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Issue 52 | July 2017
Issue 52 | July 2017
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Contents

JULY   2017

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COVER FEATURE

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Michael Fassbender In this interview, A-lister Michael Fassbender talks through some of his most famous roles, discusses how he gets into character, his journey to stardom, the people who helped him along the way and much more.

SPECIAL THEMES

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Made in Germany The ‘Made in Germany’ label is well known all over the world. Thus, in this special theme, we wanted to find out what great products and innovative ideas Germany has brought forward lately.

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Smart Business The term ‘smart home’ has become more and more omnipresent. It is no wonder, as smart home products offer great living comfort in many ways.

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Germany’s Business Coaches Business coaching can greatly improve one’s skills and chance of success, whether you are an employee, a CEO, a manager or looking for a new job. Find out what Germany’s business coaches have to offer in this special theme.

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Germany’s Consulting Experts The German consulting industry is booming. Thus, we have handpicked some of the country’s industry leaders in this theme.

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Switzerland’s Successful Start-Ups In this special theme, we take a closer look at Switzerland’s creative minds and their innovative ideas. Discover the inspiration behind the latest start-up ventures and more.

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Swiss Architects 2017 Switzerland’s architectural heritage is as diverse as it is impressive and goes far be-

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yond geographical borders. Find out more about great Swiss architects, their work and their process in this special theme.

FEATURES

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Restaurant of the Month, Austria The Al Borgo in Vienna is a place where you can feel at home while discovering the manifold layers of Italian regional cui- sine. It has certainly become an insider tip for celebrities.

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Star-Interview: Josephin Busch Best known as playing the female lead role in Udo Lindenberg’s musical Hinterm Horizont (Beyond the Horizon), German actress Josephin Busch talks to Discover Germany about playing in the theatre, her love for Berlin and more.

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Museum of the Month, Austria The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is our museum of the month. Enchanting culture enthusiasts with outstanding ex- hibitions and memorable sites, it is defi- nitely worth a visit.

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Destination of the Month, Germany On around 204 square kilometres, Wolfs- burg – North Germany’s underrated gem

presents itself as a young, modern city.

Unlike any other city of its size, Wolfsburg offers numerous leisure activities for city travellers.

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Hotel of the Month, Germany The Kameha Grand Bonn is our German hotel of the month. Here, on the banks of the Rhine river, green technology meets a powerfully designed environment for busi- ness and events.

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Hotel of the Month, Austria

With its luxuriously designed rooms, a chic atmosphere and a rooftop terrace offering

a spectacular view, the extravagant hotel

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LAMÉE in the heart ofVienna is one of the city’s top addresses.

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A piece of German ‘Gemütlichkeit’ In Germany, the beach chair has for generations been an integral part of the country’s seaside culture. From spring to autumn, on Germany’s shores, the motto prevails ‘My Strandkorb is my castle’. Our writer Wibke Carter finds out more.

REGULARS & COLUMNS

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Dedicated to Design Whether you are searching for a new, styl- ish summer outfit or innovative design ideas from the DACH region, be sure to take a look at our design section.

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Wine & Dine This month, our wine & dine section has all eyes on great wines, luxury hotels and numerous excellent restaurants.

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Travel Whether you are searching for a great ho- tel, your next holiday experience or even a dream property abroad, we have got you covered in the travel section.

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Business Our business section is filled with inno- vative companies, coaches, consultants, start-ups, architects, legal experts as well as a beauty expert. Our columnist Gregor Kleinknecht’s further takes on the inter- esting topic of starting up in Brexit Britain.

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Culture Calendar Discover Germany’s culture calendar is your perfect guide to what not to miss in July.

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Barbara Geier Column This month, our columnist Barbara Geier explores why more and more Germans decide to stay at home during summer holidays.

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Dear   Reader,

As our columnist Barbara Geier found out this month, more and more Germans trade in their summer holidays abroad with staying at home. In fact, according to statistics by the German Tourist Board, more than a third of Germans love to explore their own country during summer. No wonder, because Germany has a great deal to offer – from enchanting forests to impressive mountains and beautiful beaches. Impressive mountains and forests can, of course, also be found in Austria and Switzerland – both also well worth a visit. To cater for your last- minute summer plans, we have thus handpicked luxurious hotels, interesting destinations and great experiences to not miss in the DACH region.

and great experiences to not miss in the DACH region. If you plan on visiting Germany’s

If you plan on visiting Germany’s beautiful beaches this summer, you will most likely come across the famous ‘Strandkorb’ that literally translates as ‘beach basket’. An integral part of the country’s seaside culture, our writer Wibke Carter wanted to found out more about this exceptional item in her special feature about the ‘Strandkorb’.

You might have already noticed, but on our cover this month is none other than A-lister Michael Fassbender. It has been ten years since he shot to fame and now the German-born actor, who grew up in Ireland, is a two-time Academy Award nominee and a British Independent Film Award winner amongst many others. In our cover interview, he talks through some of his most famous roles over the past ten years, discusses how he gets into character, his journey to stardom and the people who helped him along the way.

If you’re not yet saturated with great celebrity stories, be sure to also take a look at our interview with actress Josephin Busch.

Best known as playing the female lead role in Udo Lindenberg’s musical Hinterm Horizont (Beyond the Horizon), she has recently released her first EP. In our interview, she talks about what it is like to be Udo Lindenberg’s all-purpose weapon, her time at the theatre and her love for Berlin.

Other inspiring topics in our July issue are great design items ‘Made in Germany’, innovative start-up companies, Swiss architects, interesting consultants and coaches, restaurant and hotel tips, tasty wines and much more.

Sit back, relax and thanks for reading.

restaurant and hotel tips, tasty wines and much more. Sit back, relax and thanks for reading.

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Fashion Finds

This month, from 4 to 7 July, Berlin will turn into an innovative melting pot for models, designers, visitors, buyers, fashion bloggers, journalists and fashion industry professionals. We take a sneak peek at some of this year’s Berlin Fashion Week designers who will showcase their products in the German capital.

EDITOR’S   PICKS  I  PRESS   IMAGES

The   label   Mariana   Jungmann   puts   special   emphasis   on   sustainability,   Renaissance   lace   and   intricate   details,   while   mixing   craftsmanship   and   technology   –   something   that   should   be  seen  with  one’s own  eyes  at  this  year’s Berlin  Fashion Week.   Dress   £POA.   www.marianajungmann.com

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The   Munich-based  label   holyGhost   seeks   to   create   unconventional,  

The   Munich-based  label   holyGhost   seeks   to   create   unconventional,   yet   contemporary,   pieces   that   highlight   the   strong   and   self-confident   side   of  a   woman.   This   gorgeous   kimono   is  made   out   of   100   per   cent   velvet.   Approx.   £331.   www.holyghost-fashion.com

  Approx.   £331.   www.holyghost-fashion.com The   German   eyewear   label   MYKITA  

The   German   eyewear   label   MYKITA   will   also   be   showcasing   their   exceptional   sunglasses   at   Berlin   Fashion   Week.   This   eyecatcher   is   sure  to   grab   everyone’s   attention.   Model   ‘AMBUSH   VERBAL’   £439.   www.mykita.com

  ‘AMBUSH   VERBAL’   £439.   www.mykita.com Another   fashion   label   from  Munich

Another   fashion   label   from  Munich   is   Antonia   Zander.   The   cashmere  label  produces  the  finest  clothes  for  modern  nomads   and   sophisticated   bohemians.   Spice   up   any   outfit   with   this  unconventional   skirt.   Approx.   £828. www.antoniazander.de

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Another   great  look   by   Mariana   Jungmann   is   this   blue   jumpsuit   with   lace  details   on   the   shoulders.   The   label’s   looks   are  powerful   and   bold   but  still   very  delicate.   Jumpsuit  £600.  www.marianajungmann.com

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Waidzeit

The perfect combination - Waidblick sunglasses, Wildfang jewellery and Waidzeit wooden watch. Photo: © Lukas
The perfect combination - Waidblick
sunglasses, Wildfang jewellery and Waidzeit
wooden watch. Photo: © Lukas Bezila
Watch ‘Sissy & Max’ by Waidzeit. Photo: © Christian Biemann
Watch ‘Sissy & Max’ by Waidzeit. Photo: © Christian Biemann

The timeless beauty of sustainable watches and jewellery

When you think of watches or jewellery, you will probably think of precious metal or sparkling diamonds. Think again as Austrian-based design company Waidzeit is about to revolutionise the market for traditional watches and jewellery.

which we are sure to attract new retail partners like high-end fashion boutiques.”

TEXT: SILKE HENKELE

When Elisabeth Hutegger sold the first wooden watches in 2014 at a Christmas market, she was overwhelmed by the pos- itive reactions of her customers.“We were wholeheartedly convinced of the quality and the design of our wooden watches; and yet were entirely unprepared for the huge amount of praise our watches re- ceived. It encouraged us to take our busi- ness further and to engage full-time in the design and manufacture of wooden high-quality watches,” recounts Elisabeth, who founded the company together with her husband Christoph.

Waidzeit grew fast and today employs up to six people.“As a trained wood engineer, I have an in-depth knowledge of wood. The decision to process solely Austrian, sustainably grown wood was thus made consciously: I do think that Austrian wood gives Waidzeit’s products the tradition- al and timeless look of a masterpiece we want our products to emanate; moreover,

by only using sustainably grown lumber and woven fabric made in Austria for our bracelets, we can also support our envi- ronment,”explains Christoph Hutegger.

Waidzeit’s business partners are equal- ly consciously chosen. “Our sales chan- nels clearly focus on retailers in Austria and Germany. Even retailers in Switzer- land, country of watchmakers par excel- lence, are convinced of the quality of our watches with Swiss movements and stock Waidzeit’s products,”boasts Hutegger.

The plans to bring his family-run design business forward are promising.“The pos- itive feedback over the last three years has encouraged us greatly. It helped us to grow and to believe in our products. It also en- couraged us to expand our product range, which now also includes matching jewel- lery and cool wooden glasses,” Hutegger praises the latest additions to Waidzeit’s collection, and adds: “Valuable additions,

People wearing products by Waidzeit feel a close bond with nature. They like to wear eye-catchers and they like the traditional and timeless design of Waidzeit’s products. Are you one of them? Take a look at their produce online or in a shop and decide for yourself. It is definitely worth a peek!

www.waidzeit.eu (also for online orders) info@waidzeit.at (for interested retailers)

Waidzeit - high-precision watches made from domestic Austrian wood. Photo: © Christian Biemann
Waidzeit - high-precision watches made from domestic
Austrian wood. Photo: © Christian Biemann

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Jeanslife – Quality Clothing ‘We love denim and blue hands’

Enter the world of natural, genuine material and quality, breathe the smell of tanned leather and untreated denim and listen to the music that transfers you back to a time when jeans were predominately worn by blue-collar workers. At ‘Jeanslife – Quality Clothing` you will only find the products of carefully selected manufactures from all over the world that live up to the high standards of its owner, Roger Schmuki.

TEXT: JANE FRAHM

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PHOTOS: STEFAN SCHAUFELBERGER

“We recommend everyone to dial down their consumerism and to concentrate on small and sustainable manufacturers, of which you know where and how the production takes place,” says Schmuki, who has created a unique selection of den- ims, jackets, shoes and shirts, all follow- ing his philosophy of sustainability and authenticity. Not only does the cosy shop radiate the atmosphere of someone’s home, the customer service is also hearty and infor- mal. “When they can take their time and are offered a coffee or a beer, even men

enjoy shopping,” says Schmuki, with a smile on his face. Jeanslife’s staff offers a professional and individual assistance for all its clients and the shop even has an in-house tailor, who customises the new garments to perfection. The shop is open from Monday to Saturday and customers are wel- come to simply come by or to make an appointment, if desired. For further in- formation and directions, check out their website.

www.jeanslife.ch

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Discover Germany   |  Design |  Jeanslife This shop, located in Winterthur, transfers you back in

This shop, located in Winterthur, transfers you back in time.

shop, located in Winterthur, transfers you back in time. Men’s department: the variety of denims and

Men’s department: the variety of denims and other goods.

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Dedicated to Design

Dedicated to Design…

Summer is here and we want you to go outside. Seriously, take a walk in the park, get to the beach, go on holiday. But of course, you want to do it in style without missing out on the essentials. That is where we come in. We have found five wonderful gadgets that will enable your perfect summer from a technological point of view.

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1.   Talking  about   going  to  the  beach.   Kreafunk’s  aGLOW  speaker   will   provide  rich  audio  on  warm  sum- mer   evenings.   Smartphones  can  be  plugged  in  via  Bluetooth  or   cable.   The  battery   lasts  up  to  20  hours  and  the  design  is  one  of   a  kind,   as  the  aGLOW  is  not  only   a  speaker   but   also  a  dimmable  LED  light.   £112.   www.einrichten-design.de

2.   A  spontaneous  evening  of   movies  and  music?  Here 

is  a  mini   LED  projector   that   will   fit   into  your   backpack. 

Just   set   it   up,   plug  start  screening your

your   own  backyard.   £70.   www.monsterzeug.de

in  whatever   device  is  available  and   files in your  friend’s living rooms or 

3.   We  all   know  it,   battery   life  is  short   these  days.   That  is  why   veho  designed  an  exceptional   mobile  power- bank,   which  will   take  care  of   all   your   devices.   The  best  thing?  The  Veho  Pebble  Aria  is  not   only   a  charger,  but   also  a  speaker   able  to  play   all   of   your   music.   £43.   www.radbag.de

4.   To   avoid   the   mobile   charger,   you   should   also   be  prepared  at   home.   For   example,   with  the  Konstantin   Slawinski   cable  box,   which  secures  and  hides  all   your  cables  while  your   devices  sit   safely   and  visibly   on  its  elegant   tray.   £70.   www.design-3000.de

5.   Just   a  watch  you  might   think,   but   Biegert   &  Funk  have  created  something  more.   A  simple  push  illumi - nates  the  words  which  show  the  time  in  the  language  of   your   choice.   It   is  a  must-have  for   fans  of   unu- sual   watches  and  a  clever   design  and  for   those  not  wanting  to  lose  track  of   time  when  outside.   £605.   www.einrichten-design.de

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Ideal Standard

When lightness designs space – the ‘Connect Air’ collection.
When lightness designs space – the ‘Connect Air’ collection.
Above: Beauty and strength: Ideal Standard’s  
new ‘Ipalyss’ vessel range.  

The perfect combination of style, quality and functionality

We use them daily and probably never give them second thought - bathroom products. It comes in different forms, sizes and colours. Bonn-based company Ideal Standard has brought the art of bathroom products to perfection.

to craft extremely robust and sturdy tub walls that are still ultra-thin and thus ema- nate effortless elegance. Available in three variants and in five pastel colours and in white, Ideal Standard’s latest design give every bathroom a timeless, sophisticated and, above all, aesthetic look.

