More international attention “for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

More international attention “for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Photo workshops by Zingst

The participants in some of Zingst’s photo workshops even hope for animal encounters; but at least bizarre ice landscapes in winter. Courses for professionals, amateurs and newcomers are organized there all year round. In order not to instigate an exhausting tussle with Ahrenshoop for lovers of the fine arts, the place has focused entirely on the clientele who take photographs. And they will find everything the photographer’s heart desires – from the printer to the collection of illustrated books, from exhibitions to technology rentals. And plenty of motifs, of course. 

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Further information: 

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The ITB travel fair has almost the whole world as guests. But this time the focus is on a region that many Germans know very well.

The International Tourism Exchange (ITB) promises to bring foreign cultures to Berlin. In addition to the exotic, this year there is also home: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the official partner country of the world’s largest travel fair (March 7th to 11th), which can be reached in a good hour’s drive from the federal capital.

"More international attention" for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

"The beach chair is the most important ambassador that the country has" says Minister of Economic Affairs Harry Glawe. So beach chairs are set up all over the exhibition grounds to spread a holiday feeling in the halls, according to the plan of Wolfgang Waldmüller, who is the chairman of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania tourism association. Episodes from the history of the beach chair are told in ten places. A basket weaver shows how to make it.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the first German federal state to choose the fair as a partner country. In the previous year there were 29.7 million overnight stays. Among the domestic travel destinations, the state ranks second behind Bavaria (9.0 percent) with a market share of 7.5 percent, says Glawe. The ITB is an opportunity for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania too "to attract more international attention". Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig are expected at the opening gala on March 7th.

Holidaymakers on the beach in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in a beach chair: For the first time in the history of the ITB tourism fair, there is a partner state. (Source: Jens Büttner / dpa-Zentralbild)

The tourism region advertises with the motto "Vacation is our nature" this includes above all the Baltic Sea, but also the Mecklenburg Lake District. That the guests in the German northeast "Finally peace" The Saxon cabaret artist Michael Haubold makes it clear in self-deprecating commercials, together with the actors Anneke Kim Sarnau and Hinnerk Schönemann.

186 countries and regions are represented

Otherwise, quiet is not to be expected at the ITB and not even desired. Rather, the private visitors should be entertained on the public weekend (March 10-11) with lots of music, dance and films. 186 countries and regions vie for the favor of the travel-loving people. Andalusia wants to awaken longing with flamenco, ham and sherry. The Dominican Republic drums with merengue. Zambian dancers wear imaginative masks. Slovenia offers crossbow shooting and horseshoe throwing. The Pidinger Goaßl Schnalzer crack their whips in the Bayernhalle on the hour.

For young people, students from the University of Bremen organize this in a lounge "smallest festival in the world". The fair wants to take into account the trend that young people travel to foreign countries especially for musical events. In a photo box, visitors can virtually take them to various locations and have their photos taken there.

Exclusion zone around the Ukrainian Chernobyl nuclear power plant

It seems a bit macabre "exceptional travel destination" to which exhibition director Martin Buck particularly points out: The exclusion zone around the Ukrainian nuclear power plant of Chernobyl, the scene of the reactor catastrophe of 1986. At the ITB you can see the area around the kiln and the Go to Pripyat ghost town.

In reality, there are now guided tours near the disaster reactor. "After many years of total quarantine, a unique fauna and flora has developed there" on "strange phenomenon" as Buck says. You won’t get into dangerously contaminated areas, the tourism manager assures you.

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Visitors to the ITB should know: – Opening times for trade visitors: March 7th to 11th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.- Opening times for private visitors: March 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.- Admission for private visitors: 15 euros per day , 12 euros in advance on the Internet, 8 euros for schoolchildren and students, 8 euros for everyone on Sundays from 2 p.m., free for children under 14 accompanied by an adult. – Admission for trade visitors: in advance on the Internet 42 euros per day and 60 euros for all days; at the exhibition 62 euros per day and 90 euros for all days – bus shuttle from the parking lot Olympiastadion (M1), Tegel Airport (M2), Unter den Linden / Friedrichstrasse and Potsdamer Platz (line A) and Wittenbergplatz (line B) each to the south entrance of the exhibition center – and back – by bus: M49, X34, X49, 139 to the Messe Nord / ICC stop or 104 and 349 to the Messedamm / ZOB stop or 218 and 349 to the Theodor-Heuss-Platz stop. Arriving by S-Bahn: S5 to Messe Süd or S7 and S75 to Westkreuz or S41, S42 and S46 to Messe Nord / ICC. – Arriving by underground: U2 to Kaiserdamm or Theodor-Heuss-Platz. – Arriving with By car: from the A 10 (Berliner Ring) to the A 100, A 111 or A 115 (Avus) to Dreieck Funkturm, exit Messegelände.

