Dispute over the closure of ski resorts divides Europe

Munich, Vienna, Brussels Chancellor Angela Merkel is determined to prevent the corona pandemic from spreading through ski tourism. On Thursday, she called in the Bundestag to close all ski areas in Europe by January 10th. Merkel receives support from the Alpine countries France and Italy.

Austria and Switzerland, on the other hand, strictly reject the request. “That is always related to the number of infections, namely the number of infections here in Austria,” said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Austria’s finance minister Gernot Blümel has already demanded billions in compensation from the EU if ski lifts are to be shut down over the Christmas holidays. The Alpine republic has invested seven billion euros in new lifts in the past few years.

Vacationing in Austria is already difficult. In Bavaria, winter sports enthusiasts and other day-trippers have to be quarantined even on short trips to the neighboring country classified as a risk area. An exception for stays of less than 24 hours should only apply if there are valid reasons. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder has already spoken out strictly against ski tourism this winter. Queues at the lifts, gondolas and restaurants are considered potential sources of infection.

This is bad news for lift operators, hoteliers and restaurateurs, because the Christmas holidays are considered the most profitable time in the Alps. A ski ban could therefore drive a number of companies that have already been hit by the pandemic into bankruptcy. Austria in particular needs German tourists. In the 2018/19 winter season, more than half of the overnight guests came from Germany.

Mountain railway operators, innkeepers and ski schools in the Alps are looking into a highly uncertain future these days. “The worst thing is that we currently have no idea how things will go from here,” says hotelier Gerold Schneider, who owns a five-star hotel in the Austrian luxury ski resort Lech. “But we should tell our employees as soon as possible whether they have to show up for work.” A hotel generally needs two to three weeks to get up and running. On the Arlberg and elsewhere, the season opening has already been postponed by a few days in view of the great uncertainty.

A lot is at stake for Austria: the country has really upgraded its infrastructure in recent years. The country’s ski areas have invested seven billion euros since the beginning of the millennium. 550 systems were newly built or modernized. Sometimes the offer is downright luxurious, says ski resort expert Laurent Vanat. Heated chairlifts with hoods have been installed in many places, and underground garages have been built so that you can park comfortably in adverse weather.

However, it has not yet been proven whether this is all worthwhile. The Austrians have reinvested half of their income over the years. Almost two thirds of the slopes in the Alpine republic can now be artificially snowed, for which 130 million euros have been poured every year since 2008.

It is therefore no coincidence that Austria in particular is resisting the German advance. In no other EU member state depends so much on skiing as in the Alpine republic.

Austria needs the foreigners – and especially the Germans. Countless businesses, especially in the west of the country, live mainly from regular guests from the neighboring country. In Tyrol, for example, half of the winter tourists come from Germany. If you forego your winter vacation, a hotel in Tyrol or Vorarlberg can hardly be run profitably. Austrians will by no means fill the gap in the West. Local tourists only have a share of seven percent. A hotel, however, needs at least 40 to 50 percent occupancy in order to be profitable.

A million Dutch people go skiing in the Alps every year

Regional politicians and association representatives in particular therefore want to stick to the longest possible ski season even in the corona crisis. “Vorarlberg certainly won’t cancel winter,” said Christian Gantner, for example, in the middle of the week. “There will be a winter season, albeit a different one.” Walter Veit, Vice President of the Austrian Hotel Association, said that there was more space on the slopes than under the Christmas tree in the apartment. “Christmas in a hotel is safer than at home.”

Resistance to Merkel is not only rising in Austria. The German ski areas are also alarmed. A winter sports ban would be catastrophic and incomprehensible for the regions affected, said Matthias Stauch, board member of the German Cable Car Association. Exercise in the fresh air is healthy and the infection rate in Ischgl did not originate from skiing. “If we lose business between the Christmas holidays and January 10th, it will be disastrous.”

Ski sports

These days, only the ski areas in Switzerland are open in the Alps.

