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Düsseldorf Becomes The Mecca For Hiking Enthusiasts

TourNatur, Germany's only publicly accessible fair specialised in hiking and trekking, will once again attract hiking enthusiasts from all over Germany and neighbouring countries to Düsseldorf from 5 to 7 September 2008. For the first time now the 275 exhibitors will occupy two exhibition halls: TourNatur 2008 will be held at Halls 1 and 2 of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre thereby offering visitors both the closer proximity of the South Entrance and more coherence in the ranges on display. While hiking and trekking equipment is housed in Hall 2 Hall 1 showcases just under 5000 hiking destinations. In total 35,000 visitors are expected to attend TourNatur.

Spoilt for choice - 5, 000 destinations under one roof

Hikers looking for a destination for their next tour are spoilt for choice in Düsseldorf: from Saxon Switzerland to the Black Forest, from Lapland to Cyprus and from the Himalayas to the Tierra del Fuego they will find information on nearly 5, 000 hiking destinations with the opportunity to buy maps and book trips. Exhibitors will be pleased to put together individual tours, recommend accommodation and organise up-to-date hiking services such as luggage transport, hiking taxi or GPS "guides". On the "Rastplatz"stage, also located in Hall 1, talks on regions and trails will be delivered and hiking paths will be awarded with prizes.

Testing strictly permitted! Equipment that caters to every need

In addition to the tourism-focused presentations the "Rastplatz" stage doubles as a venue for the "Outdoor Fashion Show" presenting the latest outdoor fashion trends on sale with the exhibitors in Hall 2. Visitors on the look out for garments or wanting to supplement or replace their gear are sure to discover what they are looking for here. TourNatur covers all the equipment for hiking holidays and Nordic sports from pocket knives to backpacks and from socks and shoes to tents. Here testing is "strictly permitted". At the tent city visitors can try out tents, while new shoes can be put to the test on the hiking boots concourse. Visitors' sports skills are tested by snake climbing - an alternative to climbing walls.

Those not entirely sure what they require for their next tour can obtain just the right advice: In various short presentations practical equipment tips on various subjects such as functional underwear, matching hiking boots or GPS are given.

Travel conveniently and inexpensively to TourNatur

For the first time TourNatur visitors can rejoice at two very special travel and accommodation package offers this year: for as little as EUR 86 there is 2-day ticket for TourNatur, one overnight stay incl. breakfast at a middle-class hotel and an evening meal incl. 1 glass of dark beer at a traditional brewery pub in Düsseldorf's famous Old Town. This bargain offer also includes a Düsseldorf Info-Package with a city guide and a map. Furthermore, German Railways offer return rail tickets to TourNatur from all German cities for as little as EUR 99. For details go to www.tournatur.com. Both offers can be booked via Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus on telephone: +49(0)211 17202-839, messe@dus-mt.de.

Three fairs on one ticket

TourNatur is open from Friday to Sunday, 5 to 7 September 2008, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily. Held in parallel with TourNatur is the CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF, the world's largest fair for mobile vacationing, as well as the International Investors Fair IAM. Admission tickets for TourNatur also grant access to the CARAVAN SALON and the IAM and cost EUR 12 for adults. Children, school children and students pay a discount admission rate. Tickets will be available from August at the VRR Customer Centers and at the ADAC branches for ADAC members. Tickets reserved beforehand include free use of all public transport marked VRR to and from the Exhibition Centre on the day of the visit to the fair (incl. German railways travelling 2nd class). Admission purchased at the ticket office includes free return trips within the network of the VRR transport authority.



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