LIVELY PATCH OF EARTH
New Orleans is known for its lively nightlife, a lively
music scene with a lot of jazz and multicultural cuisine.
ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Make yourself comfortable on a paddle steamer ride and
admire the picturesque landscape along the Mississippi.
FRENCH QUARTER LOUISIANA
Visit the St. Louis Cathedral and get to know the
historically important center of the state.
THE VIOLET, GREEN AND GOLDEN FESTIVAL
At the world-famous Mardi Gras carnival you will find music,
party enthusiasts and artfully decorated show cars.
JAZZ MUSIC IN LOUISIANA
Jazz plays a major role in New Orleans, because this genre
of music was born around 1900. At least that's how the locals tell it.
OAK ALLEY - PLANTATION
Admire the famous Oak Alley plantation with the 400m oak
alley and learn more about the past.
Look forward to the exciting history, the delicious cajun
cuisine, Creole specialties and lively nightlife
Let yourself be enchanted by the hospitable Lakes Charles,
which welcomes you with the charm typical of Louisiana. Since the city was
not part of the original Louisiana Purchase, it developed differently than
the rest of the US state and this is still reflected in both the culture and
the culinary art. Get to know the exceptional taste of Lake Charles by
tasting specialties like boudin, cracklings and fresh seafood.
A trip to nature around the city is also a must: drive along
the Creole Nature Trail, observe wild animals such as alligators, Roseate
Spoonbills or pelicans and collect shells on natural beaches.
Round off your city trip with the diverse cultural offerings
and lively nightlife. Whether an interesting visit to the museum, an
exuberant atmosphere at the famous Mardi Gras or fun gambling in the casinos
- Lake Charles is a lively city!
Rich in culture and history, Mardi Gras and jazz also play a
major role in this French-influenced city
New Orleans is considered the most European city in
America. It is rich in culture and history and offers many sights, fun and
action. New Orleans, popularly known as "The Big Easy", prides itself on its
serenity and long history, in which good music and delicious food play a
major role. Due to the excellent location on the Gulf of Mexico, the winter
is relatively mild.
La Nouvelle-Orléans was founded and shaped by the Frenchman
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne in 1718. Ideally located between Lake Pontchartrain
and the Mississippi, the city quickly developed into an important commercial
center, after Louisiana.
A few years under the rule of the Spanish, the country fell
back to France in 1800, which it finally sold to the United States in 1803
with the largest land sale in US history - the Louisiana Purchase.
Over the years, New Orleans and the surrounding area have
been inhabited by people from different nations. The diverse influences and
traditions of the French, Spaniards, Germans, British, Irish, residents of
the Caribbean and freed former slaves form the basis for a unique cultural
mix that is unparalleled and whose rousing attraction no visitor can escape.
DIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Shopping on your New Orleans vacation
Shopping in New Orleans is great! Whether in Magazine Street or the French
Quarter - a shopping spree is not only versatile, but also worth seeing and
experiencing. If you are looking for something special, it makes sense to
make a detour to the French Quarter or the different districts. You will be
amazed by the variety of small shops selling art objects, antiques,
souvenirs and clothing.
The state and sometimes municipal sales tax on property in
the amount of 5 to 9 percent is refunded to you if you have bought from one
of the more than 1,300 affiliated retailers or in factory shops.
In this case, get a tax free receipt upon presentation of your
passport. Upon departure, you will receive your pre-paid taxes at the
airport in the LTFS Refund Center upon presentation of your receipt,
passport and return flight ticket. This service makes Louisiana a shopping
paradise. But please keep in mind the import regulations of German customs.
Sport activities Numerous sporting events take place here
all year round. The New Orleans Saints football team regularly turns the
city into a gold-black "Who-Dat-Nation". Golfing and fishing are also very
popular sports here. With more than 100 miles of bike trails, New Orleans is
growing into a bike city. Be it on your own or with a guided tour, the city
and the surrounding area can be explored particularly well with a bike. But
kayaking on Bayou St. John, stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Pontchartrain,
yoga together are just a few of the different sports that visitors can try
out here. Not to forget the fascinating nature around New Orleans is an
absolute must not only among outdoor fans.
New Orleans offers a varied nightlife. From the famous Bourbon Street or
trendy music venues on Frenchmen Street to the many bars with live music
from the trendy hotels, New Orleans has something to offer for everyone. The
pulsating metropolis is known by connoisseurs as the city that never sleeps.
Try your luck at Harrah's Casino or go to one of the many famous
restaurants, bars or music venues. A visit to the Orpheum, the Mahalia
Jackson Theater or the wonderfully restored Saenger Theater should not be
missing during your visit.
