Whether you are fascinated by the history of traditions or prefer a little culinary indulgence, Germany's celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage offers something for everyone.
The European Commission's Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 aims to bring the people of Europe closer to their cultural heritage and history, so that this can be passed on to the next generation. This encompasses a wide range of engaging events and projects that are taking place across the continent. From glorious banquets in their halls to fine wines in their cellars, the palaces, castles and abbeys across Germany and Europe have many stories to tell. To celebrate this heritage, the Association of German Palaces and Parks has several surprises in store for 2018.
Reserve your place at the table in Germany's palaces and parks
More than 100 palaces, castles, abbeys and parks across Germany are taking part in a special campaign this year (Genießen in Schlössern und Gärten) that gives visitors access to historical locations such as kitchens, banqueting and ceremonial halls, orangeries, kitchen gardens, storerooms, wine cellars, refectories and agricultural buildings. The baroque palace in Mannheim will open its doors for special guided tours, as will Solitude Palace in Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg Palace and Friedenstein Palace in Gotha.
Enjoy foodie treats, markets, and many other events around food and drink, or listen to interesting anecdotes from culinary history. One highlight is certainly the over 270 metre long European picnic at Sanssouci Palace Park in Potsdam on 23 June. But that's not all – there will be a whole host of events, such as '25 years of World Cultural Heritage in Bamberg', 'Transromanica – The Romanesque Routes of European Heritage' and the Handel Festival in Halle, to enjoy in Germany during the Year of Cultural Heritage. So, when will you come and visit? Further information is available at www.sharingheritage.de.