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Skiing in the Corona year: What ski resorts are planning in winter

TDespite increasing numbers of infections with the corona virus, many people should hope for a winter holiday. The ski resorts and holiday regions want to do their utmost to ensure that tourists do not stay away despite the pandemic.

Mask requirement, distance and disinfection determine the precautionary measures almost everywhere. Some places also rely on technology. Here is an overview of measures that ski resorts are planning in European countries:

Austria: fun in the snow without après-ski

“Skiing fun, yes, but without après-ski” is the slogan issued by the Austrian government. Food and drinks are only available while seated, in gondolas it is mandatory to wear a mask. In addition, authorities, tourism associations and operators rely on different measures depending on the federal state and ski area.

“Winter sports areas like Ischgl have become synonymous with the pandemic in the course of reporting. Of course, this does not correspond to reality, but nevertheless many people have reservations about traveling to these areas. We take that very seriously, ”says the director of the St. Anton am Arlberg tourism association, Martin Ebster.

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There is a wide range of measures: a multifunctional cloth for mouth and nose protection can be bought in some ski resorts, elsewhere directly with the season pass. When queuing for the ski lifts, keep your distance.

Hotel and ski resort employees should be tested more frequently for Corona, in some cases a fever should be measured every day before starting work. Registration of guests and contact tracking should also be done via mobile phone. Some places want to keep an eye on the situation with wastewater monitoring.

Several ski areas guarantee reimbursements when purchasing season tickets in the event that the lockdown occurs again. Everyone involved is afraid that German tourists could be absent because of the travel warnings from the Foreign Office – they made up more than half of all overnight stays in Tyrol and Vorarlberg.

Germany: Ski areas hope for day-trippers

Germany does not play a major role in alpine ski tourism. Because the ski areas in the Bavarian Alps are too small to keep up with the competition in Austria and Switzerland – not to mention low mountain slopes in the Black Forest, Fichtelgebirge or Sauerland. Day trippers are therefore important.

There are not yet any hygiene concepts coordinated with ministries, but the specifications for winter will be based on summer operations. That means it is mandatory to wear a mask for gondolas and lifts and distance requirements.

Several ski areas want to hire additional seasonal workers to guide visitors. An app for “guest tracing” will probably not only be used in Bavaria, the use of which would be voluntary and could help in tracking chains of infection.

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In the Black Forest, there is also hope for the season. “After all the Corona-related restrictions in the summer, I expect the guests to yearn for a Black Forest winter as they haven’t for a long time,” says Adrian Probst, chairman of the Feldberg lift network.

Lift tickets will only be available online. This would avoid queues in front of counters – “and we know exactly how many people come to us on which day,” they say. If the infection process requires it, the number of tickets will be limited. In addition to the mask requirement and distance rules, there should be stations with disinfectant dispensers. Personnel should ensure that measures are observed.

Switzerland: Keeping your distance on ski slopes is not a problem

The Swiss winter sports regions rely on optimism. “As always, we are planning a winter with some news with a lot of anticipation,” says Markus Meili, Managing Director of Engadin St. Moritz Mountains AG in Graubünden.

In Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn, all lifts are opened and the slopes are covered with snow. Zermatt Tourism has developed its own tube scarf, which, when pulled over the nose, is supposed to protect almost every protective mask from viruses.

“With the exception of the mouth and nose protection in closed means of transport and the distance rules in the queuing area, there are no changes to other winters when practicing snow sports,” says Meili. Simona Altwegg from Zermatt Tourismus says: “Nothing changes on the slopes because you are in the fresh air and the minimum distance is given when skiing anyway.”

With the Jungfrau Railways in the Bernese Oberland with the Grindelwald, Wengen and Mürren ski areas, you don’t see any problem. It is compulsory to wear a mask on trains and gondolas, and windows can be opened almost everywhere.

Switzerland: Switzerland: A skier who wears mouth and nose protection goes on the opening day of the ski area "Glacier 3000" in Les Diablerets with a chair lift

On the opening day of the “Glacier 3000” ski area in Les Diablerets, a skier who wears mouth and nose protection takes a chairlift

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“There will be no mask requirement for the ski lifts and chairlifts,” says spokeswoman Kathrin Naegeli, as the guests are in the fresh air and the journey time is usually less than 15 minutes. The cantons are still likely to determine whether mouth and nose protection is necessary when queuing at ski lifts.

