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2 German travel experts you should know

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posted June 5, 2019
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Having staked its claim as a hotbed of classical music, art and Modernist design, as well as beer and bratwurst, Germany remains one of the world’s most-visited countries. Courier reached out to representatives of a couple of NTA’s German-based companies—Denise Buchanan of Appina Travel and Christian Utpatel of Terra Lu Travel—to get their opinions regarding what makes the European nation such a great place and to find out about some of their personal favorites.
Christian Utpatel at Meissen Cathedral
Christian Utpatel at Meissen Cathedral

Why is Germany such an iconic destination?

Many Americans have family and faith roots in Germany and central Europe, and they live in the tradition of German culture and history—all things they can experience and rediscover when travelling Germany.

Why should tour operators work with Terra Lu?

After you met me at NTA’s Contact or Travel Exchange, it is me who goes back to Germany to work on your projects with my team. Located just north of Frankfurt, in the center of Germany, we are a local supplier close to everything your clients want to see. We have local contacts and know the many little details.

What is an example of a unique experience that your company offers?

You get to have Kaffeetrinken (coffee and cake) with a real baron in his historical, 550-year-old fairy-tale castle.

What is your favorite German destination?

Berlin, Saxony and Thuringia

Which local beer do you like best?

Hasseröder Pilsner, which is brewed in the Harz Mountains

If you have friends visiting from another country, what is one place you always take them?

Wartburg Castle, which is close to my home and boasts almost 1,000 years of history

What is your favorite local festival?

The Altstadtfest in my town of Homberg

What is your perfect German meal?

Königsberger Klopse, meatballs in caper sauce with potatoes. But only in the style my great aunt used to cook it, which, since she died, does not exist anymore!

Reach out to Utpatel or go to germany4groups.com to learn more.


Denise Buchanan in Dresden
Denise Buchanan in Dresden

Why is Germany such an iconic destination?

Germany has it all: great outdoor beauty, history, delicious food, culture, architecture, the arts—need I say more?

Why should tour operators work with Appina Travel?

We have fast and thorough communication with our clients including a contact—me!—in North America. We offer high-quality, creative, flexible tours that always cover new ground. With our three offices in Germany, we can personally meet the groups/group leaders along the way and arrange for personalized experiences with locals through our network.

What is your favorite German destination?

Berlin is just so fascinating. I could spend weeks exploring the neighborhoods and diving into its history, music scene, art vibes and more.

Which local beer do you like best?

Hefeweizen (wheat beer)

If you have friends visiting from another country, what is one place you always take them?

In Berlin, to the Berlin Wall Museum at Bernauer Straße. In Dresden, to the courtyards in the Neustadt area.

What is your favorite local festival?

The Day of the German Reunion (Oct. 3). There are many celebrations in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate, and there, you will see how the real Germans celebrate. Also Starkbierfest in Munich (March to April).

What is your perfect German meal?

Bratwurst with fresh bread and mustard

Reach out to Buchanan or go to appina-travel.com/en to learn more.

Top photo: Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Photo by: ©TTstudio/Adobe Stock

 


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