German Grandmother Celebrates 104th Birthday at Dead Sea

Eleonore Kastner, born in 1910, decides to 'live a little' and visit lowest place on Earth.

A German tourist known at home as Grandma Ella plans to celebrate her 104th birthday at Israel's Dead Sea on Tuesday.

Eleonore Kastner, who was born in 1910, is vacationing with some 40 friends and family in the Holy Land.

Four years ago, when Kastner turned 100, she decided to "live a little" and celebrate her birthday in a different place each year, Israeli Tourism Ministry spokeswoman Lydia Weitzman said.

After visiting the Vatican, Monaco, Austria and Munich, this year she has chosen Israel, specifically the Dead Sea as the lowest place on Earth.

"Many greetings from the Dead Sea," the robust Kastner, who is also known one of the world's oldest Facebook users, said in footage posted on the social media site.

Weitzman said she was possibly the oldest German tourist ever to visit Israel.

The Tourism Ministry will present her with a gift on her birthday - a silver-bound Bible, she said.

David Shankbone