Bavaria Welcomes Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the G7 Summit

Neuschwanstein Castle resplendent in the colours of the Canadian flag - Website now online

MUNICH, June 4, 2015 /CNW/ - On June 7th and 8th, 2015, Bavaria will play host to the world as the heads of state and government of the G7 nations meet at Elmau Castle to discuss major global issues. On the occasion, the Free State of Bavaria will greet its guests with a special treat: from Saturday, May 30th, to Friday, June 5th, world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle will be illuminated in the national colours of a different G7 member every day. Last night was the turn of Canada. 

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Bavaria has always been big on hospitality, and this is the message of the "Welcome dahoam" ("Welcome home") projection marking the G7 summit. This illumination, which yesterday honoured Canada, covers the entire front of Neuschwanstein Castle. For 30 minutes, the Maple Leaf was resplendent on the façade of King Ludwig II's fairytale castle.

"We are very happy to welcome Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Bavaria," said Dr. Marcel Huber, State Chancellery Minister. "We are convinced that a good future can only be achieved through the cooperation of international partners. In projecting the national flags on one of the Free State's best-known landmarks, our message is a cordial welcome to the heads of state and government of the G7 nations." Bavaria's Finance Minister Markus Söder, whose department is responsible for the management of Bavaria's castles, is happy with the display, saying: "Neuschwanstein is the world's most famous castle, making it an ideal companion to the G7 summit."

A new website also went online on May 26th, offering an unusual look at Bavaria, its people, its future, its natural heritage and its traditions. "Bavaria is a country open to the world with a view that diversity is strength. This is what we will be showing in the days of the summit," said Minister Huber.

SOURCE Bayerische Staatskanzlei

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