Vacation in Germany:These are the most beautiful campsites in Baden-Württemberg

Camping holidays in their own country have been very popular with many, and not just since Corona. In a new series, FOCUS Online presents the most beautiful campsites in every federal state: today Baden-Württemberg. 1. Camping Park Gohren am See, Lake Constance Lake Constance, also known as the Swabian Sea, is one of the most beautiful lakes in Baden-Württemberg and is therefore very popular as a holiday region. Camping-Park Gohren is located between Lindau and Friedrichshafen – right on the shore of the lake. On nice days you can see from the pebble beach over the whole lake to the Swiss mountains. There are many deciduous trees and hedges on the spacious grounds – most of the 545 parking spaces are therefore parceled out and offer enough privacy. In addition, vacationers can rent safari tents, wooden houses or the so-called mini-lodges – small, futuristic-looking and comfortable wooden houses for two people. In the center of the campsite there is a supermarket, barbecue areas and a barrel sauna that can be used free of charge after registration – it takes about an hour to heat up. If you don’t have a bike with you, you can rent one on site. Because you should definitely cycle here, the Lake Constance cycle path leads almost directly through the area. The campsite is also suitable for sailors or those who want to become one: the operators regularly organize courses for children, young people and adults. 2. Camping Münstertal, Black Forest Nestled in the green hills of the southern Black Forest, this campsite has a total of 328 parceled out spaces. It has been lovingly run by the Ortlieb family since 1968, regularly renovated and expanded: There is not only an outdoor and indoor pool on the premises, but also a wellness area with a sauna landscape and an extensive range of options, from the hot stone Massage up to a full body chocolate wrap ranges. Children also feel right at home here thanks to the large leisure program, which ranges from table tennis, boccia and volleyball to pony rides and mini golf. Even fishing is possible: those who register at the reception can fish a trout from the hotel’s own pond for their own consumption. 3. Wirtshof campsite, Lake Constance The Wirtshof campsite is located on a plateau in the hinterland of Lake Constance about ten kilometers from Friedrichshafen. The elevated position even allows you to look down on the lake. The 238 parking spaces are located between hedges, deciduous trees and the fruit trees typical of the region – right next to the associated hotel. For families with children, the place is a paradise: Here the little ones can let off steam in an adventure playground with slides, a rope course, mini golf or in the pool – there is even a beautiful indoor playground for rainy days.

Dream trip for the senses: beach, wine & whales around the Cape region

Experience South Africa from a very special side. Reside in the exclusive Santa Maria Beach House, which is located directly on the beach in Cape Town, and explore the most beautiful city in the world, which offers breathtaking scenery and wonderful excursion destinations at the same time. The Santa Maria Beach House is one of the few houses located directly on the Atlantic Ocean and offers exactly the view that adorns so many postcards of Cape Town: from Bloubergstrand to Table Mountain. In front of the house begins an approximately twenty kilometer long dune beach, which stretches from Blouberg to Melkbosstrand and goes endlessly Beach walks and sunbathing invites. Luxurious furnishings, furnishings designed with attention to detail and of course the breathtaking view are just a few of the attributes that will enchant you at the Santa Maria Beach House . EXCLUSIVE AND ONLY FOR INTOSOL CUSTOMERS 4 = 5 special at Santa Maria Beach House : Pay only 4 nights and stay 5 nights More details about the trip After you have breathed the refreshing sea air on Cape Town’s Bloubergstrand for a few days, your journey with the rental car continues into the Winelands. Located so close to the popular Cape Town, this region exudes a completely different, but no less wonderful atmosphere. Luxury vacation in the middle of the vineyards The Delaire Graff Estate is located on the highest peak of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass and overlooks the two leading wine regions of South Africa – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The minimal number of exclusive villas, equipped with extensive and breathtaking furnishings, offers the ultimate feeling of luxury amid the vineyards. Your private butler also serves canapés and sparkling wine on romantic evenings at the Delaire Graff Estate. The wine lounge invites you to enjoy delicious wine tastings by the cozy fireplace. White linen curtains, magnificent leather furniture, cut glass lanterns in combination with contemporary works of art also convey a relaxed and soothing atmosphere. INTOSOL WINE DINE & WELLNESS SPECIAL When booking through INTOSOL you will receive: Guided tour of the winery with wine tasting Private movie night Dinner in the Indochine restaurant 60 minute massage in the spa From the Winelands, after a few relaxing days, continue to the Whale Coast to the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Let yourself be enchanted by a heavenly piece of earth. The award-winning reserve combines the beauty of nature with a wonderful ambience that meets your luxury requirements. Over 1000 hectares of intact fynbos landscape offer the discerning guest the unique opportunity to get to know the natural wonders of the Cape country ecosystems better. Many whales, thousands of seals and penguins, countless sea birds and great white sharks also live on the islands off the coast and the surrounding waters. We’ll book a trip to the open sea for you, it’s worth it!

