Not only is Germany indisputably the most popular destination for international conferences in Europe, it is also continually gaining in importance as a holiday destination. While the number of holiday trips from Europe rose by 1 per cent in total in 2015, compared to the previous year, demand for holidays in Germany increased by 5 per cent. Culture and nature are the two central elements at the core of the Destination Germany brand – and this is reflected in the tourism-related demand.
Explore Europe’s most popular cultural destination! You can look forward to 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 6,000-plus museums, acclaimed theatres and orchestras, high-calibre events and a buzzing creative scene.
Almost one third of all European visitors to Germany opt for a city break – and the numbers are rising. Outstanding architecture, cultural and historical treasures and the highest standards of heritage preservation can be found in the capital Berlin, urban areas such as the Rhine-Main region – home to Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Mainz and Darmstadt – the Rhine-Ruhr region with Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen, and also other major cities such as Hamburg, Munich and Dresden. There are numerous festivals, celebrating everything from music to wine or beer, along with arts and cultural events and, of course, the country’s many Christmas markets, which are as popular as they are enchanting. The huge diversity of events always makes it worthwhile extending your stay a little longer.
Germany is also ideal as a destination for health and relaxation – whether travelling with the whole family, unwinding after a business trip or engaging in active pursuits. With around 200,000 kilometres of walking trails and 70,000 kilometres of cycle paths you can explore the country at its most unspoilt, getting close to nature while being kind to the environment. Along the way you’ll discover amazing and diverse natural landscapes. More than one third of the country’s land area is under some form of protection. With a total of 16 national parks, 15 UNESCO biosphere reserves and over 100 nature parks, there are more than 130 preserved national landscapes just waiting to be explored.
Germany offers a wide range of options for sustainable travel. Its leafy towns and cities boast excellent public transport networks and a good cycling infrastructure. Hotels and restaurants support the use of regional produce within a very lively culinary scene that will delight anyone who enjoys good food. Many attractions and amenities also cater for disabled guests through the ‘Tourism for all’ project.