National Geographic : 1928 Dec
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE AN OPEN-AIR COAL MINER, IN IllS BUCKETLIKE BOOTS rated to tempt the transient American across the frontiers of the Reich. Ger man visas were affixed to American pass ports free of charge, although many other nations continue to exact $Io from every transatlantic voyager. AMERICAN TOURIST TRAVEL TO GERMANY DOUBLES IN 1928 An international advertising campaign drew attention to Germany's manifold at tractions. German customs inspectors, railroad officials, and hotel men made themselves particularly agreeable to trav eling Americans. In consequence, Ioo,ooo of our compatriots visited Germany in 1927 and about double that number in 1928. What did they see? Well, first of all, everything that was visible in 1913 - his toric scenes, churches, museums, antiquities, art galleries - and a good many things that were not. For instance, while William II, in his shining armor, no longer delights the touristic gaze, his pri vate apartments in the Berlin Schloss, until recently closed to the general public, now may be viewed at close range. Thus does the New Germany bring history up to date. Having finished his inspection of all the numerous phenomena delineated by the guidebooks, the trav eler is confronted by an imposing array of festivals, musical and dramatic. Munich, Frankfort, Cologne, Breslau, and Dort mund are a few of the cities that seek to serve up special titbits for play and concert goers. At the same time a vast assortment of ath- letic tournaments is available. Finally, there is submitted to the itiner ant American the greatest aggregation of industrial exhibits ever staged in any one European country. In one month, in Berlin alone, four monster fairs, lasting from three to eight days, were opened for the benefit of the soap, hotel and restau rant, hairdressing and perfumery, and spring-fashion industries. The Pressa, a huge international press exhibition, began in Cologne in May. Leip zig, Frankfort, and Breslau had their tra ditional trade sample fairs, Dresden its annual summer art and crafts exhibition, Magdeburg its theater exhibition. There were scores of others in dozens of cities. The tourist who tried to see them all needed a pulmotor.