It is said that partying after a day on the slopes hardly plays a role in Switzerland. For the majority of guests, sporty skiing and gastronomy are in the foreground, says Altwegg. And Meili: The Upper Engadin is not known for extravagant après-ski. It is clear to everyone that the season is not going to be booming. A slump in the number of foreign guests is very likely, says Switzerland Tourism spokeswoman Martina Bieler.

Italy: Preparations for winter in South Tyrol

Preparations for the new season have been going on in the Italian ski areas for weeks. “We will take all the necessary precautions so that ski and winter tourism in South Tyrol is also possible this winter,” says the regional councilor in South Tyrol responsible for tourism, Arnold Schuler.

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The precautionary measures include the mandatory wearing of mouth and nose protection in cable cars and distance rules. All gondolas would be disinfected on a regular basis, protective barriers installed and the frequency of ski buses increased.

In many areas, visitors can buy ski passes online in advance and collect them in a ticket box on site. According to the authorities, ski schools, ski rentals as well as restaurants and hotels are also developing their own concepts.

France: Vacationers can cancel at short notice

Some of France’s winter sports regions have changed their cancellation policy. Travelers can also cancel at short notice if the Corona situation makes it necessary. Every traveler should check the conditions beforehand.

The winter sports area Courchevel in the French Alps advertises with two pharmacies and three medical centers that are open throughout the winter.

In La Plagne, which is not far away, it is emphasized that hygiene regulations and a nice skiing holiday are not mutually exclusive. Some accommodations offer online check-in to shorten the waiting time in common rooms.

Ski passes can be canceled up to 48 hours before the first day of validity. There are still childcare and ski courses. Helmets could also continue to be borrowed, they would be disinfected regularly.

A mask on chair lifts, in queues or in gondolas is compulsory in most ski areas – including in the winter sports resort Val Thorens in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. In general, the ski areas advertise that sufficient disinfectants are available everywhere and that lifts are cleaned regularly.

Czech Republic: Optimism despite many Corona cases

Traditionally, the ski areas in the Giant Mountains, the Ore Mountains, the Bohemian Forest and the Beskids are popular with tourists from Germany and Poland. However, when it comes to the number of new coronavirus infections, measured by population, the Czech Republic is now at the forefront across the EU. The Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for the Czech Republic.

The Czech Association of Ski Areas is preparing a hygiene guide for the winter season. This is done in consultation with health authorities and the Ministry of Health in Prague, says association manager Libor Knot: “Sport and exercise in the open air is one of the safest activities.”

There will be restrictions on après-ski. Currently, in gastronomy, every guest must have a seat. In addition, no more than six people can sit at one table. All restaurants, bars and cafés have to close at 10 p.m. “We remain optimistic – if the weather plays along in winter, we could achieve visitor numbers comparable to the previous year,” says Knot.

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International survey: These are Germany’s most popular sights

Germany International survey

These are Germany’s most popular sights

Even if traveling is currently difficult or sometimes not possible at all, longings and preferences remain. A current ranking reveals which destinations international visitors in Germany value most.

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“Just enjoy the beauty of Germany”

Federal Health Minister Spahn has called for people to spend their autumn and Christmas holidays in Germany. At a press conference in Berlin, he said that “at least certain types of travel and vacation involve risks.”

WITHFor the third time in a row, the Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world, has been chosen as the most popular attraction for international travelers to Germany. That is the result of a survey for the top 100 destinations in Germany on the portal of the German National Tourist Board. More than 13,000 people from over 50 countries took part in the vote, which ran from mid-November 2019 to the end of July 2020.

In second place, the survey participants chose Europa-Park in Rust, Baden, and third place went to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. The top ten sights of the ranking also include historic Dresden, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Romantic Road, Berchtesgaden with the Königssee, the Unesco World Heritage Site Cologne Cathedral, the Black Forest and the island of Rügen.

Of course, worldwide travel restrictions and required distance rules because of the corona pandemic have an impact on the number of visitors to all attractions. The miniature wonderland in Hamburg, which has had over 19 million visitors since opening in 2001, is not spared. Despite the extended opening times, only around 1500 guests can come a day. During the 2019 summer holidays, there were up to 6,000 visitors a day.

