Amrum Island/North Sea: colourful houses in Steenodde, Lubenow, Sabine; DuMont Reiseverlag GmbH & Co. KG

Tourism & Culture in Germany

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.

For more information on travel destinations, places of interest and tourism in Germany visit www.germany.travel


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Craula: Nationalpark Hainich, Baumkronenpfad an der Thiemsburg
Craula: Nationalpark Hainich, Baumkronenpfad an der Thiemsburg
Saxon Switzerland National Park: Bastei rocks, Moritz Kertzscher, DZT

Saxon Switzerland National Park: Bastei rocks

Berlin © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Fotograf: Santoni, Gianluca
Berlin © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Fotograf: Santoni, Gianluca

Berlin

Munich/Isar: Brass band in traditional costume on parade at the Munich Oktoberfest, Pierre Adenis, Büro Gaff
Munich/Isar: Brass band in traditional costume on parade at the Munich Oktoberfest, Pierre Adenis, Büro Gaff

Munich/Isar: Brass band in traditional costume on parade at the Munich Oktoberfest

Frankfurt am Main: green along the river Main, Skyline, Frank Blümler
Frankfurt am Main: green along the river Main, Skyline, Frank Blümler

Frankfurt am Main: green along the river Main, Skyline

Bremen: ''Greetings from the 'Bremer Freimarkt' fair'', Bremer Touristik Zentrale GmbH (BTZ)
Bremen: ''Greetings from the 'Bremer Freimarkt' fair'', Bremer Touristik Zentrale GmbH (BTZ)

Bremen: ''Greetings from the 'Bremer Freimarkt' fair''

Near Serrahn: Lake Fürstensee and UNESCO World Heritage beech forest, Jochen Knobloch, DZT
Near Serrahn: Lake Fürstensee and UNESCO World Heritage beech forest, Jochen Knobloch, DZT

Near Serrahn: Lake Fürstensee and UNESCO World Heritage beech forest

Lake Seealp above Oberstdorf, storm front, Moritz Kertzscher
Lake Seealp above Oberstdorf, storm front, Moritz Kertzscher

Lake Seealp above Oberstdorf, storm front