Meet Us at the R + T Trade Fair

CARAVITA Big Ben Parasol with light and heating
See parasol Big Ben at the R + T Trade Fair in Spring 2018

From 27th February until 3rd March we will exhibit our most popular sun shades and sun sails at one of the world’s leading trade fairs for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems.

One of the bestsellers that you will be able to experience live is commercal parasol Big Ben. It was was created especially for the requirements of hospitality and contract business. No compromises when it comes to quick and easy operation, versatile options and accessories as well as its robust construction. Offering spacious coverage for multiple table settings and several seating groupings, the Big Ben commercial parasol is the perfect resort or restaurant shade solution. With a diameter width expanding up to 7m the Big Ben becomes a fixture in any setting.

The optional fitting with lights and heaters makes Big Ben one of the most popular choices for hospitality businesses. Therefore we will demonstrate how our strut lights Elegance as well as our SOLAMAGIC heaters can be attached and operated.

As part of our Big Ben collection, we will also present our newest parasol, Big Ben Freestyle, which was introduced in 2017. This new parasol allows customers to freely choose the form and size of their sun shade, creating unique shading solutions for spaces that require a highly customized parasol.

Parasol Supremo boasts the clever Easy-Lift-Balance-System, opening smoother and faster than other parasols. Two sets of struts provide extraordinary durability and enable impressive sizes of up to Ø6m! Whether used in the hospitality sector, at the pool, in the garden, on the terrace or in kindergartens and other public facilities – Supremo is always a great choice. Convince yourself of its advantages at the R + T trade fair.

The fourth parasol CARAVITA will exhibit is the cantilever umbrella Amalfi. Its clever construction creates even more room for tables and chairs and ensures that the shaded area does not wander as the parasol can be rotated by 360°.

R + T world trade fair logo

Would you like to get to know our products or are you already a CARAVITA fan who wants to discover our newest parasols? Meet us at the R + T Trade Fair in Stuttgart in hall 6 stall C12!

Merry Christmas from CARAVITA

Red Christmas Bauble Christmas Wishes

Dear Customers,

We hope you had a good year and wish you and your families all the best for the holidays.

As a small thank-you for your good cooperation, we want to tell you about our secret office Christmas punch recipe. Countless cups of this tasty mixture have put the whole CARAVITA Team in a festive mood in the past weeks and we hope it does the same for you – maybe at a Christmas party with your friends and family? For a special atmosphere, drink the hot punch outside in the snow, admiring your neighbours holiday decoration. We are sure it will give you that special cozy Christmas Market feeling…

For 4 servings you need:

500 ml apple juice

250 ml red grape juice

250 ml red fruit tea

1 organic orange

1 cinnamon stick

8 cloves

Sugar or honey to taste

Combine the apple juice, grape juice, tea and spices in a pot and heat the mixture on a medium temperature. Half the orange and add the juice and peel of the first half. Cut the rest into slices to decorate your punch later. Leave everything to steep for 10 – 15 Minutes on a low temperature. If desired you can sweeten the punch with sugar or honey. Pour into four cups and garnish with the orange slices.

CARAVITA Team Christmas Postcard

The whole CARAVITA Team wishes you a festive and relaxing holiday and a good start to the new year. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2018.

The “Ratskeller“ in Munich – A Restaurant that Celebrates its Tradition and Splendid Interior


Its central location at the Munich Marienplatz is the first but certainly not the last reason why countless tourists visit the Ratskeller every day. Ratskeller translates to “cellar of the city hall” and indeed that is where the restaurant is situated. As Munich had started to grow rapidly in the 19th century, a new city hall was needed. The building plans from 1867 specified that the cellar should be a vast public house. The idea was quickly put into action and the building opened its gates in 1874.

Back then the public house already consisted of a maze of six connected vaults. Ceilings and walls were decorated with paintings and sculptures that tell the history of Munich and the almost sacred tradition of beer drinking – needless to say that both are intricately connected. As a result, many of the artworks are rather humorous and elevate the simple beverage to an object of cultural heritage.


However, not only the curious decor of the Ratskeller may leave one wondering, but also the prices of drinks and meals when the traditional public house first opened. According to the official website, a litre of beer was 26 pennies. A quick conversion shows that prices have risen by almost 8000 % when considering that a “Maß” cost 10 Euros at the 2017 Oktoberfest! This increase is proof that beer must be one of the most popular drinks in this corner of the world and its fans think it is worth every cent.

Since its opening, the Ratskeller has been expanded and renovated several times. Next to the six original vaults, it now spans an even greater network of rooms and halls and has turned into a true underground labyrinth. Both Munich residents and foreign visitors look around in awe when being led to their table trough long corridors, past half hidden alcoves and great halls. One of these rooms, the “Sumpf”, has the flair of the Far East with its intricately painted arches. In contrast, the “Bacchuskeller” offers a typical Bavarian atmosphere that will leave you hungry for the region’s rustic cuisine.

