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    Bremen – a brief overview

    It may be 45km (28 miles) upriver from the North Sea, but that didn’t stop Bremen becoming Germany’s oldest seaport, and also the oldest coastal town in the country. It can trace its history way back over 1,200 years, and this rich heritage is reflected in its many fascinating old quarters and picturesque

    town squares. But the second biggest town in Northern Germany isn’t rooted in the past. There’s also a thriving high-tech and space industry here, giving the city a true metropolitan feel, and making it a place where old beauty and modern sophistication blend seamlessly.

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    Schnoor

    Schnoor-Viertel
    Bremen
    Germany
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    Bremen’s Schnoor district is a charming jumble of narrow alleyways lined with houses dating back to the 15th century. Once home to trades people, you’re now more likely to find an artist at work in a fashionable studio.

    Marktplatz

    Marktplatz
    Bremen
    Germany
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    The heart of the city’s Altstadt is its impressive market square. Surrounded by the cathedral, the City Hall and guild houses, it’s also home to the bronze statue of the Town Musicians of Bremen – four animals stacked on top of one another.

    Dom St Petri

    Sandstrasse 10-12
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
    Tel: (0421) 365 040
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 1000-1400
    Sun 1400-1700

    Majestic St Peter’s Cathedral boasts a history going more than 1,200 years ago. Most of today’s early Gothic-style building dates from the 13th century. Climb the tower for a fabulous view.

    Rathaus

    Am Markt 21
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Opening times:
    Guided tours only;
    book through tourist office

    Although its flamboyant Renaissance facade was added in the 17th century, the Gothic Town Hall was built around 1410. The interior includes a superb oak staircase. The tiny cannons on the model ships in the Upper Hall can be fired for special occasions.

    Böttcherstrasse

    Böttcherstrasse
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Contrasting with the ancient streets nearby, the buildings on this narrow alley were rebuilt in Jugendstil designs in the 1920s.

    Böttcherstrasse Museums

    Böttcherstrasse 6-10
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
    Tel: (0421) 338 8222
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1800

    Böttcherstrasse is lined with galleries. The two most important are the Ludwig Roselius Museum, a 16th-century patrician house, and the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, the first gallery ever dedicated to a female artist.

    Schlachte Promenade on the River Weser

    Schlachte
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    This promenade along the east bank of the Weser River is a picturesque place for a stroll, or somewhere to hang out and enjoy the view on the terrace of one of its many bars.

    Universum

    Wiener Strasse 1a
    28359 Bremen
    Germany
    Tel: (0421) 33460
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    Bremen’s modernistic science centre resembles a giant silver mussel. Inside are 300 interactive exhibits on the themes of mankind, Planet Earth and the cosmos.

    Übersee-Museum

    Bahnhofsplatz 13
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
    Tel: (0421) 1603 8101
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    The ‘Overseas Museum’ is a fascinating mixture of natural history and ethnographical museum, bringing the human and natural worlds from every continent together.

    Botanika

    Deliusweg 40
    28359 Bremen
    Germany
    Tel: (0421) 4270 6610
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    This botanical science centre includes the city’s beautiful Rhododendron Park. There’s a discovery centre with interactive experiments, and a series of hothouses taking you on a global tour of the plant kingdom.

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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

    Bremen’s tangle of medieval streets makes walking the best option, but there is also an efficient public transport network in the form of buses and trams. Night buses run on some routes at weekends. Services are operated by Bremer Strassenbahn (BSAG; tel: (0421) 55960, www.bsag.de). Buy tickets from bus drivers or from machines at stops.

    Taxis

    Taxis are inexpensive, but cannot be hailed in the street. Head for a taxi rank, or call an authorised company, such as Taxi-Roland (tel: (0421) 14433) or Taxi-Ruf (tel: (0421) 14014). It isn’t necessary to tip.

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    Nightlife in Bremen
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    While most of Bremen’s nightlife revolves around its traditional bars and cafés, the locals are not averse to

    visiting the occasional cocktail lounge or techno club.

