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.
The rise in incoming tourism in Germany continued to gain momentum in the first half of 2015, with an increase of 1.6 million additional overnight stays. According to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office, more than 34.4 million overnight stays by international visitors was recorded, during the period of January to June, in accommodation establishments with ten or more beds – an increase of five per cent compared to the same period in 2014.
The results are in: Europa-Park is Germany’s most popular tourist attraction for visitors from abroad in 2015, followed by Neuschwanstein Castle and Cologne Cathedral. The results follow an online survey carried out by the German National Tourist Board over the last two years. The aim of the poll, which is now in its fourth year, is to find the country’s 100 most popular attractions.
The German state of Saxony has everything travellers can hope for in holiday: old masters in Dresden’s museums, young artists in Leipzig’s converted cotton mill, and traditional crafts in the woodcarving workshops of the Erzgebirge Mountains. Castles and palaces celebrate the splendour of history, while unspoilt Saxon Switzerland inspires with the beauty of nature. Here Breaking Travel News takes it all in with Frank Wend from the Saxony State Chancellery.
David Bowie has once more extolled the attractions of Berlin from a personal perspective through his latest single ‘Where Are We Now’ - but Berlin is just one of the reasons why people travel to Germany and why visitor figures continue to rise. Latest statistics show a rise of 8.8 per cent in overnight stays for October by UK visitors, compared to the same period for 2011 and January to October 2012 inclusive, shows an increase of 5.1 per cent compared with 2011.