On a culinary level, the Ratskeller will fulfill almost any desire. Besides traditional German delicacies the menu offers a range of dishes that take inspiration from cuisines around the world. Guests who do not want to spend a sunny day below ground can sit in the impressive courtyard of the restaurant, called the “Prunkhof”. Surrounded by the towering gothic walls and windows of the Ratskeller, one can escape the tourist hubbub for an afternoon here. The main feature of the courtyard is a spiral staircase and its decoration. Figures of stone tell of the different stages of life. Sitting under gloriously bright CARAVITA Primavera sunshades one can join in on one of Munich’s most popular pastimes: watching people go past and in turn being watched enjoying a coffee or piece of cake.


The Caravita parasols in the “Prunkhof” of the Ratskeller are Primavera Premium round Ø 2 m, frame RAL 9016 white, canopy Acrylic U707, trim strip bordeaux E404, floating valance, bendable.

Wine bar and restaurant “Korkenzieher“ – Cosy atmosphere in a town full of half-timbered houses

Big Ben 2, 4 x 5 m, frame RAL 8011 nut brown, canopy WP U801 beige, trim strip E805 nut brown

In the North-West of Germany, on the Rhine river, lies the idyllic city of Herdecke. It started to flourish in the 18th century and nowadays attracts numerous visitors with its beautiful historic centre. The city is famous for its many half-timbered houses that still stand on many corners of Herdecke. These historical buildings boast a traditional architectural style and have been continuously renovated and preserved by their owners. They add to the idyllic and magical atmosphere of the city and make its visitors feel like they have travelled back in time.

However, in Herdecke one can not only stroll through the old town reveling in its architecture but also explore the beautiful countryside around it on countless cycle and hiking routes. One of the sights outside the city is, for example, the great Herdecker Viadukt that impresses visitors with its scale.

If all the walking has made you hungry you should head back to the banks of the Rhine in the city centre. Here you will find the restaurant and wine bar “Korkenzieher”. Its name is German for corkscrew and will not disappoint if you expect some excellent wines.

With its cozy atmosphere and a menu perfect for a get together at any time of the day this restaurant is the ideal pick for every gourmet who values great service and delicious food. Next to a good breakfast selection and waffles in the afternoon you can choose from a small but sophisticated wine menu. For those who struggle to choose the restaurant offers a wine tasting with a selection of your own choice and small snacks accompanying every glass.

Guests who would like to enjoy the dreamy view of Herdecke’s half-timbered houses while dining can sit outside, in front of the restaurant under two large CARAVITA parasols. Come rain, come shine, this hidden gem along the Rhine river unites idyllic views, delicious food and great wines and is definitely worth a visit.

Ensuring maximum comfort when the weather changes

The warm season has finally come to an end but that does not mean that your guests will have to stay away from your outdoor seating area until next year. In fact, offering seating long into autumn often allows for that special atmosphere when the leaves turn red and yellow and a cool breeze brings in the fragrant autumn air.

Preparation for whatever the unpredictable autumn weather brings is essential now. On those blue sky days CARAVITA parasols will shade your guests from direct sunlight. However it is on rainy, windy and cold afternoons that CARAVITA parasols and accessories really shine. Premium quality awning fabric made from 100% solution dyed acrylic thread protects your outdoor sitting area from sudden rain showers and detachable rain gutters make the spaces between parasols rain proof.

CARAVITA umbrellas, however, not only protect your guests from rain but also from those chilly afternoons when temperatures drop despite the sky being clear. SOLAMAGIC heaters allow your guest to sit outside even on a cold day. The heating system is available for all CARAVITA parasols and can be easily attached to the struts or mast. If you choose the commercial parasol Big Ben all wires are hidden and protected inside the mast. This means you will no longer have to invest in bulky heaters which can get in the way of customers and staff. Instead, you can save on energy bills with efficient infrared SOLAMAGIC heaters. Under the comfortable warmth of the heating elements a simple meal will be an event full of autumnal atmosphere.

Even on a windy day CARAVITA is a safe choice for restaurants and cafés. Its sturdy build makes bestseller Big Ben the perfect parasol for the upcoming winter months. A wind tunnel test has shown that the 3×3 m version withstands winds of up to 100km/h. This means that restaurant owners, staff and guests will feel safe under this reliable parasol. However, in case of stormy weather or stronger winds parasols should always be closed as a safety precaution.

In the evening or on overcast days CARAVITA parasols can be fitted with different lights according to your needs. These can be easily fixed and detached or, in case of the commercial parasol Big Ben, can be integrated as an unobtrusive lighting option. The LED strut light “Elegance” comes in warm white, cold white or with a colour changing effect. A remote control allows for convenient turning on and dimming. Your guest will certainly appreciate how a grey afternoon turns into a comfy get-together with friends in the glow of these impressive parasol lights.

With countless customization options you will find the perfect CARAVITA parasol to complete your outdoor area. Together with integrated lighting and heating options your guests can make use of your terrace for many more weeks to come.

Click here to find the ideal CARAVITA parasol.

Italian ambience below patio umbrella Big Ben

The La Stella in Salzburg is a well known Italian restaurant close to the promenade “Getreidegasse”. It is equally popular among tourists and locals as it is a real hot-spot for enjoying Mediteranian cuisine. The inner yard with some old chestnut trees, creates an inviting scene. The Kirchtag company equipped the outdoor area with bright red Big Ben sunshades. The integrated strut lights “Elegance” of Big Ben provide a pleasant ambience to enjoy the traditional Tuscan and Sicilian food outside in the evening.

La Stella