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The Alpine countries like to present themselves as the home of skiing. There are around 2000 ski areas in 68 countries around the world. However, 80 percent of the leading resorts are located in the Alps. The most popular ski areas are the Arlberg in Austria and La Plagne in France. The expert Vanat estimates that around 135 million people around the world skis more or less regularly. This also includes athletes from countries like Holland that have no ski lifts at all. After all, a million Dutch people still go skiing in the mountains in normal years.

But what’s normal this year? In any case, in Austria, a winter sports country, public life is currently largely paralyzed, even schools are closed. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leaves open how things will continue. Only grocery stores, banks and post offices are open. Kurz has not yet decided in which order the shops, restaurants and cultural sites will be allowed to reopen, nor how things will go on with the ski areas. The primary goal of the government, however, is that the children and young people go to school again from December 7th. Otherwise Kurz did not want to commit himself. The intention is to reduce the number of infections as quickly as possible.

Chancellor Merkel herself is meanwhile skeptical that Europe-wide closings can be enforced. In view of Austria’s resistance, European coordination was difficult, she said in Berlin. With her move, however, Merkel implemented the agreement reached on Wednesday with the prime minister on further measures to contain the corona pandemic.

“The federal government is asked to come to agreed regulations at European level so as not to allow ski tourism until January 10,” says the paper approved by the federal states and the federal government. A similar proposal came from Italy on Wednesday. The Italian government proposed to close the ski slopes across Europe over Christmas and New Year.

This is to prevent millions of Europeans from traveling at the end of the year. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had already got the backing of Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron for his move. France has already closed its ski resorts in the Western and Southern Alps on its own by the end of January.

In autumn the glaciers were full of ski tourists

Switzerland, which, unlike all other Alpine countries, does not belong to the EU, is sticking to its skiing operations. The lifts are still running on the country’s glaciers these days. In the event of a ban on skiing holidays in the Alpine EU countries, the Swiss could become the big beneficiaries of the winter season.

Austria meanwhile not only has the largest ski areas in the Alps, Atomic, the world’s leading ski manufacturer, is also located in the middle of the mountains. The company from Altenmarkt in Salzburger Land produces a million pairs of skis every year, a quarter of the world market, and just as many pairs of ski boots. The start of the new season was promising, Atomic boss Michael Schineis recently told the Handelsblatt. “The glaciers were full, the consumers want out,” says the manager. In October, Atomic’s business was back at the previous year’s level.

Skier with mask

So far, masks were there to protect against the cold. Now they should stop the spread of the corona virus while skiing.

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Since the lifts in the glacier ski areas were closed, alpine skiers have become slow-moving. The seller of a large South German dealer who does not want to be named reports 90 percent less sales than last year. Practically nothing works at all with children’s equipment. Atomic recently invested 30 million euros in its parent plant in Altenmarkt, two thirds of it in logistics, the rest in robots and automation.

After all, if enough snow falls, Schineis should at least put down a lot of cross-country skis. “Cross-country skiing could experience a renaissance if the conditions are right.” And the manager should also earn more from ski mountaineers than usual. “We are expecting double-digit growth for touring skis.” They represent 15 percent of sales.

Corona is a disaster for the ski resorts, but it wasn’t easy before. “The industry has not yet found the golden way to teach beginners how to ski in such a way that they keep coming back,” criticizes ski resort expert Vanat. In Germany up to a quarter of a million children start skiing every year, estimates Peter Hennekes, managing director of the German Association of Ski Instructors. “That has remained very stable over the years.” If the ski season is canceled this year due to Corona, it is not just the ski instructors who would be unemployed. There would also be an entire year missing, which might be lost forever for skiing.

Quite a few hoteliers in Austria are likely to have tacitly made friends with the idea of ​​stopping operations until mid-January, as Germany is proposing. This has to do with the generous sales compensation that the state currently grants hotels. Since November 3rd, the accommodation facilities have been closed in principle as part of the current lockdown.

