Germany's Thuringia Seeks to Awaken Its “Sleeping Beauty” - Travel AgentSunday, March 3, 2019
Sleeping Beauty castle in Neuschwanstein, Gronegres noted that King Ludwig II was inspired to construct his 19th century palace after first visiting Thuringias 12th-century Wartburg castle in Eisenach. People love Neuschwanstein, but that is not the original, said the smiling Thuringia managing director. Wartburg is the original.
Thuringia is the home of Bach, Luther, the Protestant Reformation, the bratwurst sausage, and arguably the most authentic collection of medieval villages in Europe. Yet it is a region unknown to Americans despite its geographic position midway between the cities of Frankfurt and Berlin, and immediately north of Bavaria, the most popular tourism state in Germany. While it may sound unsurprising to learn that Thuringia received only 24,161 overnight stays by Americans in 2014 out of the record 5.2 million American overnights in all of Germany, the low numbers are stunning to anyone who has recently visited the region and seen its tourism gold mine. The numbers say that less than half of one percent of Americans who have visited Germany have seen Thuringia.
Today English is understood – although not fluently spoken – among Thuringian tourism hosts, including some hotel desks, primarily because the region has previously seen few English-speaking guests. But expert, fluent city guides, available through Thuringias state and city tourist offices, can be arranged in every town to make the visiting experience a series of stunningly enjoyable revelations for groups or individuals. These are Thuringian natives proud to reveal their hidden treasures.
Merchant Bridge in Erfurt // Photo by Maureen Stone
What Americans Are Missing
Travel Agent visited 11 of Thuringias cities and towns during the week of May Day, a national holiday in Germany. Here is a brief sketch of some of the regions highlights for travel planners to consider.
The Thuringian capital citys cathedral of St. Mary has 12th-century walls, 14th-century wood carved choir stalls and stone carved door portals, and 15th-century Gothic columns. Martin Luther was ordained a catholic priest and said his first mass here in 1506. The cathedral has the largest free-swinging medieval bell in the world at over 500 years old.
Erfurts Augustinian Monastery is where Martin Luther lived and studied as a monk before experiencing religious visions, mounting his protests against the Catholic Church in 1517, launching the Protestant Reformation and converting most Thuringians from Catholic to Protestant. The monastery has about 100 guestrooms and visitors can stay ov...https://www.travelagentcentral.com/destinations/germany-s-thuringia-seeks-to-awaken-its-sleeping-beauty
Douglas Edward Herzig, 67, of Castorland - WWNY TV 7Sunday, March 3, 2019
Monday evening, February 25, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family under the care of Lewis County Hospice.The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., with Pastor Bruce Lyndaker, brother-in-law, officiating. Spring burial will be at Riverside Cemetery Annex, Beaver Falls. A luncheon at the Croghan American Legion will immediately follow the funeral service. All are welcome. Any food donations may be taken directly to the Croghan American Legion on Friday morning beginning at 9:30 a. m. Calling hours are from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367, Caring Friends of the Community, 11037 State Route 812, Croghan, N.Y. 13327, or Lewis County General Hospital Fund for Hope, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville, N.Y. 13367Douglas was born on September 27, 1951 Lowville, NY, a son of the late Alfred and Mary Louise Kloster Herzig. He graduated from Beaver River Central School in the Class of 1970. While in school, he worked for Howard and Everette Farney farm on the Van Amber Road. After graduation, he went to work at Climax Manufacturi...https://www.wwnytv.com/story/40032096/douglas-edward-herzig-67-of-castorland
5 facts about cannabis laws in Germany - DW (English)Sunday, March 3, 2019
