German youth hostels gained more members last year, but the number of overnight stays dropped significantly. They face strong competition from privately owned hostels - especially in Germany's big cities.
Following long in the wake of Berlin and Nuremberg, Munich is finally establishing its own Documentation Center. It officially opens on April 30, the 70th anniversary of Munich's liberation from the Nazis.
The "Gorch Fock" and the "Queen Elizabeth" will be the stars amongst what organizers say will include 300 participating vessels and welcome around one million visitors from around the world to the Hamburg Harbor.