However, the government pays the hotels a revenue replacement of 80 percent, using the revenue from November 2019 as the basis for comparison. This help is costly, but unlike other financial measures, it is quickly credited to companies.

More: A ski area owner worries about the winter season


These are the best hotels in Germany

View of the Schlosshotel Flesensee

The house deliberately focuses on golf tourists.

(Photo: imago images / Westend61)

Düsseldorf There are more than 11,000 hotels in Germany. They are all currently in a deep slumber. Except for business travelers, they are not allowed to accommodate guests due to the corona lockdown. Many houses are struggling to survive; everyone tries to prepare for the time when the guests can come back.

And they will come, say the forecasts. “When people are locked in for such a long time, the urge for a good environment becomes even greater,” says Alexander Rieck, who is part of the “Future Hotel” innovation network at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart.

The keyword is staycation – you stay where you live. “Black Forest, Allgäu, Harz – the regions that were previously considered to be rather dusty are on the rise again. They are within reach and have a great landscape, ”says Rieck.

Which hotels are particularly worthwhile can be found in the ranking “The 101 Best Hotels in Germany”, which the Handelsblatt published for the first time in cooperation with the creative mind and hotel expert Carsten K. Rath as well as the leading tourism university IUBH in Bad Honnef and the specialist medium “Allgemeine Hotel – und Gastronomie-Zeitung “(ahgz) published.

The basis is the statistical evaluation of ratings on booking portals such as booking.com, the classification of hotels in established publications such as the Hornstein ranking and a quality assessment based on defined criteria by experts. “The result of the ranking is as objective as possible an assessment of the top German hotel industry,” says IUBH Rector Peter Thuy, who was responsible for the statistical evaluation.

The Handelsblatt presents special houses from the ranking.

The best grand hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

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Condor wants Poland to pay compensation after the takeover failed


The airline wants to examine possible claims for damages against the Polish holding company PGL.

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Frankfurt The vacation airline Condor is demanding compensation from the Polish aviation holding PGL for the takeover, which was surprisingly canceled in April. According to the Polish media, the German airline has filed a lawsuit for just under 56 million. PGL rejects the request, it said.

The point of contention is a purchase agreement concluded last January between the then insolvent Condor and the LOT parent company PGL, who wanted to join as a new investor. In the corona crisis, the Poles, who were themselves in distress, changed their minds and resigned from the agreed deal in April.

Condor had already announced that it would examine any claims for damages against PGL. A spokeswoman said on Wednesday in Frankfurt that one does not want to comment on the ongoing proceedings. Initially, the “Airliners.de” portal reported.

After another protective shield plan that has now been confirmed by the creditors and has become legally binding, the former Thomas Cook subsidiary Condor is about to start again thanks to a long-term KfW loan. A trustee is to take the place of the PGL in order to look for investors again at a later date.

For the new start, Condor says it has around 4,200 employees and 51 aircraft. Due to the pandemic, however, air traffic is severely restricted and most of the staff is on short-time work. For the winter, Condor boss Ralf Teckentrup has announced a volume of 10 to 15 percent of the otherwise usual level.

More: Condor expands into the Swiss market.


Nine factors that help you identify a really good hotel

Of course, I am very often asked what factors I use to determine the quality of a hotel. On the one hand, there is the hardware, i.e. all things that you can actually touch and check for quality with your own eyes. For me, this includes, for example, the basics such as fresh flowers, high-quality towels and bed linen and a generous use of small amenities such as high-quality cosmetic products, tea and coffee in the room. Are there any signs of wear or does everything look like it has just been renovated?

Above all, you can recognize a good hotel by its attitude towards the guest. Are all processes fully geared towards the guest, is the attitude excellent, does the guest have to submit to the processes? If there are deficiencies here, that’s just unpleasant.

Here are the nine factors that will help you identify a really good hotel.

