2013 events and anniversaries in Europe
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The year's events and anniversaries are well under way, making 2013 yet another standout year for travel in Europe. Here's a sampling of what's going on.
Berlin has given the year a theme: “Diversity Destroyed — Berlin during National Socialism,” marking 80 years since the National Socialists seized power and 75 years since Kristallnacht, when a surge of anti-Jewish attacks occurred. In addition to an exhibition at the Museum of German History, temporary memorials will be erected throughout the city center through Nov. 9. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/bllaufn.
The United Kingdom recently launched an initiative in which exceptional places are awarded the designation of UK City of Culture for a year. The first city to hold the title will be Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and its program is packed with culture. Other noteworthy events include a festival of illuminations,through Dec. 1. See the city’s program of events at www.cityofculture2013.com.
With the goal of bringing the collective population of Europe closer together, the European Union nominates two cities as European Capitals of Culture annually. In 2013, tourists are invited to discover Košice, a city in eastern Slovakia with a remarkably well-preserved historical core. The other city to bear this designation is Marseille, France, where events are focusing on the city’s relationship with the Mediterranean shores of Africa and the Middle East. Details at www.kosice2013.sk and www.marseillecityofculture.eu.
Amsterdam is celebrating a slew of birthdays and milestones, including 400 years of the city’s canal ring, 75 years of the Artis Zoo, and 125 years of the city’s concert hall, or Concertgebouw. Other big events have included the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. To learn more, see www.iamsterdam.com/2013.
Ireland's major tourism initiative titled “The Gathering” is in full swing. Everyone with ties to the country, be it blood or affinity, is invited to come to Ireland and connect with its people. Find events at www.thegatheringireland.com.