Sources used: dpa

Stasi chief Erich Mielke paid 40 million Ostmark in 1982 to give GDR head of state Erich Honecker a worthy hunting residence on Lake Drewitz in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for his 70th birthday. Honecker and the GDR are history, but his private suite is open to paying customers – including the original furnishings. Only you can no longer hunt here. See Honecker’s former holiday home in our photo show.

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Spend the night in Honecker’s bed

Overnight stays in the Eastern Alps are made possible by the Dutch Van der Valk Group, which "Resort Drewitzer See" reopened on March 20, 2010 after the previous operator had to file for bankruptcy. In addition to the hunting lodge, there are over 50 holiday homes, restaurants and various leisure facilities on the 14 hectare site. The special attraction, however, remains the hunting building with its five original suites. One could sleep where Honecker slept too, "including all furniture from back then" said Van der Valk spokesman Volker Wünsche.

In Honecker’s room from 100 euros per night

As a mixture of animation and educational leave, Wünsche describes the overnight stay in the Honecker suite, which is now known as "Heath Suite" is rented from 100 euros per night. The suite consists of a living room with a balcony, two separate bedrooms, a large hall, a spacious bathroom and a guest toilet and can accommodate up to four people. Nevertheless, the entire holiday complex would also like to attract holidaymakers who simply appreciate the tranquility and nature of the Mecklenburg Lake District, says Wünsche. But a bit of nostalgia and the peace and quiet in the nature park could well coincide, says the spokesman. According to wishes, one does not have to worry that the guests will be absent, as with the previous owner of the resort: the facility is already half full for 2010.

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Further information:

Jagd und Naturpark Residenz, Am Drewitzer See 1, 17214 Drewitz; Telephone: 039927/7670; Internet: With two people it costs one night in the former "Honecker Suite" from 100 euros in the off-season.

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Holidays on an island promise peace, solitude and plenty of water. To do this, vacationers don’t have to travel halfway around the world. The most beautiful islands are in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – the most popular holiday destination for Germans. 

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: island paradises on the doorstep
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Northern Germany is booming. According to the travel analysis of the Research Association Urlaub und Reisen 2017, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the most popular holiday destination in Germany. This is not least due to the beautiful and diverse islands in the Baltic Sea. Although Rügen is one of the most famous holiday islands in the north and attracts hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers every year, there are still lonely islands off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and in the Mecklenburg Lake District, which allure with dreamy and quiet spots.

Fine sandy beaches and one of the sunniest regions in Germany – these alone are good reasons to take a vacation on Usedom. The second largest island in Germany is located in the northeast in the Pomeranian Bay. Its more than 40 kilometers long sandy beaches are never overcrowded even in midsummer. The three seaside resorts Heringsdorf, Bansin and Ahlbeck still bear the nickname today "Imperial baths" and are connected by the longest beach promenade in Europe over a distance of twelve kilometers. The island’s lush diversity is best explored on foot or by bike. In the Usedom Nature Park, vacationers can still find picturesque fishing villages as well as lakes, beech forests, moors and shady avenues.

Tip: Take binoculars with you to observe the numerous animals 

Also on Rügen, Germany’s largest island, the varied landscape can be wonderfully discovered on long bike tours or on foot. The high bank path from Lohme to Sassnitz, for example, is a hiking delicacy. Hikers trudge past marshy moors, pass shady beech forests and are always amazed at the fantastic views of the gently rippling Baltic Sea.

The cliffs and chalk cliffs are spectacular. But also picture-perfect beaches, elegant seaside resorts and lonely villages characterize Rügen. At the annual Störtebeker Festival in the fishing village of Ralswiek, visitors to the fishing village of Ralswiek experience how furiously the Hanseatic princes once fought along the Baltic coast for ships, gold and beautiful women. Until September 9, 2017, the legendary privateer and his cronies will be sharpening their swords again in the fight against injustice and greed on one of the largest open-air stages in Europe. 

Hiddensee – a car-free paradise

If the large holiday islands are too crowded, especially in summer, you will find a gem for romantics on Hiddensee, Rügen’s little sister. The car-free paradise is only separated by a sandbank, west of Rügen. It is almost 17 kilometers long and only 250 meters wide at the narrowest point.