Hudson has a sister-city relationship with the German city of Landsberg, located in Bavaria, and the Hudson-Landsberg Sister City Committee has been busy promoting a "Best of Germany Tour," which will include several days in this beautiful medieval sister city.

There are more than 30 travelers registered for this tour and there is room for more, including anyone who wishes to register from outside Hudson. Participants will depart for Germany June 21 and return July 7.

Since the Hudson-Landsberg Partnership is a non-profit organization, and since some of the overnights will be with host families in Landsberg in addition to 4-star hotel stays along our route, the price of the "land package" is $1,300, based on double occupancy. This is an inexpensive way to enjoy a tour of Germany, a visit to Salzburg, Austria, and to enjoy the wonderful hospitality consistently received in Landsberg.

Travelers book their own airfare, which allows them to use frequent-flyer miles and book later returns if they wish to extend their stay and continue to visit Europe.

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. The group will also take a cruise down the Rhine River, where there are more castles per lineal mile than anywhere in the world. In the second week the group will enjoy the hospitality of family stays in Landsberg. Many travelers on previous trips have considered the family stays in Landsberg to be one of the highlights, which have resulted in lasting friendships.

Landsberg is within view of the Alps and only 45 minutes by car from Munich. There will be a day trip will be to the island of Mainau, on Lake Konstanz, which is a huge "subtropical" garden with palm trees and spectacular flower sculptures. The island’s weather in that small section of Germany 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. This tour is one that an entire family can enjoy.

The tour will be limited to 48 passengers, on a first come, first serve basis. If interested in participating, email committee co-chair Roland Winzer at Those who inquire will be sent trip itinerary and a Power Point presentation of all the medieval cities on the itinerary. Call Winzer at 330-650-4852 with questions.