International Tourist Guide Day will once again take place in Germany this year. Over the weekend of 18 and 19 February you can join guided tours for free across the country.
International Tourist Guide Day has been celebrated around the world since 1990, and has been held in Germany since 1999. Each year it has a different theme. The aim of International Tourist Guide Day is to offer free guided tours in order to showcase the job profile of tour guides, as well as their professionalism and commitment to their town, city or region.
This year's event ties in with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is held under the banner 'Reform – time for a change'. Its focus goes beyond reforms relating to faith and the Church to include other areas such as architecture, art, politics and society, which are explored during fascinating guided tours.
At the kick-off event in Naumburg an der Saale you can go on guided tours of the town and enjoy organ recitals at the Church of St Wenceslas. The church houses the famous Hildebrandt organ, built to the specifications of Johann Sebastian Bach. Naumburg lies in the picturesque wine region of Saale-Unstrut.
An excursion to nearby Neuenburg Castle in Freyburg is the perfect opportunity to try the wines of the Saale-Unstrut region.
On International Tourist Guide Day you can also enjoy fascinating guided tours in Frankfurt am Main. Subjects of the tours include societal change during the Reformation, changes in architectural styles and Martin Luther's wife, Katharina von Bora. For further information on all the guided tours in Germany click here.