Vacation Planning with Chris for travel tips to Northern Germany

The Chris Robinson Travel Show
Saturday September 20, 2008 
10:00 – 11:00 am EST
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Discover Northern Germany

Discover Northern Germany and the amazing hanseatic cities of Hamburg, Bremen, Lubeck and Rostock. Immerse yourself in Germany's art, culture, sophisticated history and heritage, galleries and museums. And explore some little known island getaways off the German coast.

Hamburg has it all: a wonderful location on the Elbe and Alster rivers, lively nightlife in St. Pauli, captivating musicals, unforgettable theatre, the "Michel" and the harbour. Its magnificent promenades and shopping malls give Hamburg a cosmopolitan feel. With its many parks and gardens, Hamburg is also Germany's greenest city.

Bremen is a city of contrasts: UNESCO world heritage town hall with Roland statue, Weser embankment, Schnoor quarter - and a centre of science for more than ninety years. Shipbuilding, aircraft construction, space stations and rocket stages have cemented Bremen's reputation as the home of high-tech industry.

There are reminders of Lübeck's colourful past everywhere you go. The old quarter, ringed by water, is an impressive illustration of medieval brick Gothic architecture and brings 1,000 years of history to life. The entire oval old town - the setting for Thomas Mann's novel "Buddenbrooks" - is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Rostock, the almost 800 year old Hanseatic town, has retained much of its original charm and today, together with the seaside resort of Warnemünde, has a diverse cultural scene. This vibrant and cosmopolitan university and port town has a historical centre with typical north German brick architecture and a tangible maritime atmosphere.

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Or discover Avalon Waterways' luxury, modern, small-ship river cruising on the German Rhine. The Rhine River is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe, famous for the imposing medieval castles that line its banks. And Avalon passengers enjoy spacious staterooms offering incredible views, engaging on-ship activities, and insightful local guides.

Air Canada has the best schedule and connections to all major German cities. Air Canada offers more non stop flights from Canada to Germany than any other airline with service to Frankfurt from Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and from Toronto to Munich. The carrier also provides codeshare service between Vancouver – Frankfurt with Star Alliance partner Lufthansa.

Listen to the show this Saturday for your chance to win a trip for two to Northern Germany, flying Air Canada to Frankfurt plus German Rail Passes, a Hamburg city Welcome Card and five nights at The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg's 5-star jewel on picturesque Alster Lake, in the heart of Hamburg's historic city centre. The Vier Jahreszeiten is consistently ranked among the top hotels in the world for its rich blend of individuality, tradition and distinction.

For your chance to win, phone into the show at 416-872-1010, 1-800-561-CFRB or *TALK on your cell, or send your question any time this week by entering the contest here online.

Check out these web sites for more information:

For the German National Tourist Office:

For the Globus Family of brands:

For Air Canada:

For The Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten:

For Rail Europe:

Photo credits:
Nordsee: Dirk Topel
Hamburg: Joachim Messerschmidt
Bremen: Bremen Touristk Zentrale GmbH
Lubeck: Gundhard Marth
Rostock: Joachim Messerschmidt