Ideal Standard’s designs and products have convinced buyers for a long time. With new designs like the most recent ‘Ipalyss’ series, Ideal Standard is certain to retain its position as one of the top players on the international market for bathroom accessories for a long time to come indeed.

www.idealstandard.de

‘Ipalyss’ combines ultra-thin, high-end design aesthetics with extreme durability.
‘Ipalyss’ combines ultra-thin, high-end design aesthetics
with extreme durability.

TEXT: SILKE HENKELE

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PHOTOS: IDEAL STANDARD

Ideal Standard is a modern company, but deeply rooted within its over 115-year-old history. Traditionally, the brand is first and foremost associated with high-quality and innovative design, technology and service. Ideal Standard’s collaborations with fa- mous international top designers as well as the employment of the latest technol- ogies allows the company to focus on in- novative solutions for modern bathrooms such as high-end ceramics, fittings, taps, bath and shower tubs as well as bathroom furniture and accessories.

Ideal Standard is widely known for the singular quality and winning design of its products. “Our aim is the design of timeless products – products that still look stylish and modern in 20 years’ time. Ideal Standard’s very precise and high- class workmanship guarantees the du- rability of our products and increases

our customers well-being – any day and every day,” elucidates Robin Levien, award-winning British product designer who is regularly teaming up with Ideal Standard.

Series like ‘Connect Air’, ‘Tonic II’ or ‘DEA’ are proof of this timeless design. They also show that modern design, style and func- tionality can be a very charming combina- tion indeed. Always eager to embrace the new, Ideal Standard’s most recent design coup ‘Ipalyss’, which will be introduced to the market this summer, is the result of Levien’s latest collaboration with Ideal Standard. ‘Ipalyss’’ novel design elegantly combines clean aesthetics and longevi- ty and is thus a perfect fit for those with sophisticated taste. The ultra-thin ma- terial Diamatec is extremely durable – a fact which enabled the designers at Ideal Standard to make the impossible possible:

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‘Ovum‘ gets rolled to its place.

Passion and authenticity

Steel sculptor and designer Andreas Reichlin is the inventor of the original Feuerring that opens up new and stylish possibilities for barbecuing. Discover Germany spoke to him, the Swiss architect Ivan Marty and photographer Sylvan Müller to find out more about their 2017 Feuerring campaign ‘Form in Space’.

TEXT: FEUERRING GMBH, NANE STEINHOFF

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PHOTOS: DANIELA KIENZLER

Always looking for the perfect stage for the Feuerring, Andreas Reichlin collabo- rated with photographer Sylvan Müller at the plants of the Küssnacht-based Isen- schmid AG. Here, Reichlin and Müller used the large production hall to move around the heavy Feuerrings with cranes. With the Feuerring’s base material, they created steel spaces that show the Feuer- ring from new perspectives. The result are beautifully reduced, wonderfully aesthetic and creatively significant photographs that accompany the Feuerring in 2017 through- out its ‘Form in Space’ campaign.

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Your style is ‘infinitely reduced‘, Sylvan. In our world, we are often faced with ‘abundance’. How do you reduce ‘abundance’ to get to the essentials?

Müller: By leaving out. I like to leave things out, as I can concentrate better when I’m not surrounded by things. The decision on what to leave out is intuitive. You can achieve reduction by not decorat- ing; consciously not embellishing, to give the subject the necessary weight and not distract from it.

Andreas, ‘Reduction to the Essentials’ is a principle that can be perceived in your work. What is the importance of the reduction theme when you think of the Feuerring?

Reichlin: The simpler a form, the bet- ter it ‘functions’ in various contexts. The Feuerring fits into historical space just as well as into modern architecture. That’s the result of reduction. It prevents catego- risation into a particular era. The Feuerring would have functioned 300 years ago and will still do so in 300 years’ time.

Ivan, which projects of yours display a very reduced style?

Marty: Reduction is a central theme, along with the materials used. Good architecture functions from the point of view of material

authenticity and reduction to the essentials. I can only counter our cluttered-up region by reducing and restricting.

The Feuerring team perceives itself as experts in scene-setting. Is there such a thing as the perfect ‘form-space solution’?

Marty: When I am in conversation with customers, they often have a fixed idea. I always take them back to the question of wellbeing. My classic question: when you enter a restaurant, where do you choose to sit? In the middle of the room, or with your back to the wall? This makes it clear to the customer what is ‘right’for him.

Reichlin: There are situations that are simply right, where a sculpture has its true posi- tion.You could put is somewhere else, but it would speak a different language. I also be- lieve that there are arrangements of which one could globally say, they are ‘right’.

Müller: I prefer the word ‘harmonious’. I believe that there are harmonious arrange- ments. The question is: what mood do I want to generate? That’s why I am fascinat- ed by the dramatic composition, the story I want to tell.

What is it that people perceive when they look at your rooms, your forms, your pictures?

Reichlin: To me, it is important to not only see the work itself, but also the entire de- velopment behind it. In the last work, you just find the essence.

Marty: There are projects where everything comes together like in a funnel. I believe you feel it when you enter; you see how I work.

Müller: My hope is that the story reaches the viewer, without my presence being felt. Of course I want people to feel my passion for the topic. That also applies to photography.

What is Feuerring for you?

Reichlin: We founded the company be- cause we wanted to pass on the pleasure

we get from the Feuerring. The great thing is that the sculptural aspect is appreciated although you can live and work with it on an everyday basis. Our product keeps its promises and I find that wonderful.

Marty: The first piece of artwork in my garden, and it means a lot to me. Particu- larly as I was able to accompany you, An- dreas, in your development. A Feuerring is incorporated into the planning of all my house designs. The Feuerring works as a sculpture, but offers a whole lot more. I

Andreas Reichlin (left) with lithographer Georg Sidler (middle) and Sylvan Müller (right).
Andreas Reichlin (left) with lithographer Georg Sidler
(middle) and Sylvan Müller (right).
Sylvan Müller at work.
Sylvan Müller at work.
Ivan Marty.
Ivan Marty.

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would not part with it; it belongs in our everyday life.

Müller: That is the difference; to me the Feuerring is still more an art object and, through my work, has really become a sculpture. I am fascinated by the fact that, in addition to the sculptural power, there is evidently a whole lot more besides. Of course I have already considered where the Feuerring could go beside the vineyard…

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Production hall of Isenschmid AG.

Attention to detail: one of Reichlin’s hallmarks.

Andreas Reichlin (left), Sylvan Müller (right).

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Handle for the Alpa TC 12.

estragon designs for VONSCHLOO.
estragon designs for VONSCHLOO.

estragon

Design versatility made in Switzerland

For any company, product design is one of the most important aspects of their value chain. Especially in modern, crowded marketplaces, the right design makes for a sharp, recognisable image that transcends the multitude of products. It is also the key element for communicating a coherent sales story. Since its foundation, Swiss company estragon specialises in the collaborative development of specific, sustainable product design.

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“Design to us is a reduction to the essen- tials, the omission of redundant aspects. Because omitting something and focussing on a clear message takes courage, a cour- age, that enables one to take a step into the unknown.” When Dirk Fleischhut and André Lüthy met during their studies at the Art Centre Europe, they did not know that some years later they would take such a step themselves. After gaining experience in various design sectors, they reunited and combined their new insights with their ba- sic creative disposition to form estragon.

Over the years, the name estragon, which served as an abstract image for taste and sense, has been filled with a diverse, ex- citing array of projects. Versatility and diversity have been an initial goal for Fleischhut and Lüthy, who are working with brands such as ASICS, Tissot, ALPA,

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SIGG, SCOTT, Thule or VONSCHLOO. For SWIZA the two created a concept for a new Swiss Knife, which possesses a modern self-sufficient design, while also portraying the longstanding history of the brand. “Daily we experience the different ways how our customers approach design and that there are various approaches to solving similar problems,” explains Lüthy. “At estragon, we are always confront- ed with new questions and challenges, but that is where our creativity comes from.” Creativity, which also enabled the estragon team to develop a design DNA and concept, both artistically and techni- cally, for an all new line of urban packs for the brand Jack Wolfskin.

In the past 15 years, the design process has not changed as much as the tools have. Photo-realistic imaging, rapid prototyp-

ing, digitalisation of models and further methods influence the daily work. For Fleischhut and Lüthy, new tools are val- uable when applied properly.“At the core of our work is always the creative vision and the formal expression. In the end, it is the quality and thorough execution that counts and is needed to give the design and product the necessary sustainability and longevity.”

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SWIZA’s Swiss Knife.
SWIZA’s Swiss Knife.
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Organic quality and premium, regionally produced vegan foods are very much in demand. Lemberona, a family-run company based in St. Pölten, produces Bio-Leben foods in accordance with strict organic guidelines, sustainably and using only the finest raw materials from Austrian farmers.

Healthy, pure, natural foods strengthen the immune system and help prevent illness. At the Elmira Health Centre, customers are advised on all aspects of nutrition. Courses and seminars help people suffering from food intolerances, allergies, diabetes, high cholesterol or excess weight to a healthier lifestyle.

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The history of ‘Made in Germany’

Despite widespread belief, the ‘Made in Germany’ label is not a German invention. Instead, it was an idea of Great Britain. Find out why on the next page and in the following special theme, we have also handpicked some great products and innovative ideas Germany has brought forward recently.

Photo: Ute Thoma, FR, © Keller Bürsten GmbH

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Photo: © Weingut Emrich-Schönleber
Photo: © Weingut Emrich-Schönleber

Did you know that the ‘Made in Germa- ny’ label is over 129 years old and that it was an invention of Great Britain? To be precise, Great Britain introduced the la- bel in 1887 when it passed a law to force foreign companies to make the origins of their products clear. Apparently, sever- al German companies had copied Brit- ish products and Great Britain wanted to keep German products from gaining popularity in their country by labelling exactly where they come from.

However, this clearly backfired as the ‘Made in Germany’ trademark is now probably the most famous and appreciat- ed one all over the world. This came about as German products vastly improved by the end of the 19th century. They grew in popularity due to their meticu- lous attention to detail and high-quality workmanship.

During the First and Second World War, Germany’s economy was obviously dev- astated and the reputation of German

companies and their products sank to an all-time low. Today, the reputation for Germany’s well-made products has recovered and, especially in recent dec- ades, companies take advantage of this. For example, Volkswagen shows its roots with the slogan ’Das Auto’ and Audi has

Photo: © Sennheiser

the slogan ’Das Auto’ and Audi has Photo: © Sennheiser ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ in their inter-

‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ in their inter- national advertising campaigns.

In the following special theme, find out what other great products and innovative ideas Germany has brought forward lately.

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Photo: © Misfortune Cookies

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Speak without interruption, listen without interference

Sometimes you just need to get away from the hustle, bustle and stress of the world for a little while. The latest generation of travel headphones helps to do just that with active noise cancellation that fades out the noisiness of airports, trains and fellow passengers. Now it is time for an upgrade. Manufactured by German audio specialist Sennheiser, the PXC 550 Wireless offers high-performance ANC and up to 30 hours of battery life, while delivering the high-quality sound that the company has become renowned for over the past seven decades.

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After its modest beginnings in a farmhouse

in Wedemark near Hannover, Germany, in

1945, Sennheiser set out to become one

of the world’s leading manufacturers of

headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company is driven by the vision to shape

the future of audio. Numerous patents and awards – including an Emmy, a Grammy,

a Scientific and Engineering Award of

the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Engineering Emmy‘s ® Philo T. Farnsworth Award – bear witness

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to Sennheiser’s innovative drive. This is embodied by four research and develop- ment centres worldwide as well as by the Innovation Campus at the headquarters in Wedemark. Opened in 2015, the facil- ity is the audio industry’s largest and most modern centre for innovation. In the same year, Sennheiser launched what is now considered to be the best headphones in the world – the HE 1. Hand-crafted in Wedemark, the HE 1 delivers exceptional spaciousness and a frequency range that extends far beyond human hearing.

With the PXC 550 Wireless headphones, the audio specialist translated its innate spirit of innovation to the travel segment, demonstrating Sennheiser’s expertise in the field of noise-cancelling headsets. The headphones are a particularly fitting solu- tion for discerning business travellers who need their headphones to provide both an oasis of calm, which allows perfect focus in a busy environment, and a working tool that allows travellers to stay connected on the move.

Just like the best business travel expe- rience, Sennheiser’s PXC 550 Wireless headphones anticipate the user’s every need, letting them travel in supreme wire- less comfort and free from distractions. The PXC 550 Wireless is built to meet the demands of the frequent traveller with long-haul battery performance of up to 30 hours. Even with Sennheiser’s Noise- Gard hybrid adaptive noise cancellation

engaged, the PXC 550 Wireless can span the world on a single charge.

A smart travel companion

Sennheiser’s PXC 550 Wireless offers a smart travel experience that combines su- preme ease of use with features that dis- cretely anticipate the needs of the user. The intuitive, earcup-mounted touch control panel and voice prompt system al- lows for a convenient selection of settings, while the PXC 550 Wireless can automat- ically pause music and calls when the headphones are taken off.

The enhanced user experience starts with effortless NFC pairing for high-quality Bluetooth audio transmission for pristine sound, which can be tailored precisely ac- cording to preference.

A personalised listening experience with CapTune™

The PXC 550 Wireless features four pre- sets for adjusting sound and one custo-

misable Director mode that can be tailored with ease using Sennheiser’s companion app, CapTune™. The audio specialist’s first sound personalisation app has been developed with the discerning head- phone user in mind. Free to download for Android and iOS smartphones, CapTune™

is both a premium quality music player and

a powerful sound tuning app that gives us-

ers greater sonic control. Permitting precise adjustments with the equaliser and featur- ing the unique SoundCheck, with which users can tune their music’s sound by A/B- testing different set-ups, CapTune™ allows for a personalised listening experience.

Sennheiser quality for assured comfort

Class-leading ergonomics, lightweight design and high-quality materials make the sleek PXC 550 Wireless extremely comfortable even for the longest of lis- tening sessions. Its earpads have been designed in accordance with Sennheiser’s dedicated research into ear shape ergo- nomics for supreme comfort.

Speak without interruption, listen without interference

Staying connected on the move is easy with the PXC 550 Wireless, with unrivalled speech clarity for business and personal

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calls ensured by a beamforming array with three microphones. No matter how noisy the environment, the PXC 550 Wireless offers crystal-clear speech and gives trav- ellers an ideal private space for relaxing or staying focused on work. Sennheiser’s NoiseGard™ hybrid adaptive noise can-

cellation ensures uninterrupted listening by seamlessly monitoring and adapting to ambient noise levels to provide the exact level of suppression needed – whether on a plane, train or a noisy street.

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The PXC 550 Wireless headphones. The Innovation Campus at the headquarters in Wedemark.
The PXC 550 Wireless headphones.
The Innovation Campus at the headquarters in Wedemark.
The farmhouse in Wedemark near Hannover, Germany, where Sennheiser was founded in 1945.
The farmhouse in Wedemark near Hannover,
Germany, where Sennheiser was founded in 1945.