    Schüttinger Gasthausbrauerei

    Hinter dem Schütting 12-13
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Bremen’s most central brewpub is a ‘modern-rustic’ affair serving good beer and food.

    Henry’s Bar

    Richtweg 7-13
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Hip and exclusive art gallery/cocktail bar inside a theatre.

    Soho Club

    Konsul-Smidt-Strasse 8d
    28217 Bremen
    Germany
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    Famous for its party atmosphere, this is the trendiest nightclub in the city.

    Lemon Lounge

    Am Wall 164
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Gets most locals’ vote for serving the best cocktails in town.

    Vivien Wu

    Kolpingstrasse 14
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Cocktails are also the name of the game in this chic central bar.

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    Restaurants in Bremen
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    Bremen’s Old Town streets are lined with cafés serving traditional German fare – eel is the delicacy here.

    There are restaurants lining riverside Schlachte, and plenty of fish places around Böttcherstrasse.

    Grashoff’s Bistro

    Contrescarpe 80
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    City institution serving Mediterranean-Asian fusion dishes in a Parisian bistro setting.

    Das Kleine Lokal

    Besselstrasse 40
    28203 Bremen
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Refined German cuisine served in a modern romantic setting, located in an eastern suburb.

    Urbano

    Am Landherrnamt 5
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Chic wine bar serving eclectic modern international dishes in the medieval Schnoor.

    Gallo Nero

    Heimlichenstr. 1
    28195 Bremen ‎
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Central restaurant serving some of the best traditional Italian food in town.

    Ratskeller

    Am Markt 11
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Germany’s oldest town hall cellar restaurant has been serving hearty local food for 600 years.

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    Bremen Music Festival (Musikfest Bremen)

    30 August – 20 September 2014
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    Venue: Various venues

    A terrific classical music programme mixes favourite (and lesser-known) orchestral, choral and operatic performances with contemporary pieces, plus a few surprise musical genres thrown in. The festival kicks off with Eine Grosse Nachtmusik, an evening of 27 concerts across eight venues in the Marketplace.

    Freimarkt

    17 October – 2 November 2014
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    Venue: Bürgerweide and Marketplace.

    Over 4 million people hit Bremen’s annual funfair, on the go for nearly 1,000 years. Fair-goers whizz and whirl on adrenaline-inducing rides and gorge on smoked eel, candyfloss and Schmalzkuchen (doughnut holes sprinkled with icing sugar). Little Freimarkt in the Marketplace has carousel rides and stalls serving toasted almonds and liquorices.

    Bremen Christmas Market and Schlachte Magic

    27 November – 23 December 2014
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    Venue: Marketplace and Schlachte Embankment.

    Bremen’s UNESCO-listed town hall provides a magical backdrop to the city’s sparkling winter market. Nearly 200 illuminated stalls are laden with handcrafted jewellery, wooden toys and freshly baked treats. A maritime-themed Medieval market lines the Schlachte promenade, with craftsmen, street artists, warm gingerbread and glühwein.

    Sixdays Bremen

    8 – 13 January 2015
    Website

    Venue: ÖVB Arena.

    More than 120,000 cycling fans pack the ÖVB Arena over six days to see professional cyclists battle it out in an intense programme of elite races. There’s plenty to thrill audiences elsewhere in the arena too, with live music, international food and a dance party.

    Bremen Carnival

    6 – 7 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: City centre.

    Europe’s largest samba carnival is no ordinary German carnival. Partygoers are transported to the beaches of Brazil, with pounding samba rhythms, flamboyant costumes and energetic masked dances. A kids’ carnival, masquerade ball and global village festival are all part of the fun.

    Poetry on the Road

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Bremen’s literary festival plays host to renowned German and international writers, with readings, author interviews, exhibitions, poetry films, radio broadcasts and workshops all on the menu. Bag tickets to poetry sessions to hear performances by multiple poets from across the globe.

