Breathtaking views, romantic landscapes covered in snow, fairytale castles as well as enchanting religious and challenging cross-country skiing runs: this and more is what to expect in Germany’s mountain regions.

The Bavarian Alps

The Alps in Bavaria featuring Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze, are ascended by half a million people each year. At an altitude of almost 3000 meters, 400 mountain peaks poke through the clouds. Whereas the operators of other skiing regions have to provide artificial snow, there is plenty of dance snow on the Zugspitze for half the year. Ideal conditions for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. The slopes are suited for families and beginners as well as professional athletes and are complemented with the highest safety standards. In comparasion to the alpine areas in Switzerland and Austria, the scenery of the Bavarian Alps appear lower and less rugged. Therefore the region qualifies for mountain hiking and cross-country skiing: it offers a wide range of beautiful trails, where snow blanketed needles and conifer forests can be explored. Tourists, as well as locals, come by when they wish to regain energy or enjoy a good and hearty meal consisting of bread, cold cuts and cheese. The so-called, brotzeit, is part of the Bavarian menu, just like pretzels, weiswurst or dumplings. In cosy alpine cabins, visitors usually stop for a bite to eat and to warm themselves up, while an abundance of wellness hotels cater for the visitors seeking relaxation. Sweating in the sauna, dipping into a hot tub or enjoying a massage are just perfect to recharge the batteries.

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Another great feature of the Bavarian Alps are the picturesque villages and towns, such as Garmisch-partenkirchen, which is one of the premier alpine resorts. History buildings in typical Bavarian style with heavy wooden beam constructions and facades painted with regional or pastoral scenes are almost too spectacular to be true.
Another must-see are the fairytale castles commissioned by King Ludwig II. The most famous one is without doubt the Neuschwanstein castle, a 19th century romanesque revival Palace on a rugged Hill above the village of Hochenschwangau, which serve as inspiration for Disneyland’s sleeping Beauty Castle.

The Sauerland

Beautiful winter landscapes can be found in Germany slow mountain ranges as well, whether one prefers the Sauerland the Harz or the Thuringian forest. The Sauerland, located in the western part of Germany, is known for offering the best snow conditions north of the Alps. For those who like cross-country skiing the winter Sports Arena Sauerland presents around 400 kilometres of cross-country skiing, 150 lifts with a total 300 hectares of slopes and in case that it does not know naturally, 450 snow cannon switch cover an area the size of 150 football fields. In addition, international athletes gather here for annual bob sliding races and ski jumping. The international ski federation World Cup which takes place on the so-called Muhlen – kopfschanze, attracts up to 30000 spectators.
People who would like to attend sled dog races do not have to travel to Alaska or Canada. Such races are also being organised in the winter Sport Resort Winterberg. Furthermore, animal lovers have the chance to spend time with huskies and go hiking with them. Linked by an abdominal belt, hikers and docks can enjoy nature together.

The Harz

Another great region to spend a wonderful winter time is the Harz in Northern Germany. Even Johan Wolfgang von Goethe felt inspired by the area’s romantic landscape and visited it several times. The famous poet climb the highest peak of the Harz mountain range, the Broken, where he carried out geological research. Visitors who want to follow his trail can hike along The Goethe way, named after him, moreover they will discover some traces of the former mining industry. Winter sports also have a long tradition in the Harz. Nordic skiing is quiet popular here due to the altitude and lenght of the routes, ski jumping and biathlon are also popular sport activities here.rodebachmühle_winterwander

The Thuringian Forest

Winter sports enthusiasts also love to travel to the Thuringian forest, especially to the town Oberhof, where World Cups, as well as national and international competitions take place. In addition, various national teams come here regularly to train in disciplines such as Bobsleigh, luge, skeleton and biathlon.
But the Thuringian Forest offers many other activities to. A carriage ride through the wintery landscape for instance promises to create a romantic experience.

 The Ore Mountains

More than 200 km away from the Thuringian forest are the Ore mountains, which separate Germany from the Czech Republic. In the Christmas season, tourists like to visit traditional Christmas markets and miner’s paradise as the Ore mountains have a long tradition of mining: it has significantly shape the landscape of the region. Nowadays, rare mountains meadows and Wetlands can be found in nature reserves. Countless plants and animals even use mining leftovers as their habitat. The Ore mountains are also a famous centre for winter sports. Precipitous downhills attract skiers and snowboarders from all over the country. In Altenberg, tourists will even find one of the most modern runs for luging and bobsleighing in the orld.

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Bitola

Posted: 06/01/2019 in Worldwide accommodations

Bitola is the second largest city in the Republic of Macedonia. It is situated in the utmost southwestern part of the Republic of Macedonia in the Valley of Pelagonia in the foothills of Baba mountain. In addition to this it is the utmost southern city in the Republic of Macedonia, which is only 13 km away from the border with Greece.

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The town is dispersed along the banks of the river Dragor at an altitude of 590 to 700 m above sea level. The transportation communication of Bitola to the north is oriented towards Prilep, to the west it is oriented towards Ohrid, whereas to the south it is oriented towards Greece. Motorways with international relevance are directed towards these destinations. In addition to them there are also regional roads leading towards Kicevo and the area of Mariovo. The Railway from Veles and Prilep passes through Bitola and continues towards Greece i.e. towards Florida Odessa and Thessaloniki. Modern day Bitola was founded by the tribe called,, dragoviti” at the end of the 6th century. As an urban settlement it is mentioned for the first time in the 11th century.