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Germany   |  Special Theme   |  Made in Germany Keller Bürsten GmbH Main image: Bürstenfabrik
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Germany   |  Special Theme   |  Made in Germany Keller Bürsten GmbH Main image: Bürstenfabrik

Keller Bürsten GmbH

Main image: Bürstenfabrik Keller GmbH is one of the leading European manufacturers of fine brushes. Photo: ©   Olaf Herzog, Waldkirch

Top right: Men ‘gentleline’ gift set. Photo: ©   Jasmin Keller, TO

Right: The right brush for any type of hair and any purpose. Photo: ©   Ute Thoma, FR

Beautiful brushes with many purposes

One of the leading European manufacturers of fine brushes, Bürstenfabrik Keller GmbH offers its customers first-rate products for hair and body care, selected household brushes and complete ranges of pet and animal brushes – quality made in Germany.

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Who said that brushes have only one pur- pose? Who said they only consist of one material? Surely, a bristle brush is a great staple for almost any kind of hair. The nat- ural boar bristles are excellent at distrib- uting your scalp’s natural oils down the hair shaft, and are so flexible that they will not break your hair. But vegan brushes are also ideal for naturally caring for any type of hair. Body brushes help exfoliate and

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massage your skin, adding to the general well being and body care.

Gentlemen and vegan brushes

This modern understanding of using natural brushes for a variety of purpos- es is characterised by Keller’s series:

‘gentleline’ - an elegant, timeless and clas- sic design made of pear wood, and ‘rough- line’ made of sturdy walnut and with a

striking design. Each grooming set consists of two different hairbrushes, a face brush, a handwashing brush and a beard brush. With these brushes you can perfectly im- plement any styling and have a natural and well-groomed look.

Another innovative approach to mak- ing brushes is the use of organic, vegan materials. Vegan brushes with cellu- lose-based bristles, the Vegafibre, are made of unique, natural and re-newable resources. All components (wood, wax and bristle covering) are of natural ori- gin and without animal components. The antistatic vegan bristle cover is made of innovative filaments and is produced in

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an exceptional cellulosic manufacturing process. Algae essence has also been in- corporated into the wellness brush.

Committed to tradition

The company’s dedication and exper- tise spans almost 150 years. In 1869, the Bürstenfabrik Keller GmbH was estab- lished by Johann Baptist Keller and initially specialised in the production of brush- woods. Around 1920, the company addi- tionally began to manufacture functional brushes, selling them throughout Germany and beyond. Today, the company continues to cover the entire depth of production in order to operate flexibly, sustainably, and to maintain its focus on customer service.

This means that all manufacturing steps – from the processing of the raw wood to the completed and printed brush – are done in-house. To this day, the compa - ny has remained at its historical site in Todtnau in the Black Forest. Jasmin and Andreas Keller own and operate the fami- ly business in the fifth generation.

Craftsmanship and care

“In addition to our modern production facilities, we also cultivate traditional

craftsmanship. To give an example, indi- vidual pieces are manufactured using the traditional hand-drawn method,” explains owner Jasmin Keller. “Only a very small number of experts still master the tech- nique of hand drawing brushes, the so- called ‘Stirneinzugsbürsten’. Made purely by hand, the holes are bored and thick wild boar bristles are drawn into the precious wood body bundle after bundle. These ex- clusive and rare brush exemplars are creat- ed with expertise and passion.”

Creative, flexible production

The company only uses select high- quality raw materials in making a wide variety of brushes. In fact, creativity and flexibility are today required more than ever. This is true, not only when it comes to fulfilling market and customer wishes, but also on the production side. Short- er product life cycles mean that models need to be developed ever faster, new material deployed and new production techniques mastered.

Ecological and social responsibility

The firm’s understanding of working responsibly strikes a balance between quality production and the preservation

of natural resources and life. “Protection of natural habitats, commitment to our region and the highest quality are the premises that form the basis of how we manufacture our products,”describes Jas- min Keller. “The responsible handling of natural resources for us as manufacturers of natural products forms an important part of our corporate philosophy and company policies.”

The company has followed sustainable principles for many years. “We consider ourselves to have a permanent ecologi- cal, economic and social responsibility to our customers, suppliers, our staff and our region. As an FSC ® certified firm, we sup- port the environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable use of the world’s forests.”

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info@keller-buersten.de

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The Vegafibre brush is one example of Keller’s products using high-quality raw materials. Photo: © Jasmin Keller, TO

The history of Bürstenfabrik Keller GmbH spans almost 150 years. Photo: ©   Archivfoto

Hair and body care brushes.

Beautiful brushes for any type of hair.

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Germany   |  Special Theme   |  Made in Germany ‘Bad luck is your new stalker’
Germany   |  Special Theme   |  Made in Germany ‘Bad luck is your new stalker’

‘Bad luck is your new stalker’

Misfortune in a cookie, or how to enjoy Schadenfreude

Teasingly evil quotes hidden in a biscuit as black as the night: Misfortune Cookies are the mischievous and high-quality equivalent to the well-known fortune cookies. As a fun game during a party, a present or simply as highlight after a miserable day, Misfortune Cookies show once more how much fun dark humour can be. But that a German of all people has invented them might come a surprise.

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Germans are well known for craftsman- ship, their inventions and accuracy – but normally not so much for their wicked sense of humour. That black humour in- deed runs deep in some German innova- tors might therefore come as a surprise. With their Misfortune Cookies, called ‘Pechkeks’ in German, Pechkeks’ inventor Andreas Pohl and his team have brought gift items to the market that will leave people reeling with laughter. This is sim- ply so, because the darker and far better designed version of the well-known Chi- nese fortune cookies are wicked, naughty, a little bit evil and very funny. There is no better word to describe it than the Ger- man word ‘Schadenfreude’: to laugh be-

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cause some small evil has befallen some- one who actually deserves it.

Quotes like these speak of the underlying mind-set of ‘Schadenfreude’: “Things will get better. Sometime. Maybe.” Or “The stars are in your favour – Two light years away”. Or “Your dreams will come true – the weird ones where you’re naked and everyone is laughing”. And“You will grow old, wise… and have to wear nappies”.

Andreas Pohl first had the idea for Misfortune Cookies at a dinner party when he realised how boring normal for- tune cookies could be even when read out loud. “I had this idea but was convinced

that someone else probably had the same a long time before me.”It was therefore a surprise when he realised that something like Misfortune Cookies actually did not exist.

With a professional approach right from the beginning, Pechkeks is a success sto- ry that searches comparison. Not only did customers like the new Misfortune Cookies, the media also got wind of it. In 2013, many German news outlets published a story about Andreas Pohl’s idea. The question of who invented the Misfortune Cookies was even asked in one of Germany’s most popular TV quiz shows. Today, the ‘Pechkeks’ brand still sells 60 per cent of its products to the German market, but also expanded and successfully sells as far as Australia. More than 1,800 shops – from trendy gift shops to delis and supermarkets – currently have Pechkeks products on offer, among them household names like Harrods and Selfridges in the UK.

Starting out with cookies, Pechkeks has widened its portfolio, selling various gifts all with the same wicked sense of humour as the original product. The most surpris- ing part is that they address people from completely different backgrounds, from housewife to manager, from teenager to elderly couple, from suburbia to the dark alternative scene.“We are the head- quarters of black humour,” says inventor Andreas Pohl about the company’s suc- cess. That the quotes are not only dark, but also intelligent, is a key success factor.

Most products – like the cookies – are produced in Germany. Among them are travel mugs telling coffee drinkers “Do everyone a favour and go back to bed” and“You bring others happiness… when you leave”. Anti-greeting cards, snot rags

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(“Just cry!”) and hair combs (“Your hairs are numbered”) are among the products sold internationally. The range is wider on the German market and expands con- stantly. Every year, between five to ten new products are brought to market ma- turity.“When compared with other prod- ucts in the gift sector, we are complete- ly different when it comes to style and quality,” explains Pohl. “Every product is made with a lot of love and is something we would buy ourselves.”

Today, more than 1,000 quotes already exist for the cookies and Andreas Pohl and his team work with professional text experts to write new ones constantly. “But we also think about new ideas our- selves – when having a glass of wine or a beer and even under the shower,” says

a glass of wine or a beer and even under the shower,” says Pohl. The quotes
a glass of wine or a beer and even under the shower,” says Pohl. The quotes

Pohl. The quotes are all, in a way, more than just teasing and are often a tiny bit cruel and simply not “nice”. Nice is bor- ing. People want authenticity, says Pohl, and not only good luck charms or colour- ful teddy bears with “I love you” hearts. “But there is a certain mark we do not overstep,” adds Andreas Pohl. “We have moral compass when it comes to how far we can go.” It should sting a bit, but not severely hurt anyone’s feelings. So, what makes Misfortune Cookies so popular and outstanding? They are everything but definitely not mainstream. “And that is something customers have realised,” says Andreas Pohl. Now, instead of con- tinuing reading: “Give up. At least for today.”

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  |  Special Theme Take a bow: |  Made in Germany Stange bow ties let you
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  |  Special Theme Take a bow: |  Made in Germany Stange bow ties let you
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Stange bow ties let you show your personal style

Family-owned Stange Berlin is the only self-manufacturer of bow ties in Germany and was originally founded in 1934. From the colourful to the classic, Stange Berlin offers a wealth of choice and a bow tie for every occasion.

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Providing some insight into what has kept the business going, Jürgen Stange, second- generation leader of Stange Berlin says:

“Our product is an accessory for individ- ualists and we have created a niche that stands out from what is nowadays mass produced in Asia.”

Speaking about what he likes best about the work, he says:“I particularly enjoy our cooperation with the Italian silk weavers, and knowing we produce products that fulfil not only our high-quality expecta- tions, but those of our customers as well.”

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For the Stange family, bow ties are a sym- bol of individuality and self-esteem and they allow the wearer to express these sentiments in their own personal way. “The bow tie can be viewed as the crown of every outfit,” explains Jürgen Stange.“It sets the tone and feel of any look, either through its harmony with the rest of the outfit or through its contrast.” The two most popular Stange bow ties are the‘profi’ and the‘easy’, both available in six different forms. The former is manufactured in one piece according to specific collar widths and tied by the wearer, while the latter is

pre-bound and simply adjusted. The com- pany will gladly take on special requests for custom-made products as well.

Although holding on to their traditions, Stange Berlin has still moved into the modern age. Besides visiting them at their Berlin location, customers can browse through their collection and purchase their wares through their online shop. Speaking on how the bow tie has maintained its al- lure over time, Jürgen Stange says: “The world is changing. Often, it’s the small things that have the biggest effect, and that extends to very personal matters as well.” For those ready to set themselves apart from the crowd, an elegant and eye-catch- ing bow tie makes a bold statement.

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Germany   |  Special Theme   |  Made in Germany Knitwear to love Soft, comfortable and

Knitwear to love

Soft, comfortable and long-lasting: with Leuchtfeuer’s high-quality knitwear made in Germany, one can feel the difference. The products of the long-established family business are made of high-quality wool and wool blends – representative for the company’s commitment to care and well-being.

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In our fast-paced world, where the slo- gan ‘quantity over quality’ is omnipresent, high-quality materials like wool increas- ingly fall into oblivion. But the Lilienthal- based family business Leuchtfeuer seeks to fundamentally change this. After all, wool is a natural fibre that provides unique properties that no synthetic fibre could ever provide. For example, wool offers ide- al temperature regulation during all activi- ties, even when wet, and allows the wearer to move around comfortably.

Wool absorbs up to 30 per cent of its own weight in moisture, such as sweat, without actually feeling wet and still keeping warm. It also does not start to smell. Furthermore, wool is water- repellent and possesses impressive

moisture management. It is also known for its mechanical self-cleaning abili- ty and thus does not get dirty as quick- ly. Further advantages of wool are that the fibre rarely creases, that it is of low flammability and that it is, of course, very comfortable to wear as the extremely fine fibres adapt to the skin.

Therefore, it seems no wonder that wool is the material of choice for Leuchtfeuer’s exceptional outdoor clothing – perfect for work, exercise, relaxation and outdoor activities. Influenced by North Germany’s maritime heritage and tough climate, the firm’s products are made to last. Its prod- uct portfolio, which includes contempo- rary styles and timeless classics, ranges from high-quality Troyer sweaters and

classics, ranges from high-quality Troyer sweaters and hats to socks, scarves and knitwear for men and

hats to socks, scarves and knitwear for men and women.

A history of success

Leuchtfeuer Strickwaren, as an authentic family business, has supplied knitwear to customers, specialist retailers and textile industry partners for over half a century. Founded by Adolf Grohmann in North Germany in 1956 and now run in the third generation, the company balanc- es tradition and future goals. A strong entrepreneurial spirit is combined with extensive experience, quality craftsman- ship and innovative industrial process- es and technologies. “From the yarn to the end product, the quality of goods is constantly monitored and brought to the market with a clear conscience. The yarns are subject to permanent quality control. We have always had a strong focus on using and sourcing excellent sustainable materials and wools,” explains CEO Olaf Grohmann.

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Germany   |  Special Theme   |  Made in Germany Frank Schönleber. Sustainable winegrowing with a
Frank Schönleber.
Frank Schönleber.

Sustainable winegrowing with a centuries-old tradition

The first indication to viticulture in Monzingen can be dated back to the year 778. The forefathers of winegrowers Schönleber have held onto their winegrowing traditions since the middle of the 18th century.

of the vines, it was not too hot and there were quite a few extensive rainfalls. To - day, ten years later, the wines from this site are already of great quality. Yet, it will take some more years before they show enough depth to carry the name of the famous VDP.GROSSE LAGE ® (grand cru) Halenberg on the label. These wines from Monzingen have been awarded with the rating ‘world class’ in the relevant wine guides in Germany.

So, what is the wine expert’s insider tip? “My favourite Riesling is the Mineral,” Schönleber reveals.“It has a strong, special character and one can always discover new exciting aspects of it.”

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Wine cellar.
Wine cellar.

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The viticulture at VDP-Weingut Emrich- Schönleber is based on three principles:

their wine offers true drinking pleasure; it is authentic, showing unflatteringly its origin; and it has a distinctive character; wines that are ‘only’ good are not enough. These principles have been natural long before they were actually formulated and set out in writing, as Frank Schönleber, holder and winemaker of the estate, ex- plains. “Our principles are based on our own experiences in drinking wine. Of course, we try many different wines, but we always realise that we only empty the bottle if one can assume that that the prin- ciples were fulfilled for that specific wine. That’s why it has been always our aim to produce these kind of wines.”