Above Lugano’s local mountain: this is how the Scenic Trail hikes

Denti della Vecchia, the white “teeth” are also called the Lugano Dolomites. The rocks are popular not only with climbers, but also with hikers. A tour leads to one of the most modern mountain huts in Switzerland with the best cuisine at its peaked peaks . At the beginning, the more than 600 meters difference in altitude can be covered with the Brè funicular from the Cassarate district. From the mountain station it goes down through the small artist village of Brè and through forest and along a stream west around Monte Boglia to Alpe Bolla at 1129 meters. The benches in front of the hut are a nice place to stop for refreshments (4 hours). Soon the Scenic Trail begins, according to the signs, always following the ridge, which is mostly identical to the border between Switzerland and Italy. The path leads around the cliffs of the Sasso Grande, without having to be afraid of heights, to Capanna Pairolo, a hut at 1349 meters (1: 50h). If you still have enough energy, you can walk in two hours over wide and unwooded slopes to the San Lucio chapel at an altitude of 1542 meters. There are two accommodations there, the Capanna Alpe di Cottino on the Swiss side and the Refugio San Locio on Italian soil with significantly lower prices. Second day of the Ticino trip The next day, the first to climb the 2115 meter high Gazzirola, which dominates the area along the ridge (1: 50h). The hike can be continued more relaxed on the south-western slope of the mountain to Capanna Monte Bar (3h). The mountain hut, which only opened in 2017, is managed by Alessandro Müller. Lugano comes into view again through the large panoramic windows . Another 200 vertical meters through wide grass fields to the summit of Monte Bar (0:45 hrs). Or you can walk over the Caval Drossa to the Motto della Croce observation box and then on to Bidogno down into the valley (3 hours). The descent is much more lonely before reaching Capanna Monte Bar north to Isone (5:30 am). But here the descent can be blocked because of a military training area. Then there is the narrow path over the 1970 meter high pass, the Bocchetta di Revolte to Alpe di Leveno, with a descent to the mountain village of Monte Moneda and through dense deciduous forests to Vellano (6 hours). Prerequisites : good physical condition, surefootedness and elementary ability to orientate yourself. Those who continue to run to Vellano should be in a very good condition. 

This is how you correctly report holiday deficiencies

A cockroach in the room, rotten food, a dirty pool – by how many percent can the travel price be reduced after returning from the package holiday? The “Frankfurt List” gives clues. The Germans are known as notorious complainers. Especially when they are on vacation they criticize their accommodation, demand a better room or demand a price reduction. After their return, some people try to take legal action to reclaim part of their travel price if the holiday pleasure has been spoiled by bad food or construction site noise. But a cockroach crawling through the bathroom is not necessarily a travel problem that justifies packing your suitcase early. Always everything in writing In principle, the intermediary travel agency or the travel website cannot be held responsible, only the operator. Small things on site should first be settled with the hotel manager by way of goodwill. If the accommodation does not correspond to the description in the travel brochure, for example if there are no advertised sports facilities, a complaint must be made immediately according to travel law. For a package tour, the local tour guide would be the point of contact. He must first be given the opportunity to remedy the situation. This is the only way for the customer to secure the right to a reduction in the price of the trip, even to termination or compensation. German jurisprudence even requires that vacationers document their complained about defects with photos and written statements from fellow travelers. Therefore you should have the receipt of the complaint letter confirmed by the tour guide. Frankfurt table If his efforts were unsuccessful, the traveler has four weeks after his return to register claims for recourse – by registered mail with acknowledgment of receipt. Since the trip was paid for in advance, the lawyers usually argue about the amount of the repayment. In legal practice, the “Frankfurt table” has proven itself as a guideline: Missing or dirty swimming pool with acceptance: 10-20 percent; monotonous menu: 5 percent; Noise during the day: 5-25 percent.

