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Contents JULY 2014

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Photo: LUXURY ESSENTIALS

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Photo: Villa Eden Leading Health Spa

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Mirja Boes Meet Mirja Boes, the German Queen of comedy. A comedian almost by accident, she is hilarious on stage and her latest musical adventure is quite a funny one too.

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Fashion How to look great from church to dancefloor – great gowns for great weddings.

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Design Inspired by the wedding theme we’ve focused on the things you cherish forever. Retro is back!

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ity, regionality and sustainability – ideal for some precious time out from daily life.

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Wine & Dine As our wine columnist treats us to the Baden region (part two), we take a closer look at France’s Malans region and the local Domaine Donatsch, one of Switzerland's most prestigious wineries that has been in operation for over a century.

Wedding destination Switzerland Romantic scenery and world class hospitality are just two reasons that make Switzerland the perfect wedding destination. In our special wedding theme you will find amazing goods and service providers to help turn your wedding into a dream wedding.

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Architect of the Month Landscape architecture with a passionate concern for people and place is what makes BHF Landscape Architects stand out from the crowd. And they’ve been at it for over half a century already!

Fabulous Fashion Gerd Oliver Seidensticker, the President of GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V., explains why German designers are in high demand worldwide. Read all about design and fashion made in Germany.

Exhibition of the Month Outstanding organisational skills, exciting entertainment programmes and surprisingly flexible premises are the key features of Salzburg’s Brandboxx exhibition centre. Annual highlights include the JOT Juniormode fair for kids fashion.

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Business Read where to go to host the perfect off-site, everything you need to know about one of Germany’s finest Business Schools and – in case you are thinking of getting married – our legal expert Gregor Kleinknecht explains the importance of a ‘parachute’.

Culture & Lifestyle This month’s section is full of great things to do over the summer months. We take a closer look at Austrian events and for fun lovers and thrill seekers, we present our favourite German theme park. And if you’re wonder where the bold and the beautiful hide to enhance their life quality, we’ve got the answer.

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At the Sonne Lifestyle Resort in the beautiful Austrian Bregenzerwald it is all about hospital-

Congratulations to the Hotel Schindlerhof! Celebrating 30 years of hospitality, the venue is absolutely unique in its approach to business meetings, seminars and conferences. Now the next generation is proudly taking over.

Culture Calendar Save the date and mark your diaries for the events not to be missed this summer.

Barbara Geier Barbara Geier treats us to her personal perspective of what to expect after a wedding invitation slips through the letter box.

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What a season this is turning out to be for sport! Pure adrenaline at the Football World Cup in Brazil, German Martin Kaymer wrote golf history by winning the U.S. Open in Augusta and the upcoming weeks are packed with exciting tournaments from all sorts of sports. But sport is not the only reason to make people’s hearts beat a little faster. The wedding season is in full swing, happy couples are marching down the aisles on their way to happily-ever-after. This month we have a special treat for those who are planning to get married in Switzerland. Our big wedding theme is packed with all you need to know should you wish to say yes in the homeland of Heidi. Romance is in the air and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate‘our’journalist Elisabeth on her wedding, she looked absolutely gorgeous in her white gown. Speaking of gowns leads us right to our next highlight in this issue. Fabulous fashion made in Germany is all about great designers with even greater collections. No other than Gerd Oliver Seidensticker, the President of GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V., explains why the world’s catwalk societies go crazy for fashion made in Germany. After Karl Lagerfeld, Wolfgang Joop and Jil Sander, German designers are on the rise again. Another very special treat this month is our cover star interview with comedy queen Mirja Boes. Seriously funny and a comedian by nature, she takes any audience by storm and is not afraid of trying new things. But beware, no one escapes her jokes.

Iris Ellmann Barbara Geier Meryem Hauer Jessica Holzhausen Sonja Irani Gregor Kleinknecht

Have you planned your summer escape yet? If not, then look out for our top recommendations in this issue. Whether you wish to visit an exciting theme park, plan an activity trip to the mountains or prefer a lengthy stay in a top resort, you will find plenty of inspiration on the following pages.

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Whatever your plans for July are, we hope you have a good time and enjoy the great weather. As for myself, I have a wedding to attend.

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Discover Germany | Cover Feature | Mirja Boes

Mirja Boes The German queen of comedy For years she has been entertaining the masses with her stand-up talent, her TVscreen presence and her unique sense of humour. Now she’s busier than ever, adding theatre and a hilarious music album to her portfolio. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

Born and bred in Viersen, a North Rhine Westphalian town close to the Dutch border, Mirja Boes is your typical down-toearth girl-next-door. Just like her ever-present positive attitude and sense of humour, her golden locks are always neatly tied aside with a girly clip. Her face, now visible from behind her hair, is able to communicate extremely effectively without talking. But once Mirja starts to chat, it is hard to keep a serious expression. The German word ‘boese’ means ‘naughty’ and in her case Nomen est omen couldn’t be more apt. Naughty but so nice that you could never be angry with her, her stories bear a heart-warming honesty and most people are able to identify with the various situations she tackles on stage. Surprisingly, she never intended to become a comedian. After studying musicology and media science alongside Italian and Spanish, she achieved success with her band Die fabulösen Thekenschlampen [The fabulous bar sluts]. From Austria’s St. Anton to Mallorca’s Oberbayern, the band’s songs rocked the boat. Acting later followed as part of her career path and with the TV show Die Dreisten Drei [The cheeky three] her comic talent emerged.“The producer of the show somehow found me funny and that’s how it all started,” Mirja reveals. Shows like Angie followed, and it wasn’t only the producers who became aware of

her talent for hilarity. Thinking back, Mirja remembers that others began to notice it too. She first realised her own potential, she says with a smile, when people other than her relatives started laughing at her jokes. You have to be able to laugh at yourself While being a comedian is tough, being a female comedian is even harder. It takes a lot of courage to get up on stage and crack jokes as audiences can be volatile and you never know how they’ll react. According to Mirja, it’s essential for good comedians“to be able to laugh at yourself.” Three German comedy awards, plus a further eight nominations are proof that she is quite funny on stage. One of her most famous live programmes was‘Morgen mach’ ich Schluss!...wahrscheinlich...’[Tomorrow I will end it! …probably…] – a trip down a teenager’s memory lane.There she was, on stage against the backdrop of what appeared to be a pink Hello Kitty decorated teenager’s room, wearing jeans (with huge Hello Kitty patches), a T-shirt and sneakers. She pulls a diary out of a box and starts flicking through the pages while sharing memories about kissing experiences. With a board grin and a cheeky roll of her eyes, she remembers her first amorous adventures. Each of the boys received a comment ranging from ‘dead fish’ to ‘toilet brush’,

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and each was referred to with a common name, so it could literally be the one sitting next to you in the audience. But, she ultimately admits that the girls were probably pretty bad kissers too back then, but at least they learned from experience – contrary to the boys. Embarking on a musical journey 2014 is an important year for the comedienne; for the first time she has ventured onto the theatre stage as part of the cast in Double Act by Australian playwright Barry Creyton. The mum of two seems to be a bit of a workaholic as she is also touring the nation with her two-hour programme Ich doch nicht!, which translates best as ‘I would never do that’. Of course, you can probably guess that she is one of these people who would never eat a saliva-drenched biscuit part-nibbled by her offspring and she would never start a severe argument with her next-door neighbour knowing that he was in fact right. Well, surprise surprise; you never quite know what Mirja Boes is capable of. More about this live on stage (or later on YouTube). In autumn she’s touring Germany with her new music album. With twelve different audio publications on Amazon, Mirja’s voice is certainly prevalent in the German-speaking regions. Her recent work, Das Leben ist kein Ponyschlecken, is a wonderful musical journey through the ups and downs of daily life. Unfortunately, the title doesn’t translate that well into English, but it pretty much comes down to ‘life is tough’. Das Leben ist kein Ponyschlecken was a dream project for her as she always was drawn towards music. Fourteen songs, written and produced by none other than Frank Ramond, tell stories with a twist about the normal facts of life, such as men being hunters or love letters with a certain impact. Supported by her Honkey Donkeys band, she sings along with her distinctively joyful voice and, as in every good joke, the punchline comes right at the end. Be it in 20,000 Worte am Tag [20,000 words per day], which explains why she just has to keep talking or in Britta is ‘ne bessere Mutter [Britta is a better mother], where she regards Britta with envy, as she seems to do a better job with the offspring. But wait until the end of the song – no, I won’t give it away. Just rest assured that your funny bone will be tickled.The whole album is classified easy entertainment and has an amazingly spirit-lifting side effect on the listener. What does she expect from the album and the tour? “The right producer met the right artist,” she says with a grin.“I am really expecting me and the audience to have masses of fun,”she muses.

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Discover Germany | Design Xxx | Xxxx | Fashion Finds

Fashion Finds The wedding season is in full swing, giving us plenty of opportunities to look glamorous in great gowns. Of course, the beautiful bride is the center of attention and wearing white is a no-no unless explicitly required, but with this month’s colourful fashion picks you will surely stand out from the crowd while keeping up with etiquette. Attend in style from church to reception and shine bright on the dancefloor too. EDITOR’S PICKS

Vera Mont “accompanies the scintillating steps in the life of today’s modern woman with particularly feminine fashion. High-quality materials and elegant cuts characterise the collection and offer the perfect outfit for any occasion.” Meet your modern Prince Charming in this sequin-trimmed bodice dress and he’ll be swept off his feet. £210 www.veramont.com

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All you need during a festive outing fits in this mega cute and super stylish bag. The timeless design with a retro twist is perfectly suited to accompany you to your table and keep all your little treasures. £200. www.joop.de

TRIUMPH shape sensation lingerie is the magic ingredient to achieve a stunning silhuette. Worn underneath it’ll make muffin tops disappear and gives your body a beautiful hourglass shape. £70. www.triumph.com

Always the bridesmaid – never the bride? With this pair of stunning red high heels you’ll be noticed by the man of your dreams instantly (in case you didn’t bring him along). Red shoes work best with a nude dress and perfectly matching red lipstick. £200. www.joop.com

Candy colours are great to make you stand out from the crowd. We love the SS14 floor-length model in turquoise chiffon. The elegant look of the American neckline with sequin trim is unbeatable. £230. www.veramont.com

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Discover Germany | Design | Dedicated to Design

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This month’s picks are dedicated to beautiful designs of the past. Just like the ideal relationship, there are certain things that retain their beauty as time goes on. We’ve found a few great examples of retro-inspired design pieces that have been given a contemporary touch.

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This 50s inspired sofa is simply gorgeous and can be slotted in almost anywhere. A bold statement of retro reinvented. € 825 www.sophisticated-living.de Remember when the library bus used to trundle out to remote villages? Here’s your very own private version for your book collection. And what’s more, it won’t drive away. Made by eco-friendly WERKHAUS Design + Produktion GmbH. € 89,90 www.werkhaus.de

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A fabulous lounge-chair! This 3-in-1 multifunctional designer piece is eco-friendly (made of cardboard) and really easy on the eye. € 502 www.heimatwerke.de Wave goodbye to boring bathrooms and say hello to the iconic garden gnome. This toilet roll holder in the birdhouse design will certainly leave a lasting impression on your visitors. € 18,90. www.werkhaus.de

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Add a bit of a retro look to your smartphone with the Berlin Boombox. The lightweight yet powerful speaker is made of cardboard and cleverly folds together when not in use. € 66 www.berlinboombox.com

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Fabulous Fashion

“If we compare exports from fashion countries – leaving out countries which purely produce clothes, like China and India – then we’re ranked second, behind Italy and before France,” explains Gerd Oliver Seidensticker, the President of GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V. With 340 member companies, GermanFashion advises the fashion manufacturing industry.“We represent approximately 95 per cent of the entire branch,”continues Seidensticker.

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It is not just their reliability in producing consistently high quality goods, perfectly fitting clothes and great materials that put German manufacturers in demand; it’s primarily down to their design. Seidensticker confirms this: “German fashion designers are renowned and admired all over the world.”Competent and passionate entrepreneurs are able to transform their creative know-how into making their brand a worldwide musthave. “Think about Basler, Création Gross, Gerry Weber, Hugo Boss, Marc Cain, RIANI, Roy Theme Robson, talbot runhof... and on it goes,” lists Seidensticker, “even if they don’t necessarily sound like a German company.”

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Famous both on and off the catwalk, German fashions are known for their wearability and great value-for-money.