The Emrich-Schönleber estate is located in Monzingen, in the region of Nahe. The grapes grow very closely to the winery,

within a radius of only three kilometres. In total, Emrich-Schönleber’s vineyard area has a size of 19 hectares. Riesling is their favourite variety and makes up more than 85 per cent of the cultivation, along with Grauburgunder, Weißburgunder and Müller-Thurgau.

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A decade on the big screen

In this interview, Michael Fassbender talks through some of his most famous roles over the past ten years, discusses how he gets into character, his journey to stardom, the people who helped him along the way and more.

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It has been ten years since Michael Fassbender shot to fame on the big screen in Hunger. The German-born actor, who grew up in Killarney, Ireland, was 30 when he got his big break in Steve McQueen’s biopic of Irish republican hunger-striker Bobby Sands. Now, at 40, he is a two-time Academy Award nomi- nee (12Years a Slave, Steve Jobs), a SAG and Critics Choice Award winner (Inglourious Basterds) and a British Independent Film Award winner (Shame, Hunger) – to name some of his many accolades.

He has also done his turn as a super- hero playing Magneto in Marvel’s X-Men movies and starred as Macbeth in Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Other films of note include play- ing Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method and donning a papier-mâché head to play a character inspired by comedy musician Frank Sidebottom in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank. In his latest pro- ject, Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, the

sequel to the legendary director’s Alien prequel Prometheus, he is seen reprising his character of sentient android David.

So Michael, you shot to fame with Hunger, which you made ten years ago, and you’ve now made three movies with Steve McQueen. How did you find each other?

Michael Fassbender: Well, really I have to thank a casting director called Gary Davy. He called me in to meet Steve initially. I’d got the script for Hunger and I was very sensitive to the material. My mum comes from the north and I just wanted to make sure that if we were making a film about this topic that it was handled with the ut- most respect.

Had you heard of Steve or did you know his work before getting the script?

Michael Fassbender: No I didn’t. I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to art, I have to

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say. Embarrassingly so. So Gary was like, ‘you’ve got to come in and meet this guy’. It wasn’t like my door was getting knocked down with offers or anything [laughs] so I went in to meet Steve and I immediately knew that I had to work with him, that he was special.

What was it?

Michael Fassbender: It was just the way he answered my questions. […] Just the way he talked about people… Steve has got such an empathy for humanity. He loves people in all their greatness and in their flaws. It was palpable sitting there with him. So, I left the room thinking ‘that was a good meeting’. I was pretty happy.

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And then I later found out he hated me [laughs].

Really? Why did he hate you?

Michael Fassbender: I don’t know. I think he said I was arrogant [laughs]. But I don’t understand. I guess I was maybe a little defensive. I hadn’t been working a lot and I don’t know how I came across in the room. I thought I came across well but that just goes to show how much I know. But Gary again said to Steve, ‘you need to get him back in and let him read and do the scene, this is the guy for the part’. So I came in and I did a section of the scene between Bobby and the priest and then they offered it to me after that.

What is the difference between making a big Hollywood sci-fi film with someone like Sir Ridley Scott, or an X-Men film, compared to the work you’ve done with Steve McQueen?

Michael Fassbender: Patience [laughs].

It’s a slow process. With Steve it’s fast.

Like Steve shot

Hunger was because there was the break in between and I went off for ten weeks to lose the weight and then we came back and shot the last ten days. But Shame was shot in 25 days, that was tight but it’s not unreasonable to think. But he shot 12Years a Slave in 35 days with one camera, which is nuts. So, we work fast. Whereas on the big productions you work slowly.

I can’t remember what

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There are some funny scenes in your movies like Frank. We don’t see you do comedy enough. Do you like comedy?

Michael Fassbender: I do. I try and sort of bring it in wherever I can. Like David (Prometheus, Alien: Covenant) as well, there are some fun moments there. It’s some- thing that I have to do more of.

Would you ever do a full-on comedy?

Michael Fassbender: Absolutely yeah. May- be people don’t think of me [laughs]. I spoke to Seth Rogen about it. We’d met before, I was a fan of his work. I think I threw a blueberry at him actually, it was at one of these dinners and he was at the table across the way and so that was our introduction and then I got talking to him. So, when we were on Jobs he said, ‘I thought we’d work together at some point but I thought it would be in one of my movies’. So yeah, maybe at some point.

You choose characters that push boundaries and sometimes you have to do extreme things for your roles. Is that the kind of thing you seek out?

Michael Fassbender: It appears so some- times [laughs]. I don’t know. I guess I’ve always wanted to learn as much as I can in the time that’s been afforded to me. And the roles that have really attracted me have

been perhaps in an area where I thought, ‘jeez, am I going to be able to pull it off?’ or ‘what sort of scope are these characters in and is it something that I can find or

reach?’

There was a lot of emotion between you and Alicia Vikander in The Light Between Two Oceans. How do you get to that place when you’re shooting an emotional scene?

Michael Fassbender: It can be various dif- ferent ways. Sometimes you try and re- member something that was sad or trau- matic or a time that really affected you emotionally and try and sort of relive that.

That’s one way of doing it. But as the years go on I find that just by relaxing, I try to get to a place where I’m physically and mentally very relaxed and focussed. And then it’s kind of strange because you sort of exercise that muscle over many years and go into that sort of state, it becomes

a trigger.

Finally, what was your most personal experience with a character and most difficult time as a character?

Michael Fassbender: Personal, I suppose would be Hunger, just because I was so hungry [laughs] in more ways than one. I

just wanted to get an opportunity to ‘act’.

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do this for a living. I was 30 and I got this opportunity to play a lead role in a film and I really wanted to make sure I grabbed that opportunity with both hands. And then I also spent ten weeks by myself los- ing the weight and it was a very solitary experience and a very profound one. So that whole story was very personal to me as well. The fact that it was part of my his- tory that’s got to be the most personal. The toughest one was Jobs.

Because of Aaron Sorkin [laughs]?

Michael Fassbender: [laughs] He wrote all that stuff! No, it was just so dense and it was such a mountain. Like I said earlier, I’m a slow learner. When the script arrived for me and the opportunity to play the part I really thought,‘this is not me, this should be somebody else. It’s a miscast scenario’. Then I spoke to my agent and my dad and they were like,‘you’ve got to go for it’. So, I was like,‘okay, I’ll go for it’. But at the be- ginning in rehearsals I was trying to find a way to get out of the job. I remember tell- ing my driver, ‘if I put my arm in the door and you slam it, it should cause a break and should get me out of this gig’. But I thankfully didn’t and I just went back to my room and continued learning the lines. But there were some daunting moments in that process.

Thank you.

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Stylish interior.
Stylish interior.
Carlo Borelli, founder and manager.
Carlo Borelli, founder
and manager.
Al Borgo team.
Al Borgo team.

RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH, AUSTRIA

Italian hospitality and regional delights

The Al Borgo in Vienna is a place where you can feel at home while discovering the manifold layers of Italian regional cuisine. With its stylish interior dominated by hues between dark brown and cream, the combination of cuisine and style has long become an insider tip for celebrities.

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As founder and manager Carlo Borelli states, the main objective behind the Al Borgo was to create a restaurant where high-level culinary standards are met with an ambiance of harmony, reflecting the Italian focus on family and warmhearted hospitality. At the Al Borgo, both business guests and friends enjoy the same wel- coming atmosphere.

After having assembled expertise and skills at world-renowned hotel chains and Viennese restaurants, Carlo Borelli brought the Al Borgo into being through his“sheer love for the hospitality sector”, as he likes to say. The well-hidden insider tip opened its doors in September 2010, located be- tween the Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s cathedral) and the city park, in one of the most popular districts of Vienna. Chef Francesco and his team create daily palatal

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delights of the Italian cuisine with passion and craftsmanship. The fresh preparation of food for them is a matter of course, as well as a changing menu.

Whether in the evening by candlelight or during the day, the Al Borgo team around Carlo Borelli pay attention to their guests’ culinary wishes six days a week. The spe- cial atmosphere of the Al Borgo is marked by its trademark mix of comfort and mod- ern design. All friends of Italian cuisine re- ceive a hearty welcome at the restaurant, amongst which are many celebrities from TV and sports. Actor and frequent guest Alfons Haider is even known for occasion- ally jumping in as “waiter” or “sous chef”, for extra entertainment.

Apart from organising regular live music concerts through to roaring New Year’s

Eve events, Carlo Borelli and his chef Francesco co-create a constantly chang- ing, season-oriented menu. They intro- duce regional delicacies at the weekly ‘Settimanas’ and offer an impressive se- lection of more than 100 wines, delicious Grappas and, of course, their Limoncello.

“Borgo means a small spot of Italy,”the pa- drone states, “a place where people meet and the clocks are going a little slower.” Being at Al Borgo therefore simply means being at home.

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Open-air ambiance.
Open-air ambiance.
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FRANK’S. Photo: © Leonardo Ramirez Photography
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MERCADO. Photo: © C.U.G.
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FRANK’S. Photo: © Leonardo Ramirez Photography

20 years of culinary pleasures in Vienna

The world of international cuisine has become big indeed; various types of European, Asian, American or countless other types of food are omnipresent. Three exceptional restaurants in Vienna are exemplary for this trend.

TEXT: SILKE HENKELE

and then cooked to perfection in a pizza oven fired with beech wood,” says Piber, explaining the uniqueness of restaurants FRANK’S, MERCADO and YOHM.

Inspired by extensive travels to many parts of the world and discontented with

“Back then, McDonald’s or Pizza Hut

ing the beginnings and the ensuing suc- cess of his first restaurant.

While all three restaurants focus on differ- ent cuisines, their food shares an undis- putedly outstanding and uncompromising

A visit to either FRANK’S, YOHM or

the somewhat bleak scarceness of menus listing fresh ingredients in Vienna, Klaus Piber, owner of a variety of restaurants, es- tablished FRANK’S American Bar & Res- taurant & Music in Vienna’s first district more than 20 years ago.

were representative of American food in Vienna. Fascinated by the immense variety of American cuisine, I wanted to change this very limited and somewhat biased perception here at home. FRANK’S, the result of my considerations, definitely hit

Other restaurants followed. The menu at YOHM, for example, lists dishes that reinterpret Asian cuisine, while at res- taurant MERCADO guests are offered Latin-American-inspired dishes with a light and aromatic twist. “The concepts of these three restaurants cut their very own paths. We do not intend to present our guests with authentic international cuisine but with an attractive approach that reinterprets and underlines the multitude of flavours of the Asian and Latin-American cuisine. At FRANK’S, we

quality that has been a convincing argu- ment for gourmets and epicures alike for more than 20 years. “My team and I, we have always set out to delight our guests with an ever-changing offer of delicious and exceptional flavours in a professional yet personal atmosphere. So we are par- ticularly proud that even after 20 years we are still able to surprise our guests’ taste buds with fresh sensations,”exults Piber.

MERCADO is certain to convince you and your palate - the choice is all yours!

a mark and developed into what you may call a hotspot for dry-aged Austrian and

also focus on the manner of preparation. We are the only restaurant who dry-ages

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wet-aged American steaks, popular with

steaks in an ageing chamber on location.

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both locals and visitors,”says Piber, recall-

Our meat is seared on a lava stone grill

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TOP LUXURY HOTEL

Very British

– Schlosshotel Kronberg

Built in 1889 by Victoria Empress Frederick in English Tudor style, the castle ‘Schloss Friedrichshof’ became a castle hotel of the first order in 1954 and has impressed with its tradition, imperial atmosphere and special British flair since. Today, the breathtaking five-star superior hotel, owned by the family foundation of the Landgrave and Princess of Hesse, is an established name in the high-end international hotel scene and poses as a cosmopolitan place where tradition meets modernity.

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In the car, the romantic castle hotel can be reached in only a few minutes from Frank- furt’s city centre or the international airport. Idyllically situated in a listed park on the outskirts of Kronberg in the Taunus moun- tains, the hotel poses as the perfect place for private vacations and business trips alike.

Live like an empress

The Schlosshotel Kronberg counts to- wards Germany’s most exceptional castle hotels – not least because of its 62 mag- nificent rooms and suites. Each one of the eight luxurious single rooms, 42 fantastic double rooms, 11 exclusive suites and the

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unique, historic royal suite are individual- ly furnished and fulfil the guests’premium demands. Canopy beds, Toile-de-Jouy wallpapers, open fireplaces or precious furniture bestow an imperial ambiance upon each room. In recent years, exten- sive reconstruction and modernisation measures were conducted to implement the highest technical, design and comfort standards. Princess Floria of Hesse and the British interior designer Nina Campbell were responsible for the magnificent in- terior design. Exclusive fabrics, cushions and carpets, as well as holistic colour, pat- tern and room concepts define the interior

Golfers in front of Schlosshotel Kronberg.

design. Beds of the highest quality, marble bathrooms and luxurious care products round off the hotel’s luxurious offerings. Additionally, numerous antiques and artworks of Empress Victoria Friedrich can be found in the salons and suites. Emperor Wilhelm II’s desk, for example, still stands in the royal suite.

Furthermore, the hotel’s highest levels im- press with great views of Frankfurt’s sky- line and guests that book a balcony room can not only enjoy a panoramic view of

with great views of Frankfurt’s sky- line and guests that book a balcony room can not

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Kronberg castle, but can also look over the hotel’s extensive castle gardens. Speaking of castle gardens: designed as an English landscape garden and equipped with a historical rose field, it poses as the perfect backdrop for relaxation. Why not stroll down to the Empress’ grotto, an idyllic place in the castle gardens where Victoria Empress Frederick used to have her af- ternoon tea?

Exclusive pleasures

Also embedded into the 58-hectare-large, listed park complex of Schlosshotel Kronberg is one of Europe’s most beau- tiful 18-hole golf courses. The holes with steep slopes, undulating fairways, small creeks and doglegs even challenge golf- ers with low handicaps. No wonder the golf course is a chosen venue for many notable tournaments and golf events. After an eventful game of golf, one should not miss Schlosshotel Kronberg’s culi- nary highlights. The culinary team cooks a French-inspired cuisine, while putting special emphasis on seasonal products from the region. Besides serving tasty classical dishes in the menus, guests can

Golfing at Schlosshotel Kronberg.
Golfing at Schlosshotel Kronberg.

also look forward to new, modern crea- tions, a vast variety of fine international wines, as well as own wines from Prince of Hesse’s winery that are served on the castle terrace in summer. Here, one can enjoy a magnificent view of the park. However, eating inside in one of Hesse’s most beautiful saloons is a pleasure itself. At the time of Victoria Empress Freder- ick, royal personalities already dined here and today, small details like the Prussian emblem on the mantel or the Gothic ceil- ing’s English rose remind guests of the hall’s impressive past.