New risk areas: Tourism officer does not rule out travel warning for all of France

Vacation on the Côte d’Azur, a city trip to Paris: That wasn’t a problem in the past few weeks despite Corona. The situation has now changed for German vacationers. The following applies to returnees: test and quarantine. The Federal Government’s Tourism Commissioner, Thomas Bareiß, does not rule out a travel warning for all of France. “We have a breathing system,” said the CDU politician on Tuesday in the RTL / ntv program “Frühstart”. There are clear measures according to which a region is declared a risk area, according to Bareiß. “If 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants can be identified in seven days, then you have to react.” The federal government issued a travel warning for the greater Paris area and large parts of the French Mediterranean coast on Monday evening because of the risk of infection . The regions Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur have since been included on the continuously updated list of the federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as risk areas. Such a classification takes place after a joint decision by the health, foreign and interior ministries. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is the states or regions in which there were more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. A travel warning continues. While it is not a travel ban, it is intended to have a deterrent effect. And it has a positive side for consumers: it enables package travelers to cancel bookings free of charge.  However, the recently introduced mandatory test for returnees from risk areas is to be abolished and replaced by a new regulation. The federal and state health ministers presented corresponding proposals on Monday after a switching conference. Mask requirement in Paris In the greater Paris area and in the Provence-Alpes- Côte d’Azur region , which is also located in the port city of Marseille, the situation had already worsened last week. The French government had classified Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhône department on the Mediterranean as zones where the virus is actively circulating. This means that the regional authorities can restrict public life there – theoretically, for example by closing restaurants or markets or restricting freedom of movement.  In Paris, for example, the mask requirement was massively expanded as a result of the classification – it now also applies in the open air almost in the entire city. In Paris, the number of newly infected people per 100,000 population has risen well over 50 since the beginning of August. However, if you look at the occupancy rate of the intensive care beds, for example, the city has so far been in the green.  France was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic – more than 30,500 people have died so far. The experts are currently particularly concerned that a particularly large number of young people are infected with the virus – but have no or hardly any symptoms. These in turn could infect older people.  

The wellness oasis in South Africa

Where Umgeni and Karkloof River meet, is the exclusive Karkloof Safari Spa, which among other awards was chosen as the “best safari spa worldwide”. It is a paradise on earth for nature lovers and everyone looking for peace and relaxation. Enjoy the silence of nature The boutique hotel offers a very special holiday experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The focus is on immortality, this motto is reflected everywhere. There are no fixed times for activities or restaurants, you decide when you feel like doing what. Endless expanses, the silence of nature, the highest level of service and an exclusive spa area ensure a relaxing holiday in the middle of the African wilderness. Experience complete seclusion in the luxury villas On more than 3500 hectares, the retreat offers 16 villas, all of which were built in a private atmosphere in a hidden place, surrounded by green trees. Enjoy the seclusion and the individual furnishing of each individual accommodation and find your way back to your own balance and harmony. Four of the villas have a connecting door and are ideal for families or smaller groups. A smaller lodge with 8 luxurious tents and equipped with a timelessly elegant design is located on a hill directly on the red rock of the plateau. Unique wellness treatments For all travelers looking for a touch of adventure paired with pure relaxation and well-being, the Karkloof Safari Spa is ideal. As the name suggests, the specialty of the resort lies in the unique spa area. Here you can let yourself be pampered from head to toe with some of the numerous wellness treatments, such as the Thai massage, or let your soul dangle in the open-air jacuzzi or the heated outdoor pool. This oasis for the senses is located in the midst of breathtaking nature, which you can of course also discover on guided game drives, hikes or mountain bike tours. Experience dreamlike untouched landscapes and animal encounters in the African wilderness. Nowhere else in Africa are these two components so well combined. For experiencing the best massage you should try erotic massage. Spectacular waterfalls The highlight of your stay in the charming boutique hotel is of course a visit to one of the four waterfalls. Below you the spectacular Karkloof Falls, which plunge into a 100 meter deep gorge and offer you a spectacular natural spectacle.