We love Fashion – designed in Germany! Loved and worn with pride, German clothes and fashion designs are as much a hit on the catwalks of Paris, Milan and New York as they are on the streets of cities around the world. Gerd Oliver Seidensticker TEXT & PHOTOS: GERMAN FASHION MODEVERBAND DEUTSCHLAND E.V. | TRANSLATION: EMMIE COLLINGE

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Left: Talbot Runhof Below: RIANI

at the right time," says Ulrich Schulte, head designer at RIANI. "In the future we can definitely count on seeing a lot more German fashions in shop windows across the globe.The German fashion industry relies on its exports in order to develop successfully and enhance its opportunities on the market," explains Thomas Rasch, the CEO of GermanFashion. "However, there are certain things to keep in mind. While great designs are certainly a contributing factor to success, it’s vital to possess the relevant know-how of customs and trade law, textile labelling, contracting rights etc. Of course, behind every successful collection, there’s a lot of hard work."

But what is it about German design that attracts the sophisticated Russian, the stylish Turkish population and the evergrowing Asian crowd that sport our brands? "German fashions aren’t designed with the oligarch’s wife in mind,

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instead they’re aimed at emancipated women who are at the peak of their lives – and there’s more and more of these women in countries with expanding middle classes. German designers have always had that special ability to nail a trend

GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V. represents the interests of the German fashion industry, particularly manufacturers of male and female outerwear, sportswear and workwear. www.germanfashion.net


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TUCHOLSKI – Two pieces, a complete outfit Have you already heard about OLSKI? No, not Swedish furniture this time. OLSKI is a new and innovative accessory from the Vienna-based Austrian fashion label TUCHOLSKI. Having created this versatile applicable metal clip, it works in combination with the fabric to create a host of styles and limitless creativity.

colours: caviar, burro, poppy red and citronella. With high quality embroideries and carefully selected details,TUCHOLSKI provides an Austrian product that meets the highest demands for quality.

TEXT: MERYEM HAUER | PHOTOS: STREMPEL & SZKUTTA FASHION OG

quadratic cloths were knitted with certified GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) TencelÂŽ, a new fibre and environmentally sustainable textile. With this focus, the founders Christine Strempel and Claudia Szkutta are setting their products apart from the competition. OLSKI is a plain fabric holder and practical metal accessory, clear in shape and clever in function. It can be used with any garment and style. The entrepreneurs are always excited to receive new ideas and feedback from their customers. Currently, the cloths are available in four

www.tucholski.at www.tucholski.at/lookbook www.fromaustria.com/tucholski Facebook.com/365TageTuch

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As lateral entrants from other branches, namely architecture and marketing, Christine Strempel and Claudia Szkutta may be relative newcomers to the fashion industry, but they have always been passionate about fashion. During a breakfast together, the idea of a high quality cloth that awakes the creativity of the wearer and offers many styling variants was born. Since autumn 2013, there has been a new fashion label on the scene, TUCHOLSKI. By using the design clip it is possible to choose one of more than 16 variants, to suit every occasion and all seasons. The production is exclusively based in Austria and takes place in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. All of the


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Sun and Sound Protecting ourselves against a daily danger Taking daily precautions against life's uncertainties is something we are all now accustomed to doing in some form or another. However, many of us are still not properly guarding ourselves against something we encounter more often than we think: the sun. TEXT: JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTOS: DOTS

UV radiation that reaches us through the sun's rays is potentially very harmful. “It must be taught that UV damage is a process that lasts a lifetime,”explains Dieter Jansen. “Even without visible features, such as redness or sunburn, steady exposure to UV radiation adds up and can cause severe long term damage.” Mr. Jansen has gained this knowledge through his years as the com-

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pany director of DOTS, an apparel company specialising in clothing with UV protection. Founded in 1996, DOTS has been a leader in the children's apparel market for almost two decades. Developing clothing for their original target market with the utmost functionality in mind eventually led to their interest, innovation and expertise in UV pro-

tection wear.“The demand for this kind of clothing is enormous,” says Jansen.“There are so many people who can benefit, not just children or those who work outdoors. We can also offer a solution for those with skin problems or whose prescription drug treatments cause sun sensitivity.” Beginning by implementing UV protection in swimwear line“Zwimmstoff”, DOTS has since developed two trademarked labels, sunSYrag and sunCOrag, which offer an invisible shield against the potentially cancer-causing radiation from too much sun exposure. Through DOTS “needs Protect” men and women can choose workwear and


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developed the body's necessary defence mechanisms. Both labels come with a 801 UV protection standard and retain their effectiveness even when wet, stretched and heavily worn and washed. This level of protection is way beyond the typical standards of UV clothing, which tend to grossly underestimate UV damage and only test apparel under its optimal conditions.The sunCOrag line is particularly unique as it specially offers a single jersey T-shirt in 100% cotton, the only one of its kind available worldwide. This special feat of apparel manufacturing has given DOTS encouragement to continue with its commitment to research and further develop the potentials of UV protection clothing.

everyday clothing items that offer extra protection while outside for business or pleasure. DOTS also makes sure to keep up with the latest fashion trends by producing three collections a year: a swimwear edition, a summer collection and an autumn/winter collection. Additionally, DOTS has extensive offerings for children who are especially in need of sun protection as their skin has not yet

“We believe in what we do and are really aiming to make UV protection clothing available at affordable prices for everybody,” explains Jansen. As a small company, however, this initiative cannot be taken further without the help of additional investors who also believe in the importance of the endeavor to create new apparel options. “Sun protection is something that affects us all. It's more that worthwhile to have a look at our homepage,”says Jansen.“We welcome any comments, critiques, and suggestions along with any support for the direction in which we are working. We would appreciate the feedback and I personally invite those who are interested to get in touch.”

DOTS is currently focusing on building a team of investors to increase their collections, build a stock warehouse and improve on their successes with UV protection. DOTS’ concern for its customers extends beyond their involvement in providing UV protection wear. They are also part of the United Nations Global Compact, an important platform through which companies can demonstrate their support and involvement with sustainable and fair business practices. The dangers of the sun's harmful UV radiation are becoming increasingly known and increasingly felt. By limiting our sun exposure or using sun protection creams we are not necessarily providing our skin with the full level of protection it needs against the sun's harmful UV rays. Wearing DOTS UV protection apparel, however, is another step against short or long-term sun damage and potential skin cancers. Items can be easily ordered through the DOTS online shop or purchased by visiting either of their two store locations. www.dotstextil-shop.com www.dotstextil.com

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looking for durability rather than shortlived trends. My fashion is not about embodying a certain style, but simply being yourself. It provides the wearer with a dynamic interplay between classic and avantgarde.”The former graduate of Hamburg’s AMD Academy of Fashion and Design loves working with her hands and giving raw materials features, usefulness and functionality. The talented dressmaker, who launched her own label AZIZI in 2005, also draws a lot of inspiration from people she sees on the streets and ancient cultures:“I especially like the Japanese architecture and lifestyle, for which striving for perfection is an integral part.”

Soraya Azizi does not go with the flow. There are no bling-bling accessories, nor flashly colours. But that is precisely what brave fashionistas love about the Hamburg-based designer and her label AZIZI.

Azizi’s products are currently available to buy in Germany, Russia, England, Switzerland, France and the USA. Aside from timeless chic, her label is also about sustainability. “For me personally, taking responsibility towards others and the social environment is very important,”highlights the designer. “We should start to inform ourselves about the meaning behind a product and where it has been made. We shouldn’t live beyond our means at the cost of others.”Choosing to wear Soraya Azizi’s creations is therefore a wise choice, perfect for fashionistas confident enough to pull off her laid-back, loose fitting style.

TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: AZIZI

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Dare to be different Those looking for tightly fitted designs will search in vain among Soraya Azizi’s creations. Her collections for men and women are characterised by simple designs, drapes, down-to-earth colours and a loose fit. But it is this unusual mix that makes the looks from Azizi’s studio so special.“AZIZI emphasizes personalities, individuality and being different without being obtrusive,” explains the fashion designer originally from Kabul, Afghanistan.“My clothes are loved by those who want to stand out from the crowd.” Another characteristic of Azizi’s designs is their timelessness.“You can wear AZIZI in different seasons and just feel comfortable doing so,” she says.“Customers really appreciate my use of exclusive and high-quality fabrics from Italy and Japan as well as my unique designs. These customers are

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Black Red Cool

A look at the collection - World Cup special Watching football these days isn't like it once was. For those who are going to attend a football match, it isn't just the kick-off time which matters; today it is all what you are wearing, because naturally, any victory of 'Jogis Jungs' (Jogis's boys) should be celebrated in style. This is where the stylishly elegant 'Deutschland Edition' collection from feinsinn design comes into play, which can even be combined to form a sharp-looking business outfit. Capturing your passion for Germany in a subtle and stylish manner, feinsinn embody authenticity with their hand-made garments, manufactured entirely in Germany. Three small stars, as if drawn by hand, are the key feature of this collection, which is made up of must-have pieces. The highlight: A collection for the perfect summer day 2014. When the whistle goes in Brazil, we're poised for action in Germany for 'the perfect summer

day Ă la Copacabana' thanks to feinsinn design. The feinsinn World Cup collection with its Brazilian flair turns each and every summer's day into something spectacular. For those who have to go to the office before the match, you can turn up in style. Sitting with your colleagues in a meeting, you'll display subtle pride in your nation on your sleeve and can then head straight to watch the match. Casual tops with either long or short sleeves, as well as oversize t-shirts and tops with a draped, scooped neckline complete the World Cup 2014 look. The three stars for Germany are either stylishly and subtly positioned on the sleeve, or on the chest of the short-sleeved tops - right where your heart beats. Of course, stylish shirts and even a slim-fit range of shirts are available for men.

Hoarse from all that cheering? Not a problem; add a casual shawl and high quality scarf to protect those vocal chords and express your own style - naturally, those German stars are a bit of an eye-catcher. Feinsinn Mode can be bought guilt-free, as the label adheres to strict standards when it comes to production and manufacturing. All their materials are chosen carefully from the highest quality materials. Production takes place lovingly by hand in fine German manufacturing outlets. A real labour of love. Of course, alongside their World Cup collection, feinsinn have other great collections that feature the three stars too.

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Subtle, straight and sensual The German word for jewellery is Schmuck, which directly translated means decoration. The jewellery by up-and-coming designer Saskia Diez does exactly that: it decorates and complements.

Top: Sling Rings Middle: Solitaire Ring Below: Stripe Pearls Ring No 2

TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: SASKIA DIEZ

Munich-based designer Saskia Diez's pieces stand for expression through clear form and subtlety. Her designs are fresh, yet timeless. Elegant, yet sexy. It is her unbiased approach, her love for trying different methods when using common materials that make her jewellery stand out. This has a lot to do with her background; after graduating from high school, Diez became a goldsmith but was soon bored by the limitations of the trade. She studied industrial design and worked for several wellknown design studios before returning to her passion for jewellery. For Diez it is not about the value of the material itself, but about the beauty that is created with it. Her use of gold, gemstones, diamonds or wood and glass plays a secondary role. Diez explains:“I take the liberty of handling pebbles like gemstones and tie gold chains like textile threads.”What mat-

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ters is the final creation and how it emphasises the beauty of the human body. “A woman’s most beautiful piece of jewellery is her own charisma, appreciating her own beauty. Jewellery can support that. When you feel more beautiful, you are more beautiful. The author Simmel summarised it nicely by saying that the glow of the jewellery is an extension of the natural glow of its wearer.” Diez’s newest project highlights her curiosity and talent for innovation. As a woman’s beauty cannot only be emphasised visually, Diez has created so-called invisible olfactory jewellery in collaboration with the perfumer Geza Schoen. Diez says:“The concept was to give a scent to the two metals, gold and silver, which are very connected to my work and which actually have no smell at all.Yet they are two metals that you somehow feel like you know

what they smell like.” While Saskia Diez Gold is a warm, dark and rich scent, Saskia Diez Silver is sharp, light and fresh. All her creations can be bought online and in select concept stores in Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and NewYork, amongst other cities. When visiting Munich, you can take a look at Diez’s showroom and studio in the Greyerstrasse. Young designer Saskia Diez is certainly one to watch. saskia-diez.com

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malistic look, possessing a timeless elegance and beauty. Sustainability in fashion, comfort and chic, individuality and zeitgeist do not exclude each other.“Our slogan is ‘Like each other, live eco, love earth’, therefore our product names all stem from nature,”explains Christine Buss, who tenderly calls her brand“L.E.”. Light fabrics, flowing forms, softness and warmth – LUXURY ESSENTIALS looks and feels like a walk on a sunny summer meadow. The cardigan L.E. LILY is pale coloured like some of its flowery sisters, L.E. ROSY has no thorns but the softness of petals. Earth colours like slate, powder and a natural cashmere tone dominate the collection, but the scarf L.E. GLOW can, for example, also be bought in a bright orange, the L.E. Orange Sun.

