The Hudson-Landsberg Sister City Committee is once again offering Hudson community members a German tour in the summer of 2019, with the tour ending in Landsberg, Hudson’s "home away from home."

Hudsonites are encouraged to join their fellow community members on a two week tour of Germany, from June 21 until July 7, 2019. In the first week the group will travel to some of the most beautiful medieval cities in Germany, including Marburg, Wetzlar, Limburg, Heidelberg, Rothenburg and Schwäbisch Hall. 

In the second week the group will enjoy the hospitality of family stays in Landsberg. Most Hudsonites who have gone on these trips have considered the family stays in Landsberg to be one of the highlights of these tours, which has resulted in many lasting friendships.

Landsberg is within view of the Alps and only 45 minutes by car from Munich. That geographical vantage point allows the group to go on daily bus trips to surrounding Bavarian destinations during the stay in Landsberg, such as the Island of Mainau, a huge "subtropical" garden on Lake Konstanz. The island’s weather is influenced by warm Mediterranean air forced through an opening in the Alps. 

Also on the itinerary are two of the most spectacular castles of "Mad" Ludwig II, Castle Herrenchiemsee, which is a copy of the French Sun King, Louis XIV’s Versailles, and Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle after which Disney World’s castle was fashioned.

The tour will be limited to 48 passengers, on a first come, first serve basis. The first 12 spots have already been reserved. Particulars of this tour can be viewed at www.facebook.com/HudsonLandsberg or by emailing co-chair Roland Winzer at rwinzer@aol.com. 

Those who inquire will be sent the actual itinerary and a Powerpoint presentation of the cities to be visited. Call Roland at 330-650-4852 for specific questions regarding the tour.

The cost of the two week Land Package is $1,300 per person (based on double occupancy), which includes all overnights and breakfasts in 4 star hotels, a tour bus, two boat trips, entrance fees to all museums and castles, tour guides in many of the cities and all large group activities.

The only costs not included in the land package are lunches and dinners. Participants purchase their own plane tickets. The committee’s goal now is to raise the profile of this sister-city relationship and hope that, by so doing, many more citizens of our community will take advantage of the long-established bridge that connects the two cities.

Bavaria comes to Hudson in December

The Hudson-Landsberg Sister City Committee is sponsoring a "Christkindlmarkt" Dec. 14-16. 

Christkindlmarkts are a long-standing German tradition. These markets are full of the sounds of carolers and of the scents of roasted nuts and warm food and drink as shoppers stroll through the market. For many Germans, the Christkindlmarkt is synonymous with Christmas. 

Now for the first time, residents of Hudson and visitors can check off their shopping lists with the local vendors selling whimsical or "Old World" gifts, home decor, and other unique holiday-related items.  Other vendors will tempt the appetite with German breads and strudels, and Kepner’s Tavern and Hudson’s On the Green will serve authentic German food and drink. The committee has lined up local choirs and bands to add the sounds of Christmas to the event. 

Visitors should be prepared to meet St. Nicholas and his monster-like helpers called the Krampus. The Hudson-Landsberg committee is a non-profit organization and plans to establish the Christkindlmarkt as an annual event. Individuals and organizations who wish to lend their support to this event can do so by viewing www.facebook.com/HudsonLandsberg or by contacting committee co-chair, Jeff Moore, at hudsonlandsberg@gmail.com or 234-738-1799.