For me it is always exciting to see how this first direct contact is handled in-house – and how many opportunities hotels are already giving away or taking advantage of. At check-in, I want to be seen as a person and treated according to the situation. Will I be literally gossiped when I arrive or is the receptionist empathetic enough to understand that it’s late in the evening and I just want to go to my room?

In some hotels I am also a regular guest, so it is superfluous to explain the processes to me for the 20th time. A good hotel knows its regular guests and arranges the check-in accordingly. So will I only be informed about relevant innovations or will an identical standard program be reeled off every time? You don’t have to be a travel expert to see in some hotels that the process is unfortunately the focus of check-in – the guest, on the other hand, is just in the way. I experienced Germany’s warmest welcome at the Bachmair Weissach Spa & Resort in Kreuth.

2. Communication before and after the stay

That brings me to point two: You can recognize outstanding hotels by the fact that the check-in process begins long before your actual arrival. A house that cares about an excellent guest experience will take the trouble to clarify important things with you in advance.

Grandhotel Heiligendamm

Here, the check-in begins with a phone call days before the actual arrival.

(Photo: Grandhotel Heiligendamm)

For me, this guest focus sums up the Grandhotel Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea. Check-in begins here with a phone call days before my actual arrival. Questions about twin or double beds, spa bookings or table reservations will be clarified by the Guest Relations team before I have even entered the lobby. The hotel will pick me up before I get there. This is how an optimal “customer journey” starts.

3. The mattress

Now we come to one of the most important hardware components that exist in a hotel: the mattress. Because if we break down the raison d’être of a hotel to the essentials, it is all about one thing: sleeping. There are statistics that show that 80 percent of all hotel guests prefer the side of the bed that is closer to the bathroom. Logical consequence: this mattress is used more and is therefore worn out faster.

You can therefore recognize a good hotel by the fact that the mattresses are regularly exchanged or turned so that you do not notice any different degrees of firmness on the left and right side of the bed. I now order my private mattresses from the best hotel providers. By the way, I sleep best at Severins Resort and Spa on Sylt.

4. The minibar

Of course, a successful stay is always an overall experience, but one that comes together from a large number of small pieces of the puzzle to form the big picture. In my search for exactly these pieces of the puzzle, I look directly into the minibar in the room. And believe me: I often find big surprises behind those little refrigerator doors. Will the standard program await me here? So to put it very badly: the stuff that nobody wants. Or is the minibar stocked from the guest’s perspective?

For this, it is necessary that a hotelier also looks at the so-called “Renner-Penner” list. Which things are never, but really never consumed by the guest? And what, on the other hand, is always taken first from the minibar? From this list, preferences can be derived that a good hotel takes into account. So no absurd drinks or boring nuts that are too close to the best before date, but good quality for the things that the guest really wants. In this regard, the Hotel Adlon Berlin has the best facilities for me.

Adlon Berlin

The well-stocked minibar also contributes to the quality of the house.

(Photo: Adlon)

5. The breakfast buffet

I can’t read the coffee grounds, but I can read the breakfast buffet. A lot can be seen here about the quality and philosophy of a house, even without clairvoyant skills. For example, are there products from the region, maybe even from the hotel garden or the neighboring agriculture? Or does the butter always have to come from France? The first is certainly the more modern approach (excellent at the Grand Elysée in Hamburg).

Personally, I like it when people look for regional alternatives that can often hold a candle to traditional top-quality products. It gives the whole thing a much more individual note if the origin of the products is transparent, perhaps even explaining which local manufacturers and suppliers they work with.

In my opinion, this should be part of the fundamental self-image of every luxury hotel: individuality instead of standardized corporate attitude. Incidentally, this is also done by excellent, smaller hotels, such as the Landhotel Foresta in the Harz Mountains: pure love.

