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19.07.2014

Celebrate all summer, the way the Germans do!


As the entire world now knows, Germans love soccer. And if there was ever any question as to their prowess and dominance in the sport, it was answered by their incredible victory over Argentina in the final match that just won them the 2014 World Cup Championship in Brazil.  And even though all Germans would say they were sure they’d be victorious going into that match, they were all ecstatic when that final goal happened.

And they celebrated. And celebrated. All through Germany, people took to the streets in cheers and celebration. 
 

Because, as it turns out, Germans truly love to celebrate, and they’re particularly good at it too.

Throughout Germany, any time of year, there are beautiful celebrations taking place. Some of the most beautiful of these celebrations are the ones involving light shows and fireworks though, and during the summertime especially, German cities seem to have a steady stream of them.  

Here is a sampling of just a few of my favorite summer celebrations in the Historic Highlights of Germany cities. This is not a full list, and it is also only a small sampling of the castle illuminations and and fireworks one can witness in HHOG cities during the summer months. This list also does not include wine festivals and all sorts of other festivals that are equally wonderful, as I will be doing a separate post on those!

In HEIDELBERG (pictured above), the Heidelberg Castle Illumination and Fireworks takes place three times throughout the summer, to symbolize past battles that the castle has survived. The illumination in 2013 marked the event's 400th anniversary. In 2014, the illumination is taking place on June 7, July 12 and September 6. The New York Times has actually listed it as a must see world event.
More info can be found at http://www.heidelberg-event.com/events/schlossbeleuchtungen/?lang=en

In POTSDAM, “Moon Night” at the Pfingstberg Belvedere is an extraordinary celebration of moonlight, star gazing, music and bat watching. However, as its title suggest, at its core it is a celebration of the full moon, while being surrounded by music and soaking in the exquisitely elegant moonlight atmosphere that only Potsdam’s Pfingstberg Belvedere could provide. This year Moon Night took place on July 11, 2014.
More info can be found at www.pfingstberg.de

In KOBLENZ, you can experience the spectacular “Rhine in Flames.” The Rhine in Flames fireworks displays takes place at various points along the Rhine throughout the summer. However, my favorite stretch starts with a procession of fireworks along the river in the village of Spay and ends in Koblenz (where the Rhine and the Mosel rivers meet). Koblenz sees the tour's grand finale as the sky lights up with fireworks above Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and the scene is soundtracked by music. This finale is timed with Koblenz’s Summer Festival, so the city is simultaneously filled with dancing, music and all around merriment. This year's Rhine in Flames finale takes place August 9, 2014

More info can be found at  www.rhein-in-flammen.com


The former Hanseatic city of ROSTOCK hosts one of the greatest maritime festivals in the world with a regatta of traditional ships, firework displays, music and markets. The event is so spectacular, it attracts more than one million guests from Germany as well as abroad.
This year's regatta takes place August 7-10, 2014
More info can be found at http://www.hansesail.com/

**This is not a full list, and it is also only a small sampling of the castle illuminations and and fireworks one can witness in HHOG cities during the summer months. This list also does not include wine festivals and all sorts of other festivals that are equally wonderful, as I will be doing a separate post on those!



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