Indian visitors to SouthWest Germany (Baden Wurttemberg) once again create a record by staying for an average of 7.1 days per visit as compared to the average of 2.4 days per visit from other nations. The total number of overnights from India reached 39,488 representing a 34.6 % increase for the period January- March 2015 as compared to the Jan-Mar 2014. SWG had 165,000 overnights from India is 2014
Om Prakash, veteran trade fair specialist honored
Based on the statistics of three months, ending March 2015, India is now the second fastest growing market in percentage terms after China. The year of the Indian visitor has truly arrived!!!
A professional online training program creates a record number of specialists
Cuckoo Specialists from India now reaches 475, the special online training program launched by SouthWest German (Baden Wuerttemberg) Tourism at www.going-cuckoo.com has met with tremendous success in India. There are now 475 specialists who completed the training program are frontline staff working with tour operators, travel agents & are spread across India. The tourism boards appreciates & thanks the specialist for their keen interest in one of Europe’s renowned touristic destination. There are 1500 agents who are registered with the program, one in three who register are qualified specialists.
SouthWest Germany is the only state in Germany offering an online training program.
Europa-Park: the world’s No 1 theme park
The annual Golden Ticket Awards are considered to be the Oscars of the amusement park industry. In the 2014 ceremony, the “Best of the Best” title went to Europa-Park in Rust, SouthWest Germany – and broke the 16-year-long North American monopoly of the top prize. Europa-Park draws over 5 million visitors a year and welcomed its 100-millionth visitor in 2014. Divided into 13 European themed areas, with more than 100 attractions and shows, the park boasts the Gazprom Blue Fire megacoaster, with the highest loop of a launch-coaster in Europe, as well as five themed, luxury hotels. Colosseo, the largest hotel, has a Roman theme. Europa-Park is 2 hours southwest of Stuttgart; www.europapark.de/en/
NEW for 2015: Happy 300th birthday, Karlsruhe!
One of the world’s first ‘planned cities’, Karlsruhe was founded in 1715 – and is throwing a 300th birthday party in 2015! This Baroque gem is nicknamed the ‘Fan City’ for the elegant streets that fan out from the palace. Celebrations in 2015 include two major national art exhibitions. One is devoted to Margrave Karl Wilhelm, after whom Karlsruhe is named. The other is devoted to Margravine Karoline Luise of Baden, an enlightened princess and art collector.
– Summer Festival: concerts and more; June 17 – September 27, 2015.
– Karl Wilhelm 1679-1738 at the Baden State Museum; May 9 – October 18, 2015.
– Karoline Luise of Baden: The Great Collector at the State Art Gallery; May 30 – September 6, 2015.
Karlsruhe is one hour northwest of Stuttgart; http://ka300.de/home/
NEW for 2015: The Black Forest National Park
In 2014, a large chunk of the Black Forest, one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, officially became Germany’s 15th National Park. Incorporating the longest and largest mountain range in Germany, the Black Forest stretches from the Swiss border in the south to the city of Karlsruhe in the north. Now, 40 square miles/10,000 hectares of this unspoiled and varied landscape are officially protected, from rocky mountain peaks and wild romantic valleys to rolling meadows. On the well-marked trails, adults, families and children can hike and cycle, explore and learn about the environment.
One hour west of Stuttgart; www.schwarzwald-nationalpark.de
The Black Forest Highlands also introduces a series of ten hotels, guest houses & boutique resorts for the Indian market. Visitors spending two nights at a resort, hotel recognized by the Black Forest Highlands Tourism Board, are entitled to free entry at many of attractions in the Black Forest.
ChocolART: Europe’s yummiest festival; December 1 to 6, 2015
Best known for its famous old university, Tübingen turns into a Willy Wonka-like attraction in December, with a 6-day chocolate festival. Sample chocs made by experts and make your own; watch artists paint with chocolate; taste chocolate-inspired beers in taverns and dishes in restaurants. The cobbled streets are lined with elegant stalls, where chocolatiers from as far apart as Africa, Europe and Latin America tempt taste buds. Organic and Fair Trade ingredients are used as much as possible. Tübingen is 45 minutes south of Stuttgart; www.chocolART.de
NEW for 2015: The Lake Constance Gardens
With its Mediterranean-like micro-climate, Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) is a horticultural paradise. Now several outstanding gardens have combined to create a network, called “The Lake Constance Gardens: a Journey through Time” (Bodenseegärten: Eine Reise durch die Zeit). The flower-filled islands of Mainau and Reichenau are well-known to garden lovers, but there is so much more. See Arenenberg Castle and its park, the Carthusian monastery gardens at Ittingen and the palace gardens at Salem and Meersburg. Some private gardens are even open to the public.
Lake Constance is 2 hours south of Stuttgart; www.bodenseegaerten.eu
NEW for 2015: The restored Birthplace of the River Danube
Flowing through 10 countries, the Danube (Donau in German) is a watery highway and the European Union’s longest river: 1,765 miles/2,845 km. But its source is in the Black Forest. In the town of Donaueschingen, the “young” Danube bubbles up and then heads east. In the summer of 2015, the crystal clear turquoise pool that marks the Danube’s source re-opens after restoration. Between Mühlheim and Beuron, the stream runs through the Danube Gorge, whose cliffs are 500 feet (150 m) high.
Donaueschingen is 90 minutes southwest of Stuttgart; www.donaueschingen.de/welcome
Four persons travel together by train in SWG for E- 38/-
An unbelievable offer for travelers, visitors, vacationers & holiday makers.
This price is valid for second class day travel for four persons wishing to travel by train at economical rates. You could for example travel from Heidelberg to Freiburg on this tickets, the only condition being travel must be within the state of Baden Wuerttemberg.
Travel agents can also book these tickets for their clients, all that is needed is a valid credit card to complete the transaction.