A collection like nature itself LUXURY ESSENTIALS creates fair knitwear with a breeze of fashion

LUXURY ESSENTIALS has a phoenix as its brand logo, a symbol of rising and environmental rebirth.“We believe in every new day and the possibility to rethink our decisions to create a better world”, says fashion designer Christine Buss. www.luxuryessentials.de

As WIND flows softly around its bearer, flexible and ever changing, a WAVE embraces us in a loop. Not just natural phenomena, they are also names given to their knitwear by LUXURY ESSENTIALS. A family-owned business, LUXURY ESSENTIALS was founded in 2012 in Offenburg, the Black Forest in Southern Germany. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: LUXURY ESSENTIALS

L.E. WIND is the collection’s highlight, which can be worn as a cape, poncho or simple scarf; it’s an airy and light companion at home or in the city. L.E. WAVE is indeed a loop scarf that can be worn looped around the neck once or twice, just as waves wash over swimmers. The LUXURY ESSENTIALS collection is like a trip through nature. All their scarves, caps, ponchos and capes are made from the natural product of cashmere or a mix of cashmere and extra fine merino wool. All

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products are produced in Southern Germany– knitted, processed and washed in small enterprises across the region. The brand therefore guarantees that their products are free from chemicals. This is part of the idea behind LUXURY ESSENTIALS: to honour people’s work and experience, to treat products as they deserve to be treated and to preserve natural resources. Nonetheless, the designs made by fashion designer and founder Christine Buss have a sophisticated, cosmopolitan and mini-

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Exhibition of the Month

Exhibition of the Month Austria

Where new trends are made Who would have thought that Salzburg, the city of Mozart and classical music festivals, is actually a fashion hotspot? This is something that the team at Brandboxx Salzburg has been convinced of for years. TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: BRANDBOXX SALZBURG

The team behind this unique location for events has worked hard in order to impress the industry pros, proving their outstanding organizational skills, exciting entertainment programmes and surprisingly flexible premises. One of the leading business venues in Salzburg, the Brandboxx has 6,500 m² of event space and capacity for up to 3,000 people. Seven function rooms can be combined or separated freely thanks to mobile walls, which makes the Brandboxx the perfect backdrop for a variety of different events. From trade fairs, conferences or

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Ulrike Charlotte Martin, Project Manager

product presentations to gala nights, receptions and parties, the boxes have something in store for everyone. “Brandboxx Salzburg is a fashion hotspot, trade fair organiser and event location,” explains Ulrike Charlotte

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Martin, project manager for the trade fairs JOT Kindermode, Festtagsorder and KIDS Austria. “We are at the top of our game when it comes to shoes, women’s, men’s and children’s fashion as well as a centre of excellence for the sport retail industry in Austria.” Thanks to their vast experience with 30 of their own exhibitions and countless other trade fairs from other sectors, the Brandboxx team is equipped with the right know-how in the B2B trade fair sector – a clear advantage for anyone looking to organise an exhibition. Big news for little ones: The JOT Juniormode “The JOT Juniormode is the only childrenswear platform in Austria, which gives it an important function in terms of com-

munication and ordering within this industry,” says Martin about the biannual exhibition for trade visitors. “As a team, we take great care in creating a professional atmosphere for exhibitors and visitors, with culinary delights and an exciting entertainment programme for children and adults. The fashion hub for kids not only showcases childrenswear collections from 0 to 12 years, but also a great shoe range, maternity wear, toys and accessories.”Another highlight within the industry is the KIDS Austria – a trade fair for children’s goods: “The goods on offer include well established as well as brand new products for nurseries, top-end pushchairs, toys and the newest security developments for car seats.” Markus Oberhamberger, who took over as Managing Director at the Brandboxx a year ago, is equally enthusiastic about the kids sector and the improvements the company has made in this field.“I am proud to say that in the last three years we have progressed a lot and developed many initiatives from which the whole industry benefits,” he says enthusiastically.“We were able to strengthen and improve both the order platform JOT Juniormode as well as the goods fair KIDS Austria. Of course, this is only possible when working together as a team. Austria’s tight knitted ‘kids family’ sticks together and that’s something which makes us really proud!”

these advantages already on his side, Markus Oberhamberger is continuously looking for ways to improve his business and promote his hometown even more. “Born and bred in Salzburg, I appreciate the work the whole team is doing here in order to generate positive feedback for the Brandboxx beyond the borders of Austria,”he explains. “The challenges are huge! There have been many changes in our Boxx, but I am convinced that our current investments create the perfect foundation to let the house, our tenants and all customers operate successfully. We are making sure that Salzburg is and will continue to be the first choice for trade fairs as well as Austria’s fashion capital!” Ulrike Martin agrees: “Modest in terms of size, Salzburg is a city with a global atmosphere.” Its appeal for her stems from“the unique interaction between festival town, the beautiful alpine landscape with dreamy lakes, the spirit of Mozart, Trakl or Hofmannsthal and the established business location for fashion, sports and events that will surely make it easy for you to stay and enjoy.” www.brandboxx.at www.juniormode.at www.brandboxx-events.at

Smart choice Salzburg The Brandboxx not only benefits from a passionate team, but also from its location in Salzburg. During the prestigious Conga Award ceremony, the ‘Oscars’ of the event industry, the internationally renowned Salzburg was chosen for the third time in a row as one of the top three event locations worldwide. Additionally, Salzburg is also one of the most popular congress venues in Austria – a fact that the Brandboxx can accommodate well. Thanks to its excellent transport connections, 1,100 on-site parking spaces, its quiet location and cuttingedge technical equipment, Brandboxx guarantees optimal conditions for a congress or meeting of any scale. Yet despite all of

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Architect of the Month Germany

Lust for landscapes Landscape architecture with a passionate concern for people and place For over fifty years the landscape architecture firm BHF has created innovative open spaces for both urban and rural contexts. Known for their reliability and customer care, their sizable staff are always ready to take on the next project, no matter how big or small. TEXT: JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTOS: BHF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

Based in both Kiel and Schwerin, the firm takes its name from its current three main partners: Jens Bendfeldt, Uwe Hermann,

and Ulrich Franke. Jens' father, Klaus-Dieter Bendfeldt, established the firm in 1962. From his time spent working in Kiel as a

gardener after being inspired into the field by the debris left behind after the Second World War, he found his passion lay in landscape architecture. After finishing his studies and establishing his business, Klaus-Dieter successfully landed one of his first big projects; executing the landscape design for social housing complexes in two districts of Kiel. Although BHF is nowadays involved in many kinds of projects

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Main image, left: Columbia Twins, Große Elbstraße, Hamburg-Neumühlen. © archimage.de

throughout Germany, their activities are still concentrated in the North where about 80 per cent of their designs are to be found. From the Science Park in Kiel to the promenades of Rostock, Schwerin, and Weißenhäuser Beach, or on the island of Föhr, one can experience the thoughtful environments created by BHF. Despite spanning an incredibly wide spectrum, the projects of BHF all have one thing in common: client care. Projects are initiated by assessing a client’s needs and desires and designing from this perspective. “We listen to our customers and then develop a custom solution for the project,” explains Jens Bendfeldt. The firm has created spaces for leisure, living, recreation and tourism with their designs for plazas, waterfronts, countrysides, and gardens. Urban renewal and energy projects are also on their roster of talents. Mr. Bendfeldt sums up their design philosophy as being arced by a sense of “trying to make understated, beautiful things that are simple in the best sense.” The firm's many years of experience are not to be underestimated. BHF's decades of experience working in landscape architecture allow them to quickly assess and fully inform clients of necessary environmental planning issues and challenges that might arise during design implementation. “We take the stated goals for nature conservation and landscape management set by both the Federal and Provincial nature conservation departments very seriously,” explains Jens Bendfeldt. Choosing to work with BHF means working time efficiently, which naturally helps projects to stay on budget. Partner Uwe Hermann oversees the firm's environmental planning department focusing on large-scale landscape planning. Recent projects have been the six lane expansion of the A7 Bordesholm to Hamburg federal motorway and the widening of the eastern section of the North Sea-Baltic Canal. Currently, BHF is also involved in constructing approximately an 800-kilometre route of power lines in Northern

Germany. These power lines are necessary in order to eventually feed the electricity generated by wind power to the German and wider European power grid. BHF is also busy with its involvement in Kiel's “Projekt Bäckergang”, which will transform the underused industrial area of the city's Walkerdamm/Bäckergang area. Located in the centre of downtown Kiel, this area will now be home to thirty condominiums and forty-two senior-friendly apartments with balconies and underground parking spaces. The landscape architects of BHF will be responsible for creating a pleasant and inviting space in the public areas between the housing complexes. This once underused and under appreciated eyesore of the city will now become a space for strolling, lingering and connecting. Larger than usual by German standards, the thirty employees that make up the BHF team all share an immense enthusiasm for their work. When speaking about the team, Mr. Bendfeldt has nothing but praise.“We are proud of our employees. They are the ones directing the success of our projects by their day-to-day hard work, demonstrating their strong dedication and commitment.” This team effort is how BHF tackles the challenges presented by each new design. “The planning processes are becoming increasingly more complex yet are expected to be handled faster. To succeed, you need motivated partners who go the extra mile,” says Mr. Bendfeldt. “For us landscape architecture is not just a job but a passion. A passion we intend to maintain far into the future.”Through their noted talent and ardour BHF landscape architects connect people and place by the beauty and subtle power of their designs. www.bhf-ki.de Right, from top to bottom: Transformation project Lange Straße, Rostock. © BHF Living in the HafenCity Hamburg, Am Kaiserkai 23. © BHF Wasserplatz Am Germaniahafen, Kiel. © BHF Henning Stoldt NRoCK Nordeuropäisches Radioonkologisches Centrum Kiel, Feldstraße 21. © BHF

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Keeping it in the Family High calibre wines stemming from five generations When most people think of Switzerland three things come to mind: watches, chocolates and cheese. Yet Switzerland’s wines, despite their outstanding quality, are typically not mentioned beyond its borders. This seemingly secret treasure is partly because Swiss wines are rarely exported and even the best domestic wines can be very rare. TEXT: JAIME SCHWARTZ | PHOTOS: DOMAINE DONATSCH

Some of Switzerland's most special wines are produced in the “Bündner Herrschaft,” one of the most beautiful corners of Graubünden. Known as the origin of the famous Heidi story, it is one of the oldest and richest wine growing regions and one of the world's best Pinot Noir producing areas.

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One particular winery in this region, specifically in Malans, stands out. Founded in 1897, the Domaine Donatsch is one of Switzerland's most prestigious wineries and has been in operation for over a hundred years. Currently its estate and wine production are overseen by fifth generation family member Martin Donatsch. Martin's wines

have received many international accolades, including the twice won title of “Champion du Monde des Producteurs de Pinot Noir.”When asked about how winning has affected his practice Martin maintains his humility: “To consecutively win this great title was a fantastic surprise and definitely brought new attention to the winery. However, it hasn't changed the way I work, I still have the same setting with the same philosophy. It was only a confirmation that I'm on the right track.”Martin keeps up his family's wine growing and producing traditions with classic grape varieties from Burgundy such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as the autochthonous Completer.


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years of study in other wine regions. Although my main principles and philosophy have and will stay true to those of my father.” One of the outstanding accomplishments of the Domaine Donatsch is their revitalisation of the Completer. First cultivated in Malans over a thousand years ago, its name originates from the Catholic Church as it was pressed for use in the last evening prayer, or Completarium. Due to its difficulty to grow and high pressing standards, the variety had almost become extinct. The Donatsch family rediscovered this species and awakened it from its slumber by growing new stems from the rare Completer. “In 1947 my grandfather began to grow the variety out of curiosity and interest in its difficult and complicated nature. After a fifty year long interruption, and to mark the winery's100th anniversary, we retook interest in it and discovered the grape in a new way,”says Martin.