Furthermore, the Victoria Lounge on the castle terrace invites guests for extensive relaxation in summer, whether for lunch, for small delicacies during sunset or sim- ply for a refreshing drink in between. In Jimmy’s Bar, on the other hand, heavy leather armchairs, wood-panelled walls and piano live music give guests the feeling of a classic British bar. Here, one can indulge in creative cocktail creations like the ‘Kaiser Friedrich Cocktail’ with homemade thyme vodka, a wide range of whiskeys and gins, an exquisite selection

‘Blauer Salon’.
‘Blauer Salon’.
Summer terrace.
Summer terrace.

of cigars and a tasty menu with small dishes.

Globally distinguished tradition and comfort From generation to generation, the family of Hesse succeeded in modernising the castle without losing its classical flair and tradition. This commitment paid off: since 2009, the five-star superior hotel has been member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World™’ and was awarded the ‘World Travel Award’ as Germany’s best resort hotel for the fourth time in 2015. In 2016, the Schlosshotel Kronberg was named Germany’s ‘Luxury Cultural Retreat’ at the ‘World Luxury Hotel Awards’ and it was honoured as the ‘Hotel of the Year 2017’ by the Schlemmer Atlas.

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Dream weddings and business meetings

The magnificent castle hotel also poses as the   perfect backdrop for a variety of events, weddings, 

private parties or business meetings. For the latter, 

eight modern conference rooms for up to 350 peo-

ple can be found in the historical castle building.  

Wedding in the ‘Grüner Salon’

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Discover Germany   |  Wine & Dine |  Bataillard Successful marketing for wine brands The wine

Successful marketing for wine brands

The wine market is characterised by an abundance of many different wines. Swiss-based wine merchant and marketer specialist Bataillard offers an inspiring concept for the sales and distribution of high-quality wine that makes the company a trustworthy partner for wine shops, retailers, gastronomy and end consumers alike.

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PHOTOS: BATAILLARD

Wine merchant Bataillard can look back on

a long and colourful history. What start-

ed as an importer and exporter for wheat back in the 16th century, has today become

a successful wine merchant of Swiss and

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international exquisite wine brands. “Our history is a notable one indeed. It is marked by determination, innovation, and quality orientation and constitutes the fundament of what Bataillard represents today,” says

Stefan Keller, CEO of Bataillard AG, proud- ly explaining Bataillard’s beginnings.

More than a wine merchant

To call Bataillard a wine merchant is an understatement and describes only one aspect of its business.“Bataillard is much more than a wine merchant. While we focus on the import and distribution of high-quality wine brands mainly from Switzerland (Provins, Delea), Italy (Senza Parole, Villa Sandi), Spain (Mariposa, Contino), France (Guigal, Jacquart), Chile

(Montes) and Argentina (Kaiken) and many other countries, our standards and visions are more complex and go beyond this focus. We market international wine brands as well as our own brands through our B2B business partners. One of the big differences though is the fact that we are actively involved in the marketing of these brands,” says Keller, outlining Bat- aillard’s concept.

Bataillard, the marketing expert

“Bataillard is people-centred and family- owned and both transcends into the company’s atmosphere; our decisions are marked by long-term vision rather than short-sighted profit making, which gives our business a very strong fundament. We are very lucky to have a team that shares and supports this vision. It is thus 100 per cent committed to its work and the par- ticular familial atmosphere we strongly encourage here at Bataillard,”Keller elab- orates. “Ultimately Baillard’s focus is al- ways on the end consumer, and the close cooperation with our B2B partners serves to that end.

While it may be unusual to discuss and draft marketing concepts with one’s cus- tomers, Bataillard sees itself in the role of a service provider. “We consider our wines to be marketable brands and our business partners to be a valuable link to the end-consumer: We have 110 peo- ple working at Bataillard, and 45 of them are employed in marketing/sales-related positions. So, nearly half of our staff are involved in the marketing of our brands and the support of our partners – a number that clearly shows our firm be- lief in the importance of a consumer- oriented cooperation with our business al- lies,” says Keller and adds,“a cooperation, by the way, which we are currently looking to expand to an international level.”

In order to have a well-grounded know- ledge of the end-consumer’s demands, Bataillard has initiated a close cooperation with trend agencies that regularly supply Bataillard with up-to-date trend studies. “Thanks to these studies, we are in a posi- tion to evaluate current and future trends and thus in corporation with our business partners develop holistic marketing strate-

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gies ranging from the taste of a product, its label, marketing campaigns and similar,” Keller further elucidates.

Bataillard, the innovator

Its future and people-oriented concept as well as its highly dedicated, service- oriented staff has made Bataillard one of the most important wine merchants in Switzerland. Both factors have also made sure that while the overall consumption of wine in Switzerland has recently dropped by two litres per person, Bataillard has still managed to grow by an impressive three per cent. This figure clearly supports Bat- aillard’s approach, which is based on expe- rience, innovation and a close connection with its business partners.

“While we are aware that the concept of

a

densely supported partnership network

is

a novelty on the wine market, Bataillard

does not grow tired of looking for (and finding) other areas to introduce valuable

innovations. We have, for example, noticed that there are certain areas of public life that seem inaccessible for the consump- tion of wine. This is particularly true for business areas that for, a multitude of rea- sons, are sensitive to weight, handling, or security, as for example in-flight catering.” They have therefore launched a set of PET- packaged wine (filled on-site in Batail- lard’s own state-of-the-art bottling fa- cility), which is successfully being tested by a number of airlines. “As a service to our customers, we have also initiated the improvement of the digitalisation of our offers and services, which will be online soon,”says Keller.

Merchants are only very rarely actively in- volved in the marketing of their products, and Bataillard is a very good example of how this type of marketing can be lifted to a higher level.

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Josephin Busch

Udo Lindenberg’s all-purpose weapon

Best known as playing the female lead role in Udo Lindenberg’s musical Hinterm Horizont (Beyond the Horizon), German actress Josephin Busch has just released her first EP. She talks to Discover Germany about playing in the theatre, her music, the love for Berlin and much more.

You were born in Berlin and still live in the city today. Why do you love Berlin so much? Could you ever imagine moving away?

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You are especially known as Udo Lindenberg’s all-purpose weapon as you do concerts with him, while also playing the lead role in his musical Hinterm Horizont. What is it like to work with a star like him?

J. Busch: It’s incredible to work with Udo because he meets each person eye-to-eye and gives one every trust in the world so that you can thrive and go openly and courageously on stage alongside him.

In April, you released your first EP Jetzt (Now). What is the song about?

J. Busch: The song is about the fact that many of life’s beautiful moments often just flash by. I sometimes have the feel- ing that I quickly want to turn on the slow-motion apparatus to point out to myself that the moment that happens now will be gone again soon. You can’t hold onto anything in life, you can just enjoy the moment. That’s what the song is about. What time is it? It doesn’t mat- ter. There’s no yesterday, no tomorrow, only now!

What is the greatest thing about German music and German lyrics?

J. Busch: German music simply touches

me much more directly because I feel each word, each pun and each emotion directly as a story and because I under- stand everything without the need for translation. It’s very personal to write in German. You have to watch out that the texts are very direct as they don’t forgive any carelessness. When artists like Udo or Marteria, who I’m a big fan of, achieve this, then this is simply the coolest.

At the moment, one can also see you as detective superintendent Lucy Elbe in the sixth season of Letzte Spur Ber- lin. What is exciting about this role?

J. Busch: I like how Lucy grows in herself

and more and more finds into her job, while always keeping true to herself. She comes from humble conditions, is a true Berliner and always gives her best in her job, as well as in life.

If you had to decide between singing or acting? What would you prefer?

J. Busch: I can’t decide. Decision-making is

not one of my strengths. For me, making this decision would be the same as aban- doning one of my senses or one of my legs.

J. Busch: I have my surroundings here, my

roots. I can hardly imagine giving all this up. I like everything that this city breathes. There ought to happen something rather extreme to entice me away from Berlin.

What else is planned for this year? What can we look forward to?

J. Busch: This year will already be quite

taken up by Letzte Spur Berlin and my mu- sic. At Udo’s tour in May, I supported him as a guest here and there. I want to play my own songs live this year and, since June, we also shoot the seventh season of Letzte Spur Berlin. Let’s see – if a great project comes up, I will be somehow able to do it as well [smiles].

Is there an absolute dream role that you would love to get? What other dreams and wishes does Josephin Busch have?

J. Busch: I am still keen on many exciting

roles that are yet to come. I obviously still

don’t know them as they still get devel- oped, but I would love to try everything

out. I love love stories, dramas or histor- ical movies, but a comedy would also re- ally interest me. And I also want to stick

yes, yes… turn on the

slow-motion apparatus!

with the theatre

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Left: Museum   der  Moderne  Salzburg,  Mönchsberg.   Photo:  ©   Marc  Haader

Centre: Museum   der  Moderne  Salzburg,  Rupertinum.   Photo:  ©   Marc  Haader

Right: Sabine  Breitwieser,  director  of   Museum   der  Moderne  Salzburg.  Photo:  ©   Maria  Ziegelböck

Bottom:   William   Kentridge  More Sweetly Play the Dance,   2015,  exhibit   at  the  EYE   Filmmuseum,  Amsterdam, 2015.    Photo:  ©   Studio   Hans   Wilschut  Courtesy   William   Kentridge,  Marian  Goodman   Gallery,  Goodman  Gallery   and   Lia  Rumma  Gallery

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Outstanding exhibitions and memorable sites

Salzburg, famous for wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Salzburg Festival, has so much more to offer. Museums come to mind – in particular the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

South African artist William Kentridge, which comprises of immersive multime- dia installations on view on the premises on the Mönchsberg as well as an over- view of his work for the theatre and op- era stage in the Rupertinum. The latter is especially exciting because it shows the artist’s developing work of his production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, an opera that is going to be performed at this year’s Salzburger Festspiele – an event that is certain to underline the museum’s status as a major venue and an innovative hot- spot for contemporary art.

www.museumdermoderne.at/en

hot- spot for contemporary art. www.museumdermoderne.at/en TEXT: SILKE HENKELE | PHOTOS: MUSEUM DER MODERNE SALZBURG

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The museum, housed in a newly built structure right on top of Salzburg’s Mönchsberg and in the Rupertinum in the centre of Salzburg’s quaint old town, is widely celebrated for its striking prem- ises. In recent years, it has held impressive solo exhibitions by female artists in par- ticular and groundbreaking exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in general. Some of the most distinguished works on view are part of the General Foundation Collection, which agreed to permanently loan its top-class collection of contempo- rary art to the museum.

This marks an important collaboration in- itiated by Sabine Breitwieser who, when she became director of the museum, strongly felt that with an on-going, ever- developing artistic scene, the museum’s focus on classic media like prints, photo-

graphy, paintings as well as sculptures, needed to be widened to also include architecture, dance and performance art

and, in particular, cross-border art forms. This programme was enthusiastically wel- comed by the public and put the Museum der Moderne Salzburg on the internation-

al map of highly acclaimed museums.

The museum’s concept embraces a multi- tude of national and international art- ists and likewise maintains collabora-

tions with Austrian as well as overseas institutions; a characteristic that makes the Museum der Moderne Salzburg one of the most singular in Austria. One of the museum’s upcoming exhibitions is

a novel cooperation with the Salzburger

Festspiele(Salzburg Festival). In summer,

the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is going to host an exhibition of works by

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Bye-bye Grossstadtdschungel. Rein in die Natur.

Ein wilder Natur- und Tierpark für Entdecker. Nur 40 Minuten von Zürich entfernt und täglich für Sie geöffnet.

Ein wilder Natur- und Tierpark für Entdecker. Nur 40 Minuten von Zürich entfernt und täglich für
Ein wilder Natur- und Tierpark für Entdecker. Nur 40 Minuten von Zürich entfernt und täglich für

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The Autostadt’s summer festival ‘Cirque Nouveau’:

Urbanatix on the harbour stage. Photo: © Matthias Leitzke

Wolfsburg

North Germany’s underrated gem

On around 204 square kilometres, Wolfsburg presents itself as a young, modern city. Unlike any other city of its size, Wolfsburg offers numerous great leisure activities for city travellers who want to spend a couple of days here.

TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF

Nestled between the Harz Mountains in the south and the Lüneburg Heath in the north-west, Wolfsburg has a great deal to offer. Whether you want to spend a relax- ing day in nature, visit historic alleys, go on a shopping spree, see state-of-the- art museums or indulge in great culi- nary treats, Lower Saxony’s fifth-largest city has it all – and most attractions can be reached by foot from the city centre’s main station. Known internationally for its Volkswagen factory that became the world’s largest industrial enterprise and automotive plant under one roof, Wolfsburg’s visitors can also look forward to an exciting insight into the world of automobile production.

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Of course, with the rise of the Volkswagen production plant, Wolfsburg’s population also grew. While 22,000 people called Wolfsburg their home in 1948, today, around 125,400 people live in Wolfsburg. With the increase of inhabitants, the num- ber of tourists has also steadily grown. At just over 70 years old, it impresses with numerous attractions that are unique in Germany.

Cars and currywurst

First of all, when we talk about Wolfsburg, we have to talk about Europe’s largest auto- motive group, Volkswagen. Here, in one of the world’s largest plants, more than 70,000 people are employed. Furthermore,

with around 10,000 employees, the com- pany’s research and development depart- ment is Europe’s largest extramural inno- vation centre.

One great experience for the entire fam- ily is a visit to Volkswagen’s production facilities during the week. Or why not head to the architecturally impressive, 28-hectare-large park and laguna land- scape, the Autostadt, where Volkswagen’s brands architecturally and artistically stage their respective brand philosophy in several pavilions? Furthermore, with the multi-brand car museum ZeitHaus, many seasonal shows, interesting theme- based exhibitions and numerous ad- venture attractions, the Autostadt offers many highlights throughout the year. For example, from 12 July to 20 August 2017, the CIRQUE NOUVEAU, the Autostadt’s summer festival, will attract many cul- ture enthusiasts. The six-week festival

programme will feature more than 300 breathtaking shows with artists and per- formers from around the world. Children, teenagers and adults alike can look for- ward to introductory courses, workshops, as well as a hands-on circus. Additionally, the Park World and the Water World will invite visitors to discover, take part and enjoy. After an eventful day at this exciting theme park, one should not miss one of Volkswagen’s most popular originals: the currywurst. Together with the company’s own curry ketchup, it is a favourite meal in the plant and the city centre alike. In 2015, Volkswagen produced 7.2 million sausages in its in-house abattoir – thus selling even more sausages than Volkswagen

Enchanting history meets innovation

Futuristic high-tech architecture and light-flooded building structures or old churches and historic buildings: you can find all of this inWolfsburg.While the mod- ern city centre offers an abundance of great shopping opportunities and impressive,

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Summer in the Autostadt, Cool Summer Island. Photo: © Waldemar Salesski
Summer in the Autostadt,
Cool Summer Island.
Photo: © Waldemar Salesski
Wolfsburg Castle and the Wake Park for water skiing. Photo: © WMG Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg Castle and the Wake Park for water skiing. Photo: © WMG Wolfsburg

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View from THE VIEW skybar onto the Volkswagen factory and the Autostadt. Photo: © Janina
View from THE VIEW skybar onto the Volkswagen factory
and the Autostadt. Photo: © Janina Snatzke

contemporary architecture, history enthu-

siasts will also find their fair share of treats as small towns that are over 1,000 years old are as part of Wolfsburg as modern, architectural masterpieces. The moated castle in Neuhaus, the artisan street in Vorsfelde or Fallersleben’s old town will take visitors back to long-gone periods. Fallersleben, for example, is the birth place of Hoffmann von Fallersleben, the writer

of the German national anthem. The town

itself impresses with a beautiful old town with numerous half-timbered houses and

a castle from the 16th century in which

a museum can be found. After an inter-

esting day trip, one can relax in the ‘Altes

Brauhaus’ (old brewery) where beer is still brewed to this day.

