all the buzz of a big city.

Extending to over 40 hectares, the Rhine Park was created for the Federal Horticultural Exhibition in 1957. From this award-winning green expanse you can board the cable car across the Rhine and enjoy panoramic views of Cologne's riverside setting. The Flora and the Botanic Garden, which date from the 19th century, are among Cologne's oldest and most traditional green spaces, offering a multi-sensory tour around the world with over 10,000 plant species and many plant display houses.

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Group package

Cologne is the perfect destination for a club trip or a group tour and is always worth a visit. Let us take care of everything by booking our special group package:

On our private guided tour you discover all the best parts of Cologne, enjoy delicious food and drink in a traditional brewpub and stay in a 3-star centrally located hotel. The Cologne WelcomeCard entitles you to special deals encompassing the arts, culture, leisure activities, eating out, shopping and wellness.

Your group will fall in love with the wonderful atmosphere in this city on the Rhine.

 

Package includes:

  • One night in a 3-star centrally located hotel including breakfast
  • 90-minute guided tour (choice of themes, subject to availability)
  • 3-course meal in a traditional Cologne brewpub
  • One 24-hour Cologne WelcomeCard per person
  • One Cologne souvenir per guest

from just €86.50 per person sharing a double room.
(Minimum of 10 people, extra nights from just €45.00 per person.)

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Munich - an all-time favourite

Munich is all about pleasure and the finer things in life. Its citizens are convinced that gemütlichkeit, that quintessentially German feeling of contentment, was invented in the city's beer gardens.

If you have a penchant for life's little pleasures, Munich will never disappoint. World-class museums and orchestras, outstanding restaurants, spacious parks, an unmistakable skyline and a unique blend of the traditional and the contemporary are all hallmarks of the Bavarian capital.

Munich is a compact city with a grand history. Despite its affectionate nickname as the 'village of a million people', it is brimming with world-class creations: from the royal palaces that earned it the title 'Athens on the Isar' to the English Garden and the Bavarian beer garden beneath the Chinese pagoda; from major collections of ancient works to 21st century design; from baroque Italianate churches to pioneering temples of technology such as BMW Welt; from the 1972 Olympic park to the Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich; from the purveyors to the royal Bavarian court to the flagship stores of international fashion brands. A short break is never long enough to really discover Munich's many attractions, so visitors in the know return many times during their lifetime.

For decades, old favourites, fresh takes on familiar sights, new discoveries, Bavarian hospitality and the cosmopolitan atmosphere have been attracting discerning visitors back to Munich time and again. Safe, convenient travel around the city, a comprehensive range of services, easy and barrier-free access to almost all sights and events, combined with a warm welcome wherever you go, make Munich the destination of choice for people who appreciate the finer things in life.

See you in Munich!

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Exhibition: Canaletto – Bernardo Bellotto paints Europe

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Christmas market in Düsseldorf

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Cologne Christmas market

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Frankfurt Christmas market

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