Left, main image: Barrel cellar Right, from top to bottom: Spring awakening in Malans Pinot Noir vineyard in Malans Right, bottom: Winzerstube zum Ochsen

Martin’s talent is not surprising when considering the family history. His father Thomas had already made a name for himself by revolutionising Swiss viticulture through close contact with renowned French winemakers.“Since the 1970s my father has had a decisive influence on the viticulture and quality of Swiss wines which brought our wines to an international top-level.”His father was the first to bring Burgundy barrels to Switzerland as well as the first to grow Chardonnay and other grape varieties. Martin elaborates on this “like-fatherlike-son” tradition of excellence: “My father's philosophy is to make natural

wines with great aging potential. Of course, however, you constantly try to improve on what's already there and I've been able to bring in and utilise my experience from

In total there are only two hectars of the Completer grown in Graubünden today and of those the Domaine Donatsch has over half a hectare. They grow the Completer as a late harvest variety and pick the grapes in mid-November. This time frame allows the Completer's sugar levels to rise while reducing its acidity which supports its unique and incomparable aroma.This truly stand-alone wine never ceases to amaze and fascinate sommeliers and wine enthusiasts.“I think we were able to improve the wines a little each year and now we are at a point where we are satisfied. Its success speaks for itself, well-known wine con-

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noisseurs from around the world are interested in the Completer although it is very rare and hard to get,” reveals Martin. “It's like a secret, or insider tip.” Of course, a fine wine can be even more delectable when one has the opportunity to enjoy a glass in an equally fine establishment. The cosy paneled dining room of the winery's restaurant “Zum Ochsen”, nowa-

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days run by Martin's parents, Heidi and Thomas, can be the perfect place to enjoy a special bottle. Whether it’s drinking by the fire in winter or enjoying the summer from the terrace, one can revel in scenic mountain views. In addition to the great selection of wines offered by the winery, and in keeping with its historical connections, rare wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy are also available.

Above: Martin Donatsch in the Completer vineyard & Pinot Noir harvest Bottom, left: The Donatsch family, Heidi, Martin and Thomas in the Winzerstube zum Ochsen

Not much has changed at the Domaine Donatsch since its inception and no big changes appear to be on their way. According to Martin, remaining a small family business is the key to the winery's continued success and enjoyment of their wines.“Sure, we could sell three times more but we don't care to. The privilege of operating on a small scale is that I can be involved in every process, from taking care of the vines and winemaking to selling and serving wines.” The deep connection the Donatsch family has to their land and traditions certainly pours out through their wines. www.donatsch.info

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Discover Germany | Wine & Dine | The WineBarn Column

Part Two

Introducing Baden I hope you enjoyed my introduction to Baden last month and for those of you who ordered some of my recommended wines from Joachim Heger and Alexander Laible I hope you’re enjoying drinking them! This month I want to continue to share with you my love of Baden, by introducing you to two more of the region’s great producers, Franz Keller and Martin Bercher. TEXT: IRIS ELLMANN | PHOTOS: THE WINEBARN

With its picturesque location in the small town of Oberbergen, the Franz Keller estate was founded over 100 years ago and is now in the hands of the third generation of the Keller family under the guidance of Fritz Keller. Fritz balances the best wine-making traditions with modern vinification methods and the results are fresh, fruity wines, which are naturally fermented, rich in extracts and totally delicious. In the words of Fritz Keller,“For us quality and the creation of good wine starts in the vineyard. This is why sustainable and environmentally friendly viticulture is important to us.” The estate is best known for producing dry wines that reflect the extraordinary terroir of the Kaiserstuhl, originally an active volcano some 15 million years ago. These unique volcanic soils give the wines their complex aromas and distinctive fruit and mineral character, contributing to their typically fine and elegant style. Fritz Keller also runs the famous Schwarzer Adler Restaurant, which, if you are lucky enough to visit Baden, is well worth a reservation. It has held a Michelin Star for decades and there is also a small luxury hotel under the same name.

Franz Keller Vineyards To introduce you to the wonderful world of Franz Keller wines I have chosen a delicious dessert wine, their 2011 Oberbergener Bassgeige Ruländer Auslese (0.75l). With vines grown on volcanic rock, this wine has a unique taste with wonderful aromas of apricot and apple. There is also a taste of nuts that comes through. Great with chocolate desserts and strong tasting puddings such as tiramisu. We stock it at £315 a case or £26.25 a bottle. Another outstanding producer whose family emblem dates back to 1457 is Bercher. In the last two years the family has enlarged the estate whilst carefully maintaining the highest quality standards. With 42 acres of vines it is the 2nd largest estate in the Kaiserstuhl and is also a member of theV.D.P. This German quality mark is held by around 200 wine-growers throughout Germany and is identified by the“VDP eagle” – a stylised eagle bearing a cluster of grapes. It appears on the capsules of their wines as a guarantee of pure wine pleasure. The VDP eagle guarantees wines of the highest quality from some of the finest wine estates in Germany, and it should en-

Above, left: Bercher Burgheim, Grauer Burgunder Kabinett trocken Above, right: Franz Keller vineyard

courage you to try their wines. They are an alliance of wine fanatics who work hard in stony soils and on steep slopes to bring forth the best from their outstanding vineyard sites. They believe that wine is an expression of joie de vivre, be it a 100-point cult wine or a dependable, more affordable regional wine in the Gutswein category. The“VDP eagle”stands for both.There’s no better sign of quality. My recommended wine to try from the excellent Bercher estate is the 2012 Grauer Burgunder Jechtinger Eichert Kabinett dry which we stock for £13.30 a bottle or £159.60 a case. I look forward to sharing some more great wines with you next month. Happy Drinking! Iris

Iris Ellmann (left) is managing director at The WineBarn, an award-winning merchant of German wine based in beautiful Hampshire. The WineBarn, Clump Farm Barn, Farleigh Lane, Dummer, Hampshire RG25 2AF E-mail: iris@thewinebarn.co.uk www.thewinebarn.co.uk

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Enhancing the quality of life - In luxury fit for a King The Villa Eden Leading Health Spa is undoubtedly one of Europe’s prime destinations for cutting-edge health breaks in the most prestigious surroundings, combining a discreet luxury hotel with top-notch medical facilities. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: VILLA EDEN LEADING HEALTH SPA

Nestled in South Tyrol’s Meran, close to the Austrian border in Italy, the resort’s location

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is itself stunningly beautiful. The region’s mild climate and its high density of spa and health facilities have long attracted the rich and famous. Visitors are enchanted by the stunning gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, the lavish town promenade and other highlights. The surrounding nature is perfect for relaxation and unwinding. Naturally, hiking, biking and golfing facilities are plenty. One may assume it can’t get any better, but the arrival at theVilla Eden Leading Health Spa will prove the opposite. 30 exquisite rooms are tastefully arranged in the luxurious resort which is surrounded by parkland offering breathtaking views over the moun-

tain panorama. On site, guests are welcomed by courteous staff. With a smile on their face, the team members will show visitors the extensive facilities including a hightech gym, hydrotherapy bath, large indoor and outdoor pools, yoga area, shiatsu zone, video cinema and much more. The resort’s Beauty Farm carries its own product range and in the restaurants with the large terraces guests are treated to freshly prepared, healthy, organic gourmet cuisine following the Cuisine of the New Well-Being. The icing on the cake is the adjoining Medical Center, where first class medical, health and beauty professionals work hand in hand to provide guests with a maximum level of recreation and respite for body and soul. Improving quality of life through passion and dedication Founded by local entrepreneur Karl Schmid


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a time, we cater for high profile personalities from all over the world, even members of royal households. And still, you experience a homely and comfortable atmosphere. ‘Feels like home’ is a sentence we hear over and over from our guests,”Angelika Schmid reveals. Regarding the names of the high profile clientele, the hotel management remains tight-lipped. Health, beauty and science go hand in hand It was the founder’s vision to incorporate a luxury hotel and a medical facility as he realised early that time is precious and that staying in one place while having to travel to seek medical advice is not very convenient.“The combination of luxury hotel and competence in the area of preventive medical care as well as beauty is absolutely unique,”Angelika explains.

gramming”. Unfortunately, in German a direct translation for Destination Spa does not even exist. Maybe there will be in a few years from now, but until then the Villa Eden Leading Health Spa is a well-kept secret top tip amongst the world’s elite to revitalise body and soul within a matter of days in a spectacular setting. Angelika puts in a nutshell:“It is the perfect exclusive address for those guests who are looking for real recreation and who wish to so something good and sensible for their health.” www.villa-eden.com

At the Villa Eden Leading Health Spa guests can easily access health and beauty experts for consultation and treatments without leaving the resort. A winning formula that the many returning guests are living proof of. Whether they’re getting rid of extra pounds, minimising their stress levels, carrying out a detox regime, groundbreaking cell therapy, highly efficient oxygen ozone therapy, the latest beauty treatments or aesthetic medicine – at the Villa Eden Medical Centre guests are in competent hands. in 1982 it is officially Italy’s first Destination Spa. For the past 20 years, his daughter Angelika, who is literally living the Villa Eden lifestyle, has been in charge and she passionately takes great care of the discerning guests and their needs.“The staff at Villa Eden work every day with great passion and dedication to help our guests reach high objectives, which allow them to maintain a high quality of life by improving their health, wellbeing, vitality and spirit.” Who are these people?“Stressed-out people. People like you and me. Due to the high exclusivity factor theVilla Eden has become a fixture with figures from the world of economics, politics and public life. The international touch is also very intriguing. Despite hosting a maximum of 40 guests at

Destination: Spa! An accolade of awards graces the resort hall of fame, including‘Winner 2014’at the World Luxury Spa Awards. Individual packages are tailor-made to meet the guests’requirements, such as the‘Derma Weekend’, ‘Look like a star’or the‘Wed Special’for the bride and groom-to-be. The International Spa Association defines a Destination Spa as“a facility with the primary purpose of guiding individual spagoers to develop healthy habits. This lifestyle transformation can be accomplished by providing a comprehensive programme that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthful cuisine and special interest pro-

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Discover Germany | Culture & Lifestyle | Austrian Summer Highlights

Above left: © DomQuartier Salzburg. Photo: Franz Neumayr. Above right: Fiaker in Vienna’s Ringstrasse. © Österreich Werbung. Photo: H.Wiesenhofer

Austria’s Summer 2014 Highlights: jubilees & exhibitions TEXT: AUSTRIAN TOURISM

What are the country’s highlights for summer 2014? Jubilees, new museums and new exhibitions – below you will find what shouldn’t be missed this season.

mark anniversary of the boulevard with numerous events and exhibitions throughout 2015.The Ringstrasse is lined with incredible sights and a series of parks and monuments. www.ringstrasse2015.info/en

2014 is theYear of the Waltz The World Dance Instructors’Association has declared 2014 the‘Year of the Waltz’. A dance genre synonymous with Austria, the Waltz was danced for the very first time during the 1814/15 Congress ofVienna.This dance from two centuries ago set the stage for it to emerge as today’s most famous ballroom dance style.Today, some 450 balls are held in the Austrian capital each year. Vienna 2015: 150 years of the Ringstrasse On 1 May 1865, Emperor Franz Joseph officially openedVienna’s Ringstrasse. 150 years later, the Austrian capital will mark this land-

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2015: ‘The Sound of Music’- 50th Anniversary The real-life story of the Von Trapp family, which continues to live in the hearts of many through the beloved 1965 Oscar-winning film, and subsequent successful stage productions, has contributed to Austria’s – and particularly Salzburg’s – positive worldwide image. In addition to bringing theVon Trapp family international fame, Salzburg has also reaped its share of the popularity with thousands of visitors each year eager to see the sights featured in the movie. Today, ‘The Sound of Music’ remains one of the three

most repeatedly screened films in history, with more than a billion people having seen the film. And another bit of trivia – after Bing Crosby´s ´White Christmas’, the recognisable‘Edelweiss’is the most commercially successful single recording in musical history. New museum highlight: Salzburg Cathedral Quarters The new Salzburg Cathedral Quarters will deliver a testimonial to the power and glory of the Baroque Era, featuring 2,000 exhibits over an area of 15,000 square metres in an exhibition which opened on 17th May 2014. Visitors have the chance to follow in the footsteps of the former prince archbishops for the first time. The former centre of spiritual and secular power is a unique synthesis of architecture, art and the history of political power and social structures.The tour leads through


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Above middle: View towards Ringstrasse near Parlament/Epstein Palais. © Österreich Werbung. Photo: Mayer Top right: Albertina. © Österreich Werbung. Photo: Popp Hackner. Below right: Albertina terrace. © Österreich Werbung. Photo: Peter Burgstaller

the state rooms of the Residence to the Residence Gallery and Cathedral Arches to the Cathedral, with special exhibitions and exhibits from the Cathedral Museum in the side oratorios.The tour also includes the Art and Curiosities Chamber and the Long Gallery, lined with baroque paintings. The adjoining Wallis Tract presents art treasures from the new St. Peter’s Museum. Following a glimpse of the Gothic choir in the Franciscan Church, the tour ends in the magnificent Carabinieri Hall of the Residence. www.domquartier.at

