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ITB Berlin News 2019 - Day 3 Edition

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36 SPOTLIGHT ON GERMAN REGION: SAXONY Hall 11.2 Stands 101, 102, 102a INDUSTRIAL CULTURE, SAXONY’S KEY THEME AT ITB BERLIN “Culture in Saxony” is the title of Saxony’s presentation at ITB Berlin this year. The theme is a prelude to a major celebration to be staged in Saxony in 2020, marking 500 years of industrial history. Saxony’s stand in Hall 11.2 has been transformed into a 900 sq m factory building made of bricks and steel and filled with machines. It reflects the boom times when Saxony was Germany’s main industrial region, famed for its silver, mining and machine and tool production. There will be industrial-themed music as well. During trade visitors’ days, the “Dresden Stahlquartett” (steel quartet) will perform on custom-made iron string instruments, while Peter Till will entertain the public at the weekend with his amazing “Universal Dresdner Druckluftorchester “ (pressurised air orchestra). The theme of industrial culture is also part of the new high-quality brochure “Architekturlandschaft Sachsen” (architectural landscape of Saxony) that will be presented for the first time at the ITB. The booklet provides a comprehensive overview of one millennium of extraordinary building culture. A tourist map highlights over 50 tourist attractions linked to industry. Overall, more than 50 Saxony tourism partners are present on the ITB Berlin stand Saxony: a cultural cornucopia Saxony in southeastern Germany has emerged as a major cultural destination, where architectural treasures are matched by arts events of international standing. Saxony’s impressive roll-call of musicians, painters, architects and artisans has been luring visitors for many years. From JS Bach to Richard Wagner, from Caspar David Friedrich to Otto Dix, and from Johann Wolfgang Goethe to Erich Kästner, the lives and works of the cultural icons associated with the region are a major boost to tourism. But Saxony is not only popular among culture-freaks: over eight million travellers spend © Sebastian Rose Hans-Jürgen Goller Managing Director, Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony their holidays in the region year after year. “Saxony offers everything that tourists are looking for when in Germany: fine arts, architecture, beautiful landscapes, good food, wine and beer, local traditions and warm hospitality,” explains Hans-Jürgen Goller, Managing Director of the Tourism Marketing Company of Saxony © Katja Fouad-Vollmer Dresden Semperoper Oberlausitz Görlitz Untermarkt SAXONY’S MUSICAL FEAST Music and Saxony are intimately linked. Among this year’s reasons for travel is the 200 th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birthday. Both Leipzig and Zwickau celebrate the occasion with various events, putting the spotlight on the compositions and piano concerts of the pianist who was married to Robert Schumann. Other classical music highlights include the Leipzig Bach Festival (14 - 23 June), Dresden Music Festival (16 May - 15 June) and Moritzburg Festival (10 - 25 August). Saxony is also home to two world-class operas – Semper Oper in Dresden and Leipzig Oper, while one of the world’s top orchestras, the Gewandhaus, has its home in Leipzig EXPLORE SAXONY’S ART TRAIL Touring Germany’s number one cultural destination soon reveals how varied Saxony’s history of art is. For 2019, the art agenda looks particularly promising. Saxony’s capital Dresden continues its long-term commitment of rebuilding its art icons, one by one. Towards the end of the year, the Old Masters Picture Gallery, home to Raphael’s famous “Sistine Madonna”, as well as the Sculpture Collection in Dresden’s Zwinger Palace will reopen following a complete refurbishment. Equally exciting is the reopening of the west wing of Dresden’s Royal Palace, which forms the core of the former residence of Saxony’s royal nobility from the House of Wettin ITB BERLIN NEWS • Friday 8 th March 2019

© Thomas Keller HOSPITALITY / RESTAURANTS / BARS WHERE TO GO IN Berlin CLUBS / EVENTS / SHOPPING / CULTURE Soviet memories in Treptower Park Peaceful, poignant, impressive, the memorial dedicated to Soviet soldiers in Treptower Park in Berlin reminds visitors about the inferno of the Battle of Berlin and the 80,000 dead on Russian side. The Memorial cannot fail to impress while its layout will remind of the emerging Cold War of Post-war Berlin. 2019 will see the 30 th anniversary of the disappearance of the Berlin Wall. While memories of Berlin division are fading step by step each passing year, they are still areas in Berlin bearing memories of this dark time in the city’s history. One of the most striking structures is the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park. Ride up to Schlesiches Tor Underground Station (U-Bahn) and walk along Schlesische Strasse. You pass a 10 metre high watchtower, which actually used to be the command post for 18 watchtowers along the Berlin Wall. You then officially enter former East Berlin, with Puschkin Allee taking you to the Park. Back to 1946, the Council of the Soviet Military Administration of Germany organised a competition to build a grand memorial to the Soviet liberation of Germany from National Socialism. Work started in 1947 for an official opening on May 8, 1949, on time for the fourth anniversary of the end of WWII. The layout is majestic. The entrances to the memorial are defined by massive arches. Wide paths with weeping birch trees take visitors into a three-meter granite statue of "Mother Homeland”, followed by two huge stylized Soviet flags sculpted of red granite. Two kneeling soldiers at the bottom of the flags are mourning the 80,000 dead. Limestone sarcophagi stand on each side of the central area and symbolize the then 16 Soviet Republics. Their reliefs in typical style of Socialist realism illustrate scenes from the "Great Patriotic War" waged from 1941 to 1945. The heart of the memorial is however a conical hill bearing a crypt that also serves as the pedestal for the memorial’s central figure, a Red Army soldier holding in his arm a rescued child. The statue is 30 meter high while inside the crypt, a mosaic shows the 16 Soviet Republics. At the feet of the soldier, a lowered sword covers a destroyed swastika, symbol of National Socialism defeat… ITB BERLIN NEWS • Friday 8 th March 2019

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