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    Leipzig - a brief overview

    With historical links to JS Bach, Wagner, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Goethe and Martin Luther among others, Leipzig has clearly always been culturally enlightened. It has grand art nouveau architecture, and Goethe famously described it as ‘little Paris’. Wartime bombs destroyed the centre, and it suffered further neglect under the DDR regime,

    but the city never gave in. It played a major role in instigating the fall of Communism, and has rebounded since reunification. Its bohemian charms now attract young artists, and business is booming. In fact, this vibrant place – ranked the most liveable city in Germany in 2013 – has become so hip it’s been nicknamed ‘Hypezig’.

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    Bach Museum

    Thomaskirchhof 15-16
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 913 7202
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Johan Sebastian Bach’s family home, by the Thomaskirche, is now a museum dedicated to the great composer’s life and work. The exhibits are enlivened with a range of interactive displays.

    Mendelssohn Haus

    Goldschmidtstrasse 12
    04103 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 127 0294
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Like Bach, the composer Felix Mendelssohn also has a museum dedicated to him, in his only surviving residence. It is preserved in its 19th-century state, just as it was at the time of his death. Concerts are held every here Sunday at 1100.

    Markt & Altes Rathaus

    Markt
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    One side of Leipzig’s huge market square is taken up by its Renaissance town hall, the Altes Rathaus, built in 1556 and one of Germany’s largest. It now houses a museum about local history.

    Thomaskirche

    Thomaskirchhof
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 222 240
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800

    Bach was choirmaster at the Gothic St Thomas Church, and composed cantatas here. Martin Luther also preached from its pulpit in 1539, heralding the arrival of Protestantism in Leipzig.

    Zoo Leipzig

    Pfaffendorfer-Strasse 29
    04105 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 593 3385
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1900 (Mai-Sept)
    Daily 0900-1800 (Oct)
    Daily 0900-1700 (Nov-March 20)
    Daily 0900-1800 (March 21 – April)

    One of Germany’s largest and best zoos has several themed zones, including an enclosure where you can watch elephants bathing from below water level.

    Nikolaikirche

    Nikolaikirchhof 3
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 124 5380
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1800
    Sun during services

    The St Nicholas Church became globally famous in 1989 when it was the focal point of demonstrations that helped bring down the communist DDR regime. Prayers for peace are still held here every Monday at 1700.

    Grassimuseum

    Johannisplatz 5-11
    04103 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    This art deco 1920s building, modernised in 2005, houses three museums: one dedicated to regional handicrafts, one to global arts and craft, and one to historical musical instruments.

    Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig

    Grimmaische Strasse 6
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 22200
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    The Museum of Contemporary History focuses on the positive and negative aspects of life in the DDR as a socialist state, from the division of Germany in 1945 to reunification in 1990.

    Museum in der Runden Ecke

    Dittrichring 24
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 961 2443
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    The Museum in the Round Corner was once the city headquarters of the feared DDR secret police, the Stasi. The exhibition shows the extent to which they spied on people’s private lives, and how they conducted their surveillance work.

    asisi Panometer Leipzig

    Richard-Lehmann-Strasse 114
    04275 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel: (0341) 860 3940
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    At 105m (345ft) in circumference and 30m (98ft) in height, this is the largest 360-degree panorama picture in the world. It is displayed inside a former gasometer, dating from 1909.

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    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Trams and buses are operated by LVB (tel: (0341) 19449; www.lvb.de). There is also a suburban rail (S-Bahn) and night bus network. Short-trip tickets, single fares or day tickets are available – the latter offer the best value for visitors. Buy from LVB offices, ticket machines at stations, some stops and aboard trams, or from bus drivers. Validate them when boarding. The tourist Leipzig Card includes free public transport.

    Taxis

    Taxis wait in designated ranks. You can also hail one on the street if its sign is lit. Alternatively, call a reputable company such as Taxi 4884 (tel: (0341) 4884) or Löwentaxi Leipzig (tel: (0341) 952 222). 10 percent is a reasonable tip for good service.

