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Germany Lifts Travel Ban to Other EU Countries and U.K.

Germany Lifts Travel Ban to Other EU Countries and U.K.

German Außenminister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that the country would lift its travel ban on 29 European countries, including Britain and Iceland, on June 15.
The ban, which was imposed on March 17, will be replaced with travel advisories, he said to reporters.
“We did not come to this decision easily,” Maas said in a statement, but he urged caution: “Travel advisories are not travel bans, and travel notices are not invitations …

Here’s How Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland Are Reopening

As the coronavirus wanes in parts of the globe, a number of countries are taking the first steps in reopening their economies.
Here’s a look at how six European nations – Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland – are in the process of doing so.
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Austria reopened a number of shops in mid April and reported no spikes in the number of new coronavirus patients in the country. Restaurants, cafés, bars, …

Lufthansa Delays Decision on €9 Billion Government Bailout Amidst EU Demands

Lufthansa Delays Decision on €9 Billion Government Bailout Amidst EU Demands

The Deutsche Lufthansa supervisory board said Wednesday that it will delay its decision on a proposed €9 billion ($9.89 billion) bailout from the German government, and that it will not immediately call for a shareholder vote on the proposal.
The German government said Tuesday that the bailout is necessary to help the airline survive an “existential emergency.”
The European Union wants the airline to give up German takeoff and landing slots, which …

Germany to Lift Restrictions on Intra-European Travel

Germany to Lift Restrictions on Intra-European Travel

The German government said Wednesday that it will lift its travel warning to 26 EU countries as well as five other European states, although many decisions relating to lockdown measures are ultimately up to the individual states.
Außenminister Heiko Mans said that Berlin would decide late on guidelines for other countries including Turkey.  The decision on Wednesday also includes Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
The initial easing of restrictions in the …

BMW Welt Reopens in Munich As Coronavirus Restrictions in Germany Ease

The BMW Welt, BMW’s €500 million ($540 million) brand experience and delivery center, reopened Friday after closing on March 17, following a directive issued by the Bavarian government for all tourist attractions to close.
Now the most popular tourist attraction in Munich, the BMW Welt opened its doors on October 17, 2007 with 800 guests in attendance, followed by a Tag der Öffenen Tür – or Open House – on …

Roman Holiday? Here’s How Europe Will Attempt to Salvage the Summer Travel Season

A vacation on the Continent this summer may not be a pipe dream, after all.
The European Union announced on Wednesday a plan to salvage the summer season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The European Commission outlined guidance for how countries could lift ID checks at borders that were closed due to the pandemic, promulgate health measures for hotels, and get its airlines back into operation, all while ensuring the health and safety …

Photo Essay: Christmas Markets in Austria, France, Germany, and the United States

You haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They are an excellent source for traditional gifts, mugs of Glühwein, and an unparalleled festive feeling.
Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many countries and the best are found in Austria, France, and Germany.
We went to over a dozen markets on the Continent, including the Münchner Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz and the …