As 2012 draws to a close, let’s take a look back over a great year, and pick our favorite travel destinations and tips that we talked about over the last 12 months. What was your favorite trip of the year? Did you discover somewhere new that really changed your life? We certainly hope so, and we hope to keep broadening our horizons for many years to come!Perhaps the biggest event of the year was the London 2012 Olympic games, and what a games it was! We suggested that you enjoy London like a real English gent, and make time between sporting events for a nice and relaxing stroll through one of London’s many beautiful parks. As the coverage of the Games rolled on, you might have noticed that, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rain in the UK all the time, and taking in a bit of afternoon sunshine while you amble around Hyde Park, for example, is a great way to get a feel for a great city. But London is a fantastic place all year round, there’s so much to see and always so much going on. So if you weren’t lucky enough to get to London this summer, there’s always next year!We also welcomed a little spice of India to our somewhat unreliable Berlin summer, in the shape of the fantastically colorful Holi Festival! It was the first time Berlin had hosted its own festival of colors, and despite the rain here in Berlin, it was still a feast for the eyes. The Holi festival is originally a Hindu festival to welcome in the spring by way of throwing colored powder on each other, and it’s great fun. You can experience the real deal by flying to Delhi around the beginning of spring (the exact date of the festival changes every year). Alternatively, a trip to Berlin in the summer is always a good idea! As many people know, Berlin really comes alive in the summer. The winters are very cold indeed, and when the longer daylight hours and warmer weather finally start to arrive, the change in personality of the city is very noticeable. A similar situation exists in New York, and we also recommended seeing the big apple come alive for the summer months. An amazing and breath-taking city at any time of year, New York has captured the hearts and minds of millions the world over. But during the summer, this city really is like no other. We suggested the fascinating USS Intrepid museum on the Hudson River, the Taco Truck in Brooklyn, a ferry trip to see the iconic Statue of Liberty, and so, so much more! A fantastic place with so much to offer, New York was, and probably always will be, one of our very favorite places to visit. When the summer began to fade away, we started thinking about how we could stretch it out just a little bit more. The solution? Go to the southern Hemisphere! Another favorite of ours, South Africa is a remarkable destination that has something for everyone. Whether you’re on a journey of musical discovery in Johannesburg, or keen to learn the incredible story of South African Apartheid at the Apartheid Museum, or maybe see for yourself the stunning landscape and amazing wildlife of the Kruger National Park, it’s easy to see why South Africa left such a huge impression on us. Good news for football fans: next year the African Cup of Nations will be hosted there! So if you’re suffering from a bit of winter blues, it’s a great time to cheat Mother Nature and get some southern hemisphere sunshine! A little closer to the spiritual home of Lufthansa, we told you about the delights of the Bavarian capital and suggested you meet us in Munich. Yes, everybody knows about the world famous Oktoberfest, but we were keen to show you the other facets of this great city in southern Germany. We love the architecture of Munich, and also its vibrant nightlife scene, but we’re also very fond of its cultural offerings, like the Ingvild Goetz collection and the ‘Kult-Kino’ of the Museum Lichtspiele. And, of course, we couldn’t resist a nod to Germany’s most successful football team, FC Bayern Munich, and their stunning home ground, the Allianz Arena. A city that is as rich in culture as it is in heritage, Munich will always have a place in our hearts, and is always a great place to visit. At the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we loved telling you all about Rio de Janeiro, and in particular, the carnival! What a spectacle! What unbelievable fun! The parade, the balls, the dancing, the colors, the music… What a fantastic city! But we didn’t just love the carnival; we loved the landscape of the Cidade Maravilhosa, or marvelous city, the breath-taking view from the statue of Christ the Redeemer, and we really loved the beaches! But most of all, the laid back atmosphere of the Rio and its citizens is what we’re most fond of. Rio really is a truly special destination that captivates anybody lucky enough to pay a visit.
What a year it has been! All corners of the globe have something unique and special to offer, and it’s so hard to pick our favorites. We hope we’ve given you that spark of inspiration to embark on a voyage of discovery and experience what this remarkable world has to offer. And wherever you’re planning to go next year let Lufthansa help you along the way. We wish you a 2013 full of inspiration, of magical experiences and incredible journeys.
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During the Olympic games, the message was very much about participation and inclusion, and not so much about winning. As it’s Christmas Time, however, we decided that participating in something is, in fact, even better if you win a prize. So we thought about a competition for the people of Birmingham that was fun and, at the same time, gave people a good chance to win one of many prizes. All they had to do was accurately pronounce a certain German word. To make it at least a bit of a challenge, we decided not to choose the easiest of German words, but instead use some old-fashioned Christmas related ones. And much to our delight, it ended up being as much fun as we’d hoped. But before you click yourself through the German Christmas Language School, Lessons 1-6, make sure you also take part in our Twitter Raffle, because we also have a few goodies to give away for all of those who don’t live in Birmingham. We’ve explained how it works at the end of this article.
Lesson 1: Adventskranzkerzen
Lesson 2: Gewürzspekulatius
Lesson 3: Räuchermännchen
Lesson 4: Rostbratwurst
Lesson 5: Lebkuchenherzl
Lesson 6: Vanillekipferl
Now here’s how you can join in the fun: Tweet us on our International Twitter Lufthansa Channel (@Lufthansa) using the hash tag #lhxmasuk with the best, most interesting and, most importantly, longest German word you know – we’re asking a minimum of 8 letters, so that should get the ball rolling nicely. Each participant will be entered into a prize draw, and you could win round-trip tickets from any UK airport served by Lufthansa to any Lufthansa destination in Europe of your choice. There are snowboards to be won and many other goodies to be given away, too. The Twitter prize draw will take place from 28th November until 20th December.