There are many good reasons to visit Germany. European tourists opt for trips to Berlin, Munich or Hamburg because of the exciting culture and lively cities. Businesspeople from all over the world are attracted to Germany as the top destination for international trade fairs. The ever-growing number of visitors have long-since become an important economic factor.
How many international tourists come to Germany?
The German National Tourism Board (DZT) counted 84 million overnight stays by international travellers in hotels, guest houses and camp sites in 2017: the eighth record result in a row. The largest percentage of tourists come from Germany's neighboring country Netherlands (11.2 million), followed by Switzerland (6.7 million) and USA (6.2 million).
What are the forecasts for the travel market in Germany?
The DZT expects the annual number of overnight stays by international guests to rise to about 121.5 million by 2030. Most will still be from European countries. In addition, the experts expect more tourists from South America and Southeast Asia.
Weather, Climate and Geography
Overall, Germany has a warm, temperate, wet climate with westerly winds. Extreme fluctuations in temperature are rare. Rain falls throughout the year. Mild winters (2ºC to -6ºC) and moderately hot summers (18ºC to 20ºC which is approx. 68 F) are the norm.
Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border. The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands. River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers ow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine. The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.
Light- to medium weights in summer, medium- to heavyweights in winter. If you intend to visit the mountains or if you plan a long-distance hike, then pack waterproof gear and extra layers with you, no matter what the time of year.
Passport and Visas
There are no visa requirements for US, UK, EU, Australian and Canadian citizens. All visitors (Except for EU citizens) must have a valid passport.