Of course, that shouldn’t mean compromising on quality. Does the same fruit salad always come out of the bucket instead of using seasonal products? Are there only sugar-coated standard products for the juices? That doesn’t exactly speak for the hotel. Personally, I am happy to accept a little less choice if it is plausibly explained to me why. So it’s better to only have one or two really good, freshly squeezed juices instead of a senseless oversupply of inferior quality.

6. Communication during the stay

We’ve talked a lot about the hardware now. But there is also an abstract component by which you can distinguish a good hotel from a really outstanding hotel: communication during your stay. How close does the hotel stay to the guest? Are you left to your own devices after check-in or do you try to keep the dialogue?

For me, two hotels with optimal solutions are VILA VITA Parc in Portugal and Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. Digital technology is used here to stay in contact with the guest without being intrusive. In Portugal, this is done using the Whatsapp service, which as a guest uses to get news and updates straight to my smartphone every day. Even better in Schloss Elmau: Much of the communication between guests and the hotel takes place via SMS. Everything that is relevant for the guest is transmitted in this way.

Schloss Elmau

Leading the way in digital communication with guests.

(Photo: Schloss Elmau)

So far so good. But you go one step further: specially developed software collects all SMS centrally and evaluates them. For the guest there is no longer a changing contact person – all employees know my preferences without asking about them. For me it is a real top level.

7. The spa

As the readers of my column know, I am an avowed spa fan. Here I can quickly see what demands the respective house places on itself. To be clear: I don’t mean cleanliness, hygiene and well-trained massage therapists. Anyway, this is a point that I take and expect as a standard. Should you find a dingy spa, my recommendation for action is: Check out – and quickly.

I mean something else. After all, a hotel hardly ever comes as close to its guests as it does in a spa. So is everything here geared towards the guest or is there a spa program that goes on for pages and is teeming with the superfluous? For me the pinnacle of insignificance: the chocolate massages. This concept has not yet been revealed to me. What excites me, on the other hand, are good massages, good treatments, good manicures and pedicures. The best are, by the way, in the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg and in Brenners Park Baden-Baden.

New ranking

Which are the 101 best hotels in Germany? The new ranking will be published on November 27, 2020.

Very important: the sale in the spa. This is neglected in many hotels, although studies from the hotel industry show that guests are happier when they spend money. What that says about us as a consumer society remains to be seen. The fact is: guests like to shop and are, well, “at the mercy” of an employee for at least an hour during a massage or cosmetic treatment. If one were to sell the products that are already being treated here, the guest would come out of the spa even happier. Sounds absurd, but it is measurable.

8. The processes

Are the processes in the hotel from the guest’s point of view or rather from the corporate perspective? Does the process serve the guest or does the guest have to submit to the process? Breakfast times are such an issue for me. It is understandable that I as a guest cannot expect a full buffet to be available until the afternoon. But why can’t I still get a small breakfast à la carte at 3 p.m.? The ingredients are in the house.

The same applies to check-in. Here, for example, the Breidenbacher Hof in Düsseldorf is doing pioneering work and showing that processes can also be completely rethought. Time windows for check-in and check-out have been consistently abolished. The guest books the room for 24 hours, comes and goes when he wants. That is 100 percent focus on the needs of the guest. Nobody claims that this is logistically easy. But that would prove that it is feasible.

9. The website

We live in digital times. If you still haven’t understood this, you probably haven’t understood many of the above criteria either. This is why you can now recognize a good hotel from the website. It starts with the online search. Do I land directly on portals such as Booking or do I actually find the hotel in first place in the ranking?

Orania Berlin

First-class user experience on the website.

(Photo: Orania)

A modern hotel website must also be prepared for various end devices. No matter whether potential guests come to the site via smartphone, tablet or computer and no matter which browser: The website has to be responsive, i.e. flexible so that it works equally well on every device. The same applies to well thought-out navigation, relevant information and of course to web design. A good user experience is more important than ever today. Not only because guests willing to book might otherwise jump straight away, but simply because a really good hotel should shine in every discipline and environment – including a digital one. The Orania Berlin is world class here.