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    Nightlife in Leipzig
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    Leipzig has a growing reputation for its vibrant nightlife, from age-old beer cellars and modern brewpubs,

    to stylish cocktail and lounge bars and quirky dance clubs. Don’t miss trying the local speciality beer, Leipziger Gose.

    Bayerischer Bahnhof

    Bayrischer Platz 1
    04103 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Large modern brewpub in the former main railway station, dating from 1842.

    Brauhaus an der Thomaskirche

    Thomaskirchhof 3-5
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Cosy and popular brewpub in a central location beside St Thomas Church.

    Moritzbastei

    Universitätsstraße 9
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    This warren of underground cellars has several bars, a disco, café, theatre and even a cinema.

    Flowerpower

    Riemannstrasse 42
    04107 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Retro nightclub with a flower power theme and mostly 1970s classic rock playing through the night.

    Falco

    Gerberstrasse 15
    04105 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Atop a 100m (328ft) tower, the cocktail lounge beside the acclaimed restaurant offers amazing city views as you sup.

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    Restaurants in Leipzig
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    There are plenty of restaurants in every category, from Michelin-starred chic eateries to simple pub grub.

    Regional Saxony food is widely available both in its hearty traditional form and given a refined modern makeover by contemporary chefs.

    Falco

    Gerberstrasse 15
    04105 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Superb two-Michelin-starred cuisine, served at the top of a 100m (328ft) office tower.

    Stadtpfeiffer

    Augustusplatz 8
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Classic seasonal Michelin-starred dishes served in the elegant surrounds of the Gewandhaus concert hall.

    Auerbachs Keller Leipzig

    Grimmaische Strasse 2-4
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Magnificent vaulted beer cellar dating from 1912, specialising in hearty local fare.

    Zill’s Tunnel

    Barfussgässchen 9
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Barrel-ceilinged beer hall serving traditional local dishes from a menu published in Old Saxon.

    Bagel Brothers

    Nikolaistrasse 42
    04109 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Price: Budget

    Despite the name, sandwiches and salads are also served in this popular low-budget hangout.

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    Schumann Festival Week

    6 – 14 September 2014
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    Venue: Schumann-Haus.

    Concerts, films and cultural tours trace the lives of Leipzig’s musical husband-and-wife team Robert and Clara Schumann. The programme takes a different theme each year and explores the influences of their family, friends and acquaintances on their music and lives.

    Mendelssohn Festival

    11 – 21 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Gewandhaus.

    At just 26 years of age, 19th-century composer Felix Mendelssohn became musical director of the Gewandhaus, Leipzig’s concert hall. Today’s Gewandhaus, which opened in 1981, plays host to an annual festival featuring a terrific selection of his work. Mendelssohn also founded the Leipzig Conservatory, Germany’s first.

    Leipzig Christmas Market

    25 November – 23 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Marketplace.

    Spruces and stalls are aglow with glistening lights as seasonal shoppers throng to Leipzig’s market square, a tradition dating back over 550 years. Trombone and choral music, Scandinavian tents (complete with Glögli, a berry mulled wine), a traditional craft fair and twinkling carousel all add to the magic.

    Leipzig Book Fair

    12 – 15 March 2015
    Website

    Venue: Leipzig exhibition grounds.

    Writers, publishers and readers mingle at this annual forum for literary enthusiasts. Newly published fiction and limited edition books are up for grabs and there’s a superb programme of author readings plus book awards. The Manga Comic Convention runs alongside the fair with Manga signings, Anime films and calligraphy workshops.

    A cappella: International Festival of Vocal Music

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Solo artists and small ensembles sing their hearts out at this celebration of vocal music, covering everything from jazz to pop to classical. The programme also includes academic-led seminars, workshops and an international contest for young vocal groups; hear the winners at the final concert.

