Germany is proud of its traditions and its hospitality, and there will be a whole host of events over the course of the year to celebrate this fact.
Whether you are on the lookout for something new or prefer to explore the cuisines of different regions, Germany is the perfect destination for you. Not only will you encounter centuries-old traditions, you will also find engrossing exhibitions, enthralling events and fantastic festivals no matter where you go. And your taste buds are also well catered for – each region has its own authentic cuisine that reflects its individual character. An incredible 1.2 million hectares of land in Germany are now dedicated to organic farming, and this is one of the reasons why a growing number of restaurants are focusing their menus on regional and seasonal produce. Dishes waiting to be discovered include labskaus stew, Swabian maultaschen – similar to ravioli – and Frankfurt's famous green sauce made with seven different herbs.
From sport and nature to the arts
Highlights to look forward to include the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, the 40th anniversary of Aachen Cathedral's listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and an exhibition of paintings by baroque master Rubens at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. 2018 also sees the launch of a new museum ship on the Rhine, originally built in 1937, and the new 200km West Bike Route along the Lower Rhine. From March, the exhibition 'The Call of the Mountains' at the towering Oberhausen Gasometer will explore the fascination that mountains exert over people, and a major exhibition in Münster entitled 'Peace. From Antiquity to the Present Day' will commemorate the 370th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia. There are literally thousands of reasons to visit Germany this year, and these are just a few. We hope you are all enjoying a great start to 2018. For further information visit www.germany.travel/events.