According to the pharmaceutical publication Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung, the number of patients receiving prescriptions has risen steadily since last year. Drug stores filled over 5,000 orders in the first four months of the year, with June booking some 2,213 prescriptions. Pharmacists prepared an estimated 10,600 remedies containing cannabis or unprocessed cannabis flowers. A further 12,500 finished medical products containing cannabis or cannabis extract were distributed. Despite the statistics available on prescriptions, the newspaper noted that it was not possible to assess how many people had benefited from the law. 5. Who wants to legalize cannabis? With consumption on the rise and Germanys law enforcement needed for more pressing security issues, politicians favoring decriminalization are taking aim at cannabis prohibition once again. The neoliberal FDP joined forces in February with both the Green Party and the Left Party to call attention back to what it says is an outdated and dangerous attitude toward marijuana. Pointing to the widespread use of the drug by at least 4 million Germans, says the FDP the trio want the government to legalize regulation of cannabis for private consumption. This, they say, would protect adult consumers from a product laced with other harmful chemicals. FDP, Green and Left lawmakers want to bring the legalization debate back to parliament They also argue that buying pot on the black market not only stigmatizes ordinary citizens preventing them from seeking help if they need it but also increases the odds that they will buy harder drugs. Introducing cannabis shops would eliminate this risk and prevent minors from buying pot. The trade union representing Germany's criminologists has echoed these calls, describing the current law as "neither intelligent, nor constructive." Ang...http://www.dw.com/en/5-facts-about-cannabis-laws-in-germany/a-42709969
Bavaria election: German conservatives lose their fizz - BBC NewsSaturday, December 8, 2018
The Christian Social Union (CSU) has ruled Germany's richest state since 1957, sharing power just once in a coalition with the free-market FDP. And since then, every Bavarian prime minister has risen from its ranks. But now, swift as a reveller draining his tankard, support has ebbed away. The CSU is bracing itself for humiliating losses in today's Bavarian state election. The party is on course to lose the absolute majority its leaders once took for granted. This is likely to be an historic election which will define Bavaria's very identity, encapsulated in the word "Heimat" (homeland).
"In this election every party claims the term 'Heimat' for themselves," says businessman Franz Bergmüller. "What matters is who defends the values of Heimat." As far as Mr Bergmüller is concerned, only the far-right, anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party does that. He is one of their leading candidates, having defected from the CSU."Heimat means that I can live in peace and quiet, with respect and tolerance for each other but it doesn't mean that I have to adapt to the people who come here with their cultures."
We're talking in the wood-panelled restaurant his family have owned for generations. From the wall the figure of the crucified Christ gazes dolefully down at us. It's a common sight in Bavaria - by law crosses are displayed in classrooms - but the religious symbol has more recently taken on a political significance. Earlier this year, in what was widely perceived as an attempt to emulate AfD's anti-Islam stance, CSU Prime Minister Markus Söder ordered that crosses should be hung in all...https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45835795
2 dead, more than a dozen injured after trains collide in Germany - New York Post Sunday, March 3, 2019
He said the driver of the cargo train was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.
In a separate incident in Bavaria, two people were killed Monday when a train hit their car at a crossing near Lake Starnberg.
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Beyond Rosa Luxemburg: five more women of the German revolution you need to know about - The Conversation - UKSunday, March 3, 2019
Family Archive of Kramer/Fitzgerald
The revolution in Munich culminated in the declaration of the Bavarian Soviet Republic and Kramer became the official secretary in the city commanders office. When Munich was brought back under government control, after days of bloody violence, she was arrested for her revolutionary activities. She worked in Moscow and Berlin for various communist groups before fleeing to the UK in 1937 where she worked for the Labour Party.
The writers Lola Landau and Cläre Jung were in Berlin during the revolution. Landau had written and distributed anti-war material and saw the revolution as a chance to create a new, peaceful world order, founded on democratic principles and social justice. Jung had helped deserters from the German army with money and accommodation. When the revolution descended into counter-revolutionary violence she described procuring guns and carrying them through the streets at great personal risk.
Landau emigrated to Palestine in 1936 and worked for welfare organisations. Jung remained in Nazi Germany but used her contacts and skills from her time as a revolutionary to participate in resistance activities against the Nazis.