    Vegesack Harbour Festival (Vegesacker Hafenfest)

    5 – 7 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Vegesack Harbour.

    Boats of all shapes and sizes moor up for a three-day maritime extravaganza in Germany’s oldest man-made harbour, built in the early 17th century. Live music (including traditional sea shanties), craft stalls and copious amounts of good food and drink create a lively party atmosphere.

    La Strada

    4 – 6 July 2015
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    Venue: Marketplace and city centre streets; gala shows at the Schaulust.

    Bremen’s streets are transformed into an open-air big top as acrobats, jugglers, clowns, magicians and a multitude of other acts take over the city centre. Crowds throng to fire displays, puppet shows, dance performances and theatrical spectacles. Gala shows draw together the highlights each evening.

    Breminale

    23 – 27 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Weser riverbank.

    For four days in summer, cavernous tents are pitched along the banks of the River Weser, crammed with crowds listening to live music or watching dance and comedy performances. There are food stalls galore, kids activities, a bike festival, and a 200m-long (656ft) table serving organic food on the Sunday.

    Maritime Festival

    1 – 3 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Vegesack waterfront.

    Over 30 bands and choirs from across Europe take to the stage (150 stages in fact) on the Vegesack waterfront for this maritime musical fiesta, performing everything from rock to folk to sea shanties. Street theatre, arts and crafts, exhibitions and a dazzling fireworks display add to the entertainment.

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    Hotels in Bremen
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    Bremen has a full range of accommodation options from hostels to 5-star retreats.

    As with other German cities, prices are reasonable – even an ‘expensive’ splurge may not break the bank.

    Dorint Park Hotel

    Im Bürgerpark
    28209 Bremen
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Opulently palatial hotel in an 80-hectare (198-acre) park, only a few minutes from the Old Town.

    Swissotel

    Hillmannplatz 20
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Business-oriented modern luxury hotel close to the heart of the action.

    Classico Boutique Hotel

    Hinter dem Schütting 1A
    28195 Bremen
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Design hotel with individually styled rooms right beside the main square.

    Alte Neustadt Garni

    Grosse Johannisstrasse 228-230
    28199 Bremen
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Family-run friendly bed and breakfast hotel across the river from the Old Town.

    B + L Hostel

    Erlestrasse 34-36
    28199 Bremen
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Cheap and cheerful guesthouse offering budget rooms in centre of the new town.

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    Climate and best time to visit Bremen

    Although Bremen is a place to visit year round, the best times to arrive are often late spring or early autumn, when the weather is usually warm, and the city is not overrun with visitors. Prices are also often lower. Winters can be bitterly cold, and summers hot, but it is best to come prepared for anything in all seasons. In October and November the Bremen Friemarkt fair transforms the city centre into a colourful two-week-long party, with street entertainers, music, beer and general revelry. The pre-Lent Carnival, usually in February, is also a big event in town.

    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 Bremen
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    Key Areas

    The streets to the north and west of the central Marktplatz Square – Obernstrasse, Knochenhauerstrasse and Sögestrasse in particular – are lined with shops where you will find everything you need from chic designer label boutiques to simple high-street chains. The atmospheric old Schnoor district has become a magnet for artists, and numerous small galleries have opened up in the area. Böttcherstrasse is the place to find arts and crafts stores.

    Markets

    There’s a colourful daily flower market on the main square. An antiques and flea market sets up on the Schlachte promenade each Saturday morning, and reconvenes on Bürgerweide on Sundays.

    Shopping Centres

    Waterfront Bremen is a large shopping mall and leisure complex in a rejuvenated docklands area just west of the city centre. Bremen’s biggest shopping mall is Weserpark, in an eastern suburb, home to over 100 shops as well as numerous restaurants and cafés.

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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

    Annette Dr. Tonin
    Leibnizplatz 5
    D-28199 Bremen
    Germany
    Tel. +49-421-55-50-50

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

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