In the miniature wonderland in Hamburg, summiteers hoist a German flag

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But they are optimistic and are already busy working on expanding the facility. It already includes more than 15,700 meters of tracks, 1,040 trains, 269,000 figures, 4,340 houses and bridges and, since June 2020, the “largest small fair” in the world. So far, 947,500 working hours have been required, according to the operators, who thank you with a video for their first placement:

1st place: The miniature wonderland (Hamburg)

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2nd place: Europa-Park in Rust (Baden-Württemberg)

Europa-Park in Rust is Germany's largest amusement park.  The latest attraction is the Rulantica adventure pool, which opened in 2019

Europa-Park in Rust is Germany’s largest amusement park. The latest attraction is the Rulantica adventure pool, which opened in 2019

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3rd place: Neuschwanstein Castle (Bavaria)

Neuschwanstein Castle was built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria from 1869.  It corresponds to the idealized idea of ​​a knight's castle from the Middle Ages

Neuschwanstein Castle was built from 1869 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It corresponds to the idealized idea of ​​a knight’s castle from the Middle Ages

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Rank 4: historic Dresden (Saxony)

Evening mood on the Elbe: the skyline of Dresden's old town is reflected in the river

Evening mood on the Elbe: the skyline of Dresden’s old town is reflected in the river

Source: Getty Images / Frans Sellies

5th place: Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Bavaria)

The medieval architecture that has been preserved in Rothenburg ob der Tauber inspires tourists from all over the world

The medieval architecture that has been preserved in Rothenburg ob der Tauber inspires tourists from all over the world

Quelle: Getty Images/Photo by Apisak Kanjanapusit

Rank 6: The Romantic Road (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg)

Dinkelsbühl is also on the Romantic Road.  The city is known for its many towers and is also one of the best preserved medieval locations in Germany

Dinkelsbühl is also on the Romantic Road. The city is known for its many towers and is also one of the best preserved medieval locations in Germany

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7th place: Berchtesgaden with the Königssee (Bavaria)

Bavaria: Ramsau also belongs to the Berchtesgaden National Park.  It is not surprising that the place attracted many painters as early as the 19th century

Ramsau is also part of the Berchtesgaden National Park. It is not surprising that the place attracted many painters as early as the 19th century

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Bavaria's splendor: View of the Königssee in Berchtesgadener Land

Rank 8: Cologne Cathedral (North Rhine-Westphalia)

In 1996, Cologne Cathedral was classified by Unesco as one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Europe and declared a World Heritage Site

Cologne Cathedral was classified by Unesco in 1996 as one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Europe and declared a World Heritage Site

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Rank 9: The Black Forest (Baden-Württemberg)

The Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, with a total drop of 163 meters, are among the most famous waterfalls in Germany.  Paths for hikers lead past them

The Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, with a total drop of 163 meters, are among the most famous waterfalls in Germany. A hiking trail leads past them

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Rank 10: The island of Rügen (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)

The Jasmund National Park on Rügen is known for its huge beech population and white chalk cliffs.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011

The Jasmund National Park on Rügen is known for its huge beech population and white chalk cliffs. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011

Source: Getty Images / Jochen Schlenker

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Denmark: At 128 meters, the chalk cliffs on the Baltic Sea island of Mön tower over the Königsstuhl by 10 meters

You can find the entire ranking of the German National Tourist Board at germany.travel/top100.

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Daniel Kehlmann: “We would be further if we left the hygiene theater”

WORLD: Many German politicians consider compulsory masks outdoors to be a sensible reaction to the rise in the number of infections.

Daniel Kehlmann: You can ask the virologists: They tell you that this is nonsense. A disease, which is primarily transmitted by aerosol infection, cannot be combated by wearing a mask outside.

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After snowfall in Baden-Württemberg: This is the weather for the coming week – Baden-Württemberg

In the Black Forest it was really wintry at the weekend. Photo: dpa / Andreas Rosar

The first snow fell on the heights of the Black Forest at the weekend. The wintry sight is only short-lived – in the new week the temperatures should rise again.

Stuttgart – After rainy days in Baden-Württemberg, the first snowflakes of autumn have fallen in the Black Forest. On Sunday morning there was about 20 centimeters of snow on the Feldberg, as a meteorologist from the German Weather Service (DWD) said. The snow line was around 1200 meters. The winter landscape is not long-lasting: the thin layer of snow should be completely melted by Wednesday at the latest.