Another great way to spend a day in Wolfsburg is to explore the many interest- ing museums. Art enthusiasts should defi-

nitely not miss Wolfsburg’s art museum. The large exhibition hall gets an architec- tural overhaul from project to project and serves as the perfect shell for showcasing international contemporary art, themat-

ic exhibitions or elaborate artist projects.

Visitors can expect four changing exhi- bitions per year that also integrate works of the museum’s own extensive collec-

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tion. Until 3 September 2017, Hans op de Beeck’s Out of the Ordinary exhibition can be admired here. In the phaeno, on the other hand, children and adults can learn about the world of natural scienc- es. At over 350 experimentation stations, in visitor laboratories, the idea forum or the science theatre, one can vividly expe- rience astounding facts from the world of science and technology. A current exhi- bition, called Manometer! Die unglaubliche Ausstellung über deinen Körper will run until 11 February 2018 and explores the human body. The phaeno was designed by the Pritzker award-winning architect Zaha Ha- did and,according to experts,counts toward the world’s 12 most important, modern buildings.

Buildings that are just as impressive: the ‘Kulturhaus’, the Stephanus Church’s community centre and the Heilig-Geist Church. They were all designed by the world-famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and they describe Aalto’s most im- portant projects outside of his home coun- try of Finland. Another architectural sight that should not be missed is famous archi- tect Hans Scharoun’s theatre – the only theatre that this important representative of modern architecture ever built.

Delicacies and designer fashion

Of course, visitors can also look forward

to an abundance of great restaurants, cute

cafés, relaxing bars or convivial beer gar-

dens in Wolfsburg. Those that want to try

a first-class menu should head to Aqua

restaurant where Sven Elverfeld (three Michelin stars) cooks on the highest level. After strengthening oneself with great food and tasty drinks, one should visit the de- signer outlets Wolfsburg – Germany’s first inner-city outlet centre. Here, visitors can find over 70 international brands at signifi- cantly reduced prices. On 4 August, visitors can look forward to late-night shopping until 10pm and on 15 and 18 August, live music will enlighten one’s shopping trip from 7pm onwards. If this shopping expe- rience is not yet enough, one can conven- iently walk towards the Porsche Street in the heart of Wolfsburg from here, where boutiques, numerous shops and the ‘City- Galerie’ mall with over 100 shops can be found.

Get active

Sport enthusiasts, on the other hand, should visit the Volkswagen Arena – VfL Wolfsburg’s home ground. The team has been in the Bundesliga for 20 years and its women’s team is also very successful.

With the Grizzlys, who are at home at the Eis Arena, Wolfsburg also has an ice hock- ey team in Germany’s highest ice hockey division (DEL). Another fun-packed ac- tivity for the entire family can be found at Wolfsburg’s Allersee: the high rope course ‘monkeyman’. Here, one can push one’s boundaries on an obstacle course that comprises numerous exciting stations that must be overcome in heights between four and 13 metres.

Let’s talk business

With Volkswagen’s headquarters based in Wolfsburg, it seems no wonder that the city counts towards Germany’s five most promising business locations accord- ing to the Handelsblatt and Prognos AG’s Zukunftsatlas 2016. But the city will not rest on its laurels. Together with Volkswagen, the city of Wolfsburg seeks to develop into a model city for digitalisa- tion to further foster the attractiveness of Wolfsburg as a business and living stand- ard location. The city also offers excellent conditions for companies that seek to hold or attend a conference or congress. Around 5,000 hotel beds (primarily in the four-star category) and exciting locations offer the perfect setting for events in Wolfsburg. The great transport links and the convenient location are great conditions for events with participants from all over Germany. A train from Berlin to Wolfsburg only takes 60 minutes and the nearest international air- port is Hannover (HAJ), only 90 kilometres away. From here, a shuttle brings visitors to Wolfsburg in 60 minutes. Of course, the various leisure activities offer unusual pos- sibilities for the framework programme.

www.wmg-wolfsburg.de/travelinfo

Travel offer:

-  Two   nights   in   a   double  room   with     

  breakfast   in   a  hotel   of   one’s  choice     

  on   the  weekend.

-  Day  ticket   for  ‘Autostadt’.  

-  Food   and   beverages  in  the   ‘Autostadt’   

  for  ten   euros  per   person.

-  Day  ticket   for  ‘phaeno’.

-  ‘Brauhausteller’  dish   in   the  ‘Altes   

  Brauhaus   zu  Fallersleben’. 

Price per person in double room: 164,00 euros (including   19  per  cent  VAT)   

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The designer outlets Wolfsburg. Photo: © designer outlets Wolfsburg

DFB-Cup winner 2017. Photo: © VfL Wolfsburg

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Photo: © Marek Kruszewski

Kameha Grand Bonn.

Infinity Pool.
Infinity Pool.

HOTEL OF THE MONTH, GERMANY

Kameha Grand Bonn. Infinity Pool. HOTEL OF THE MONTH, GERMANY Beethoven Suite. Resourceful entertainment giant Green
Beethoven Suite.
Beethoven Suite.

Resourceful entertainment giant

Green technology meets a powerfully designed environment for business and events in the giant wave-shaped Kameha Grand Bonn hotel, situated on the banks of the Rhine river.

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The word ‘Kameha’ stems from the Hawai- ian language and stands for ‘the unique one’. The Kameha Grand Bonn presents itself as a total artwork package, mutually created by the Bonn-based architect Karl- Heinz Schommer and internationally ac- claimed Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, co-founder of the Moooi brand. With its neo-baroque, detail-oriented interior, it offers a potential favourite space for each individual guest. Marcel Wanders stresses that the unique project has created“a space both cool and sexy”. Guest rooms that feel

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open and generous are fitted with luxurious furnishings and cutting-edge technology.

Apart from offering a one-of-a-kind place for a stayover, the Kameha Grand also hosts events like car and product presentations and is conveniently locat- ed and easily accessible. In the evening, enchanted guests enjoy the “only Alpine chalet set by the Rhine river” and come next morning, due to the unique location, one can board a boat trip to Linz starting directly from the hotel grounds.

The Kameha Grand Bonn opened its doors in 2009 and quickly became the event ho- tel of the region. A favourite of both users and experts within the gastronomy sector, the ecological lifestyle hotel has since won numerous prizes. The imposing elliptical structure is situated at the Bonner Bogen, a newly developed area on the banks of the Rhine river. Quickly reached from the Bonn city centre, the site features a pictur- esque view of the Siebengebirge moun- tain range. The architect fondly links the hotel to “the spirit of generosity of the English glass domes and the passages that were built in European cities in the 19th century”.

Generosity is also a main aspect of the ser- vice and one of the prize-winning features

of the Kameha Grand Bonn. In their own words:“Our service is marked by ease, ex- clusivity and individual solutions. From shopping to event ticket to restaurant visit, our guest service team often use their own contacts to suggest insider tips, making your stay a unique experience.”

Green technology is a given with the Kameha Grand Bonn. Up to five floors high, with a gross floor area of 31,100 square metres (a third of which is under- ground), the giant structure features an inhouse geothermal power station, con- nected to one of Europe’s biggest geo- thermal plants and saving a whopping 400 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, compared to a conventional energy sup- ply system.

Apart from investing in its state-of-the- art technology, the hotel sets a primary accent on entertainment and the event

King’s Bed.
King’s Bed.
Atrium.
Atrium.
Queen Suite.
Queen Suite.

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management sector. “A hotel should entertain, inspire and stimulate. That way it needs a design supporting those qualities,” says interior designer Marcel Wanders.“We want to give the guests an absolute life & style ambiance by creat- ing a space full of beauty and surprises.” Guests are invited to explore themed suites such as the ‘Fair Play Suite’, com- plete with punching ball, soccer table and Wii console; the ‘Beethoven Suite’ featur- ing its own piano and the extended ‘Hero Suite’, with a spacious terrace and space for up to eight guests.

For Wellness points, the Kameha SPA and Fitness Power House offers a heated roof- top pool, sauna and steam bath as well as massages and beauty treatments. The ‘In- finity Pool’ especially draws weekend spa guests, who enjoy the special ambiance and the close vicinity to the Rhine river and its picturesque natural panoramas.

As for gastronomic delights, the restau- rant brasserie Next Level serves breakfast buffet in the morning, lunch and dinner, with local specialties prepared and served at the table. The ‘Riverside Terrace’ in- vites for relaxing meals overlooking the Rhine and children playground. There is the Michelin-star Japanese restaurant ‘Yunico’, the Stage Bar & Lounge for ex- otic teas and coffees and last not least the ‘Zino Platinum Cigar Lounge’ for the ci- gar connoisseur.

Kamehameha was the first Hawaiian ruler who managed to unite the various Hawaiian Islands to one single state. The Kameha Grand Bonn may not be an is- land per se, but it certainly has the ap- pearance of a kingdom, where everyone finds all forms of shared entertainment, as well as their very own exclusive retreat.

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HOTEL OF THE MONTH, AUSTRIA

Residing at the top of Vienna

With its luxuriously designed rooms, a chic atmosphere and a rooftop terrace offering a spectacular view, the extravagant hotel LAMÉE in the heart of Vienna is one of the city’s top addresses.

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By combining a 1930s-style Viennese charm with a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Hotel LAMÉE makes guests feel like mov- ie stars, enjoying life to the fullest. Locat- ed in the centre of the city, distances to museums, exclusive shopping spots, the Chamber Opera and other sights are very short. The most direct neighbour of the design hotel is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is just a stone’s throw away and can be perfectly seen from some of the facility’s rooms. Nevertheless, those who prefer to sleep in do not need to worry about waking up when St. Stephen’s 22 bells start tolling since all the windows are sound-proof.

Guests can stay at one of the boutique hotel’s 32 rooms that are all decorated with a loving attention to detail. Whether they choose a Superior room, for example,

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with a king-size bed and a rain shower or a Prestige room featuring Macassar wood and a free-standing bathtub – everyone who has spent a night at the hotel prob- ably does not want to leave anymore. That is also because a team of 50 hotel em- ployees takes care of every guest’s wishes. “If you want to find sports programmes offered nearby or would like to have an- other pillow or a vegan meal, our recep- tion team is looking forward to helping all guests to make their stay as comfortable as possible,” says Isabella Wexberg, hotel manager of LENIKUS Hotels that runs the establishment.

“We are also very proud of our LAMÉE ROOFTOP terrace, which is the most spectacular one inVienna.”On this terrace, which was redesigned just recently by the interior designer Gabriele Lenikus, guests

recently by the interior designer Gabriele Lenikus, guests Left: The LAMÉE Rooftop terrace. Photo: © Katharina
recently by the interior designer Gabriele Lenikus, guests Left: The LAMÉE Rooftop terrace. Photo: © Katharina
recently by the interior designer Gabriele Lenikus, guests Left: The LAMÉE Rooftop terrace. Photo: © Katharina

Left: The LAMÉE Rooftop terrace. Photo: © Katharina Gossow (katharinagossow.com)

Right: Hotel LAMÉE is very close to St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Middle: The Café Bar BLOOM.

Bottom: The Prestige rooms have a free-standing bathtub.

can enjoy a particularly stunning view of the city centre, while drinking a glass of wine or a cocktail.“In summer, we want to offer several extraordinary, creative events, for example club events such as a silent disco or an open-air cinema,” Wexberg states.

“Another highlight is our Café Bar BLOOM situated on the ground floor, where a great range of culinary delights are being served.” Viennese citizens, as well as hotel guests, come to this place to quickly get an espresso or to enjoy lunch or dinner with cocktails. The BLOOM sandwich with grilled beef, bacon, eggs and potato wedges is just one example for various delicious meals.

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Air passengers who directly book their stay at Hotel LAMÉE on www.hotellamee.com can profit from an exclusive offer by using the promotion code ‘LAMEE2017’. The offer is valid until the end of August 2017.

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Top left: Enjoy a relaxing drink at Sky Lounge. Left: Boost your energies with an invigorating breakfast in the bright breakfast room. Right: Sweet dreams in a green superior double room with Regensburg-themed photographs. Bottom: Atrium im Park Hotel in Regensburg – a distinct place to stay.

Particularly distinct

– the Atrium im Park Hotel in Regensburg

UNESCO World Heritage Site Regensburg in South Germany is a gem you may have missed. This may change as Atrium im Park Hotel provides the perfect place to stay during your visit to this inspiring city right on the shores of the Danube.

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Regensburg holds a whole set of alluring

mix

of individuality, regional charm, a high

attractions.Visitors may find romantic plac-

level of service standard and comfort as well

es in Regensburg’s old town as well as by the river; age-old buildings like the Golden Tower, a house tower from the 13th century, may propel you right back into ages long

as a pronounced level of hospitality. “Our hotel is easy to reach. Located in a business park, Atrium im Park Hotel is surrounded by lots of green, which gives the hotel that

gone. “Regensburg and its surroundings

very

particular‘natural feeling’. Restaurants

have a lot to offer and myself and the team

and

other amenities are nearby and park-

at Atrium im Park Hotel want our guests to

ing

spaces are free. The picturesque centre

make the most of their stay in our beautiful city. We see our hotel as a convenient and

of Regensburg is only a 15-minute bus ride away. Our 96 spacious rooms are family

welcoming base from which our guests

friendly and have been styled in a wel-

may explore the magic sites of Regensburg

coming manner that immediately connects

and as a reliable partner for business or

the

guests to Regensburg. A daily bottle of

conference guests,”says Ralf Leidner, direc-

fresh water is complimentary in all rooms

tor at Atrium im Park Hotel.

and

dogs are welcome and well catered for

As part of the Libertas Hotel Group, the Atrium im Park Hotel boasts an appealing

on our premises,”Leidner lists just some of

the many advantages and characteristics of

the Atrium im Park Hotel.

The newly formed service team enhances the experience of a stay at Atrium im Park Hotel.“Our team is an integral part of our hotel’s success and its popularity with our guests. So, no matter whether you organ- ise a conference or whether you are stay- ing with your family, you will always find a friendly, helpful and forthcoming support in each of our team members,” Leidner concludes. Atrium im Park Hotel Regens- burg – a singular hotel in a singular spot.