Joan Miró/Albertina (12 September 2014 – 11 January 2015) Famed for his highly imaginative works, Joan Miró is one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. The Albertina is devoting a comprehensive review to the Catalan artist displaying around 100 paintings, sketches and other items that shine the light on the acclaimed surrealist’s poetic qualities. www.albertina.at

Vienna Summer Break (End of August/ beginning of September 2014) The‘night ride’tickets from the Wiener Linien public transportation operator gives the late night crowd free admission to some 50 clubs. Outside, a street parade transforms the Ringstrasse Boulevard into the capital’s biggest open-air dance floor, and the international DJs at the street festival pull in the crowds at the Rathausplatz. www.viennasummerbreak.at

The Metropolis Experiment –Vienna and the 1873 World Exhibition (15 May – 28 September 2014) This show zeroes in on the radical changes from the 1860s onwards that were triggered by the decision to tear down the old city walls.This period of rapid population growth was one of the most dynamic phases in the city’s history and became known as the Gründerzeit.The 1873 World Exhibition inVienna was the first to be hosted in a German-speaking country, and at that time the largest ever. www.wienmuseum.at Bottom: View over Volksgarten and museums. © Österreich Werbung. Photo: Popp Hackner

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Discover Germany | Culture & Lifestyle | Europa-Park

Europa-Park Fantastic short breaks at Germany’s biggest theme park Are you up for a roller coaster ride in complete darkness, speeding down a metal ice-run at 50 km/h or do you prefer a super-soaking water journey? Europa-Park is a resort like no other, with over 100 thrilling attractions and more than 6 hours live entertainment every day. Plus, now you can add this year’s newest sensation, “ARTHUR – in the Minimoys Kingdom”, Europa-Park’s biggest indoor attraction ever, to the mix.

energy in “Würmchen Wies’n” (tiny worm meadow), the new 80 sqm play area. Their elder siblings plunge down the river through breath-taking rock formations at the mercy of the Park’s churning waterway, the“Tiroler Wildwasserbahn”.

TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: EUROPA-PARK

White façades, picturesque little towers, large flower beds on the plaza and richly ornamented balconies wait for visitors in the Spanish themed area. The scent of freshly baked bread and hot crêpes welcomes the guests in the “Quartier Français” with its typical French flair.

Oversized ladybirds, gigantic frogs and imposing caterpillars fly, hop and crawl over huge branches and gigantic rocks. But this isn’t the Brazilian rainforest, this is the newest adventure for the whole family at Germany’s most popular theme park, Europa-Park in Rust, close to the Black Forest, in the three-border area of Germany - France - Switzerland. Following the detailed scenes from top director Luc Besson’s smash hit movies ”Arthur and the Invisibles”, you can go on an exciting journey through the seven king-

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doms in search of the Minimoys’ treasure, witness the world from above in the Free-Fall-Tower or explore Selenia’s gorgeous home. Spread over 95 hectares, the Europa-Park is separated into 13 zones and themed according to European countries, spoiling the guests with regional specialities and displaying country-specific architecture. In Austria, parents enjoy the traditional pancake dish ’Kaiserschmarrn’in the cosy, rustic“Zirbelstube”while their toddlers let off

White-knuckle rollercoasters and topclass show acts But it is the rides that you really come for – rides such as the top-thrillers like Silver Star, Europe's biggest rollercoaster with a height of 73 metres and high speeds of up to 130 km/h. Test your nerves on the Euro-


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Ideal destination for family weekend trips or short breaks with friends

Top, left: Atlantica Right, from top to bottom: Blue Fire ARTHUR - in the Minimoys Kingdom Europa Splice Märchenwald Mascots

Mir as you speed towards the ground in spinning gondolas with up to 80 km/h.Very young thrill seekers love the traditional carousels and teacup rides or a fun, firsttime rollercoaster like the Family Rollercoaster Pegasus. Too much excitement? For those who need a break from the waves of adrenaline, you can sit and relax as you enjoy one of the multiple live acts and shows in the Park. There is something for every taste: The iceshow "Surpr’Ice in the Jungle", a children’s musical, Flamenco Show, Carnival in Venice, puppet theatre – the choice is yours. The Wild West comes alive in the main area in an eventful show bursting with action, clattering hooves and true heroes. Besides these daily shows, Europa-Park hosts numerous other exciting events. Cheer and celebrate at the Football World Cup public viewings or dance the night away at the Mega-Party 2014 with Anastacia as the special act on 9th August 2014.

Roland Mack, Europa-Park’s founder, explains the Park’s long success story: “Our guests deserve only the best, and that is what they get here”. Opened in 1975 by the Mack family to showcase their rollercoaster rides, Europa-Park has not only grown into the most popular theme park in Germany, today it is one of the country’s largest hotel resorts as well. With five 4-star hotels, a guesthouse, a camp resort with log-cabins, tepees and camping facilities, Europa-Park offers the right accommodation for every pocket. After an eventful day, you can either enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere of the Spanish theme hotels "El Andaluz" and "Castillo Alcazar", savour monastic serenity and relaxation in the Portuguese 4-star superior hotel "Santa Isabel" or you can whisk yourself off to the world of ancient Rome at the 4-star superior hotel "Colosseo". Each hotel offers luxurious wellness and spa facilities and a pool. A great idea is to combine efficient conferences with motivating entertainment.Treat your team to extraordinary‘confertainment’ at Europa-Park. While all the hotels are equipped with the relevant infrastructure and state-of-art communication technology, you’re still only steps away from the world famous rollercoasters. Spooky moments at Halloween, romantic winter wonderland at Christmas Scare yourself silly at Europa-Park’s Halloween specials from 27 September until 2 November 2014. Goblins, witches and demons invade the park, which is decorated with over 150,000 pumpkins. Creepy fun is guaranteed! In December, get into the Christmas mood with kilometres of fairy lights and over 2,500 decorated fir trees. Children will marvel at the giant Santas, reindeers, Christmas baubles, nativity scenes and huge snowflakes in this Christmas Wonderland. And for the parents there is always a tempting mulled wine nearby. www.europapark.de

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Hotel

of the Month Austria

Hospitality, regionality and sustainability in the heart of Europe Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald treats its guests to stunning views of unspoiled nature as well as the ultimate comfort and relaxation in their 4 star superior environment. TEXT: DORINA REICHHOLD | PHOTOS: SONNE LIFESTYLE RESORT

Its logo, the sun with a spot at its centre, "derives from the Gasthaus zur Sonne, the old original guesthouse named after the sun, which was established in 1880," explains Klaus Riezler, director of the Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald.The meaning behind it is threefold: "The logo symbolises Austria in the centre of Europe; the town Mellau, in which the resort is situated, in the heart of the Bregenz Forest region; as well as our guest, the focal point of our resort." The town of Mellau is in the Bregenz Forest in the state ofVoralberg at the westernmost tip of Austria. The picturesque district is also home to the Austrian part of Lake Constance with stunning views of unspoiled nature. With both Munich and Zurich just two hours away by car, the Bre-

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genz Forest offers beauty and excitement all year round. While it is famous as a winter sport hotspot, it also offers plenty of outdoor activities in the summer. Hiking, mountain biking, golf, mountain climbing and fly-fishing are amongst the sporting activities that visitors can enjoy in a setting of green, pristine nature. "A secret beauty spot in the area is Schรถnebach, a high valley with lush nature," Riezler discloses. Visitors staying at the Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald are spoilt for choice. They can unwind and relax within the resort; the 1,500 sqm wellness area offers spa treatments, massages, saunas and steam rooms as well as a large garden pool. There is also a private spa available for hire, securing privacy and ultimate relaxation. The

resort also offers space for conferences and business meetings, with 3 seminar rooms and a large function room, which can seat up to 120 people and provides modern technical equipment to perform a variety of functions. Culinary delectation is offered throughout the day. Guests start their morning enjoying a large breakfast buffet with an array of fresh local products. In the summer, breakfast is often eaten outside on the spacious


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through its authenticated architecture and its respect for the surrounding nature. 38 superior design rooms, each 35 square metres in size and 8 penthouse design suites, each 45 square metres in size, all with a private balcony, offer comfort and tranquility for guests seeking to unwind. In addition, the resort is childfree, ensuring stress-free and calm days for guests over the age of 14. The resort is following a well-established, thought-through concept. "Our threefold motto, Hospitality, Regionality and Sustainabilty, is practised within all aspects of our work," explains Riezler. The resort’s 40 warm and friendly employees care for the guests’ needs and ensure that everyone feels welcome and well looked after during their stay. 48 regional companies were involved in building the resort, which was designed and planned by local architects, ensuring that the motto of regionality was put into practise. In addition, the resort sources local produce for its kitchen and restaurant, again supporting local companies and making sure the ingredients are fresh and natural, thus supporting the third motto of sustainability.The resort is also an eco-friendly building comprising, for example, a modern heat-recovery system installation. Riezler is delighted that the Sonne Lifestyle Resort Bregenzerwald is ranked the highest for customer satisfaction within the Voralberg region on travel websites such as HolidayCheck and TripAdvisor, proving the validity of its concept. sun terrace. There are two dining venues at the resort, both offering creative cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients. A well-equipped wine cellar provides wine lovers with a carefully chosen, high quality selection. "We are the first newly built hotel in the Bregenz Mountains since the 1970s," states Riezler proudly. "We are trendsetters and were the first resort in the region with a 4 star superior ranking." The resort's architecture has received a lot of praise.The original 1880 building was combined with an ultra-modern, yet unpretentious, extension and won an award for its seamless inclusion into the existing village structure

The resort is host to various food and culture events all year round. Being a music lover, Riezler fondly remembers his favourite event, a jazz concert in 2009 with a drummer who played for the famous Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. This June, the Witus Ball, a summer ball, will take place at the resort, followed by several other music events throughout the year. Klaus Riezler and his team's ambition to provide the highest quality, design, customer service and comfort is guided by a quotation of Pablo Picasso: "Some transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun." www.sonnemellau.com

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The family-owned Hotel Schindlerhof unites tradition with modern seminar comforts Hotel Schindlerhof, a medium-sized private business in Nuremburg, specialises in organising seminars. This year, under the slogan ‘Forever Young’, the hotel is celebrating its 30th anniversary as the younger generation takes over the business. Since being founded in 1984 by Klaus Kobjoll, the hotel has won multiple awards for the outstanding service it provides.

Since 2001, daughter Nicole Kobjoll has joined her parents on the board, preparing the successful takeover of the family business in advance. In 2007 she followed in her father’s footsteps by winning the title‘Hotelier of theYear’.

TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: HOTEL SCHINDLERHOF

A 300-year-old farm building is at the centre of the modern seminar hotel that has not stopped growing since its initial opening. Uniting different architectural styles with tasteful interior design is part of the hotel’s charm. For example, the old farm building neighbours a Japanese garden with a Koi pond. But it is not only the hotel’s ambience that makes it so appealing as a seminar location; it is the complete philosophy that makes this place so special; both the family and the staff not only proclaim but really live for the idea of hospitality. The hotel’s German motto of “Wa(hre) Herzlichkeit” translates as true cordiality as well as selling cordiality and warmth as a product.This is the result of being a family-

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owned hotel. Chairman and owner Klaus Kobjoll (age 66) is one of Germany’s bestknown private hoteliers. At the young age of 22, he started his career with a rather meagre capital.Yet it grew rapidly and between 1970 and 1983 he owned a staggering collection of establishments – from an American restaurant to a small country inn – each more successful than the last. In 1984 he founded the Hotel Schindlerhof, which today has evolved into a multi award-winning hotel. In 1990 he was named ‘Hotelier of the Year’ for his privately owned hotels. Hotel Schindlerhof was voted among Europe’s best quality hotels and was declared Germany’s best seminar hotel nine times. It also received recognition in the categories of employee motivation and customer friendliness.

The hotel has 92 rooms situated in different buildings and these are designed according to various themes, from country house style to rooms focused on particular car brands. For trainers there are specially designed rooms to cater to their unique requirements. The hotel also has restaurants that serve local and internationally inspired cuisine. www.schindlerhof.de

Klaus and Renate Kobjoll with daughter Nicole (from right to left).