Read here: It is already wintry in these places

In lower altitudes, it was reportedly rainy over the weekend. In the Black Forest more than 60 liters of rain per square meter fell in 48 hours. In Baiersbronn in the Freudenstadt district, it rained more than 120 liters from Friday to Sunday.

New week starts changeable

The new week starts changeable, but much warmer. The DWD meteorologist said on Sunday that dry and mild air is flowing from the east to Baden-Württemberg. It will therefore initially remain dry on Monday. From the afternoon onwards it can rain again in some regions. The maximum values ​​are between 9 and 16 degrees.

On Tuesday, the weather service expects lots of clouds and rain. It should only loosen up in the afternoon. The maximum temperature values ​​are between 11 degrees in the mountains and 18 degrees in the Rhine Valley. On Wednesday the sun often shows itself at temperatures of up to 20 degrees. According to the DWD, it should be unstable again from Thursday.



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After snowfall in Baden-Württemberg: This is the weather for the coming week – Baden-Württemberg

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The first snow fell on the heights of the Black Forest at the weekend. The wintry sight is only short-lived – in the new week the temperatures should rise again.


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In the Black Forest it was really wintry at the weekend.

Photo: dpa / Andreas Rosar

Stuttgart – After rainy days in Baden-Württemberg, the first snowflakes of autumn have fallen in the Black Forest. On Sunday morning there was about 20 centimeters of snow on the Feldberg, as a meteorologist from the German Weather Service (DWD) said. The snow line was around 1200 meters. The winter landscape is not long-lasting: the thin layer of snow should be completely melted by Wednesday at the latest.

Read here: It is already wintry in these places

In lower altitudes, it was reportedly rainy over the weekend. In the Black Forest more than 60 liters of rain per square meter fell in 48 hours. In Baiersbronn in the Freudenstadt district, it rained more than 120 liters from Friday to Sunday.

New week starts changeable

The new week starts changeable, but much warmer. The DWD meteorologist said on Sunday that dry and mild air is flowing from the east to Baden-Württemberg. It will therefore initially remain dry on Monday. From the afternoon onwards it can rain again in some regions. The maximum values ​​are between 9 and 16 degrees.

On Tuesday, the weather service expects lots of clouds and rain. It should only loosen up in the afternoon. The maximum temperature values ​​are between 11 degrees in the mountains and 18 degrees in the Rhine Valley. On Wednesday the sun often shows itself at temperatures of up to 20 degrees. According to the DWD, it should be unstable again from Thursday.


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Hiking in the Black Forest on the crossroad from Freiburg to Constance

Ahen we pack our backpacks in Freiburg, the thermometer shows 35 degrees and we are tempted to unpack our sweaters again. Luckily we didn’t. Because two days later and a thousand meters further it was twelve degrees cold. But not even the weather report wanted to know about that at this point and only promised a small cooling off.

On its website, the Black Forest Association suggests between seven and nine daily stages for the 174-kilometer stretch of the Querweg, seven of which are extremely sporty. Even with eight stages, about twenty kilometers and up to a thousand meters in altitude have to be overcome every day. This is pure pleasure only for experienced hikers. It was a challenge for us. We didn’t even have ten kilos in our backpacks, despite the ukulele and songbook. It was good that we had it with us, otherwise we would not have experienced that magical moment in a clearing when we unpacked the instrument and made music. Two hikers, father and son, were just about to spread their soaked sleeping bags in the sun, listening to the sounds that mingled with the twittering of birds and the rush of the river. By then we had already crossed a gorge and a fairytale forest, had been soaked to the skin by heavy rain and had eaten our last muesli bars.

For hours alone on the way

But first of all, the route begins in Freiburg at the Schwabentor. When we take a last look from the hill at the pink medieval tracery of the cathedral tower, which protrudes from the tangle of roofs, we feel a little like the wandering birds a hundred years ago with their guitars on their backs from the industrialized cities to the Break up nature. Those descendants of the good-for-nothing von Eichendorff, who made his way to Italy on foot and by carriage. On the first day, our path leads only seventeen kilometers to the Gasthaus Sonne in Oberbirken, at the foot of the Black Forest.