From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to sail again

Day tourists are allowed to visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again Foreign Office warns of traveling to all of Spain – including the Canary Islands  Hamburg fish market should open in October, but only at noon instead of early in the morning  The most important travel news about the corona virus in the star ticker . The global spread of the coronavirus  and government measures such as border closings are hugely restricting personal mobility and thus travel. The Federal Foreign Office has also issued a travel warning for tourist trips because of the pandemic. Here you will regularly find the latest news on the subject of the corona crisis and travel. From spring 2021, all seven Tui ships are to run again After the slow restart, the cruise operator Tui Cruises wants to offer trips on all ships in its fleet again from spring. “We hope to be on the road again with all seven ships by spring 2021 at the latest, with a little less occupancy and the right health concepts,” said company boss Wybcke Meier of the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”. After cruises came to a standstill due to the corona pandemic, Tui Cruises had parked almost its entire fleet in the North Sea. Since the end of June this year, the company has been offering trips to the North and Baltic Seas again. This weekend another ship in Greece is supposed to take on guests again. Tui operates the ships “Mein Schiff” with the numbers one to six and the “Mein Schiff Herz”. “As far as the finances are concerned, we have done our homework and will therefore survive this phase with fewer ships and less utilization,” said Meier. Around 60 percent of all employees are still on short-time work. +++ Day tourists can visit Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania again +++ From this weekend on, day tourists can come back to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Because of the corona pandemic, guests from the surrounding federal states have mostly not been welcome since mid-March. Such trips were considered illegal and could be fined up to 2000 euros. VACATION WITH SIDE EFFECTS Air travel at cheap prices in the middle of the corona crisis? That is doubly wrong! It is estimated that companies in the country are losing three to five million euros in turnover per day due to a lack of day-trippers. From the point of view of the state government, the restrictions were an effective tool to slow down the spread of the corona virus. “Thousands of day tourists were already in the country,” said the President of Dehoga Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lars Schwarz. Therefore, the withdrawal of the ban was a long overdue step, which the hospitality industry has long been calling for. +++ Foreign Office warns against traveling to all of Spain +++ Due to the corona pandemic, the Federal Foreign Office has now also issued a travel warning for the Canary Islands, which are popular with German holidaymakers. The federal government is now warning of “unnecessary, tourist” trips to all parts of Spain. “Spain was and is severely affected by COVID-19,” the Federal Foreign Office explains the decision on the website . In the Canaries, the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife are particularly affected. So far, the Foreign Office had already warned against traveling to mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands with the popular holiday island of Mallorca. Now this also applies to the Canaries. Returnees must take a free corona test and go into quarantine until the result is negative. As the Foreign Office further announced, the regions of Cantabria, Castile and Léon, La Rioja, Navarra, the Basque Country, the capital region of Madrid and the capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, are currently affected by the virus. There are therefore strict exit restrictions throughout the country. Discos and night bars are completely closed, restaurants are open until 1 a.m. at the latest. +++ Hamburg fish market should open in October, but only at noon instead of early in the morning +++ The Hamburg fish market was closed for five months due to the Corona crisis – now the traditional market is set to reopen in October. This is at least a concept that the Altona district has developed together with the health authority. Fish, fruit and vegetables should no longer be sold early in the morning as usual, but instead on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Since mid-March, tourists and Hamburg residents have had to do without the 300-year-old Hamburg fish market due to the corona pandemic. Usually around 120 market stalls are set up there. Many night owls went straight to the fish market after an evening in the Kiez. This possibility should no longer exist because the authority feared that the corona rules among the partygoers would not always be observed. The new protection concept provides for a maximum of 500 visitors and 60 dealers. The site is to be fenced off with separate entrances and exits and one-way streets. At the start, 20 security guards should regulate the entry and ensure that the distance rules are observed. +++ Almost 200 passengers have to be in quarantine after their vacation flight +++ After a flight from a Greek island to Great Britain, all approximately 200 passengers and crew members were sent to a two-week quarantine. 16 guests of the vacation plane have already tested positive, the broadcaster BBC reported. According to British health experts, seven of them were most likely already contagious on board. On the flight from the island of Zakynthos to Cardiff (Wales) on August 25, a number of passengers are said to have ignored the corona protective measures. Many would not have worn masks as prescribed; the crew hardly intervened, it was said. The machine was full of “selfish Cov-idiots”, said a woman on the BBC, alluding to the disease Covid-19. The allegations will be followed up closely, the broadcaster quoted a spokesman for the travel company Tui. Many young British people in Greece have a reputation for being partying and drinking a lot of alcohol. +++ Record of new infections: Canaries tremble for special corona position +++ A new record of new infections has been registered in the Canary Islands. The regional health authorities reported 338 new cases within 24 hours on Thursday evening. That’s the highest number since the pandemic broke out in March. The Atlantic islands belonging to Spain must now fear losing their special position and, like the whole country – including the Balearic Islands – being put on the list of risk areas by Germany.  The associated travel warning would give the already badly ailing tourism industry, which accounts for around 35 percent of regional income, the “death knell”, as the media warned on Friday. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is in which states or regions there have been more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. In the Canaries there are already 79.69. This means that the islands off the west coast of Africa are now in a worse position than many Spanish regions, for which the Foreign Office’s travel warning has been in effect since mid-August. In the Balearic Islands with the Germans’ favorite island, Mallorca, this number is 79.52. +++ Cunard shipping company cancels all cruises until the end of March 2021 +++ The British Cunard shipping company has informed the customers of its three cruise ships long-term: The “Queen Elizabeth” will then be idle up to and including March 25, 2021, for the flagship “Queen Mary 2” all voyages are suspended up to and including April 18, 2021, and the “Queen Victoria” will only resume service after May 16, 2021. “In view of the current recommendations of the Foreign Office and the Foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom as well as the great complexity that the global cruise operation brings with it during the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional shipping company Cunard is extending the operating break beyond November 2020,” it said in a Tuesday published press release. The 180-year-old traditional shipping company, which is now part of the Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise company in the world, is the first large company in the industry to clearly communicate a one-year forced break due to the corona pandemic.

