Discover Germany, Issue 33, December 2015

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Formula Snow, Saalbach-Hinterglemm (3 – 6 December) The heart of Austria’s Hinterglemm will turn into one big, thrilling snow mobile race at the start of December. Side events, such as hot parties, annually attract many VIPs. For an unlikely case of no snow, 19,000 cubic metres of snow in the event’s depot will surely transform the surrounding mountains into a true winter wonderland. www.formulasnow.com Arosa Humour-Festival, Arosa (3 – 13 December) The funniest event in the Grison Alps is bringing national and international comedians and artists to the idyllic mountain scenery with its panoramic views of snow-covered mountains. 27 performances on four stages during 11 days are sure to enchant many visitors. www.humorfestival.ch St. Moritz City Race (4 – 5 December) The legendary city race in St. Moritz’s centre will be held for its eigth year. Adventurous skiing races in teams and in different categories through the city centre of St. Moritz are a popular sight. Furthermore, fantastic musicians on large stages and cosy get-togethers under the starry sky of the Engadin are what make this event so special. www.stmoritz-cityrace.ch Stollen Festival, Dresden (5 December) Dresden annually celebrates Germany’s Christmas fruitcake (’Stollen’) with a huge festival. A brightly coloured parade and the world’s biggest Christmas cake, which weighs 3.6 tonnes and measures four metres in length,

are only a few of the highlights that honour the delicacy that is filled with nuts, candied orange peel and spices. www.dresdnerstollenfest.de/en Fête de L’Escalade, Geneva (11 – 13 December) In 1602, the Duke of Savoy's troops met with resistance from the people of Geneva. Today the city continues to celebrate this vistory with large parades, traditions and bonfires. www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/escalade-ingeneva-ge.html FIS Cross Country World Cup, Davos (12 – 13 December) On the weekend of 12 and 13 December, the world’s best cross-country skiiers will compete once again in the beautiful landscape of Davos. Kids events, an impressive opening ceremony and many parties frame the event and the races and guarantee a good atmosphere and

excitement all around. www.davosnordic.ch/en Santa Pauli, Hamburg (Until 23 December) One will not have a problem finding a Christmas market in Germany around this time of the year. For a slightly different Christmas market experience, one should head to Hamburg’s Santa Pauli where conventional Christmas traditions meet the frivolous life of Hamburg’s red light district. Visitors can look forward to live music, hot angels in the strip tent and various market stands which offer everything that belongs to a true red light district Christmas market. www.spielbudenplatz.eu/erleben/events/santapauli-hamburgs-geilster-weihnachtsmarkt Above: Arosa Comedy Festival. © Arosa Humor-Festival Below: The traditional stollen procession leads through Dresden’s baroque old town. © Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Amt fuer Wirtschaftsfoerderung. Photo: Sylvio Dittrich (left) Stollen bakers portion the huge stollen for sale. © Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Amt fuer Wirtschaftsfoerderung. Photo: Sylvio Dittrich (right)

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