The opening of the new Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall marks the start of a momentous year for Hamburg and a significant boost in the meeting and event offering in Germany’s second city. The Elbphilharmonie philharmonic hall officially opened earlier and is designed as a ‘rolling wave’ in homage to Hamburg’s world-famous harbour.
A “probable terrorist attack” in German capital Berlin has left 12 people dead and a further 48 injured. A suspect is believed to have deliberately driven a lorry into a crowded Christmas market in the centre of the city. The driver of the lorry has been detained, with reports suggesting he is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker.
easyJet has started two new services from Newcastle International Airport to Berlin Schoenefeld Airport and Las Palmas Airport in Gran Canaria. The two new routes are expected to carry more than 36,000 passengers in the first year. The airline’s new route to Berlin Schoenefeld is the only direct scheduled flight between Newcastle and the German city, opening both up to more tourism and making connecting between the two easier than ever.
Cabins on Saga’s river cruise which offers top seats for a thrilling André Rieu concert in Cologne, Germany, have been snapped up so quickly that another sailing has been released. Saga guests can now book the ‘Waltzes of André Rieu and the Rhine’ which departs on March 10th, 2017 and enjoy Category One seats in the Lanxess Arena to watch superstar violinist André Rieu conduct his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra.
British Airways is providing more than 34,000 extra seats to Germany from London City Airport this winter with bigger aircraft and additional flights. Services to Hamburg and Dusseldorf will operate on the 76-seat Embraer 170 jet aircraft, replacing the current Saab 2000 turboprop. In addition the schedule to Dusseldorf will increase from three to four flights a day.
Welcoming more than 60 million passengers each year, Frankfurt Airport is one of the busiest in the world. However, few visitors realise the airport is situated in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany. Here Phil Sharp visits for Breaking Travel News to discover just what they are missing.
According to preliminary information from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, 5.6 million overnight stays in accommodation properties of at least ten beds were recorded in March, 2016 – an increase of nine percent year-over-year. In total, 15 million overnights by international travellers were documented during the first quarter of 2016 – seven percent more than during the first quarter in 2015.
While a theme park might not seem the most natural location for a serious business meeting, Europa Park could be just the destination to prove the doubters wrong. Here Breaking Travel News editor visits to see just what makes the destination one of the most visited attractions in Germany.
The number of overnight stays in Germany by visitors from the UK and Ireland has seen yet another rise, with an increase of 7.4 per cent in 2015 when compared to the previous year. Visitors from Ireland registered an impressive 13 per cent rise in overnight stays and figures just received for January 2016, indicate this trend shows no sign of abating.
Tourism has again grown sharply in Cologne, with the number of overnight stays rising to 5.98 million in 2015 for the first time. This figure represents an increase of 4.3 per cent on 2014. In 2015 the share of overnight stays by visitors from outside Germany grew by 6.6 per cent relative to the previous year to 2.08 million.
German incoming tourism figures are heading for the 80 million mark for 2015, according to the latest information from the Federal Statistical Office. The volume of international overnights, in accommodation properties of at least ten beds, grew to 74.2 million overnights to November, an increase of 5.6 per cent compared with the same period in 2014.
The 2015 summer holiday season has led to a further record for incoming tourism to Germany. For the period of January to August, the Federal Statistical Office has counted overall 54.5 million international overnight stays in accommodation establishments with at least ten beds, which is 2.9 million nights more than in the same period of the previous year.