 Heraclea Lyncestis

The city has evolved in the immediate vicinity of the former ancient town of Heraclea. As soon as you make the first step through the narrow streets of Heraclea the history and the past will unfold under your feet. The name of Heraklea Lyncestis inevitably brings each of us centuries back, in the period of the 4th century BC when this city was founded by Philip II of Macedon. Situated on one of the most important crossroads at that time, via Egnatia, Heraklea became the most important station in the region. Each stone each of the postaments covered with its own mysticism, brings the burden of the past. Its layers above itself the Hellenistic as well as the Roman period. It braids them and creates the unique truth about the city where one after the other you can see the buildings from one or other time, place filled with columns and spread with mosaics.

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Explore Bitola by yourself

Visiting Bitola for tourists means no boring time! There is a wide range of cultural manifestations, different international festivals, art exhibitions throughout the whole year. Bitola is a city with already established image and cultural life. Tourists can choose between visiting an art gallery, summer festival shows, music concerts or enjoy watching a theatre show performed by one of the most respected theatres in the country. It is a city which is consistently renewing itself open to other cultures, relaxed, social and friendly. Many people come to Bitola without knowing what to expect but almost everyone leaves with good impression and desire to return.
After finishing your coffee on the most ambient street in the country,, Shirok sokak,, you will understand why there is a lot more to Bitola city than just architecture and history.

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Besides urban diversity, you have an exceptional opportunity to escape to the beauty of the oldest National park in the state – Pelister. njoy the untouched nature and quiet walks through the trees of the,, Molica” pine, pure mountain springs, beautiful villages and traditional food, attractive small waterfalls, astonishing glacial Lakes, see the endemic species of butterflies only in the mountain, sleep in village houses with are traditional ambience. If you are an archaeology lover find some time to visit settlements from the Iron Age and medieval period that are near the Park. Following the ancient path Via Egnatia which passes through the National Park Pelister, you will have a unique opportunity to walk the same road the Apostle Paul, Macedonian phalanx, the Roman legions and Byzantine tsars travelled.
Bitola is the city that lives all the time and still peaceful and comfortable… hanging out through the day, drinking coffee, shopping, talking and embrace the sun on Shirok sokak. Go out at night, no matter which place you choose to go to –
let your senses enjoy!

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Ohrid

Eight reasons to visit Macedonia

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Macedonia

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What would interest you the most when you planing a trip to another country? Is it it’s nature, it’s people, the way of their living, their culture or maybe their history? Here we’ll list eight reasons to help you chose something new and quite different of all previous destinations you’ve been to, or you are about to go. Different because of its ancient history, unique architecture, beautiful landscapes and great food. Enjoy and make your stay memorable while visiting Macedonia – land of the lakes, history and traditions. Accommodation in Macedonia Discover the forgotten civilization

Kokino observatory

According to NASA, Kokino is the fourth oldest prehistoric observatory in the world. Known as the Macedonian stonehenge, it is one of the greatest megalithic observatories in the World and the only one so far discovered in the Eastern Europe.

The Great mother

Magna Mater (Great mother) A prehistoric goddess from the Neolithic period, magnificent figurine made of clay dating 7000-3500 years BC. Even the artistic expression of this amazing figurine is answer to all doubts of its part in the almost perfect Neolithic culture on Macedonian soil, one of the biggest centers from the early human civilization begining. Adam of Govrlevo is a Macedonian Neolithic sculpture more than 6000 years old artifact.

Macedonia Wine regions

Ultimate hedonism Blessed by the sun and fertile soil, ancient inhabitants of Macedonian land produced excellent food and divine wines, which accompanied with good music create the,, Holy trinity,, of hedonism. Kept by the Macedonian kings and nobelty, wine cult and tradition was passed to modern time producers and consumers.

Biblical country

Biblical Macedonia – Christianity’s second fatherland.

Country in which the New Testament was born. They finally reached the coast at Troas, where Paul had a vision of a Macedonian begging him,, Come to Macedonia and help us,, (Act 16:9). Paul took this as a God’s call. Macedonia is not only a country mentioned in the Bible, but it is also the only  country on the European continent in which some parts of the New Testament were written. The Apostle Paul wrote the second Epistle to the Corinthians and the first Epistle to Timothy.

Accommodation in Ohrid Land of Nature. Book a tour and travel to the four corners of the Macedonian most picturesque places of interest. Attractive lakes,  beautiful mountains, river gorges, plain valleys and endless spectacular views are some of the distinctive features you will experience. @MKDtours Mysteries of Macedonia Wholly unsolved riddles. Alexander of Macedon golden sarcophagus, a treasure that would fetch untold millions today, has never been found, and there are those who believe it lies in a crypt yet uncovered. The Knights Templar marchee across the great Roman road that runs across Macedonia on their way back from Jerusalem, where some believe they stole the ark of the Covenant… perhaps that artifact is still buried somewhere around here. Craddle of culture. The cave drawings and the rock art testify for the ancient beginning of  the human spirit and the need to express its life through pictures. The houses with hearts, the pottery, the weapons and tools, the jewelry and decoration items from the Neolithic and Bronze age prove this was the place of birth of settlements and as historians, archeologists and architects use to say: “The need to live together on one place with others, is the beginning of a civilization”. Walk on the same roads as the Great Macedonian Kings

Queen Cleopatra

Justinian I

Alexander II of Macedon

King Philip II of Macedon

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