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The city hall, the Perlach tower and the St. Ulrich church. Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer

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Group of visitors in the Fuggerei. Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer
Group of visitors in the Fuggerei.
Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer
St. Anne’s Church. Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer
St. Anne’s Church.
Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer
City hall with Perlach tower and Augustus fountain. Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer
City hall with Perlach tower
and Augustus fountain.
Photo: Friedrich Stettmayer

Augsburg

Experience‘Italy’s most northern city’

Founded between the Lech and Wertach rivers over 2,000 years ago by Roman troops, Augsburg is the second-oldest city in Germany. Today, one will find several signs of ancient Rome in the city and can also feel a flair from the south. Augsburg rightly calls itself ‘the most northern city of Italy’.

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A popular destination for city and culture tourists alike, many visitors flock to Augs- burg to gaze at exciting exhibitions, to visit great conventions or to discover the innovative university. In this city, a varied architecture that includes medieval guild houses or Renaissance buildings is com- bined with top-class shopping opportuni-

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ties, cute cafés and much more. No won- der, Augsburg is a favourite for tourists all year around.

Today, the Renaissance city hall with the Golden Hall and the splendid fountains and the palaces situated along the his- torical Maximilianstraße are still impres-

The Golden Hall in Augsburg’s city hall. Photo: Siegfried Kerpf, City of Augsburg
The Golden Hall in Augsburg’s city hall.
Photo: Siegfried Kerpf, City of Augsburg

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sive reminders of this ‘golden Augsburg of the Renaissance’. Along Augsburg’s ‘Kaisermeile’, one can relax in the many sidewalk cafés on warm summer days, while enjoying a view of the Augustus fountain, the city hall, the Perlach tower, the Mercury and Hercules fountains, the St. Ulrich churches or the residential pal- ace and savour the unique Mediterranean charm of the city.

Another brilliant aspect is the story of the wealthy Fuggers who left behind the world’s oldest social settlement in Augsburg. The Fuggerei annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.You will find Jakob Fugger‘the Rich’, the Augsburg merchant and banker who financed em- perors, kings and popes and baffled im- perial leaders with his financial power in the Altdeutschen Galerie in the Schaezler palace. Here his portrait hangs, painted by Albrecht Dürer. Jakob’s nephew (who

was most likely the richest man in the world up until today) reconstructed the Fugger buildings into a splendid city pal- ace. Karl V lived here, Luther and Titian were guests. The story of the Fuggers´ rise to Europe’s most important trading house in only three generations is told in the Fugger and Welser Museum.

But you will find even more great names in Augsburg: Leopold Mozart, the father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was also a citizen of Augsburg, as well as Bert Brecht (the poet and author whose works are per- formed on stage worldwide only second to William Shakespeare). The birthplaces of both can be found while strolling through the city of Augsburg.

But these delights are only a few excerpts, and Augsburg has so many faces. Some are easy to find, others must be sought out, in idyllic, narrow lanes in the old part of

town, in the ancient Dom (cathedral), on a walk through the silent bulwarks and in the award-winning parks of this city.

The city of Augsburg is also entering the competition for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The topic ‘Historical water management and water art in Augsburg’ has now been nominated for an entry in the UNESCO list of cultur- al and natural heritage at the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs. A decision is expected for 2019.

For further information please contact:

Regio  Augsburg   Tourismus  GmbH Tourist-Information Rathausplatz   1,   D   -   86150  Augsburg Tel:   ++49  821/50207-0 www.augsburg-tourismus.de tourismus@regio-augsburg.de

Water towers at ‘Rotes Tor’, left: St. Ulrich church. Photo: Reinhard Paland
Water towers at ‘Rotes Tor’, left: St. Ulrich church. Photo: Reinhard Paland
The Fugger and Welser Museum. Photo: Rudolf Morbitzer
The Fugger and Welser Museum. Photo: Rudolf Morbitzer
The historical Maximilianstraße at night. Photo: Reinhard Paland
The historical Maximilianstraße at night. Photo: Reinhard Paland
The Brecht House’s exterior with illumination. Photo: Norbert Liesz, Wolfgang F. Lightmaster
The Brecht House’s exterior with illumination.
Photo: Norbert Liesz, Wolfgang F. Lightmaster

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Find a home away from home and develop it professionally

Behind a dream property – at home or abroad – always hides a property specialist who found or developed it in the first place. Most people prefer to buy such a property in a discreet way. This is something Victor Investment GmbH can guarantee. With its head office in Berlin, the company has a wide portfolio of properties in Germany and abroad.

promotions. In June 2017, the compa- ny finally opened its new retail shop in Grunewald, one of the best living quarters in Berlin, where Victor Investment GmbH now offers high-class flats for national and international clients.“In our view, this of- fers our clients an additional service. For our clients, we want to be as close as pos- sible to our properties,” says Sven Johns, CEL at Victor Investment GmbH.

Clients and their needs are always in the centre no matter where they are looking for a property. To, for example, visualise properties for clients, Victor Investment GmbH works with the newest technology. “Visualisation is very important especially for holiday properties, so that clients get a feeling for a property’s surroundings,”says Nonnenmacher.“We are using 360-degree visualisations, virtual reality lenses and

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Victor Investment GmbH procures and sells upper-class properties in Berlin and other parts of Germany – here lies the company’s main focus. On the other hand, Victor Investment also facilitates holiday homes and larger plots of land for hotels and commercial property developments. Especially in the latter area, confidenti- ality is key. “If it is our client’s wish, we work with all the necessary caution when searching for potential buyers,” says CEO Markus Nonnenmacher. “In great secre- cy, we recently for example mediated the

sale of a large hotel with joint golf course in Northern Germany.” This only became public knowledge – even among people working there – when the client decided to make it so. The client could thus determine when it was the right time to go public and no one let anything slip in advance. “We put great emphasis on implementing our clients’wishes when marketing properties.”

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video footage shot with a drone, 3D floor plans and more.” Indeed, this is an effort not many property investment companies are making for their clients.“But we think that we should always offer our clients the newest technology.”

Victor Investment’s thesis is that own- ing property follows upon great holidays. Whoever has been to a holiday destina- tion more than once might think about buying a property there; they might have felt at home in a foreign city, liked a certain region, the landscape or the people they have met. But since buying a property is far more permanent than renting a hotel room or an apartment, getting profession- al advice in this case is always a good idea. Expert advice secures making the right decision about a property so that people will feel happy about their choice for many years. The company not only works for private clients looking for themselves, but

only works for private clients looking for themselves, but Top left: Mediterranean coast in Croatia, one
only works for private clients looking for themselves, but Top left: Mediterranean coast in Croatia, one

Top left: Mediterranean coast in Croatia, one of the hotspots for vacations and vacation properties in summer 2017 in Europe.

Top centre Clever floor plans, balconies, completely furnished kitchen, pool, renting service for renting out to holiday guests – these are clients’ most important parameters for holiday properties.

Top right: Victor Investment pop-up store for second home properties, Kurfürstendamm 29 in Berlin.

Above: Victor Investment’s office, Kurfürstendamm 29 in Berlin.

Right: The Berlin Marathon directly passes by Victor Investment’s office in Berlin.

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also with property developers planning new investments in foreign countries.

“Choosing the right property is one thing, but afterwards navigating through the le- gal jungle can become quite complicated – especially in an international context,” says Sven Johns, lawyer and CEL at Victor Investment GmbH.“We prepare and pres- ent all the necessary information clients will need. For Croatia, we for example have even created an e-book that tackles the most important legal questions concerning real estate acquisition in that country.”

Croatia is among the top five locations for buyers from the DACH region. The number of overnight stays is constantly growing, so it has become a hotspot for investments in holiday resorts and apart- ments. Victor Investment GmbH advises investors when it comes to choosing the right spot and planning the layout. The

to choosing the right spot and planning the layout. The company also has properties ready for

company also has properties ready for de- velopment in its current portfolio.

Legal questions also play an important role when buying property in Germany – especially if you are from a foreign coun- try and struggle with the German legal system. Here, Victor Investment GmbH’s legal department also offers the necessary support. “When for example a declara- tion of division for a residential complex has to be made,” says Johns. In Germany, the company focuses on three separate areas and markets: hotels, new buildings and project development. At the moment, Victor Investment GmbH has a golf ho- tel in the Frankfurt area and newly built flats in an excellent location in Berlin Grunewald on offer, but also works inten- sively to develop a project with 300 newly built flats in Leipzig.

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The German ‘Strandkorb’

– A piece of German ‘Gemütlichkeit’

The German Strandkorb, literally meaning ‘beach basket’, is a beach chair that has for generations been an integral part of the country’s seaside culture. From spring to autumn, on Germany’s shores, the motto prevails ‘My Strandkorb is my castle’.

TEXT: WIBKE CARTER

If there is one thing that distinguishes Ger- man beaches from any other ones in the world, it has to be the presence of beach chairs. Adorning the beaches of seaside resorts on both the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the sight of hundreds of beach chairs might be a bit strange for foreign first-time visitors, but renting a Strandkorb on holi- day is something quintessentially German and not to be missed.

The beach chair as we know it today was invented in 1882 when Elfriede von Maltzahn was on holiday at the imperial seaside resort of Warnemünde, a part of the Baltic Sea often battered by strong and chilly winds. Doctors advised that the sea air was good for her rheumatoid arthritis,

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while sitting on the sand was certainly not. Unwilling to forgo her annual visits, Von Maltzahn commissioned Wilhelm Bartel- mann, a chief basket maker who resided in nearby Rostock, to weave a windbreak for her. The first ever beach chair, looking something like a large armchair and lik- ened at the time to an “upright washing basket”, was first used on 15 June 1882.

The new invention not only gave shelter from the wind, rain, sand and sun, but the occupant was also hidden from view, affording some privacy. Von Maltzahn’s beach chair became so popular that Bar- telmann began production at once. The following season, in 1883, he designed a two-seater while his business-savvy wife

Elisabeth opened the world’s first Strand- korb rental service. Literature Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann recorded in a letter:

“For writing I must have a roof over my head, and since I enjoy working by the sea better than anywhere else, I need a tent or a wicker beach chair.”

Since about 1910, a typical Strand- korb seats two people. Its roof can be tilt- ed backwards and the back reclines into a comfortable sunbathing position.The arm- rests have foldable trays for mealtimes and drawers at the base transform into leg rests when pulled out, providing storage space for books, unneeded garments and snacks.

Newer add-ons include seat heating and/ or rainproof covers so it is possible to sit through violent storms without becoming damp. There are also models for children and three-seaters for even more space. PVC strips have replaced wicker as the main material, but construction is still a

joint project needing the skills of a carpen- ter, basket maker, seamstress and uphol- sterer, with each Strandkorb taking two days to produce and the finished product usually costing several hundred euros. There are two main designs: the round rolling Baltic Sea version and the straight angular North Sea shape.

Even though German beach chairs are sold in countries as far as Brazil, South Africa, the USA and Japan, they still enjoy their greatest popularity in Germany. It is esti- mated that there are over 70,000 of them along Germany’s coastline. It has also be- come fashionable to furnish living rooms, patios, balconies or gardens with beach chairs. Occasionally, they also decorate ho- tels, restaurants in southern Germany, soc- cer arenas or ski lodges in the Alps.

In 2007, the beach chair was catapulted into the international spotlight when the G8 Summit was held in Mecklenburg- Vorpommern. A ‘Super Strandkorb’, which is two metres high and almost six metres long in the shape of a half hexagon, was specially made. The official ‘family photo’ of the eight world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Presidents Bush and Putin, shows them all sitting together in a blue and white upholstered beach chair in Heiligendamm.

The beach chair is considered a cult ob- ject of German Gemütlichkeit, which has survived two world wars, social and in- dustrial revolutions and the East-West divide of Germany. Many Germans book their beach chairs together with their ac- commodation, some as early as Christmas, and a good number of vacationers become quite attached to their canopied wicker baskets. Regular guests ask for the same beach chair every year such as “beach front row, but not next to Mr X and MrsY”. In a labour of love, often renters then build low sand walls around ‘their’ Strandko- rb and decorate it with stones and shells. With its gate safely put in place whenever they are not there, it becomes their holi- day ‘home from home’. As Mann wrote fittingly: “A beloved, incomparably satisfy - ing and befitting situation indeed, which my life prescribes with strict regularity!”

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Beach volleyball North Sea. Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Beach volleyball North Sea. Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale
für Tourismus e.V.
Seagull. Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Seagull. Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Juist Island - beach chairs in the twilight. Photo: © Kurverwaltung Juist
Juist Island - beach chairs in the twilight. Photo: © Kurverwaltung Juist
Baltic resort of Warnemünde - organ grinders and sailor. Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus
Baltic resort of Warnemünde - organ grinders and sailor.
Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Girl playing in the sand.
Girl playing in the sand.
Baltic Sea - seaside resort Heringsdorf. Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Baltic Sea - seaside resort Heringsdorf.
Photo: © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Beach chair in Cuxhaven. © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.
Beach chair in Cuxhaven. © Deutsche Zentrale für
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Make your life smarter

The term ‘smart home’ has become more and more omnipresent. It is no wonder, as smart home products offer greater living comfort in many ways.

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Photo: © digitalSTROM

Photo: © GROHE AG
Photo: © GROHE AG

Simply imagine that after a long day at work, the house has already heated itself up to your preferred temperature. What might have sounded like a sci-fi dream only a couple of years ago, is now easi- ly attainable for one’s house, flat, garden and more.

In the following special theme, we take a closer look at some of Germany’s smartest businesses that could improve your home and your life. For example, the German company digitalSTROM AG offers an in- novative smart home technology for each home with digitalSTROM – this technol- ogy communicates across existing power lines and interlinks several electronic de- vices, as well as broadband devices.

Another great company that we show- case in this special theme is the Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG, a leading full-service provider of intelligent system solutions for electrical or interconnected digital building control. In this issue, we explore how intelligent building technol- ogy can provide greater living comfort in one’s own four walls.

Last but not least, we spoke to the GROHE AG to find out about their take

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Photo: © Ulrich Beuttenmüller

on ‘smart home’. Their latest intelligent smart home solutions monitor room temperature and humidity, detect frost risk and shut off the water supply when

a major leak is detected – a revolution- ary water security system for your home. Intrigued? Find out more on the follow- ing pages.

Photo: © digitalSTROM
Photo: © digitalSTROM

By connecting the lamps in an intelligent way, it is possible to provide individual moods in all rooms of the penthouse at the Hard Turm Park tower.

digitalSTROM

– Smart home and digital assistant in one

digitalSTROM is a smart home system that makes living easier, more comfortable, secure, and energy efficient. It connects all electronic devices with each other and to the internet.