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Discover Germany | Business | Solicitor Column

The Pre-Nup Parachute TEXT & PHOTO: GREGOR KLEINKNECHT

If reading this issue of Discover Germany with its focus on weddings has made you feel all warm and glowing, shrouded in romantic dreams of marital bliss, trust the lawyer to burst the bubble and drag you back to reality: according to the most recent data published by the Office for National Statistics, 42% of marriages will end in divorce. Of course, none of those husbands and wives will have assumed that it would happen to them when they said 'yes' – unless they had already learnt from previous experience. When the marital relationship breaks down, mediation fails, and divorce turns into the only remaining option, international couples with overseas investments and property will discover that, even within the European Union, there are no uniform rules as to what will happen to their marital property, and that the financial outcomes of a divorce under foreign laws can vary very widely indeed. London has acquired a reputation as the 'divorce capital of the world' in view of the very generous divorce settlements nowadays awarded by the English courts, often in complete disregard to the respective spouses' (legitimate) expectations under the laws of their place of marriage or of their foreign nationalities. Not surprisingly, there has been a surge of interest from clients wishing to protect their wealth, particularly, where it has been inherited or acquired independently of their relationship with their intended spouse; and as the leading English case of Radmacher –v– Granatino shows, it is by no means always the prospective husband who is looking to protect his position. Pre-nuptial agreements are already recognised as binding in many jurisdictions worldwide – Germany being a prime

example. They are no longer regarded as unromantic or reserved for the rich and famous. They are most commonly used to determine the future ownership of property, make financial provision for the less wealthy spouse and for children in the event of divorce, and are increasingly recognised also in England as providing legal certainty and predictability of outcome. So much so, that the Law Commission recently produced a draft bill which would make them binding here, too. This would be a logical development of the more recent case law produced by the English family courts, which already uphold pre-nuptial agreements, in particular, in international marriages, unless they are considered unfair on a case-by-case basis. Indeed, pre-nuptial agreements can help to reduce dispute and conflict between divorcing spouses, thereby making it easier to salvage what remains of the relationship. This is an important benefit if there are children in the marriage who will want to have a continuing relationship with both parents. Pre-nups also have the potential to limit the cost of what might otherwise turn into acrimonious and protracted litigation. A pre-nup is therefore a bit like a parachute: you hope that it will never be needed but, if and when the time comes to take that jump, it softens the landing. A significant proportion of those 42% of married couples probably wish they hadn't flown without one. I am grateful to Graeme Fraser from the family department here at Hunters for his help with this column – just goes to show the benefits of talking to an expert.

Gregor Kleinknecht LLM MCIArb is a German Rechtsanwalt and English solicitor, and a partner at Hunters Solicitors, a leading law firm in Lincoln’s Inn. Hunters Solicitors, 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QN, E-mail: gjk@hunters-solicitors.co.uk www.hunters-solicitors.co.uk

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Discover Germany | Business | BiTS

BiTS Business and Information Technology School With an international focus, high standards and a personal and welcoming environment, the Business and Information Technology School is one of Germany’s leading private business schools. In its three locations, it can be found amidst the beautiful countryside of Sauerland and in Hamburg and Berlin, two of Germany’s most exciting cities. TEXT: JESSICA RIDDER | PHOTOS: BITS

“Growing personally, leading successfully. Our motto refers not only to teaching students technical knowledge and expertise, but also to promoting and challenging their personal growth and their entrepreneurial thinking,”explains Dr. Lothar Hirschbiegel, managing director of BiTS, the Business and Information Technology School, founded in 2000 in Iserlohn. BiTS is one of Germany’s leading private business schools. Approximately 1,450 students are currently enrolled in undergraduate


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Discover Germany | Business | BiTS Left, main image: Campus Iserlohn

or postgraduate schemes at this state-approved international university of applied sciences. Programmes are adapted to meet the current needs of the economy and include Business and Management Studies (B.Sc.), Communication and Media Management (B.Sc.), Corporate Management (M.Sc.), Business Psychology (M.Sc.) and International Sports & Event Management (M.A.). A very green city, Iserlohn is located in the northern part of the scenic Sauerland and regularly scores highly on liveability rankings. It comes as no surprise that BiTS was voted the third most beautiful campus in Germany in 2009 by student magazine Unicum. The campus is set in the wonderful landscape around Lake Seilersee. Surrounded by forests and nature trails, the variety of sport and leisure activities such as mountain biking and hiking on its doorstep make Iserlohn the ideal student city. Accommodation for students consists of 80 on-campus apartments, which are available to international students or to those coming from outside of Iserlohn. The students enjoy access to the canteen, and the new cafeteria on the campus provides additional study space and room to meet outside lectures. Students have the opportunity to make use of the library for research or self-study in a quiet environment. In summer, a big party is the highlight, with well-known bands on the bill. External visitors are also welcome to attend the event. In recent years, the university has expanded, adding two new campuses, one in Hamburg and the other in Germany’s vibrant capital, Berlin. Due to the great response the university has had to its courses, most of the programmes on offer at Iserlohn are progressively being added to the curriculum in both cities. A practical approach is of the utmost importance to many businesses today and as such this approach is guaranteed in all three BiTS locations, through study groups and lectures as well as internships. Fur-

thermore, students have the opportunity to gain more practical experience by joining some of the popular independently-run student initiatives, such as the student magazine, the campus radio station or charity organisations. The university aims to keep study groups small in order to ensure an individual approach and personal contact with their reputable and dedicated teaching staff. Dr. Hirschbiegel adds: “The personal atmosphere is reflected through the individual contact with professors, lecturers and fellow students and thus leads to an optimal learning environment.” A compulsory semester abroad and courses in English ensure students are able to meet the requirements of an ever-growing international market and BiTS is committed to a strong international focus. Semesters abroad are increasingly valued by employers and very popular amongst students. Due to the high demand, two English language programmes are now being offered for the first time in Berlin: a Bachelor programme in Business Studies (BMS) and a Masters in International Sport & Event Management (ISEM). “We offer semesters abroad because internationalism and international experience are no longer a Nice-to-Have but a Must-Have in today’s global business world,” Dr. Hirschbiegel elaborates. To provide as much support as possible to its students, BiTS offers advice and information in its very own Career Centre on everything from internships, application processes, to first-time employment. “We draw a lot of our values and thus strength from our deep-rootedness in the region, which reinforces our close network with the industry,”says Dr. Hirschbiegel.

Above: On-campus fully equipped TV production studios

an international business conference hosted by BiTS in September since 2005. This year, the former President of Germany Roman Herzog will honour the Symposium with his presence. Dr. Hirschbiegel concludes: “Due to strong demand in the economy and high demand from prospective students, a new study programme has been developed and is currently in the accreditation process. From the winter semester 2014/2015 onwards, a new Bachelor programme in Business Law will be added to the possible fields of study at the campus in Iserlohn. The legal focus in combination with business administration offers graduates excellent prospects for the future, as they will be capable of taking on multidisciplinary positions in their working careers.” www.bits-hochschule.de Below: Campus Berlin

Since 2008 BiTS has been a member of the Laureate International University Network, a leading international network of quality institutions of higher education with none other than Bill Clinton as Honorary Chancellor. Clinton has also already been a key speaker at the annual Campus Symposium,

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Wedding Destination Switzerland

Special Theme

Wedding Destination Switzerland

Here comes the bride… - but don’t forget the paperwork A destination wedding in Switzerland is a dream come true for many. If you are one of the happy lovebirds to tie the knot in the homeland of Heidi we have a few essential tips for your big day. If you plan ahead well, your wedding will truly be a day to remember for you and your guests. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: DREAM-TIME

After you have decided on a location, or rather region, you should check in advance what the local legal requirements are, as these vary between cantons. Ideally, pay your local Swiss consulate a visit – allow plenty of time in advance of the big date – to get familiar with the bureaucratic side. If you wish to tie the knot in Switzerland a formal application has to be handed in to the civil registry office (Zivilstandsamt) at the place where the wedding is to take place as well as to your local Swiss consulate.The people at the consulate will do their best to guide you through the preparatory marriage for-

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malities; they will even assist in the translation and notarisation of foreign language documents if necessary.You will also receive information about how your Swiss marriage will be recognised and properly filed in your home country. It may also be necessary to keep Swiss Visa regulations in mind in case you or your guests require one to be granted border entry. Please visit www.myswitzerland.com for further information and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. On the following pages we present a wonderful selection of Swiss service providers. Just like Dream-Time, our recommended wed-

ding planer, each of the companies in this Swiss wedding issue is a specialist when it comes to creating that dream wedding. Using a wedding planner takes the weight off your shoulders and you are free to enjoy every single moment without worries before, during and even after the big event. In our wedding theme you will find great artists who really get the party going, supreme photography services, perfect event locations as well as some wise guidance regarding body and soul. Find out how to get the perfect smile not only for the wedding pics and remember that a happy bride is a pretty bride. Discover Germany is delighted to share a few top tips for the most beautiful day of your life.


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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Wedding Destination Switzerland

Yvi's Photography Switzerland “When I look through a camera lens I glimpse another world” Naturalistic photography capturing light and moods is Yvonne Richau’s signature style. The Switzerland-based photographer is a specialist in wedding and engagement photography as well as shooting portraits. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: YVONNE RICHAU | YVI’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Retouching photography today is part of a photographer’s job – but only to a certain degree, says Yvonne Richau: “I do not like it when customers do not recognise themselves after the retouches are done.” Pictures do not have to be perfect but they have to capture the right moments., she expands. “I want to capture emotions. If they can be found in the photography years later then I have done it the right way.” Photography isYvonne Richau’s greatest passion.“Ever since I was a child I have never left my house without a camera.This hobby later turned into a profession,”she says.Working as a photographer is is a constant source of in-

spiration and enjoyment for her and openness, honesty and a friendly nature are essential for the job.The ability to connect with people is as important for Richau as the ability to take stunning photographs. When bookingYvonne Richau as a wedding photographer for five or more hours, you’re also entitled to an engagement photo session, which has its own positive side effect: “I think it is important that the couple gets to know me and how I work in advance,” Richau explains. “On the other hand, I get the sense for how a couple engages with the camera and this gives me a clue as to how much guidance they will need when taking wedding photos.”

Yvonne Richau often works with accessories. Next to classic shoots, Yvonne Richau lets freshly wed couples shower in confetti, for example. Often enough couples do not have much time during their wedding celebrations and choose the location in advance. 30 minutes is all it takes to make the first couple and portrait shots. Close-ups of wedding rings will follow later. No matter where and when a couple marries, one thing needs to be taken into account, says photographerYvonne Richau:“Photographers are often booked months in advance, so start looking early enough.And make sure you have a proper contract.” While her current home is Switzerland, Yvonne Richau can be booked for shootings across the globe. www.yvisphotography.com

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Wedding Destination Switzerland

Time to dream big Are wedding preparations stressing you out? No need. Wedding planner Sandra Stauffer-Hess has made it her mission to give clients more time to dream. So sit back, relax and let her and her dream team take care of the rest. TEXT: SONJA IRANI | PHOTOS: DREAM-TIME

David Bowie, Sade and Oprah Winfrey were all present when Tina Turner chose

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Lake Zurich as the location for her dream wedding to German-born music executive

Erwin Bach in 2013. But the rock icon was not the only bride to opt for the multicultural alpine country in the heart of Europe; last year, 39,500 couples tied the knot in Switzerland. Celebrity or not, your wedding should always be special and brimming with lovely memories.Therefore, it is wise to leave all or at least part of the organisation to an experienced wedding planner – especially if you are getting married in a country whose customs or language you’re not overly familiar


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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Wedding Destination Switzerland

Left: Wedding in Crans Montana organised by Dream Time. Photo: Julian Kanz | www.juliankanz.com Right: Wedding near St. Moritz organised by Dream Time. Photo: Nora Photography | www.nora-photography.com

with. “Dream-Time specialises in weddings in Switzerland for Swiss and foreign couples,” says Sandra Stauffer-Hess, owner of the wedding planning agency Dream-Time, located near Zurich. “This is what we put all our energy into. Our wedding planers are multilingual and have extensive experience supporting international couples.”

for Stauffer-Hess. Besides deciding on the number of guests and the budget, she tries to find out what the couple really wants. For example, a rather introverted pair once expressed their wish to have a big party in a club as “the guests would expect this.” But the Swiss-born planner believes that a wedding has to be authentic and compatible with the couple’s personalities:“If the bride and the groom do not feel comfortable at their own wedding, the atmosphere won’t be right.”In the end, the bridal pair went for a discreet celebration, more suited to them. Another interesting, tailored wedding courtesy of the agency, which is increasingly specialising in foreign clients, was the “Scotland meets Switzerland”wedding:“We once organised a wedding for a Scottish bride and a Swiss groom,”recalls Stauffer-Hess.“The party was held in traditional Scottish style in a Swiss castle.The men wore kilts and there were bagpipes… but at the same time we managed to mirror Swiss traditions in many little details throughout the day.”

sure that everything runs as smoothly as planned. For little emergencies, the certified Financial Planner always brings her emergency bag, which includes a sewing kit in case the dress rips, water, dextrose, tights and headache pills. Nervous brides also need to be taken care of.“Most of them forget to eat or drink, so every now and then I run after them with a coke or some chocolate,” laughs the wedding planner who regularly takes two to three assistants along. One of them checks out the next location while the wedding party is still at the previous one.This has prevented many a faux pas in the past, as Stauffer-Hess recalls an occasion where the welcome board had the bride’s name wrong, and to make things worse, it just happened to be the name of the groom’s ex-girlfriend. “This could have completely ruined the mood, but luckily the bride never knew about this. And sometimes, we even had to politely say goodbye to some uninvited guests. This shows that our profession also requires a high level of social competence.”