    Richard Wagner Festival

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    A commemoration of Leipzig’s famous opera composer coincides with the musician’s birthday each year. Ingenious and original takes on Wagner’s compositions are part of a programme of world-class orchestral and choral performances for Wagner fans, performed in both traditional and unusual venues.

    Wave-Gotik-Treffen

    6 – 9 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    It’s a spectacular sight as around 20,000 goths dress up in their finery and hit Leipzig for the world’s largest goth get-together. Over 100 bands covering a whole range of musical genres perform at venues across the city. Festival-goers are also treated to readings, films and theatrical shows.

    Bachfest Leipzig

    13 – 22 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Baroque music fans are in heaven as 10 days of outstanding performances pay homage to the work of JS Bach, who spent over 20 years in Leipzig as cantor of the Thomaskirche. Other composers get a look in too, including Bach’s talented offspring.

    Classic Open

    1 – 10 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Marketplace.

    Live music fills Leipzig’s marketplace each evening in early August as big-name classical, jazz and pop artists take to the open-air stage and crowds pack the square. In the daytime, music fans can listen to concert recordings and watch screenings of famous performances.

    Highfield Festival

    15 – 17 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Störmthaler See, Grosspösna

    A classic indie rock and camping fest, Highfield Festival always attracts a phenomenal line-up of German and international acts, such as Blink 182, Placebo and the Foo Fighters. Around 25,000 fans pitch their tents on the shores of Störmthaler See for the three-day event.

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    Hotels in Leipzig
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    Leipzig’s central hotels are mainly focused on the business sector and tend toward the upper price ranges.

    Finding budget places in the heart of the city can be tricky, but bargains await in the suburbs if you are prepared to travel out a little.

    Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof

    Salzgäßchen 6
    04109 Leipzig ‎
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    New luxury hotel with all modern furnishings in a former trade fair palace.

    Pentahotel Leipzig

    Grosser Brockhaus 3
    04103 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Chic and stylish design hotel on a grand scale, close to the centre.

    Galerie Hotel Leipziger Hof

    Hedwigstraße 3
    04315 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Art hotel with individually furnished rooms hung with works by local artists.

    Brauereigasthof Napoleon

    Prager Strasse 233
    04289 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Category: Budget

    Newly built comfortable guesthouse beside a southeast suburban brewpub.

    Pfefferkiste Gasthaus & Pension

    Wurzner Strasse 167
    04318 Leipzig
    Germany
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    Category: Budget

    Traditional guesthouse in an eastern suburb, with good transport links.

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    Climate and best time to visit Leipzig

    Leipzig has a relatively mild climate and is open to both business travellers and tourists year round. Summers are the best time to go. They are usually warm but not hot, and while it is the wet season it never rains too much. Summertime also offers up chances to catch one of the many outdoor events, such as the annual Street Music Festival. Like much of central Europe, winters can be chilly, but are seldom harsh enough to make visits impractical. Which is just as well, because the annual Christmas market throughout December is extremely popular.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Leipzig
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    Key Areas

    Leipzig has several art nouveau arcades and passages that have become shopping meccas as well as tourist destinations. Many contain eclectic stores ranging from second-hand booksellers to smart fashion outlets. Most famous is the Mädler Passage, which has a mix of luxury goods and trendy boutiques.

    Markets

    Leipzigers are particularly fond of food markets selling regional produce – on Saturdays head for the Festwiese near the city’s Stadium. An antique and flea market is held at the Old Exhibition Centre on the first Sunday of every month.

    Shopping Centres

    Opened in 2012 on the exact site of Richard Wagner’s birthplace, the new Höfe am Brühl (Brühl 1) shopping mall contains over 110 shops. Another shopping mall in the main station contains over 150 outlets.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Klaus-Peter Dr. Reinhold
    Zur Lindenhöhe 1
    D – 04158 Leipzig
    Germany
    Tel. +49-341-4616-683

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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