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Discover Germany  |  Contents

Contents SEPTEMBER 2017

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COVER FEATURE 18 Hannes Jaenicke Actor, environmental activist, author: Hannes Jaenicke is many things. He speaks to Discover Germany about his latest projects, why the world needs more mavericks, his motivation to change the world and more.

SPECIAL THEMES 10 Interior Design Germany For this special theme, we have handpicked some stylish and innovative interior products from Germany to embellish one’s home in the cold season. 28 Best Art Galleries in Austria Austria is surprisingly rich in inspiring galleries for contemporary, fine and classic art, young artists, photography and much more. Read about top Austrian art galleries in our special theme. 51 Fintech The Fintech (financial technology) industry is booming. Thus, we have handpicked some of the DACH region’s most innovative players. 57 Focus on Energy & Water Technology Solutions Whether biogas, offshore wind power, combined heat and power plants – in this special theme, we find out more about Germany’s most innovative energy and water technology solutions. 84 Switzerland’s Architectural Photographers Ever wondered who the faces are behind those fantastic photos on architects’ websites and architecture magazines? To find out, we spoke to some of Switzerland’s great architectural photographers.

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88 Switzerland’s Top Architects 2017 Switzerland’s architectural heritage is as diverse as it is impressive and goes far beyond geographical borders. Find out more about great Swiss architects, their work and their processes in this special theme.

FEATURES 24 Film Review: Who Am I Find out what our writer Sonja Irani thinks about Who Am I – a contemporary German thriller that showcases the dangers of international hacking in a very realistic and highly gripping way. 27 Top Swiss Museum This month’s top Swiss museum is Sculpture at Schoenthal. Hidden in the idyllic Jura Hills, Monastery Schoenthal has turned into a magical setting for art exhibitions. 34 Star Interview: Birte Glang Discover Germany talks to actor Birte Glang, best known for starring in the famous daily drama Unter uns, about her beginnings as an actor, why she fell in love with Los Angeles and more. 36 Hotel of the Month, Germany Situated in Westerland on Sylt, the fivestar grand Hotel Miramar impresses with exceptional culinary delights, a cosy ambiance in its luxurious rooms and suites, as well as unparalleled panoramic views of the ocean. 40

Oktoberfest for Beginners Whilst the rest of Europe settles for autumn, Bavarians get ready for the biggest party of the year. Attracting millions of visitors, it is recommended to plan ahead and make the most of your trip to enjoy the quintessential German experience. Our writer Marilena Stracke found out more.

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Dedicated to Design Whether you are searching for great new autumn styles, Oktoberfest-inspired gift ideas or interior design highlights from the DACH region, be sure to take a look at our design section.

24 Culture This month, our culture section is filled with enchanting museums and art galleries that are well worth a visit, as well as a film review and a star interview not to be missed. 36 Travel Whether you are searching for a great hotel, your next holiday experience or some inspiration for the Oktoberfest, we have got you covered in the travel section. 42 Business Our business section is filled with innovative companies, inspiring architects, architectural photographers and communication and branding professionals. Our columnist Gregor Kleinknecht further takes on the interesting topic of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. 102 Culture Calendar Discover Germany’s culture calendar is your perfect guide to what not to miss in September. 106 Barbara Geier Column This month, our columnist Barbara Geier explores what it is like to experience the Oktoberfest without drinking beer.

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