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Welcome to the Trade Extranet of the German National Tourist Office. Here you will find all the information you need to effectively sell Germany as a travel destination. From practical information on travel to and within Germany, from Germany’s event and sightseeing highlights to details on the latest trade events and contacts, you will find it all right here! If you require help with your Germany travel plans or would like to order brochures or promotional material, please call us at (800) 637-1171. We will be more than happy to assist you!


Tip of the month for December 2008

December in Germany is known as the month of “Gemütlichkeit” (coziness). People savor the special atmosphere at this time of the year when lights are decorated in every window and a smell of Christmas cookies blows through the streets.
For this special month we present 3 different ideas to show you the variety of possibilities Germany has to offer to its visitors in the contemplative Christmas time.


Christmas Market in Rothenburg

Germany is well known for its numerous lovely Christmas markets all over the country. The wonderful tradition of strolling around on one of these beautiful markets in festive setting is the best way to enjoy and prepare for the comfy Christmas time. This year we present you a real jewel: the Christmas Market in Rothenburg. Located in the South of Germany, this picturesque town is the perfect location for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Embedded between the town hall and the Gothic church, you can relish typical Christmas food like fritters with powdered sugar, roasted almonds or other Franconian specialties. To warm up, have a cup of mulled wine with amaretto or delicious eggnog. And if you have a real passion for Christmas, check out the German Christmas Musuem, operated by Kaethe Wohlfahrt. It is open throughout the year. Kaethe Wohlfahrt is an international chain of year-round Christmas shops whose flagship “Christmas Village” Store is located just off Rothenburg’s market square.


Winter fun in Bavaria

For all those who are more into sports and who want to escape from the pre-Christmas hype in the city, we recommend to visit the nature. The area around Oberstdorf, located in the vacation region “Allgäu” in the State of Bavaria, does not only invite visitors to relax in the magnificent Bavarian Alps but also to enjoy winter sports. Once there, don’t miss the start of the Four Hills Tournament between December 28 and 30 which is one of the most traditional ski jumping events and takes place every year. The event and side spectacle attract thousands of visitors and it is a lot of fun for everyone. If you prefer to be active, you can cruise down the slopes or enjoy other sports like snow-boarding, coasting, halfpipe and cross country skiing. For those who like it a bit more easy-going, enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage on cleared winter roads with beautiful winter panoramic views.


ChocolART Festival near the Swabian Alps

Tuebingen is located in the beautiful federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg near the picturesque Swabian Alps. The University city combines the flair of a lovingly restored medieval center of town with the colorful bustle and typical atmosphere of a young and cosmopolitan students’ town.
From December 2-7 this year, Tuebingen hosts the Chocolate Festival “ChocolART”. For five days everything revolves around the product of the cocoa bean. You will be stunned by the ideas the world’s best chocolate factories present at this exhibition. The schedule includes speeches, chocolate tasting and great innovations like chocolate massages – it is all about the sweet seduction!