Travel far away,book in euros

Due to the current development of exchange rates, long-distance travel is becoming more expensive and many Germans are choosing to vacation in Europe. Traveling far away can still pay off: These three dreamy travel destinations in the Indian Ocean pay in euros. If you want to travel smart, book now. Mauritius (“Royal Palm Hotel” and “Dinaborin Golf Spa”) Maldives (“Baros Maldives”) No preference yet? We are happy to help. The Indian Ocean attracts this year not only with lonely beaches and luxurious retreats, but also with the best conditions. The three retreats selected by the luxury travel company INTOSOL impress not only with their elegant furnishings, culinary delights and great sports offers, but also with the option of paying in euros and thus saving money despite the euro crisis. Dream island Mauritius Mauritius is one of the best golf areas in the world. In addition to golf and excellent courts, wellness and the finest gourmet cuisine are of course also offered. Beaches, water sports, diving spots – Mauritius is the “place to be” for everyone who longs for sun, sport and enjoyment. The “Royal Palm” and the “Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa” are among the best addresses on the island. The exclusive resorts are hidden between sugar cane plantations, green mountains and powdered sugar white beaches , privacy and relaxation are guaranteed here. Exclusive luxury vacation in the Maldives There are always a thousand reasons to fly to the Maldives . The “Baros Maldives” is just one of them. Even if one of the most beautiful. The “Baros Maldives” is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world. Only 25 minutes by speedboat from Mahé International Airport, the “Baros Maldives” in the south of the North Male Atoll offers its guests 75 stylish villas, lush vegetation, secluded sun decks with a view of the blue and romance for couples who want solitude and Seek calm.  