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When you wake up in a digitalSTROM house, the day starts differently for you:

the light is dimmed, so your eyes can ad- just to your surroundings and you wake up well rested. The bathroom welcomes you with your favourite music and everything is ready for you: the shower has exactly the temperature you prefer and the light mood slowly changes to daylight – you feel vi- talised and ready for your day. You slowly start your day by looking at a mirror that also displays the current weather and your appointments. Therefore, you know what to wear and expect in the following hours. While you are still in your bathroom and getting dressed, water is being preheated

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for your special type of tea, providing time you never had before. You can enjoy your breakfast without feeling rushed. With digitalSTROM you can have a perfect day – because your digital assistant prepares what you need.

The penthouse at the Hard Turm Park tow- er in Zurich is proof of how perfectly this kind of intelligent interconnection and contemporary design can interact. While the interior was designed by the artist col- lective Dyer-Smith Frey, the builders chose digitalSTROM as a smart home platform to orchestrate the entire light control of the penthouse. By connecting the lamps in

an intelligent way, it is possible to provide individual moods in all rooms that are tai- lored to the residents’needs.

Comfort and security

With a simple “I’m leaving” to the voice control of the apartment or a convention- al pushbutton, which was defined as“leave home”, you can pursue your plans without bothering about your home. A signal is sent to all devices, which then react individually depending on their type. The lights go out, heating turns off, shutters close and the flat iron is switched off. If a window is open, digitalSTROM sends a notification. With only one command, the house takes care of everything.

digitalSTROM even ensures that the house is secure even if nobody is at home: pres- ence simulation turns on the audio sys- tem as well as lights and moves the shut-

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ters accordingly to daytime, so it looks as if someone is at home. If digitalSTROM is connected with an alarm system and someone breaks into the house, the devic- es raise individual alarms, for example the audio system starts a siren or dog barking and the lights turn on. If a fire alarm is in- tegrated and there is a fire, digitalSTROM clears escape routes and illuminates them. At the same time, it informs family and neighbours.

In comparison to other smart home sys- tems, digitalSTROM has several advantag- es. Firstly, each device can be made intel-

ligent by connecting it to a small terminal block. This way, it can interact with all other devices or household appliances. Secondly, communication takes place via the existing power line so that no additional wiring is necessary and even old buildings can be equipped. A third advantage is that the system can be upgraded at any time. As a result, customers have the chance to extend their smart home step by step. Another ad- vantage is that digitalSTROM orchestrates all devices, which means they work in the manner people living there expect them to, therefore no configuration is necessary. A real plug & play. Finally, digitalSTROM is an

The showroom in Hong Kong is designed and equipped together with partner V-ZUG.
The showroom in Hong Kong is designed and equipped together with partner V-ZUG.

open platform, so the customer can choose any manufacturer, whether it is lights, push buttons, shades and so on. Home applianc- es can be integrated as long as they have publicly documented interfaces.

To get an idea of the perfect interplay be- tween the different digitalSTROM prod- ucts, you can visit one of the company’s showrooms in Schlieren or Cologne. There, you can experience how a bathroom can be turned into a spa at the touch of a button, how a kitchen follows a short command, and how a living room reacts to simple ges- tures. Since operating on an international

Sven Oswald, TV host from Berlin and digitalSTROM customer.
Sven Oswald, TV host from Berlin and
digitalSTROM customer.
With digitalSTROM you can control your home using mobile devices, voice control or a conventional
With digitalSTROM you can control your home using mobile devices, voice control or a conventional pushbutton.

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Church Berghusen’s pastor Baltzer - the historic church was equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting system
Church Berghusen’s pastor Baltzer - the historic church
was equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting system
thanks to digitalSTROM.
Together with partner Smartbox, digitalSTROM has a showroom in Singapore.
Together with partner Smartbox, digitalSTROM has a showroom in Singapore.
Showroom Singapore shows how smart home technology and contemporary design fit together.
Showroom Singapore shows how smart home
technology and contemporary design fit together.
Angelika Heier-Zimmer, electrical engineer and digitalSTROM customer.
Angelika Heier-Zimmer,
electrical engineer and
digitalSTROM customer.

level is important to digitalSTROM, it has also opened showrooms in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore in cooperation with partner companies such as Sauter China,V-ZUG and Smartbox.

Those who have already installed the digitalSTROM system include Sven Oswald,TV host from Berlin, who has

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connected almost all his devices, from roller shutters to lighting and to his ste- reo.“I and my family have been convinced of all the practical advantages offered by the digitalSTROM system,”Oswald states. For Jonas Hiller, an ice hockey goalie from Switzerland, ‘Arrive’ and ‘Leave’ are the most practical functions:“When I leave the house, I just push the ‘Leave’ button and

the house takes care of the rest.” Angeli- ka Heier-Zimmer, electrical engineer, also decided to set up this smart home system at her guesthouse on the island of Föhr. “Right from the beginning, it was my wish to offer a smart home in a comfortable, traditional setting to my guests. Besides, in the living area of my guesthouse there are many windows and lamps – the idea

of an intelligent, comfortable light control according to different activities such as reading, watching TV, or cooking seemed to suggest itself.”

New possibilities for people of all ages

In times of digitalisation, digitalSTROM heralds a new smart home era, offering new ways of interaction, intelligent ap- pliances and almost endless connectivity. “The ability to understand speech and contexts, as well as recognising certain processes by means of sensors or imag- es allows a whole new way of interacting with your house,” explains Martin Vesper, CEO of digitalSTROM AG. In the face of demographic change, this development offers new possibilities for people of all ages, independent from their affinity with technology.“We want to focus on our cus- tomers, therefore using our products has to be very simple.”

Even Chancellor Angela Merkel was im- pressed. On this year’s Girls’Day, an annu- al event that encourages girls and young women to learn more about technology and science, digitalSTROM visited the Federal Chancellor’s Office. The company presented Merkel and a group of girls how exciting programming can be by letting the girls program a humanoid robot that interacted with the digitalSTROM system.

What is a smart home?

A smart home is a house where all devices are  digital and connected, meaning everything is   controlled by software. It is also connected to  the web, so that services can be added and   every device has access to the best algorithm   in the world. Once a home is fully digital and  connected, a feature like voice control is easily  done just by adding the device and log-in.   The marginal cost of new functions is close to   zero in a smart home and because of regular  updates, it continually becomes better.

Company data

digitalSTROM AG represents a coherent  interconnection concept and a more digital  way of life. While the company’s headquarters  are in Zurich-Schlieren, it sells digitalSTROM  products in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the  Netherlands, and in various other countries   worldwide. digitalSTROM works in cooperation   with companies such as Sonos, Microsoft,  Amazon, V-ZUG, and Dornbracht. By now,   the company has also been awarded various  prizes, for example by Juniper Research and  Focus Money.

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Discover Germany   |  Special Theme |  Smart Business Chancellor   Angela  Merkel   and  

Chancellor   Angela  Merkel   and   Martin  Vesper,   CEO  of  digitalSTROM,   at  the   Girls’   Day.

of  digitalSTROM,   at  the   Girls’   Day. Each   device   can  be  made

Each   device   can  be  made   intelligent   by   connecting  it  to   a  small  terminal   block.

connecting  it  to   a  small  terminal   block. Focus   Money   announced   digitalSTROM

Focus   Money   announced   digitalSTROM   the  most   popular  app  in   the   ‘Smart   Home’   category.

app  in   the   ‘Smart   Home’   category. Juniper  Research’s  Future  Digital   Award 

Juniper  Research’s  Future  Digital   Award  for  digitalSTROM product   in   the  ‘Smart   Home’   category.

 as   the   best consumer  

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How smart is your home?

Smart homes are on everyone’s lips, yet few have become familiar with them. Do we need all those extra apps and features around us, or will they complicate our lives even more? Gira, a leading brand for building systems technology, will help us get a better idea.

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In our cars, we have long become used to it:

doors open without a touch and the lights go on. At the touch of a button, the seat and steering wheel move into our memorised position of convenience. Doors automati- cally lock when we start driving. The sound system plays our favourite music, and turns off when the phone rings. In modern ve- hicles, many smart, networked functions are pre-programmed for extra conveni- ence, safety and energy efficiency, and can be individually adapted to the driver. Now why should this level of convenience end in our garage? Once we enter our home, rather than us having to adapt to our tech- nology, would it not be nice if our technol- ogy would rather adapt to us, individually, without us giving it a second thought?

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This has been the approach of Gira, lo- cated in Radevormwald in the Bergisches Land region. For more than 100 years, this family-owned company has been de- veloping and manufacturing systems to provide more convenience and safety in buildings through electrical engineering. It all began with simple light switches and socket outlets – today, full control sys- tems are able to interlink a wide variety of functions and devices in a home network. Modern design, the art of engineering, and quality ‘Made in Germany’ – this is what the brand has been representing for many decades.

So, what happens when you enter a home that is equipped like that? First of all, your

home already knows that you will soon arrive.You have announced your arrival by smartphone. The heating adjusts to your desired temperature. The door opens by fingerprint, and your preferred light am-

biance and music are provided for a wel- come. At the touch of a button, your living room converts into a cinema. You can see on your television screen when dinner

is ready, or who is ringing your doorbell.

When you wish to relax in the privacy of the spa area under the massage shower, your home will keep you perfectly shield- ed from the world outside. Your home is secured at any time, even when you leave again the following morning, or if the chil- dren are ever alone at home.

Connected Comfort and Gira eNet:

space becomes an experience

A vision of the future? Not at all. In a loft

near Munich, several leading premium brands in building technology demonstrate how the different convenience and safe- ty functions can be networked together.

Miele, Vaillant, Loewe, Warema, Brumberg, Revox,Viega, Dornbracht – all these brands are focusing on the smart interlinking of their products. The heart of the entire sys- tem is the Gira Home Server. It ensures at the same time that the home can easi- ly be controlled by smartphone, tablet, or simply by a switch on the wall. Together, these brands are thus defining an equip- ment standard for new residence buildings, designed to cover all rooms, brands and building trades, and making it so much easier to achieve convenient and safe living. This standard is called Connected Comfort (www.connected-comfort.de) and its agenda is in the name. Markus Fromm-Wittenberg, one of the minds behind Connected Com- fort, puts it succinctly: “If you erect a new building today without a network, you will have an old building from day one.”

Connected Comfort is only one of the platforms where Gira is active in the smart home market. Of course, smart technol- ogy should not be limited to new build- ings. Existing structures should equally

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benefit from the extra convenience and safety. That is why a wireless system has been developed for retrofitting without any major renovation work. This system is called eNet SMART HOME, and equal- ly offers a wide range of functions to take your living experience to a new level. The eNet SMART HOME also covers an en- tire range of brands for smart networking.

The entire world of networked living

The idea behind the Gira platforms is clear: No single brand on its own can offer all the devices needed for turning a home into a smart one. Markus Fromm-Witten- berg: “Only if a system is used by many brands and partners can it develop its full potential.” That is why cooperation is so important to the company. It allows each brand to contribute its own competence without abandoning the common basis. The result is that the home owner ben- efits from the security of an established, future-proof Smart Home standard, and can still access the entire world of smart networked functions. As part of this

Gira eNet Mobile Gate App. Photo: © Gira
Gira eNet Mobile Gate App.
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arrangement, local skilled craftsmen who are qualified service partners provide consultation and the installation and pro- gramming of the systems. Anybody who has ever attempted to install complex de- vices in his home will welcome this kind of assistance. Especially with regard to sensitive security functions, the flawless operation of the new systems must be ensured.

There are many aspects to security in this context. For example, when it comes to confidentiality of personal data, many home owners will prick up their ears. At an early stage, Gira has understood that digitally networked living also involves se- curity at the data and IT level. Therefore, they offer a very high encryption standard with their systems. Data is only stored on servers within Germany. In fact, most of the data never even leaves your home. Thus, you can enjoy smart home living free from worries.

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CargoBeamer Gates are compact, scalable and fit everywhere.

Revolutionising smart home:

GROHE Sense and Sense Guard

GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard are GROHE’s latest intelligent solutions for the smart home. The GROHE Sense smart water sensor monitors room temperature and humidity, detects frost risk and gives warning if the levels become too high or too low. GROHE Sense Guard is installed in the main water pipe and can stop water flow automatically in case of, for example, a major leak. Both use ground-breaking smart technology, allowing them to be monitored and controlled using the GROHE ONDUS App. GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard combined, constitute a revolutionary water security system for your home.

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Innovative products for a smarter future:

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ter in the home. When water touches the sensor’s base due to for example a leak or flooding, GROHE Sense gives an alert.

Moreover, the sensor tracks room tem- perature and humidity. Multiple devices across different rooms or at critical loca- tions can facilitate detection of leaks. This makes it possible for the home owner to react quickly and prevent further damage.

Being installed in the central water pipe of the house by a professional installer, GROHE Sense Guard serves as a smart water controller which detects frost risk or cracks in the downstream piping sys- tem and shuts off water supply automat- ically. A micro leak test is conducted once

every 24 hours by which even the smallest leaks in the cold-water pipes can be de- tected. Even leaving a tap open will not re- main unnoticed anymore! GROHE Sense Guard tracks water consumption and con- tinually monitors water flow, pressure and temperature. Users can always check their individual water consumption at any time.

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Your personal water profile The innovative GROHE Sense system is based on industry standard wireless LAN technology, controlled through the GRO- HE ONDUS App – the centerpiece of the GROHE Sense system. It offers the highest level of water safety, allowing to continu- ally monitor and control GROHE Sense

and GROHE Sense Guard – whenever and wherever. The users receive alerts on the smartphone connected to the internet when there is a water issue at home. The water supply can be shut off with the app to prevent major damage. Additionally, the app has a feature that allows users to track their domestic water consumption.

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Water damage – an underestimated risk

GROHE Sense and Sense Guard have been developed to address the issue of water damage in households as an under- estimated risk as a survey shows: in January 2017, GROHE conducted its own Water Security Survey in ten Europe- an countries, focusing on water-related damages caused by burst pipes, rooftop leaks, pipe leaks or defective household appliances. The survey revealed a consid- erable gap between people’s perception of water damage and the actual problems it

perception of water damage and the actual problems it can cause. Participants estimated that only 37
perception of water damage and the actual problems it can cause. Participants estimated that only 37
perception of water damage and the actual problems it can cause. Participants estimated that only 37

can cause. Participants estimated that only 37 per cent of European households have suffered from water damage while actu- ally 54 per cent of European households experienced one – this is much more than participants suspected.

Water damage – an expensive risk

If water damage occurs, the cost of repair can add up fast. However, insurance may not cover the total sum. On average in Europe, water damage costs – including detection, repair and replacement of dam-

aged goods – can add up to around 2,300 euros while 39 per cent of total costs are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

Water damage – a preventable risk

With a growing number of people using smart home devices, there are new intelli- gent solutions for water security.GROHE`s Water Security Survey shows that 67 per cent of people would consider buying an early detection system for their homes, but currently only one in four are aware that water damage warning systems exist.

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