ATTRACTIONS IN NEW ORLEANS
French Quarter in New Orleans
The heart of New Orleans is undoubtedly the historic French Quarter. The
Creole district invites you with its old streets, beautiful houses with
wrought iron balconies and interesting shops, antique shops, art galleries
and first-class restaurants and bars. French charm and Spanish architecture
can be found on every corner, a must for every visitor. But be careful, New
Orleans is not just the French Quarter, so be sure to check out more.
French Market and Cafe du Monde
Every visitor will find a souvenir for loved ones at home in the
165-year-old French Market at the southern end of the French
Quarter. Typical delicacies, spices, Mardi Gras necklaces and masks,
handicrafts and postcards can be purchased here. Those who are exhausted
from the many impressions can take a breath at Café au Lait and Beignets in
the world-famous Café du Monde opposite Jackson Square. This delicious lard
and the chicory coffee that goes with it are part of every New Orleans stay.
The "neighborhood" Marigny and the adjoining Bywater are the currently
trendy neighborhoods in New Orleans. Frenchmen Street is a magnet for
visitors when it comes to live music. Here one music bar follows the next
and the musical diversity cannot be discovered in one evening alone. The
weekly Frenchmen Street Art Market is also a gem in the hustle and bustle of
the city. Try one of the trendy restaurants in Bywater and stroll through
the small streets and let the colorful life take its toll on you.
The ride on one of the legendary Mississippi steamers should not be missing
during your vacation in New Orleans. The steam-powered paddle steamer
Natchez is located on Toulouse Street Warf, opposite Jackson Square.
The smaller Creole Queen is in front of the Riverside
Collection Outlet Mall a few hundred meters down the river. In addition to
classic excursions that take place several times a day, these ships also
offer dinner cruises with live music.
New Orleans Streetcars
New Orleans has a very well developed public transport network. Buses or
streetcars are the best way to explore the city. These red or green trams
connect downtown New Orleans to the surrounding neighborhoods such as Uptown
/ Riverbend, Riverfront, Canal Street / Cemetaries, City Park or, as of
autumn 2016, along North Rampart Street. A one-way ticket costs just $ 1.25,
a day ticket called the Jazzy Pass costs $ 3.
Museums in New Orleans
There are many museums worth seeing in The Big Easy. The biggest crowd
puller and one of the top 10 museums in the United States is the Word War II
Museum near Lee Circle in the Warehouse Arts District. This “art district”
also houses the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
and many small galleries and museums. The Louisiana Children's Museum, the
Audubon Aquarium on the Mississippi with its various themed areas, the
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium with a cockroach live cam on Canal
Street or the Audubon Zoo with its great water features in Uptown are
suitable for children. The Louisiana State Museums include the Presbytère
and the Cabildo, located next to St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square,
Madam John's Legacy and the New Orleans Jazz Museum in the US Mint.
Along the Great River Road between New Orleans and the capital Baton Rouge,
just under a dozen plantations with guided tours and accommodation are
waiting for interested visitors. One more beautiful than the other, all with
different stories and tours. Oak Alley, Nottoway Plantation and Houmas House
offer customers the opportunity to stay. Their cottages are inviting and
offer all the amenities of a plantation stay, tour and breakfast included. A
little further north is the romantic town of St. Francisville, with inviting
bed and breakfasts and another selection of southern plantations. For
example Greenwood Plantation, known for the television series "Torches in
the Storm", or Myrtle's Plantation, the so-called "haunted plantation, to
name just a few.
Food and drink
The culinary diversity in New Orleans is hardly surpassed by any other city
in the USA. The traditional dishes such as Jambalaya, Gumbo or Etouffé are
prepared with passion and local ingredients. Fish, oysters and shellfish are
often on the menu - naturally fresh due to the proximity to the Gulf of
Mexico. Butt boys and muffullettas are ideal as a snack in between. The
cocktail has its origins in New Orleans and many famous mixed drinks such as
the Sazerac, Milk Punch, Ramos Gin Fizz or the Hurricane Cocktail can still
be found in the numerous bars in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
What the French Quarter is for the Creoles, the Garden District is for the
Americans. Here an opulent southern villa is lined up next to the other -
and one is more beautiful than the other. A neighborhood that's great for
exploring on foot along Magazine Street or the historic green tram along St.
Charles Avenue. Incidentally, one of the city's most famous restaurants can
be found here in the Garden District: Commander's Palace - highly
recommended here is not just the jazz brunch. Don't miss the Lafayette
Cemetery on Washington Avenue - one of the city's still publicly accessible