The list could go on – in the end the question always comes down to the same question: is the guest in the center – or in the way?

About the author: As a former grand hotelier and operator of a travel platform, Carsten K. Rath is a professional globetrotter. He travels to all of the hotels he writes about for the Handelsblatt on his own account. Rath is the source of ideas for the new ranking “The 101 Best Hotels in Germany”, of which the Handelsblatt is one of the partners. It will be released on November 27, 2020.

More: Rath checks in: Vila Vita Parc in Portugal: Quiet luxury in the Algarve


Lüneburg Heath: “Who needs ham every day?”

When the ham is over for the breakfast buffet, Sabrina Walterscheid doesn’t get nervous. The young hotel specialist thinks it is completely unnecessary that everything is always available for her breakfast menu. “Sometimes there must not be something,” says the 30-year-old. “Who needs ham every day? Or ten types of jam? “

She is one of the three managing directors of a hotel in Oberhavenbeck that grew out of a riding stables. The metropolis of Hamburg and its employer Le Méridien an der Alster swapped it for this job, which is fringed by huge oaks. She wants to do a lot here differently than she is used to from the hotel industry in the Hanseatic city. And be it that the ham can sometimes be out.

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Sabrina Walterscheid is not alone with her attitude. The Lüneburg Heath is in the midst of a generation and attitude change. This applies not only to newcomers, who have often come from the nearby Hanseatic city, but also to their guests since this summer at the latest. “We are experiencing a dramatic rejuvenation,” says Ulrich von dem Bruch, managing director of the marketing company Lüneburger Heide GmbH.

When he began to advertise the heath professionally twelve years ago, the average age of the guests was 63. Before Corona it was 45 – thanks to the hiking trend, even if people are now talking about “hiking”. In order to fully convince himself of the development, the head of marketing sat for a day on a bench high up on the Wilseder Berg, one of the main attractions of the heath. “Heide newbies came in flip-flops who didn’t even know what to expect here. But in the end everyone was enthusiastic. ”His website now also has many more visitors than in the past, looking for accommodation, but also for sports and leisure opportunities.

Away from the dusty cliché of the Lüneburg Heath

The marketing experts therefore reacted quickly to their new target group, the “beautiful nature experience” from earlier became a “micro-adventure”, and they produced the most beautiful stories from the heath as contemporary audio pieces, i.e. as podcasts. “I have to say: It worked great,” says von der Bruch, sounding as if he couldn’t quite believe it himself. “As a result of Corona, 30 percent of our target group has broken away over the months: the 60+ generation, the Danes and the Dutch. Fortunately, the young newcomers have absorbed a large part of it ”- and when the Corna time is over, he expects this trend to continue because the providers are also learning a lot.

The former granary on the site of the Stimbekhof is over 300 years old and can be used for civil weddings

The former granary on the site of the Stimbekhof is over 300 years old and can be used for civil weddings

Source: Bertold Walker

Sabrina Walterscheid and her three partners experience the statistics in their own books. She opened the doors for the first time on August 10th together with her partner Björn Bohlen (32) and his colleague Jovitha James (29), both formerly employed at the “Henri” hotel in Hamburg’s city center, and their friend Nico Kossenjans (39) for guests: The four have leased the “Stimbekhof” in Oberhaverbeck from the owner, and their goal is to buy the ensemble in the medium term.

With country house flair and their understanding as a host who relies so heavily on regional products that a product may not be in stock, the young management apparently fulfills exactly the idea of ​​the new generation of guests who want to know where their food comes from , and who likes to visit a farm.

And they’re in good company. A number of still young self-employed people have swapped Hamburg for the Heide and offer modern services there. Like Reenie Vietheer. The 32-year-old engineer has decided to move back to her home town of Heide. “It was more important to me that I feel comfortable where I live than that I have a short commute to work.” And the Buchholzerin has even that now: With her start-up called “Embauerment”, she supports farmers in converting to organic production – and has Together with her partner, more than 25,000 euros have just been collected for this through crowdfunding.

