• Posted:Friday, October 16, 2009
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Hamburg hostels well placed for Snow and Ice festival

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Hamburg hostels well placed for Snow and Ice festival
I'm in love with Germany, particularly at Christmas time as the country seems to magically transform itself into something out of a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. Walking down the street in any German town in December, I can practically convince myself that I'm Hansel, strolling in the woods with my sister amid the softly falling snow, off to find a rather tasty gingerbread house to munch upon. The town of Lubeck, an hour away from those staying in hostels in Hamburg, is no exception to this rule of enchantment as each winter, artists come from far and wide to take part in the International Festival of Snow and Ice, a show which creates magic of its own.

I've only managed to get to Lubeck once to see the spectacle but am longing to go again as, particularly during the night, the lights twinkling off the surface of the sculptures is surely a sight to behold - not that I'm a slushy romantic or anything like that. According to AsiaRooms, the works of art - made by sculptors from both Germany and further afield - use around 350,000 kg of ice and 150,000 kg of snow throughout the months the festival is on.

Aside from ooh-ing and ah-ing over the remarkable talent of some of these people, backpackers resting their heads in hostels in Hamburg can also make good use of the ice rink, which is approximately 600 square metres in size. A smaller circuit is also provided exclusively for children, so there's plenty of room for everyone.

If you prefer hot to cold, Texas might be the destination for you as each year in October it holds a sand sculpting competition, which is open for all to take part in.

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