Out of Freiburg, into the forest: Your thoughts slow down to the rhythm of your steps.
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The further we get away from the city, the less often we run into joggers and mountain bikers, and no sooner have we passed the excursion destination St. Ottilien than we are, to our surprise, alone on our path for hours. The thoughts slow down in time with the steps. If we talk about something that is not on the way, we will promptly miss the next junction. We listen to the cracking of the wood, the knocking, chirping and creaking of the birds hiding in the undergrowth and branches, and look out for the white and red diamond on a yellow background that marks our path on tree trunks and posts.

Last raspberries, first blackberries

Gradually we dive at our own pace, rarely on village streets, sometimes on forest roads that are cut in wide aisles in the forest, often on narrow paths that lead deeper and deeper into the forest over roots and rocks. We pick the last raspberries and the first sweet blackberries. Down in the valley the forests are light, full of beeches and chestnuts, in a pile of wood at the edge of the forest a bookshelf surprises us with a bench in front of it. When it starts to rain, we take refuge under the roof of a bus stop, but then go on because the rain doesn’t want to stop, and we are rewarded with a wonderful meal at Gasthaus Sonne, our first accommodation.

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Black Forest: Elementary school student speaks Turkish – this has bitter consequences

Black Forest: Elementary school student speaks Turkish during the break – this has bitter consequences for her

Black Forest: The break conversation with a friend had unexpected consequences for a primary school student.

Photo: imago images / photothek; imago images / Emil Umdorf (Montage: DER WESTEN)

Blumberg. Incredible incident at a school in the Schwarzwald!

A third grader of the elementary and plant secondary school in Blumberg (Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis) talked to a friend during the break – but not in German, but in Turkish. Not really a big deal. But the reaction of a teacher who saw the whole thing is simply speechless.

Black Forest: Elementary school student speaks Turkish – and is punished by the teacher

Because of her conversation in Turkish, the girl was actually given a half-page sentence. The title: “Why we speak German at school” – this is how the lawyer, who the student’s parents called in after the incident, describes it. The latter lodged an objection to the penal work with the school principal.

The lawyer also informed the school department of the Freiburg regional council about the incident. This was confirmed by press spokesman Heike Spannagel according to the “Black Forest messenger”. However, there has so far been no official complaint.



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In principle, there is no general prohibition on speaking in a non-German language at school or even during the break, according to the announcement by the regional council. However, there are still situations in which it makes sense for educational reasons that students speak in German – for example when solving conflicts.

No decision without the school’s opinion

The statement goes on to say that such allegations of discrimination are taken very seriously. Without a statement from the Blumberg school, however, it is currently not possible to assess the course of action of the school or teacher.

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The State School Authority of Donaueschingen was commissioned to obtain an opinion from the school. Office manager Sabine Rösner did not want to comment on the “Black Forest messenger”, however, because it was still an ongoing procedure. However, the matter will be investigated, she says. (at)

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How Yves R. hid from the police – details

The police searched for Yves R. for days after he disarmed and escaped four forces. Now there are new details of how the 31-year-old hid from the police.

The police have released new information about the spectacular escape of Yves R., who was arrested after a day-long manhunt in the Black Forest. The 31-year-old is said to have moved through the woods near Oppenau mainly at night during his six-day escape, the police reported on Wednesday.

During the day he sought shelter in pits and holes in the ground. R. had mostly fed on water. R. had four guns taken off during a police check. He stated that he hurriedly packed up the essentials and fled to the forest. He didn’t take any provisions with him.

Investigators believe that R. didn’t notice the search

The investigators assume that R. was not aware of the great interest in his escape across Germany. He deactivated his cell phone so that it could not be located. However, he had already noticed a police helicopter on Sunday when he had disarmed the police and concluded that he was searching for himself.

According to the police, the document found when he was arrested by R. is a personal letter to his relatives, which he wrote in the event that something should happen to him while escaping. R. had not suffered any notable injuries when he was arrested last Friday and was liable, the arrest warrant against him has now been enforced.

Comprehensive statement

The search of R.’s garden shed and the forest area revealed no new evidence, the searches have now been completed. After R. first testified extensively after his arrest, he now exercised his right to remain silent on the advice of his defense lawyers.

Since he injured an officer with an ax when he was arrested, the public prosecutor’s office is investigating suspected physical assault on law enforcement officers in dangerous physical harm.

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