Large quarantine planner: which countries are corona risk areas – and where it is critical

In many holiday countries, the number of infections is rising again. Some European countries that were previously considered safe could soon become risk areas. We show where the risk of infection increases and what holidaymakers can expect in this case. Since many European countries reopened their borders to tourists, the joy of regained freedom of travel is great. But it seems that it only lasts for a short time. Because exactly the case that many experts feared is now occurring: The number of infections in many popular travel destinations such as Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Austria is rising again. When do travelers have to be in quarantine For vacationers, this means not only an increased risk of infection, but also possibly a quarantine after their return if the country is classified as a risk area for a short time due to sharply increasing numbers . The quarantine period is usually 14 days and is subject to the regulations of each individual federal state. Exempt from quarantine are only those who can present a negative Sars-CoV-2 test that is not older than 48 hours upon entry. Which criteria apply for classification as a risk area The Federal Ministry of Health decides from when a country is classified as a risk area in cooperation with the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs. The criteria not only include increasing numbers of infections of more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the last seven days , but also an analysis of the type of outbreak – whether local or nationwide. Likewise, the test capacities as well as the measures such as hygiene and contact restrictions for containment on site are considered for the classification. According to information from the Federal Foreign Office, the classification is checked every two weeks; if action is required, this is done more frequently, so that changes can be made at short notice. Rising numbers of infections: This is how high the risk is in European holiday countries Vacationers should inform themselves about the risk status of the respective vacation country before departure. A list of all corona risk areas can be found below in the article. Here is the current overview of some travel destination Europe that are currently not fully considered as risk countries . In some countries, however, the RKI classified individual regions as corona risk areas. Spain: travel warning – except for the Canary Islands Holidaymakers from the EU and the Schengen states may continue to travel to Spain without restrictions, but due to the increased corona numbers, Germany has declared the country, with the exception of the Canary Islands, a risk area and issued a travel warning for the popular holiday island of Mallorca . For returnees from risk areas, it has generally been the case for several weeks that they have to report to the health department. There is also an obligation to test when returning home.

Italian village offers free holidays – thousands of guests want to come

Enjoy “La dolce vita” – completely free of charge. The Italian village of San Giovanni in Galdo is currently advertising this. The problem: there are already far too many applicants for the one week free vacation. The village of San Giovanni in the Molise region in southern Italy wanted to attract tourists. The small town offered a total of 40 holiday accommodations – free of charge for one week each. The only condition in the online advertisement of the local cultural association Amici del Morrutto : Provide as creative a reason as possible why you would like to go on holiday in San Giovanni. The offer (only overnight stays, meals not included) has been in effect since July 4th and runs until October 3rd. According to the organizers, three houses will be provided for this, each with two, three or four beds. No mass tourism: free holidays in San Giovanni If you long for peace and relaxation far from mass tourism, this is the right place for you. San Giovanni in Galdo has just 500 inhabitants, the next larger town is Campobasso. Naples is about two hours away by car, Rome three. Thousands of requests However , if you still want to apply now, you should hurry: According to the ” Travelbook “, a total of 8,000 inquiries have already been received (as of August 21). However, the village can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests per week. Italy is trying to get back on its feet after the Corona crisis . Another offer attracted attention in June. The village of Cinquefrondi in southern Italy had offered vacant houses for a purchase price of just one euro – on one condition .