Bonn/Region Looking to get away for the day? Ever tried a luge run or wanted to see World Cup races in bobsled? Skiing, hiking, history and art are also attractions that are not too far from Bonn and the region, but will offer a little change of scenery and something to do.
Comic exhibition in Stavelot
The vaults of Stavelot Abbey in the province of Liège are home to the historic cars of the nearby Spa-Francorchamps race circuit: well worth a visit! The building also hosts special exhibitions and is currently home to exhibits by Belgian comic book artist Didier Comès (1942-2013). Comès is a master of black and white ink drawing and took his inspiration from the Ardennes. The show "L'encrage ardennais" (Ardennes coloring) features the whole spectrum of work from the artist and author, whose drawings varied from pure realism to total abstract art. It is running until January 5, 2020.
Info: Tel. (0032-80) 88 08 78; abbayedestavelot.be/en
Ladysound in Essen
The Carl mine in Essen's Altenessen district reinvented itself after its closure in 1970. Guided tours (in German), including one on January 27, and commemorate the history of mining. Otherwise, on offer a colorful mix of cabaret, pop music, sing-a-longs, parties, clothing exchanges and children's flea markets. On the first Saturday of the month (February 2) Gothic friends celebrate the dark party "Nachttanz", and on January 25 the almost forgotten Berlin quartet Laing gets on stage. The singers call their style "Electric Ladysound".
Info: Tel. (0201) 83 444 10; zechecarl.de
World Cup racing in Winterberg
World Cup races in the disciplines of bobsled, luge and skeleton are held regularly on the bobsleigh track in Winterberg. Coming is a world championship: From January 25 - 27, the elite will compete in the luge World Championships on the luge track at Winterberg. Parallel to the official sprints for women, men and doubles, hobby riders of all ages can enjoy the more moderate descents. There is a choice of eleven snow-covered toboggan runs, three of which have floodlights. As part of the supporting program for the World Championships, there will be a school and children's day on January 25 with the Pelemele children's band from Cologne, among others. And on January 27 there will be a family day with the band Groove Jet.
Water Mill Museum in Birgel
What to do with an old water mill from the 13th century? What about a modern museum with a world of discovery! Erwin Spohr had been looking for a storage room for his sanitation business in 1994 - and found this old mill in the Eifel village of Birgel. And then he changed jobs. Now he calls himself Erwin von der Mühle (Mühle meaning mill), letting visitors ground grains and bake their own bread. Guests can also make mustard and oil - or even get married in the historic setting. On offer is also a "mill theatre" where old stories get told.
Info: Tel. (06597) 92 820; moulin.de
Ski area Thalfang
When snow falls in the Hunsrück (an area nestled between the Moselle and the Rhine), then the Erbeskopf mountain at Thalfang (816 meters) makes alpine skiing possible, with three different slopes to choose from. A snow-making system helps, provided the temperatures are cold enough. The infrastructure is there with ski and snowboard rental, ski and snowboard school as well as gastronomy. And nearby you can find the ski area Dollberg near Neuhütten.
Info: erbeskopf.de; Tel. (06504) 95 40 97, hunsruecktouristik.de/en/discover-the-hunsrueck/winter-sports
Hike along the Moselle
The Moselle River in winter? Why not? Hiking is always a fun thing to do. There are some lovely round trips along the river, between three and eight kilometers, including a dream trail near Willingen, a hike from Reil to Bullay or a detour to the Löschem chapel near Konz. The view from the Maria Zill vantage point (photo) near Bernkastel-Kues is particularly beautiful.
Info: Tel. (06531) 97 330; mosellandtouristik.de
Architectural treasures in Mannheim
The city of Mannheim presents its architectural treasures during a themed tour (in German). The starting point of the tour is the Congress Center Rosengarten (photo). The tour goes through the East City with its stately villas and to Friedrichsplatz with the water tower, the landmark of the city. The highly interesting "square city", the street grid of the inner city, is also located along the route.
Info: Tel. (0621) 293 87 00, visit-mannheim.de
Orig. text: ga.de, Translation: ck