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Vietheer had already experienced the dusty, cliché-fulfilling part of the Lüneburg Heath herself when she hiked along the Heidschnuckenweg for eight days and didn’t really feel at home in the accommodations. “It would be nicer if there were something more attractive,” the 32-year-old puts it, what it means if pension operators do not renovate for decades. For them, nature, unique in their view, ultimately prevailed.

And when Frank Prohl walks through his roastery in shorts and with tattooed arms, some older customers do ask about the boss. But he already has his strategy for it. “I then say I’ll go get it for a minute and come back myself,” says the 42-year-old and laughs. Born in Buchholz, Prohl lived and worked for several years in Hamburg, in Stellingen and Hamm. At a company for laboratory technology, he worked his way up from mechatronics to department head, “a great job with a good salary”. What he was missing in Hamburg, however, he only really noticed when he moved into his house in the twelve-street village of Höckel on the edge of the forest. “Nowhere can you get down as well as in the Lüneburg Heath,” he says. “Fresh clean air, starry nights.”

“This summer it literally exploded due to Corona”

In Dierkshausen, four side streets lead off the main street, he has found the right property for his dream of owning his own roastery: a watermill from 1875. He is currently converting an English horse trailer into a “coffee racer”, so that would be with him in summer Wacken Open Air and is now hoping for classic car and motorcycle festivals when they are allowed again.

Antje and Arne Soetebier live not far away. The couple moved from Hamburg to Eyendorf 15 years ago. “We wanted to live where others go on vacation,” says Antje Soetebier. The 40-year-old has been running the “Heidebulli” for a good three years: These are Volkswagen “Bullis” from the 1960s and 1970s, for excursions and as a backdrop for photos. “We have noticed for a long time that more and more families with small children are coming to the heath,” says Antje Soetebier. “This summer it literally exploded due to Corona. The parking spaces were no longer sufficient, the cars were parked on the street. We have never seen that before. ”The most common characteristic: HH. “It’s nice that the youngsters recognize the values ​​of the heath: peace and space.”

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Dmitry Pevtsov revealed the truth about the state of Olga Drozdova

The wife of the actress Dmitry Pevtsov explained what really happened.

The wife of the actress Dmitry Pevtsov explained what really happened.

A photo: Larisa KUDRYAVTSEVA / EG

Olga Drozdova recently scared the fans. There were reports that the star of the series “Gangster Petersburg” was urgently hospitalized. However, everything turned out to be a little different. The wife of the actress Dmitry Pevtsov explained what really happened.

Olga Drozdova was forced to reassure her fans after rumors about her emergency hospitalization appeared. The actress, as gossipers used to gossip, allegedly having heart problems… Like, the doctors planned to leave the star in the clinic for several days.

Drozdova assured that she did not understand where the “legs” grow from when hearing rumors of a sharp deterioration in her condition. “No, I do not complain of pain in the heart area. What are you, I sleep well at home,” she said.

Following his wife, Dmitry Pevtsov, who, as you know, is crazy about his chosen one, decided to reveal the truth. The actor spoke sharply about what happened. The artists had to reassure their relatives for a long time.

Dmitry also decided to show his wife who is at home. Olga was busy with the housework in the kitchen.

“And I also want to warn people with famous surnames. Calling a doctor at home for any reason: if you have a fever or blood pressure, be careful! Information or misinformation about your health may appear in the tabloid press. And in the morning your family and friends may find out that you are in a coma! But this is not true … “, – said Singers in the blog.

By the way, at the end of August, he himself ended up in the hospital. Then the actor was taken to Kommunarka with pneumonia… He had to call an ambulance soon after returning from vacation with his family in Crimea. The artist suffered a serious illness and lost a lot of weight during treatment.