Stunning Switzerland

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On top of choosing the type of event to suit each individual couple, the location plays an important role in making the day memorable too. Luckily, Switzerland doesn’t only have impressive wedding venues to offer, it’s also a great holiday destination for family and friends.“Our clients – domestic and foreign alike – prefer locations at lakes or in the mountains,”says the board member of the Association of Independent Swiss Wedding Planners. “Tranquility and discretion have to be guaranteed, of course.That’s why we often reserve hotels‘en bloc’.Very popular are destinations such as St. Moritz, Crans Montana, Luzern or Zurich. St. Moritz and Crans Montana can easily be combined with sport activities such as skiing, hiking or golfing, whereas lively cities like Luzern or Zurich call for a city trip or a shopping tour. In the southern part of Switzerland, you will even find palm trees and mild temperatures. Of course, there is a great culinary mix of traditional Swiss dishes that meet French gourmet cuisine or Italian specialties as well.”

A tailored day Each wedding plan begins with an initial conversation between the groom, the bride and Dream-Time – a very important part

Everything under control On the big day itself, Stauffer-Hess and her team co-ordinate in the background to make

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Parkhotel Beau Site A hundred year tradition of excellence above the world As early as the 19th century, the iconic Matterhorn lured British Alpinists to Zermatt, today one of the highest and most popular skiing areas in the Alps. With its breathtaking view of the majestic mountain, its tranquil and relaxed atmosphere, high standards of service and excellent wellness facilities, the 4-Star superior Parkhotel Beau Site guarantees a memorable stay. TEXT: CORDELIA MAKARTSEV | PHOTOS: PARKHOTEL BEAU SITE

Zermatt’s first claim to fame was back in July 1865 when the British climber Edward Whymper reached the peak of the Matterhorn, the only remaining famous 4,000metre mountain yet to have been conquered. Today, at the foot of the Matterhorn, the car-free village of Zermatt is pulsating

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with life in the various shops and cafes.Yet as you’re in one of the world’s most beautiful regions, you are always only a short stroll away from peaceful mountain scenery. Top quality snow sport facilities are accessible year round, as even in summer you can venture onto the glacier and there are

multiple possibilities for outdoor activities like rock climbing, glacier trekking and relaxing hiking excursions make sure guests are spoilt for choice. A blend of modern sophistication and the elegance of the belle époque Since the doors of the Parkhotel Beau Site opened in 1907, just 5 minutes walk from the village centre, guests from all around the world have enjoyed what is most likely to be one of the best views of the Matterhorn from its sun-drenched terrace. Inside, they discover the understated elegance of the Parkhotel, which has its origins in the


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66 rooms is furnished in the traditional, elegant style of a Grand Hotel with warm red and golden colours,”explains Katja Richter, Head of Marketing and Sales at the Parkhotel Beau Site.“In the new adjacent building with 19 rooms, mostly suites and junior suites, we’ve maintained the same colouring, but the interior reflects the Swiss chalet style that you would expect in Switzerland.” Top of the list on travel websites Many guests return year after year because they appreciate the Parkhotel’s relaxed atmosphere and excellent service. “What makes our hotel so special is the high number of regular guests and the fact that a lot of the employees work here for a long time. When customers arrive for their holiday they are welcomed by familiar faces and greet each other like old acquaintances. This gives the hotel a really family-like atmosphere.” The attentive staff are eager to ensure a memorable stay and are happy to make any arrangement for guests. The quality of service is reflected in the reviews Beau Site guests have left behind. It is rated the TopHotel 2014 at HolidayCheck and received the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2014.

Left, main image: Beautiful ambience for a great dining experience

Great location, extraordinary service, what else do you need for your perfect holiday? Yes, delicious food. As fine cuisine is regarded as an extremely important part of the guests’ holiday enjoyment, head chef Burkhard Sattler creates dishes made from market-fresh ingredients, influenced by French and Swiss cuisine alike with innovation and unusual twists.The dining room serves five-course dinners with plenty of choice for each course, and weekly special-

ities include the Parkhotel Beau Site grill evening with 23 meat and 13 fish varieties, gala dinners and Swiss evenings. Tie the knot at Parkhotel Beau Site Unsurprisingly, the Parkhotel is a popular wedding venue as it boasts the ideal infrastructure to turn any wedding reception into a wonderful celebration.“We do not offer special wedding packages as we really try to fulfill the individual wishes of the young couple,”explains Katja Richter.“The managing director Franz Schwegler sits down with bride and groom and together they plan the big day. We have the fantastic Gornergrat banquet hall with space for up to 160 people. Smaller parties can choose our grill restaurant or the beautiful veranda. And, of course, it is very special to enjoy an aperitif on our panoramic terrace with the spectacular view.” For guests who need to relax after the sumptuous celebrations, the hotel offers a luxurious wellness area, which was renovated in 2009.The impressive indoor swimming pool invites energetic guests for a swim, while a sauna, steam room and two whirlpools await the tired guest. Massages and an extensive list of beauty treatments complement the Spa experience. Parkhotel Beau Site offers Try-it –out Days on certain dates, which offer a special price for 2 nights with half board. The package includes a 3-day Zermatt Peak Pass for unlimited travel on all Zermatt mountain railways, a ticket to the Matterhorn Museum «ZERMATLANTIS» and a Rösti lunch at Switzerland‘s highest altitude hotel. www.parkhotel-beausite.ch

Above, from top to bottom: Gornergratsaal Banqueting Ideal for wedding celebrations Lounge with Matterhorn panorama Parkhotel Beau Site Bottom, right: Junior Suite Large indoor pool area

belle époque. Continual investment and renovations have transformed this magnificent building into today's four-star superior establishment.“Our main building with

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Creative envelopes for a higher response rate. Tanz mit This Masquerade

The right tune for everything Swiss wedding band This Masquerade know how to make that special day even more magical. With over 25 years of experience they truly are masters of musical entertainment! TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE | PHOTOS: THIS MASQUERADE

Founded around singer Claudine Weber-Hilty,This Masquerade has enjoyed an ever-growing fan base since 1986. Weber-Hilty remembers the early days as a young art student:“After working as a pop band for two years, we played our first corporate event in 1988 at Lenzburg castle. At first we hesitated a little but then put a lot of time and effort into rehearsing during the summer holidays and developed a huge repertoire. It was a great success! We received frequent bookings and did a concert with schmooze singer Percy Sledge in Zurich.”

Envelopes with bespoke contour effect and exceptional shape are clearly visible within the pile of standardized rectangular envelopes. Shape and colour of the response winning envelopes can be designed freely. Available in standard formats as well as custom-made, three-cornered or round, with several windows, scented print or integrated gimmicks - there are no limits for creativity.

That was the band’s gateway to the Swiss gala scene and the start of their life as a professional wedding band. Playing at beautiful locations and making life-long friends in Switzerland and on concerts abroad, Weber-Hilty has no regrets.The band’s repertoire ranges from subtle background jazz and Latin, to standard dance music, as well as pop, rock and soul with extravagant show components. Weddings in particular are dear to Weber-Hilty’s heart:“They are very personal and emotional. We prepare for those days with extra care and in great detail.The joy and gratitude of the bride and groom is the most treasured gift for us musicians.” From weddings and birthdays, to car presentations, corporate events and dinner parties, the band’s repertoire has the right kind of music for everything and brings a great deal of personality and charm along for the event! www. this-masquerade.ch

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Below: Klangmassage

The right tone for a balanced soul Sound massage is an increasingly popular approach to achieving inner balance and peace of mind. Helen Heule is the owner of the ein-klang GmbH – Peter Hess Akademie Schweiz and she knows how to make a sound that touches the soul. TEXT: TINA AWTANI | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES

Under the name ein-klang GmbH - Peter Hess Akademie Schweiz, Heule organises and leads seminars in which she shares her expertise in the field of Peter Hess sound massage and sound methods. ein-klang GmbH also offers a practice for sound massage, sound therapy and energy work. A web shop for sound bowls, gongs, accessories and more completes the portfolio. “Years ago when I received my first sound massage I instantly knew that the sound had deeply touched my soul and wouldn’t let me off the hook any more. After being trained in Peter Hess sound massage, I continued to study this method as well as training in sound therapy and later opened my own practice for Peter Hess sound massage,”Heule recalls. In 2010 she took over the entire Peter Hess Akademie Schweiz and since then offers as-

piring as well as accomplished therapists a platform for further professional development. The so-called sound massage uses the help of metal bowls in different shapes and sizes. These bowls are struck with a mallet or rubbed with a dowel during a massage session. The acoustic vibrations influence the human body in a highly positive way. "The sound of the singing bowls touches our core, it makes the soul vibrate. The sound eases tension, mobilises the self-healing power and releases creative energy.” The beautiful thing about sound massage is that it is suitable for all age groups. Equally as resonant and effective as a relaxing technique for children for example, or as therapy for those suffering with dementia, the spectrum is vast and goes far beyond general wellbeing.

“Sound massage has no boundaries and today you can find it anywhere. It is used in the area of health prevention, end-of-life care, for people with disabilities, the educational sector, wellness, yoga, work with animals and assisting women in labour. The nice thing about this method is that it really is adaptable to all forms of therapy,” Heule explains. As someone who has truly turned her passion into profession, many of Heule’s clients appreciate the personal approach. When asked about her secret to her success, she says: “I teach what I live!” www.ein-klang.ch www.peter-hess-akademie.ch

Helen Heule, owner of ein-klang GmbH - Peter Hess Akademie Schweiz

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Healthy smiles that radiate from within Wellness and health, the state of well-being and consciousness are closely connected to our self-confidence, physical appearance, nutritional awareness and mental balance. Teeth play a vital part in this balance of outer and inner health. TEXT: ELISABETH DOEHNE | PHOTOS: ZFIZ

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Beauty is more than meets the eye; it is always connected to a person’s overall health and emotional aspects.The belief that wellbeing and harmony is more than aesthetics has inspired the Swiss dentist Jürgen Noack to focus on an integrative way of practicing medicine. According to him, holistic dentistry is a form of healing, which considers the entirety of a person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions – in the quest for optimal health and wellness.

trauma therapists and dental assistants, and equipped with modern technology, he strives to heal patients differently. When asked about his inspiration, he says: “I realised that I can’t heal people with a simple textbook medicine approach, I just ‘repair’ them. Life experience, far-Eastern philosophy and Taoism made me realise that there must be more between heaven and Earth, than is known by textbook medicine.”

The dental practice ‘Zentrum für Integrale Zahnmedizin AG’ (Center for Integrative Dentistry) is located in the small and idyllic town of Schüpfen, Switzerland, about 20km from the Swiss capital of Bern. Here, patients are treated not only medically, but also in terms of their mind and soul through Eastern-inspired philosophies of holistic healing. “Wellness in dentistry is often perceived as simply brilliantly white bleached teeth, a complete denture and white fillings or crowns, but mind and soul remain largely ignored,” states Jürgen Noack.

The primary goal of holistic medicine practice is to gain a proper balance in life. Consequently, the contrast of this philosophically-informed approach to traditional medical treatments and dentistry is that holistic health professionals treat their patients more entirely and consider all health factors more inclusively. Jürgen Noack, the founder of the Center for Integrative Dentistry, explains:“To achieve inner health, it is not sufficient to only improve the external health or change. Both aspects must be taken into account for a stable and longterm outcome.”

