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Headed to techtextil? Make the Most of Your Trip

In just over a month, Climashield (Hall 3.1, Booth J83) is heading to techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, in Frankfurt from May 9-12. The previous European edition of the event was held in 2015, attracting 1,389 exhibitors from 52 countries and around 28,500 trade visitors from 102 nations.

The Climashield team is heading over to Germany to showcase our comprehensive line of customized insulation technologies and products, including the lightest and most thermally efficient continuous filament insulation on the market — Climashield® APEX.

We’re incredibly excited about attending the four-day event and networking with industry leaders from around the world, but this trip is also an opportunity for a little outdoor adventure. Luckily, Frankfurt is conveniently located in one of the most beautiful areas of Europe. Located close by is the breathtaking Rhine Valley, offering travellers both hiking and sightseeing — a perfect mix of adventure and culture.

In the valley is a 320 km long trail called Rheinsteig. It stretches in 23 stages between the cities of Bonn and Wiesbaden, flanked on one side by the river Rhine and on the other by steep vineyards and ancient castles.

While the area might not offer the wildest hiking experience, it’s often described as the most German, and a great option for anyone planning a short trip from Frankfurt. Stages 12 to 19, between Koblenz and Rüdesheim in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, are especially picturesque and easily accessible from the city by car or by train. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for the world’s highest density of castles, including the ruins of ancient fortresses built by the Romans.

Possibly the most famous sight alongside the trail is Marksburg Castle in the charming town of Braubach. It has survived since 1117 and visitors can explore its extensive grounds for hours, with or without a guide.

Although the Rheinsteig can sometimes be steep and challenging, sightseeing and wine tasting are an indispensible part of the full German experience, making the Rhine Valley trip a little bit more on the relaxed side. After a few busy days at techtextil we’ll definitely be looking forward to this leisurely, upmarket take on hiking!

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