Europe Magazine October 2018

GERMANY

CENTRAL EUROPE

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HISTORICAL VILLAGES IN GERMANY WINE REGIONS, FOLK FESTIVALS AND WILD HORSES

From Husum in the north to Lindau in the south, each area has its own character and culture, offering a mix of traditional and modern experiences. Stroll through winding lanes, admire centuries-old architecture and discover local crafts that are still practiced. The town of Straubing, with its many Gothic buildings, is located in Lower Bavaria. Much of its architecture originates from the 15th century. Visitors truly feel transported back in time! The town comes alive during the annual Christmas market, the Christkindlmarkt when it’s not just children enjoying traditional ginger- bread and seasonal offerings at one of the 24 decorat- ed huts. Meissen is located 15 miles northwest of Dresden in the federal state of Saxony. The medieval townscape is dominated by the “Church of our Dear Ladies”, built in 1205. Its tower rises above the other buildings and creates an impressive contrast to the castle Albrechts- burg, from 1525. In North Rhine-Westphalia, between Münster and the Ruhr area, lies Dülmen. The city hall and the Lüding-

hausen Gate still show the city’s long history. During winter, the city turns into a wonderland with an ice rink in the town-center. Near the town about 400 wild hors- es called “Dülmener Wildpferde” roam freely in an area of 1.5 square miles. The biggest event of Dülmen is the annual Wildpferdefang festival (“catching of wild hors- es by hand”) in May. This event is so popular that ticket sales begin in November.

Towns - Cities - Culture Historic Small Towns and Cities Germany Travel Attractions

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