Professional expertise With more than 24 years of experience as a dentist and doctor, and more than 10 years of practicing holistic medicine, Jürgen Noack is an expert in his field. Together with a small team of dentists,

The Swiss dentist explains that external beauty can often be reached easily with a little effort through brushing teeth, bleaching, and pale, white crowns but these methods are not enough to accomplish total health. Without nourishing a healthy

Jürgen Noack

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mind and soul wellness, the body is not able to function sustainably.Therefore, discomfort often persists despite beautification. Metaphorically speaking, teeth reflect a mirror image of a person’s soul.

The Center also provides a customised plan of treatment for people who are professionally challenged and short on time (managers, executives, self-employed). Individual schedules are created to accommodate all of the patients’needs.

Helping Patients Holistically The Center for Integrative Dentistry AG offers a new solution to old problems: by combining approaches of holistic dentistry with a special trauma resolution, which again highlights that the physical and emotional aspects of a person’s wellbeing are interconnected. Tensions and pain in patients’ teeth, which cause frequent discomfort and can lead to trauma, are resolved. Spa treatments are offered and possible trauma will be reviewed in conjunction with the desired treatments, oral hygiene, teeth whitening, and more.These diagnostic steps are then followed by the actual treatment and rehabilitation of a patient’s teeth.

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Influenced by Eastern Philosophy Holistic medicine practitioners like Jürgen Noack believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health. For each tooth, there also is a mental correspondence; sudden cold sensitivities, abrupt changes in tooth positioning, unexpected pain, show us the way to the soul and its impact on all of our wellbeing. Even the past is reflected by the position of the teeth, but also by their non-position or absence.


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Traditional Chinese medicine says that teeth have a connection to every organ via the meridians. According to these Eastern teachings, each tooth has an energetic relationship to the inner organs. This knowledge has been shared for thousands of years and influences people from every culture of the world. This energetic relationship between our organism and the physical results from applying acupuncture are widely known and scientifically proven. This Eastern philosophy and the belief to study and pursue a Naturopathic approach with patients are an integral part of Jürgen Noack’s work and practice. With his non-linear practice of dentistry, he addresses the limits of the traditional approach that treats only the symptoms and not the source of body imbalances. Treating Trauma Noack works closely together with trauma therapist Gabrielle Z’Graggen. “Trauma means standstill on three levels: Body (cir-

culation), mind (thoughts) and soul (feelings). The dentist (me) brings back the body. Trauma therapy deals with the realisation and identification of mind and soul,“ Noack explains. “For an integral therapy and the recovery of the patient and his pain and trauma-free dental therapy,” he explains, “body, mind and soul should be in tune, before a treatment is started. In particular in the field of surgery, a lot of unnecessary pain is spared.”

Symbiosis of All Ways of Life In Switzerland, there is only a small minority of dentists who work holistically.The critique that their methods are unscientific can be dismissed by the results they achieve and the self-confidence they instil in people. In fact, more and more patients are turning to a holistic practitioner because conventional medicine has not healed them. It is common that after the holistic treatment of a problematic tooth, other discomforts and health complaints such as

heart rhythm disorders, joint swelling, sleeping trouble, headache or migraine, disappear. Lastly, Jürgen Noack emphasizes:“In most cases, conventional medicine does not consider the mental and spiritual backgrounds and the causes of a disease. This in fact often leads back to the origins of your problem. Only the identification of body, mind and soul, any mental and generation-related traumas and your respective consideration in dental therapy leads ultimately to the real integral approach and thus to the symbiosis of all ways of life.” www.zfiz.ch info@www.zfiz.ch

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Discover Germany | Culture | Calendar

Culture Calendar

Above: BMW International Open, Max Kieffer (BMW golfsport ambassador) © BMW AG

From music festivals and exciting exhibitions to great sporting events, Discover Germany’s Culture Calendar is your perfect guide to this summer’s upcoming events. Innsbruck Tanzsommer (17June – 17 July 2013)

Düsseldorfer Kirmes – the biggest fun fair on the Rhine river (11–20 July 2014)

Ironman Zurich, Switzerland presented by ewz (27 July 2014)

Tanzsommer has become the most attended dance festival in Austria and has had many of the most famous dance companies in the world as its guests. www.tanzsommer.at

The popular fun fair will take place for the 113th time at its picturesque site on the Rhine meadows in Oberkassel. National and international operators of fairground attractions will be presenting both nostalgic and the latest sensational rides on grounds spanning 165,000 sq m. www.rheinkirmes-duesseldorf.de

Set in the heart of one of Europe's most beautiful countries, the course showcases Zurich's picturesque lake and countryside while challenging its participants to one of the world’s toughest races. www.ironman.com

BMW International Open, Cologne (26-29 June 2014) The only PGA European Tour golf tournament held in Germany takes place on Gut Lärchenhof and attracts the crème de la crème of golf. www.bmw-golfsport.com Opera Festival St. Margarethen, near Vienna (9 July – 17 August 2014) Experience unforgettable opera and concert events at Römersteinbruch St. Margarethen! Every year the Opera Festival St. Margarethen offers musical and cultural pleasures on one of the most beautiful open-air stages in Europe. www.ofs.at

CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival (1120 July 2014) The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is just one of the many exciting competitions held in Aachen. Those passionate about horses will be flocking to Aachen in July. www.chioaachen.de Richard Wagner Bayreuther Festspiele (25 July – 28 August 2014) Since 1876 the Bavarian town of Bayreuth pays tribute to composer Richard Wagner – but the prestigious tickets for the world's largest Wagner Festival are hard to come by. www.bayreuther-festspiele.de

Wacken Open Air (31 July – 3 August 2-14) The biggest Heavy Metal Open Air festival in the world takes place in Northern Germany. “Blasting the North in August! See you in Wacken - Rain or Shine!” Five Finger Death Punch, Motörhead and many others will be performing. www.wacken.com German Polo Masters - Sal. Oppenheim Gold Cup, Sylt (1-10 August 2014) One of Europe’s finest polo events. Six international teams including almost 180 horses are competing on the island of Sylt. www.polosylt.de

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Left, main image: Potsdam Palace Night. Photo: E. Klöppel Right top: Mainfest Frankfurt. ©Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt am Main Right, below: Dresdner Stadtfest. © Christoph Münch Bottom: 9. US Car & Bike Show

Mainfestival, Frankfurt/Main (1 - 4 August 2014)

9. US Car & Bike Show, Grefrath (16-17 August 2014)

Annual Bead Art Fair, Hamburg (23–24 August 2014)

Festival by the river and live music at the Römerberg. With children´s carousels, fairground rides, games, tombolas and shooting ranges, this traditional folk festival also attracts children of all ages, making it the only city festival for the whole family. www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

Motorised magnificence showcasing America’s automotive past can be admired at the Grefrather EisSport & EventPark, making this venue the ultimate meeting point for the many fans of American automotive culture and lifestyle. www.us-car-show.de

International suppliers and artists offer high quality components such as crystals, pearls, gemstones, lampwork and ceramic beads, clasps as well as handmade finished jewellery. www.beadartfair.com

Musikschulball Brugg (16 August 2014) Mega-Party 2014 with Anastacia at the Europa-Park, Rust (9 August 2014) Europa-Park and one of the most popular radio stations “Radio Regenbogen” present numerous live acts like Anastacia, The Baseballs, Iggy & the German Kids und The Exchange, DJs from bigFM are on board to get the audience rocking. www.europapark.de Dresdner Stadtfest (15-17 August 2014) Fun for the whole family against the backdrop of the magnificent city of Dresden. www.dresden.de Potsdamer Schlössernacht - 16th Potsdam Palace Night (16 August 2014) Concerts, dance, drama, readings and romantic illuminations – a unique experience in Sanssouci park, once home to the Prussian kings. www.potsdamer-schloessernacht.de GamesCom, Cologne (13-17 August) The world's biggest event for interactive entertainment. Over 340,000 multimedia-savvy visitors are expected. www.gamescom.de

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Musikschule Brugg celebrates its 25th anniversary, dance to the sound of This Masquerade, who will perform at the ball. www.musikschule-brugg.ch

Stuzubi, 30 August 2014 (Duesseldorf) & 6 September 2014 (Cologne) The career fair “Stuzubi – bald Student oder Azubi” is the place to be in the North RhineWestphalia region – for companies, universities and academies as well as for highly motivated young people. www.stuzubi.de


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Discover Germany | Culture | Barbara Geier

Beyond the wedding bonanza Ah, weddings. Yes, what a great occasion, a special day, no doubt about it. But let’s be honest, they’re also stressful – and not just for the happy couple. No one ever talks about the guests’ stress; it’s all about the bride and groom and rightly so. I’m not complaining or asking for any attention. Quite the opposite. It’s just that as a wedding guest, I don’t want to feel obliged to do things that, quite frankly, I don’t want to and also don’t have to do. Since so much is expected of wedding guests nowadays when it comes to making the day as unforgettable as possible for the bride and groom, I’ll raise the flag for us. Us being the people who’ve attended many a wedding over the years and are wondering when and why the whole thing has become so laden with duties, rules and regulations. TEXT: BARBARA GEIER

Showing up with a present and a willingness to celebrate with the people who’re getting married is apparently not enough anymore. Obviously, everything I’m saying here is based on my experiences with German weddings and boy, it’s hard work there as a guest. I still fondly remember“my”first wedding when I was nine. To this day – still the best one I might add, probably because it was all new and exciting and I was allowed to stay up until 3am! The best thing ever for me at the time and, just for once, no fighting with my mother over going to bed; she was very strict with that kind of thing. After this initial and very positive experience, there were a few occasions dotted throughout my teens that I found incredibly boring. Everything started with church early in the day and then dragged on forever, including Kaffee & Kuchen (coffee & cake) in the afternoon and then on to dinner, with no break. Even the most sociable person runs out of things to talk about around the table at one point or other. Moving on, the full-on wedding bonanza started when I was in my late twenties and everyone started getting married. Hasn’t really stopped since, actually. People, of course, get married throughout their thirties and into their late-thirties and then there are the ones who are already going in for the second round now. This is all very well, but my point is the following: If preparing a wedding involves a lot of work for the bride (and groom, sometimes), that’s

fine, it’s what they have chosen. However, it shouldn’t involve putting pressure on the guests, too, because they didn’t choose it (getting married), they just got invited. Nevertheless, here’s what happens: You get an invitation, including lots of information about where to be when and other bits and pieces such as deadlines for hotel bookings (because weddings inevitably mean travelling somewhere), and other practicalities. Such as the present: I have hardly been to a wedding in Germany over the past five to ten years where guests weren’t specifically told what to give as a present, and that is money, for the honeymoon: We’ve got our household together, don’t bother, just bring cash. Accepted procedure now, everyone does it and still, I find it – weird. Then there’s this other German tradition, called wedding newspapers. They are handed out, usually later in the evening, full of embarrassing/funny/hilarious stories and pictures of the bride and groom, supplied by friends and family and often ripped out of old photo albums. All for the amusement of everyone present and as a keepsake for the couple. German couples want a Hochzeitszeitung, they do, I’m telling you. And someone needs to produce this paper (I’ve done it and, surprise, surprise, it’s a lot of work), and it needs content.This is where the guests come in again, if they’re not already involved in actually making it. Inevitably, after the invitation follows an email from sister/brother/best man/maid of hon-

our asking for contributions including instructions and deadlines. And don’t even think of not sending something. Because they will keep emailing with only slightly veiled“threats”that if you don’t contribute, you’ll basically spoil the day for the bride and groom. Ahhh, people, get a life. If you’re really unlucky, there will also be further requests such as contributions on the night - giving a speech, singing, putting together a quiz involving the couple, anything goes. Enough now, enough. What is wrong, really, with just having a good time, eating, drinking, dancing, laughing, with friends and family? Why does everyone put so much pressure and unrealistic expectations on weddings? Maybe because they’re tired from all the preparations. Just saying. Well, I hope I didn’t put anyone off from attending a wedding. Don’t listen to the rant of someone who simply has been to one or two or three too many. Try it, by all means; it can be very nice and fun. I’ll give you my next invitation when I get it.

Barbara Geier is a London-based freelance writer, translator and communications consultant. She is also the face behind ww.germanyiswunderbar.com, a German travel and tourism guide and blog that was set up together with UK travel writer Andrew Eames in 2010.

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