Written out of history
These are just five of the 256 women our research has identified – women who played significant roles in the revolution and in the shaping of Germanys new, albeit short-lived, democracy. Their eye-witness accounts reveal that they were fully involved in the revolutionary events and certainly didnt see themselves as onlookers to a male spectacle. The revolution was not just a fleeting moment in their lives but a stepping stone between their radical roots and later activist careers. They often took huge risks and lived precarious lives as a resu...http://theconversation.com/beyond-rosa-luxemburg-five-more-women-of-the-german-revolution-you-need-to-know-about-109209
Couple break with pace 214, on Federal road in order to catch a holiday flight - The Crypto Coin DiscoverySunday, March 3, 2019
The officers found the 40-Year-old initially glassy and red eyes, and assumed, therefore, that the man navigated his driving students under the influence of a drug through the streets of the Bavarian capital Navi. The locally made drug-test confirmed this suspicion. The police announced, has been canceled, then the hour’s drive. The rider was allowed to go home. The due blood test should confirm the results of the quick tests that threaten his driving instructor, a driving ban, two points in Flensburg and a fine of 500 euros. Maybe the man loses even his driving instructor permission.
Pulheim: Drunk driver falls asleep in front of traffic light, a
In North Rhine-Westphalia, Pulheim is asleep, a motorist in front of a traffic light. As the police reported on Wednesday, the 49-Year-old three per thousand in the blood. A witness stopped around 8.30 am on Tuesday morning behind the vehicle of the man. But when the light turned Green, drove off the car in front of him. When he got out, and ran to the car, he noted that the driver sat asleep behind the wheel. An ambulance took him to a hospital, where a blood sample. The police secured the license and launched a criminal case.
Rostock: Baby skeleton in the flower pot found
In Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) has found the police in the case of a 27-year-old woman is the skeleton of a newborn baby in a flower pot. When the Baby died and what was the exact cause of death is yet determined, said the spokesman for the Rostock office of the public Prosecutor, Harald Nowack, on Wednesday. So far there is no evidence of a homicide.
The investigators had received a note from a loved one that the woman kept a dead-born child in her apartment. The apartment in a multi family home was at 16. February searches. In an earth filled flower pot, officials found a small skeleton. Forensic scientists have found out that it is the bone of a newborn baby.
With the help of DNA analysis is to be determined details. Unclear age, gender, and cause of death of the child and how the bones came to be in the vessel. In search of the absent tenant had reported in the meantime, a lawyer at the police. You have made no data.
Iserlohn: 26-Year-old dies after punch
In Northrhine-Westphalia Iserlohn, a dispute at a red light for a 26 is assumed to be-Year-old deadly. As the police reported, was stopped by a VW Bulli in the late Sunday night behind a car. The 17-year-old passenger of the buses got out and walked up to the 26 years the passenger of the car. As of this exit, missed him, the Teen with a fist in the face, which then crashed. An ambulance took him hard.tzt in a hospital, where he died on Tuesday. According to previous investigations, it should already come before the fact to a gas station to a dispute. The Teenager was handed over in consult...https://www.ccdiscovery.com/couple-break-with-pace-214-on-federal-road-in-order-to-catch-a-holiday-flight
Driving Germany's 'Romantic Road' - Condé Nast TravelerSunday, March 3, 2019
It seems impossible that a route billed as the Romantic Road, winding through medieval villages and tiny Bavarian towns with half-timbered homes and cherry-red flowers in window boxes, could remain romantic for half a century yet it has. Germany came up with the idea of a scenic route from the River Main to the Alps in the 1950s, when it needed a bit of post-war positivity; it's said the earliest visitors were friends and families of American soldiers stationed in the large bases in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Americans still flock here, as do Asians, Europeans, and even Germans themselves, and though main attractions can get crowded, there are more than enough quiet corners of castles and cobblestoned alleys in 12th-century towns for everybody.The Trip: Three days, 285 milesStarting in Munich, head southwest toward Füssen at the beginning (or end) of the Romantic Road, and from there, go north to the wine city of Würzburg.What to DriveFor the love of all that is good and muscle-bound, please rent a fast German car. A BMW, an Audi, a Mercedes doesn't matter. Ju...https://www.cntraveler.com/story/driving-germanys-romantic-road